Healthy Foodies: Rice with Spring Peas, Asparagus and Mushrooms

You can call this risotto but I cooked the rice separately, so maybe not. It’s still delicious, and much less labor intensive than true risotto.As always, the quality of the ingredients makes all the difference. Local asparagus, English peas shelled fr… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Rice with Spring Peas, Asparagus and Mushrooms

Healthy Foodies: Loving Our Veggies: Try this one

Celery is the main ingredientAs we know, the more vegetables we can get into our mouths, the better. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare veggies, or even for altogether new (never tried) ones.Here’s an idea that wouldn’t be likely to occur to me… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Loving Our Veggies: Try this one

Healthy Foodies: Holiday Indulgence Rx, Part 1

Back to reality, dear readers: it’s January and the party’s over.Back to work or school — or in my case both, since my day job is journalism professor — and time for a reckoning between our bodies and our bathroom scales. (Or whatever other method yo… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Holiday Indulgence Rx, Part 1

Healthy Foodies: Savory and sweet side

This makes a great side dish to go with a Christmas ham, and it’s hearty enough to serve as a main course for vegetarians. I’ve also made this dish (or one like it) to take to a potluck dinner.You may substitute peeled chunks of sweet potato for the bu… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Savory and sweet side

Healthy Foodies: Your best contribution to holiday potlucks

I like to bring healthy, vegetable based dishes to any potluck or other “bring a dish” party. They are always popular, and (sadly) are often the only vegetables other than crudités on the table. Healthy side dishes are more important at the holida… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Your best contribution to holiday potlucks

Healthy Foodies: Green is Great

Braised GreensI like to have something green on my plate whenever possible — with the exception of breakfast, that is. Salads will suffice; and salads are a great way to start a restaurant meal to keep you from overeating later. (Just be sure not to h… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Green is Great

Healthy Foodies: Loving springtime — and this salad

No spring ingredient rings my bells more than asparagus — OK, maybe strawberries — and it won’t be long before the local crop starts showing up in our farm markets.Get ready to enjoy the new crop by stocking your pantry and fridge with the ingredient… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Loving springtime — and this salad

Healthy Foodies: More winter comfort food: Braised aromatic vegetables

Braised veggies with mushroom sauceWe fell totally in love with these flavors. (One secret: sneak just a little bit of butter in the braising liquid.) We had it as a side dish with broiled fish, and had leftovers to enjoy later. For vegetarians, don’t … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: More winter comfort food: Braised aromatic vegetables

Healthy Foodies: Holiday-worthy recipes, part 1

Wild Rice PilafYes, it’s early to be thinking about what to cook for Thanksgiving and the December holidays, but I made this wild rice dish (with pecans and dried cranberries) last week and thought about how good it would be with chunks of leftover tur… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Holiday-worthy recipes, part 1

Healthy Foodies: Corn Pudding– Lightened Up, Still Scrumptious

Autumn Comfort FoodOne of the best gourmet-to-go dishes at Fresh Table (Findlay Market) is corn pudding. But it is not a guilt-free indulgence. This version lightens things up by using nonfat dairy products and less oil, but you still get the vitamins … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Corn Pudding– Lightened Up, Still Scrumptious

Healthy Foodies: A Riff on Fattoush (Middle Eastern Salad)

Looking for a high-protein, high-fiber meal that’s also low in fat and cholesterol? Try this Americanized version of the Middle Eastern, bean-and-lettuce based salad called Fattoush. Lettuce, cucumbers, mint and pita bread round out the recipe.Recipe: … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: A Riff on Fattoush (Middle Eastern Salad)

Healthy Foodies: More great uses for summer produce

Although you can make these stuffed peppers any time of year, they’re best when corn, zucchini and the other fine ingredients are fresh from your local growers.(Served with seared red snapper and sauteed spinach) Recipe: Peppers Stuffed with Zucchini … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: More great uses for summer produce

Healthy Foodies: Two easy, fresh summertime suppers

Pan-seared salmon with bean/tomato salad1. Tortellini (or ravioli) with a savory vegetarian sauce, and 2. Pan-seared salmon over a green bean-tomato salad.For the pasta, start with purchased filled pasta cooked according to package directions. Make a o… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Two easy, fresh summertime suppers

Healthy Foodies: "A+ Pizza" (says my husband)

Start with a ready-made whole-wheat crust, spread with pesto (freshly made from garden basil yesterday), top with veggies, fruit and cheese. After that bakes, top with arugula that’s been tossed with a little olive oil.The toppings I used were roasted … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: "A+ Pizza" (says my husband)

Healthy Foodies: Vegan Grill Recipes — Yummy whether you’re eating vegan or not!

Grilling doesn’t have to rely on meat alone. While steak and burgers may be the first things that come to mind when thinking of outdoor cooking, there are plenty of interesting options beyond the standard grilled zucchini, peppers and portobello mushr… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Vegan Grill Recipes — Yummy whether you’re eating vegan or not!

Healthy Foodies: Morels, fiddlehead ferns and an A+ vegan dish

caOne night this week I had no plans for dinner and no time to go to the grocery store. We’ve all been there, right?Luckily, I had a couple of special springtime veggies in the fridge from a visit to the market last weekend: a small amount of morel mu… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Morels, fiddlehead ferns and an A+ vegan dish

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