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March Recipes

Blueberry Smoothie          
Serves 1


  • •  1 cup blueberries
  • •  ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • •  ¼ cup Orange Juice
  • •  ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • •  1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • •  3 ice cubes 

Blend blueberries, yogurt, orange juice, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together in a blender on low speed for 30 seconds; increase speed to high and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add ice and blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute more.


Nutrition Facts

Total calories: 256

Total fat: 6g

Saturated fat: 2g

Monounsaturated fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 0

Sodium: 174mg

Fiber: 6g

Protein: 6g

Carbohydrate: 50g

  accessed 2/19/16


Almond-Crusted Salmon           Serves  4


  • •  ¼ cup almond meal
  • •  ¼ cup panko
  • •  ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • •  1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • •  6 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, about 1-inch thick
  • •  2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • •  ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • •  ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • •  Cooking spray
  • •  4 lemon wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 500°.
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in shallow dish; set aside.
  3. Brush tops and sides of fish with juice: sprinkle with salt and pepper. Working with 1 fillet at a time, dredge top and sides in almond mixture; place skin side down on broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle any remaining crumb mixture evenly over fish; press gently to adhere. 
  4. Bake at 500° for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts 

Total calories: 332

Total Fat: 16g

Saturated fat: 3g

Monounsaturated fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 87mg

Sodium: 330mg

Protein: 38g

Carbohydrate: 5g

: accessed 2/19/16

Double Chocolate Cupcakes          
Serves 12


  • •  1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces) 
  • •  1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa 
  • •  1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • •  1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • •  2/3 cup granulated sugar 
  • •  1/4 cup butter, softened 
  • •  1/2 cup egg substitute 
  • •  1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • •  1/2 cup 1% low-fat buttermilk 
  • •  1 1/4 ounces dark (70 percent cocoa) chocolate, finely chopped 
  • •  2 tablespoons powdered sugar 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir with a whisk.
  3. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined (about 3 minutes). Add egg substitute and vanilla, beating well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to granulated sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in chocolate. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups lined with muffin cup liners. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Total calories: 150

Total fat: 5g

Saturated fat: 3g

Monounsaturated: 1g

Cholesterol: 11mg

Protein: 3g

Sodium: 125mg

Carbohydrates: 24g

:  accessed 2/19/16


February Recipes 

Spinach Bean Soup     
Serves 6


•  non-stick cooking spray
•  1 small onion
•  2 clove fresh garlic
•  2 tsp. jarred, minced garlic
•  14.5 oz. canned, diced, no-salt-added tomatoes
•  14.5 oz. canned, low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
•  16 oz. canned, low-sodium navy, chickpeas or pinto beans
•  1/4 tsp. pepper
•  1 tsp. cumin
•  4 cup fresh, chopped spinach, packed

Spray a large pot with cooking spray, heat over medium-high heat. Sautee onion and garlic 5 minutes or until onions become translucent. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, beans, pepper and cumin and bring to a boil. Stir in the spinach and simmer until wilted. Ladle into soup bowls and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Total calories: 95
Total fat: 0
Saturated fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0
Sodium: 45mg
Fiber: 4g
Protein: 6g
Carbohydrate: 17g

Source: 1/14/16


Broiled Salmon with Olive Pesto     Serves  4


  • •  Cooking spray
  • •  1 cup loosely-packed, fresh basil
  • •  2 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • •  2 Tbsp. sliced black olives
  • •  1 tsp. grated orange zest
  • •  2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • •  1 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
  • •  2 tsp. olive oil
  • •  2 medium garlic cloves
  • •  4 salmon fillets (about 4 ounces each)

Preheat the broiler. Lightly spray the broiler pan with cooking spray. In a food processor or blender, process the remaining ingredients except the fish for 15 to 20 seconds, or until slightly chunky. Place the fish on the broiler pan. Using a pastry brush or spoon, spread the basil mixture over both sides of the fish. Broil the fish about 4 inches from the heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Turn over the fish. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the desired doneness.

Nutrition Facts
Total calories: 205
Total Fat: 10.5g
Saturated fat: 1.5g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.5g
Polyunsaturated fat:  2.5g
Cholesterol: 53mg
Sodium: 149mg
Protein: 25g
Carbohydrate: 3g

Source: accessed 1/14/16


Apple Bread Pudding        Serves 4


  • •  Cooking spray
  • •  1 whole egg
  • •  1 egg whie
  • •  1 cup skim milk
  • •  2 Tbsp. brown sugar blend
  • •  1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • •  1 tsp. cinnamon
  • •  1/2 tsp. cloves or allspice
  • •  6 slices light, whole-grain, or multigrain bread
  • •  3 medium apples, cored
  • •  1/2 cup of any one of the following: raisins, dried cranberries, fresh or dried blueberries, chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, milk, sugar blend, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves. Add bread and apple cubes. Add fruit or nuts if desired. Mix well. Pour mixture in to prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts 

Total calories: 131

Total fat: 1.2g

Saturated fat: 0.3g

Cholesterol: 32mg

Sodium: 154mg

Carbohydrates: 26g

Source:  accessed 1/14/16

December Recipes

Arugula, Fennel, and Parmesan Salad Serves 8

Ingredients • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 2 teaspoons sugar • 1 teaspoon olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 4 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 2 bulbs) • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion • 8 cups trimmed arugula • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shaved fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions 1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine fennel and onion in a large bowl; drizzle with dressing, tossing gently to coat. 2. Arrange 1 cup arugula on each of 8 plates. Top each serving with about 3/4 cup fennel mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese.

Nutrition Facts Total calories: 62 Total fat: 3g Saturated fat: 1g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 289mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 4g Carbohydrate: 7g

Source: accessed 11/24/15

Fire and Spice Ham Serves 18

Ingredients • 1 (5 1/2- to 6-pound) 33%-less-sodium smoked, fully cooked ham half • Cooking spray • 1/2 cup red pepper jelly • 1/2 cup pineapple preserves • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425°. 2. Trim fat and rind from ham half. Score outside of ham in a diamond pattern. Place ham on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Combine jelly and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Brush about one-third of jelly mixture over ham. 3. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325° (do not remove ham from oven); bake an additional 45 minutes, basting ham with jelly mixture every 15 minutes. Transfer ham to a serving platter; let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (3 ounces) Total calories: 188 Total Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 2g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 865mg Protein: 18g Carbohydrate: 17g

Source:  accessed 11/24/15

Maple-Walnut Spice Cookies Yields 30 cookies

Ingredients • Cookies o 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces) o 1/2 teaspoon baking soda o 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger o 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon o 1/4 teaspoon salt o 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg o 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves o 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar o 1/4 cup butter, softened o 2 tablespoons maple syrup o 1 large egg • Frosting o 1 cup powdered sugar o 2 tablespoons maple syrup o 1 tablespoon fat-free milk o 2 teaspoons butter, softened

• Remaining Ingredient o 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. To prepare cookies, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (through cloves) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. 3. Place brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Add 2 tablespoons syrup and egg; beat until well blended. Beating at low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined. 4. Spoon batter evenly into 30 mounds (about 1 tablespoon) 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks. 5. To prepare frosting, combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons syrup, milk, and 2 teaspoons butter, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Spread frosting evenly over cooled cookies. Working quickly, sprinkle cookies with nuts.

Nutrition Facts (1 Cookie) Total calories: 98 Total fat: 3g Saturated fat: 1g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 58mg Carbohydrates: 16g

Source: accessed 11/24/15


November Recipes

Pumpkin Soup Serves 4

Ingredients • 3/4 cup water, divided • 1 small onion, chopped • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree • 2 cups unsalted vegetable broth • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1 cup fat-free milk • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper • 1 green onion top, chopped

Directions 1. In a large saucepan, heat 1/4 cup water over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Don't let onion dry out. 2. Add remaining water, pumpkin, broth, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk and cook until hot. Don't boil. 3. Ladle soup into warmed bowls and garnish with black pepper and green onion tops. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts: (1 cup) Total calories: 77 Total fat: 1g Saturated fat: 0g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 57mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 3g Carbohydrate: 14g

Source: accessed 10/26/15

Glazed Turkey Breast with Fruit Stuffing Serves 12

Ingredients • 1-5 pound whole, bone-in turkey breast (thawed) • Rub: o 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped o 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped o 2 tablespoons olive oil • Stuffing: o 1 small onion, thinly sliced o 1 apple, peeled and thinly sliced o 1 pear, peeled and thinly sliced o 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or raisins) • Glaze: o 2 cups apple juice (divided) o 1 tablespoon brown sugar o 1 tablespoon brown mustard o 1 tablespoon olive oil Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place the turkey breast, skin side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. 2. In a small bowl, combine the herbs and the olive oil to make a paste. Loosen the skin from the meat gently with your fingers — making two deep pockets between the skin and meat. Smear half of the paste directly on the meat. Spread the remaining paste evenly over the top of the skin. 3. In another small bowl, mix together the sliced onions and fruit. Stuff each pocket with the mixture. 4. Pour 1 cup of apple juice into the bottom of the roasting pan. Roast the turkey breast for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, until the skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 F when inserted into the thickest and meatiest areas of the breast. If the skin is over-browning, cover the breast loosely with aluminum foil. 5. In the meantime, combine the remaining cup of apple juice, brown sugar, mustard and olive oil in a sauce pan. Heat to boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until it becomes thickened and reduced in volume to about 3/4 cup. Use this to baste the turkey during the last 30 minutes of cooking. 6. When the turkey is done, cover with foil and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Carve, serve and spoon any remaining glaze over the turkey. Nutrition Facts: Total calories: 346 Total Fat: 14g Saturated fat: 4g Cholesterol: 100mg Sodium: 112mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 40g Carbohydrate: 15g Source:  accessed 10/26/15

Tasty Apple Pie Serves 8

Ingredients • Pie Crust • 1 cup dry rolled oats • 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour • 1/4 cup ground almonds • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed • 3 tablespoons canola oil • 1 tablespoon water • Filling • 6 cups sliced and peeled tart apples (about 4 large apples) • 1/3 cup frozen apple juice concentrate • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions 1. To prepare pie crust, mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix oil and water together with whisk. Add oil and water mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until dough holds together. Add a bit more water if needed. Press dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside until filling is prepared. 2. To prepare filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes. Stir and then spoon into prepared pie crust. 3. Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 F and bake 40 minutes, or until apples are tender.

