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Mexican Macaroni and Corn

by in Healthy Recipes, July 5, 2013

Everyone loves a good bowl of comforting mac and cheese, right? When it’s too hot to turn on the oven to make baked macaroni and cheese, make this easy, stove-top version instead. It’s extra-flavorful and you can whip up this easy dish in no time. I’ve tossed in corn and spinach for added fresh flavor (plus fiber) as well as red pepper flakes for a bit of heat to fire up summer celebrations. And did I mention, it’s both dairy and gluten-free? So you can rest assured your guests all have something to enjoy. Leftovers for this dish taste great the next day added to a fresh bed of leafy greens such as arugula.

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20 Healthy Fish Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, July 5, 2013

grilled salmon
It’s a fabulous time of year for seafood. Dig into these healthy options for salmon, cod, tilapia and shellfish.

Healthiest Catch
There are numerous considerations when choosing healthy seafood. Fish lovers need to weigh in on things like how the fish was caught, where in the world it can be found, and whether or not it contains high amounts of mercury.

To help make sense of things, there’s the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Regional Guides. This year’s guide highlights Atlantic cod, mussels, salmon, tilapia and oysters as some of its best choices because they are “abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.” You can also check your local fish counter for the Marine Stewardship Council seal of approval.

Fish Recipes to Try:

Salmon
Mustard Roasted Salmon
Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa
Salmon Kebabs with Yogurt Sauce (above)
Poached Salmon with Lemon Mint Tzatziki
Saucy Salmon

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Garlicky Grilled Romaine

by in Healthy Recipes, July 4, 2013

Grilling for Fourth of July? Add grilled romaine to your BBQ menu; it’s a quick and easy recipe that takes only a few minutes to prepare and can be jazzed up with a variety of flavors. I added garlic powder and balsamic vinegar to this recipe but you can also add fresh lemon juice and chili powder for a bit of extra flavor. Kids and adults love to enjoy this recipe because it’s fun to eat and doesn’t look like your ordinary soggy green salad. It’s a winner for a weeknight family side dish or your annual Fourth of July cookout, so toss a few heads of fresh romaine onto your grill and get your party started!

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Dairy-Free Coconut “Whipped Cream”

by in Healthy Recipes, June 30, 2013

coconut whipped cream
With berry season in full swing, nothing beats a bowl of sweet, in-season fruit for dessert. Growing up, berries and Cool-Whip or whipped cream was a staple treat in my house. As an adult I’m not able to eat dairy, but still want to enjoy the classic combination. Here’s a fun, healthy upgrade to a traditional whipped cream that you’ll love. It’s bursting with rich, creamy flavor, is dairy free and added sugar is optional.

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“Creamy” Tarragon Pasta Salad

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, June 28, 2013

This party-perfect recipe is a great replacement for traditional mayonnaise-based salads; it gets its creamy texture from dairy-free yogurt. The fresh carrots, grapes and tarragon give this salad an exciting, fresh taste. Gluten-free pasta makes it gluten free, of course, but if you don’t have a sensitivity, any pasta will do.

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New Study: Kids Eat More Veggies With Dip

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, June 26, 2013

green goddess dressing
If you’re looking to up your kids’ veggie intake, read this! A new study found that serving vegetables alongside dip leads to munching on more veggies. Interestingly, kids were also found to prefer dips flavored with herbs and spices over plain, more bland dips.

The Study
A 2013 study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that adding herbs or spices to a reduced-fat dip increased a child’s willingness to eat veggies. The portion-controlled 3 ½ tablespoon dips served to the kids had 50 calories, 4 grams of fat and 90 milligrams of sodium.

Pre-school children ages 3 to 5 years told researchers from the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University that they liked veggies when paired with a favorite flavored dip compared to eating a veggie without a dip or with a plain dip. Thirty-one percent of kids liked a veggie alone while 64% liked a veggie when it was served with their favorite dip. In addition, 6% of kids refused the vegetable when served with a flavored dip as compared with 18% who refused the veggie when served without any dip.
During a second experiment, researchers found that kids ate significantly more of a previously rejected or disliked veggie when it was offered with a favorite reduced-fat herb dip compared to when it was offered alone.

