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Chicken with Almond and Berry Relish

  Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken  breasts Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed  lime juice       Almond and Raspberry Relish 1/2 pint raspberries, divided 1/2 teaspoon lime juice 1/2 teaspoon finely minced or  pressed garlic 1/2 teaspoon honey 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/3 cup sliced California Almonds 1/3 cup chopped scallions   Directions: For chicken, season chicken with salt and pepper. Place in a large zippered plastic bag with olive oil, and marinate refrigerated for 1-24 hours.   Preheat grill or broiler, and cook chicken 3-4 minutes each side, or until cooked throughout.  Sprinkle with lime juice and top with relish. For relish, combine about half of the raspberries with lime juice, garlic, and one teaspoon honey in a small bowl, stirring well and mashing up raspberries so that mixture becomes saucy.   Taste and add more honey if the mixture is too tart. Add salt and whisk in vegetable oil.  Gently stir in remaining raspberries, keeping them whole. Stir in almonds and scallions just before serving.     

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Shell Pasta Salad with Salmon and Green Beans

One of the favorite pasta salads. It is not only delicious but it’s also low in fat. Enjoy. Ingredients: 1 cup seashell pasta 1/4 pound fresh green beans, cut  into 1-inch lengths 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese 1/4 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill weed 2 (6 ounces) cans salmon, drained ground black pepper to taste 8 leaves lettuce   Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and rinse pasta under cold running water. Drain again and set aside.   Blanch green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Drain again and set aside.   In a food processor or through a sieve, puree cottage cheese.  Combine with yogurt and lemon juice; mix well.   In a large bowl, combine pasta, green beans, yogurt mixture and dill; stir to mix. Discard skin from salmon and break into chunks;  add to salad and stir gently to mix. Add pepper to taste. Line serving plate with lettuce leaves and mound salad on top.    

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Hearty Chicken and Beans

This savory recipe is a wonderful way to prepare a budget-friendly chicken. You can feel extra good about serving this easy dish for dinner tonight.     Ingredients: 3 1/2 pounds chicken thighs 1/2 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 tablespoons cooking oil 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced 1 (15 ounces) can spicy chili beans, undrained 1 (8 ounces) can sliced water  chestnuts, drained 1 (4 ounces) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained 1 1/4 cups water 3 tablespoons cornstarch Hot cooked rice   Directions: Bone and skin chicken; cut into bite-size pieces. In a shallow bowl or large resealable plastic bag, combine 1/4 cup soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and cumin if desired; add chicken.   Cover or close bag and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Cook chicken for 6-8 minutes or until juices run clear.   […]

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Curried Hummus

This spicy Indian curry hummus is made from chickpeas, with a hint of tomato, and lots of garlic. It sounds exotic, but this is really just a nice, simple hummus.     Ingredients: 2 (15.5 ounces) cans chickpeas  (garbanzo beans), rinsed and  drained 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, crushed 4 teaspoons curry powder 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup water Salt, to taste. Hot sauce to taste   Directions: Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Serve (drizzled with olive oil, if desired) with pita chips.    

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Creamy Macaroni with Asparagus

This Creamy Asparagus Pasta recipe is a healthy version of Pasta Primavera. This healthy macaroni recipe uses whole-wheat pasta for fiber and a lighter cream sauce.   Ingredients: 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large clove garlic, crushed 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 3/4 pound ditalini pasta salt and pepper to […]

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Italian Asparagus Salad

An Italian asparagus salad is a very good alternative to classic asparagus recipes. You can mix white and green asparagus if you like.   Ingredients: 1/2 cup Marzetti® Blue Cheese Italian Vinaigrette Dressing 1 1/4 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed 1/4 cup pine nuts 3 roasted red peppers, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 1/4 cup chopped fresh […]

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Fajitas Primavera

Genuinely dinner after a long day should not take more than 30 minutes. Quick and very easy suppers do not always imply less flavor, or creativity though. Fast and also easy can be vibrant, bountiful and knick your socks off scrumptious! One of best supper dishes is fajitas.     Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced […]

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