5 Minute Peanut Noodle Soup

This light, fast, cheap, and healthy soup is fantastic for a quick lunch. It’s low fat, low calorie, low carb, and great for those on a budget. Many other peanut soups have coconut milk which adds calories, fat, and bulk. This is more reminiscent of miso type soup that will leave you feeling full but not bogged down. It makes a great base so you can add in whatever additional veggies or meat you want. The delicate flavor is enhanced by ginger, garlic, and just a hint of green onion. Add some Sriracha for a kick, or leave it alone and enjoy the soothing broth at the end. Give it a try and make it your own!

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Paneer Fried Rice

Paneer fried rice is one of those “hmm what do I have in the fridge” concoctions that turned out spectacularly. With Indian flavors and a Chinese preparation, it’s a mix that works out surprisingly well. Paneer is an Indian cheese, similar to halloumi or a solid ricotta cheese that can be cut into squares. This dish makes a great side for grilled vegetables or meats. If you want to make it vegan, use very firm tofu and a bit of additional salt.

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Homemade Rye Bread

This bread is crusty, hearty and tastes just like something from an American Jewish deli. It has a great flavor and is delicious with Swiss cheese, mustard, some corned beef, or really just about anything. I used a bread machine but if you have a mixer with a dough hook, that’ll do the trick. I was surprised how easy this is! Your house will smell amazing, trust me. For those of us watching our figures, rye bread is lower in carbohydrates and higher in fiber than just plain white bread, too. Everybody wins.

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Slow Cooker Ginger Garlic Beef (or Pork)

This tender, falling apart meat infused with ginger, garlic and soy pairs well with broccoli for this healthy and hearty dish. This recipe works really well with beef or pork, and slow cooking easily allows you to use a cheaper cut of meat than you would for stir frying. This recipe is a repeated success at my house, and is best served over rice with a dash of Sriracha sauce. Just put everything in the slow cooker, and forget it for a few hours. Couldn’t be easier!

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