5 Healthy Veggie Dips

Vegetables are part of a well-balanced diet, but they’re not always a crowd favorite. Make healthy taste delicious with these guilt-free dips. You’ve heard it so many times that it’s practically drilled into your head: If you want to be healthy, you have to eat your veggies. From the green and leafy to the orange-and-red crunch, vegetables are packed with good stuff such as vitamins A and C, fiber, folate, and potassium. That said, they’re not everybody’s favorite, but slathering them in high-calorie sauces or tossing them in the fryer negates all nutritional benefits. If you’re looking for a way be healthy and please your taste buds, you’ve come to the right place. Whip up these five dips to get …


4 Creative Cauliflower Recipes to Try This Week

  When it comes to cruciferous veggies (think cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage), Brussels sprouts tend to get all the glory. But its oft-ignored cousin cauliflower is just as delicious — and even more versatile. In fact, when pulsed in a food processor, cauliflower makes a tasty, low-cal substitute for carbohydrates like rice and potatoes. As the following recipes show, the veggie can be transformed into anything from a calzone crust to an “everything bagel.” Plus, just one cup of cauliflower contains only 27 calories and provides more than half the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. It also offers a solid dose of protein, fiber, zinc, potassium, iron, and magnesium. What’s not to love? Try these five recipes that take cauliflower from boring …


Eggplant Parmesan Pizza

  Eggplant Parm is spun in to a pizza with grilled eggplant, marinara, fresh basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Ingredients 1 small eggplant (about 12 ounces) cornmeal, yellow, dry for dusting 3/4 cup(s) marinara sauce 2 tablespoon basil, fresh chopped 1 clove(s) garlic medium, minced 3/4 cup(s) cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano thinly shaved 3/4 cup(s) water plus 2 tablespoons (lukewarm 105-115 F) 1 package(s) active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon 1% milk 1 cup(s) flour, whole-wheat 1 cup(s) flour, bread or all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for dusting 2 tablespoon cornmeal, yellow, dry Instructions To Prepare Pizza: 1. Preheat grill to medium-high. (For charcoal grilling or an oven variation, see below.) 2. Cut eggplant into 1/2-inch thick rounds. …


5 Vegetables That Make Amazing Fries (Besides Potatoes)

  French fries are one of the ultimate comfort foods, and while there’s no denying how satisfying a salty serving of fried potatoes can be, enjoying a serving of fries doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. It’s easy to make healthier fries at home, and branching out from your usual spuds is a great way to up the nutritional value and slash calories while still enjoying the comfort food favorite. Steer clear of your local drive-through window and bake a big batch of one of these nutritious veggie French fries that everyone will flip for. 1. Roasted Carrot Fries Ingredients: 1 pound fresh carrots, cup into ½-inch sticks 2 teaspoons olive oil ½ teaspoon salt Directions: Place carrots in a …


7 Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes

So you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the pool… 1. Mac and Cheese With Bacon Ingredients: 3 cups elbow macaroni 4 strips bacon 3 tbsp butter 2½ cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 can cheddar cheese soup 1 cup milk salt and pepper Directions: Coat crock pot in non-stick spray Combine all ingredients in the crock pot and stir together Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stir every half hour to evenly distribute the cheese 2. Guinness Pulled Pork Try it piled into sliders or tacos, on top of salads, or on its own. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. crushed red pepper 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. …