Pasta salad sometimes gets a bad reputation, especially in the summer, because so many people are trying to avoid carbs. But this recipe turns the notion of pasta salad on its head by replacing real pasta with zucchini ribbons. If prepped and cooked properly, they have the same texture and size of real pasta, maintaining the integrity of the pasta salad experience in a healthier way. And since it's served cold, you can prepare it ahead of time and use it for any occasion.
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For a healthy chili recipe that won't dissapoint you or your waistline, try this recipe. Opt for a leaner cut of ground beef, which has less grams of fat. Next, load up on the vegetables. Try starting your chili with a mixture of onions, carrots, and celery. Then, you can spice your chili with jalapenos or use bell peppers for a milder chili. Add some of your favorite chili spices and stew in the tomatoes.
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I am not ashamed to say that as a child, I loved Hamburger Helper. I loved it so much that I specifically requested it at a sleepover, a story my family friend has never let me forget. Apparently, I told her that my mother makes this wonderful dish that I thought everyone would love for dinner — the illustrious Hamburger Helper. So when we were presented with the challenge of making a healthy grain recipe, my very first thought was to make my own healthy and frankly, upgraded, version of Hamburger Helper.My first hurdle was the name. Everyone I told had the same (shocking, to me) reaction of semi-disgust and disbelief. But I persevered and I’m glad I did. I used ground turkey, whole-wheat fusilli, grated Parmesan, a touch of heavy cream and butter, and garlic to put together a completely tasty, creamy, satisfying dish. Think of it this way: It’s almost like a turkey Bolognese replacing the tomato stew-like base with creamy cheesy goodness. (Jury’s still out on a new name.)The saltiness of the Parmesan and the slight sweetness of chopped tomatoes worked so nicely alongside the lightness of the lean ground turkey and the creaminess of the whole thing made it feel slightly indulgent while still being healthy. That my boyfriend got up from the table and went for seconds should be testimony enough.
Not only was this traditional dish a treat for the people of Ireland, but it was said to satiate the fairies and goblins that roamed the evergreen hills. Traditionally, trinkets (like a sixpence for wealth or a ring for marriage) were hidden inside dishes of colcannon that, when found by a diner, would indicate what the year held in store for them. The traditional recipe is a flavorful blend of potato, cabbage, and kale, but ours takes on a healthier theme, using cauliflower instead of potatoes.
I made this coleslaw for our little July 4 barbecue. It is based on a recipe from the Joy of Cooking. Of course that one has a lot of unhealthy ingredients like sugar, white vinegar, and mayonnaise, so mine is slightly different. It’s a new twist on everyone’s old favorite. And yes, you have permission to make it with green cabbage instead of purple.
Summer cocktails — though enchanting with their bright colors and fruity, sprightly flavors — can quickly derail you from your diet if you don't watch what you're drinking! Luckily, we have a recipe for you that won't pack on the calories nor make you feel like you're depriving yourself.
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When I think snacks, I think nachos. And when I think nachos I think about all the horrible nachos I've eaten over the years. You always get what ends up being a platter of chips with a smattering of toppings centered on top that disappears way too quickly. It's a ploy to get you to eat a bunch of nasty chips. Stuff it. I don't want your stinkin' chips. I want some real nachos!
So what are real nachos? A full distribution of toppings per each nacho. Fully-dressed individual nachos that are layered with each flavor so that you don't miss out on anything. It's nachos as meal really — there's so much stuff on each one that you could probably be satisfied by dinner eating just six of them.
Want to use canned refried beans? Go ahead, just don't skimp on five-minute stuff, man: simple salsa, chips, and guac. Then layer the chips, bean, steak, Cheddar, salsa, guacamole, crema, tomato, onion, spring onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Heck, you could even argue that these are healthy. Think about it. Nachos that are baked, not fried; raw vegetables... it's almost a diet. Layer it high and proud.
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This isn't like a standard pizza crust, but it’s a great option if you are looking to cut out carbohydrates or looking for a gluten-free pizza. Top it with a low-sodium based sauce along with small amounts of low-fat cheese and a large amount of vegetables. Skip the fatty sausage and pepperoni and opt for lean chicken instead.
I've got a bone to pick with your regular pie. Yes, they are quite tasty, but for me it takes a whole lot of taste to balance out the whole-lotta-calories.
This upside down pie is half the calories of your normal piece of pumpkin pie. By substituting a thin, whole wheat crumble instead of a fat-and-calorie-heavy crust, we are saving hundreds of calories here. Additionally, by using skim milk instead of heavy cream or half-and-half, we're saving hundreds more, and also seriously cutting the fat content.
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Waxy red potatoes are a healthier choice than starchy potatoes like russet because they contain more fiber and a lower glycemic load. Homemade mayonnaise made with heart healthy extra-virgin olive oil makes this salad a little bit healthier, too.
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I'm not sure when artichokes became the go-to item to put in fatty, cream-filled dips, but I believe they've gotten a bad rap. The reason artichokes became the signature item to put with creamy bases and tangy cheese is because they have a mild but delicious flavor and an easy texture for integrating into a dip. However, it doesn't have to be canned hearts and globs of mayonnaise. On the contrary, this recipe allows for fresh artichoke to meld with Greek yogurt in a light, refreshing dip that will disappear from the plate minutes after serving.Click here to see 9 Amazing Artichoke Recipes.