I had some expectations last year when I went to Rancho La Puerta, a health spa in northern Baja Mexico: hours of tranquil pampering, as much exercise as I could pack into a day and tiny portions of spare-looking diet food. I wasn’t disappointed by the daily spa schedule of massages, salt rubs, soaks in hot baths and hikes. But when it came to the food I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was I going to starve?
It turned out there was no need to worry. There was plenty of food at all the meals, and beyond that, it was delicious Mexican food. Since is was a spa menu, I was pleasantly surprised to find Mexican food like...read full post »
This year I’m going to be one of well over 1 billion people who will celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year on January 26. I’m throwing a dinner party to celebrate—it’s a great excuse to try some healthy Chinese recipes and share great food with friends.
Here’s my Chinese New Year Menu (including foods considered to bring good luck, such as lettuce wraps and noodles):
Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps: Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining.
Long-Life Noodles with Green Tea: Baked tofu, bell peppers and scallions are...read full post »
Temperatures have finally fallen below zero here in Vermont and the wind chill is literally numbing my mind. Weather like this makes me want to stay inside and cook up hearty comfort-food recipes. Meatloaf, one of my ultimate comfort foods, fits the bill perfectly.
Our meatloaf recipe was inspired by a delicious, but high-fat, high-sodium version. To make it healthier, but just as tasty, we added richly flavored dried mushrooms and whole-grain bulgur to increase fiber, vitamins and minerals and decrease the saturated fat.
Here’s how our madeover version stacks up against the less-healthy original:
* Calories: 342
* Fat: 15 g
I’m green with envy that several of my friends are going to Washington, D.C., to celebrate Obama’s inauguration. But we’ll be having plenty of fun at our house hosting an inauguration-night dinner party—serving Barack Obama’s favorite food.
It turns out that Obama is a comfort-food guy. His wife, Michelle, has said in interviews that her husband’s favorite grub is a steaming bowl of chili, one of my favorite foods as well. And it’s perfect for a party, since it’s easy to make and the flavor improves with time (i.e., you can make it in advance and reheat it for the party).
One of my favorite healthy chili recipes is a super-simple Beef & Bean Chile Verde that’s ready in 30...read full post »
When I think of the best season to enjoy fresh fruit, winter isn’t the first one that comes to mind. But that’s the wrong attitude! Take oranges for instance—they are juicy, ripe and ready for eating right now in both sweet and savory dishes. And since they’re in season, oranges are one of the cheapest fruits per pound in the produce section (less than $1/pound versus more than $11/pound for blackberries).
Oranges are perfect for an afternoon snack (just peel and eat), but I love the sweet balance they add to savory dishes. Here are some of my favorite winter recipes with oranges:read full post »