Recipes

Your favorite foods can be more nutritious with the right preparation and cooking methods. Sometimes changing a couple ingredients – such as the type and amount of oil you use – can make a big difference in the overall nutrition of the dish. Healthy recipes can be quick, simple and affordable to make.

Honeydew Summer Salad Wedges

  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 1 package gelatin, lemon flavored (3 ounce)
  • 1/2 cup water (boiling)
  • 1/2 cup water (iced)
  • ice cubes
  • 1 cup whole strawberries (hulled)

1. Cut melon in half; scoop out seeds.
2. Pat the inside of the melon dry using paper towels.
3. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
4. Combine ice water and ice cubes to make one cup.
5. Add to gelatin and stir until slightly thickened.
6. Remove any un-melted ice.
7. Place each melon half in a small bowl to hold straight and firm.
8. Place half of strawberries in each melon half.
9. Pour gelatin mixture over berries.
10. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 3 hours.
11. To serve, cut into wedges.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/honeydew-summer-salad-wedges

Polenta with Pepper and Cheese

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup corn meal (or polenta, uncooked)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn mixed with green and red peppers (11 ounces, drained)
  • 1 can green chilies (7 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • 6 ounces cheese, cheddar, reduced fat, shredded
  • 1 can black or pinto beans (15 ounces, rinsed)
  • Garnish:
  • cilantro sprigs
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut into rings)

1. In a medium sauce pan, bring the water to a boil. Gradually add the cornmeal or polenta. Reduce heat to low.
2. Continue stirring; add the corn, chilies and the salt. Cook 6-8 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
3. Gently stir in the margarine, cheese and beans.
4. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving dish.
5. Garnish with red bell pepper rings and cilantro.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/polenta-pepper-and-cheese

Baked Apples and Sweet Potatoes

  • 5 sweet potatoes (cooked)
  • 4 apple
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons honey

1. Boil 5 sweet potatoes in water until they are almost tender.
2. After the sweet potatoes cool, peel and slice them.
3. Peel the apples. Remove the cores, and slice the apples.
4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
5. Grease the casserole dish with butter or margarine.
6. Put a layer of sweet potatoes on the bottom of the dish.
7. Add a layer of apple slices.
8. Add some sugar, salt, and tiny pieces of margarine to the apple layer.
9. Repeat steps 6, 7, and 8 to make more layers of sweet potatoes, apples, and sugar/salt.
10. On the top layer of apples, sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar and margarine pieces.
11. Sprinkle the top layer with nutmeg.
12. Mix the hot water and honey together. Pour the mix over the top layer.
13. Bake for about 30 minutes until apples are tender.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/baked-apples-and-sweet-potatoes

Sensational Six-Layer Dinner

  • 2 potatoes (medium, sliced)
  • 2 cups carrot (sliced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion (sliced)
  • 1 pound ground beef (browned and drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1 can tomato soup

1. Lightly oil or spray baking dish with cooking spray
2. Layer ingredients in order given. Cover.
3. Bake at 350 degree for 45 minutes or until tender and thoroughly heated.
4. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/sensational-six-layer-dinner

Spring Vegetable Sauté

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion (sliced)
  • 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
  • 3 new potatoes (tiny, quartered)
  • 3/4 cups carrot (sliced)
  • 3/4 cups asparagus pieces
  • 3/4 cups sugar snap peas, or green beans
  • 1/2 cup radishes (quartered)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill (dried)

1. Heat the oil in a skillet. Cook the onion 2 minutes, add the garlic and cook another minute
2. Stir in the potatoes and carrots. Cover, turn the heat to low, and cook until almost tender, about 4 minutes.
3. If the vegetables start to brown, add a Tablespoon or 2 of water.
4. Now add the asparagus, peas, radishes, salt, pepper, and dill. Cook, stirring often, until just tender – about 4 minutes more.
5. Serve immediately.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/spring-vegetable-saute