Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgivukkah

If you celebrate Hanukkah, instead of overeating as you would on Thanksgiving, make your treat opening your gift and lighting the candle during this Hanukkah night.



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Apricot-Almond Cranberry Sauce

Why open a can of cranberry sauce when you can make your own so easily? And this one is really special. It's laced with the flavors of apricot and almond and is tart and delicious, as cranberries should be. (If you don't like it as tart, you can add a little extra sugar.)

Makes 9 servings (⅓ cup each serving) 

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 cups cranberries
⅓ cup fruit-only apricot spread
½ teaspoon almond extract

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

4 Lean and Luscious Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving is around the corner and there are always those greasy, high-fat dishes on the table that make you feel guilty. Don’t feel grief during your Thanksgiving meal! These four Lean & Luscious Thanksgiving Sides will be sure to be at hit on your family’s table. Only you’ll know that they are low-fat.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cranberry Salad Mold

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this colorful mold with its interesting texture provides a cool accompaniment to any dinner. Using fat free, sugar free gelatins greatly reduces the number of calories normally found in gelatin molds.

                                                                                    Makes 8 servings
2          cups cranberries
1          small, sweet apple, unpeeled, chopped
½         cup canned crushed pineapple (packed in juice), drained
            (Reserve 2 tablespoons of the juice.)
        cup sugar
2          3 ounce packages fat free, sugar free cranberry or strawberry gelatin
1          cup small ice cubes
½         cup finely chopped celery
1          teaspoon lemon extract
1          teaspoon orange extract

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

7 Hints for Tofu

Tofu. The name sounds strange, almost mysterious. Many of you have seen tofu in supermarkets or health food store, but are afraid to try it, because they don’t know what to do with it. Below are seven hints that will help you discover the wonderful versatility of tofu.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chili Meat Loaf

Chili powder and garlic add a wonderful zip to this easy dish. Serve it with a baked potato topped with plain Greek yogurt or fat free sour cream and salsa, add a tossed salad, and dinner is complete. The leftovers make great sandwiches.


Makes 6 servings
1 pound lean ground beef (10% fat)
3 slices whole wheat bread (1-ounce slices), crumbled
1 cup salsa (hot or mild)
1 egg white
2 tablespoons grated onion
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder (or more to taste)
½ teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Monday, November 11, 2013

I Love People Who Eat.

I love people who eat! Especially those who eat Lean & Lusciously.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

5 Tips for Healthier Soups

There’s nothing like a bowl of hot soup to warm your bones and cheer your feelings. Here are five tips to make healthier soups.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Garlic and White Bean Soup

Sounds exotic, doesn't it? No one will believe it only takes a few minutes to make this delectable soup. Keep canned beans on hand in the pantry and you'll be able to throw this together with only a moment's notice.

Makes 6 servings
(1 cup each serving)

2     1-pound cans white kidney beans (cannellini), rinsed and drained (Yields 2 cups—1¼ pounds—of cooked beans.)
3     cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (or 3 cups of water and 3 packets low-sodium instant chicken- or vegetable-flavored broth mix)
2     cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2     tablespoons dried parsley flakes
2     teaspoons dried basil
2     tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Monday, November 4, 2013