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  • 2 -3 avocados, chopped
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen white corn, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juice of, freshly squeezed
  • 1 dash coarse salt
  • 1 dash olive oil
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 410.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Fat: 16.9 g
  • Fiber: 17.9 g
  • Protein: 13.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 44.9 g
  • Sugar: 2.4 g

Avocado and Black Bean Salad

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  • 1⁄4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil (I use grape seed oil to make it healthier)
  • 1⁄2 cup walnut oil
  • 2 lbs asparagus, trimmed and steamed until tender
  • 1⁄3 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup blue cheese, crumbles
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 419.8
  • Calories from Fat: 383 g
  • Total Fat: 42.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.2 mg
  • Sodium: 410 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 7.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Sugars: 2.2 g
  • Protein: 6 g

Asparagus Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette

This is the BEST recipe I have ever found using fresh asparagus. I think I could eat this salad everyday for…

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  • 12 ounces frozen sweet corn, defrosted and drained
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely diced (if you enjoy the heat, add some seeds)
  • 1⁄3 - 1⁄2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 3⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 200.9
  • Calories from Fat: 25 g
  • Total Fat: 2.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 588.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 46.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Sugars: 10.6 g
  • Protein: 6.9 g

Corn Salsa Just Like Chipotle’s

If you enjoy the corn salsa served at Chipotle's Restaurant, you are going to love this recipe. Serve this salsa with…

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  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (or can use Great Northern)
  • 1⁄4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 420.4
  • Calories from Fat: 255 g
  • Total Fat: 28.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 882.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 32.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 11 g
  • Sugars: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 11 g

White Bean Hummus

A great change of pace from your regular hummus. Love the toasted garlic flavor. This is a very easy recipe to…

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  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 732.7
  • Calories from Fat 413 g:
  • Total Fat 45.9 g:
  • Saturated Fat 6.5 g:
  • Cholesterol 0 mg:
  • Sodium 952.9 mg:
  • Total Carbohydrate 72.8 g:
  • Dietary Fiber 25.1 g:
  • Sugars 2.1 g:
  • Protein 17.7 g:

Avocado Hummus

I thought I had tasted great hummus, until I discovered avocado hummus. A long standing avocado lover from way back, I…

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  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄3 cup tahini (sesame-seed paste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups (15 1/2 ounce) black-eyed peas (drained and rinsed)
  • green onion top, snipped for garnish
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 338.2
  • Calories from Fat: 113 g
  • Total Fat: 12.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 1102 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 43.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 10.8 g
  • Sugars: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 16.4 g

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

This is a delicious variation of hummus that we enjoy on top of multi-grain tortilla chips. Served with a variety of…

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  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 8 ounces bulk sausage
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2⁄3 cup onion, diced
  • 2⁄3 cup celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 cup bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1⁄2 - 2⁄3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or use fresh cut into small pieces)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh parmesan cheese, grated
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 349.1
  • Calories from Fat: 211 g
  • Total Fat: 23.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 78.8 mg
  • Sodium: 688.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 17 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Sugars: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 18.3 g

Stuffed Tomatoes

This is a fabulous recipe to help use some of those beautifully ripe tomatoes in your garden. If you use extra…

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  • 3 lbs plum tomatoes, such as Roma halved lengthwise
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Herbs de Provence
  • 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 head garlic, left whole
  • 10 cups cubed country-style Italian bread (1-inch, 1 pound)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups coarsely grated chilled Italian fontina (9 ounces)
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 523
  • Calories from Fat: 391 g
  • Total Fat: 43.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 18.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 300.2 mg
  • Sodium: 464.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 13.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
  • Sugars: 8.7 g
  • Protein: 21.2 g

Tomato Bread Pudding

If you have an over abundance of fresh garden tomatoes, you may want to give this wonderful recipe from Gourmet Magazine…

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  • 1⁄2 - 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped (or 1/2 TBSP chopped fresh marjoram)
  • 10 ounces mixed romaine lettuce, and
  • radicchio
  • 1 lb fresh crabmeat (pick over for shells and cartilage)
  • fresh lemon juice
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 352
  • Calories from Fat: 190 g
  • Total Fat: 21.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 180.5 mg
  • Sodium: 668.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 16.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugars: 5.2 g
  • Protein: 25.2 g

Crab Louis

This recipe of Crab Louis comes from Legal Seafood. This is not only a delicious way to serve crab, but also…

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1⁄2 cup scallion, chopped (include some of the green tops)
  • 3⁄4 lb shrimp, cooked and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (or sweet marjoram)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 cup arugula
  • 1 bunch chicory lettuce, washed, stemmed and dried (about 2 cups)
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 191.5
  • Calories from Fat: 105 g
  • Total Fat: 11.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 129.6 mg
  • Sodium: 131.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 3.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Sugars: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 17.9 g

Shrimp, Arugula and Chicory Salad

This is a very light salad taking less than 10 minutes to prepare. It must be made just prior to serving…

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  • 4 tablespoons white onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped and firmly packed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh jalapeños, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium ripe Hass avocadoes (about 8 oz each)
  • 3 tablespoons tomatoes, diced
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 222.8
  • Calories from Fat: 180 g
  • Total Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 592.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 12.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.1 g
  • Sugars: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g

Purely Simple Guacamole

In my opinion the fresh and simple is best when considering a guacamole recipe. I know lots of recipes add lots…

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  • 2⁄3 cup olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 1⁄2 lbs peeled large cooked shrimp
  • Romaine lettuce hearts, leaves
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 244.8
  • Calories from Fat: 170 g
  • Total Fat: 18.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 165.8 mg
  • Sodium: 497.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 0.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Sugars: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 17.8 g

Shrimp Shooters

This very refreshing appetizer comes from Southern Living, June 2007. Cook time reflects time to chill. I hope you will enjoy…

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  • 1 cup strawberry, stemmed
  • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups trimmed spinach leaves
  • 1 lb asparagus spear, blanched and drained
  • 4 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 183.8
  • Calories from Fat: 96 g
  • Total Fat: 10.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 209.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 20 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g
  • Sugars: 12.1 g
  • Protein: 6.3 g

Spinach-Asparagus Salad with Strawberry Dressing

I hope you will enjoy this wonderful salad I discovered in the California Strawberry Commission.

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  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted
  • 8 ounces sliced bacon
  • 3 pears, sliced (Bosc work best)
  • nonstick vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 cups ruby port
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 12 cups mixed baby greens
  • 3⁄4 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 795.3
  • Calories from Fat: 592 g
  • Total Fat: 65.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.7 mg
  • Sodium: 324.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 27.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Sugars: 14.8 g
  • Protein: 7.9 g

Grilled Pear Salad with Bacon, Roquefort and…

You will enjoy this salad full of lively and inviting flavors which comes from the Al Biernat’s Restaurant in Dallas, TX.

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
  • 2 tablespoons frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 heads Belgian endive, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 apples, unpeeled, cored, chopped (Red Delicious or Fuji work best)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries (could use dried)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
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Nutrients
  • Calories: 246
  • Calories from Fat: 112 g
  • Total Fat: 12.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 87.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 33 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 15.4 g
  • Sugars: 15.1 g
  • Protein: 6.3 g

Belgian Endive and Apple Salad with Cranberry…

This is a very colorful, simple yet tasty salad which would be perfect served with a holiday meal or anytime you…

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