Beet-All Pasta Salad
Mix pasta, spinach, beets, onion and walnuts in a salad bowl. Combine maple syrup, vinegar, and olive oil in a small jar and shake well. Pour over salad. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until you're ready to eat.
Blender Bean Dip
Process the beans and spices in a blender, then refrigerate until ready to serve with baked corn chips.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Bananas that are getting past ripe work perfectly in smoothies. Peel them, wrap them in plastic, and freeze them.
Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
You don't have to tell anyone these are homemade, healthy granola bars. Just let your guests enjoy the chewiness of the oats and dense chocolate flavor from the highest-quality dark chocolate you can find.
Do-It-Yourself Trail Mix
Toss wheat cereal and cashews with raisins, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, or chopped dried apricots.
Go Swiss with Rosti
Rosti has been called the national dish of German-speaking Switzerland. Rosti is similar to hash browns and is usually topped with cheese.
After combining ingredients, cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.
Red Rosemary Vinegar
To prepare as a gift, strain the vinegar into pretty bottles. Add a fresh sprig of rosemary to each.
Roast for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness of asparagus), shaking once to turn spears. Pour on balsamic vinegar and serve hot or at room temperature.
Roast carrots, turnips, squash, and garlic for about an hour, stirring once or twice.
Seasoned Salmon for One
Serve with cooked, chopped spinach to which you’ve added low-fat sour cream, cooked instant brown rice, and a bit of butter.
Southeastern Seasoned Catfish
Rub the fillets with spices, Broil about 4 inches from heat for about 5 minutes. Turn fillets and broil 3 to 4 minutes longer.
Spicy Asian Veggie Pasta
Serve this dish hot, at room temperature, or chilled as a side dish—to grilled salmon, for instance.
Reduce the sodium by rinsing the beans and using low-salt canned tomatoes.
This meal is generally lightly seasoned, which allows each diner to add condiments to individual taste.
This dish takes only minutes to prepare. Add shrimp for something special.
Sour cream or butter taste delicious on baked potatoes, but they come with a price: Both contain saturated fat and cholesterol. Here's a healthy, and tasty, alternative topping for your next baked potato.
Vegetable Dip Mix
These ingredients are in the right proportions for one batch of dip mix. For a gift jar, keep adding a round of all five ingredients until you have enough to fill the jar.
Textured vegetable protein makes this dish a hearty vegetarian meal.
Whole-Grain Party Mix
You can make a healthier party mix by using whole-grain cereals, olive oil instead of butter or margarine, and soy nuts or wasabi peas rather than the usual mixed nuts.
This is a picture-pretty first course for a summer meal. Make in advance and serve chilled.
Black Bean Chili
Each serving contains about 333 calories, 20 g protein, 2 g fat (5 percent calories from fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 63 g carbohydrates, 15 g fiber, and 204 mg sodium.
Breakfast on the Run
Whole-wheat English muffins with a topping make this a scrumptious, yet quick-to-create, breakfast.
These muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. They get their crunch from chopped walnuts.
Each serving contains about 202 calories, 10 g protein, 4 g fat (18% calories from fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 33 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, and 551 mg sodium.
California Marinated Salad
Fresh, delicious, and ready to serve in short order - a super salad that's perfect for parties - or dinner at home.
Fabulous creamed mushrooms that can be served over toast, pasta, chicken, or beef.
Mushroom Crab Appetizer
Deliciously decadent, but healthy! Garnish with chopped red pepper for extra color or a shot of Tabasco for spiciness.
Seedless Raspberry Sauce
This takes some patience, but you will be rewarded with a rich, seedless sauce, perfect for topping anything from fruit, to meat, to chocolate cake!
Raspberry Mustard Dip
You can buy ready-made raspberry mustard, but you won’t find the depth of flavor you get when you mix your own.
Summer Squash Saute
This recipe takes about 10 minutes to cook, once you’ve cut all your vegetables. It’s a good dish to top pasta or serve with grilled chicken, lean beef, or salmon.
This is a lovely side dish for chicken or fish.
Low-calorie, kid-friendly recipe that provides 1 cup of healthy vegetables per serving!