Healing Foods

  • Chickpea and Red Pepper Salad With Lemon-Garlic Dressing

    1/2 cup silken tofu
    1/4 cup olive oil
    Juice of 1/2 lemon
    1 small garlic clove, pressed
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons
    fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
    4 cups mesclun mix
    4 cups arugula
    1 15-ounce can chickpeas
    1 small red pepper, cored and
    cut into thin strips
    1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
    1/2 cup black olives
    1/2 cup almonds
    Additional whole basil leaves for garnish

    1. To make dressing, combine tofu, olive oil and lemon juice in a blender, and puree until smooth and creamy. Add garlic and puree again for 5 seconds. Add 2 tablespoons of the basil leaves and pulse briefly to combine, leaving some visible pieces of basil. Set aside.
    2. In a medium salad bowl, combine mesclun mix, arugula, remaining basil, chickpeas, red pepper, and onion. Add just enough dressing to very lightly coat, and toss to mix. Divide salad among four individual plates and top each with olives and almonds. Garnish with additional basil leaves, if desired, and serve immediately.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 387 calories; 26.1 g fat; 2.9 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 11.7 g protein; 30.2 g carbohydrates; 7.8 g fiber; 433.8 mg sodium

  • Warm Artichoke and Crab Dip

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
    3 medium garlic cloves, crushed
    1 15-ounce can artichoke hearts, chopped
    1 small Serrano chile, seeded and finely minced
    6 scallions, thinly sliced (include some green tops)
    1/2 cup Montrachet, or other creamy goat cheese
    1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
    1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
    1/4 cup finely chopped raw walnuts

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    2. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté red pepper and garlic until red pepper is tender. Remove from heat and stir in artichokes, Serrano chile, scallions, and goat cheese. Gently fold in crabmeat.

    3. Transfer to a lightly oiled baking dish. Sprinkle with grated Asiago and walnuts. Bake on middle rack about 20 minutes.

    4. Remove from oven and serve warm, with sliced whole-grain baguette or crackers.

    nutrition info per serving (6 to 8): 210.4 calories; 15.3 g fat; 4.8 g saturated fat; 21.1 mg cholesterol; 9.4 g protein; 10.6 g carbohydrates; 3.6 g fiber; 296.8 mg sodium

  • Sweet Tidings

    Walk into Mani’s,a popular Los Angeles bakery, and the chocolate-filled cookies, rich brownies, and cakes might have you mentally kissing your healthy eating habits good-bye. But stick around long enough and you’ll discover that the delicious-looking sweets lining the cases in front of you don’t have a bit of refined sugar in them.

    You can avoid sugar and still indulge with these all-natural alternatives.
    By Wendy McMillan
  • Fabulous Fungi

    Grow up in a household where Mom used mushrooms only one way, if at all—chopping up the white, button variety and tossing the bits into a casserole? It’s time to branch out if you haven’t already.

    Mushrooms work like magic when it comes to warding off disease.
    By Matthew Kadey, RD
  • Cranberry-Almond Bread Pudding

    4 cups cubed, day-old whole-wheat bread
    1 cup cranberries, chopped
    1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
    2 eggs
    2 egg whites
    2 cups evaporated skim milk
    3 tablespoons butter, melted
    1/2 cup agave nectar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon almond extract

    1. In a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, mix bread cubes, cranberries, and almonds.
    2. In a bowl, beat together eggs, egg whites, milk, butter, agave nectar, vanilla, and almond extract. Pour over bread mixture.
    3. Cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight). Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

    Nutrition info per serving (12): 220 calories; 6 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 5 g protein; 52 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 414 mg sodium

  • Spinach and Crab No-Crust Quiche

    2 large eggs
    2 egg whites
    1 can (7 to 8 ounces) crab meat, drained
    1/2 cup skim milk
    1/2 cup flour
    10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and drained
    3/4 cup reduced-fat, grated Swiss cheese
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    1/4 cup reduced-fat, shredded cheddar cheese

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites. Stir in all remaining ingredients, except for cheddar cheese.
    3. Pour egg mixture into prepared pie plate or quiche dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle top evenly with cheddar cheese.
    4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until set.

