Seared Steak with Mustard-Mushroom Sauce

With this quick steak recipe, you can be sitting down to juicy pan-seared steak with a rich and savory sauce in just 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1 1/4 pounds boneless strip steak (about 1 inch thick), trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Instructions:

  1. MB8173_ArditoPat steaks dry and cut into 4 equal portions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking. Add the steaks and cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 4 minutes. Turn over, reduce heat to medium-low and cook to desired doneness, 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare. Remove the steaks from the pan and set aside, covered with foil.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add mushrooms and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms have released their liquid, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and stir to coat the vegetables, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour in broth and wine and cook, stirring and scraping up the browned, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat. Stir in mustard and any accumulated juices from the steak. Serve the steak with about 1/4 cup sauce each.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 3 ounces steak & about 1/4 cup sauce
  • Per serving: 239 calories; 12 g fat(3 g sat); 1 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 20 mcg folate; 62 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 22 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 250 mg sodium; 436 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (29% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 1/2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

Recipe Source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Peter Ardito

Chocolate-Dipped Pineapple Rings

Dried pineapple rings dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with chopped macadamia nuts are a healthy dessert with tropical flavor. Customize this chocolate-dipped fruit recipe by using different nuts or even dried papaya spears instead of pineapple.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 12 dried pineapple rings

Instructions:

  1. DS8244_KrasnerLine a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Place chocolate chips in a small glass bowl. Microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. (Alternatively, melt in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water.)
  3. Dip half of each pineapple ring into the melted chocolate. Let the excess drip back into bowl. Place the dipped fruit on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle macadamia nuts over the chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 piece
  • Per serving: 128 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 500 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 1 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 0 mg sodium; 5 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat

Recipe Source: EatingWell
Photos by: Carin Krasner

Zucchini Gratin

This delicious zucchini gratin recipe has a delectable crispy Parmesan and breadcrumb topping and is made without any butter or cream, allowing the fresh zucchini flavor to shine. Slice the zucchini uniformly to ensure even cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 medium zucchini, thinly sliced (1/8 inch)
  • 1/2 cup coarse dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. SD8404_ArditoPosition rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Coat a 7-by-11-inch baking dish (or similar size 2- to 2 1/2-quart dish) with cooking spray.
  2. Combine garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, marjoram (or thyme), salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add zucchini; toss until evenly coated. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  3. Roast the zucchini until softened and starting to wilt in spots, about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the bowl. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the zucchini and continue to bake until the topping is crisp, about 15 minutes more.

 

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 199 calories; 14 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 36 mcg folate; 9 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 404 IU vitamin A; 27 mg vitamin C; 115 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 349 mg sodium; 412 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 2 fat

Recipe Source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Peter Ardito

Chopped Chef’s Salad

We gave a classic chef’s salad recipe a healthy makeover with our own homemade healthy Thousand Island dressing recipe and reduced-sodium cheese and turkey. Those swaps slashed 260 calories and nearly a day’s worth of sodium (2,131 mg!) per serving compared with traditional recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Chopped Chef's Salad6 cups chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 4 ounces sliced low-sodium Swiss or provolone cheese, chopped
  • 4 ounces sliced reduced-sodium deli turkey, chopped
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Toss lettuce, chickpeas, eggs, cheese, turkey and carrot in a large bowl.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad; gently toss to combine. Top with a generous grinding of pepper.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: about 2 1/2 cups
  • Per serving: 398 calories; 17 g fat(7 g sat); 6 g fiber; 36 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 130 mcg folate; 228 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 11555 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 375 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 739 mg sodium; 654 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (232% daily value), Calcium (38% dv), Folate (33% dv), Zinc (21% dv), Potassium (19% dv), Iron & Magnesium (17% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat

Recipe Source:  EatingWell

Chive & Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

In this healthy mashed potato recipe, we flavor the mashed potatoes with tangy buttermilk and fresh snipped chives instead of butter.

