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  1. Creamy Broccoli and Blue Cheese Salad satisfies

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    Tis the season of backyard barbecues, picnics and outdoor potlucks. We gather with friends, or simply migrate to the backyard picnic table for family dinner, and that has me craving the classics: grilled meats, veggies and some creamy starchy sides like macaroni salad. Today, I have the perfect solution for scratching …

    Enjoy your fruit (grapes) and vegetables (broccoli, onion, carrots and red cabbage) with Creamy Broccoli and Blue Cheese Salad.
  2. Get your vitamins in a delicious way with Garlic Green Beans

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    Sometimes I just crave a big serving of green beans. You too, right?

    Get your fill of vitamins, particularly C, A and K, and deliciousness with Garlic Green Beans.
  3. 5 ideas for tomato-free pasta sauces

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    Mom may have made most meals in our house, but my father is no stranger to the kitchen. I love remembering the Saturdays my Jersey dad spent brewing Grandmom's recipe for marinara sauce. Every pot was used, red splattered on every surface, the entire house fragrant with delicious Italian seasonings. It was a magnificent …

    Avocado Sauce is an easy pasta topper if you’re looking for something light.
  4. From the food editor: For Father's Day, steak with a side of mushroom risotto

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    My dad is not what you would call an adventurous eater.

    French Onion Soup Risotto. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  5. Cooking challenge: Baking a layer cake that nods to Dad's upbringing, for Father's Day

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    I got cocky.

    My other two kitchen challenges went so well. Decadent chocolate truffles. Spicy chipotle chicken. This time, I told myself, I could tackle anything — even a four-layer cake for Father's Day.

    Four-Layer Appalachian Stack Cake seemed like the perfect treat, but it didn’t turn out exactly as planned.
  6. Turn one nutrient-rich sweet potato into two courses: dinner and dessert

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    The kitchen is my happy place, which is a good thing, because I spend a lot of time in it. It seems I'm always either developing recipes or cooking them for a camera. And then there's the not-so-small matter of cooking for my husband and four daughters every day. Truly, I love it.

    You don’t have to choose sides with Sweet Potato Two Ways. You can have dessert and dinner.
  7. Fresh veggies come to life in Grilled Ratatouille

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    Ratatouille is a classic vegetable dish starring eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onion and tomato that is deeply steeped in the culture of Mediterranean France. When I married a man from Provence, one of the first lessons I received from my new mother-in-law Muriel was how to make a proper ratatouille.

    This May 29, 2017 photo shows grilled ratatouille in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP) CAMA102
  8. You'll want to eat your (hummus-crusted and roasted) veggies

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    I remember being told in marketing class back in graduate school that the fastest-growing food category in America was hummus. Hummus, our professor insisted, would soon be ubiquitous. I should have heeded his advice and leveraged that bit of 1991 foresight in some way.

    Vegetables are tossed in hummus and roasted to the point of caramelization in this recipe.
  9. Sweeten the meal naturally with Orange and Cucumber Layered Salad With Shrimp

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    My mom was a wanna-be urban farmer long before it was cool. Living in the city limits didn't stop us from growing our own veggies in a backyard garden that flanked a huge handmade chicken coop, where we raised hens for eggs.

    Looking for a fresh twist on salad? Try Orange and Cucumber Layered Salad With Shrimp.
  10. Penne With Garlic Tomatoes, Lemon Zest and Spinach healthy and tasty

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    Ask my husband what his favorite comfort food is and the answer will be quick: pasta. Who doesn't love a steamy bowl of noodles?

    Vegetables bulk up this whole-grain penne dish while bringing nutrients and lots of color.
  11. Start your day with a breakfast skillet that calls for cauliflower, not hash browns

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    I am a morning person by choice, and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

    Riced cauliflower stands in for hash browns in Country-Style Cauliflower Breakfast Skillet.
  12. Dijon and Sherry Oven Chicken Tenders light on fat, big on flavor

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    I mentioned to my husband recently that I had mastered an oven-baked chicken tender recipe, and his response was a little underwhelming; dismissive even. It sounded like a healthier version of a restaurant kid's meal, and frankly, he wasn't interested.

    Dijon and Sherry Oven Chicken Tenders will please the whole family.
  13. From the food editor: How to quick pickle red onions

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    Like mom jeans and every TV show you loved 20 years ago, fermenting is an old (ancient, even) thing trending with a new generation.

    Quick Pickled Red Onions. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  14. From the food editor: How to make balsamic vinaigrette and creamy lemon salad dressing from scratch

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    There are some foods you make from scratch at home that fail to live up to the versions of more experienced chefs or processed foods producers. I make a very decent homemade pizza crust, but it doesn't compare to one from a restaurant that cooks its pies in an 800-degree brick oven, or a frozen DiGiorno (just kidding, …

    Creamy lemon dressing made with mascarpone cheese, olive oil and mustard. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  15. Pear Crumble a healthful way to start or end your day

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    This blend of warm, cinnamon-scented pears with nutty crumble topping makes you feel good before you even take a bite. The dish's homey aroma fills your kitchen as it bakes so you can't help but smile with anticipation.

    Pear Crumble, a healthful take on comfort food, relies on the natural sweetness and subtle flavor of ripe pears.
  16. Chard-wrapped enchiladas bring the flavor, nutrients

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    I grew up in Tucson, Ariz., where comfort food was always something Mexican or southwestern involving tortillas, rice, beans, cheese and a tasty sauce to drown it all in. Which is a long way of saying that enchiladas are pretty much my dream food. So it became my goal to create a version that mimicked the flavors and …

    Using chard as an enchilada wrapper is a great way to get vitamin K, and one cup has just 7 calories.
  17. Banana Oat Mini-Muffins add sweetness the natural way

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    Like many families, we try to minimize the amount of processed sugar we eat. But, it is lurking everywhere, and we are eating far more processed sugar than our grandparents did. How to combat this trend that seems to have sneaked up on us?

    Banana Oat Mini-Muffins, which skip the white processed sugar, can be made gluten-friendly.
  18. Black Bean and Mango Salad a quick, fresh and filling meal

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    Canned beans are a fantastic convenience food. For a little over a buck, you can stock your pantry with a shelf-stable protein source that works in main dishes or in side dishes.

    Black Bean and Mango Salad calls for shredded kale, but you can use any hearty dark green.
  19. For a fast, easy, healthful dinner, try Poached Cod With Raw Papaya Relish

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    Balancing healthy eating with a crazy weeknight schedule is tricky for everyone. We all have competing priorities that chip away at our days: Kids, careers, school, home and family obligations all take time and energy. And next thing we know, it's 6 p.m. and we haven't given any thought to dinner. What we do next is …

    You don’t have to rely on fresh fish for Poached Cod With Papaya Relish. Frozen fillets will work.
  20. Brighten up your diet, plate with nutritious sweet potato-carrot combo

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    Starchy sides are a mainstay of the classic American dinner. It's easy to get complacent and rely on a trusty, if unimaginative, rotation of mealtime regulars: rice, potatoes, noodles.

    Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrots in Quick Soy Sauce Marinade is as colorful as it is flavorful and nitritious.