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Broccoli and Chickpea Pasta Salad

Posted March 21st, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

Need a quick meatless meal? With just a few ingredients you can make this tasty, healthy pasta salad!

12 oz. of pasta – penne, ditalini, rotini, bowtie, etc.
Broccoli, fresh or frozen, cut into florets
15 oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 tbls. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of two lemons, about 1/4 cup
20 baby tomatoes, sliced into halves
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Boil a large pot of salted water to a boil. If using fresh broccoli, add it to the water first. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pot with a spoon and place into a separate bowl. Add the pasta into the pot and cook according to package directions.
2. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add in garlic and crushed red pepper, if desired. Saute for 1-2 minutes. If you are using frozen broccoli, follow package directions, making sure not to over cook. Add broccoli and chickpeas, salt to taste. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
3. Drain pasta and return it to the pot. Add in the chickpea and broccoli mixture, tomatoes, and lemon juice and combine.
4. Spoon the pasta salad into bowls and top with shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.

This pasta salad is light and fresh, thanks to minimal ingredients and the tart flavor of the lemon juice. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. This is a tasty meal served warm or cold – warm it up for a quick lunch or serve it cold on a hot summer night!

Tilapia Corn Chowder

Posted February 24th, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

Here’s a healthy, delicious fish chowder for those observing Lent or just for those of you who enjoy tasty soups!

1 teaspoon canola oil
2 stalk celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
2 tbls. fresh parsley, minced or 1 tbls. dried parsley
2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, diced into half-inch pieces
2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons lemon juice
4 cups of chicken broth, 2 cans
Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Add oil to your stock pot and heat to medium-high. Add celery, carrots, pepper, onion, salt and black pepper and cook until the vegetables just begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook another 3 minutes.
2. Add broth, potatoes, and corn. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cook until the potatoes are just tender and the corn is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
3. Stir in tilapia and parsley; return to a gentle simmer. Cook until the tilapia is cooked through, about 4-6 minutes more. Remove from the heat.
4. Stir in half-and-half and lemon juice. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

Tip:For more flavor try adding cooked, chopped turkey bacon or using herb-infused broths.

Healthy After-Party Breakfast

Posted January 1st, 2012 by Salina with No Comments

If you didn’t see our suggestion on Facebook for a “Mocktail” or chose to party it up anyway you might be ringing in the New Year With a hangover. So if your head is pounding and your stomach feels less then settled fight the urge to skip breakfast and try this recipe from Whole Living Magazine (Dec. 2010) that might just help you feel like yourself again.

Oatmeal with Blueberries, Walnuts, and Bananas

Serves 1
Per Serving: 544 Calories; 2g saturated fat; 12g unsaturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 91g carb; 87mg sodium; 14g protein

1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch kosher salt
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 banana, sliced
2 tablespoons toasted walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.
Add oats, cinnamon, and salt.
Reduce to a steady simmer and cook,
stirring occasionally, until oats are
tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in
frozen blueberries. Top with banana,
walnuts, maple syrup, and skim milk,
if desired.

According to the article the omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts will help reduce inflammation and the blueberries are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. Potassium rich bananas can help balance electrolytes that are lost from dehydration.

Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties and, according to, adding it to high carb foods may reduce the impact the carbs have on your blood sugar levels. Adding maple syrup rather than refined table sugar will also help keep your blood sugar in check.

Make sure that throughout the day you drink plenty of water. Staying active can also help shake the horrible hangover feeling, so get out of bed and do something.