• Baby bellas aren’t just good for you (they’ve been found to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as a result of the high levels of conjugated linoleic acid they contain), but they also make for an almost meat-like texture. For this recipe, we incorporated...

  • This soup calls for  lentil pasta, which looks and eats like regular pasta but has that lentil flavor to add heartiness and depth. Plus, it’s packed with protein for some serious staying power. Yield 6–8 servings Zest Factor Mild Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time...

  • This creamy puree is infused with rendered bacon fat. The result: smokiness in every spoonful. YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR medium PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 30 minutes 6 slices peppered bacon 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved 1 shallot, minced 3 garlic...

  • This is a little palate refresher, thanks to the combination of watermelon and mint. The fruit picks up an extra hint of sweetness when grilled that pops against the tangy balsamic glaze and feta cheese. YIELD 8–10 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 30 minutes...

  • We’re taking several traditional chicken wing flavors and incorporating them into a slider that will definitely satisfy your bar food cravings. YIELD 8 sliders ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 15 minutes 1 pound ground chicken 4 serranos, minced ½ cup crumbled...

  • Like Sloppy Joe’s but sans tomato paste or ketchup, this take on the tavern sandwich—which some believe may have come about at Ye Olde Tavern in Sioux City, IA, while others say it was at Maid-Rite in Muscatine in the 1920s—features French bread dough that’s...

  • Calling all cheese-and-potato lovers! This recipe is for you. Although store-bought pimento cheese can be a tad overwhelming, this homemade version balances perfectly with the potatoes. Hint: Make this potato salad the night before to allow the flavor to really develop and mingle. YIELD ABOUT...

  • The zing of lime and herby punch in this slaw is so delightful with all of the crunchy elements. Traditionally, it’s served like a chicken salad, but we’ve adapted the recipe into a fresh and zesty side for your barbecues. If you love this enough...

  • Carnitas, which translates to “little meats,” is a Mexican delicacy that requires some TLC—aka slow cooking—to yield tender, juicy morsels of pork. Our slow-cooker version, served with the traditional accompaniments, simplifies the process but not the flavor. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME...

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    Meatball soup is common throughout Latin American cuisine and makes for great comfort food. We’ve upped the nutrition quotient by adding quinoa, which is gluten-free and high in protein, to give this light dish a filling boost. YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 30 minutes...