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Mason Jar Salads w/ Chef Kathleen Sanderson

Chef Kathleen Sanderson is my special guest today as she shows us the RIGHT way to pack a salad in a jar! She shares her tips and tricks, like these reusable/washable lids (https://amzn.to/2N6Rkcl )! We make a classic cobb in the video but she shares her overall technique

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Healthy Back to School Lunches

I asked my favorite kiddos to share their favorite school lunch ideas and from there, put together my Top 5 Healthy School Lunch Ideas! Of course you can mix and match here! The idea is to get the kids involved, and to get the good stuff in their bellies! Without driving Mom (or Dad, or Aunt/Uncle, Grandma/Grandpa) nutty! Check out my lunch ideas, then head keep scrolling to see the FULL list of foods each kid shared. And let me know what YOUR kids love in the comments! Let's make this a GREAT resource for parents and caretakers across the board to find ideas and inspiration!

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Caprese Salad

Fast, fresh and easy - this is how we make Caprese Salad in the Di Falco house! To start, we always do a chopped caprese salad - a bit different from the traditional slices you'll see served in Italy. We also make it a cucumber caprese salad - mostly because, that's how we like it! Finally, I use some balsamic to dress the salad because, let's be honest, I could drink the stuff!

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Check out how fun and EASY it is to make fresh ricotta cheese at home! A few simple ingredients yields the most delicious, fresh ricotta! This is my go-to ricotta cheese recipe!

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Baked Egg Boats

I’ll show you how easy it is to make this impressive breakfast dish! Eggs baked in bread, with fresh veggies, herbs and olive oil! You can use whatever veggies you like, even add in some bacon if that's your jam! Watch the video and grab the recipe here!

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Escarole & Beans

I love this soup! It's a classic dish that is super easy and very healthy! A great way to get your greens in while the warmer weather is still holding out! It's "peasant food" that fits into all kinds of diets without having to make massive changes! Make a big batch and have it for lunch and dinner all week, or, stash some in the freezer for another time!

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Chicken Soup

With cold weather settling in and the holidays coming up - someone is BOUND to catch a cold. And there's nothing more naturally healing than a bowl of homemade chicken soup! This easy soup is loaded with good for you nutrients AND it can be stored in the fridge or freezer for runny nose emergencies! If you prefer, you can add pasta or cooked rice at the end!

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Applesauce

Overdid it with the apple picking? Not to worry! Here's a quick, easy, sugar free recipe to preserve all that Fall bounty! Homemade applesauce is great with roast meats, in baked goods and even all on its own!!

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Mushroom Risotto w/ Chef Eric LeVine

Chef Eric LeVine is my special guest this week! We're showing you how to make a fabulous wild mushroom risotto for Fall. Talking about Taste of Hope NJ AND Chef's new gig!

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Mom's Meatballs

Learn how to make meatballs just like Mamma D! This is our family recipe and, like all good Italian children, I think MY Mom makes the best! But feel free to tell me how YOUR family makes their meatballs in the comments section!

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Hummus & Pita Chips

Watch how easy it is to make hummus at home! This snack is not only good for you, but quick and simple to make at home! PLUS learn how to make your own baked pita chips from pita bread!

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This salad is a meal peppers dream! You can make it on your weekend and portion it out for the week! It can even sit in its dressing because it's quinoa based so it won't get soggy. Top it off with my Mediterranean spiced chickpeas OR grilled chicken if you're a carnivore.

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Protein Packed Tuna Salad

I may have cheated a little on the title here. This isn't tuna salad slathered in mayo. This tuna salad will actually benefit your body and keep you feeling full for HOURS! And the story of where I found it is the best part of all! (hint, got the idea in an airport!) Check out the video to see how I make tuna salad, Cucina style!

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Panzanella Salad

This simple salad makes great use of leftover or stale bread. As in all things Italian - nothing goes to waste! Soaked in good olive oil and white balsamic - along with the juices from fresh tomatoes and onion - the salad is PACKED with flavor! Let it sit up to overnight to maximize the flavor!

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Chef Jesse Jones' Chicken & Waffles

My dear friend Chef Jesse Jones is BACK in the Cucina showing us how to make his classic Southern fried chicken and sweet potato waffles! And we're talking about his new book, "POW! My Life in 40 Feasts" which you can purchase at the link in this post!

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Guava Ribs

Check out this tried and true recipe for sweet and savory guava ribs! Perfect for the 4th of July or ANY BBQ! Pork ribs are roasted low and slow and then slathered in a mix of BBQ sauce and guava jelly! Super easy to make and SO delicious!

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Fresh Pizza Dough

Fresh pizza in the house! This was always my Dad’s job as a kid, but this Father’s Day, I’m taking over and showing you how to make homemade pizza dough - courtesy of my new friends in Italy!

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Sausage & Peppers

Learn how to make this easy, classic recipe! It's a dish that every and anyone should know how to make! Watch the step by step video and then give it a shot at home! 

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Pastina Soup

If you grew up in an Italian home and so much as sniffled, you were immediately served a warm bowl of pasting soup! Know as "Italian Penicillin" this simple soup is so comforting if you have a cold (or the flu!). Easy to digest, packed with nutrients and a touch of protein from the egg; it's just what the doctor - and Nonnas all over - ordered! Stay well my friends! 

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Southwest Style Stuffed Pepper

Check out how to make these delicious Southwest Style Stuffed Peppers! Bell peppers, stuffed with quinoa, corn, salsa and black beans make a delicious and easy dinner; AND perfect lunch leftovers the next day! Healthy meal planning at its best!

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