Ingredients:

  • SD8574_Ardito1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh chives
  • Black or white pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Peel potatoes, if desired, and cut into 2-inch chunks. Place the potatoes and salt in a large heavy saucepan. Add cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook until potatoes are very tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher, an electric hand-held mixer or by working through a ricer.
  3. Stir buttermilk, chives, and pepper into the potatoes.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: about 3/4 cup
  • Per serving: 151 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 3 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 19 mcg folate; 1 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 150 IU vitamin A; 14 mg vitamin C; 53 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 286 mg sodium; 581 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (23% daily value), Potassium (17% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch

Recipe Source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Peter Ardito

Slow-Cooker Brisket Sandwiches with Quick Pickles

Make your BBQ or cookout easy with this slow-cooker beef brisket recipe. Rauchbier, a smoky German beer, gives this fork-tender brisket real pit-barbecue flavor, but you can use any beer that suits your taste, or even substitute beef broth , to achieve mouthwatering results. While the brisket is cooking, whip up the quick pickle recipe and stir together a garlic mayo to top off the sandwiches.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3 1/4 pounds brisket, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 16-ounce bottle rauchbier (smoked beer) or 2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pickling or mini cucumbers , sliced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 8 whole-wheat or gluten-free buns

Instructions:

  1. MB8807_BeischTo prepare brisket: Combine paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper in a small bowl. Rub all over brisket. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the brisket and brown on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add beer (or broth) to the pan along with any remaining spice blend from your cutting board; increase heat to high. Cook for 5 minutes, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Pour over the brisket. Cover and cook on High for 6 hours or Low for 9 hours.
  3. To prepare pickles: Meanwhile, combine white vinegar, cider vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 1 minute. Add pickling spice and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour into a large, heatproof glass bowl and add cucumbers and onion. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  4. To prepare garlic mayo: Mash garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a paste in a mortar and pestle or with the back of a spoon on a cutting board. Combine the garlic mixture with mayonnaise in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. When the brisket is done, transfer to a clean cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Pull the brisket apart into shreds with 2 forks and then coarsely chop the shredded meat. Combine the chopped brisket with the liquid in the slow cooker.
  7. To serve, drain the pickled vegetables. Spread each bun with 1 tablespoon garlic mayo and top with about 3/4 cup brisket and 1/2 cup pickles.

-Bell Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 sandwich
  • Per serving: 401 calories; 13 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 34 g protein; 40 mcg folate; 91 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 911 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 85 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 768 mg sodium; 513 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (54% daily value), Vitamin B12 (36% dv), Iron (23% dv), Magnesium & Vitamin A (18% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

Recipe Source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Leigh Beisch

Crispy Chicken Schnitzel with Herb-Brown Butter

This healthy recipe for crispy chicken schnitzel involves coating the chicken breasts with fresh gluten – free breadcrumbs and oven “frying” using a mist of olive oil cooking spray instead of frying in lots of oil. Serve on a bed of mixed greens or with mashed potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups fresh gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced

Instructions:

  1. MP8818_ArditoPreheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally. Cover with a large piece of plastic wrap and pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or a heavy saucepan to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  3. Place flour in one shallow dish and eggs in another. Zest lemon and combine the zest with breadcrumbs in a third shallow dish. (Slice the lemon for serving; set aside.) Coat both sides of the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in egg. Coat on both sides with the breadcrumbs, pressing to help them stick. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Coat on both sides with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the chicken until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until just beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add oil and shallot; cook for 30 seconds more. Remove from heat; add herbs and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve the chicken with the herb sauce and lemon slices.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 cutlet & 1 Tbsp. sauce
  • Per serving: 320 calories; 15 g fat(6 g sat); 2 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 140 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 479 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 71 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 487 mg sodium; 321 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1/2 medium fat meat, 2 fat

Recipe Source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Peter Ardito

Escarole & Turkey Sausage Pizza

The robust flavor of escarole is a brilliant companion for mellow, creamy Gouda cheese and savory turkey sausage in this easy-to-make pizza recipe. If you really want to amp up the flavor, try this healthy pizza with aged Gouda. It has a nuttier flavor that makes this recipe even more mouthwatering.

