Your Favorite Quinoa Salad Recipe to the Rescue!

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a healthy, high-protein, gluten-free alternative to grains. It is actually a seed and is considered a complete protein and a superfood. Quinoa has a light nutty flavor and is extremely versatile. I often use it in place of rice and toss it on salads and into soups. This quinoa salad is perfect as a side dish or you can throw some grilled fish or chicken on top for a main course. Give it a try!

Mediterranean Fish in Parchment Paper

Baking fish in parchment paper or tin foil is known in France as poisson en papillote (fish in a parcel). It is a very simple and healthy way to cook fish and is also very flavorful since the fish and vegetables cook together in their own seasoned juices. Cleanup is easy too! Any white fish will work. I used tilapia in this recipe. You can refer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide to help you make ocean-friendly seafood choices.

Shrimp Stew, Brazilian Style

Brazilian Shrimp Stew, also known as Moqueca de Camarao, is flavorful and easy to make. Dende or red palm oil (not kernel palm oil) is rich in carotene antioxidants and gives the stew a nice orange color. Red palm oil is a common cooking ingredient in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia, and parts of Brazil. It can be found at health food stores and specialty grocers. Don’t worry if you can’t find it, the soup is tasty without it.

Macaroni & Cheese Makeover

Let’s face it, we all love comfort foods, but all too often these favorites can derail all our healthy eating intentions. But does that mean we have to say farewell forever to all our soul-satisfying faves? Not hardly! Here we’ve given a family standby some healthy tweaks by replacing some of the cheese with antioxidant-rich winter squash and perking up the flavor with yummy caramelized onions.

Thai Chicken

Serve this flavorful dish and you’ll feel like you’re dining at your favorite Thai restaurant… without the hefty price tag! It features economical, low fat chicken thighs, which are marinated in an ensemble of bright Thai flavors. After marinating, simply toss the chicken on the grill or roast. Voila, healthy eating was never so easy!

Vegetable Polenta Lasagna

Have you joined the growing ranks of folks who are going gluten-free? That’s great … until you start craving comfort food standards that call for pasta. Never fear, we’ve found a recipe that’s apt to make you forget why you even liked pasta in the first place. We swapped out pasta for cornmeal polenta and the results are delicious!

Broiled Red Grapefruit with Pomegranate Syrup

Ah, the holidays are upon us, and with that comes a parade of sinful desserts. Adapted from a Prevention magazine recipe, this vibrantly colored, tangy dessert is just the ticket for a guilt-free ending to your holiday meal. It features vitamin C packed grapefruit and pomegranate, which has countless health benefits.

Spiced Apple-Cranberry Sauce A lower sugar version of a holiday classic

We adapted a Cooking Light cranberry recipe that features half the sugar of classic cranberry sauce. Thanks to a trio of warm spices, this recipe takes cranberry sauce out of candy-sweet territory and into the world of robust holiday condiments. While it’s perfect on roast turkey, don’t discount this sauce’s zesty punch for pork or chicken. Apples counter the tartness of the cranberries and help the sauce thicken. The rustic chunky look of the two fruits is what makes the sauce beautiful and enticing. Spiced Apple-Cranberry Sauce Active Time: 8 minutes Total Time: 26 minutes Servings: 8 (serving size: about ¼ cup) Ingredients 1 (12-oz.) pkg. fresh cranberries, divided ½ cup light brown sugar 2 ½ Tbsp apple cider ½ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 cup chopped apple 1 ½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp black pepper Directions Reserve ½ cup cranberries. Place the remaining cranberries and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium-low. Add apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to cranberries and sugar in pan. Cook 8 to 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in apple and vinegar. Cook 8 minutes. Stir in reserved cranberries, salt, …

A Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipe

No-holds-barred Thanksgiving feasts can be tricky to navigate when you are trying to keep your blood sugar in control. But before you surrender to foods that make your glucose sky rocket, consider this twist on a comfort food classic based on a Prevention magazine recipe. Start off the fall feast with this aromatic and vitamin-rich soup to keep hunger and portions in check. Included in this recipe is Curry Powder… a popular spice mix that has a number of valuable health benefits: Blood Sugar Regulation Protection against Heart Disease Ease Pain and Inflammation Boost Bone Health, plus much more… Curried Butternut Squash Soup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Servings: 8 Ingredients 1 butternut squash, halved and seeded 2 tsp vegetable oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 rib celery, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp curry powder 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger ½ cup white wine or apple juice 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth ¼ tsp salt ½ cup low-fat plain yogurt, at room temperature Directions PLACE the squash, cut side down, on a microwaveable tray. Microwave on high power, rotating once, for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and let stand …