Rosemary & Garlic Crusted Pork Loin with Butternut Squash & Potatoes

Pork today is so lean, the meat will be dry and crumbly if overcooked, but there are a couple of tricks to help avoid that fate. The first is to turn the pork over halfway through the cooking time so the juices will concentrate in the center of the roast instead of settling on the bottom. Second, take the roast out of the oven when it is about 5° below the recommended internal temperature, which … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrots with Cardamom Butter

Roasting these carrots with only a bit of butter and some cardamom gives them a rich, nutty flavor that belies how healthy they are. A single serving gives you over 600 percent of the daily recommendation for vitamin A! 4 servings, about 2/3 cup each Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Ingredients 4 teaspoons butter, melted 2 teaspoons canola oil 1 teaspoon ground … [Read more...]

Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

  This is a healthier version of a traditional cobbler, with canola oil in place of some of the butter and whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Unlike more classic biscuit-topped cobblers, the peaches and blueberries are nestled into a tender batter that swells around the fruit as it bakes. Other fruits may be substituted. It's especially beautiful when baked in and served … [Read more...]

Black Bean Quesadillas

  In a hurry? These satisfying quesadillas take just 15 minutes to make. We like them with black beans, but pinto beans work well too. If you like a little heat, be sure to use pepper Jack cheese in the filling. Serve with: A little sour cream and a mixed green salad. 4 servings Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed 1/2 cup … [Read more...]

Chicken Pot Pie

This chicken potpie is studded with peas,   mushrooms, carrots and onions and topped with tender whole-wheat biscuits. The savory sauce gets a rich taste from reduced-fat sour cream, but with less fat and calories. And it ends up just as delicious and comforting as you expect. 6 servings Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes Ingredients Filling 3 teaspoons canola oil, … [Read more...]

Cranberry-Almond Granola

If you've never made your own granola, you'll be amazed at the difference in freshness and flavor—and at how easy it is. Use this recipe as a starting point for your own creativity: substitute dried blueberries or chopped dried apricots for the cranberries, or walnuts or hazelnuts for the almonds. 9 1/2 cups (19 servings, 1/2 cup each) Active Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 2 hours (with … [Read more...]

"Healthified" Chocolate Lovers' Brownies

75% less fat • No sat fat • 27% fewer calories than the original recipe. Treat yourself to rich chocolate taste in every fudgy bite of this healthified brownie. What is “Healthified”?  We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals. Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 1 hour 45 min Makes: 16 brownies … [Read more...]

Vanilla Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients 3 1/2 cups water 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, optional 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch nutmeg 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, plus more, to taste 1 cup lowfat milk, divided 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Stir in the oats and … [Read more...]

Strawberry and Mozzarella Salad

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 heart romaine lettuce, torn or cut into bite-sized pieces (3 cups lightly packed) 1 8-ounce container of strawberries, hulled and sliced 3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, diced (about 3/4 cup) 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons Directions In a small bowl whisk … [Read more...]