• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Getting healthy in the kitchen

September 26, 2016

a man in the kitchen, reading a recipe and preparing food

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Pita pizza
Turkey pesto melt
Black bean quesadillas
Peanut butter hummus

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Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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