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12 No-Cook Breakfasts

by in Healthy Recipes, No-Cook Choices, August 2, 2013

honeydew smoothie
In the sweltering days of summer, the last thing I want to do is cook anything over a hot stove. It’s the perfect time for those easy breakfasts where no heat is required.

Smoothies
It’s as simple as placing your ingredients in a blender and pushing a button. The only caveat is to watch portions so you don’t go overboard on calories.

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Healthy No-Cook Summer Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, No-Cook Choices, July 7, 2012
This may look like fettuccine, but it's actually just sliced zucchini!

During the summer months, I try to refrain from doing anything that might unnecessarily heat up my tiny apartment – that means not charging my laptop overnight, not using my hair straightener or blow dryer and most importantly, avoiding the oven or stove on the hottest days. Though these kitchen accoutrements are certainly useful for whipping up quick, healthy dishes, who wants to stand in front of a hot stove stir-frying vegetables when it is already 90 degrees outside? With a little inspiration, you can make healthful and tasty meals without even having to turn on the gas or the oven. So beat the heat this summer with these flavorful no-cook dishes!

Zucchini Fettuccine With Tomato Sauce
It’s fettuccine you don’t have to cook! This recipe uses zucchini cut into thin strips to give it the appearance of pasta and a pureed tomato sauce with garlic, pine nuts and a little jalapeno for a kick.

Recipe: Zucchini Fettuccine With Tomato Sauce (above)

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Stay Cool With Our Favorite No-Cook Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, No-Cook Choices, August 6, 2011
Dana Angelo White's 5-Ingredient Melon Soup

Summer temperatures are skyrocketing way past scorching, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through with sweat clinging to your brow. Beat the heat—and have fun, too—with some of our favorite refreshing, thirst-quenching and downright delicious recipes.

Stay cool with Peaches & Cream Frozen Yogurt. Five ingredients are all it takes to make homemade frozen yogurt filled with fresh peaches. It’s so easy to make at home, how can you resist?

While you’re at it, let the kids have some fun, too. Chocolate Chip Waffles With Strawberry Ice Cream take no time at all, or whip up a Frozen Creamsicle Pie that will have your whole family clamoring for seconds.

Take a load off with lightened-up pina coladas — large glasses of this coconut cocktail can often run you 650 calories or more thanks to an ingredient called cream of coconut. Keep yours light and refreshing by shrinking the portions of coconut and rum, and make substitutions to add extra coconut flavor.

Want something with a little more sustenance? Try a summer salad. Whether you like it savory or sweet, we’ve got a recipe that’s just right.

Take a walk on the wild (but healthy!) side with Cantaloupe Soup. Prosciutto, cantaloupe, apple juice, chives and a dash of seasoning come together for a meal so light and refreshing you won’t even notice the humidity radiating off of the pavement outside.

Tell us: What’s your favorite no-cook summer recipe?

How to Make Gourmet Ice Pops

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, No-Cook Choices, July 21, 2011
ice pops
Skip the freezer aisle and make your own ice pops in fancy flavors.

We covered the basics of making your own ice pops, now it’s time to get fancy. From sweet to savory and icy to creamy, grab some Popsicle molds (or paper cups and wooden sticks) and get chillin’.

Popsicle Basics
Ice pops are a healthy indulgence. They can be made with nutritious ingredients like fruit, fruit juice, herbs, milk and yogurt. A little sugar, honey, or even alcohol can make them extra special. Since they’re portion controlled, there’s no need to feel guilty.

You can freeze almost anything into an ice pop – use these simple tips for success every time.

  • Always use freezer-safe containers.
  • Allow at least 6 hours to freeze (overnight is ideal), then run molds under warm water to release.
  • Adjust amounts of sweeteners and other flavorings to taste.
  • Watch portions of alcohol – use too much and the pops won’t set up properly (you’ll have slush instead).

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Katie's Healthy Bites: Tuna & White Beans

by in No-Cook Choices, October 4, 2009

Katie's Tuna Salad
Canned tuna is pantry staple in my house because it works as the foundation for many quick and easy meals, including this tuna and white bean salad. I toss in a few fresh ingredients, and you’d never know dinner came from a can.

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Spotlight Recipe: Waldorf Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, No-Cook Choices, September 26, 2009

waldorf salad
This Food Network Kitchens’ version is true to the classic: crisp apples, crunchy celery, raisins and walnuts. All of that is held together with a honey, mayo and yogurt blend (the last two are low fat to slim down this heavy hitter). For some variety, mix up the apples — maybe Gala and Granny Smith for a tart twist. Or make this a holiday dish by trading the raisins for dried cranberries.

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Katie's Healthy Bites: Pep Up Your Sandwiches

by in No-Cook Choices, September 13, 2009

katiesandwich
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to make lunch more exciting. It seems like the mid-day meal can’t compete with our busy schedules and endless to-do lists. A sandwich is a simple solution, but there’s no need for it to be the same-old PB&J or turkey with cheese. Here are five basic sandwiches that all have a special twist.

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Spotlight Recipe: Mean Green Cucumber Juice

by in Healthy Recipes, No-Cook Choices, August 29, 2009

Mean Green Cucumber Juice
Look at that bright green color — how can you not be intrigued? I’ve been looking for some unusual drinks — both loaded and unloaded — to feature at an upcoming cocktail party, and this just might be the show stealer. Although I haven’t tested it yet, I’m heading to the farmers’ market tomorrow, where I’m sure to find boatload of cukes. One Food Network recipe reviewer also had a great suggestion: Serve it plain for the abstainers or add a shot of tequila for the more adventurous.

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Cool and Crunchy Coleslaws

by in No-Cook Choices, The Veggie Table, August 8, 2009

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The hot, sticky summer we know and love here in New England has finally come. I’ve tucked away my oven mitts and am giving my stove the rest of the season off. So how do I keep cool with my food? I slice up a coleslaw — a cabbage slaw, a broccoli slaw, you name. And guess what? No mayo!

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Try It Today: Raw Food

by in Healthy Tips, No-Cook Choices, August 7, 2009

Sesame Noodles
This week, we focused on a bunch of no-cook ideas. What better way to go oven-free than trying out some raw cuisine? Raw food is a new(ish) culinary trend, in which enthusiasts ditch cooked foods (and often dairy) for creative, fresh vegan cuisine.

New to it, I decided to swing by Pure Food & Wine, a popular raw food restaurant in New York City, and speak with Sarma Melingailis, the restaurant’s owner and author of Living Raw Food, to learn more and get some recipe ideas.

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