BORDER-STYLE MEATLOAF

 For those of you, like me, who like a good meatloaf from time to time, I have found this recipe works for me. Instead of bread as a filler it uses plain cornmeal. The onion, cilantro, and chilies give it flavor as well as work good in our bodies. 1 lb lean ground beef1/2 cup finely chopped onion1/4 cup chopped fresh …

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Matcha-White Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a very classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, with a few minor changes. The addition of matcha green tea is the most obvious one, and matcha goes particularly well with white chocolate. As usual I have reduced the amount of sugar normally called for, with the result that they are slightly cakier and also slightly less obnoxiously over-sweet than …

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Sicilian Christmas Pizza (Sfincione) – Finally, a Pizza with More Carbs

Topping a thick-crust pizza with breadcrumbs might sound like a strange idea, but it really is the secret sauce behind this Sicilian Christmas Pizza. Well, that and the actual secret sauce. Speaking of secrets, whether you tell your friends and family that the sauce is made with onions and anchovies is your business, but if you think that’ll turn them …

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MINTY PASTA-VEGGIE DISH

1 lb whole-wheat rotini pasta3 tbsp olive or canola oil1/2 cup chopped walnuts1 lb mixed yellow and zucchini squash, sliced in half lengthwise then slice into half circlesdash of freshly ground black pepper1/2 tsp salt1 can (15 1/2-oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed2 tbsp chopped fresh mint3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water according to package …

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Zany Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Salad A fun, tasty and sweet-ish dish. It may not be the prettiest but trust me, this dish tastes better than it looks! Serves 4 Dressing:Boiling water8 dates, pitted and chopped1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)4 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons water1 teaspoon dried oregano2 teaspoons honey2 teaspoons ground cumin2 teaspoons ground coriander Salad:2 – 15

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MINI LEMON TARTS WITH FRESH BERRIES

2 large egg yolks3 tbsp butter, melted1/2 cup powdered sugar*2 tbsp lemon juice1 tbsp grated lemon zest1 tbsp Splenda granulated24 mini frozen phyllo pastry shells24 fresh raspberries (or blueberries)24 mint leaves for garnish, if desired Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the egg yolks, melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, and Splenda together in a small bowl. Place …

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Vegan “Turkey” Roast

Here it is, the time of year when I start thinking of something vegetarian for Christmas. This year I am following up on last years’ Vegetarian Sausage with a vegetarian “turkey” roast, also based on gluten flour and legumes. (Or it’s a “chicken” roast, if you want to think of it that way.) I’m planning to use this mixture to …

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MAKE TASTY VANILLA-CINNAMON BUTTER

You can add some sweetness to your pancakes, waffles, French toast, etc by topping them with this easy to make Vanilla Butter. 1 stick (4-oz) unsalted butter1/2 vanilla bean1 tsp Splenda granulated1 tsp ground cinnamon Allow butter to soften at room temperature for half an hour. Slice vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the inside to get the meat. Combine the …

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Snowballs

This is a fairly familiar Christmas cookie–nuts, fat, and flour coated in icing sugar. Growing up we had something like them called Russian Tea Balls. I like this version because the almond flour makes for a more crisp and smooth cookie than the one of my childhood. These are flavoured to be reminiscent of eggnog, but you could leave the nutmeg out of you’d …

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