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Enjoy these super easy, cheesy, dumpling-style croque monsieurs!


  • 4 slices of bread
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Flour
  • Egg yolk
  • Breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. On a large piece of plastic wrap, press one slice of bread flat with a rolling pin.
  3. Add one slice of ham, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Take the four corners of the bread, pull them in towards the center, pinch them together so that the bread maintains the shape.
  5. Envelope the bread in the plastic wrap. Gather and twist the ends on top to seal the sandwich dumpling.
  6. Repeat this step with the other slices of bread.
  7. Refrigerate.
  8. Remove the bread balls from the fridge and roll each one in flour, then egg yolk, then breadcrumbs.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Serve alone or with dipping sauces of your choice.

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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 (140 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)


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
4.3/5 (8 Votes)

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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)


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)


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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