52: Carrot Ginger Soup


This is more like a carrot and ginger chowder. It’s thick and creamy, but without dairy. It’s a low-cal version on the standard “vegetable puree + cream” soup. I made this as a way to get myself back on track after a week of party-food.

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51: Hot & Sour Soup


This is an authentic, Chinese restaurant-worthy recipe for one of my favorite soups. Its thickness comes from the added cornstarch, and a nice smokiness is obtained by using re-hydrated shiitake mushrooms. The chicken bouillon base could be swapped out for vegetable broth to make it a completely vegetarian recipe, with little change in overall flavor.

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48: Greek Burgers w/ Homemade Pita Bread & Tzatziki Sauce


Of all the bread recipes I’ve ever made, Pita Bread has the be the easiest. Sure, you have to roll it out, let is rest for 5 minutes, and then flop it onto a cake-rack (I used a clean BBQ’s rack). This recipe makes 5, 6-7″ pita and you only use half of one for each burger. We’re making hummus next so we can wipe the rest out. You can freeze them, but they’re usually last about a week in the fridge.

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47: Baked Kale Chips, or, “Holy crap I just ate 2 bunches of kale and LIKED it!”


Ahh, Kale. It’s such a love-hate relationship. I’ve always been romanced into making a kale salad by virtue of it’s sheer beefy-ness when it came to how healthy and fiber-rich it is…only to be disappointed halfway through because it’s just too bitter for me.

Then this recipe came along. It magically transforms shreds of kale into thin, crispy, and tasty pieces of healthy goodness. The flavor is similar to roasted pumpkin seeds. Don’t be surprised if you end up mowing through a whole bunch. I know we destroyed 2 whole bunches in less than 10 minutes.

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