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Grilled Albacore Tuna with Fennel-Olive Relish

Albacore are small tuna with light pink flesh. You can substitute yellowfin tuna cut into 1 1⁄2″-thick steaks. A tuna “loin” is a larger cut of meat from a whole tuna.

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Swordfish Baked on Saffron Peppers

Like tuna, swordfish dries out if cooked right through. It’s best served medium-rare to medium. To check for this, insert the tip of a paring knife into the middle of the fish. If it feels lukewarm, it’s done.

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Best Scrambled Egg & Smoked Salmon Toasties

When making scramble, it’s worth splurging on organic eggs, especially if they come from chickens raised in a small flock.

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Easy Lobster “Boil” on the Grill

You could serve cocktail sauce and aioli with this dish, but nothing beats dipping the seafood into the liquid it was cooked in, a heavenly emulsion of wine, butter and briny shellfish juices. If you don’t have a big enough pan, buy a large foil one.

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Tahini Salmon with Zucchini “Noodles”

Lemony tahini sauce plays the perfect foil to rich salmon, while zucchini ribbons, quickly sautéed with garlic and chili, are a fun way to enjoy this verdant vegetable.

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Cassoulet

Swapping smoked turkey thigh for the bacon and using turkey-meat sausages will give you a leaner dish. To further lighten it up, do not top with the breadcrumbs.

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

Humming with a baseline of dried porcini, this features a contrast of chewy mushrooms and creamy rice that never fails to impress. To keep this risotto on the lighter side don’t stir in the butter and cheese before serving, and pass the Parmigiano garnish around for those who want it.

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Crunchy Chicken With Smoked Mozzarella


Pounded chicken breasts are lavished with freshly grated Parmesan, crunchy panko crumbs, fresh tomato sauce and oozy smoked mozzarella.

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Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Shrimp and Arugula Pesto


This version of pesto is made from Italian flat-leaf parsley instead of classic basil. Whole-wheat pasta is sneakily hidden by the sauce, while freshly seared shrimp add body to the dish. Cooking tip: Sear the shrimp, then transfer the cooked pasta to the pan and toss with the pesto and…

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Lemon and Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo

What could be better than tender noodles coated in a creamy alfredo sauce? The zing of lemon and black pepper adds a modern note to this indulgent classic.

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Easy Chicken Tagine

With one large skillet and some readily available ingredients, you can make a zippy North African meal that calls on spicy harissa paste, found at Middle Eastern markets. Serve it over easy-to-make couscous for a filling dish.

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Crunchy Salmon and Quinoa

Cooking the salmon on high heat for a short period of time makes for a bronzed crust and extra-moist fish. Serve it with a sweet and slightly spicy quinoa salad for a nutritionally stunning meal.

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Lamb Stew with Rosemary Dumplings

Tender chunks of slow-cooked lamb get topped with steamed dumplings in this comforting meal.

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Truffle-Scented Roast Chicken

Make an easy truffle butter and try this no-fail roasting method for an impossibly juicy chicken.

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Hot Buttered Rum

This riff on the classic Hot Buttered Rum is brightened by the use of a compound butter that blends salted butter and bakeapple. If you can’t get your hands on bakeapple, plain butter (instead of the compound butter) will do the trick.