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Asparagus Puree on toasted bread

Asparagus Puree on toasted bread

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I decided to create this recipe after buying too much asparagus and not wanting to eat just plain asparagus as a side. It is so easy and delicious and would make a great party appetizer or even just a light lunch.

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

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I have a quick and easy salad to share with you. It takes just five minutes to prepare. It’s the perfect salad to serve for a summer picnic or at a holiday buffet, it would be great served with ham. It’s pretty flexible, too.

Kicked up black bean soup

Kicked up black bean soup

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This soup is not only healthy and delicious, I added green salsa and chili powder to give it an extra kick and a twist on original black bean soup. Made in the slow cooker, it takes just minutes to prepare and is a filling and hearty weeknight meal.

Katie's Edamole

Katie's Edamole

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This Edamole is a fun take on traditional Guacomole. Even though avocadoes are healthy in moderation, adding edamame bulks up the traditional dip, adding lots of fiber and protein with very little fat. The result is a delicious and addicting dip that the whole family can enjoy!

Veggie Eggs Benedict

Veggie Eggs Benedict

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This is a healthier take on yummy eggs benedict. I really enjoy eggs benedict and do order them every now in a restaurant but I always feel guilty knowing I have consumed a day’s worth of fat and calories at one meal. You can enjoy these without feeling guilty! I used portabella mushrooms, red bell peppers and frozen spinach for the veggies. You could add zucchini or eggplant to the oven roasted veggies. The whole dish looks pretty on the plate and would make a great Sunday brunch with a nice side of fruit salad. The usual high fat hollandaise is made a bit healthier by cutting the butter and using egg whites instead of egg yolks. A hand held blender or a bullet blender are the trick to making the lower fat hollandaise as smooth as if it has full strength fat content. I like to buy frozen spinach in a bag so that I can shake out the amount I need and keep the rest frozen. To save a few steps, use fresh baby spinach and cover toast with the spinach and the hot veggies will wilt the spinach.

Cream of broccoli soup--hold the cream

Cream of broccoli soup--hold the cream

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I often enjoy having soup and salad for dinner. I usually make a few modifications to the usual cream soup to make healthier but I don’t like to skimp on flavor. Many recipes for broccoli soup suggest that you puree the soup. I’m not opposed to this idea, but when soup is the main portion of the meal I’m less inclined to serve a pureed soup rather than a heartier soup that requires a bit of chewing. So, I do puree the soup but also reserve some broccoli so that you get the best of both worlds, flavor and texture! I like to add potatoes to soups like this and puree them with the broth to give some richness to the soup and then I think you don’t miss the heavy cream that I’m not going to add. Feel free to peel the stem of the broccoli, chop it and include that in the soup too. Don’t be afraid to use frozen broccoli, it works great.

Banana Ricotta Coffee Cake

Banana Ricotta Coffee Cake

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I had a ton of bananas that were going bad and I also had some leftover ricotta cheese. I combined both to make a sweet and moist banana ricotta coffee cake. The ricotta plus the bananas really gave it a moistness and great taste, without resorting to using a ton of butter.

Karen's Homemade strawberry frozen yogurt

Karen's Homemade strawberry frozen yogurt

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This frozen yogurt is healthy and so easy! You will need an ice cream maker to get the best results. It is as easy as blending the 3 ingredients together and then freezing! This is a really refreshing and healthy dessert for the upcoming summer months.

White Chicken Veggie Lasagna

White Chicken Veggie Lasagna

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Usually people think of lasagna being a dish that requires a whole day to create. The use of no cook noodles in this dish makes it surprisingly easy. It is a great way to use up those extra vegetables you have lying around. Feel free to substitute with whatever veggies you like!

Super Delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Oats

Super Delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Oats

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If you think you don't like oatmeal or even if you know you love it, you have to give this recipe a try. It is a twist on traditional oats and the addition of pumpkin and protein powder gives the recipe a really creamy, chocolately taste while also bulking up the oats and making them really filling.

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Tomatoes

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Tomatoes

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We came up with the idea for these in an attempt to recreate tomatoes that we had in a restaurant. These stuffed tomatoes make a delicious side dish or even an appetizer! They are healthier than your average stuffed tomato probably, but still taste creamy and decadent. A great way to use fresh summer tomatoes!

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