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A little lean cut of meat never hurt anyone

Posted in American, Beef, cooking and recipes, Tudy on October 30th, 2009 by tudy – 1 Comment

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I was reviewing our blog the other day and I realized that it didn't have any recipes that used beef. I know red meat  is generally considered unhealthy but sometimes you crave it and that is all you want to eat. So when you get those urges, I have discovered that if you use a lean cut of beef and get it sliced thin it satisfies the craving and a little goes a long way! This recipe uses filet mignon cut really thinly and is topped with onions and mushrooms so you are still getting your dose of vegetables. To get the beef sliced really thin I just had the butcher do it for me… continue reading A little lean cut of meat never hurt anyone | 1 Comment

pumpkin swirl cheesecake.

Posted in a thin thanksgiving!, American, cooking and recipes, dessert, Our Favorites!, Tali, tofu, vegetarian on October 27th, 2009 by tali – 10 Comments

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I love love love pumpkin pie, but since it isn't thanksgiving yet, I thought that a pumpkin swirl cheesecake would be more appropriate.  It's so easy to make thanks to the prepared graham cracker crust I used (I keep finding great ones - only 100 calories per serving in this one and no bizarre artificial ingredients) - using a prepared crust saves so much time!   This is much lighter than regular cheesecake, and you get protein from the tofu and vitamin A from the pumpkin.  Also, don't tell anyone that there's tofu in this - you really won't taste it!  I think this is my favorite dessert I've made in a long time - it's sweet and yummy but… continue reading pumpkin swirl cheesecake. | 10 Comments

roasted tomato soup and mini grilled cheese sandwiches.

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, snacks, soups, Tali, vegetarian on October 15th, 2009 by tali – 6 Comments

DSC01859Grilled cheese and cream of tomato soup is a classic combination that's tough to mess with. That being said, I think that after tasting this roasted tomato soup, you'll be totally done with unhealthy cream of tomato soup.  The flavor is so delicious, and it's rich without adding any milk or cream!  

I think that these adorable mini grilled cheese sandwiches are perfect to serve with the soup instead of croutons.  You still get the "grilled cheese" flavor, but none of the butter and excessive fat that goes with it.  I used freshly grated parmesan cheese because it's so flavorful, and one tablespoon (which is how much I use in each sandwich) has only 20 calories and 1… continue reading roasted tomato soup and mini grilled cheese sandwiches. | 6 Comments

healthy as pie.

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, dessert, Tali, vegetarian on October 12th, 2009 by tali – 1 Comment

It's definitely fall - even in LA.  And even though I don't really see the leaves changing colors here, I still decorate with pumpkins and eat foods that make me feel warm and cozy.

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Fall is also apple picking season, and the apples look and taste amazing right now!DSC01792Which is why I decided to bake an apple pie.  This apple pie has a healthy whole-wheat crust (if an entirely whole wheat crust seems a bit too heavy for you, I'd suggest using half whole wheat and half all-purpose white flour) that I love.  The secret in the crust is the walnuts.  I use a half cup of very finely… continue reading healthy as pie. | 1 Comment

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

Broccoli Salad with 0 fat in the dressing!

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, salads, Tudy, vegetarian on October 7th, 2009 by tudy – Be the first to comment
I have always loved broccoli salad,  but after I realized how awful mayonnaise can be for you, I never ate it again until yesterday. Last night, I made a broccoli salad recipe that uses non fat plain yogurt in the dressing rather than mayonnaise. 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise has 11 grams of fat and 100 calories. While non fat yogurt has 0 grams of fat and a 120 calories in a cup. There are 16 tablespoons in a cup and since this recipe calls for one cup of yogurt rather than one cup of mayonnaise you save 176 grams of fat and 1480 calories!! It is pretty amazing that by making one simple change you can cut down that many calories and grams of fat! And honestly it tastes exactly… continue reading Broccoli Salad with 0 fat in the dressing!

after school snack.

Posted in American, cooking and recipes, snacks, Tali, vegetarian on September 25th, 2009 by tali – 11 Comments
This is the first September in 20 of my (almost) 25 years that I haven't gone "back to school."  Now that I'm not in school, what am I busy doing?  Baking granola bars, of course! DSC01619 In my opinion, the best part about being in school (besides gaining a valuable education, not working, blah blah blah) is the after school snack.  It's a pretty solid tradition for most kids, and in some cases, 20-somethings.  One of the key players in the after school snack tradition is the granola bar.  It's easy, it's neat, and it's delicious.  Unfortunately, it can also be packed with a ton of stuff we don't associate with "healthy granola" - and sometimes, the actual healthy granola bars can be… continue reading after school snack. | 11 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

yummy in my tummy chicken pot pie

Posted in American, chicken, cooking and recipes, Our Favorites!, Tudy on September 22nd, 2009 by tudy – 23 Comments
While the weather may still be a little warm in California, I decided to make one of my most comforting one pot meals, chicken pot pie! 076085 My recipe for chicken pot pie is truly good for you because it contains no oil or butter and is packed with vitamins and proteins. Best of all, each individual chicken pot pie has less than 6 grams of fat, compared to a normal pot pie that usually has over 30 grams of fat! Ingredients 3 6oz. skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into ½ inch chunks 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables composed of carrots, green beans, corn, and peas 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 ½ cups chicken broth 1… continue reading yummy in my tummy chicken pot pie | 23 Comments

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...so it's the same type of flavor combo).   The best part of the salad - by far-