Healing Foods

  • 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

  • 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

  • Think Outside the Bag

    Talk about a serendipitous event: Legend has it that chance brewed the first tea when Camellia sinensis leaves blew into a pot of boiling water. It was 2737 BC, and the accidental teameister who boiled that water, Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, concluded the new brew gave “vigor of body, contentment of mind, and determination of purpose.”

    Get all the benefits of tea without curing up with a cup.
    By Bryce Edmonds
  • What a Catch

    Lobster and tuna and barramundi—oh my! Standing in front of the fish counter isn’t as easy as it used to be. Tuna or tilapia, salmon or sardines, farmed or wild, fresh or frozen—the choices are enough to make my head swim … I mean spin. Plus, I’m nursing a newborn, and it just seems easier to skip seafood altogether instead of making the wrong choice.

    How to choose the most sustainable seafood
    By Allison Young / Recipes by Rebecca Caro
  • Salmon Dill Soup

    2 medium salmon fillets, skin removed
    2 cups water
    1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
    2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
    1/2 onion, diced
    3 cups vanilla rice milk
    1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dill, stems removed
    1 teaspoon salt
    6 tablespoons cornstarch

    1. Slice each salmon fillet very thinly into bite-sized pieces, and set aside.
    2. In a pot, bring water, sweet potato, carrots, and onion to a boil, then reduce to a medium-high heat, cover, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
    3. Add rice milk and bring to a boil.
    4. Add salmon, dill, and salt, and reduce heat to medium until salmon is done, about 3 minutes.
    5. Mix cornstarch with just enough cold water to dissolve and add to soup. Bring soup to a boil while stirring, and allow mixture to thicken for 1 to 2 minutes.
    6. Remove from heat and serve warm.

    nutrition info per serving (4 to 6): 322.9 calories; 4.7 g fat; 1.5 g saturated fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 17 g protein; 52.5 g carbohydrates; 2.5 g fiber; 516.3 mg sodium

  • Pineapple-Tofu Fried Rice

    1 package firm tofu, drained and cubed
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    2 tablespoons cooking sherry
    2 cloves minced garlic
    1 tablespoon minced ginger root
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    1/3 cup pineapple juice
    1 cup finely diced carrots
    1 cup frozen peas
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 cups brown rice, cooked
    1 cup bite-sized chunks fresh pineapple

    1. Place tofu in a large bowl. Combine soy sauce and cooking sherry and pour over tofu. Marinate for 1 hour.
    2. Sauté garlic and gingerroot in olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat. Add pineapple juice, carrots, peas, and salt, and sauté until vegetables are tender.
    3. Add brown rice, tofu (and the tofu marinade), and pineapple chunks to skillet and cook until rice and tofu are heated through.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 399 calories; 13 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g protein; 55 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 315 mg sodium