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Quick & Healthy 'Better-Than-Take-Out' Recipes by Larissa

by Larissa, posted to Food & Drink

Here are some easy, 30-minute, mostly Asian recipes I make after a long day at work and don't feel like ordering take out.

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Larissa: I haven't, that sounds delish!! We need to plan a cooking night :)

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White Bean and Kale Soup

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Katie Koonce: How'd it turn out Larissa?? :)

Larissa: Oh hi Katie (aka Epicurean mom!), recipes is fabulous and so easy to make, as all your recipes are! Would love to see your lists of favorite recipes (and maybe cooking tips, cookbooks, kitchen gear) on Skinnyscoop!

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Little Quinoa Patties

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These recipes inspired this list - probably the best collection I've found, I'd make most of these recipes.

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comments (2)



 Every recipe looks great. It's just what I needed to get out of a terrible rut. Thank you.

Jennifer Wright:

 I am going to try making a few of your recipes. Thanks for the helpful list. I'll let you know if I manage to make them look as good as the photos!