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Roasted Zucchini and White Bean Lemon Tortellini: Making Frozen Tortellini Taste Fresh

The classic tortellini with marinara sauce that many make on a lazy or stressed day is always comforting, but sometimes you want to switch things up. Thinking of other ways to use tortellini can be daunting, but it can be something as simple as adding in new fresh flavors (especially if you don't want tomatoes …

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Health Tidbits: Basil, King Of The Herb Garden

Most of us tend to hear the word basil and think of Italian food, but this herb wouldn't be called the king of herbs if it wasn't extraordinary, and used for more than just pesto.The word basil does in fact derive from the Greek word Basileus, which translates into king. Even in the Orthodox Churches, basil …

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Quick Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup: What To Do With Leftover Rotisserie Chicken

Making homemade chicken soup during the week when you are busy can be time consuming, but what if it didn't have to be? I grew up on the greek version of a chicken soup with the avgolemono broth. That type of soup uses egg yolk and lemon juice that is tempered with the hot chicken …

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Garlicky Baby Kale with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Lemon

Kale. People tend to have a love/hate relationship with kale and it is understandable if you don't find interesting ways to use it. I have even seen it being used for pesto recipes which is a good way to sneak in dark leafy greens for your kids if you make it. I tend to like …

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Mint Pesto Zoodles With Fresh Tomatoes

The word zoodles has been spreading the internet for a while now, and I never was that fond of them as being categorized as an alternative to pasta. They have their own distinctive taste, texture and bite but they do meld together very well to certain flavors like pesto or sundried tomato flavors. If you …

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Summer Is The Time For Salads: Mint and Lemon Orzo Salad

In the summertime many people want to have quick and refreshing meals so that they can enjoy the fun in the sun as long as possible. Salads that can be made ahead and even taste good the next day (like tabbouleh) are a wonderful edition to your kitchen in the summer. On nights where there …

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Playing With Pasta: Roasted Garlic And Veggie Pasta With Lemon

I try not to have pasta dishes too often, but if I want to splurge and enjoy some carbs then I would like to have a 'fancy' pasta dish at home. The best thing about pasta is that it can take on any flavor and have a variety of things added to it. You can …

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Chickpea and Quinoa Salad with Zesty Roasted Red Pepper

Quinoa is a beneficial product for those who aren't eating animal products since it is a complete protein. This means it contains all the essential amino acids we need to have. I like combining chickpeas with quinoa and other textures if I am not having animal products with it, because it creates an interesting meal. …

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Cooking with Parchment Paper (Recipe Included)

I haven't really used parchment paper in the past other than using it for baking sheets with cookies, but I have found it to be quite helpful with baking quick dishes in the oven with an easy cleanup that doesn't the pan. Making parchment paper parcels to roast vegetables or fish in, makes them come …

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