Love French Onion soup, but hate the 600+ calories that come along for the ride? You've gotta try this slimming, satisfying version. I served it at a dinner party this past weekend and everyone thought it tasted like the real McCoy (phew). Just 225 calories per hearty bowl!
Love Loaded Potato Soup? Me too! Typically, restaurant versions clock in at over 600 calories (I know, yikes), so I've mastered this skinny recipe that's just as creamy and delicious. By replacing much of the potato for pureed cauliflower and nixing the full-fat cheese, I'm able to slash the calories in HALF. Deal!
Looking for a tasty, simple lunch recipe? This Veggie Tuna Salad uses light canned tuna (instead of albacore white) to reduce the amount of mercury. Just mash with light mayo or nonfat Greek yogurt and any preferred seasonings....plus toss in an assortment of chopped veggies like carrots, celery, bell pepper, and green onions. So easy, but filling and substantial!
Classic tuna salad just got a makeover! I ditch the high-cal mayo and use creamy nutrient-rich avocado instead. You can mash it up…or leave it in chunks. Serve this Tuna Avocado Salad with crackers, whole-grain bread, or on a bed of salad greens for a quick lunch.
Wild Salmon and Chickpea Salad: This easy and nutritious go-to lunch can be whipped up in 10 minutes flat! Canned wild salmon is a cost-effective way to get a super dose of heart-healthy omega-3s and bone-strengthening Vitamin D. Plus, the fiber-rich garbanzo beans are just as easy to toss in. Serve with a few whole-grain crackers, roll in a tortilla, or top on a bed of leafy greens and dig in!
Spinach Salad with Beets & Goat Cheese: Layer baby spinach leaves with roasted beets (cut in bite-size pieces). Season with a pinch of kosher salt, ground black pepper and rice vinegar. Top with crumbled goat cheese. The liquid from beets provides enough moisture to skip the dressing.
A new study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that eating 1 cup beans or lentils a day improved blood sugar & lowered blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes. Get a daily dose with this Quick Chickpea Stew. Simmer a can of chickpeas (preferably low-sodium) with a little low-sodium vegetable broth and desired seasonings (I used turmeric and black pepper). Healthy comfort food!
Toasted pumpkin seeds make a terrific crunchy garnish for soups and salads -- and they pack a nutritional punch with heart-healthy fats, fiber and minerals like magnesium (great for blood pressure). Try sprinkling them on top of a steaming bowl of this fall "Squashed" Apple Soup.
Lemon Dill Salad: This is also a great option for brunch! I make the dressing by combining equal parts light mayo and nonfat sour cream, then add some lemon juice, chopped fresh dill and black pepper. Stir in flaked, cooked salmon fillets (canned salmon is great too -- drain it well first). It is always a hit!
Red Pepper, Chard and Feta Frittata: Frittatas are an easy, vegetarian meal and a great way to transform eggs, a breakfast favorite, into a more substantial lunch or dinner entree. The chard and red pepper are a nutrient-dense pair that deliver an impressive array of vitamins and minerals.
Judy's Gazpacho: Judy and Marvin Lieberman own Great Barrington Bagels in Massachusetts; Judy's gazpacho, hands down, is the best I've ever tasted. I'm not alone in my enthusiasm. People come from all around the Berkshire community to buy her gazpacho by the gallon!
Ceviche: Ian and I been experimenting with different versions of ceviche -- this one features cod and scallops. Cut the raw fish into bite-sized pieces and mix with chopped red onions, sliced jalapeños (seeds removed), juice of 1-2 limes, and a dash of salt. Let sit in fridge for 20 minutes and enjoy!
Jon Cohen's Veggie Soup: Just slice/chop the following vegetables and boil in 8 cups reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth (with 1/2 cup diced garlic and 1 teaspoon black pepper) for 90 minutes. Then mash the entire pot and serve! VEGGIE MEDLEY: 4 medium potatoes (2 white, 2 sweet), 10 mushrooms, one bag baby spinach leaves, 2 large onions, 2 cups sliced carrots, 2 cups butternut squash and 1 large parsnip. Yum!
Egg Sandwich: This is a delicious lunch option that is quick and easy. I layer a toasted, whole grain bun with scrambled eggs (1 whole+2 whites), 2 TB shredded reduced-fat cheese, and sliced grape tomatoes. Very satisfying and just 285 cals, with 24 filling grams protein & 5g fiber!
Farro Salad with Chickpeas, Apricots, and Sugar Snap Peas: Farro has a chewy texture and slightly nutty taste. Here I pair it with fresh apricots, which contribute a lovely, sweet honey flavor to the salad (feel free to substitute chopped fresh nectarines or dried apricots).