Healing Foods

  • 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

  • Vegetarian “Refried” Beans

    4 1/2 cups cooked or 3 cans (15 ounces each) black, small red, kidney, or pinto beans, rinsed and drained.
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried garlic granules
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    Hot-pepper sauce to taste (optional)
    A few dashes of liquid smoke (optional)

    Place the beans, onion, vinegar, salt, cumin, oregano, garlic granules, chili powder, hot-pepper sauce, if desired, and liquid smoke, if desired, in a food processor. Blend for several minutes or until very smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

    For hot dip, microwave on high for about 3 minutes or heat in a skillet, stirring constantly.

  • Low-Fat Guacamole

    5 ounces fresh green beans or frozen small whole green beans
    1/2 cup reduced-fat firm or extra-firm silken tofu
    3 tablespoons lemon juice
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 cup chunky no-sugar-added tomato salsa

    1. Cook the green beans and lima beans in enough water to cover for about 5 minutes or just until tender but not mushy. Drain well, transfer to a food processor, and blend until smooth.
    2. Add the tofu, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and cumin and blend until smooth. Add the salsa and pulse briefly to mix. Scoop into a covered bowl and refrigerate.

  • Lemon and Artichoke Tagine (Moroccan Stew)

    2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
    12 ounces low-fat chicken substitute strips, such as Yves Veggie Chicken Tenders,
    Lightlife Smart Menu Chik’n Strips, or Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik’n
    Strips
    1 large onion, sliced
    6 cloves garlic, chopped
    2 cups sliced mushrooms
    1 large green or red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into chunks
    2 cups low-sodium vegetarian broth
    1 tablespoon group coriander
    1/2 tablespoon black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 lemon, with peel, sliced and seeded
    1 jar (7 ounces) marinated artichoke heart quarters, rinsed under hot water and drained
    Salt to taste

    Place the flour in a shallow dish and roll the chicken substitute strips to coat. Place the strips in a large, heavy, deep nonstick skillet or stir-fry pan over medium-high heat and cook until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

    Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and steam-fry until soft, adding very small amounts of water as needed to prevent sticking and burning. (Or place in a microwaveable dish, cover, and microwave on high for 7 minutes.)

    Add the strips, mushrooms, bell pepper, broth, coriander, parsley, black pepper, tumeric, ginger, paprika, and red pepper. Place the lemon slices on top of the stew, cover reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.

    Remove and discard the lemon slices. Stir in the artichokes and cook just until heated. Season with salt and serve immediately.

    MAKES 4 SERVINGS

    Per serving: 165 calories, 20 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 3% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 g fiber, 584 mg sodium

  • Wheatberry Pancakes

    1 cup wheat berries (whole wheat kernels)
    1 tablespoon whole flaxseed
    2 cups water
    1/3 cup chickpea flour (besan) or low-fat soy flour
    1 tablespoon sugar
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Place the wheat berries, flaxseed, and water in a blender and process at high speed for about 2 minutes. Add the flour and process for 2 to 3 minutes or until very smooth. Add the sugar, lemon juice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and process until well mixed.

    Heat a heavy nonstick griddle or skillet (a nonstick electric griddle cooks very evenly) over high heat until drops of water dance on the surface and then quickly disappear. Reduce the heat to medium-high. Working in batches if necessary, pour dollops of batter quickly onto the griddle, leaving space to expand. When bubbles appear on the surface, gently flip the pancakes. Don’t overcook; they should be a bit puffy when you take them off the griddle, so they are light and cakey.

    MAKES TWELVE 4” PANCAKES (3 SERVINGS)

    Per serving: 261 calories, 11 g protein, 53 g carbohydrates, 6 g sugar, 3 g total fat, 9% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 9 g fiber, 534 mg sodium

  • Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

    1/4 cup Wax Orchards fudge topping
    12 large fresh whole strawberries, cleaned, with stems

    Heat the topping in a small saucepan just until softened. Divide equally into 2 small bowls. Hold strawberries by the stem ends, dip in the topping, and enjoy!

    MAKES 2 SERVINGS

    Per serving: 125 calories, 1 g protein, 29 g carbohydrates, 23 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 5% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 41 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

  • Blackened Striped Bass With Braised Greens

    1 pound striped bass
    4 whole cloves garlic, skin removed
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    2 teaspoons paprika
    2 teaspoons dried thyme
    2 teaspoons dried oregano
    2 teaspoons black pepper
    3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
    1 to 2 large bunch(es) of spinach greens

    1. Rinse the fish and cut into portions. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 garlic cloves, browning on all sides until the oil is infused with the garlic flavor. Remove garlic and discard.

    2. Combine salt, cayenne, paprika, thyme, oregano, and pepper on a plate, and coat the fish on both sides. Place fish in the skillet and sear over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until fish is white and flakes when prodded with a fork. Set aside.

    3. Heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic to the skillet and brown slightly. Add the greens and cover; cook until the greens have reduced by half, about 7 to 10 minutes. They should retain their color but be soft and edible.

    4. Serve fish over greens.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 285 calories; 14.6 g fat; 2.3 g saturated fat; 116.7 mg cholesterol; 31.3 g protein; 9.6 g carbohydrates; 5.2 g fiber; 817.4 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

  • 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