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Greek meatballs with Orzo

  Meatballs are sort of the perfect food. Full of flavor, browned, tender on the inside, and can be reinvented in marinara, BBQ sauce, Swedish style and, in this case, Greek. Paired with some orzo, this is the perfect Friday meal. Ingredients: 1 egg 16 ounces tomato sauce 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1/4 cup seasoned panko 1/4 cup grated parm 10 ounces ground beef 1 bunch scallions, sliced and separated light and dark greens 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup orzo 1 1/2 ounces crumbled feta oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes Method: Bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil.  Finely chop half of the sliced scallion whites and light greens (leave the remaining sliced). Add orzo to boiling water; cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup cooking water, then drain and return orzo to saucepan; toss with 1 teaspoon oil. Season with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, combine beef, chopped scallions, panko, parm, half the garlic, ½ teaspoon oregan

Pork Scallopine

Nothing is as delicious as tender pork in a lemon butter sauce, breaded and fried, with a refreshingly tangy marinated tomato and spinach salad. It is a quick and yummy midweek meal- you won't feel heavy after diving in but your tastebuds WILL thank you!  Ingredients: 3 ounces of baby spinach 12 ounces pork cutlets 1/4 cup flour butter 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 ounce feta, crumbled 2 garlic cloves 1 lemon 1 plum tomato Apple Cider vinegar Olive oil Salt and pepper Method : Cut tomato into 1/2-inch pieces. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 clove garlic minced and 2 tablespoons oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes and set aside to marinate. Into a small bowl, squeeze 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cut remaining lemon into wedges. Finely chop 1 clove garlic.  Season pork all over with salt and pepper. Place 1/4 cup flour on a plate and lightly coat pork. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over high. When oil is shimmering, add pork

M&M Cookies

  It's Father's Day and my dad isn't feeling great. Without going to in depth about his health details, I knew he didn't want "stuff" for Dad Day but might appreciate something sweet. My mother is a very healthy human being, and makes delicious, healthy savory meals (as does my Dad, btw the way- division of labor is very equal in that household) so I knew I had to provide something desserty and treat-tactic for my dad to make him feel better and recognize what an awesome guy I have for a Dad. Enter, M&M Cookies- with classic M&Ms, Peanut Butter M&Ms and Caramel M&Ms. Added to a soft-bake style cookie and we are cooking with gas. Ingredients : 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 sticks softened butter 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup  granulated sugar 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup M&Ms 1/4 cup Peanut Butter M&Ms 1/4 cup Caramel M&Ms Method: Whisk the fl

Caprese Ciabatta Sandwich with Zucchini Fries

This lunch is the perfect combo of healthy and sinful- a delicious Caprese salad turned into a yummy sandwich on crusty Ciabatta rolls with charred tomatoes, paired with zucchini fries. Yum, yum, yum! Ingredients: 1 large egg, beaten 2 Ciabatta rolls 4 ounces mozzarella ball, sliced 1 bunch basil, leaves picked 2 plum tomatoes, sliced 1 zucchini, sliced into fries 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs Method: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  In a sealable bag, combine panko, 1 teaspoon each of oil and salt, and a few grinds of pepper; rub together to blend. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet. Dip zucchini in egg, letting excess drip back into bowl. Add zucchini to bag with panko mixture; shake to coat. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake, flipping once, until golden and easily pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Split ciabatta rolls. Lightly brush both sides of rolls and tomatoes with oil; season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Preheat a grill pan to high. O