Nutrition Facts Total calories: 204 Total fat: 8g Saturated fat: 0.5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 4g Carbohydrates: 29g

Source: accessed 10/26/15


October Recipes

Butter Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes Yield: 4 servings, ½ cup serving

Ingredients • 4 sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds) • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions 1. Pierce each potato with a fork 3 to 4 times on each side. Wrap each potato in a damp paper towel. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes, turning after 4 minutes. Cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half; scoop pulp into a bowl. Mash pulp. 2. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Stir butter, milk, and salt into potato pulp. Top with pecans.

Nutrition Facts: Total calories: 262 Total fat: 9g Saturated fat: 3g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 304mg Fiber: 7g Protein: 4g Carbohydrate: 42g

Source: accessed 9/25/15

Quick Chicken Chili Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients • non-stick cooking spray • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins • 1 lb. ground white meat chicken or turkey • 1 medium onion • 1 medium bell pepper (any color) • 3 clove garlic • 1 tsp. jarred, minced garlic • 2 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth • 1 16- oz. canned, fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth • 2 15.5- oz. canned, no-salt-added, or, low-sodium beans (mix or match pinto, red, kidney or navy) • 1/2 tsp. pepper • 1 tsp. cumin • 1/2 tsp. chili powder (optional) • 1 medium chopped jalapeño (optional if you like spicy chili) • fresh cilantro (optional) • 1/2 cup low-fat, (or), fat-free sour cream (optional) Directions: 1. Remove visible fat from chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces. 2. Spray large pot with cooking spray. Add chicken, onion, garlic, chili powder (optional) or jalapeno (optional) cooking over medium-heat until chicken is no longer pink (about 7 minutes) 3. Lightly mash the drained, rinsed beans with a fork. 4. Add all remaining ingredients to chicken mixture and simmer on high for 10 minutes. 5. Spoon chili into bowls and top with chopped fresh cilantro and/or dollop of sour cream (optional)

Nutrition Facts: Total calories: 344 Total Fat: 3g Saturated fat: 0.5g Cholesterol: 73mg Sodium: 174mg Fiber: 10g Protein: 39g Carbohydrate: 41g

Source: accessed 9/25/15

Old Fashioned Apple Nut Crisp Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients • 5 medium-large crisp, tart apples, such as McIntosh, Empire, Granny Smith or Cortland, peeled and thinly sliced (about 6 cups) • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, or Splenda Granular • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, (not instant) • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces • 2 tablespoons canola oil • 2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts, or walnuts

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat an 8-inch square (or 2-quart) deep baking dish with cooking spray. 2. Combine apples with granulated sugar (or Splenda), lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Toss to mix. Transfer to the prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, combine whole-wheat flour, oats, brown sugar and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix to blend. Using your fingers (or a fork or pastry blender), cut in butter until evenly distributed and there are no chunks. Stir in oil, apple juice concentrate and nuts; toss well until evenly moistened and clumpy. 4. Remove the foil from the baking dish and scatter the topping evenly over the apples. Bake uncovered until the topping has browned and the fruit is soft and bubbling, about 30 minutes more. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts Total calories: 274 Total fat: 10g Saturated fat: 3g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 1mg Fiber: 6g Protein: 3g Carbohydrates: 47g

Source: accessed 9/25/15


September Recipes

Classic Macaroni and Cheese Yield: 8 servings, ½ cup serving

Ingredients • 2 cups macaroni • ½ cup onions, chopped • ½ cup evaporated milk, fat-free • 1 medium egg, beaten • ¼ tsp black pepper • 1 ¼ cups sharp cheddar cheese (4 oz), finely shredded, low-fat • Non-stick cooking spray Directions 1. Cook macaroni according to directions. (Do not add salt to the cooking water.) Drain and set aside. 2. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking oil spray. Preheat oven to 350° F. 3. Lightly spray saucepan with non-stick cooking oil spray. 4. Add onions to saucepan and sauté for about 3 minutes. 5. In another bowl, combine macaroni, onions, and the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. 6. Transfer mixture into casserole dish. 7. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts: Total calories: 200 Total fat: 4g Saturated fat: 2g Cholesterol: 34mg Sodium: 120mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 11g Carbohydrate: 29g

Source: accessed 8/24/15

Turkey Meatloaf Makes: 5 Servings, 1 slice

Ingredients • 1lb lean ground turkey • ½ cup regular oats, dry • 1 large egg • 1 Tbsp onion, dehydrated • ¼ cup ketchup Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. 2. Bake in loaf pan at 350º F or to internal temperature of 165º F for 25 minutes. 3. Cut into 5 slices and serve.

Nutrition Facts: Total calories: 191 Total Fat: 7g Saturated fat: 2g Cholesterol: 102mg Sodium: 205mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 22g Carbohydrate: 9g

Source: accessed 8/24/15

Mousse à la Banana Yield: 4 Servings, ½ cup serving

Ingredients • 2 Tbsp milk, low-fat (1%) • 4 tsp sugar • 1 tsp vanilla • 1 medium banana, cut into quarters • 1 cup plain yogurt, low-fat • 8¼-inch banana slices

Directions 1. Place milk, sugar, vanilla, and banana in blender. Process 15 seconds at high speed until smooth. 2. Pour mixture into a small bowl; fold in yogurt. Chill. Spoon into four dessert dishes; garnish each with two banana slices just before serving.

