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Recipes I've Shared:

Super Simple Turkey Meatloaf

A basic and flavorful meatloaf

Orange Ginger Chicken

You can add a quarter cup of orange juice for for an extra boost of orange flavor.

Tortellini with Pancetta and Mushrooms

From Cooking Light. This is a great quick and healthy weekday dinner. If you can't find cremini mushrooms, sliced button mushrooms will work fine.

Mustard-Grilled Pork Chops

A great recipe from Epicurious. Since it's a bit on the heavier side, I usually use this as a salad topper or eat it with cooked or grilled veggies, to keep things light. (A serving averages about 5 ounces, so can cut your portion down to 3 ounces to shave off some more calories.)

Mediterranean Barley Salad

A yummy, filling grain salad recipe from the LA Times that I altered to include ingredients readily available in my cupboard.

Bean Salad

From NYT's The Minimalist

Parmesan Horseradish Crust

This is a bang-up crust for broiled and grilled steaks and fish.

Turkey Bolognese

A slight variation on Giada Delaurentis' healthy repurposing of the classic italian bolognese pasta dish.

Nicoise Salad Dressing

Use meyer lemons if you can to round out the flavor of the dressing.

Easy-Bake Bread Dough

This is from the great book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, as reprinted in Mother Earth News online. It makes it very easy to have delicious, fresh bread at home all the time.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

The master recipe, from Low Fat Cooking channel on, calls for chocolate chips and raisins. My version substitutes walnut for the raisins. Both versions are great.

Armenian Plaki (white beans in tomato sauce)

From The Armenian Kitchen Blog (a great site!). The traditional way is to soak the beans overnight, then cook the following day until tender to have truly flavorful beans. The time-starved will be happy with a can of norther or canelli beans.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Barbecue-Rubbed Pork Chops

From Cooking Light. A tasty, quickly prepared meal that's great for week nights.

Mashed Spiced Sweet Potatoes

This nutritious vegan take on mashed sweet potatoes takes its lead from traditional candied sweet potatoes.

Incredible! (2 ratings)
Giada's Roman-Style Fettucine with Chicken

From Giada DiLaurentis' book, Everyday Pasta

Carrot and Blueberry Salad

From New York Times' "The Minimalist" column.

Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Peas

Served cold, this is a tasty salad. You can also exchange the sesame oil dressing for two tablespoons of oyster sauce for some variety.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Peach Tomato Salad

Sweet peaches and tangy tomatoes pair perfectly in this simple summer salad.

Ginger Vinaigrette

From the folks at Epicurious, this makes a great salad dressing and glaze for fish and shellfish.

Oyakodon (Chicken and Rice Bowl)

This dish is a very popular lunch in Japan, but makes an equally quick dinner. Some recipes call for a whole sliced onion rather than scallion. You can also use some dry white wine in a pinch, if you don't have any sake. I also use chicken broth since it's what I often have available, but in Japan, the traditional recipe calls for Dashi (fish broth) which can often be found at your local Asian grocery store.

Bread Crumbs and Butter

My Mother-In-Law uses this as a topper for many of the Polish dishes she makes. Not the healthiest, so use sparingly (about 1-1 1/2 Tbs)

Italian Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash

A variation on a recipe of Rachel Ray's.

Very Good (2 ratings)
Chicken Saltimbocca

From Giada DiLaurentis

New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp

One of the best ever dishes to come from Jeff Smith (The Frugal Gourmet), this is a spicy fav at my house.

Pickeld Radishes

A Japanese Treat!

Camarones al Ajillo

You'll find variations of this delicious dish all over Latin America, the Carribean and Spain. It's simple to prepare -- even simpler if you cook with pre-cooked shrimp.

Sesame Ginger Orange Roughy

Excellent for low carb lifestyles.

Guinness Beef & Bacon Stew

Inspired by a trip to Elephant and Castle Pub in Chicago, this is a great home-cooked meal to warm you up and share with friends.

Penne with Chicken and Broccoli

A yummy, filling and healthy pasta dish for a cold Winter's Night.

Sorøwka (Sauerkraut & Carrot Salad)

My Polish mother-in-law introduced me to this tasty salad made of cabbage, carrots and dill. It couldn't be easier and goes great with roast pork chops or pot roast.

Incredible! (3 ratings)
Spinach and Orange Salad

A slightly sweet and refreshing spinach salad.

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