Healing Foods

  • Ratatouille With Scrambled Egg Whites

    2 cloves minced garlic
    1 onion, diced
    4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 zucchini, sliced
    1 green bell pepper, diced
    1 Japanese/Chinese eggplant, sliced
    2 tomatoes, diced
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
    2 teaspoons dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon salt
    8 egg whites

    1. In a skillet, sauté garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat.
    2. Add zucchini and bell pepper, and continue to sauté over medium heat for another 3 to 4 minutes.
    3. Add eggplant and continue to sauté over medium heat until all vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, and all the herbs. Mix well and set aside.
    4. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add egg whites; cook until the whites are set but still moist.
    5. Place scrambled eggs on a large plate and top with ratatouille.

    nutrition info per serving (6): 194 calories; 12 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 12 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 543 mg sodium

  • Grilled Halibut with Fava Bean Mash

    Halibut fillet
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 cup fava beans
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
     

    1. Season halibut fillet with salt and pepper, grill 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine fava beans,  olive oil, and lemon juice. Mash roughly with a fork until combined.
    3. Place fish on top of the fava bean mash.

  • The Clear Skin Diet

    Jodi Frestedt breezed through her teenage years without so much as a pimple. While most of her peers suffered their share of embarrassing breakouts, Frestedt never gave her skin a second thought as she posed for school pictures and primped for prom. But at age 26, her face erupted in a slew of blemishes, leaving her baffled and suddenly self-conscious.

    Five foods to eat, and four to avoid, for a glowing complexion.
    By Melaina Juntti
  • Got (Non-Dairy) Milk?

    As the mustached celebrities in those milk ads tell us, milk does a body good thanks to its calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients. But what if you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply not a fan of cow’s milk? You have plenty of nondairy options—from the more common ones like soy and rice milks to the nut, oat, and even hemp varieties.

    By Erin Quinn
  • Beet, Pear, and Cranberry Salad

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    3 beets, peeled and cubed
    2/3 cup peach jam
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    4 Bartlett pears, peeled and cubed
    1 cup dried cranberries

    1. Steam beets in a colander until tender, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
    2. In a saucepan, heat jam, lime juice, and Dijon mustard over low heat and stir until blended.
    3. In a large bowl, mix together the beets, pears, cranberries, and warm peach sauce. Toss well to coat.

    nutrition info per serving (6): 264.2 calories; 0.5 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.3 g protein; 66 g carbohydrates; 5.8 g fiber; 45.3 mg sodium

  • Riso Di Basilico

    2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
    2 tablespoons pine nuts
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 tablespoons mellow white miso paste
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    6 cups cooked brown rice

    1. Put the basil, pine nuts, garlic, and miso paste into a food processor, and blend.
    2. Slowly add the oil in a fine stream until the paste is smooth and creamy. Scrape the sides of the processor to make sure that the mixture is completely blended. Set aside.
    3. Place the rice in a large bowl. Pour the basil mixture onto the rice, and mix well.
    4. Serve cold as a salad or hot as a side dish.

    nutrition info per serving: 239.5 calories; 16.2 g fat; 2.2 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 2.3 g protein; 21.3 g carbohydrates; 1.6 g fiber; 158.7 mg sodium

  • Butternut Squash Soup

    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cups chopped celery
    2 cups chopped leeks (white parts)
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    2 cups chopped parsley
    2 cups chopped carrots
    2 medium potatoes with skin, diced
    1 medium parsnip, diced
    4 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced
    6 small zucchini, sliced
    4 cups free-range chicken broth
    6 cups water
    Sea salt and pepper to taste

    1. Add olive oil to a soup pot over medium.
    2. Add the celery, leeks, and garlic, and sauté for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the leeks become translucent. Add the chopped parsley.
    3. Add carrots, potatoes, parsnip, and squash; cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
    4. Add in the sliced zucchini and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
    5. Add broth and water. Bring to a boil.
    6. Reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

    nutrition info per serving: 124 calories; 4 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g protein; 21 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g fiber; 66 mg sodium

  • Build A Better Salad

    Want to boost brain health or eat to beat cancer? Make yourself a salad. Beth Reardon, RD, LDN, at Duke Integrative Medicine, helps you customize your greens.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Dill Tofu Dip

    12-ounce block soft tofu, drained and patted dry
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 tablespoons finely minced yellow onion
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    2 tablespoons mellow white miso
    2 tablespoons water
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    Freshly ground black pepper to taste

    1. Place all the ingredients into a blender, and blend well.
    2. Refrigerate for 2 hours, and serve with carrot and celery sticks, as well as colorful bell peppers and radishes.

    nutrition info per serving: 47 calories; 2.1 g fat; .3 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 3.9 g protein; 3.7 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g fiber; 227.9 mg sodium

  • Ode to an Olive

    In the late spring, throughout the rocky terrain of the Mediterranean, the gnarled limbs of the Olea europaea tree begin to bud with olives. Too bitter to eat right off the tree, they’re first fermented and cured in oil, salt, or brine (a combination of salt and water or wine). The method and ingredients determine the olive’s final flavor, texture, and color.

    These little fruits are as nutritious as they are tasty.
    By Lisa Turner