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How To Make a Healthy Pizza

Pizza can be diet friendly and filled to the rim with supreme body fuel.
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Tip the cook instead of the delivery driver

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Breadless BLT+ (Bonus: Snap Pea Salad)

Lettuce is an awesome substitute for bread in many dishes.
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Fork? Hand? Use whatever it takes!

Don't let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

Don’t let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

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“Ladles”- Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup

Hit the jackpot on a winter's night with one of my absolute favorite soups EVER!

Shutterstock Ladle-Welcome to “Ladles”, an ongoing series of healthy soups, stewps and gumbos!

A year ago my son gave me the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook, Simple Suppers, for Christmas. This recipe originated from this cookbook with a few tweaks and additions.

I urge you to try it even if you aren’t a huge fan of sweet potatoes or cabbage. This Indonesian flavored soup is savory (garlic and ginger root!), slightly spicy (cayenne!), bizarre (peanut butter!) and creamy (there’s NO cream!). Serve as a fancy shmancy fine dining course OR at halftime of the Super Bowl to sober up the crowd. Your guests will think they’re dreamin’!

Don’t be ashamed to lick your spoon- I did!

Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup

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“Ladles”- Lentil and Sausage Gumbo

No better time than winter for one pot meals served with a ladle.

Shutterstock Ladle-Welcome to “Ladles”, an ongoing series of healthy soups, stewps and gumbos!

Hearty soups feed the soul. Cheating is encouraged! Nobody cares if you chopped all fresh, organic vegetables or threw in a generic brand of frozen peas and carrots.

Comfort food doesn’t have to be mac and cheese or mashed potatoes. Protein doesn’t have to be a slab of meat. One pot to wash and leftovers that taste even better the next day!

Lentil and Sausage Gumbo (animal friendly, of course)

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Tribal Spaghetti with Black Bean Balls

This noodle-less spaghetti is a low calorie, high fiber, water rich, Italian meal you'll want to make over and over again.

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Mexican Lasagna

An uncommon and healthy twist to an Italian favorite!

Combining Mexican and Italian never tasted so good!

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Burgers & Beer: Ultramarathon Burger & Wasabi Potatoes

If this burger is good fuel for Ultramarathoner, Scott Jurek, then think what it might do for the rest of us.

Scott Jurek’s Lentil-Mushroom Burgers

In Scott Jurek’s book, Eat & Run, reviewed in my Under the Covers book series this week, this famous ultramarathoner shares many of his favorite recipes. Unlike a few other vegan athletes, Scott’s recipes are doable for the average Joe. Not “over the top” with weird ingredients that you identify with another species:).

I hope to share many of his good eats with you. Jurek emphasizes that protein is not synonymous with meat. Not only will you improve your health, reduce your likelihood of disease, but you may actually improve your athletic performance on a plant based diet. Scott Jurek did. This is one recipe that is as “meaty” as you can get for a vegan entree.

Chow down brothers and sisters! After your run, of course!

Served here open faced on a slice of crusty garlic bread

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Burgers & Beer: Guy Fieri’s Loaded Veggie Burger

Color and crunch and a whole lotta nutrition in one burger.

Guy Fieri’s Veggie Patties

Host of Food Network’s extremely popular show, Diner’s Drive-In’s and Dives, Guy Fieri is a television sensation. I’m fascinated by a show that glamorizes food that can kill you. Not a quick “kick the bucket” either. But a slow, disease ridden, artery clogging, gasping for breath because you’re morbidly obese kind of death. These producers are masters at making you salivate over poison.

The good news is Guy Fieri isn’t always about mile high hamburgers or chicken fried steak. He’s just as charismatic about his damn good veggie burger!

 

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“Breakfast in Bed” for Dad- Whole Grain Chocolate Waffles

Not too heavy. Not too sweet. Best 100% whole grain waffles ever!

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Backyard Barbecue Shortcuts

You can cheat and still impress with these tricks.

Your friends are having a cookout and you’re short on time and ideas of what to bring. Follow these 4 rules. Read more