    Nutrition info per serving (6): 152.9 calories; 5.3 g fat; 2.8 g saturated fat; 94.3 mg cholesterol; 13.9 g protein; 12 g carbohydrates; 1.4 g fiber; 281 mg sodium

  • Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

    2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
    2 teaspoons peeled, diced ginger
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon brown sugar
    1 cup shiitake mushrooms, quartered, stems removed
    2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded
    6 ounces dried Chinese egg noodles
    5 ounces spinach leaves, washed and torn
    Salt and pepper to taste, optional

    1. In a large pot, heat oil. Add ginger and garlic, and stir-fry for 1 minute.
    2. Add broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, mushrooms, and chicken. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
    3. Add noodles, and cook 4 minutes, or until noodles are tender.
    4. Add spinach, and heat 2 minutes more.

    Nutrition info per serving (4 to 6): 308.9 calories; 5.2 g fat; 0.9 g saturated fat; 74.8 mg cholesterol; 25.6 g protein; 40.2 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g fiber; 1,443.6 mg sodium

  • Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

    Cake
    1 cup whole wheat flour; 1 cup flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon grated orange zest
    1/2 cup brown sugar; 1/2 cup maple syrup
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup cooked, mashed orange sweet potatoes
    1 egg; 1 egg white
    1/2 cup nonfat sour cream
    3/4 cup orange juice
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 cup raisins; 1/2 cup dried cranberries

    Glaze
    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    1/4 cup orange juice

    1. Mix flours, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest. Set aside.
    2. Mix sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, sweet potatoes, egg, egg white, sour cream, orange juice, and olive oil. Blend well.
    3. Combine flour and sweet potato mixtures. Fold in raisins and cranberries, and pour into a baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees, one hour for an 11- by 7-inch pan, and 45 minutes for a 9- by 13-inch pan.
    4. While cake is baking, prepare glaze in a small bowl. Spoon over cake when cooled.

    Nutrition info per serving (based on 15 servings): 240.2 calories; 2.5 g fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 12.6 mg cholesterol; 3.5 g protein; 53 g carbohydrates; 1.9 g fiber; 65.4 mg sodium

  • Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

    Cake
    1 cup whole wheat flour; 1 cup flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon grated orange zest
    1/2 cup brown sugar; 1/2 cup maple syrup
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup cooked, mashed orange sweet potatoes
    1 egg; 1 egg white
    1/2 cup nonfat sour cream
    3/4 cup orange juice
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 cup raisins; 1/2 cup dried cranberries

    Glaze
    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    1/4 cup orange juice

    1. Mix flours, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest. Set aside.
    2. Mix sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, sweet potatoes, egg, egg white, sour cream, orange juice, and olive oil. Blend well.
    3. Combine flour and sweet potato mixtures. Fold in raisins and cranberries, and pour into a baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees, one hour for an 11- by 7-inch pan, and 45 minutes for a 9- by 13-inch pan.
    4. While cake is baking, prepare glaze in a small bowl. Spoon over cake when cooled.

    Nutrition info per serving (based on 15 servings): 240.2 calories; 2.5 g fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 12.6 mg cholesterol; 3.5 g protein; 53 g carbohydrates; 1.9 g fiber; 65.4 mg sodium

  • The Immune-Boosting Diet

    Everyone’s always sayingwhat an amazingly efficient immune system we have, but if that’s so true, why do we catch colds in the winter or suffer from allergies in the spring? The answer lies in ourselves. We don’t keep our immune system in fighting trim. Instead, we do all sorts of things that make it weak in the knees.

    9 foods to help you stay well all season long
    By Wendy McMillan