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Emeril’s Collard Greens

In Essential Emeril, the famous chef says his mother never needed to nag him to eat his vegetables. In fact, his first “food memory” was picking vegetables in his family’s garden.

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Tropical Fruit Salad

For a lot of folks, fruit salad conjures images of apple, banana and orange chunks swimming in heavy syrup at a Thanksgiving Day banquet. That old standard may have its charms, but if you want to eat clean and add color and nutrition to your diet, savor sweet and tart flavors of the tropics with […]

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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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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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Citrus, Avocado & Spinach Salad w/Warm Goat Cheese

Fresh, seasonal ingredients and the perfect “culinary condiment” is Lili Courtney’s recipe for delighting the palate. So in 2011 she launched her own line of dressings, marinades, and “drizzles” called Delightful Palate. In this salad, she uses Stone Fruit Nectar Vinaigrette to enhance the citrus, avocado and spinach flavors.

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Hanley’s Cucumber, Avocado & Pepper-Jack Salad

If your salad routine has gotten a little humdrum, try Hanley’s variation on “mixed greens.” The cheese and red onion add unexpected flavor, and as always, Sensation Salad dressing is a genie in a bottle!

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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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Summer Peach Salad

Often, the best recipes involve no cooking at all. That’s what the eat-local, farm-to-table, minimally-processed food movement is all about. In that spirit, grab some Ruston peaches and Pecorino Romano cheese, and try this five-minute favorite from Oprah magazine.

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Hanley’s Strawberry Bleu Cheese-Bacon Salad

Make this spring salad in 15 minutes and then “dress it up” with Hanley’s Strawberry Vinaigrette made in the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator right here in Baton Rouge. It provides 3 of the 4-5 recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables, as well as lots of fresh local flavor. Use as a main dish or […]

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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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Kale with Cranberries

A nutritional powerhouse, kale is often called the “queen of greens.” Low in calories (zero fat) but high in fiber, iron, calcium, antioxidants and vitamins K. A and C, kale is also anti-inflammatory helping consumers to fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorder. Eating kale also lowers cholesterol, making it good for heart health, and […]

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Arugula and Pear Salad

Pears often trail apples in popularity, but this nearly year-round fruit offers a host of health benefits. Though slightly higher in calories, the pear is also higher in fiber, aiding in digestion. Pears also provide a healthy dose of potassium, which improves heart health, as well as Vitamins C, K, and A, which help boost […]

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Apple-Pecan Autumn Salad

It’s that time of year when we find ourselves looking for ways to add apples to our recipes. Combining them with toasted pecans is what gave this recipe its seasonal name. Serve as a sweet and savory side or alone for a healthy fall lunch.

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Autumn Kale Salad

This mustardy kale salad from Real Simple brings on autumn with its apple and yam accents. In turn, the leafy superfood’s bite is tempered by the sweet fruits. Ready in about 30 minutes, this salad is hearty on its own or attractive as a side. Tip: Unlike other salad greens, kale is sturdy and so […]

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Waldorf Chicken Salad

Got 20 minutes? Then you’ve got time to make this crowd-pleasing salad, courtesy of Southern Living’s 2010 recipe collection. Keep cooked chicken strips handy for easy weeknight meal prep (we use Tyson Grilled & Ready Strips found in frozen foods) or make the night before for the next day’s lunch.

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Arugula, Grape, and Sunflower Seed Salad

“Clean” cooking and eating are new concepts in our family, but this Cooking Light salad is very persuasive. Sunflower seeds in a recipe surprised us – we’ve rarely eaten them outside of a ballpark – but we’re learning that seeds and nuts are common in clean eating because they are filling and full of nutrients. […]

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Cranberry-Walnut Quinoa Salad

This tasty nutrient-rich salad or side dish takes less than a half-hour to prepare and adds color and flavor to any meal.

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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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Warm Shrimp & Black Bean Salad

This 2008 “healthy in a hurry” recipe from Good Housekeeping makes a hearty, satisfying and healthy main dish for weeknight meals, combining our south Louisiana love of seafood with a Tex-Mex twist and 1/3 of the daily need for fiber.

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