Hi all, it’s Sheena, digital editor for bhg.com, joining today. As a registered dietitian it’s my job to let the world know that March is national nutrition month! (No, that exclamation point is not a mistake, it really is that exciting!) I figured there’s no better time than during nutrition month to get refreshed on the MyPlate guidelines, so I cooked up this Garden Vegetables Lasagna meal that knocks out all five food groups.
As you can see, you can stick to “the plate” while still allowing your foods to touch. Think about this the next time you make a casserole, main-dish salad, or stir-fry. You can add every food group to recipes that mix ingredients. Want proof that all the food groups are accounted for in this recipe?
It may look skimpy in the protein group, but because there is so much dairy, which also contributes protein, this veggie-loaded meal still provides 29 grams of protein with only 421 calories! One other delicious thing about this recipe I must point out is the Essential Everyday Vinaigrette used for the salad. The name says it all. I would happily enjoy this dressing every single day. It’s so easy to make – especially using a screw-top jar for mixing ingredients – and tastes better than anything out of a bottle without strange ingredients I can’t pronounce. I bet you have each ingredient in your pantry right now.
It all comes together as an all-in-one meal the whole family will enjoy. Or one delicious dinner and a week’s worth of leftovers, if you eat like me.
Hello again, it’s Sheena, digital food editor for bhg.com, joining in today. This week my checking account was dangerously low and I had several perishable ingredients in my fridge to use up so I turned to this healthy Spicy Brazilian Turkey Soup recipe from Eat Well, Lose Weight magazine. This homey recipe allowed me to use up a partially-used can of leftover coconut milk, cilantro, and that one random bottle of beer in the back of my fridge, while utilizing other ingredients I have stockpiled (peanuts, garlic, onions, etc).
As usual, I improvised a bit to make this soup recipe fit my needs. I didn’t have turkey on hand and didn’t want to spend the money protein usually costs, so I opted for pulling from the many, many chicken breasts in my freezer. The greatest moment making this recipe came when I had the ingredients in the pot simmering. I had to run upstairs to transfer laundry and as I made my way back downstairs I caught the wafting aroma of beer, tomatoes, and ginger mingling on the stovetop. Irresistible!
In keeping with my theme of using up ingredients, I opted to garnish each bowlful with some chopped avocado that needed to be used up. The avocado seemed to marry nicely with the other Mexican ingredients. All the wonderful flavors from bold ingredients and fresh herbs made this a wholly satisfying, low-cal meal! Check out more great healthy recipes when you download your digital copy of Eat Well, Lose Weight magazine by clicking here. Get the recipe here: Spicy Brazilian Turkey Soup
The weight loss season is upon us again. I’m happy to say, thanks to some stellar new magazines, my arsenal of healthy recipes has never been so robust. It’s Sheena, food editor for bhg.com, joining in again. Given the frigid temps outside, I’ve been consuming bowl upon bowl of cozy soups. While visiting my parents we hosted a soup potluck for my extended family. Having tasted this 211-calorie Butternut Bisque with Spicy Pear Salsa in the Test Kitchen, I knew my family would love it.
We were serving quite a crowd so we doubled the recipe and took some shortcuts. To kill two birds with one stone, we pre-chopped a bunch of bacon and tossed it on a baking sheet all at once to cook in the oven to be used for this soup and other recipes. Rather than spending the time to chop 3 pounds of squash for our doubled amount, we opted for purchased, ready-to-use butternut squash. Other than that, the recipe was so simple we didn’t need anymore shortcuts.
My family is made up of a mix of adventurous eaters and those who think a salsa served on top of soup is absurd. Thinking I couldn’t sway them all, we served the crab-filled bisque in the slow cooker with the bacon and pear salsa in separate bowls.
A couple of my uncles required a bit of convincing to add the pear salsa, but eventually I got everyone to try it. And, no surprise, this soup was the hit of the party! I, of course, didn’t hesitate to add all the toppers. The pear salsa adds unbeatable bright freshness and, as we all know, everything is better with bacon!
For more delicious recipe inspiration for this resolution season be sure to check newsstands for Eat Well, Lose Weight magazine. Or click here to download a digital copy.