Food & Recipes

  • Vegetarian Mixed-Bean Chili Express

    6 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
    1 tablespoon chili powder (preferably a dark variety, such as ancho)
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 can (28 ounces) low-sodium diced tomatoes
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) small red or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    3 cups hot water
    1 1/2 cups dry textured vegetable protein
    1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    1 tablespoon hot-pepper sauce
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon sugar
    2 tablespoons cornmeal or masa harina
    Salt to taste

    Steam-fry the garlic in a large, heavy nonstick skillet for 2 minutes. Add the chili powder, oregano, cumin, and red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (with juice), beans, hot water, vegetable protein, corn bell pepper, soy sauce, hot-pepper sauce, onion powder, cocoa, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of cooking sprinkle the cornmeal or masa harina over the top and stir thoroughly. Season with the salt.


    Per serving (6): 329 calories, 26 g protein, 57 g carbohydrates, 7 g sugar, 2 g total fat, 4% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 16 g fiber, 457 mg sodium  

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  • Black Bean Soft Tacos

    Tofu Sour Cream
    1 package (12.3 ounces) reduced-fat extra-firm silken tofu, crumbled
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Place the tofu, lemon juice, sugar, and salt in a food processor or blender and process until very smooth. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 1 week.

     

    Tacos
    8 corn tortillas (6-inch)
    1 1/2 cups Vegetarian “Refried” Beans made with black beans*
    2 cups Low-Fat Guacamole**
    1 cup no-sugar-added tomato salsa
    4 cups finely shredded green cabbage or lettuce
    1 cup Tofu Sour Cream

    Heat the tortillas (see note). Spread about 3 tablespoons of beans down the middle of each tortilla. Top with guacamole, salsa, cabbage or lettuce, and tofu sour cream. Eat out of hand with lots of napkins!

    Per serving (8): 174 calories, 10 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 7% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 557 mg sodium

  • Tangy Papaya Sauce

    Serve over grilled shrimp, fish, or chicken.

    1 cup papaya, peeled and diced
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    1/4 cup honey
    1/2 cup water
    1 tablespoon red onion, diced
    Dash of chili powder

    In a blender or food processor, combine papaya, lime juice, honey, and water. Process until smooth, then stir finely diced red onion and a dash of chili powder.

  • Wild Smoked Salmon Dip

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    8 ounces light, organic cream cheese
    6 ounces wild Pacific smoked salmon

    Combine first three ingredients in a food processor; add 3 ounces of the salmon and process until smooth. Fold in remaining salmon and serve with whole grain crackers.

    nutrition info per serving (12): 58.1 calories; 3.2 g fat; 1.9 g saturated fat; 16.3 mg cholesterol; 5.3 g protein; 1.7 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 170 mg sodium

  • Light Shrimp Salad

    1 pound cooked shrimp, deveined, shells and tails removed
    1/2 cup lime juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
    1/2 cup lemon juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
    3/4 cup white onion, diced
    1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
    1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    1 tomato, seeded and diced
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Salt, to taste

    1. Chop shrimp into chunks and combine with the next three ingredients in a medium-sized bowl; let sit, refrigerated, for 1 to 4 hours. Since the shrimp is already cooked, this allows the flavors to meld, rather than letting the citrus juice actually cook the fish, like in a ceviche.
    2. Just before serving, stir in the remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

    nutrition info per serving (6): 119.1 calories; 3.2 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 147.3 mg cholesterol; 16.5 g protein; 6.6 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 172.4 mg sodium

  • Seared Scallops With Udon Noodles

    For the scallops
    2 tablespoons flour
    2 tablespoons panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    8 to 16 scallops (2 to 4 per person)
    1 tablespoon olive oil

    For the noodles
    1 package udon noodles
    2 tablespoons sesame oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 scallions, thinly sliced
    1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
    1/4 cup tamari or shoyu (soy sauce)
    Black sesame seeds and fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

    For the scallops
    1. Combine the first three ingredients in a large Ziploc bag, and shake thoroughly.
    2. Add scallops, seal the bag, and shake to coat.
    3. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops, cook 3 minutes on each side, or until done. Remove from heat.

    For the noodles
    1. Cook udon noodles according to package directions; drain.
    2. To prepare dressing, combine sesame oil, garlic, scallions, ginger, and shoyu sauce; mix well.
    3. Place noodles in a medium-sized glass or non-reactive stainless dish; add dressing and mix well to coat noodles.
    4. Serve noodles hot or cold with 2 to 4 scallops on top, and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 378.7 calories; 8.4 g fat; 1.6 g saturated fat; 9.9 mg cholesterol; 14.3 g protein; 60.1 g carbohydrates; 0.8 g fiber; 797.8 mg sodium

  • Achoo Alert

    Do fresh-picked peaches make you sneeze? Does chomping on celery tickle your tongue? Studies show that if you’re allergic to seasonal pollens, your immune system may mistake the proteins of certain raw fruits and veggies for those in pollen—causing you to wheeze, itch, or swell.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Better 'Wich Craft

    You already know to steer clear of deli meats, which are loaded with sodium, saturated fat, and cancer-causing nitrates. But just because a ham-and-havarti isn’t the healthiest choice doesn’t mean you have to forsake sandwiches altogether. Here’s how to build a better sandwich, based on what you need:

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    By Allison Young
  • The Calcium Myth

    We’ve been told all our lives to drink milk for strong bones. Many of us even feel guilty when we don’t get the recommended three servings of dairy each day. In fact, we’ve been led to believe that we have a “calcium crisis” in the United States because so many of us don’t get enough dairy. The proposed solution?

    The nation’s leading health experts insist that we drink plenty of milk and take calcium supplements to protect our bones. What if they’re wrong?
    By Michael Castleman