Food & Recipes

  • Eggplant Sandwich

    Vinagrette
    1/2 cup fresh sawtooth or basil
    1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Ground red pepper to taste
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    4 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil

    Eggplant
    2 Japanese or baby eggplants, halved
    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 tablespoons soft feta cheese
    2 medium red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, and seeded
    1 cup arugula

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Puree vinaigrette ingredients in a blender until smooth.

    2. Lightly score the inside of the eggplants, drizzle with olive oil, and lay skin-side down on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with more olive oil and roast for 20 to 25 minutes.

    3. Place eggplant halves face-up on four serving plates, season with salt and pepper, and divide feta cheese, roasted peppers, and arugula among the four halves. Drizzle with vinaigrette (you may have some left over). Serve open-faced.

    nutrition info per serving: 548 calories; 27 g fat; 12 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 16 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 453 mg sodium

  • Pink Grapefruit and Fig Tart

    Shell
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    1 tablespoon butter
    1/4 cup fresh dates
    2 egg whites
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Filling
    2 grapefruit, peeled and pith removed
    1 whole cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoons sugar
    2 cups fresh or dried mission figs, halved (about 10 fresh figs)
    2 cups Greek–style yogurt

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pecans, flour, butter, and dates into a fine meal in a food processor. Blend in egg whites and salt.

    2. Coat the inside of a tart pan with natural cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper cut to fit, and coat again. Place dough in pan, and flatten evenly with your fingers to form a thin layer. Score dough by poking it with a fork. Place a piece of parchment paper over the dough and cover with pastry weights (use dried beans if you don’t own weights).

    3. Bake tart dough until the sides begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Remove parchment paper and continue baking until the bottom has completely cooked, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

    4. Segment grapefruit, holding fruit over a bowl to reserve approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup juice. Grate the peel of 1 grapefruit, and place grated peel, cinnamon, honey, sugar, and reserved juice in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat until mixture begins to thicken, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

    5. Remove cinnamon stick from mixture, and stir in figs and grapefruit segments. Place 1 cup yogurt in the bottom of the tart shell, then top with fruit mixture. To serve, cut into 8 portions and garnish with a dollop of remaining yogurt.

    nutrition info per serving: 240 calories; 8 g fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 8 g protein; 39 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 110 mg sodium

  • Crab Salad With Avocado, Apple, and Green Beans

    1 1/2 cups green beans, trimmed at both ends, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
    1 cup Greek–style yogurt
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    4 tablespoons minced fresh chives
    1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cubed
    1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
    8 ounces cooked lump crabmeat (about 1 cup)

    1. Fill a large pot fitted with a colander with water. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add green beans and coarse sea salt to colander, and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

    2. Remove colander from pot. Rinse beans with cold water, drain, and pat dry with a clean towel.

    3. Whisk yogurt, mustard, and fine sea salt in a large, shallow bowl. Add green beans, chives, apple, avocado, and crabmeat. Toss and serve.

    nutrition info per serving: 220 calories; 9 g fat; 38 mg cholesterol; 20 g protein; 17 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 610 mg sodium

  • Welcome Back, White Fish

    Oily swimmers like salmon and sardines tend to get all the health credit for their high doses of omega-3 fatty acids, but consuming any type of fish may be better than eating none, at least for diabetics.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Case for White Wine

    Anyone with a regular inclination for cabernet or Chianti must have breathed a booze-infused sigh of relief at some point over the past decade, as recent studies have shown that a moderate amount of red wine has major health benefits, including helping to protect the heart, thwart certain cancers, slow the effects of aging, and prevent neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

    Move over red, white is healthy, too.
    By Sarah Toland
  • Foods that Fuel

    You’d never head to the yoga studio without your mat or to your spinning class without a pair of bike-friendly shorts, yet many exercisers still approach their workout without the proper fuel. Whether you’re exercising for fitness, health, or weight loss, you’ll reap greater benefits if you feed your body the right foods before and after workouts.

    What and when to eat to maxamize your workout.
    By Christie Aschwan
  • Eat to Look Young

    Aging provides plenty of perks—greater confidence, more wisdom, and discounted movie tickets, to name a few. But growing older also brings a few downsides: age spots, for instance, which boldly advertise your senior status.

    Prevent wrinkles with these 9 foods.
    By Wendy McMillan
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tofu Mousse

    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup honey
    1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 cups fresh raspberries
    2 (12.3-ounc) packages silken tofu, drained
    4 ounces quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
    Additional berries and mint leaves for garnish
     

    Directions:

    1. Place honey, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, 1/2 cup gently washed raspberries, and tofu in a blender or food processor, and combine until smooth.

    2. Melt chocolate over low heat in a double boiler or saucepan, and stir until smooth. Gently fold melted chocolate into tofu mexture.

    3. Divide remaining raspberries and place in the bottom of each of 6 glasses or serving bowls; top with mousse. Cover and chill for 1 hour or more. If desired, top with more raspberries and garnish with mint leaves.
     

    Nutritional analysis: 300 calories; 12 g fat; 6 g saturated far; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 44 g carbohydrates; 7 g fiber; 13 mg sodium

  • Chilled Berry Soup

    Ingredients:


    5 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries
    1/2 cup water
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    1/4 cup agave nectar
    1 1/2 cup low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt
    1/2 cup white wine
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
     

    Directions:

    1. Puree all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. Chill 1 hour, garnish with berries, and serve.

    Nutritional analysis: 226 calories; 2 g fat; 1 g sasturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 44 g carbohydrates; 7 g fiber; 69 mg sodium

  • Tomato Basil Tart With Whole-Wheat Nutty Crust

    Ingredients:

    For the Crust:
    1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
    1/4 cup almond meal or ground almonds or walnuts
    6 tablespoons butter, softened
    6 tablespoons cold water

    For the Filling:
    2 large eggs, 2 large egg whites
    1.2 cup evaporated fat-free milk
    1/2 cup shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese
    1 medium onion, diced
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 firm medium tomatoes, sliced
    1/4 caup fresh basil leaves, torn
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1/4 cup green onions, chopped
    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
     

    Directions:
    1. Pulse flour, almond meal, and butter in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add water and shape dough. Pressi nto a greased pie plate. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely.

    2. While crust bakes, whisk eggs, egg whites, and milk in a small bowl. Stir in mozzarella and onion. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    3. Pour half of egg mixture into crust. Layer with tomato, basil, and oregano. Pour remaining egg mixture over herbs, and top with green onions and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes until set. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
     

    Nutritional analysis: 238 calories; 14 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 86 mg cholesterol; 11 g protein; 19 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 162 sodium