Broken noodle bowl with broccoli peanut pesto.

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It’s always fun when I make up a recipe from scratch and idea translates from my head to the plate more deliciously than I imagined. Like this recipe for Broken Noodles with Broccoli-Peanut Pesto. Because I’m craving healthy lunches right now, I stocked up on crisp veggies and grabbed some soba noodles and threw together this lunch-able noodle bowl. And I LOVED it!!! Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

All-vegetable ‘Bolognese’ pasta sauce.

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This vegetable-centric Bolognese pasta sauce is just what I’m craving right now: full of seasonal vegetables (mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, butternut squash), yet not too heavy. It’s just right for fall. Make a big batch this weekend, and stash leftovers in the freezer for frosty winter dinners. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Low-fat red pepper hummus.

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In this lower-fat hummus recipe, I’ve added nonfat Greek yogurt to add tang and smooth texture. In place of tahini, I’ve used a splash of toasted sesame oil—so you get all that bold sesame flavor with less fat. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Creamy tomato gazpacho.

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It’s gazpacho time, people! Time to use all those tomatoes, cukes and bell peppers threatening to overtake the yard (or is that just my yard?). Time to toast up some croutons to go on top. Time to not really cook at all, but still feel like you’re eating like royalty. Get my latest gazpacho recipe! Continue reading

Mom’s quick gazpacho.

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This stretch of otherworldly hot weather has me craving my mom’s gazpacho: cool, savory, unfussy, utterly satisfying. All I have to do is gather some fresh summer produce and plug in the food processor; it does all the work and the kitchen stays nice and cool. Make this at least a day before you plan to serve it; the flavors really develop over time. Get the recipe for Mom’s Quick Gazpacho! Continue reading

Beautiful chicken, carrot and fennel salad.

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Here’s my idea of the perfect lunch: bright, clean, fresh tasting, with equal parts protein and vegetables. It’s one of my go-to salad-in-a-jar lunch recipes. Use leftover grilled or roasted chicken in this salad recipe; the vegetables and light vinaigrette are super easy to make. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Hearty barley and vegetable salad.

I love recipes that do double-duty, like this hearty barley and vegetable salad, which makes a great side dish for roasted chicken tonight and a happy and satisfying lunchtime salad tomorrow. This whole-grain recipe makes a ton, so you can feast on it all week. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Warm spiced lentil soup with squash.

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If, like me, you’re ready for a cleaner diet that’s low on fat and calories and high on vegetables and lean protein, then you’re ready for THIS gorgeous lentil soup with butternut squash and warm spices. It’s quick to prepare and makes a comforting dinner or satisfying lunch. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Clean-out-the-larder minestrone.

I call this ‘clean-out-the-larder’ minestrone, because you can make it with whatever leftover or not-enough-for-a-meal vegetables, fresh or frozen, that you have on hand. Dump everything in a pot, simmer, and voila! Soup! Get the recipe (plus 2 secrets for excellent soup). Continue reading

Perfectly smooth, practically no-fat red pepper hummus.

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This easy homemade hummus is full of flavor and extremely low in fat, making it a healthy dip for veggies, pita chips or breadsticks. Discover the trick to making the smoothest, creamiest hummus ever! Get the recipe! Continue reading