This barbecue sauce is an incredible blend of sweet and tangy ingredients (mango, onion, red pepper, jalapeno, cumin, cloves, cider vinegar, molasses and more), creating a mouth-watering topping that’s excellent with grilled chicken. It’s also fabulous on pork chops, tuna steaks, salmon fillets, shrimp and flank steak.
Dried dates are portable treats that satisfy any sweet tooth, but who knew the gems were crammed with nutrients? And I mean crammed, boasting loads of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Here’s a sampling of what they deliver:
It’s not the prettiest vegetable in the garden, but celery root, aka celeriac, is brimming with nutrients.
When it comes to phytonutrients (plant nutrients), olives offer powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, some of which are unique to olives themselves. For example, olives contain hydroxytyrosol, a phytonutrient that may help stave off cancer and bone loss. Also in olives’ favor: Almost three-quarters of olives’ fat is oleic acid, a heart-healthy, monounsaturated fatty acid. Olives contain linoleic acid (another essential fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (an Omega-3 fatty acid). This high concentration of “good” fat means olives may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help decrease blood pressure. Studies show that olives may also provide health benefits to much of the rest of the body, including the respiratory, nervous, immune, inflammatory and digestive systems. Ready incorporate olives into your menus? Here are 10 great ways.
There are so many egg varieties at the market these days, it’s easy to crack under pressure if you don’t know what labels mean. That said, no matter what the carton says or the type of eggs you buy, the most important thing to remember is this: The better the hens eat, the better the eggs.
Talk about comfort food. Pasta e fagioli is an Italian dish that literally means “pasta and beans.” Once considered a peasant dish because it consisted only of inexpensive ingredients, the Italian staple has countless variations. Many recipes use bacon or pancetta, but I love the simplicity and overwhelming goodness of this version, crammed with flavor and texture from a variety of fresh and dried herbs, vegetables, white beans, tomato sauce and tube-shaped pasta. Even better? The soup is low in saturated fat and crammed with fiber, boasting 16 grams per serving.
Got a fabulous loaf of bread that’s just a smidge past its prime? It’s heartbreaking to consider throwing away day-old bread (even several-days-old bread), especially when the whole-grain varieties boast loads of B vitamins and fiber. Happily, there’s salvation for that scrumptious loaf of goodness. Whether you have crumbs, cubes or slices, check out these 15 uses.
No matter what variety of fruit preserve you choose–orange marmalade, strawberry, apricot, mixed berry, peach, raspberry-cranberry, or even boysenberry–the low-sugar varieties can be a healthy cook’s BFF in the kitchen, with just about 8 calories and 1 gram of sugar per teaspoon. Here’s how to liven up a variety of meals, far beyond toasted bread.
I’m an Italian girl at heart. Only half by birth, but 100 percent when it comes to food. Take eggplant rollatini for example–a classic, baked Italian dish that boasts eggplant slices stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheese and then rolled up and smothered with tomato sauce and more cheese. Sometimes the eggplant slices are breaded and fried first (think rolled eggplant Parmesan). As you can imagine, it’s not the lightest dish on the menu. In fact, one serving can deliver up to 600 calories, 38 grams of fat and 900 mg of sodium. Ouch. But, there’s hope!
Spaghetti squash is a yellow winter squash with flesh that, when cooked, separates into spaghetti-like strands. It’s super-low in calories and carbohydrates, making it a good substitute for pasta if you’re watching your weight. But anyone can appreciate the sweet and nutty squash tossed with Parmesan, garlic, parsley and good-quality olive oil.