Creamy Coconut Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Serves 4 This light and bright flavorful recipe is a riff on a classic favorite. It comes together quickly and is ahealthy choice for a hearty, warm-weather dinner. INGREDIENTS: – 2 slices whole-wheat bread, hand torn into small pieces – 1 large egg, slightly beaten – 1 lb ground turkey – 1 ½ tsp salt … Read More


Taking Control with Portion Sizes This Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching! Gatherings with family and friends are often filled with laughter, games, happy memories…and casseroles and desserts served with a side of guilt.  Portion Control and Overeating We all overeat from time to time, and during the holidays it can feel more difficult to break the habit. Another piece of … Read More


Ways to Add Beans to Your Diet

Legumes are types of foods in the protein food group which include lentils, edamame/soybeans, split peas, chickpeas/garbanzo beans, and other beans such as kidney beans, lima beans, red beans, navy beans, black beans, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, and Great Northern beans. Beans and other legumes are rich in fiber, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium, … Read More


Breakfast Pizza

Makes 1 serving Serving Size: 1 pizza Ingredients 1 whole-wheat English muffin 2 teaspoons peanut butter 2 teaspoons apple butter 1/8 cup mixed fruit, such as banana, pineapple, and strawberries, sliced 1 teaspoon raisins or nuts (optional) Directions Split English muffin and toast. Spread peanut butter and apple butter on halves. Top with fruit. Add … Read More


Chicken Pitas

Makes 2 servings Serving Size: 1/2 pita Ingredients 1/2 cup spinach leaves, washed 1/2 cup seedless grapes, each grape cut in half 1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken breast, cold 1/4 cup shredded slaw mix–can use shredded carrots and green and red cabbage in place of slaw mix 1 tablespoon green onion, sliced 2 tablespoons fat-free … Read More


Chunky Chili

Ingredients 1/2 pound ground meat (optional) 1 onion, diced 1 green pepper, diced 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 can (10.5 oz.) white beans 1 can (10.5 oz.) red beans 1 can (10.5 oz.) black beans 1 can (10.5 oz.) low-sodium diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 … Read More


Basic Omelets

Makes 2 servings Serving Size: 1/2 omelet Ingredients 2 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon butter 1/3-1/2 cup filling, such as shredded cheese, onions, spinach, or other vegetables Directions Spray the skillet with nonstick cooking spray and cook raw vegetables until tender. Set aside for later. Beat … Read More


Breakfast Bars

Makes 12 servings Serving Size: 1 bar Ingredients 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk (optional) 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup 3 large shredded wheat biscuits or 1-2 cups of other cereal (low-fat granola, whole-grain cornflakes, shredded wheat squares) Vegetable cooking spray 1/2 cup raisins or nuts, chopped (optional) Directions Wash hands … Read More


Build a Healthy Snack Mix

Makes 3 servings Ingredients 1 cup whole grain (whole wheat cereal squares, oat cereal O’s, or popcorn) 1/2 cup fruit (any dried fruit, such as cranberries, apricots, and bananas) 1/2 cup vegetable (any dried vegetable, such as edamame, dried green beans, and dried sweet potatoes) 2 tablespoons dairy (try yogurt-covered dried fruit or grated cheese) … Read More


Breakfast Banana Split

Makes 1 serving Ingredients 1/2 small banana 1/4 cup crunchy nugget, oat, or corn cereal 1/4 cup low-fat flavored yogurt or cottage cheese 1/4 cup pineapple tidbits & cherries 1 tablespoon chopped nuts Directions Wash hands and surfaces. Wash banana. Then, peel and split it lengthwise and place in small cereal bowl. Sprinkle cereal over … Read More


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