Healing Foods

  • Garlic Curry Cauliflower

    1 large head fresh cauliflower, cut into florets
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    1 tablespoon fresh gingerroot, minced
    1 cup light coconut milk
    1 tablespoon curry powder
    1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. In an 8-inch-square glass casserole, coat cauliflower with olive oil. Roast 10 minutes.
    3. Combine onion, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, curry powder, white pepper, and salt.
    4. Pour coconut milk mixture over the cauliflower, cover loosely with foil, and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until cauliflower is tender. Remove from oven and stir in cilantro.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 186 calories; 13.5 g fat; 6.4 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 5.4 g protein; 15.6 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g fiber; 359.5 mg sodium

  • The Well-Stocked Kitchen

    Each year, Americans spend an estimated $46 billion on diet products and self-help books. We fill our grocery carts with the foods these plans claim will help us lose weight and keep it off. And what does that mean for so many of us? We’ve got a pantry full of our best intentions and no clue what to do with them.

    Must-have foods for your panty, fridge, and freezer. And how to use them.
  • Get Your Game On

    If the warmer weather has you itchin’ to start grillin’—but you’re worried about the fat and cholesterol in burgers and steaks—there’s good news. Bison, elk, venison, ostrich, and grass-fed (as well as grass-finished) beef offer the flavor you crave with a lot less of the bad stuff—in fact, they have half the fat of chicken.

    Tasty reasons to think beyond beef
    By Ellen Jacobsen
  • Green Tea and Ginger Salmon

    3/4 cup water
    1 3-inch gingerroot, grated
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 green tea bags
    2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons honey
    1 1/2 pounds wild Alaskan salmon, skin removed
    1 tablespoon white miso
    2 tablespoons Dijon or spicy brown mustard

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Combine water and grated ginger into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and add garlic, green tea, and 2 teaspoons honey. Cover and let brew for five minutes. Remove tea bags; set mixture aside.
    3. Place salmon in a baking pan and pour green tea mixture over fish. Cover loosely with foil and bake 12 to 15 minutes.
    4. Remove from oven and turn broiler to high. In a small bowl, combine miso, mustard, and 2 tablespoons honey. Spread mixture over fish and broil two minutes.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 379.8 calories; 12.8 g fat; 2.7 g saturated fat; 96.9 mg cholesterol; 46.8 g protein; 15.2 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g fiber; 408.7 mg sodium

  • Spinach and White Bean Salad With Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Vinaigrette

    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon basil, minced
    1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato in olive oil, minced
    4 cups baby spinach leaves, washed and spun dry
    1 cup baby arugula leaves
    1 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained
    1 cup sugar plum, pear, or grape tomatoes
    1/2 cup oil-cured black olives
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

    1. In a small bowl, combine mustard, balsamic vinegar, and minced garlic. Slowly whisk in olive oil to make a creamy emulsion. Whisk in basil and sun-dried tomato, and set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine spinach, arugula, white beans, tomatoes, and olives. Drizzle with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat leaves, and toss to mix. Season with salt and coarsely ground black pepper.
    3. Divide salad between four individual plates. Sprinkle each plate with walnuts and feta, if desired, and serve immediately with additional dressing on the side.

    Nutrition info per serving (4) (does not include feta cheese option): 333.6 calories; 25.2 g fat; 3.1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 8.6 g protein; 21.3 g carbohydrates; 5.8 g fiber; 319.8 mg sodium

  • Oil Change

    We should all know by now that nature’s given us good fats and bad fats, and that opting to eat only the good variety can help prevent everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer.

    by Pamela Bond
  • Banana Ginger Muffins

    1 2/3 cup mashed ripe bananas
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
    1/4 low-fat plain yogurt
    2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
    1/4 cup skim milk
    1 cup plain fl our
    1 cup whole-wheat fl our
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup raisins

     

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine mashed banana, sugar, and olive oil in a bowl, mixing well. Add molasses, yogurt, egg whites, and milk. Set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and spices. Add banana mixture and stir well until combined. Fold in raisins.
    4. Pour into muffin tin greased with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

    Nutrition info per serving (12): 208 calories; 2.9 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 0.4 mg cholesterol; 4.1 g protein; 44.1 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g fi ber; 118.6 mg sodium

  • Deep-Dish Whole-Wheat Pizza with Roasted Vegetables

    Dough
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 package active dry yeast
    1 cup warm water
    1 cup whole-wheat fl our
    1 1/2 cup flour

    Topping
    2 cups zucchini, thickly sliced
    1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
    1 yellow bell pepper, roughly chopped
    1 medium red onion, sliced
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    1 16 oz jar tomato sauce
    3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

    1. To prepare dough, dissolve honey and yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Let stand five minutes. In a separate bowl, combine flours. Add to yeast mixture and stir to form a sticky dough. Place dough ball in a bowl coated with cooking spray and leave, covered, to double in size (about one hour).
    2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. In a bowl, combine vegetables, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and Italian seasoning. Stir thoroughly and spread on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and tender.
    3. Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Press dough into pan.
    4. Spoon sauce evenly over dough. Cover with roasted vegetables and sprinkle with feta. If desired, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

    Nutrition info per serving (not including parmesan cheese, serves 6): 291 calories; 7.3 g fat; 3.3 g saturated fat; 16.7 mg cholesterol; 10 g protein; 50 g carbohydrates; 6.4 g fiber; 751 mg sodium

  • Healthy Pantru: Strawberries

    A bowl of this juicy, sweet fruit tastes too much like dessert to be such a nutrient-rich food, and yet new research shows strawberries may help prevent cardiovascular disease. “They are rich in anthocyanins, plant compounds that have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect,” says Shari Lieberman, author of The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book (Avery, 2007).

    By Lisa Turner