Archive for ‘Eating Light’

August 29, 2010

Kids In the Kitchen: Easy, Healthy Snacks?

I recently joined a volunteer committee where we organize educational cooking events for children. Obviously, recipes must be kid-friendly and nutritional. My natural tendency is to seek out chocolatey, cheesy, sugary recipes. Unfortunately for me, the goal is to show kids and parents how to incorporate healthy ingredients into easy meals. So my strategy is to find recipes that I like and that kids will have a good time making and then try to morph them into a healthier version of the original.

For our first event, we will be preparing easy, healthy recipes in a trade show like environment. So – no baking and no cooking. Here is what I came up with.

No-Bake Cinnamon Rolls (healthy modifications/substitutions)
Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread, crusts removed (whole wheat wonder bread)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (almond butter or apple butter)
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon water, or as needed
  • (Add sliced, toasted almonds)

Directions
1.
Roll the bread slices until very flat. Butter the bread, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (and toasted almonds). Starting on one side, roll up the bread slice until tight. Repeat with the second bread slice. Cut the bread rolls into 1 inch slices.
2. Mix the confectioners’ sugar with the water in a small bowl to make a thin frosting. Drizzle frosting over the bread slices, and serve.

Banana Pops
Instructions: Peel a banana, dip it into melted chocolate or low fat yogurt, roll in crushed nuts and freeze.

Healthy No-Bake Cookies
Recipe adapted from Eating Well
Ingredients:
8 whole-wheat graham cracker squares, finely ground
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter or other nut butter
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey
4 teaspoons shredded unsweetened coconut

Preparation:
Combine ground whole-wheat graham crackers, raisins, peanut butter and honey in a small bowl. Pat into 8 cookies and press lightly in coconut.

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August 29, 2010

Trendy Bits: Black Rice

Courtesy of Epicurious.com

White or brown rice? White, please. White or wheat bread? White, of course. Ice cream or sorbet? Ice cream, always. I am definitely not a health nut. And I don’t even aspire to change my ways.  Still the recent number of black rice related articles had me wondering – So what’s the deal? Why is black rice being dubbed the “new super food?”

I’ve heard of black rice once or twice before on some episode of Top Chef or on the Food Network maybe. At the time, I probably just as casually dismissed it as I would the possibility of adding whole grain pasta to my repertoire. But now, I’ve seen black rice headlines twice this week and I decided there might be something to this trend.

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August 22, 2010

In Season: Tomatoes

With summer in full swing, my dad’s homegrown tomato production has peaked. For the second straight-year, the family backyard is better described as our tomato farm. Thus, I am on the hunt for new tomato centered seasonal recipes.

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April 11, 2009

Menus: Eating Healthy Spa Menus

Healthy Spa Menu posted on Epicurious.

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