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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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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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Healthy Sweet Potato & Veggie Bake

This spicy seasoning, concocted by the Walker family from Ville Platte as an alternative to other brands they felt relied too heavily on salt, adds a zest you won’t soon forget. Top a medley of vegetables with it, and all you need is a ribeye, chicken breast or any other center-plate protein to complete your […]

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Re: invent your next barbecue with this tangy recipe that requires just two ingredients.

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Watermelon Avocado Mint Salad

Nothing is fresher — and tastier — than a mix of five or fewer raw ingredients. Toss these seasonal favorites for a taste of summer.

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Smothered Spicy Corn

Who doesn’t need a quick side dish to round out a meal? Kids especially love corn, and with the added spices of 2 Sisters’ Salsa’s variation, you will too!

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Baked Honey Sweet Potatoes

Baked Honey Sweet Potatoes

Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy these homegrown sweet vegetables! Rich in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, beta carotene and fiber, sweet potatoes should be a year-round staple. The Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission offers this simple recipe, with just five ingredients, helps make that an easy goal to achieve.

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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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Sweet Potato Souffle

Food photographer Kristine Stone was cooking in season long before it was in vogue. Now, with her Seasonal in Louisiana notecards and refrigerator magnets, she hopes to help others do the same. Here she uses sweet potatoes for a dish that doubles as a side or dessert!

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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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Perfect Peach Smoothie

If you prefer to drink your fruits and veggies – or just need a nutritious way to cool off in the summer heat, try this smoothie combining bananas, strawberries, and peaches in a recipe from Deliciously Ella, a food blogger who focuses on whole, plant-based foods for optimal health.

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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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Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes

Waiting for tomatoes to ripen on the vine can be tough, and the waiting is even harder this year since late cold spells in South Louisiana have delayed their harvest time a bit. Savoring this side dish will make the time fly – and make summer seem to arrive a little earlier. Choose firm and […]

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Angel Hair Squash

People with celiac disease or those who choose to give up wheat for any reason often miss pasta dishes in their diets. This healthy substitute, from William Davis’ Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook, takes just 15 minutes – and pairs well with our slow-cooker balasamic chicken.

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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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Kale Smoothie with Pineapple and Banana

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or the beginning of spring with this Real Simple smoothie requiring just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes hands-on time. The result is a spring-grass green way to drink 3 of the daily recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Add chia seeds for a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids and […]

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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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Flat-Belly Blueberry Smoothie

Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get in several fruit and vegetable servings on the run – or before or after you run. Keep these five ingredients handy in your fridge, and you’ll always be just 5 minutes away from a satisfying and nutritious meal replacement or snack. The recipe for this cold […]

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Almond Flour “Cornbread”

Eliminating wheat from meals, whether because of a gluten allergy or a desire to eat a grain-free diet, often means cutting out breads and other warm baked goods. The next time you make soup, chili or red beans and rice, this recipe from preppypaleo.com will make it easier to have your (cornbread) cake and eat […]

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Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Enjoy this cool-weather cruciferous vegetable (and the iron, fiber, folate, and vitamins that come with it) as a side dish. The first description of this member of the cabbage family came from – you guessed it – Belgium. Recipe courtesy of Food Network.

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Stir-fried Cabbage

We think of cabbage as a New Year’s Day favorite, but it’s a nutrient-rich veggie with cancer prevention benefits that pairs well and prepares easily on busy weeknights, too. With making a fresh start and real-food resolutions on the brain, this recipe works into most get-fit-quick wellness plans. It’s similar to a recipe on Michelle […]

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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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Roasted Asparagus

Low in calories and very low in sodium, asparagus is a good source of calcium, fiber and protein, as well as many vitamins and minerals. This simple side dish is our favorite way to eat them – as a tasty appetizer or a side with smoked salmon or grilled chicken.

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Apple Coleslaw

This no-cook recipe is great for summer, good with pulled pork, and easy to pack for picnics. Use red cabbage or red peppers for a pop of color or keep it all earthy and green. The apple and honey add a nice sweet tart contrast to the veggies.

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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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Rum-Spiked Grilled Pineapple

We love pineapples (in case you haven’t noticed), so we’re crazy about this versatile recipe. Adapted from a similar Cooking Light concoction, it can be used as a summer side dish or as a dessert. Either way the taste transports you to a tropical island and then pampers you with Vitamin C, Manganese, fiber, and […]

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Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

This may be the easiest and tastiest side dish you ever prepare. And the beta carotene pop of orange next to leafy greens or lean protein on your plate packs a healthy punch. Published in 2004 as part of the USDA’s MyPlate initiative to encourage Americans to fill half of their plates with fruits 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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Garlic-Roasted Kale

Often called the queen of greens, kale is high in fiber and has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk. It’s rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants and inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids. Try this 10-minute side dish from Cooking Light to find out why it’s Alexander’s number one seller in produce.

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Caramelized Spicy Green Beans

“When I serve this irresistible dish, I never have to talk my family into eating their veggies,” Mari Lappin told Southern Living magazine about this easy recipe that makes a tasty, colorful winter side. Bonus: the recipe contains crushed red pepper, proven to boost metabolism.

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Corn Maque Choux

Miss Lynn’s mother called this recipe “Smothered Corn and Tomatoes,” but it’s better known by this Cajun title. Can be made with fresh or canned corn.

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