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.

Cran-Apple Crisp

  • 4 apples (cored and thinly sliced)
  • 1 can cranberry sauce (16 ounce, whole)
  • 2 teaspoons margarine (soft melted)
  • 1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash apples, remove cores and slice thinly, keeping peel on.
3. In a bowl, combine the cranberries and apples. Pour into an 8×8 inch pan.
4. Combine melted margarine with oatmeal, brown sugar, and cinnamon until well blended. Sprinkle over apple/cranberry mixture.
5. Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
6. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes until the topping is crisp and brown.
7. Serve warm or cold.

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

Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) roasting chicken
  • 12 ounces red potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and sage in a small bowl. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Rub garlic mixture under loosened skin. Place chicken, breast side up, on rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Place rack in broiler pan.
3. Combine potatoes, squash, butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Arrange vegetable mixture around chicken. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until a thermometer inserted into meaty part of thigh registers 165°. Let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin.

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roast-chicken-with-potatoes-butternut-squash-10000001949705/

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

Summer Vegetable Spaghetti

  • 2 cups onion (small, yellow, cut into eighths)
  • 2 cups tomatoes (chopped, peeled, fresh, ripe, about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups squash (thinly sliced yellow and green, about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cup green beans (cut fresh, about 1/2 pound)
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (fresh, minced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1 pound spaghetti (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • black pepper (to taste)

1. Combine first 10 ingredients in large saucepan. Cook for 10 minutes, then stir in tomato paste. Cover and cook gently, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender.
2. Cook spaghetti in unsalted water according to package directions.
3. Spoon sauce over drained hot spaghetti and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top.

Source: http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/recipes/summer-vegetable-spaghetti

Apple-Onion Glazed Pork Tenderloin

  • 1 1/2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 envelop Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 425°. In small roasting or baking pan, arrange pork. Season with pepper and rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast uncovered 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine remaining olive oil, Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix , apple juice and brown sugar. Pour over pork and continue roasting 10 minutes or until pork is done.
3. Remove pork to serving platter; cover with aluminum foil.
4. Place roasting pan over medium-high heat and bring pan juices to a boil, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Stir in water and flour and boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until thickened.
5. To serve, thinly slice pork.

Source: http://www.makinglifebetter.com/recipes/detail/37891/1/onion-apple-glazed-pork-tenderloin