Just because greasy bread, gooey cheese and heavy mayo are no longer your thing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a classic tuna melt! Ditch the diner version for this healthier alternative, made with sustainably caught, low-mercury tuna, Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and vegan cheese, all piled atop whole grain bread and broiled ‘til golden brown and bubbly.
Brie is a mild, slightly sweet cheese that pairs particularly well with pears. Layer thin slices of each on crusty, whole grain bread for a sensational gourmet-style sandwich simple enough for anyone to make. A creative condiment takes the place of typical toppings, adding the perfect flavor contrast (and keeping the calorie count down!).
There’s a popular commercial with the slogan “Every Body Needs Milk.” We have a different version when it comes to your health, particularly for women: Every Body Needs Calcium. However, your choices for that mineral range from dairy (yup, as in milk and a cookie!) to certain greens to supplements to calcium-enriched soy milk.
The word quesadilla translates to “cheesy little thing”—but not all recipes require heavy amounts of the gooey, melted stuff. In this version, black beans are mashed and combined with corn kernels, tomato salsa, herbs and a little cheddar then grilled, not fried, to crispy perfection.
Go for goat cheese if you want a lighter, healthier alternative to feta or ricotta in a pasta dish. In this meatless, gluten-free Goat Cheese and Garlic Penne, its sweet-tangy creaminess complements the rich flavor of fresh garlic and basil, while a sprinkling of pine nuts adds subtle crunch.
The gift of a good meal is always appreciated! Taking time to prepare a healthy dish for someone—whether it’s a busy mom, your elderly neighbor or a friend you haven’t seen in awhile—is a thoughtful gesture that will be remembered. Send it in a casserole dish the recipient can keep, along with the recipe, for an added special touch.
This recipe for Bean and Cheese Tortilla Casserole is perfect for gift-giving. It freezes well, can be easily increased to feed more people and may be adjusted to include meat for non-vegetarians.
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