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April 12, 2010 - 11:25am

When I recently shared my secret for making Philly cheese steaks without the meat, I wasn’t surprised to get a little pushback from meaty cheese steak lovers. (I get it. Some people just don’t want their meat messed with.)

A lot of us just can’t imagine a meal without a hunk of meat on the plate. But with the right recipes, you can simply swap beef, pork or chicken with a veggie-based protein and enjoy a vegetarian meal without even missing the meat. So, why bother? Here’s why: even if you skip meat just once or twice a week,...

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April 2, 2010 - 12:29pm

How many of us grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches? As a kid, it was my favorite food for hot lunch. Even now, I still get weak in the knees for grilled cheese. And my husband, Colin, asks if we can have it for dinner at least once a week.

I try to indulge the craving often, but let’s face it: greasy grilled cheese is not exactly the healthiest fare, and I also want to get a satisfying meal out of the deal. So, I like to spice things up with unexpected—and healthful—ingredients. This week for dinner, for example, we made Hot Chile Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Mashed-up beans, salsa and hot peppers bulk up the...

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March 22, 2010 - 11:37am

It’s officially spring. And after the long winter my taste buds AND my kitchen are just crying for the light, crisp flavors of spring veggies: fresh salad greens, peas, asparagus and tender new potatoes.

For a quick spring dinner, light and easy is the name of the game. I like to make recipes I can pull together quickly for a nice meal with my husband after work (our favorite spring dinner is the Lemony Asparagus Pasta—it makes just enough for the two of us). And if my friends decide to pop over at the last minute, a satisfying salad is the perfect in-an-instant solution for company. Just toss all the ingredients into a gigantic bowl and dinner...

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March 17, 2010 - 11:20am

There are many kinds of vegetarians out there, but my version falls closer to the “selectatarian” category. I’m a used-to-be-meat-free-but-got-sidetracked-by-the-bacon vegetarian. I do eat meat once in awhile, but I like to limit it to special occasions.

Whether or not you’re a full-on vegetarian, there are plenty of reasons to eat less meat—even once or twice a week. It’s better for your health, not to mention the planet. Plus, you can save a lot of money! Just think of all the delicious, healthy meals you could make with a can of beans. With all those benefits, it’s no wonder the Meatless...

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March 12, 2010 - 12:06am

I hail from a family of overachievers when it comes to lasagna. My sister makes her own fresh pasta and homemade sauce before assembling the actual casserole. It literally takes her all day—and the results are truly amazing—but for the rest of us normal people, that kind of dedication to a single meal is simply not realistic. Even without the special sauce and fresh noodles, lasagna can be pretty time-consuming, especially when all you have time for is a quick weeknight dinner after work.

But if you...

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