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VIDEO: Duck Breast Pastry Pockets

Who will you make these elegant duck pastry pockets for? 


  • 1 whole duck breast
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 3-4 slices ham
  • 3-4  tbsp raspberry jam
  • 3- 4 slices Muenster cheese


  1. Fry the duck breast in a pan until medium rare (or your preference) and browned on the outside.
  2. Roll out a sheet of puff pastry, and layer the ham slices  in the middle.
  3. Spread the raspberry jam over the ham slices, and follow with the Muenster cheese, and the duck breast.
  4. Moisten the sides of the pastry with water, then fold to enclose the duck. 
  5. Brush the pastry with the egg yolk, then score lightly with a knife. 
  6. Bake for 10 minutes at 464°F (until the cheese is melted and the pastry is golden brown)
  7. Serve, and enjoy! 

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So yesterday I went to my friend's garden and got a TON of cherry tomatoes

  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 t dried Italian seasoning
  • 5 T unsalted butter, fat free! cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 T shortening, cold and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 c skim milk
  • 2 1/2 pints heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 2 T fresh basil, cut into chiffonade (thin strips)
  • 1 T evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
4.7/5 (54 Votes)

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This recipe is Greek, healthy and full of flavor! You could also try grilling this on the BBQ for a great summer ma...

  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds) with neck and giblets removed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Greek Marinade ( see recipe below)
  • Oil for the grill rack
4.6/5 (141 Votes)

Some dishes are best served in a bowl. Pack 'em for lunch or serve them as a simple, no-cook dinner. Here are our picks of the hottest, healthiest bowls you can make th


Brown ground beef in a large pot over med-high heat, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks

  • 1 lb grass fed beef or bison
  • 1 small organic onion
  • 1 can organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can organic kidney beans
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 chipolte peppers, chopped
4.5/5 (2 Votes)


So I love grilled foods in the summertime, why not keep it healthy but still savory? These Greek Kabobs are great!

  • 24 grape or small cherry tomatoes
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, cut into 12 (1/2-inch) cubes
  • 12 pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 small red or sweet onion, cut into 12 (1/2-inch) pieces
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • Special equipment: 12 (6-inch) bamboo or wood skewers
4.1/5 (16 Votes)

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Boil 5 Russet Potatoes for 30 minutes

  • Russet Potatoes, Celery, Plain Yogurt, Parsley
4.1/5 (23 Votes)


With a healthy dose of protein, savoury tuna and delicious cheese pair well with a salad for a quick meal

  • 1 can tuna in water, drained
  • seasonings to taste (eg., fresh or dried parsly, chopped green onions or dried onion flakes, cracked black pepper)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise (or, for reduced calories, use Walden Farms mayo-type spread)
  • 4 slices weight Watcher's whole wheat or Squirrelly light sprouted grain bread
  • 4 slices cheese eg., whole or light cheddar (or reduce calories further with 8 wedges light Laughing Cow cheese, each sliced in half)
4.3/5 (121 Votes)


Here is a perfect light lunch or dinner, healthy tabbouleh salad

  • 1 cup bulgur wheat, fine or meduim grain
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon, about 1 tsp.
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup scallions, (about 2) chopped both white and green parts
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (1 ½ cups) sliced in half
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
4/5 (10 Votes)


Many different versions of this can be made, but here's one of my favorite versions

  • 1 Banana (or more, if you like the taste of bananas)
  • 2 cup Strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • Any kind of juice (I used cranberry)
  • Honey
  • 1 cup nuts (I used almonds)
4.3/5 (3 Votes)


Combine all ingredients and shape into patties

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup onion - minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley - chopped
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
3.8/5 (10 Votes)


These are wonderful little pancakes I created on our vacation in Michigan

  • 2 medium zucchini (washed and shredded)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 3-4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Sour cream (optional for garnish)
3.8/5 (10 Votes)

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