Ingredients:

  • 2 links hot or sweet turkey sausage
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 cups chopped escarole (1 medium head)
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegarMP8875_Ardito
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat or gluten-free
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese

Instructions:

  1. When the sausage is almost done, carefully remove the pizza stone (or pan) from the oven and set on a heatproof surface. Place the dough on it and brush with the garlic-oil mixture. Spread the escarole on the dough. When the sausage is done, cut it into 1/2-inch slices and place on top of the pizza, then sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add escarole and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in a small bowl.
  3. Position rack in lower third of the oven. Place a pizza stone or large pizza pan on the rack and preheat oven to 450°F. Place sausage in a small baking pan or skillet and place on the stone (or pan) to cook for 20 minutes while the oven preheats.
  4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12- to 14-inch circle
  5. Carefully return the stone (or pan) to the lower rack and bake the pizza until crispy and golden and the cheese is melted; about 15 minutes.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1/4 pizza
  • Per serving: 469 calories; 23 g fat(6 g sat); 5 g fiber; 49 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 149 mcg folate; 59 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2321 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 214 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 768 mg sodium; 470 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (46% daily value), Folate (37% dv), Calcium (21% dv), Zinc (20% dv), Vitamin B12 (16% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 high-fat meat, 1 1/2 fat

Recipe source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Peter Ardito

Pork & Broccoli Thai Noodle Salad

Crunchy broccoli slaw—available in most supermarkets near the other coleslaw mixes—is the secret to making this Thai noodle recipe super-fast. If you have the time and want to make your own broccoli slaw, shred broccoli stems through the large holes of a box grater. Making the pork patties while the water for the noodles comes to a boil ensures the pork and noodles will be done at the same time.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided
  • 6 teaspoons fish sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sweet red chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 12-ounce bag broccoli slaw
  • Lime wedges for serving

Instructions:

  1. MK8887_ArditoBring 5 cups water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add noodles and cook, stirring frequently, until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain, rinse well with cold water and let stand in the colander to drain.
  2. Meanwhile, combine pork, 1 tablespoon mint and 2 teaspoons fish sauce in a bowl. Form the mixture into eight 3-inch patties.
  3. Heat a large grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray, add the patties, partially cover and cook for 3 minutes. Turn over and cook for 3 minutes, then turn back over and cook on the first side again until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  4. Combine the remaining 4 teaspoons fish sauce, chili sauce, lime juice and sesame oil in a large bowl. Add the rice noodles and broccoli slaw and gently toss until well combined. Serve the pork patties on the noodles, sprinkled with the remaining 1 tablespoon mint. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 2 patties & 1 2/3 cups noodles
  • Per serving: 428 calories; 10 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 61 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 5 mcg folate; 66 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1870 IU vitamin A; 75 mg vitamin C; 75 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 798 mg sodium; 521 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (125% daily value), Vitamin A (37% dv), Folate & Iron (17% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat

Recipe Source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Peter Ardito

Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata

This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the quickest meals you can make. Make it for breakfast, or serve for lunch or dinner with a tossed salad and a slice of olive oil-drizzled crusty baguette.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 7 large eggs , beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup pearl-size or baby fresh mozzarella balls (about 4 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped soft sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Instructions:

  1. Mozzarella-Basil-Zucchini-Frittata-684x1024Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Heat oil in a large broiler-safe nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and zucchini and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pour the eggs over the vegetables in the pan. Cook, lifting the edges to allow uncooked egg from the middle to flow underneath until nearly set, about 2 minutes. Arrange mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes on top and place the skillet under the broiler until the eggs are slightly browned, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Let stand for 3 minutes. Top with basil.
  4. To release the frittata from the pan, run a spatula around the edge, then underneath until you can slide or lift it out onto a cutting board or serving plate. Cut into 4 slices and serve.

 

 

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Per serving: 292 calories; 21 g fat(7 g sat); 2 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 65 mcg folate; 346 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 937 IU vitamin A; 13 mg vitamin C; 227 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 513 mg sodium; 408 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (23% daily value), Vitamin C (22% dv), Vitamin A (19% dv), Folate (16% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 2 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1 1/2 fat

Recipe Source: EatingWell