Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

This easy dip packs a lot of vegetables as well as flavor. It’s packed with anti-inflammatory foods, such as spinach, kale and red peppers, too. It is a great dip to prepare in advance of a party because the flavors blend nicely while it chills. Keep some in my refrigerator to eat on crackers as a healthy snack alternative. Enjoy! Ingredients 2 cups Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon honey 1 cup finely chopped kale 1 cup finely chopped spinach 4 thin green onions, finely chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot 2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed 1 teaspoon dried dill 1/4 teaspoon paprika Directions Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine. The dip can be eaten right away but is best chilled for a couple of hours. Serve with crackers, bread and/or vegetables. Yield: serves 4-6 as an appetizer Total Time: 20 minutes Key Ingredient Benefits Carrots: This mighty root veggie has few rivals when it comes to beta-carotene. A mere half-cup serving offers four times the Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamin A in the form of protective beta-carotene. Beta-carotene may ward off certain cancers, and it …

Grilled Steak Tacos with Pickled Peach and Onion

Weary of the same tiresome summer grill standards? Us too! We’ve adapted a Prevention Magazine recipe that offers a fresh and flavorful respite from the same hotdog and burger fare. Don’t be put off by the pickled peach and onion mixture, as it’s super easy to throw together and will make your dinner guests think you slaved away in the kitchen all day! Swap out corn tortillas if you are going gluten-free.

Grilled Salmon with Chorizo and Fingerlings

Top Three Brain Foods in One Meal! Grilled Salmon with Chorizo and Fingerlings. The right diet can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure or cancer. But now health experts are finding that certain foods are beneficial to brain function. There may be no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, but there are foods that play a positive role in overall brain health. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association refers to a “brain-healthy diet” as “one that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, encourages blood flow to the brain, and is low in fat and cholesterol.” You’ll love this recipe from Cooking Light that incorporates three of the top mind-boosting foods: salmon, spinach and extra virgin olive oil. A spicy turkey or chicken sausage can be used instead of chorizo, if desired. Ingredients Cooking spray 1/4 cup minced shallots 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided 3/4 pound fingerling potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 ounces Spanish chorizo sausage, diced 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 2 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika 4 (6-ounce) wild salmon fillets 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Directions Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Heat a medium …

Zucchini Tots: Eating your veggies couldn’t be tastier!

It’s summer and chances are you have your own crop of zucchini or you have neighbors who are offering up their excess garden bounty. Here’s a tasty recipe that will make even the staunchest veggie-phobes eat their greens. Tip: Make sure you squeeze as much water out of the shredded zucchini. So, move over tater tots … there’s a new tot in town! Yield: 3 Servings (5 tots each) Ingredients: cooking spray 1 packed cup grated zucchini 1 large egg 1/4 medium onion, minced 1/4 cup grated reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 1/4 tsp kosher salt and black pepper to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Grate the zucchini into a clean dish towel until you have 1 packed cup. Wring all of the excess water out of the zucchini, there will be a lot of water. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture in your hands and roll into small ovals. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 16 to 18 minutes, turning halfway though cooking until golden. Makes 16. Calories: 108 …

Blueberry Compote

Looking for an easy dessert that utilizes those luscious antioxidant-rich blueberries? We’ve adapted a simple recipe that our friends at Tufts University created for health-nuts who still have a bit of a sweet tooth. The secret ingredient in this dessert is chia seeds, which swell to form a gel when moistened. The newest addition to the super food list, chia seeds help thicken the juices in this compote made with convenient frozen berries

Mango Agave Sorbet

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. Here’s a flavorful, make-ahead, dessert that’s the perfect endnote for your next summer party. With tasty fresh mango and orange and lime juices, this sorbet derives its sweetness from light agave nectar, which has a low glycemic index and a greater sweetening power so you can use less. The splash of tequila is a nice addition, but certainly can be left out if desired.

A tasty recipe rich with healthy antioxidants

Top Three Brain Foods in One Meal! The right diet can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure or cancer. But now health experts are finding that certain foods are beneficial to brain function. There may be no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, but there are foods that play a positive role in overall brain health.

Grilled Salmon with Chorizo and Fingerlings

Top Three Brain Foods in One Meal! The right diet can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure or cancer. But now health experts are finding that certain foods are beneficial to brain function. There may be no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, but there are foods that play a positive role in overall brain health.

Carrot-Ginger Dressing

We all know that leafy green salads should be in our lunch/dinner rotation, right? But are you stuck in a boring salad dressing rut? It’s time to liven things up with this easy recipe that’s reminiscent of the salad dressing at your favorite sushi spot.

Vegetable Polenta Lasagna

There’s nothing like a serving of homemade lasagna. But do you have to put all your healthy eating intentions on hold to indulge in this comfort food favorite? Not a chance, thanks to a recipe we adapted from Prevention magazine. Tofu is the clever stand-in for meat in this dish and high fat cheese is kept to a minimum. Additionally, using no-boil noodles slashes this family favorite’s prep time. Throw together a healthy green salad and voilà … dinner is served!