A lighter side of corn bread

Posted in a thin thanksgiving!, American, cooking and recipes, sides, Tudy, vegetarian on November 10th, 2009 by tudy – Be the first to comment

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Last night I blogged about making some good homemade chili and of course the perfect accompaniment to chili is cornbread. Usually I just make my cornbread out of a box, but yesterday I wanted to make my cornbread low fat and also wanted it to have a higher nutritional value so I made it from scratch. I didn't use any oil or butter and also added in some frozen corn kernels. I must say it was quite delicious and really easy to make! Cornbread 1 cup yellow corn meal 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 egg 1 egg white 1 cup vanilla rice milk or vanilla soy milk 1… continue reading A lighter side of corn bread

“3-point” zucchini balls

Posted in Middle Eastern/Indian, sides, snacks, Tudy, vegetarian on October 28th, 2009 by tudy – 13 Comments

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Not only are these zucchini balls a "3-pointer", but they can be made in 3 easy steps: grating, combining and baking. I love these zucchini balls because they honestly are full of flavor and make me think I am eating fried zucchini (one of my favorite foods ever) when I am actually eating something much healthier and better for you. These honestly make a perfect snack or are perfect for kids who don't want to eat their vegetables. Zucchini Balls (makes 20 balls) 2 medium to large zucchini grated 1 small onion grated, about a ½ cup or a little less 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese ½ cup of bread crumbs 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2… continue reading "3-point" zucchini balls | 13 Comments

get your mac on.

Posted in a thin thanksgiving!, American, casseroles, cooking and recipes, sides, Tali, vegetarian on October 9th, 2009 by tali – 6 Comments
Mac n' cheese is one of my favorite foods.  If I knew it wouldn't make me gain an obscene amount of weight/give me a heart attack, I would eat it every day.  Sadly, it's one of those foods that I save for special occasions (and even then, I can't eat that much of it without feeling terrible about myself).  Since it's one of my faves, I obviously had to try to make a healthier version.  And I think I succeeded. DSC01784 This version uses cauliflower, butternut squash and almond milk for the "bechamel" sauce, so there's no butter or cream.  It also makes the most of healthier and low-fat cheeses.  I tend to think that low-fat cheeses are kind of gross (they never… continue reading get your mac on. | 6 Comments

gotta try this “fry!”

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, Our Favorites!, sides, snacks, Tali, vegetarian on September 23rd, 2009 by tali – 8 Comments
So, I've heard about people making "fried chicken" by baking chicken on a rack in the oven, but never really thought about it too much since I don't eat chicken.   Today, as I was thinking of how to make healthy french fries, a lightbulb went off and I thought I'd try baking the fries on a rack in the oven.  I was AMAZED!  You've gotta try this.   DSC01557 "Fries": potatoes (I used yukon gold and russet - I left the skin on the yukon gold) non-stick cooking spray salt, pepper, anything else you'd want to season your fries with! Preheat the oven to 400. Slice the potatoes into strips (you can keep them as thick as you like your fries; but the thinner the strips, the… continue reading gotta try this "fry!" | 8 Comments

double dipping.

Posted in cooking and recipes, Greek, Middle Eastern/Indian, sides, snacks, Tali, vegetarian on September 12th, 2009 by tali – Be the first to comment
 DSC01504 Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a light dinner, especially when it's hot out (which it is).  A light dinner...just some appetizers and a great salad...but even though I love appetizers, sometimes they're the most unhealthy part of a meal.   Well, as far as appetizers go, hummus and tzatziki are pretty good options.  Garbanzo beans in one, yogurt in the other, what can be so bad about that?  Well, even these healthier options can still be pretty caloric and fattening.  Whole-fat yogurt is usually the culprit in tzatziki, while in hummus, the problem is a bit more severe: tahini paste.  It's pretty easy to substitute non-fat yogurt for whole-fat, but what's a good tahini substitute?  Turns

stuff yourself!

Posted in cooking and recipes, Greek, Our Favorites!, sides, Tali, vegetarian on September 10th, 2009 by tali – 2 Comments
We stayed at the cutest little hotel in Santorini, called Anemomilos, and they had a restaurant where I ate the BEST stuffed tomatoes ever.  I've been thinking about them since getting back to the U.S., and I finally decided to take a stab at a healthy version since Tudy was coming over right around lunch time :)  This recipe uses brown rice, two tablespoons of olive oil and a few pinches of brown sugar - not bad!  It's also so incredibly versatile that I'm tempted to make it every night for the next week.  I added in some bell peppers (because I had some left over) and chopped walnuts for texture (and omega-3s), but I think this would be delicious with just about anything you can think of

potato salad – WWID?

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, Italian, salads, sides, Tali, tips, vegetarian on June 11th, 2009 by tali – 1 Comment
  dsc009651 Sometimes, when I'm trying to figure out ways to make recipes healthier, I ask myself "WWID?" - "What Would Italians Do?!"  I love the way good Italian cooking can take simple, healthy ingredients and turn them into delicious, comforting meals without adding a lot of extra fat.   So, with BBQ season well underway, that was sort of my inspiration with this potato salad.  I decided to roast the potatoes to add flavor, and added artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and capers.  The capers give it great tartness (I love traditional potato salad with pickles in it's the same type of flavor combo).   The best part of the salad - by far-