Healthy Recipes

Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
June 27, 2016

Makes: 4 servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes   Ingredients 2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes, quartered 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar 1 lemon (1/2 juiced, 1/2 cut into wedges) Pinch of red pepper flakes 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley Directions Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees… Read More

Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken or Pork
July 8, 2016

Ingredients: Chicken or Pork 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenderloins (or pork loin, tenderloin or center loin), all visible fat discarded 1 cup water Barbecue Sauce 14.5 oz. canned, no-salt-added tomato sauce 1 Tbsp. brown sugar (optional or flavor with a no calorie sweetener) 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. paprika Method: Chicken or Pork 1.Place chicken or pork in slow cooker, Pour water and… Read More

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits
July 22, 2016

Makes: 4 Servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes   Ingredients 3/4 cup instant grits Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact 2 large cloves garlic, minced Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus wedges for serving 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley   Directions Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, covered. Uncover and slowly whisk in the grits, 1 teaspoon… Read More

One-Pot Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken & Spinach
August 12, 2016

There's nothing easier on a busy night than tossing everything into one-pot. This pasta dish is not only healthy, but beyond delicious! Serves: Serves 6 Ingredients 4 tsp olive oil, divided 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch pieces ¼ tsp ground pepper 1 orange (or red or yellow) bell pepper, diced 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced ¾ tsp dried oregano 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes 2¼ cups fat-free chicken broth (see note) 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 8 oz. whole wheat penne pasta 2 cups… Read More

Scrambled Egg Burritos
September 9, 2016

Makes: 4 servings Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes   Ingredients 4 9-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas 4 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles 1/2 cup grated Cheddar, or Pepper Jack cheese 2 cups prepared salsa 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream   Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap tortillas in foil and heat in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Blend eggs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl with a fork until blended. Heat oil in a 10-inch nonstick… Read More

Inside-Out Lasagna
September 16, 2016

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each Active Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes   Ingredients 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or fusilli 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, sliced 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms (about 3 1/2 cups) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 14?ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs 8 cups baby spinach 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional) 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese   Preparation Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until just tender, 8 to 10… Read More

Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions
September 30, 2016

Pork chops and apples make a perfect pairing for a quick meal that feels like fall. Read More

Quick Chicken Minestrone Soup
October 7, 2016

This quirky twist on the classic recipe is a perfect combination of the hearty vegetable minestrone soup of your childhood and comforting chicken noodle soup.  Read More

Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
October 14, 2016

Roasting isn't usually the first cooking method you think of for cauliflower but the results are quite delicious.  The florets are cut into thick slices and tossed with extra-virgin olice oil and herbs.  Wherever the flat surfaces come into contact with the hot roasting pan, a deep browning occurs that results in a sweet, nutty flavor. Read More

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
October 20, 2016

The taste of American pumpkin pie in a glass, with fewer calories. Read More

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies
October 28, 2016

The deep flavors of molasses, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg make these wholesome pumpkin cookies delicious without the addition of butter -- and they lend themselves beautifully to the inclusion of whole-wheat flour.  They are also the perfect texture for a sandwich cookie -- fill them with a slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting. Read More

Garden Pasta Salad
November 4, 2016

This lightly dressed pasta salad gets lots of flavor from kalamata olives and basil.  A colorful mix of diced bell pepper, shredded carrot and tomatoes adds vitamins and minerals.  Serve on a crisp bed of greens.  Toss in canned chunk light tuna or cooked chicken to add protein and make it more substantial. Read More

Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole
November 17, 2016

This lightened-up take on the classic Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole is spiked with crushed pineapple and toasted pecans, and topped with an airy, slightly sweet meringue.  Read More

Shredded Turkey & Pinto Bean Burritos
November 23, 2016

This recipe was created with leftover turkey in mind, but leftover or rotisserie chicken can also be used. Make it a Meal:  Serve with guacamole and chopped jalapeno peppers and/or hot sauce. Read More

Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup
December 2, 2016

Spicy fresh ginger complements the sweet roasted winter squash and shallots in this easy soup recipe.  Servie with a grilled cheese sandwich for a simple supper. Read More

Creamed Spinach Casserole
December 20, 2016

This creamy spinach casserole recipe is a more sophisticated cousin to creamed spinach.  It's perfect as a holiday side dish or for weekend entertaining. Read More

Heart Warming Turkey Chili
January 6, 2017

This is the perfect go-to recipe if you are looking for something healthy, quick, warm and filling.  The turkey is a leaner substitute for ground beef which makes it a heart healthy option.  Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and cornbread on the side. Read More

Paprika Shrimp & Green Bean Sauté
January 13, 2017

Green beans add snap and color to the garlicky shrimp and butter beans in this Spanish-inspired sauté. Serve with quinoa or brown rice. Read More

Salmon Baked with Cucumbers and Dill
January 20, 2017

Cucumbers, red onion, dill, and lemon are traditional accompaniments for smoked salmon, but they are just as delectable when baked with fresh fillets.  Serve this with brown, rice, quinoa, or the whole grain of your choice. Read More

Vegetarian Taco Salad
January 27, 2017

Nobody will miss the meat in this colorful, zesty vegetarian taco salad. The rice and bean mixture can be made ahead and the salad quickly assembled at mealtime. Read More

Turkey Bacon and Spinach Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
February 10, 2017

Usually made with gobs of cheese, heavy cream, and eggs, quiche is normally a calorie-dense dish. Instead, this Simple Cooking with Heart quiche slashes calories and fat with egg whites, fat-free cheese, turkey bacon and skim milk--not to mention a crust made of grated sweet potatoes that is so tasty, you'll never miss traditional pastry dough. Served hot, cold, or at room temperature, quiche no longer needs to be an indulgence. Read More

Sirloin and Broccoli Stir-Fry
February 16, 2017

This fragrant dish pairs classic Asian seasonings with an unusual mixture of vegetables, including red cabbage and summer squash, all of which complement the beef. Served over nutty-tasting brown rice, this all-in-one meal provides protein, vegetables, and a whole grain. Read More

Crunchy-Crusted Salmon Fillets
February 24, 2017

Buttermilk helps tenderize the salmon and keeps it moist as it bakes. The coating of whole-grain oats and almonds adds a nutritious crunch. Read More

Spring Omelet
March 3, 2017

This vegetable omelet is great at any time of the year, but it is best in the spring when asparagus and mushrooms are in season. Serve with whole wheat toast or a bagel. Read More

Grilled Chicken with Vegetables
March 16, 2017

These vegetables pair well with the chicken already on your grill. Read More