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  1. Get your protein and omega-3 fatty acids in Lentil and Salmon Salad

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    Sometimes, it's just too hot to turn on the stove. The key is to stock up your kitchen with "healthy convenience food" that doesn't require any heat, such as fresh produce, canned beans, canned fish and small boxes of precooked legumes found in the prepared produce section.

    Lentil and Salmon Salad With Smoky Mustard Dressing comes together quickly, and it’s hearty enough for a summertime supper.
  2. Add 'Creamy' Tomato Soup to your summer palette

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    Check out your grocery store right about now because I'll bet you'll find gorgeous tomatoes everywhere. Roma tomatoes are a bargain this time of year, and they are ideal for cooking in all sorts of recipes. Full of vitamins C and A, as well as lycopene, tomatoes are a healthy buy, too.

    Fresh summer tomatoes, which are packed with vitamins C and A, as well as lycopene, play a starring role in “Creamy” Tomato Soup.
  3. Give lean, protein-packed chicken breasts a taste of Provence

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    Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a convenient go-to for so many cooks. The mild flavor makes them incredibly versatile, so it's easy to slip this cut of chicken into almost any recipe or flavor profile. Chicken breasts are one of the leanest cuts of meat available, with a quarter pound boasting 34 grams of protein …

    The rose wine in the marinade for Chicken Breasts Provencal imparts a slightly sweet flavor.
  4. Explore the veggie noodle world with Sunshine Vegetable Ribbons

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    Vegetable "noodles" are super trendy, and summer is the best time to make them since the king of veggie noodle — zucchini — is ubiquitous, and inexpensive.

    Sunshine Vegetable Ribbons can serve as a first course, a side dish or a vegetarian main course.
  5. Give Foolproof Cauliflower Pizza Crust a try

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    Cauliflower is a wonder veggie. No longer relegated to boiling and covering with a bright orange cheese sauce (sorry, Mom), cauliflower is stepping out in the place of starch like rice in stir-fries or instead of wheat flour in pizza dough.

    Put a vitamin-packed vegetable to work for you in Foolproof Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
  6. Quench your thirst with a fruity and frozen treat

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    Balmy weather calls for ice-cold sweet treats; fruity drinks are a natural part of the summertime poolside landscape. But those drinks are often loaded with sugar, boasting 40 or more grams in even a reasonably sized drink.

    Fresh fruit takes center stage in Agua Fresca. Frozen watermelon cubes bring texture.
  7. Savor this: Lightened Sweet Zucchini and Chorizo Spanish Tortilla

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    Growing up in the Southwest, a tortilla was a thin flatbread used to wrap around grilled meat and make tacos. I was in my 30s before I visited Barcelona, Spain, and was served a Spanish tortilla — a completely different dish — and I fell in love instantly.

    The combination of shredded zucchini and onion makes the body of the tortilla tasty and nutritious.
  8. Creamy Broccoli and Blue Cheese Salad satisfies

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    Tis the season of backyard barbecues, picnics and outdoor potlucks. We gather with friends, or simply migrate to the backyard picnic table for family dinner, and that has me craving the classics: grilled meats, veggies and some creamy starchy sides like macaroni salad. Today, I have the perfect solution for scratching …

    Enjoy your fruit (grapes) and vegetables (broccoli, onion, carrots and red cabbage) with Creamy Broccoli and Blue Cheese Salad.
  9. Get your vitamins in a delicious way with Garlic Green Beans

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    Sometimes I just crave a big serving of green beans. You too, right?

    Get your fill of vitamins, particularly C, A and K, and deliciousness with Garlic Green Beans.
  10. 5 ideas for tomato-free pasta sauces

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    Mom may have made most meals in our house, but my father is no stranger to the kitchen. I love remembering the Saturdays my Jersey dad spent brewing Grandmom's recipe for marinara sauce. Every pot was used, red splattered on every surface, the entire house fragrant with delicious Italian seasonings. It was a magnificent …

    Avocado Sauce is an easy pasta topper if you’re looking for something light.
  11. From the food editor: For Father's Day, steak with a side of mushroom risotto

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    My dad is not what you would call an adventurous eater.

    French Onion Soup Risotto. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  12. Cooking challenge: Baking a layer cake that nods to Dad's upbringing, for Father's Day

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    I got cocky.

    My other two kitchen challenges went so well. Decadent chocolate truffles. Spicy chipotle chicken. This time, I told myself, I could tackle anything — even a four-layer cake for Father's Day.

    Four-Layer Appalachian Stack Cake seemed like the perfect treat, but it didn’t turn out exactly as planned.
  13. Turn one nutrient-rich sweet potato into two courses: dinner and dessert

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    The kitchen is my happy place, which is a good thing, because I spend a lot of time in it. It seems I'm always either developing recipes or cooking them for a camera. And then there's the not-so-small matter of cooking for my husband and four daughters every day. Truly, I love it.

    You don’t have to choose sides with Sweet Potato Two Ways. You can have dessert and dinner.
  14. Fresh veggies come to life in Grilled Ratatouille

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    Ratatouille is a classic vegetable dish starring eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onion and tomato that is deeply steeped in the culture of Mediterranean France. When I married a man from Provence, one of the first lessons I received from my new mother-in-law Muriel was how to make a proper ratatouille.

    This May 29, 2017 photo shows grilled ratatouille in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP) CAMA102
  15. You'll want to eat your (hummus-crusted and roasted) veggies

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    I remember being told in marketing class back in graduate school that the fastest-growing food category in America was hummus. Hummus, our professor insisted, would soon be ubiquitous. I should have heeded his advice and leveraged that bit of 1991 foresight in some way.

    Vegetables are tossed in hummus and roasted to the point of caramelization in this recipe.
  16. Sweeten the meal naturally with Orange and Cucumber Layered Salad With Shrimp

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    My mom was a wanna-be urban farmer long before it was cool. Living in the city limits didn't stop us from growing our own veggies in a backyard garden that flanked a huge handmade chicken coop, where we raised hens for eggs.

    Looking for a fresh twist on salad? Try Orange and Cucumber Layered Salad With Shrimp.
  17. Penne With Garlic Tomatoes, Lemon Zest and Spinach healthy and tasty

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    Ask my husband what his favorite comfort food is and the answer will be quick: pasta. Who doesn't love a steamy bowl of noodles?

    Vegetables bulk up this whole-grain penne dish while bringing nutrients and lots of color.
  18. Start your day with a breakfast skillet that calls for cauliflower, not hash browns

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    I am a morning person by choice, and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

    Riced cauliflower stands in for hash browns in Country-Style Cauliflower Breakfast Skillet.
  19. Dijon and Sherry Oven Chicken Tenders light on fat, big on flavor

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    I mentioned to my husband recently that I had mastered an oven-baked chicken tender recipe, and his response was a little underwhelming; dismissive even. It sounded like a healthier version of a restaurant kid's meal, and frankly, he wasn't interested.

    Dijon and Sherry Oven Chicken Tenders will please the whole family.
  20. From the food editor: How to quick pickle red onions

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    Like mom jeans and every TV show you loved 20 years ago, fermenting is an old (ancient, even) thing trending with a new generation.

    Quick Pickled Red Onions. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.