Real food, one-pot pasta with shrimp and vegetables

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Pasta with shrimp and plenty of vegetables, all made in one pot.

Boxed macaroni and cheese is popular because it is quick and easy, all put together in one pot. It is also very unhealthy. I made this shrimp pasta in one pot, in about the same time it takes to make the boxed version, and it is full of real ingredients.

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Sweet potato wedges … fast

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Sweet potato wedges are cooked before browning for faster, more reliable results.

Sweet potato fries have become very popular. However, most of us try to avoid deep frying, and if you have tried to make sweet potato fries in the oven, you know they take quite a while, and go from doing nothing to setting off the fire alarm in about 30 seconds.

Here’s an easier way to get that wonderful, chewy taste.These take between 10-15 minutes if you precook the potatoes in the microwave, and are easy to make as part of a fast meal.

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Real food, fast: Couscous

Real food couscous imageWhen you hear food preparation described as “pour boiling water over (whatever), wait five minutes and enjoy,” I’ll bet your first thought isn’t healthy, real food. But there is a very real product that is prepared in exactly that way: Couscous (pronounced coos coos). It’s delicious, and, if you choose the whole-wheat version, packed with nutrients and fiber, with only trace amounts of fat and no sodium.

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Real food freedom: Bruschetta in a flash

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Bruschetta is a quick meal that is easily customized.

As part of doing this blog, I spend a little time each day reading other food blogs. I stumbled on a blog post about bruschetta, on a site called Daily Organized Chaos. That is all it took to prompt me to make a former favorite that I have probably not enjoyed for two years. My version is quite different than the one that sparked the idea, but that is the beauty of real food. An idea can turn into a custom-created meal in minutes.

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