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Mole (Mo-Lay) sauce is something very unique, and there are countless versions of how it’s made

  • Chicken Mole:
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable) oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • One 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken breasts (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • Sandwich Build:
  • One 16-ounce can refried beans (with chorizo if available)*
  • 4 fresh bolillo rolls, warmed (Note, I made my own or any kind of sturdy sandwich rolls will work)
  • 2 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Tomatillo Salsa, recipe follows
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • NOTE: I made my own mash black beans
  • Tomatillo Salsa: (don't skip this, or buy bottled if you wish)
  • 1 pound fresh tomatillos, husk removed and rinsed well
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and halved
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into thirds
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
4.6/5 (15 Votes)

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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are full of flavors and a healthy dinner

  • SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 ounces ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup whole roasted cashew nuts
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 3 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • Pinch white sesame seeds
4.4/5 (27 Votes)

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Copycat Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad is a healthier version of my favorite salad from Panera!

  • CHICKEN MARINADE:
  • 1 bag pre-washed romaine lettuce
  • 1 bag pre-washed baby spinach
  • 4 medium chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (or agave nectar, or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, toasted in a dry skillet over medium heat until
  • golden brown
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • SALAD TOPPINGS:
  • Chopped cilantro
  • 11 ounce can mandarin oranges packed in water or 100% juice (rinse in water if packed in syrup)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Baked or fried wonton strips
  • Sesame seeds
4.3/5 (34 Votes)

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Pita rounds broiled until crisp, then spread with hummus and topped with ground lamb, fresh cilantro, and toasted p...

  • 6 ounces ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato, chopped and seeded
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 (6-inch) pitas
  • 1/2 cup plain hummus
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
4.7/5 (9 Votes)

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Transform a simple baguette into a crowd-pleasing bruschetta with this recipe

  • 1 loaf French bread or baguette, sliced
  • extra virgin olive oil for brushing
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups garden fresh tomatoes, seeded & chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper, plus more to taste
4.4/5 (32 Votes)

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This dressing is perfect for this salad, it's creamy and loaded with flavor!

  • 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green apple
  • 1/2 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup honey mustard salad dressing (see below)
  • 8 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat (2%) plain greek yogurt
  • 3 teaspoons dijon mustard, gluten-free
  • 3 teaspoons raw honey
  • 3 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pink salt to taste
4.4/5 (15 Votes)

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Swedish Meatballs in a luscious gravy served over egg noodles is the best way to grub any time of the year, but esp...

  • 1 (10.5-ounce) can Campbell’s cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup, low sodium
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can College Inn beef broth, low sodium
  • 1 (2-ounce) packet Lipton’s dry onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons A1 Steak sauce
  • 1 (2-pound) bag frozen meatballs
  • 1 (8-ounce) container Daisy sour cream
  • 1 (16-ounce) package of egg noodles
4.6/5 (10 Votes)

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This quick and easy eggroll in a bowl recipe is the perfect way to indulge in your favorite fried treat without the...

  • 1 pound ground country sausage
  • 1 (14-ounces) bag dry coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • sliced green onion
4.5/5 (18 Votes)

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Perhaps this crispy bacon, egg and heirloom tomato sandwich isn’t the healthiest bet for a breakfast sandwich but

  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 English muffins
  • 1/4 cup pesto, tapenade or sun-dried tomato paste
  • 8 small thin slices brie or Camembert, (2 to 3 ounces)
  • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced
4.5/5 (19 Votes)

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Try this big boy slim jim sandwich! Grilled ham and swiss cheese topped with lettuce, pickles! All you need is a ba...

  • SANDWICH SAUCE
  • 1 1/4 cup mayo
  • 3/4 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 tablespoon dry minced onion, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 4 teaspoon finely chopped dill pickle
  • 2 tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • SANDWICH
  • 3/4 cup Virginia baked ham
  • 1/2 cup swiss cheese
  • 1 (6 to 8-inch) hoagie or sub-style sandwich roll
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 4 tomato slices, thin
4.7/5 (3 Votes)

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A mix of mayonnaise and Miracle Whip is the key ingredient to this winning egg salad recipe

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 large dill pickle
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup miracle whip
  • Mustard, to taste
  • 1/2 cup meat, minced; ham, chicken, or shrimp
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
4.7/5 (3 Votes)

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This delicious Mediterranean Salad in a mason jar is the perfect make ahead meal, it's portable and packed with hea...

  • DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 ounces water
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 6 ounces olive oil
  • SALAD:
  • 1 artichoke heart (canned), quartered
  • 2 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup English cucumbers, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup canned cannellini beans
  • 1 tablespoon Parmigianno-Reggiano, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup mixed greens
  • 1 tablespoon roasted pine nuts
4.5/5 (11 Votes)

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