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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Soup’s On!

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 25, 2011
turkey stock
Make a homeade stock out of your Thanksgiving leftovers and turn it into 3 easy soups.

You can only heat up a plate of gravy-drenched turkey dinner leftovers so many times! Go a little lighter with your Thanksgiving memories by making any of these 3 easy and tasty soups. They all start out with a fresh pot of stock made with stuff you’ve got lying around the kitchen.

Turkey Stock
Don’t toss out the remnants of your turkey! Go the extra mile and turn it into an amazingly delicious stock. A large pot, some water and vegetable scraps (you’ve definitely got those around) and you’re set. Let it simmer away while the family settles into a cozy food coma.

Basic Turkey Stock
Makes 2 quarts

1 roasted turkey carcass (from a 10-pound turkey)
2 pounds raw vegetable scraps (carrots, celery, onions, leeks and garlic recommended)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
Water

Combine ingredients in a large stockpot and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a slow boil, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 2 to 3 hours. Strain and transfer to quart containers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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5 Ingredients: Five Summer Sauces

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, June 17, 2011
Romesco
Romesco Sauce-Topped Chicken With Arugula

Liven up your summer menus, without gobs of extra calories and fat. Here are five totally different sauces bursting with seasonal flavors — each with 5 ingredients or less.

5 simple, summer-perfect sauces »

Robin’s Healthy Take: 5-Ingredient Memorial Day Sides

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Healthy Recipes, May 24, 2011
Memorial Day Sides
Robin's Top Memorial Day Sides

When I make side dishes, I don’t wrangle with lots of ingredients. Sides should burst with color and flavor and complete a meal with flair (no steamed peas please).

I wrote these side-dish delights with Memorial Day in mind because they’re perfect for parties. In my new cookbook, Robin Takes 5 (out in November), there are 500, 5-ingredient recipes. Salt, pepper and olive oil are the only staples, and the same is true here! And they’re all darn good. Enjoy them as quick weeknight sides or at your next backyard bash.

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5 Ingredients: Lightened-Up Chicken Salad

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, May 11, 2011
Chicken Salad
Dana's 5-Ingredient Chicken Salad

Store-bought chicken salad is far from a healthy option, with some kinds weighing in at more than 550 calories and 40 grams of fat per cup! Instead of the mayo-drenched take-out versions, try this fresh and light recipe – all it takes is 5 simple ingredients.

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5 Ingredients: Mix-and-Match Quesadillas

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, May 5, 2011
Fiery Chicken Quesadilla
Fiery Chicken Quesadillas

Yes, quesadillas are tortillas and cheese, but they can be so much more! With fresh ingredients and just enough flavorful cheese, this Mexican favorite makes a delicious and healthy meal. Fire up any of these 5-ingredient combos for an easy Cinco de Mayo spread or a quick weeknight dinner.

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5 Ingredients: Fresh Pasta and Sauce

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, April 26, 2011
Five ingredients is all you need to make this sauce and pasta.

A healthy and from-scratch Italian feast is only 5 ingredients away! Homemade pasta is a little time consuming, but the results are well worth it. An effortless sauce and a sprinkle of cheese finish off the dish. Happy Italian Week!

Make this: homemade pasta and tomato sauce »

5 Ingredients: Mix-and-Match Turkey Burgers

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, April 4, 2011
Sun Dried Tomato Olive Turkey Burger
Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Turkey Burger

The trick to delicious turkey burgers is keeping them tender and juicy. Since the meat doesn’t contain much fat (and therefore, not much flavor) you need to combine it with a few simple add-ins to give things a boost.  We dreamed up 5 flavorful mix-ins for the turkey burgers, each with 5 ingredients or less!

Make turkey burgers, 5 delicious ways »

5 Ingredients: Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Healthy Holidays, March 16, 2011
Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is simple to make: Since baking soda instead of yeast is the leavener, there’s no waiting for the dough to rise. Our 5-ingredient version of this quick bread is perfect served warm with a smear of jam or dunked into a savory soup or stew (Irish or otherwise.) Whip up a loaf of this classic rustic bread for St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to mark it with the classic cross-hatch pattern before placing it in the oven –  it’s believed to ward off evil!

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5 Ingredients: Hot Chocolate Cake

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Valentine's Day, February 14, 2011
Dana's Hot Chocolate Cake
Dana's Hot Chocolate Cake

Gooey chocolate cake in a perfectly-portioned package — what more could you ask for in a dessert?! This recipe is a little beyond our standard criteria for Healthy Eats desserts, so make it a special treat for your Valentine.

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5 Ingredients: Chili Cheese Dip

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, February 4, 2011
Dana's 5-Ingredient Chili-Cheese Dip

You don’t need to be a football fan to love this crowd-pleasing dip. No light or nonfat ingredients in this recipe — indulging is all about sensible portions.

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