Nutrition Facts Total calories: 94 Total fat: 1g Saturated fat: 1g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 47mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 1g Carbohydrates: 18g

Source: accessed 8/24/15

August Recipes

Sweet Potato Nachos Serves 6

Ingredients • 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), makes about 6 cups of rounds • 1 Tbsp. olive oil • 1 tsp. chili powder • 1 tsp. garlic powder • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika • 1/3 cup black beans • 1/3 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese • 1/3 cup chopped tomato (1 plum tomato) • 1/3 cup no-salt-added, canned, diced tomatoes • 1/3 cup chopped avocado

Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cover the baking pans with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray. 2. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes thinly (about quarter-inch rounds). In a bowl, toss the rounds with olive oil, chili powder, garlic powder and paprika. Spread evenly on prepared pan (might need two pans). Bake for 10 minutes and use a spatula to flip the sweet potato rounds. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until crisp. 3. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle beans and cheese over the sweet potatoes. Return to oven until cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with tomato and avocado. Serve.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 209 Total Fat 5.5g Sodium 194mg Carbohydrates 34g Fiber 6g Sugar 7g Protein 6g

Source: assessed 7/22/15

Southwest Veggie Burgers Serves 4

Ingredients • 1 cup cooked brown rice • 1 cup cooked no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained • 1/4 cup diced tomato • 1/4 cup diced roasted red bell peppers • 1/4 cup shredded carrot • 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro • 1 tablespoon no-salt-added chili powder • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • 3 green onions, finely chopped • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot sauce

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to mix. 4. Form the mixture into 4 patties. 5. Place patties on the baking sheet and bake, flipping once half way through cooking, until browned and slightly crisp on the outside, about 30 minutes.

• To freeze the burgers, bake and cool them, then wrap in foil or freezer-safe wrap; unwrap the burgers and reheat them in the microwave, or place them on a parchment-lined pan and bake in a 300°F oven until hot, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts: 1 burger Calories 190 Total Fat 1.5g Saturated Fat 0g Sodium 120mg Carbohydrate 37g Dietary Fiber 10g Sugar 6g Protein 10g

Source:  assessed on 7/22/15

Banana Split Berry Yogurt Parfaits Serves 4 Ingredients • 2 6 - oz. packaged, fat-free pineapple yogurt • 1 cup sliced strawberries • 1 cup mixed berries • 1 large banana (about 1 cup sliced) • 1/4 cup low-fat granola (4 Tbsp) • 1 Tbsp. cocoa • 1 Tbsp. confectioner's sugar • 2 tsp. hot water Directions 1. To assemble parfaits, in small dish, layer about 1/3 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup sliced bananas and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granola. 2. In small cup, stir together cocoa, confectioners? sugar and hot water until smooth. Drizzle 1 teaspoon over each parfait.

Nutrition Facts Calories 157 Total Fat 0.9g Sodium 75mg Carbohydrates 34g Fiber 2g Sugars 25g Protein 6g

Source: 7/22/15

July Recipes

Cowboy Caviar Yield: Makes 10 to 12 appetizer or 6 salad servings

Ingredients • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce • 1 1/2 teaspoons salad oil • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1/8 teaspoon pepper • 1 firm-ripe avocado (about 10 oz.) • 1 can (15 oz.) black-eyed peas • 1 can (11 oz.) corn kernels • 2/3 cup thinly sliced green onions • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro • 1/2 pound Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped • Salt • 1 bag (6 oz.) tortilla chips or 2 cups finely shredded cabbage

Preparation 1. In a large bowl, mix vinegar, hot sauce, oil, garlic, and pepper. Peel, pit, and cut avocado into 1/2-inch cubes. Add to vinegar mixture and mix gently to coat.

2. Drain and rinse peas and corn. Add peas, corn, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes to avocado; mix gently to coat. Add salt to taste. Serve pea mixture with chips as an appetizer, or add cabbage and mix to make a salad.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 159 Calories from fat 42 % Protein 3.9 g Fat 7.3 g Saturated fat 1.3 g Carbohydrate 22 g Fiber 2 g Sodium 272 mg Cholesterol 0.0 mg

Source: accessed 6/22/15

15-Minute Enchiladas Makes: 8 Servings

Ingredients • nonstick cooking spray • 1 can chili without beans (about 24 ounces) • 1 1/2 cups canned refried beans, low-sodium, non-fat • 2 cups low-fat Cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, shredded • 8 whole wheat tortillas

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

3. In a medium-size saucepan, heat chili and refried beans until warm (do not boil).

4. Spoon about half of the chili mixture evenly onto the tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, and roll up. Place side by side on the cookie sheet with seam side down.

5. Top tortillas with remaining chili mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

6. Bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts: Total Calories 310 Total Fat 17 g Protein 17 g Carbohydrates 23 g Dietary Fiber4 g Saturated Fat 6 g Sodium 500 mg

Source: accessed 6/22/15

Peach Crumble Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients • 8 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced • Juice from 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons) • 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar • 2 tablespoons trans-free margarine, cut into thin slices • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats (uncooked) Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray. 2. Arrange peach slices in the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle with lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. 3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and brown sugar. With your fingers, crumble the margarine into the flour-sugar mixture. Add the uncooked oats and stir to mix evenly. Sprinkle the flour mixture on top of the peaches. 4. Bake until peaches are soft and the topping is browned, about 30 minutes. Cut into 8 even slices and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts Calories 152 Total Fat 4g Monosaturated fat 2g Saturated Fat 0.6g Protein 3g Cholesterol 0mg Total Carbohydrate 26g Sugars 4g Dietary Fiber 3g Sodium 41mg

