Maureen Fraîche

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Pizza Dough

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I love pizza.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  Unfortunately, ordering up a pie of any kind on a regular basis is a sure and fast way to amply fill out those skinny jeans.  Have you ever checked the nutrition info on your favorite slice?  Most have around 350-450 calories per slice!  And let’s be real.  You’re not just eating one slice, are you?

So how does the avid pizza lover turn this greasy indiscretion into sensible fare?  The answer is to make your own!  This recipe makes a fantastic pizza, not to mention delicious bread sticks and calzone.  In fact, over the next few days I’ll be posting recipes for both Homemade Pizza as well as Twisted Herb and Cheese Bread Sticks for your eating enjoyment.

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Savory Supper Pie

Next time you need something cozy for dinner, make this.  Pretentious?  No.  Delicious?  Oh yes.  Sauteed onions and leek with ground beef baked beneath a cheesy scone crust…doesn’t that just sound good on a bleary day?  My particular take on this little number was very much inspired by Nigella Lawson’s Supper Onion Pie, found in one of my favorite cookbooks, How to be a Domestic Goddess

One thought–I used ground beef because it was quick, easy, and on hand.  What would take this dish to the next level would most definitely be some braised beef, perhaps leftover from Beef Burguignon?  That would truly be amazing and I have a feeling I’ll be cooking up some extra beef with that in mind next time Julia’s famous recipe calls my name.

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Lentil Soup with Chicken Sausage

Every now and then, I come across someone who has never had (or heard of!) lentils and my reaction is always the same–something bordering on shock, I’m sure.  Of course, when you grow up in the supposed lentil capitol of the world, it can be no surprise that these tiny legumes were a regular staple in my family growing up.

Nutritionally speaking, lentils are ridiculously good for you.  Just one serving (1/2 cup cooked), provides complex carbohydrates, 8 g of fiber, 9 g of protein, and a host of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, iron, a range of B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus…and all for a mere 115 calories!  If you are trying to lose weight or boost your health, lentils simply must be on your grocery list.

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