Posts tagged Healthy Cooking

Friday recipe: snickerdoodles

It’s officially the holiday season, which means eating healthy is twice as hard. I say a little fudge and eggnog in moderation is fine. If you’re looking for a less-sinful recipe, try this one for snickerdoodles from Cooking Light. These are only 54 calories per cookie. I think you deserve two! What’s your favorite holiday […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: green goddess dip

If you’re looking for a healthy appetizer for Thanksgiving or a holiday party check out this green goddess dip from Weight Watchers. It’s super easy – only 5 ingredients – and tasty on crackers, chips or veggies. Green Goddess Dip 2 cups fresh basil or cilantro leaves 2 cups fresh parsley leaves 1 cup chopped […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: sweet potato casserole

Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and I’m already dreaming about my favorite dishes: sweet potatoes and turkey. I know I can eat them all year round, but usually I only have them around the holidays. The sweet potatoes at my family’s Thanksgiving are usually full of brown sugar and topped with marshmallows, which […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Slow-cooked minestrone

It’s slow-cooker season! I love coming home from work to a ready-to eat meal. I’ve never made minestrone before, but this recipe from BHG.com looks really hearty with all the beans and veggies. Yum! Slow-cooked minestrone 1 lb. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 14-1/2-oz.cans  diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (undrained) 2 14-oz. cans beef […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: honey-soy broiled salmon

I love to order salmon in restaurants, but have only cooked it at home once – on the grill – so I’m not sure if that counts. The problem is, I have a fear of buying seafood. I know even in land-locked Des Moines you can still find good, fresh seafood, but I usually balk […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: pumpkin pancakes

I’m continuing with the theme of pumpkin recipes for fall (see the previous pumpkin cupcakes & pumpkin cake) I’ll be honest. I don’t know how healthy this recipe is, but I figure it can’t be worse than regular pancakes, right? And pumpkin is good for you! Pumpkin pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: rustic sausage and pasta

I’m running in the Des Moines half-marathon this weekend and looking for a hearty meal for Saturday night. Pasta is always a good option for tasty carbs and this recipe looks like the perfect combination of easy and healthy. I found this recipe on Live Healthy Iowa. They have lots of great resources for healthy […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: black bean & corn soup

I love a good soup recipe, and the quicker and easier it is to make the better! I think grilled cheese sandwiches would be the perfect addition to this zesty soup from Cooking Light. What’s your favorite kind of soup? Black bean & corn soup Cooking spray 3 cups frozen corn kernels 3 (15-ounce) cans organic black […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: pumpkin cupcakes

I’m on a dessert recipe kick (see last week’s black-bean brownies), but when the seasons change all I want to do is curl up with a warm drink and something sweet to eat. This recipe for pumpkin cupcakes is from NPR’s Kitchen Window food blog. It includes recipes for four other healthy cupcakes, so it’s […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: black bean brownies

You can’t go wrong with fudge brownies, but I’m intrigued by the secret ingredient in this recipe: black beans. I love hiding healthy ingredients in recipes (like spinach in the green monster smoothie) and more importantly, they keep the brownies low-fat. I’m sure you can’t even taste them. What’s your favorite recipe substitute? Black bean […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: baked mac & cheese

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of macaroni and cheese? Unfortunately Kraft’s blue-box special is less-than healthy. I have no idea how they can make powdered cheese taste so good, but don’t you wonder why it’s such a fluorescent orange color? That can’t be natural. This recipe from Weight Watchers includes a little butter, reduced-fat […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: ginger carrot soup

It’s officially soup season! I have been eating soup for lunch all week (wishing I had a gooey grilled cheese sandwich to dip in my bowl). I found an organic ginger carrot soup in the health market section of Hy-Vee, but I want to try this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. I think I […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: bean dip

Whether you’re a DMU student and have been in class most of the summer or you’re done with school, after-school or late-afternoon snacks are a great chance to sneak in some fruits and veggies. This bean dip from Parenting.com is similar to hummus (check out Marco from Summerfield’s recipe here) and is super easy to […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: wheat berry salad

One of my healthy-eating goals is to experiment with whole grains. I’ve started using brown rice instead of white and have made quinoa (which is supposed to be the most complete protein). This wheat berry salad is next on my list. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen wheat berries at Gateway Market or Campbell’s Nutrition and […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: chocolate souffle

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? The best things about this recipe from Cooking Light is that is makes two individual servings and it’s under 200 calories. Don’t be intimidated by the word souffle. Read the directions, it’s actually a pretty simple recipe. Chocolate souffle Cooking spray 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: black bean burger

I used to always have Morningstar Farms black bean burgers in the freezer for a back-up dinner. Then I discovered this recipe in an old issue of Better Homes and Gardens and realized I can make burgers that are even better. I still can’t get my husband to eat these, so I freeze the extras. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: blackberry-peach smoothie

I love fruit smoothies, especially after a workout. I’m hoping to get peaches at the farmer’s market this weekend to make this smoothie. The green monster is still my go-to smoothie, but this one’s pretty good! Blackberry-peach smoothie 4-5 ice cubes 2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and quartered 1/4 cu) blackberries 1/2 cup fat-free skim […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: gazpacho

The tomatoes in my garden aren’t quite ripe yet, but when they are I’m going to be making lots of this gazpacho and every other tomato recipe I can get my hands on. When it’s cold out, I love a big bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich, but when it’s hot out, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: zucchini cakes

I have a vegetable garden for the first time this year and so far the main thing I’ve harvested is zucchini. I eat it raw on salads, roasted or sauteed, in muffins or cake and now even in pancake form! My only disclaimer on this recipe, is that depending on how much oil you use […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: pesto

It’s way too hot to think about cooking anything, so this week’s recipe doesn’t involve the oven. I love pesto on just about anything: sandwiches, pasta, bread, even pizza. I especially love making it with fresh basil from my herb garden. I’ve heard that you can leave out the cheese and freeze prepared pesto in […]

— Andrea Cooley