Source: accessed 6/22/15


June Recipes

Mediterranean Parsley Tabbouleh   (serves 4, generous 1 cup each)

•    1 cup water
•    ½ cup bulgur
•    ¼ cup lemon juice
•    2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
•    ½ tsp minced garlic
•    ¼ tsp salt
•    Freshly ground pepper to taste
•    2 cups finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (about 2 bunches)
•    ¼ cup fresh chopped mint
•    2 tomatoes, diced
•    1 small cucumber, seeded and diced
•    ½ small red onion, finely diced

1)    Combine water and bulgur in a small saucepan. Bring to a full boil, remove from heat, cover and let stand until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, 25 minutes or according to package directions. If any water remains, drain bulgur in a fine mesh sieve. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 15 minutes.
2)    Add parsley, mint, tomatoes, cucumber and red onion into the bulgur.
3)    Combine lemon juice, oil, garlic salt and pepper in a small bowl, then combine with bulgur mixture and toss.
4)    Serve at room temperature or chill for at least one hour to serve cold.

Source: accessed 6/9/15

Nutrition facts:
Calories: 165, Fat: 8g, saturated Fat: 1g, monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol:  0g,  sodium: 175mg,  Total Carbs: 22g,  Fiber: 6g,  Protein 4g

Nutrition bonus! This recipe contains 100% daily value vitamin C & 70% daily value of vitamin A

Mediterranean Smothered Chicken (Serves 4)

•    1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 breasts)
•    extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt, pepper (enough to brush/coat chicken, approx. 2 tbsp.)
•    2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
•    2 large shallots, chopped
•    3 garlic cloves, minced
•    salt & pepper
•    1 cup marinated roasted tomatoes, chopped (or sun dried tomatoes)
•    1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
•    2 Tablespoons capers
•    1 teaspoon lemon zest
•    1/2 cup chicken broth
•    1/4 cup half & half (or heavy cream)
•    juice from 1/2 lemon
•    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
•    1/4 cup chopped basil

1)    Pound chicken to even thickness then brush both sides with extra virgin olive oil and season with garlic salt and pepper. Sauté in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes a side, or until no longer pink in the center. Remove to a plate then set aside.
2)    Let skillet cool off the heat for a few minutes, then return to burner and reduce heat to medium. Add extra virgin olive oil and shallots then season with salt and pepper and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic then sauté for 30 more seconds, stirring constantly.
3)    Add roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, capers, and lemon zest then sauté until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, half & half, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and basil then reduce sauce slightly, about 2 minutes
4)     Smother with tomato and artichoke mixture. Serve atop whole wheat angel hair, or spaghetti squash.

Source:    accessed 6/3/15

Nutrition facts:
Calories: 275, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 5g,  Monounsaturated Fat: 12g,  Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g,  Cholesterol:  28g,  sodium: 634mg,  Total Carbs: 11g,  Fiber: 4 g,  Protein 10g (Pasta not included in nutrition facts)

Almond Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding (serves 6)

•    2 cups almond milk
•    1 package (16oz) fresh strawberries, hulled
•    ¼ cup honey
•    ½ cup chia seeds
•    1 tsp vanilla extract

1)    Blend almond milk and strawberries in a blender until smooth & pour into large bowl.
2)    . Combine chia seeds, honey and vanilla extract in bowl with strawberry/almond milk blend, mix well.
3)    Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least four hours until set.

Source: accessed 6/9/15

Nutrition facts:
Calories: 159, Fat: 5g, saturated Fat: 0g, monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol:  0g,  sodium: 61mg,  Total Carbs: 25g,  Fiber: 9g,  Protein 5g

May Recipes

Chipotle Chicken & Queso Fresco Tacos Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients 1 ½ cups chipotle chicken breast (recipe below) 1 ½ cups salsa cruda (recipe below) 12 each 6inch flour tortillas ¾ cup mashed avocado ½ cups shredded romaine lettuce ¼ cup crumbled queso fresco cheese


1) Lay each tortilla on a flat surface. Spread 2 tbsp mashed avocado over each tortilla. 2) On bottom half of each tortilla, place 1/8 cup diced chicken, 2 tablespoons shredded lettuce, 1/8 cup salsa cruda and 1 tsp queso fresco cheese. 3) Fold tortilla over to close. Serve 2 tacos per portion.

Chipotle Chicken Breast

Ingredients 1 tbsp + 1 tsp minced chipotle peppers with Adobo 1 tsp minced garlic 2 tbsp lime juice ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 15 ½ oz boneless, skinless chicken breast


1) In a bowl, combine minced chipotle peppers, garlic, lime juice, cumin, salt & pepper for marinade. Pour marinade over chicken in a shallow dish. Keep refrigerated for 4 hours. Drain and discard excess marinade.

2) Preheat grill or char broiler, cook chicken for 1-2 on each side until well-marked.

3) Transfer chicken to sheet tray. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 5 minutes or until completely cooked (internal temperature of 165 degrees).

4) Slice chicken into ¼ inch thick slices.

Salsa Crudo

Ingredients ¾ cup diced tomatoes 2 tbsp red onions 2 tbsp minced jalapeno peppers, seeded 1 ½ tsp lime juice Dash of black peppers 2 tbsp frozen corn, thawed


1) Seed jalapeno peppers (wash hands thoroughly after handling) 2) In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well. Keep refrigerated for use.

Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 190, Fat: 5g, Saturated fat: 2g, Sodium: 330mg, Carbs: 21g, Protein: 16g, Fiber: 5g Recipe courtesy Mindful by Sodexo, date accessed 4/21/2015.

Edamame Nut Salad Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients 2 tbsp creamy poppy seed dressing (recipe below) 1 cup fresh baby spinach 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped 2 tbsp roasted sliced almonds ½ medium granny smith apple, diced (soak in lemon juice & water to prevent browning) ½ cup shredded carrots 2 tbsp dried cranberries ¼ cup thawed edamame soy beans 2 tbsp roasted sunflower seeds

Creamy Poppy seed dressing


2 tsp fresh orange juice  2 tsp light mayonnaise  2 tsp light sour cream  ½ tsp honey 1/8 tsp poppy seeds  ¼ tsp grated orange rind Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well to combine. Refrigerate until ready for use.


1) Combine spinach & romaine lettuce in a mixing bowl. 2) Toss greens with half the carrots, apples, & almonds. Add dressing and toss. 3) Place equal portions onto two plates. Garnish with dried cranberries, edamame and sunflower seeds.  Serve immediately. Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 200, Fat: 11g, Saturated fat: 1.5g, Protein: 6g, Carbs: 23g, Fiber: 6g, Sodium: 90mg, Recipe courtesy Mindful by Sodexo, date accessed 4/21/2015.

April Recipes

Morel Mushroom and Asparagus SautéMorelMushroomKangKim
Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin  K and folate. It aids in digestion and blood sugar regulation.
Yield: 4 servings
3 quarts water
12 ounces white asparagus, trimmed
12 ounces green asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, thinly sliced
4 cups fresh morel mushrooms, halved lengthwise (about 8 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.
2. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Peel bottom 2 inches of white and green asparagus. Cook white asparagus in boiling water 5 minutes or until crisp-tender; remove with a slotted spoon to a colander. Rinse under cold water; drain well. Cook green asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; remove with a slotted spoon to a colander. Rinse under cold water; drain well. Cut asparagus diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
3. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; swirl to coat. Add shallot; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add morels and 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté 5 minutes or until mushrooms are lightly browned. Add asparagus, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, oil, and pepper; toss gently to coat. Cook 2 minutes or until asparagus is thoroughly heated.
Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 115, Fat: 6.6g, Saturated fat: 1.4g, Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g, Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g, Protein: 6g, Carbohydrate: 11.5g, Fiber: 4.3g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Iron: 3mg, Sodium: 267mg, Calcium: 28mg.
Recipe courtesy Cooking Light 2013, date accessed 8/26/2014.

Risotto with Snow Peas and Shrimp
Shrimp is an excellent source of selenium and vitamin B-12. Selenium supports healthy thyroid functioning, and vitamin B-12 supports cognitive function.
Yield: 6 servings

2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
3 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil $
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice or other short-grain rice
1/3 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined $
1 cup (1/2-inch) diagonally sliced snow peas
1 cup shelled green peas (about 3/4 pound unshelled green peas)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese $
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind $
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.
2. Bring clam juice and water to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.
3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add shallots, and cook 1 minute. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute. Stir in 1/2 cup juice mixture; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining juice mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of juice mixture is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Stir in shrimp, snow peas, and green peas; cook 4 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and remaining ingredients.
Note: Substitute frozen green peas for fresh, if desired.
Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 302, Calories from fat: 14%, Fat: 4.6g, Saturated fat: 1.3g, Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g, Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g , Protein: 16.1g, Carbohydrate: 47.3g, Fiber: 2.3g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Iron: 4.2mg, Sodium: 306mg, Calcium: 111mg.
Recipe courtesy Cooking Light 2000, date accessed 8/26/2014

Leek, Lettuce, and Fava Soup

Leeks belong the allium group such as onions and garlic. Produce that fall under the allium category have been known the protect blood vessels and maintainLeekEmmaStarJensen cardiovascular health. This green soup is a perfect way to kick off the spring.
Yield: 6 servings
1 large head romaine lettuce (about 1 lb.)
 3 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and light green parts only), rinsed well
1 large celery stalk, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus
3 tbsp. small dill leaves
Zest of 1 lemon
 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tablespoons butter
 1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups double-shelled fava beans, divided
1/2 cup crème fraiche

1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.
2. Cut ribs from lettuce and finely chop ribs and leaves separately. Set leaves aside.
3. In a large pot, cook lettuce ribs, leeks, celery, chopped dill, lemon zest, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper with butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 15 minutes.
4. Stir in broth, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add lettuce leaves, reduce heat, and simmer just until lettuce is tender, 1 minute. Set aside 1 cup of mixture.
5. Whirl soup in batches in a blender until very smooth, pouring into a bowl as blended. Return soup to pot and stir in reserved unblended soup and 1 1/2 cups fava beans. Heat, stirring, over medium heat until steaming.
6. Ladle soup into bowls. Dollop a generous spoonful of crème fraîche into each. Garnish with remaining fava beans and dill leaves and sprinkle with pepper. Add more salt and crème fraîche if you like.
Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 368, Calories from fat: 35%, Protein: 23g, Fat: 14,g Saturated fat: 7.8g, Carbohydrate: 49g, Fiber: 2.6g,  Sodium: 319mg, Cholesterol: 44mg.
Recipe courtesy Sunset 2014, date accessed 8/26/2014.


