Spiced Red Wine-Poached Pears

These poached pears are the perfect healthy dessert for a winter meal. Ingredients 2 cups dry red wine, such as cabernet or merlot 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 1 orange, juiced (about 1/2 cup) 1 (1 by 3-inch) strip orange zest 1 cinnamon stick 2 cloves 4 firm, ripe pears Directions In a 4-quart… Continue reading »

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds With Lime & Chile

Crunchy, salty and spicy with a hint of acidity, these toasted pumpkin seeds are a favorite treat at Halloween.  Of course, don’t leave toasted pumpkin seeds to Halloween alone; rather, toast the seeds of any winter squash, eliminating kitchen waste and providing wholesome, nourishing snacks for your family. Ingredients seeds from one large pumpkin (about… Continue reading »

Cool Cucumber Salad

This cool, delicious cucumber salad is enjoyable all summer! Healthy too! For a pretty salad, peel only half of each cucumber, leaving strips of skin on each. Ingredients: •    3 large cucumbers, peeled, thinly sliced •    1 cup white vinegar •    3/4 cup water •    3/4 cup sugar •    1 teaspoon salt •    dash ground… Continue reading »

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Treat your friends and family to this wonderful twist on lemonade. We know you’ll love it! Ingredients •    3 1/2 cups water •    1/2 pound rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups) •    3/4 cup sugar, or to taste •    Two 3-inch strips of lemon zest removed with a vegetable peeler plus… Continue reading »

Easy Strawberry Jam

Strawberries are in season and what better way to enjoy them! Make some homemade jam! To clean strawberries: Submerge them whole in water, then lift out and drain, leaving dirt behind. Small-batch strawberry jam 3 1/2 lbs. strawberries, washed, hulled, and halved 2 ¾ cups sugar 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 lemon, quartered 1.   … Continue reading »

Back To Basics Margarita

Say goodbye to syrupy-sweet margarita mixes this Cinco De Mayo. Make your own skinny margarita! It saves 150 calories compared to traditional margarita recipes. Get back to the basics—fresh lime juice, tequila and Triple Sec are all you need. Adding lime zest to the salt rim gives great flavor and cuts the salt in half…. Continue reading »

Caramelized Onion Quiche with Dubliner

Happy Meatless Monday! Try this delicious quiche. It’s makes a wonderful  light dinner served with a green leafy salad. Ingredients 1 recipe pie dough 2 Tbs olive oil 2 red yellow onions (about one pound total) Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 Tbs chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon fresh thyme… Continue reading »

Spicy Black Bean Tostadas

Did you know going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity? It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Here’s a great start to your Meatless Monday tradition!     Ingredients: For the… Continue reading »

Poached Pears

Bosc pears, available through April, become tender yet hold their shape well when poached. A spice-infused syrup gives them a pie-like flavor. Ingredients •    Zest of 1 lemon, cut into thin strips •    1 cinnamon stick, broken in half •    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice •    1/4 teaspoon ground pepper •    3 cups apple cider •  … Continue reading »

Mexican Grilled Corn-YUM!

Street vendors across Mexico sell this style of roasted or grilled corn—topped with mayonnaise, chili powder and Cotija cheese. You can serve the unadorned corn on a platter with small bowls of the sauce, cheese and lime on the side so everyone can make their own. Ingredients •    2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise •    2 tablespoons… Continue reading »

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