Spotlight Recipe: Roasted Peanuts

Peanuts are packed with 30 nutrients, including protein and the antioxidant vitamin E. Nuts also contain heart-healthy fats -- just stick to a small handful to keep those calories under control.

Kick off National Peanut Month (that's March!) by roasting your own. This little nut is getting slammed lately because of a salmonella outbreak (that was caused by a manufacturer's poor handling, not the food itself), but peanuts are packed with 30 nutrients, including protein and the antioxidant vitamin E. Nuts also contain heart-healthy fats -- just stick to a small handful to keep those calories under control.

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Spotlight Recipe: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

We had a couple posts this week on the snack and energy bars you can buy at the market lately. Continuing on the theme, I wanted to give props to Dana for this homemade recipe. Made with oatmeal, peanut butter, brown rice cereal and dried fruits, these bars are versatile -- mix it up with your favorite fruits or nut butter variations.

Spotlight Recipe: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Biscotti

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Spotlight Recipes: Roasted Chestnuts & A Seasonal Soup

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Spotlight Recipe: Macerated Cherries

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Spotlight Recipe: Waldorf Salad

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Spotlight Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca

I got spoiled this summer, getting to come home and have access to fresh ingredients, a full kitchen and, of course, free time to cook. However, going back to school doesn’t mean we college students can’t still enjoy a good, healthy meal! Pasta is a good ol’ standby, but this year, ditch the buttered noodles or Ramen packets and try this easy dish – it’s sure to earn you an A from your roommates or friends. Make it in bulk you and eat for a few days. Capers, anchovy paste and arugula might not be usual pantry staples, but you shouldn’t have trouble finding them at the local supermarket.

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