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If You Like: Giada’s Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil, and Salmon, You’ll Love . . .

by in Healthy Recipes, June 23, 2013

salmon with spaghetti
It can be intimidating to try new recipes, especially when you’ve perfected a healthy and beautiful recipe such as Giada’s Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon. It can be difficult to find new recipes that are nutritious and simple to make, and the unknown is always risky — what if a new recipe isn’t as crowd-pleasing as your old standbys? I’ve taken the stress out the search for you: here are a few dishes to try when you’ve tired of the norm – these recipes are healthful, delicious, satisfying and fuss-free.

If You Like: Giada’s Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil, and Salmon (above)

This recipe from Giada is like spa food, made at home. All of the nutritious components — whole-wheat spaghetti, salmon, fresh greens — come together to create a rejuvenating and satisfying dish. Capers, lemon zest, and basil infuse the pasta with just the right amount of flavor, while also allowing the salmon to shine.

Why Not Try: Seared Tilapia with Asparagus and Spicy Mint Gremolata
Picture of Seared Tilapia with Asparagus and Spicy Mint Gremolata Recipe

If you’re ready to switch up your salmon for a different fish, try this seared tilapia. Tilapia is a mild and flaky white fish; the real flavor in this dish comes from the gremolata – a piquant blend of fresh mint, garlic, lemon zest and pepper flakes – that dresses both the asparagus and fish for a refined and healthy dinner.

Get the Recipe: Seared Tilapia with Asparagus and Spicy Mint Gremolata

 

 

 

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Recipe Spotlight: Lightened-Up Banana Pudding

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, June 21, 2013

banana pudding

Banana pudding is a classic dessert made by layering vanilla pudding with wafer cookies, loads of fluffy whipped cream and of course, bananas. After a few hours (or a night) in the refrigerator, the pudding and whipped cream soften the cookies and they become cake-like and infused with banana flavor. Banana pudding is creamy, cool, comforting and indulgent — maybe a little too indulgent. If you love the flavors of banana pudding but don’t want a calorie overload, you can still enjoy this dessert classic with this Food Network Kitchen’s lighter banana pudding. It’s made with homemade vanilla pudding made with low-fat milk, that has all the creaminess you expect thanks to a few tablespoons of sour cream stirred in at the end. Use reduced-fat vanilla wafer cookies, and be sure your bananas are very ripe so they’ll impart the strongest banana flavor possible.

Try it This Weekend: Lightened Up Banana Pudding

More Healthy Banana Desserts:

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops
Banana Cream Pie
Banana Splits With Pineapple-Brown Sugar Topping
Marbled Banana Bread
Broiled Banana Splits

If You Like: Ellie’s Buffalo Chicken Salad, You’ll Love . . .

by in Healthy Recipes, June 20, 2013

buffalo chicken salad
When I’m cooking the same dish multiple times a week, I know it’s time to find new recipes. This can be difficult because sometimes I don’t have the energy to find new healthy recipes and sometimes I don’t have the time to try out these recipes — I know that I can have my favorite recipes on the table quickly so it’s easiest to defer to those. If you’re facing the same problem, I’ve taken the hard work out the endeavor for you; if Buffalo chicken wings, or Ellie’s healthier Buffalo chicken salad, have become a weekly staple in your house, here are a few new healthy recipes to try.

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Weekend Breakfast: Hash Browns

by in Healthy Recipes, June 16, 2013

Hash browns are almost synonymous with breakfast. Whether you like yours extra-crispy or full of spice, these simple spuds are a perfect weekend brunch item. Surprise dad this Father’s Day with a serving of this hearty breakfast side that’s surprisingly healthy.

If extra potatoes are on hand in the kitchen, simply wash them, shred them and toss them into the skillet for easy hash browns. Stay away from the temptation of peeling the spuds because potato skins add texture. If time is short, use frozen hash browns—a must-have freezer staple. Pick up a few extra bags to have on hand and whip into these easy recipes.

Hash Brown Casserole (pictured above) is a comforting dish that gets lightened up thanks to Greek yogurt and milk. The crispy breadcrumb and cheese topping makes the dish extra-special. Once the casserole is in the oven, use the 45 minutes of cooking time to clean up the kitchen or spend time with Dad.

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