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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

    Barbecue Turkey MeatballsThis will be a new family favorite from the very first bite. Serve with simple mashed potatoes on the side to catch the sauce.

    Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

    Ingredients

    2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
    2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
    1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with mild green chiles (such as Del Monte)
    1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
    3 tablespoons Italian-seasoned dried breadcrumbs
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    Cooking spray

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    Preparation

    1. Place first 6 ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.

    2. Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, and chili powder in a large bowl; using wet hands, shape into 16 meatballs.

    3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add meatballs; cook 2 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add tomato mixture to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 6

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

    Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

    To make this recipe a sustainable choice, buy Pacific white shrimp farmed in fully recirculating systems or inland ponds. For a milder dish, use only 1 teaspoon black pepper.

    Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

    Ingredients

    1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag brown rice
    1 tablespoon water
    2 teaspoons cornstarch
    1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
    1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    2 cups diagonally cut snow peas
    2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
    2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 teaspoons fish sauce

    See More: Superfast Shrimp Recipes

    Preparation

    1. Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Keep warm.

    2. Combine 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk; set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shrimp; sauté 2 minutes or until shrimp begin

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Skirt Steak with Gorgonzola Polenta

    20-Minute Skirt Steak with Gorgonzola PolentaServe this meat-and-starch combo with steamed haricots verts or a mixed green salad. Garnish with fresh thyme.

    Skirt Steak with Gorgonzola Polenta

    2 cups plus 1 tablespoon fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth, divided
    1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
    2/3 cup quick-cooking polenta
    1 ounce Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
    Cooking spray
    1 pound skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
    1 teaspoon unsalted butter
    1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
    1/2 cup dry red wine
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
    1 1/2 teaspoons honey
    1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

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    Preparation

    1. Combine 2 cups broth and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Gradually whisk polenta into broth mixture, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, 1/4

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  • Radically Simple Cooking with Rozanne Gold: Bring on Spring

    Sesame Salmon with Green Onions and Lemon

    Simple yet radically sophisticated, bring springtime's sunny-fresh flavors to the table with this vibrant dish. | Rozanne Gold

    By the time March arrives, most of us are ready to move past winter's last gray days into springtime's sunny-fresh flavors. Trouble is, much of the country is still firmly planted in winter, and hearty root vegetables (delicious as they are) dominate the plate. Here's a great way to coax spring flavors out of select year-round ingredients: Combine bright lemons, peppery arugula, and tender green onions for a sort of luscious compote that can be used to accompany salmon. It's a light, fresh dinner that's fantastically easy and fast to make.

    Sesame Salmon with Green Onions and Lemon

    Ingredients

    4 (6-ounce) sustainable salmon fillets (such as wild Alaskan)
    Cooking spray
    2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
    1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    2 cups (1-inch)

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  • A Tiramisu Takeover: Recipe Makeover

    We cut fat by 75% and calories by half, but our version of the creamy-coffee-choco classic is still divine. | Sidney Fry, MS, RD, Cooking Light

    Chances are good that you've had a moment with the fully loaded version of this elegant, espresso-soaked sponge cake dessert, which is enveloped in rich layers of buttery mascarpone and sweetened whipped cream. And if you haven't, well, we suggest you do... by trying our made-over version.

    Classic
    577 calories per serving
    42 grams total fat
    23 grams saturated fat

    Makeover
    234 calories per serving
    10.6 grams total fat
    5.2 grams saturated fat

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  • Feeding Toddlers: 8 Common Mistakes Parents Make

    Feeding Toddlers

    A picky eater or a toddler that won't eat at all can be frustrating for a parent. You may have read a stack of books or asked fellow parents what they have done, but feeding your child is not a one-size-fits-all process. Here's how to avoid feeding pitfalls and keep your child on track with lifelong healthy eating habits. By: Toby Amidor, MS, RD

    Mistake #1: Force Feeding

    If you think forcing your toddler to eat a food they don't want is a good idea, think again. You and your little one will end up upset and confused. This tactic will backfire as they will end up disliking both the food and mealtime.

    Instead: Don't make a big fuss when the child refuses a food. The less of an issue you make of it now, the less of a fuss you will get the next time. Wait a little bit, and try again with a happy, positive attitude.

    Mistake #2: Being a Short-Order Cook

    Many parents fall into the trap of being a short-order cook to please a table of picky eaters. Concerns about starving

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Hoisin Flounder

    Hoisin Flounder

    Served over brown rice with snow peas and shiitake mushrooms, Asian-inspired Hoisin Flounder is a superfast dinner solution for your busy weeknights.

    Hoisin Flounder

    1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag brown rice
    2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
    1 tablespoon water
    2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
    1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
    1 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
    4 (6-ounce) flounder fillets
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 cup diagonally sliced snow peas
    2 green onions, thinly sliced
    1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps

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    Preparation

    1. Prepare rice according to package.

    2. Combine hoisin and next 5 ingredients in a bowl. Reserve 4 teaspoons.

    3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Sprinkle fillets with salt. Add two fillets to pan; cook 4 minutes. Turn; brush each with 1 teaspoon

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Shrimp Linguine with Ricotta, Fennel, and Spinach

    Shrimp Linguine with Ricotta, Fennel, and Spinach

    Fresh packaged noodles and quick-cooking shrimp make this a snap.

    Shrimp Linguine with Ricotta, Fennel, and Spinach

    Ingredients

    9 ounces fresh linguine
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
    1 cup vertically sliced fennel bulb
    1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
    2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
    1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 ounces grated fresh Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup)
    1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

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    Preparation

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

    2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add shrimp, fennel, and shallots; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: White Pizza with Tomato and Basil

    White Pizza with Tomato and Basil

    Crushed red pepper is optional in this recipe but, if you can take the heat, it will give the flavors in this pizza a kick. Heating a cookie sheet in the oven before you put the pizza on it gives you a crisper crust.

    White Pizza with Tomato and Basil

    Ingredients

    1 (10-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored thin pizza crust (such as Boboli)
    1 teaspoon cornmeal
    Cooking spray
    3 tablespoons refrigerated pesto with basil (such as Buitoni)
    1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
    1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
    1/2 cup sliced small tomatoes (such as Campari tomatoes)
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/4 cup small basil leaves
    Crushed red pepper (optional)

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    Preparation

    1. Preheat broiler to high.

    2. Place a baking sheet in oven; heat for 10 minutes.

    3. While baking sheet heats, place crust on another baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly coat crust with cooking spray. Spread pesto evenly over

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Spicy Tortilla Soup with Shrimp and Avocado

    Spicy Tortilla Soup with Shrimp and AvocadoChipotle chile and fire-roasted tomatoes lend smokiness to the soup. A garnish of chopped avocado added right before serving makes the perfect fresh topping.

    Spicy Tortilla Soup with Shrimp and Avocado

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 cup prechopped onion
    1/3 cup prechopped celery
    1/3 cup chopped carrot
    1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
    1 (15-ounce) can white hominy, rinsed and drained
    1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
    12 ounces peeled and deveined medium shrimp
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup lightly crushed baked tortilla chips (about 1 ounce)
    1 cup diced avocado (about 1/2 pound)
    2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

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    Preparation

    1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add

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