Healthy Picnic Pastas

Healthy Picnic Pastas

Your favorite pasta dish can now be both delicious and nutritious – and easy on the waistline as well. Health.com has put a healthier twist on your popular pasta dishes:Green-and-white pastaGreen-and-white pasta reproduces the richness and the taste of your favorite cream-pasta, minus the calories. The trick is to mix fat-free sour cream and cottage cheese with a smidgen of pesto. This dish also contains a serving of green peas which provide more than 50 percent of your RDA. Add in some shrimp o…

Beet-Orange Salad With Ricotta

Beet-Orange Salad With Ricotta

For people on a diet, but still would like to enjoy a delicious meal or snack, you might find this recipe fits the bill perfectly. It’s delicious, and nutritious at just 132 calories. Ingredients                           1 1/2 pounds medium beets2 navel oranges1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oilPinch of saltPinch of pepper2 cups baby arugula1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheeseCaraway seeds       Serves 4PreparationPeel the beets and cut them into wedges. Put them in a large sauce pan, cover th…

Brocoli Salad

Brocoli Salad

recipe ingredients3 cups broccoli florets1/2 cup shredded carrot1/2 cup raisins1/2 cup salted peanuts1/2 cup light mayonnaise3 tablespoons Mustard, honey1/2 teaspoon curry powderrecipe directionsIn large bowl, combine broccoli, carrots, raisins and peanuts. In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, honey mustard and curry. Pour dressing over salad and toss gently, yet thoroughly to coat. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

Mushroom Salad

Mushroom Salad

ecipe ingredients1 1/2 cups thinly sliced button mushrooms1 cup sliced portobello mushroom caps1 cup thinly sliced shitake mushrooms2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley1 Tbsp. minced shallots3 garlic cloves, minced1/4 cup sherry vinegar1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce2 tsp. honey8 cups gourmet salad greens2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts, toasted recipe directionsHeat nonstick skillet which has been coated with nonstick cooking spray spray. Add mushrooms, parsley, shallots, and garlic; saute 3 minutes or until tend…

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

recipe ingredients1/3 cup orange juice3 Tablespoons Cream of Coconut1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract1/2 teaspoon curry powder1 cup reduced fat sour cream2 mangoes, cubed4 carambolas or star fruit, sliced1 cup blueberries2 cups strawberries, chopped1 1/2 cups orange sectionsrecipe directionsIn a large bowl, mix together orange juice and the following four ingredients with a spoon. Set aside.Add prepared fruit to dressing, and toss thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Serv…

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

recipe ingredients1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped coarsely1/2 tsp. salt3 Tbsp. tomato juice2 Tbsp. lemon juice1 Tbsp. olive oil1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper1 medium head Romaine lettuce (6 cups)1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced12 cherry tomatoes, quartered1/2 red onion, sliced thin8 black olives, such as Kalamata, sliced1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese recipe directionsSprinkle garlic with salt and mash with the side of a knife blade. Place garlic in a small bo…

Turkey Salad

Turkey Salad

recipe ingredients1 1/2 pounds cooked turkey breast meat, cubed1 1/2 cups frozen peas1/2 cup chopped carrots1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper1/2 cup chopped celery1/4 cup chopped scallionDressing:1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper1/4 teaspoon celery seed1/4 teaspoon dried dillweed1 teaspoon granulated onion powder1 cup nonfat mayonnaise or nonfat Miracle Whip recipe directionsIn a large bowl, combine turkey, peas, carrots, green pepper, celery and scallion.To make the dressing: In a small bowl, co…

Salade Nicoise

Salade Nicoise

Recipe ingredients12 Romaine lettuce leaves, washed and dried2 cans (6-1/2 oz.) chunk light tuna in water, drained, or 1 lb. fresh tuna, grilled and flaked3/4 lb. new potatoes, cooked and halved1 bag (9-10 oz.) frozen string beans, cooked until crisp-tender1 Tbsp. capers, rinsed and dried2 hard-boiled egg whites, quartered1 medium ripe tomato, cut in 8 wedges8 anchovy filets, rinsed and dried (optional)1/4 cup Niçoise olives4 very thin slices small red onion1/4 cup red wine vinegar1 garlic clove…

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Recipe ingredients1 cup plain nonfat yogurt2 cups cooked sliced chicken (approx. 2 breasts)1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks, drained1 cup sliced red bell pepper1/2 cup sliced scallions1/4 cup chopped cilantro2 tablespoons brown sugar2 tablespoons soy sauceHot sauce to taste6 cups mixed greensRecipe directionsIn a bowl, mix together chicken, pineapple chunks, red pepper, scallions and cilantro. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, brown sugar, soy sauce and hot sauce. Toss sauce together with…

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad

Recipe ingredients3 cups diced, cooked chicken breast meat3 cups cooked penne pasta2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil1/2 cup chopped green onions1/3 cup fat-free Caesar dressing1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese1 garlic clove, mincedRecipe directionsCombine all ingredients in salad bowl and toss well.