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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day

Here are a few healthy recipes for your Memorial Day weekend plans.  Enjoy!!

Fresh Fruit "Sangria" (courtesy of American Heart Association)
Serves 4; 1 1/3 cups per serving

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsweetened cranberry apple juice blend, or 2 cups unsweetened cranberry juice and 1 cup unsweetened apple juice, chilled
  • 1 cup sparkling water, chilled
  • 1 small apple, such as Red or Golden Delicious, Gala, or Fuji, diced
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 small lemon, cut into 8 slices
  • 1 small lime, cut into 8 slices
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Preparation

  1. In a small pitcher or other container with a pouring spout, stir together the juice and sparkling water.
  2. In a small bowl, gently stir together the apple, raspberries, and blueberries. Spoon into glasses. Place 2 lemon slices and 2 lime slices in each glass. Spoon the ice over the fruit. Pour in the juice mixture.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:  128 Calories; 0g Total Fat; 29mg Sodium; 0mg Cholesterol; 32 g Carbohydrates; 2g Fiber; 26g Sugars; 0g Protein
Dietary Exchanges: 2 fruit



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Picnic Slaw (courtesy of American Heart Association)

Serves 10; 1/2 cup per serving

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces packaged coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup matchstick-size carrot strips
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 medium radishes, thinly sliced and halved
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

In a large bowl, gently toss together all the ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes to 1 hour for peak flavor and texture. 

Cook’s Tip:
To prepare ahead of time, you can put the coleslaw mix, carrots, bell pepper, onion, and radishes in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Toss with the remaining ingredients 15 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:  34 Calories; 0g Total Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 133mg Sodium; 8g Carbohydrates; 1g Fiber; 6g Sugars; 1g Protein 
Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable

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Cherry Burgers (courtesy of Eating Well)
-Mixing dried cherries into ground beef reduces fat and increases antioxidants.

Serves 4

 Ingredients
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, cut into thin rounds
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 whole-wheat English muffins, split
  • 4 lettuce leaves

Preparation

  1. Place onion in a medium bowl, cover with ice water and let soak while you prepare burgers.
  2. Preheat grill to medium (see Broiler Variation).
  3. Place beef in a large bowl and gently mix in cherries, breadcrumbs, garlic, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until combined. Divide into 4 equal portions and form into 1/2-inch-thick patties. Make a slight impression in the center of each. (This is so the patties cook evenly and don’t puff up.)
  4. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the patties until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 160°F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  5. Toast English muffins. Drain the onions. Assemble the burgers on the English muffins with onion slices and lettuce. Broiler variation: Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. Broil patties 3 to 4 inches from the heat source until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 160°F, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition

Per serving: 431 calories; 10 g fat (3 g sat, 0 g mono); 65 mg cholesterol; 54 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 7 g fiber; 587 mg sodium; 175 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (19% daily value), Iron & Vitamin A (15% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 3
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 3 lean meat

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Summer Berry Pudding (courtesy of Eating Well)
Serves 2; 1 cup per serving

Ingredients

  • 4 small slices firm white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Pinch of salt

Preparation

  1. Place a 1-cup (8-ounce) ramekin or similar-size dish on top of a slice of bread and cut around it to trim the bread to fit the dish. Repeat with the remaining 3 slices of bread.
  2. Combine berries, sugar, water and salt in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the berries break down, 5 to 6 minutes. Reserve 1/3 cup for garnish; cover and refrigerate.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of the remaining berry mixture in the bottom of each ramekin. Top with a slice of bread. Divide the remaining berry mixture between each, then top with another slice of bread.
  4. Put the puddings on a large plate to catch any overflowing juices. Cover each with plastic wrap, then place a 15-ounce weight, such as a can of beans, on top of each pudding. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days.
  5. To unmold, remove the weight and plastic wrap, run a knife around the inside of the ramekin, and invert onto a dessert plate. Spoon the reserved berry mixture over the puddings.

Nutrition

Per serving: 252 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 56 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 8 g fiber; 299 mg sodium; 277 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (120% daily value), rich in antioxidants (anthocyanidins, ellagic acid).
Carbohydrate Servings: 3
Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate