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A Cheesy, Creamy Tuna Melt Lightened Up

Tuna melts are usually laden with fat and calories thanks to the use of mayonnaise and butter.

My sandwich uses ingredients like onion, pickle, mustard, a really great muenster cheese, and some spicy arugula to boost flavor, without added fat and salt. Grilled, it comes out nice and crunchy on the outside, and cheesy, creamy on the inside.

Now I have a sandwich that weighs in at almost half the calories, fat and sodium.… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on February 18, 2010 at 7:02am — No Comments

Easy Heart Healthy Salmon and Asparagus in a Packet

I can't say I'm the most organized cook. I go through spurts of taking a few hours on a Sunday to plan my menus for the week, but that doesn't last long. This means that I'm depending on a stocked pantry, with lots of options in the freezer.

Last night I hit the jackpot with this salmon and asparagus recipe from Taste of Home. I had everything I needed to get this meal on the table in no time flat.

It really is a recipe worth trying.… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on February 10, 2010 at 6:57am — 1 Comment

10 healthy cooking tips for great flavor with less salt


I devoted last week’s post to salt, and to the fact that we consume, to our detriment, two-to-three times our recommended daily upper limit of salt. The bulk of this excess intake comes unnoticed and hidden in processed and restaurant (especially fast-food… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on February 8, 2010 at 5:03am — 2 Comments

Looking For Some Terrific Recipes?

If you eat light, then I bet you cook a lot at home. I guess it's obvious that I do, since I author a light cooking blog.

Of course this means I'm always on the hunt for something new to make. That's why I love my fellow bloggers.

These blogs offer some really terrific recipes, and I always find inspiration as I read through their stories, and get a glimpse into their lives.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! …


Added by Kristi Rimkus on February 6, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Chicken Breasts with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions

I loved this recipe from Cooking LIght Magazine. It was given to me by my husband's coworker. The chicken is stuffed with creamy goat cheese and caramelized onions. Served with an easy pan sauce, it really was delicious, and well worth the effort to make.

You can find the recipe here on Cooking Light's… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 29, 2010 at 6:41am — 2 Comments

Knock the Stuffing Out of Those Extra Pounds

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m fast approaching the big 50, and losing a few pounds has become increasingly difficult. Partly because I’m a foodie that loves to cook and loves to eat, and partly because my body has decided to jump ship when it comes to burning those extra calories.

When it comes to losing weight my favorite mantra is “calories in - calories out.” These days the calories in seem to be sticking no matter how hard I work at the calories out.

So, I’ve… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 24, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Tender Pork, Creamy Yukon Gold Potatoes and Mushrooms in an Earthy Wine Sauce

My husband loved this meal, and the whole dish was under 400 calories!

I love meals that come together in one skillet. This skillet contained creamy yukon gold potatoes, tender pork and mushrooms in an earthy herb sauce.

Be sure and use a wine you would drink when you’re making the sauce. Bad wine makes for a bad sauce!

Country Pork Skillet with… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 19, 2010 at 6:44am — No Comments

A Work Day Lunch of Crunchy Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Quinoa is a dieter’s dream. High in protein and fiber, it’s filling and satisfying. Even if you’re not dieting after the holidays, but like to eat light and healthy, quinoa should be on your shopping list.

It’s such a versatile grain that’s cheap and quick to cook. I add it to soups, use it as a side dish, and make a salads out of it. I’ll often make extra and freeze it for a quick meal. Convinced yet?

If not, try this… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 18, 2010 at 7:27am — 2 Comments

Tuna Salad Sandwiches Don't Have To Be Loaded With Fat

I find it very sad that people order tuna sandwiches at restaurants and fast food joints, thinking they're ordering something healthy. They have no idea that what they've ordered is laden with unhealthy fat and extra calories.

According to the, a typical tuna sandwich can have 290 calories, 6g of fat, and 2g of fiber.

My tuna sandwich uses tuna… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 16, 2010 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

A Delicious and Healthy Twist on Shepherd's Pie

Creamy sweet potato and curry add another dimension of flavor to this typical Shepherd's Pie.

The recipe for Curried Shepherd's Pie came from Good Housekeeping Magazine, and was well worth the effort to make. It was easy to freeze, and reheat, and the flavor was even better as a leftover meal.

