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Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad With Sumac Onions

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Who's feeling a little pudgy post-holidays? Yeah, us too. But we're not into detoxing if it means dinner is a bottle of sugar-free Vitamin water. So here are some recipes that are filling, satisfying, and full of plenty of veggies and other good-for-you elements.



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This is one of my favorite breakfasts or anytime meals. Runny eggs get cracked and cooked right in a skillet of spicy tomato sauce. Throw some feta on top if you want (yes, you want to).

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Kale and Chickpea Salad with Sumac Onions

Make a batch of this marinated kale salad ahead of time. It lasts for days without losing its crispness. Take your raw kale, dress it with a standard vinaigrette, let it sit overnight in the fridge, and boom—what was once a big tough, leafy green is now tender and still plenty crisp.

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Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale

Vegan: Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale

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More kale! Yes, because the wunderveggie kale is going to be your best friend if it's not already. Simmer onions and potatoes with the kale until the kale is tender and flavorful. The potatoes will thicken the soup into a rich stew. The cauliflower gets charred, taking on a meaty taste, and the chipotle chiles adds some smokiness.

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Homemade Vegan Kimchi

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Make a big batch of kimchi for whenever you need a crunchy, savory snack. Here's a totally vegan-friendly and authentic-tasting recipe.

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Marinated Anchovy Sandwiches with Tomato-Onion Sauce

Marinated Anchovy Sandwiches with Tomato-Onion Sauce

[Photograph: Maria Del Mar Sacasa]

Anchovies are wonderful protein-packed fishies, and it's a shame they have so many haters. But, even those in the anti-anchovy camp might get behind the white marinated anchovy. Not as pungent as the salt-packed kinda in a tin, these are fleshy, tart, sweet, and delicate.

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Lemon Yogurt Mousse


[Photograph: Kristen Swensson]

Lemon Yogurt Mousse is a good example of low-fat dessert that doesn't taste low-fat. The lemon provides the zip, fat-free Greek yogurt for creaminess, and egg whites for a delicate texture.

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