March Recipes

Pan-Roasted Artichokes with Lemon and Garlic

Artichokes significantly aid in digestion. They are high in fiber, increase bile flow, and improve gallbladder function. This is a light and easy recipe that provides the perfection transitioning meal into the spring. Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 18 baby artichokes (about 1 3/4 pounds) 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 large garlic cloves, halved 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced  1 (6-inch) rosemary sprig  2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Preparation 1. Gather all ingredients and equipment. 2. Preheat oven to 425°. 3. Combine water and 3 tablespoons juice in a bowl. Cut off top 1/2 inch of artichokes. Cut stems to within 1 inch of bases; peel stems. Remove tough outer leaves, leaving tender cores. Halve each lengthwise; add to water. 4. Drain artichokes; pat dry. Combine artichokes, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic in a bowl; toss to coat. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add half of artichoke mixture to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining artichoke mixture. Return artichokes to pan; add lemon slices and rosemary. 5. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes, stirring once. Remove rosemary leaves, and sprinkle over artichoke mixture; discard stem and any blackened lemon. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 128, Fat: 7g, Saturated fat: 1g, Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g, Polyunsaturated, fat: 0.8g, Protein: 4g, Carbohydrate: 16g, Fiber: 8g, Cholesterol: 0.0mg, Iron: 2mg, Sodium: 223mg, Calcium: 66mg. Recipe courtesy Cooking Light 2014, date accessed 8/26/2014

Curried Collard Greens

Collard greens have anti-inflammatory benefits and aids in the detoxification of the body. They are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, and vitamin C. Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1 teaspoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1 bunch collard greens (about 12 large leaves), stemmed and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth 1/2 cup white wine Preparation 1. Gather all ingredients and equipment. 2. Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add collard greens and cook, stirring occasionally, until greens have wilted, about 5 minutes. 3. Stir in garlic, curry, ginger, salt and pepper and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in broth and wine, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender, about 20 minutes. Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 80, Fat: 5g, Saturated fat: 1g. Cholesterol: 3mg, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 2g, Carbohydrate: 6g, Sodium: 330mg. Recipe courtesy allyou, date accessed 8/26/2014.

Arugula Salad with Chicken and Apricots

Apricots are full of antioxidants, and they can help maintain healthy eyesight and protect against inflammation. The apricots in this dish add a hint of sweetness to an otherwise light and herbaceous salad. Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 teaspoons white wine vinegar  Dash of freshly ground black pepper 4 cups baby arugula 4 cups gourmet salad greens 3 apricots (about 8 ounces), pitted and thinly sliced 1/3 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion Preparation 1. Gather all ingredients and equipment. 2. Prepare grill to medium-high heat. 3. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound each piece to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken with parsley, tarragon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 4. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done. Transfer to a plate; cool to room temperature. 5. Combine oil, vinegar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and dash of pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. 6. Combine arugula, greens, apricots, and onion in a large bowl. Pour vinaigrette over arugula mixture; toss well to coat. Place about 2 cups arugula mixture on each of 4 plates. Cut chicken breast halves crosswise into thin slices; top each serving evenly with chicken. Serve immediately.

Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 243, Fat: 12.9g, Saturated fat: 2.1g, Monounsaturated fat: 8.3g, Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g, Protein: 22.2g, Carbohydrate: 10.1g, Fiber: 2.9g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Iron: 2.1mg, Sodium: 364mg, Calcium: 86mg. Recipe courtesy Cooking Light 2009, date accessed 8/26/2014

January Recipes

January this the perfect month to get out a crock pot and make some warm and hearty meals. 

Slow-Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup Yields: 12 servings Serving size: 1 ¼ cup

2 cups chopped onions 2 cups chopped carrots 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground turmeric ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground pepper 6 cups vegetables broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 cups water 3 cups chopped cauliflower 1 ¾ cups lentils 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 4 cups chopped fresh spinach or one 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons lemon juice

1) Combine onions, carrots, garlic, oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add broth, water, cauliflower, lentils, tomatoes and tomato paste and stir until well combined. 2) Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 4 to 5 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low. 3) During the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in spinach. Just before serving, stir in cilantro and lemon juice.

Nutrient analysis: 152 calories, 1 g fat, 0g Sat. fat, 1g Mono-unsat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 618 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 9g protein

Recipe courtesy: Eating Well,, accessed 12/23/2014.

Classic Minestrone Soup Yield: 10 servings

2 cans (14.5-oz each) low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 1 can (15-oz) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (15.5-oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained ¾ teaspoons dried Italian seasoning 1 package (12-oz) rotini pasta 2 cans (14.50oz each) diced tomatoes 6 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced 1 package (10-oz) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1) Place broth, beans, tomatoes, carrots, scallions, and Italian seasoning on 4-quate or lasrger slow cooker. Stir to combine. 2) Cover.  Cook on low 6-8 hours. 3) Prepares pasta according to package directions.  Add pasta and spinach to cooker and stir to combine. 4) Cover.  Cook 15-20 more minutes or until heated through. Nutrient analysis: 257 calories, 1.4 g fat .3 g saturated fat, 369 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrates, 8.3 g fiber, 12.3 g protein Recipe courtesy:,, accessed 12/23/14.

