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Grilled Cajun Atlantic Salmon served with corns

Cajun Blackened Salmon

Most dietary guidelines today call for eating fish at least 3 times a week. But dietitians don’t just suggest fish, but rather fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. This simple 3-ingredient dish can make meeting that requirement not only quick and easy, but delicious!

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Two Bean Salad

If you follow the “Blue Zone” eating plans, you know that adding more beans to your diet is one of the healthiest changes you can make. Blue Runner, based in Gonzales for more than half a century, offers great products in store and tasty recipes on their website, including this yummy salad that can serve […]

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Chicken Wraps with PB2 Sauce

PB2 is powdered peanut butter with just three ingredients. Add water and – voila! – you have peanut butter without the saturated or trans fats and far fewer calories. These Asian fusion chicken wraps make for a great weeknight dinner or an easy and tasty lunch box filler.

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Crockpot Southwestern Chicken

Since it’s too hot in the kitchen to cook, this Holly Clegg recipe is perfect for days when you’d rather be by the pool or at the ball field. (Ironically, this dish does not come from Clegg’s Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook but rather her Kitchen 101 staple.) Clegg advises using crockpot liners so […]

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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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Re: Grilled Chicken

Recipes with five or fewer ingredients assures a greater chance you probably have most of the foodstuff already on hand. And such simple recipes also unmask the flavors of real food. Easy Grilled Chicken with Re: Garlicky Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade is a quick and easy crowd pleaser.

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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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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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Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

We love meals that cook themselves – which is why we love food bloggers like Skinny Ms. who share yummy slow cooker recipes like this 190-calorie dish. Pull that crockpot out of the cabinet and put it to good use with this easy fix-it-and-leave-it favorite that tastes like you slaved over a stove all day. […]

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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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Cast Iron Black Drum

In Louisiana we are blessed with an abundance of fresh seafood, and cooking up a daily fish special is easier than you think. Take this recipe from Monica Bravo, local food blogger/ballerina/LSU biochem student, and the unsung black drum tastes as spectacular as its famous cousin, the redfish. Then check out Monica’s site, bravoforpaleo.com, to […]

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Lean turkey provides a healthier take on an oldie-but-goodie, and slow cooking coaxes the flavor out of each ingredient, decreasing the need for added salt. We tried it without the packaged seasoning and added chili powder, cumin and a little pepper to taste instead. Pairs perfectly with our almond flour cornbread recipe.

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Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with White Beans & Kale

Depending on the size of the potatoes selected, this tasty dish can serve as a vegetarian entree or vegetable side. Whether vegan, vegetarian or an omnivore mixing it up with a meatless meal, you’ll love the blend of sweet and savory flavors in this thekitchn.com recipe.

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Tenderloin Steaks with Red Onion Marmalade

Two small portions (3-4 ounces) of red meat per week like the lean cuts called for in this recipe can be part of a healthy diet by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol by about 10 percent and relieving anxiety and depression by boosting omega-3 fatty acids. This clean recipe from Cooking Light will also brighten your […]

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Parmesan Pesto Tilapia

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, nearly every healthy eating movement points toward whole foods prepared quickly and simply for optimal health. Bonus: less is actually more when it comes to flavor. Try this tasty 15-minute tilapia dish and you’ll see what we mean.

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Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Clean eating means cutting down on processed foods and focusing on real foods. One way to eat healthier is to cut down on the number of ingredients in a dish. This five-ingredient weeknight entree from Cooking Light packs a lot of flavor without all the additives.

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Black Bean Soup

Soup is the ultimate comfort food, especially on a cold winter night. Stir in several veggies and it’s filling and healthy too. We found this recipe (modified from a Panera favorite) at detoxinista.com where blogger Megan is on a mission to make healthy living more accessible.

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Baked Potato Soup

This creamy comfort food (with a vegan-friendly option) is an old family recipe that hits the spot on a cool autumn night. We love the way each person can customize it with top-it-yourself options.

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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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Spinach Lasagna

There are five basic tastes – sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami. Say what? Umami, derived from a Japanese word, means no disrespect to your mother but rather means “pleasant savory taste” – and it’s found in abundance in this Self magazine vegetarian recipe.

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John Folse’s Crawfish Stew

About five years ago we adopted a Mediterranean diet, but every now and then we have an envie for home cooking, roux and all. This classic recipe from Chef Folse’s Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine hits the spot.

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Holly Clegg’s Quick Chili

From Kitchen 101 Holly Clegg offers this quick hot dish for busy cold nights using common pantry items. The warm one-pot meal can also be prepared in a slow cooker if you brown the meat and onions first.

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Seared Sesame Seed Tuna

Folks who eat oily fish twice a week live longer, boost brain development, and cut their risk of heart disease by about one-third. There are a host of other health benefits from eating oily fish, which provide omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation in the body. But we consider all of that lagniappe – we […]

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Apple Panini

We clipped this Southern Living recipe when our kids were in grade school for an easy lunchbox entree or quick weeknight meal. The recipe suggests Pepperidge Farm Very Thin White Bread, but we’ve substituted wheat with great results. We also use an inexpensive panini press to speed up the process.

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Ground Lamb & Hummus Pita “Pizzas”

We’ve never cooked lamb before, so this recipe seemed like a good place for beginners to start. And it was! We had all of the ingredients on hand except for the lamb (the guys in our meat department don’t mind grinding some on the spot if we’re out of pre-made packages), and the results were […]

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw & Roasted Pineapple Sauce

Most health experts suggest eating fish twice a week since it’s a low-cal source of protein. Consider that a 3-ounce serving contains just 93 calories but 20 grams of protein (1/3 of your required daily intake) and is rich in iron and vitamin B, too. The USDA also classifies Mahi Mahi, a firm, mild-flavored white […]

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Slow-Cooker Creole Red Beans & Smoked Sausage

For folks who love the melded flavor of a spicy signature South Louisiana comfort dish but don’t have the luxury of time, this recipe provides a fresh and tasty alternative to canned goods. It also offers antioxidants, protein, folate, minerals, and fiber, including resistant starch. Resistant starch, a new buzz word in health circles, boosts […]

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Slow-Cooker Abita Pulled Pork

Summertime means trips to the beach or ballpark or just more time in the backyard, which means less time in the kitchen. Thank God for this recipe for pulled pork sandwiches – it almost cooks itself! Abita Root Beer gives it a distinct local flavor, and choosing your own sauce lets you customize it for […]

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Simple Eggplant Parmesan

When our daughter became a vegetarian four years ago, we scrambled to come up with a wider variety of meatless dishes. We found eggplant to be a great meat substitute – low in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat but high in antioxidant phytochemicals, fiber, and “fullness” factor. With eggplants now in season, we reached into […]

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Grilled Pork Tenders

Wondering what to do with Kinloch Plantation Pecan Oil? This secret of the south promotes healthy cooking and is made in Louisiana.

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Red Snapper, Popcorn Rice & Creole Tomato Sauce

Store Manager Michael Bogdan joined Around Town Chef Celeste recently to prepare this Alexander’s original recipe using all local ingredients. Bonus – the entire dish takes less than half an hour!

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Crawfish Pasta Salad

This tangy take on crawfish lightens up traditional Louisiana fare just a bit and may be eaten warm or cold. It’s a great dish for meatless Lenten meals or to make ahead for spring baptism, confirmation or graduation receptions. It’s also an easy option for a luncheon and can easily be doubled or tripled to […]

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