Happy, healthy… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 15, 2010 at 6:51am — 4 Comments

Crunchy Panko Breaded Shrimp with Sour Cream and Chili Garlic Sauce

Our local restaurant makes this amazing shrimp appetizer that my husband and I just love. You might have heard of it. It’s called Bang Bang Shrimp. The shrimp is breaded, deep fried, and served with a spicy sauce. Yum!

The problem is deep fried isn’t on my list of ways to cook healthy shrimp, so I decided to simply adjust a few ingredients, then bake my shrimp instead of deep frying them.

Typically, I would use my own bread crumbs, but… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 6, 2010 at 7:07am — 8 Comments

Foododelmundo's Savory Wheat Crackers

Crackers and chips are my go-to, feel good, food. I can’t keep them in the house because I’ll eat the whole package by myself.

No matter how you look at it, crackers aren’t low in calories. The average serving of chips or crackers is typically 140 calories and over 7g of fat. Not only that, but they are usually loaded with preservatives and ingredients I can’t pronounce.…


Added by Kristi Rimkus on January 4, 2010 at 6:51am — 5 Comments

Green Beans With Roasted Walnuts and Sweet Cranberries

This recipe from Real Simple Magazine was a hit with the family this Christmas dinner. I don’t know if it was the pretty Christmas colors in the dish, or the combination of ingredients, but these beans provided a nice balance for heavier foods like the stuffing and mashed potatoes.

I bought tender young green beans from Costco, toasted the walnuts, and added sweet dried cranberries. Who wouldn’t like that?

Happy… Continue

Added by Kristi Rimkus on December 29, 2009 at 7:47am — 4 Comments

Back to school -- five easy tips to improve your kids’ health this school year

I can’t believe the summer vacation is over and kids will be going back to school this week. This summer went by way too fast!

I was happy to get a letter from my daughter’s elementary school announcing new snack policies—the school will not be giving out any more snacks, will not give food as incentives, prizes or rewards, and birthday celebrations at school will become "food free." Parents are being encouraged to send healthy snacks from home, including fresh fruit, cut-up… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on September 7, 2009 at 6:39am — No Comments

Is Home Cooking and Healthy Nutrition Hip for 2009?

It looks like it. Maybe the recession has some upside.

In Friday’s LATimes, they predicted that the top three expected consumer food and dining trends for this year will be:

1) Dieting out in lieu of good nutrition. And all I can say is that it’s about time. Quick fixes won’t be…


Added by Lisa Newton on December 22, 2008 at 4:53am — 4 Comments

To Salt or Not To Salt?

Photo Compliments of Bon Appetite

Those of you over here Stateside are well aware that turkey season is just about here (Thanksgiving is Thursday). I always associate turkey with Christmas but now since I’m over here I get a double dose with both holidays which for me equals lots of naps. By the time Santa comes I’ll have had turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, turkey stew, well you get the point.

There have been many articles about… Continue

Added by Gavan Murphy aka The Healthy Irishman on November 24, 2008 at 11:27am — 2 Comments

How much do your Calories Cost?

If you’re going to a fast food restaurant, it adds up very quickly.

Numbers released by the National Alliance for Nutrition and Physical Activity show spending $1.57 or more, to up-size a cheeseburger buys 600 more calories, 64¢ buys 330 more calories of French fries and 37¢ buys 450 more calories from a soft drink.…


Added by Lisa Newton on September 29, 2008 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Grill it, Baby!

As summer approaches, if you’re looking for a healthier way to cook your foods,

Photo courtesy of mache

Then, Grill it, Baby!

Grilling your food is one of the healthiest ways to cook. Unlike some stove top cooking and recipes, grilling is an extremely healthy alterative.…


Added by Lisa Newton on May 26, 2008 at 5:55am — No Comments

Nuke your Vegetables

Photo courtesy of Daquella manera

Did you know that microwaving your vegetables saves 90% of their Vitamin C?

Or that steaming or boiling vegetables causes them to lose 22% to 32% of their Vitamin C?

Based on…


Added by Lisa Newton on May 25, 2008 at 3:53am — 2 Comments

Iowa Avenue’s Thursday Thirteen

Photo courtesy of exfordy

Yesterday’s blog proved that preparing food at home reduces food’s carbon footprint making it environmentally friendly.

Another benefit is that home cooking, done correctly, is healthier…


Added by Lisa Newton on April 24, 2008 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

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