Posts tagged Healthy Cooking

Friday recipe: heart-healthy cheesy potatoes

I am of the opinion that you can’t go wrong with cheesy potatoes, so when I found this recipe for a “heart-healthy” version I had to share it! Reduced-fat and low-sodium ingredients keep this recipe healthy without sacrificing flavor. Check out Heart Healthy Living for more great recipes. Ingredients 1 10 3/4-ounce can reduced-fat and […]

— Andrea Cooley

Holiday fun begins…

It’s rare in Iowa to be this far into the winter season without seeing the white stuff or being completely bundled up. Still, you wouldn’t expect to be able to enjoy a farmers’ market in November! But you can! Friday & Saturday is the first winter market-version of the popular downtown Saturday event. Held indoors […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: crockpot maple dijon chicken

I recently discovered the blog A Year of Slow Cooking. It’s written by a woman who made a New Year’s resolution to use her crock pot every day for a year. I’m always looking for new crock pot recipes. Usually I make pot roast or soup, but I know there’s more I could by cooking […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: fresh tomato basil pizza

If there’s a healthy way to enjoy pizza I’m all for it. I can’t resist cheese, tomatoes and a crispy crust. What’s your favorite pizza topping? Here’s a great alternative to greasy carry out: Ingredients: 1 (14-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crust (such as Boboli) 2 teaspoons olive oil ½ cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: healthy pumpkin cake

Looking for a healthy way to enjoy seasonal goodies? Add a can of pumpkin to a cake mix for a simple, low-fat dessert. The result is a super moist cake that doesn’t even need frosting. Yum! Ingredients 1 box cake mix (chocolate, spice or vanilla) 1 can of pumpkin puree (not pie filling) water Directions: […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: oatmeal

When it starts to get cold out I turn to classic comfort foods to keep me warm. My current favorite is a big bowl of oatmeal full of nuts and dried fruit. Usually I settle for heating up a pack of instant oatmeal, but if I have time it’s worth it to make it from […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Pumpkin Dip

This recipe is simple and seasonal–which means I will definitely be making it soon! It would be a great appetizer for Thanksgiving, but I don’t think I can wait ’til then to try it. Serve with graham crackers, gingerbread cookies or fruit. Yum! Ingredients: 1 can pumpkin 1 box sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding 2 tubs […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Whole-wheat banana bread

Who doesn’t love a warm slice of banana bread? This is a great recipe to try if you want a low-fat, whole-wheat version. Ingredients: 1/3 C vegetable oil (use applesauce instead to make it even healthier) 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 C mashed bananas (2 or 3 bananas) Tip: When […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: turkey & black bean chili

The only thing better than a big pot of soup on a fall day is a big crock pot of soup! I know you can use the crock pot year round, but I tend to forget about it during the summer. I’m definitely making this recipe over the weekend. Just remember to turn it on […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Eggchilada

Eggs are great because they are low in fat and high in protein–and you can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I like mine fried, hard-boiled in egg salad or my current favorite scrambled in a breakfast burrito. This recipe is so easy I can make it from memory. For one burrito I spray […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Chicken Stirfry

I’ll be honest, usually when I’m craving Chinese food I order out rather than make my own, but this recipe looks pretty easy. The great thing about stir fry is that once you find a sauce you like you can add any meat and vegetables. What’s your favorite take-out in Des Moines? Preparation time: 30 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash

Squash makes me think of fall. It’s so rustic and satisfying. Yum! What’s your favorite fall food? Roasted Butternut Squash 2 medium butternut squash  (4-5 pounds total) 6 T. unsalted butter, melted ¼ light brown sugar, packed 1 ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper Directions:

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Ginger Bran Muffins

I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but honestly, most mornings I’m doing good to get out the door on time, let alone sit down and eat a balanced breakfast. That’s why I love grab-and-go recipes. Make something ahead of time and enjoy it the rest of the week. These bran […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Mexican Minestrone

Fall is just around the corner and that means it’s time for soups and slowcooker recipes like this tasty Mexican Minestrone from Weight Watchers (3 points per cup). Mexican Minestrone Prep: 15 minutes Cook 7 to 9 hours (on High) Makes eight 1 cup servings 2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained 2 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Peach Crumble

I’m always looking for quick and easy healthy recipes and recently discovered Mayo Clinic as a great resource. I love how they organize the recipes by ingredients, servings, and meal. I couldn’t resist this yummy peach dessert. Whole wheat flour and oatmeal in this recipe help keep the calories down and focus the flavor on […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: The Green Monster

Don’t judge this smoothie by its name–or its bright green hue. Seriously, it’s delicious! And I promise, you can’t taste the spinach. All you taste is banana. It’s cold and creamy and frothy good. I’ve made it my go-to drink after a workout. I usually stick to bananas in mine, but if you have other […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are my go-to snack. If I’m running late in the morning I grab one on the way out the door for breakfast. They’re also the perfect afternoon snack. And I always keep one in my purse so if I get hungry while I’m out I have something to munch on. I eat so […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Pasta Primavera Salad

I don’t always feel like cooking dinner in the summer. If we’re not grilling out, I’m all about making meals that are light and fresh and don’t involve turning on the oven for long periods of time. This pasta salad is perfect whether you have a load of veggies from your garden or the farmer’s […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

If I’m actually going to take time to cook, I like to make something that has plenty of leftovers. These enchiladas last me and my husband for several meals–and they only get better with time! My goal is to make them Sunday so we can eat them during the week. To make the enchiladas even […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan

Vegetarian dishes don’t have to be flavorless or full of mysterious veggies with weird textures (I still can’t make myself eat tofu). This eggplant parmesan is simple (only 4 main ingredients) and delicious. If you’ve never tried eggplant or don’t think you like it, think again. With the tomatoes, garlic, and cheese you can’t even […]

— Andrea Cooley