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.

Brown Rice Pilaf with Sage, Walnuts and Dried Fruit

  • 1 canola cooking spray (as needed)
  • 1 onion (medium, chopped)
  • 1 celery (medium stalk, ends trimmed and chopped)
  • 2 cups rice (brown, uncooked)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (fat-free, reduced sodium)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (dark)
  • 1/4 cup apricots (dried, chopped)
  • 4 cups walnuts (chopped, optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sage (dried)
  • 2 tablespoons sage (fresh, chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons salt (to taste, optional)
  • 2 tablespoons pepper (to taste, optional)

1. Spray the large skillet with canola cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium heat.
2. Sauté onion and celery until tender, about 5 minutes. Add brown rice and sauté for 5 minutes.
3. Add water, broth, raisins, and apricots; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 50 minutes.
4. Stir in walnuts if desired, sage, salt and pepper.
5. Transfer to serving dish. Garnish with fresh sage and serve immediately.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/brown-rice-pilaf-sage-walnuts-and-dried-fruit

Enchilada Bake

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion (large, chopped)
  • 3 garlic (cloves, minced)
  • 2 cups black beans (cooked)
  • 1 can kernel corn (7 ounces, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cups prepared salsa (divided)
  • 8 corn totillas
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese (shredded)

1. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat; sauté onion and garlic 2-3 minutes.
2. Add beans, corn, cumin and ½ cup salsa. Cook 3-4 minutes, coarsely mashing beans with back of spoon.
3. Spoon 1/3 cup filling onto each tortilla; roll up.
4. Spoon ½ cup salsa into 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking dish. Arrange tortillas seam side down; top with remaining 1 cup sauce.
5. Cover and bake in 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Uncover; top with cheese. Bake 2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/enchilada-bake

Spring Risotto

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked short grain brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen shelled soybeans
  • 3/4 taspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add asparagus, and cook for 2 minutes. Drain. Bring 2 cups water and chicken broth to a simmer in a saucepan.
2. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil, and swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 4 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in rice, soybeans, and salt; cook for 1 minute. Stir in 1 cup broth mixture; cook for 4 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until liquid is absorbed before adding more (about 20 minutes total).
3. Stir in asparagus, cream cheese, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Spoon 1 cup risotto into each of 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese; sprinkle evenly with thyme.

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spring-risotto-50400000111149/

Winter Crisp

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour (all purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel (grated)
  • 5 cups apple (unpeeled, sliced)
  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh)
  • 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

Filling:
1. Combine sugar, flour, and lemon peel in a medium bowl and mix well.
2. Stir in apples and cranberries.
3. Spoon into a 6-cup baking dish.
Topping:
1. Combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
2. Stir in melted margarine.
3. Sprinkle topping over filling.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until filling is bubbly and top is brown.
5. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/winter-crisp

Cream of Broccoli Soup

  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups broccoli (cut)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme (dried, crushed)
  • 2 bay leaves (small)
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 dash garlic powder (optional)

1. In a saucepan combine chicken broth, chopped onion, broccoli, thyme, bay leaf and garlic powder. Bring mixture to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf.
2. Place half of the mixture in a blender or food processor, cover and blend 30 to 60 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a bowl; repeat with remaining vegetable mixture, set all aside.
3. In the same saucepan melt the margarine. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add the milk all at once, stirring rapidly with a wire whisk. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in the blended broccoli mixture. Cook and stir until soup is heated through. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/cream-broccoli-soup