Cube Steak with Mushroom-Sherry Sauce

Cube steak is a tougher cut of meat pounded to make it tender but does fall into the comfort food circle. I like it because it cooks quickly and is inexpensive—perfect for a weeknight slimmer dinner.  Look for pre-sliced mushrooms to save even more time on the prep. Serve with: Mashed potatoes (or a baked sweet potato) and grilled broccoli rabe or your favorite vegetable.

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Fully Loaded Sweet Potato Salad

Showing up to a picnic or cookout without some form of potato salad is like showing up to the gym without shoes—it’s a necessary tool to get you in the proper frame of mind. So here’s my take on a Southern classic that will leave your taste buds screaming and your muscles pumped. Seriously: You’ll grow after eating this protein packed to carbohydrate ratio dish!

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Sweet Potato Skins

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I love the combo of sweet potato and spicy Salsa Verde in this healthy version of an appetizer classic for a great game day snack or even a savory side dish. Mash up the leftover scooped-out sweet potatoes and add them to a cheese quesadilla or regular twice-baked potatoes for a nice visual marbled effect.

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