Wine & Tomato Brained Chicken

Yields: 10 servings

4 slices bacon (omit to decrease Saturated fat and Sodium content further) 1 large onion, thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 bay leaf 1 cup dry white wine (see tip) 1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes, with juice, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 10 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 ¾ pounds), skin removed, trimmed ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

1) Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Crumble when cool. (Omit to reduce fat and sodium content). 2) Drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pan.  Add onion and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, 3-6 minutes.  Add garlic, thyme, fennel seeds, pepper and bay leaf and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add wine, bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits. Add tomatoes and their juice and salt; stir well. 3) Place chicken thighs in a 4-quart (or larger) slow cooker.  Sprinkle the bacon over the chicken.  Pour the tomato mixture over the chicken.  Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender, about 3 hours on High or 6 hours on Low. Remove the bay leaf. Serve sprinkled with parsley. 4) Variation: Turn 2 cups each of leftover chicken and sauce into Braised Chicken Gumbo.  Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 diced medium red or green bell pepper and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and cook, stirring, until the pepper is beginning to soften and the flour is golden brown, about 2 minutes.  Add 2 cups shredded chicken, 2 cups sauce, 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, 1 cup sliced okra (fresh or frozen, thawed), ¾ cup instant brown rice (see tip) and 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer until the flavors meld and the okra is tender, about 10 minutes.

Tip: If you want to use rice that is not “instant”, stir in 1 cup of any leftover cooked rice instead.  Or, if you have time, add ½ cup of quicker-cooking whole grain rice, such as Bhutanese red rice or Kalijira rice, and an additional 1 ¼ cups chicken broth before adding the okra.  Cook until the rice is almost tender, about 25 minutes (or according to package instructions) then add the okra and simmer until it is tender.

Tip: If you prefer, substitute 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth mixed with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice for the wine.

Nutrient analysis: 260 calories, 13 g fat, 4g sat. fat, 5g mono-unsat. Fat, 492 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 25 g protein, 1g fiber, 392g potassium

Recipe courtesy: Eating Well,, accessed 12/23/14.

December Recipes

Raw Kale, Grapefruit, and Toasted Hazelnut Salad

Kale has a multitude of health benefits, and it an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, copper, and manganese. Kale can help lower cholesterol and aid in bodily detoxification. Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients 2 pink grapefruit 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced, divided 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 8 ounces lacinato kale, very thinly sliced, or baby kale leaves 1 ounce toasted hazelnuts, chopped (1/3 cup)

Preparation 1. Peel and segment grapefruit; reserve 3 TBSP juice in a large bowl. Mince 2 rings onion. Add to grapefruit juice, with lemon juice, yogurt, oil, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well mixed. 2. Toss in the kale. Top with remaining onion, grapefruit, and hazelnuts.

Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 184, Fat: 11.6g, Saturated fat: 1.4g, Monounsaturated fat: 8.3g, Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g, Protein: 5g, Carbohydrate: 18g, Fiber: 3, Cholesterol: 1mg, Iron: 1mg, Sodium: 179mg, Calcium: 138mg. Recipe courtesy Health 2013, date accessed 8/19/2014

Spicy Crab-Papaya Salad

This light, tropical salad can add some brightness to dark winter nights. The papaya contains plenty of antioxidants and aids in overall skin health.

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups diced peeled papaya 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/4 cup finely chopped celery 1 finely chopped jalapeño pepper 1 pound lump crabmeat (shell pieces removed) 3 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Combine papaya, green onions, celery, jalapeño pepper, and crabmeat. 2. Combine canola oil, cider vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, freshly ground black pepper, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over crab mixture; toss. Chill.

Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 246, Fat: 12.6g, Saturated fat: 1.1g, Monounsaturated fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated fat: 3.8g, Protein: 23.3g, Carbohydrate: 8.7g, Fiber: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 113mg, Iron: 1.3mg, Sodium: 430mg, Calcium: 141mg.

Recipe courtesy Cooking Light 2011, date accessed 8/19/2014

Cheese and Pear Stuffed Pork

December is the season for hearty holiday dinners. Seasonal pears lend a very good source of dietary fiber to this dish. Diets that are rich in fiber help protect against the development of type 2 diabetes.

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 4 shallots, thinly sliced 1 cup chopped firm Anjou pear 1/2 cup riesling or other white wine 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme Dash of ground red pepper 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese 1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 (12-ounce) pork tenderloins 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 425°. 2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium heat. Add shallots; cook 6 minutes. Add pear, wine, thyme, and pepper; cook 2 minutes. Cool. Stir in nuts, cheese, crumbs, and parsley. 3. Slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves. Place pork between sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/4 inch. Top pork with pears; leave 1/2-inch border. Roll, starting with long side; secure pork with picks. Sprinkle with salt. 4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof pan over medium-high heat. Add pork; sauté 5 minutes, browning all sides. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145°. Remove pork from pan, and let stand 5 minutes. Slice. Bring broth to a boil in pan over medium-high heat; scrape pan to loosen browned bits. Cook 4 minutes.

Nutrient Analysis: Calories: 321, Fat: 16.1g, Saturated fat: 3.8g, Monounsaturated fat: 5.8g, Polyunsaturated fat: 5.6g, Protein: 28.7g, Carbohydrate: 13g, Fiber: 1.8g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Iron: 2mg, Sodium: 478mg, Calcium: 72mg. Recipe courtesy Cooking Light 2011, date accessed 8/19/2014



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