Quick and easy Asian cucumber salad

Asian Cucumber Salad

This fast and fresh salad is a snap to make and a perfect side for your favorite Asian dish. Serve it with Hoisin-Glazed Salmon, Asian-Glazed Drumsticks, or the fantastic Sesame-Crusted Ahi pictured here – I’ll share the recipe later this week. Persian cucumbers add extra crispness and don’t require peeling making this salad as easy… 

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Quick and easy citrus herb baked chicken

Simple Citrus Herb Baked Chicken

Oh baby. You’re about to blow some people away with this chicken. Never has so much flavor come out of such inexpensive ingredients with so little effort. Honestly, all you have to do is throw some marinade ingredients and chicken parts in a freezer bag the night before. Then, when you come home from work… 

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Dairy free, lightened up Vegan Queso Dip

Vegan “Queso” Dip

I’ve mentioned before that queso is very serious business in this family. I could comfortably survive on a diet of just margaritas and queso – and have, in fact. For about three days, anyway. Then it becomes a little… er… uncomfortable. But still worth it. The purist Jones queso as passed down through the years… 

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Light and Easy Chicken Milanese

Lightened Up Chicken Milanese

Sometime over the last few years I’ve fallen head over heels in love with arugula. I’m sure I hated it as a kid but now it’s one of those foods that makes my eyeballs roll back in their sockets while I make Homer Simpson noises through thick drool. Horrible visual. Sorry. This Chicken Milanese is… 

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Cheezy Pepperoni Garlic Knot Bread with Marinara

Cheesy Pepperoni Garlic Knot Pull-Apart Bread

We made this insanely decadent, buttery, cheesy garlic knot pull apart bread over the holidays so 1) the pictures aren’t quite up to standard since most of our lighting equipment was packed up and 2) the nutritional stats on these aren’t quite up to 2015, post-New Year’s resolution standard.   It’s so ridiculously tasty I had… 

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This Skinny Chicken Pad See Ew is so light and easy to make

Skinny Chicken Pad See Ew

Pad See Ew is a popular Thai dish of wide noodles cooked in a sweet, salty, smokey sauce. The most critical component is the “wok taste” – that smokiness from slightly charred noodles. Everything about it makes it a perfect candidate for a shirataki noodle swap. Since shirataki noodles don’t burn, you can let the… 

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This light, healthy salmon takes just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes

Maple Walnut Salmon

I originally posted this recipe exactly a year ago today but it’s so fantastic and we eat it so often I needed to update the pictures. See? I love salmon with a little hint of sweetness. This recipe brings that perfect, delicate touch of sweet along with a big, fat, groin-punch of Omega-3s. While the… 

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Lightened up Mushrom Stroganoff

Lightened Up Mushroom Stroganoff

I’ve been messing around with light Stroganoff for a few years now but have always been disappointed by the lack of flavor.  After a few sub-par attempts last winter I took a break and resigned myself to the idea that years of curries and salsas had rendered our palates too jaded for Russian cuisine. Then… 

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This amazing Mac and Cheese is secretly low calorie and healthy

Skinny Macaroni and Cheese

It’s a good thing my 2015 goals are all about being healthy and not at all about being modest because I’m so crazy proud of this recipe. Holy macaroni this pasta is amazing! I mean, how many calories would you pay for a giant plate of creamy, cheesy, homemade macaroni and cheese right now? The… 

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This low calorie French Onion Soup is easy to make

The Best Vegetarian French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is traditionally made with beef broth – a fact that drove me crazy while growing up vegetarian.  This recipe captures all the intense flavor of the original using vegetable broth. The technique is taken from Cook’s Illustrated and is absolutely perfect. While it still takes several hours to perfectly caramelize the onions,… 

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This low-fat skinny cheese dip makes the perfect healthy football snack

Lightened-Up Queso Cheese Dip

This recipe is for the folks like me out there looking for a way to reconcile football playoff snacking with New Year’s healthy eating resolutions. I originally posted this recipe last year but the pictures were embarrassingly gross-looking.  We needed a re-shoot to capture all the deliciousness of this super skinny variation of a game-day favorite…. 

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Super fast and easy Miracle Noodle Pad Thai - vegan and gluten-free

Vegan Shirataki Pad Thai and Miracle Noodle Giveaway

January 2 always feels like the first real day of the New Year.  For me, January 1 is dedicated to recovering from New Years Eve celebrations and generally being lazy. After a season of overindulgence, Brad and I shook off the last of the holiday fog today.  We packed up our decorations, cleaned the house, and… 

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