Food & Recipes

  • Turkey and Spinach Potato Lasagna


    2 pounds peeled baking potatoes,
    cut into 1/4-inch slices
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 pound lean ground turkey breast
    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
    1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1 egg white
    1 10 oz package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    1 cup shredded part-skim
    mozzarella cheese
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. Coat potato slices with olive oil, and layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until slices are firmly tender and beginning to brown on the edges. Remove, and set aside.
    3. In a nonstick skillet, cook turkey, onion, and garlic, browning meat. Drain fat. Return to burner, adding tomato sauce and herbs. Cover, and let simmer.
    4. In a medium bowl, mix ricotta and cottage cheeses, egg, and spinach.
    5. Arrange half the potato slices in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread with half of the spinach-cheese mixture. Top with half of the meat sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, and if desired, sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.
    6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

    nutrition info per serving (8): 434 calories; 15 g fat; 7 g saturated fat; 101 mg cholesterol; 33 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 327 mg sodium

  • Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

    2 tablespoons butter
    6 oz quality dark chocolate
    (approximately 1 1/2 bars)
    1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
    4 eggs, beaten
    1/2 cup 2 percent low-fat milk
    3 tablespoons agave nectar or brown rice syrup
    1?3 cup rice flour
    1/2 cup coarsely ground or chopped hazelnuts

    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
    2. In a saucepan, gently melt butter and chocolate, stirring regularly. Add cocoa powder, and mix well.
    3. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, agave nectar or syrup, and rice flour. Fold in chocolate mixture. Stir in nuts.
    4. Bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes in a 9-inch pie plate. Torte will pull back slightly from sides. Serve with low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt. Best chilled at least one hour.

    nutrition info per serving (12): 192 calories; 11.8 g fat; 5.2 g saturated fat; 77.5 mg cholesterol; 4.9 g protein; 19.6 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g fiber; 27.2 mg sodium

  • Say "C" to Stave Off Arthritis

    Eating vitamin C–rich foods may protect your knees from osteoarthritis, reports a recent study in Arthritis Research & Therapy. Here’s why: They’re packed with antioxidants, which protect cells from oxidative damage, and oxidative damage breaks down cartilage—the “shock absorber” in the knee joint.

    By Celia Shatzman
  • Dark Chocolate & Date Truffles

    1 bag or bar of dark chocolate (12 oz)
    1 2/3 cups raw cashews
    8 oz dates, finely chopped
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    Zest of 1/2 of an orange

    1. Melt chocolate in double boiler until just melted.
    2. Meanwhile, blend 2/3 cups cashews with 2/3 cups water in blender on high for 30 seconds. Chop remaining cashews and set aside.
    3. Fold together melted chocolate, cashew mixture, dates, sea salt, and orange zest.
    4. Refrigerate until firm, approximately 45 minutes. Roll 3/4-inch balls in hands and then in chopped cashews. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (Note: Truffles will keep in freezer up to 1 month.

    nutrition info per truffle: 105 calories; 5 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 15 g carbohydrates; 1.5 g fiber; 5 mg sodium

  • Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes

    1 1/2 cups quick oats
    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    2 tablespoons wheat germ
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    3/4 cup raisins
    3 egg whites
    1 1/2 cups skim milk (or nondairy alternative)
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 ripe bananas, mashed (microwave 20 seconds if not very ripe)
    1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
    Nonstick cooking spray

    1. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl and create a well in the center.
    2. Whisk together wet ingredients, and pour into the well and blend.
    3. Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium–high heat, and cover with non-stick spray. Pour 1/4 cup portions onto pan and cook approximately 2 to 4 minutes on each side. Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

    nutrition info (per pancake): 93.4 calories; 0.7 g fat; 0.2 g saturated fat; 0.5 mg cholesterol; 3.6 g protein; 19.4 g carbohydrates; 1.9 g fiber; 163.1 mg sodium

  • Grilled Cod With Black Bean–Mango Salsa

     

    4 1/2 pounds cod fillets
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin
    olive oil

    Black Bean-Mango Salsa
    Makes 6 cups

    1 lime
    1/2 orange, reserving zest
    1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 small, minced jalapeño pepper (optional)
    1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 small mango, diced (1 cup)
    1/2 cup green onion, finely sliced
    1/2 cup chopped cilantro

    1. Mix together all black bean–mango salsa ingredients at least 30 minutes (and up to 24 hours) prior to serving.
    2. Lightly brush cod fillets on both sides with extra-virgin olive oil and grill 6 to 7 minutes on each side, until fish is opaque.
    3. Mound 1 1/2 cups of black bean mixture on a plate. Lean each piece of grilled cod against salsa.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 339.1 calories; 2.1 g fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 93.5 mg cholesterol; 46.1 g protein; 33.6 g carbohydrates; 7.8 g fiber; 136.7 mg sodium

  • Dance Your Way to Better Health

    When it comes to getting your groove on, you may consider yourself among the rhythm-challenged, with two left feet and a repertoire confined to wedding-induced displays of the funky chicken. The words fun and dance have never gone together in your mind. But lock the door, close the blinds, and give it a try with no one else around because dancing truly is an easy way to get into shape.

    From ballet to Bollywood, find your fitness groove.
    By Karen Asp
  • I Heart Garlic

    This Valentine’s Day don’t let the prospect of smooch-repelling garlic breath keep you from protecting your heart. Garlic, specifically a compound called allicin, helps control high blood pressure (aka hypertension)—a dangerous condition that afflicts one in five Americans and increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Don't Drink the Water

    Even though bottled water costs 2,000 times more than tap, many of us happily pony up, believing we’re paying for purity (cue images of picturesque mountain springs and tropical aquifers). But turns out we might not be.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Vegetable Frittata

    1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
    2 cups sliced mushrooms
    1 medium, julienned red pepper (1 cup)
    2 cups minced broccoli
    1/4 teaspoon dry thyme
    2 cups chopped spinach

    Whisk and set aside:
    12 egg whites
    3 tablespoons skim milk
    (or nondairy alternative)
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    3 tablespoons chives, chopped,
    reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish
    3 oz crumbled goat cheese, reserve
    1 oz for garnish

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms in an even layer, and do not move them for
    3 minutes. Stir, and continue to sauté for about 5 more minutes until they are browned.
    3. Add red pepper, broccoli, and thyme and sauté
    3 to 5 more minutes; add 2 to 4 tablespoons of water if vegetables begin to stick. Add spinach, and toss until wilted.
    4. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick spray. Sprinkle goat cheese and chives on bottom of pan, then add vegetables. Pour egg whites on top and bake for 25 minutes, uncovered. Cover with foil and bake 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish with crumbled goat cheese and chopped chives.

    nutrition info per serving (4-6): 216 calories; 11. 4 g fat; 5.8 g saturated fat; 22.3 mg cholesterol; 22.3 g protein; 7.5 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g fiber; 564.6 mg sodium