Tag: rice

Shrimp Risotto

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 15, 2012

shrimp risotto
Risotto is a classic Italian dish known for its creamy texture and rich flavor. But eaters beware, that’s surely not an innocent bowl of rice you’re dealing with. I looked up the nutrition stats from some popular restaurants and check this out: One popular shrimp risotto had 620 calories, 30 grams of fat and 2,530 milligrams of sodium. A lobster risotto at a different restaurant had 1,103 calories and 25 grams of fat. Yet another joint served a cheese risotto with 1,280 calories and 110 grams of fat. Jeez, what kind of cheese are they using? Or is it the whole cow? The vegetable and lemon risottos scored a little better, but not much.

I found a way to lighten up shrimp risotto without taking away its creamy goodness. The key is quality ingredients and lots of stirring. I replace most of the fat with flavorful broth – beef broth. That might sound odd, but it gives the risotto a “surf and turf” quality. I add roasted garlic for depth of flavor and I stir frequently for the entire 20-25 minute cooking time (stirring encourages the starch and broth to create a creamy sauce).

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Nutrition News: Study Results Show Arsenic Levels in Rice

by in Food News, October 1, 2012

brown rice
By now you’ve probably heard about the recent findings of FDA and Consumer Reports investigations. Testing discovered alarmingly high amount of arsenic in rice and rice products. Tainted foods included infant cereals and formula, breakfast cereals, brown rice and even rice milk.

What is Arsenic?
This naturally existing element can be found in the air, soil and water supply in varying amounts. Consumption over time has been linked to certain types of cancer and deficits in neurological development.

It’s difficult to assess just how much arsenic is too much. Furthermore, it’s not well understood just how long the body holds on it – so it’s unclear how much can accumulate in the system over time.

The Environmental Protection Agency deems small amount of arsenic safe for consumption but recent reports have found the amounts found in rice to be beyond this “safe” dose.

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Better Together: Power Food Combinations

by in Healthy Tips, May 17, 2011
Spinach and Bacon Quiche
Eggs and cheese: (nutritionally) better together.

Some foods just taste great together, like milk and cookies. But others pairs actually work together to help your body get the most nutrition bang for its buck. Here are 5 of the most powerful food combos.

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But I Just Want Some Tacos!?!

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, May 5, 2010
Ricotta Spinach Tacos
Ricotta-Spinach Tacos - Photo by Antonis Achilleos/Food Network Magazine

When you’re craving Mexican food, tacos top the list of need-to-have foods. With some simple swaps, tacos can be part of a healthy diet — read through our tips to find out how to order (or make them yourself).

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Spotlight Recipes: Mardi Gras Madness

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, February 15, 2010

Ginger Margarita
Just because they call it “Fat Tuesday” doesn’t mean you need to interpret that literally. Celebrate Mardi Gras tomorrow with Southern-style dishes but leave the sticks of butter, mounds of meat and gobs of heavy cream off the shopping list. These healthy picks will make your mouth water.

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Meet This Grain: Brown Rice

by in Healthy Recipes, December 30, 2009

Brown Rice
Brown rice is an old standby in the whole-grain world, but it doesn’t always get the love it deserves. Find out all the delicious ways you can savor this easy-to-cook grain.

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Reading List: Exercise Beats the Flu, Trans Fats-Related Heart Attacks & China's New Rice

by in Food News, December 4, 2009

In this week’s nutrition news: More evidence that obesity decreases your life expectancy, drinking sugary sodas may lead to diabetes during pregnancy and China will soon produce genetically modified rice.

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Weekly Bits: Foods We Love

by in Reader Tips & Comments, October 24, 2009

This week, we told you about some of our quick and easy foods — cottage cheese, leftover rice and top picks for jarred pasta sauces. You came back with even more ways to love them. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

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Rice and Beans, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, June 18, 2009

riceandbeans
Did you know combining rice and beans creates a perfect protein? Problem is, many folks sabotage this healthy dish by adding too much fat. Done right, rice and beans can be flavor-packed, quick-and-easy choice. Here is how we do it.

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