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PB2 apple & pretzel dip

Sometimes the hardest part about maintaining a healthy diet is snacking, so having healthy muchies on hand can keep you on track. This low-fat, protein-rich dip is tasty with apple slices, bananas, or pretzels and takes fewer than five ingredients and less than five minutes to make. When prepared with Splenda, it is only 2 […]

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Hanley’s Sensation Crab Claws

If you want a restaurant quality appetizer to bring to your next party, grab a bottle of Hanley’s Sensation Salad Dressing a few more ingredients and you’ll be well on your way.

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Easy Apple Butter

Savor the flavor of fall with seasonal recipes, starting with this 5-ingredient easy apple butter from Southern Living. Jazz up a ho-hum sandwich or lather on biscuits, crackers, bagels, or toast to take an oh-so-yummy bite out of autumn. Ingredients 3 pounds crips and sweet apples, such as Gala, Honeycrisp, Ambrosia, or Braeburn (about 8 apples) […]

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Fresh Mango Salsa

Summer is for dining al fresco and eating fresh produce. Recipes with five or fewer raw ingredients, like this zesty salsa, take you out of the hot kitchen and allow more time for porch or patio parties. Enjoy!

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Rainbow Fruit & Veggie Spring Rolls

Getting 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day can be a challenge, for adults and kids alike. That’s why the dietitians at Pennington Biomedical Research Center have come up with these two recipes to help you – or the picky eater in your family – along.

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Hanley’s Strawberry Log

You know it’s spring in Louisiana when local strawberries appear on shelves — and in Hanley’s Foods’ signature salad dressing bottles.

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Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza

Local chef and cookbook author Holly Clegg, this year’s recipient of the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society’s Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Award, promotes her hot pink Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook during the month dedicated to love with this different and delicious take on pizza.

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Delightful Palate’s Stone Fruit Nectar Curry Torte

Lili Courtney, a talented local chef with a passion for eating well, calls her line of Delightful Palate salad dressings “culinary condiments for artful eating.” We think you’ll agree when you try this recipe, a no-cook appetizer for the holidays that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Mediterranean Layered Dip

Holly Clegg offers this tailgating favorite from her best-selling cookbook, Kitchen 101. “Move over Tex-Mex Dip as these Greek-flavored layers make a stunning presentation,” Clegg says.

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Louisiana Spring Salsa

Strawberries bring a burst of fresh flavor to Louisiana each spring, and this salsa recipe from Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Test Kitchen is an easy way to snack on goodness.

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Eggplant Spinach Bites

You don’t have to give up on parties and the sure-to-be-there yummy appetizers to maintain good health throughout the holidays. Try these savory treats from Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Research Kitchen – proof you can eat, drink and be merry!

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Easy Blender Salsa

We specialize in eating local, but we also enjoy surfing food blogs and bringing ideas from afar to use with fresh ingredients from here. Like this easy blender salsa recipe from Mountain Mama Cooks, where blogger Kelley Epstein shares high altitude cooking tips and a love of outdoors from Park City, Utah. If her motto […]

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Boiled Royal Red Shrimp

It’s easy to mistake these shrimp as cooked the first time you see them. They are, as their name suggests, a deep blush color. But they’re different from the Gulf shrimp most of us are accustomed to. In fact, Royal Reds were only discovered at the beginning of the 21st century in 1200 feet of […]

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Crab-salad Stuffed Eggs

Deviled eggs have long been a staple of springtime gatherings and picnics, but this savory recipe with a Southern twist just might make them a standout. Made with all natural unprocessed ingredients, the recipe from Cooking Light produces a healthy appetizer or side dish for those eating clean.

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Mango Chutney Spread

Looking for a quick appetizer to bring to the office lunch or your next holiday party? Holly Clegg offers this surprisingly simple spread recipe in her Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook. Surprisingly simple with just six ingredients, the ying-yang result tantalizes every taste bud with each sweet, spicy and salty bite.

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Crescent City Oysters

Gulf coast waters provide 70 percent of oysters caught in the United States, and Louisiana oysters are largest during the cooler months, according to Carol Stubbs and Nancy Rust in A Louisiana Christmas, their book of heritage recipes and hometown celebrations that contains this classic holiday appetizer.

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Beer Bread

Nothing says comfort food like bread warm from the oven. With four ingredients and less than an hour of time, you too can serve up a hot loaf.

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Apple Chips

This simple but tasty recipe is perfect as an appetizer or after-school snack. We borrowed it from Catherine and Christina Mahtook, two LSU seniors who run their own health and fitness blog T.A.S.K. by Twinatics.

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Boudro’s Famous Guacamole

Some friends recently visited San Antonio – one of our favorite cities – and brought home this recipe as a souvenir. A signature appetizer from Boudro’s, a Texas bistro on the Riverwalk with a name pronounced exactly like the French name here complete with a Fleur-de-lis over the ‘B,’ this guac is so fresh and […]

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Zucchini Bread

It may not be as popular among summer crops as tomatoes or sweet corn, but zucchini needn’t be the Rodney Dangerfield of your diet. Zucchinis are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and a good source of dietary fiber. And, they taste good too. We’ve been enjoying this easy recipe from longtime family […]

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Fresh Fruit with Minted Honey

“If you feed them, they will come,” Joan Chastain tells the editors of Louisiana Cookin’ in their July/August issue. A mother of four, Chastain is referring to a strategy certain to get teen and young adult children to gather at your house – before and after leaving the nest. This fresh fruit dish is a […]

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Black Bean Salsa

This colorful and zesty salsa is perfect for parties, game days, tail gates or healthy snacking and another great way to get in more of the day’s recommended veggie servings.

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