Will one more summer BBQ featuring mayonnaise-laden white potato salad put you (and your healthy intentions!) over the edge? Adapted from a Tufts University recipe, this is a colorful and healthy twist on the tired out summertime classic.
The mushrooms, onions, garlic and cheese in this recipe dress up the baked chicken breasts with a nice combination of flavor and texture. I used cremini mushrooms because they have a slightly earthy taste and are more flavorful than button mushrooms. Mushrooms are packed with vitamins, minerals and disease fighting antioxidants. Enjoy!
This Asian inspired salad is light, crisp, and refreshing. It is easy to prepare and pairs well with fish, chicken, or vegetarian main dishes.
This recipe is great as a vegetable side dish and can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature. Bok choy is a bright green member of the cabbage family and is widely used in Asian cooking. It adds a nice flavor and crunch to any recipe. Bok choy is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K as well as folate and calcium. It is also rich in polyphenols – antioxidant phytochemicals.
This nutrient dense vegan dish is high in protein, high in fiber, and is gluten free. It is also very versatile and can be served warm or cold as a side dish or a main course. Raw kale is an acquired taste for some. The lemon juice in this recipe will help to tenderize the kale, but you can always steam the kale if you prefer a more wilted version. Enjoy!
This easy dip packs a lot of vegetables as well as flavor. I’ve noticed that some folks who are not fond of nutrient dense greens like spinach and kale will eat this dip with gusto. It is a great dip to prepare in advance of a party because the flavors blend nicely while it chills. I also like to keep some in my refrigerator to eat on crackers as a healthy snack alternative. Enjoy!
This is my all time favorite salsa recipe. Chipotle comes from the Nahuatl/Aztec word chilpoctli, which means smoked chili. The chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce add a nice depth of flavor. Using a blender reduces some of the chopping and makes this salsa fast and easy to prepare. You can vary the ingredients according to your own taste. I love this salsa with tortilla chips but find myself sneaking it on eggs, potatoes, rice, pasta, or in salads for extra flavor.
As temperatures cool, warm up with some tasty lentil soup. Lentils are a staple of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine and are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. What I love about most soups is that you can vary the ingredients and amounts to suit your own taste. This lentil soup also freezes very well.
Brazil nuts provide a tasty twist on the more traditional basil pesto and are a good source of selenium. Selenium is a trace mineral, which is a important cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme, glutathione-peridoxidase, and helps prevent coronary artery disease, and certain types of cancer.
Full of vitamins and minerals, collard greens are surely one of nature’s super foods. Like other leafy greens, collard greens have cancer-preventive properties and may offer protection against heart disease, as well. This Asian style side dish – featuring garlic, ginger and tamari sauce – is as tasty as it is easy to prepare. Remember, it’s good to go green!