Bucatini with Mushrooms

A delicious and earthy Meatless Monday entree. Serve with a fresh garden salad for a complete and filling meal. Truffle oil, while pricey, is very versatile in many dishes including drizzled in mashed potatoes or in a homemade salad dressing. 


1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/2 ounce)
2/3 cup boiling water
8 ounces uncooked bucatini (or fettuccine or spaghetti)
3 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
2 (4-ounce) packages exotic mushroom blend, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon truffle oil
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Hasselback Apples

A healthier dessert alternative option to showcase at Thanksgiving or other holiday meals! Choose firm apples with a sweet & tart flavor such as pink lady or honeycrisp. Get all the flavors of apple pie without a load of calories and fat.

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2 large firm apples, peeled, cored, & halved vertically
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4 Tbsp brown sugar, divided
2 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted & divided
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
2 Tbsp old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups low fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash got its name from the angel hair pasta-like strands that form naturally after the squash has cooked. While it does not taste or have the same texture as regular pasta, it is a great low-carb substitute for refined white pasta.. or even an interesting vegetable side dish! Spaghetti squash has so many unique uses, but first you have to properly cook the squash! Here’s how…


1 medium spaghetti squash (2-3 pounds)
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15 Way to Increase Your Intake of Whole Grains

September is “National Whole Grain Month”! Here are some tips to increase your intake of whole grains.. try something new this month! Remember.. aim for making at least half of your grain intake a whole grain option.


  • Try multiple loaves of whole-grain bread to find a new favorite. Remember to look for whole wheat or whole grain listed first on the nutrition facts ingredients list.
  • Serve brown rice instead of white rice.
  • Swap potatoes for a whole grain side – quinoa, bulgur, or wheat berries.
  • Look for the whole grain stamp on the front of packaged food items.
  • Try a new breakfast cereal with at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving.
  • Serve whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta. Or do half-and-half for a whole grain rich pasta night.
  • Buy grain you have never tried – Look in the bulk bins at the store.
  • Cook a pot of steel-cut oatmeal on the weekend to eat for breakfast during the week. After cooking, store in individual containers in the fridge for an easy whole grain meal.
  • Make pizza night whole grain rich with a whole-wheat crust.
  • Bake cookies with whole-wheat flour instead of white.
  • Serve burgers or hot dogs on whole-wheat buns.
  • Try a new recipe. Visit wholegrainscouncil.org for recipes.
  • Use whole corn meal when baking corn bread or muffins.
  • Add cooked whole grains like wheat, rye berries, brown rice, sorghum, or barley to canned soup.
  • Add ½ cup uncooked oats for each pound of ground beef or turkey when making meatballs, burgers, or meatloaf.

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St. Louis Style BBQ Pork Steaks

I know I will be grilling up some delicious food this Labor Day weekend, and these pork steaks are one of my specialties! In no way is this one of the healthiest items you can grill, but it sure is delicious! Serve with grilled corn, grilled asparagus, or assorted grilled skewered veggies! I can smell the BBQ smoke already.. 


4-6 pork steaks
Chicago steak seasoning (or any seasoning blend to your liking)
BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
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Black Bean & Chicken Chilaquiles

A healthier baked version of the traditional mexican breakfast! This simple dish can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Experiment with different types of salsa, and top with a variety of toppings such as diced avocado, tomato wedges, cilantro, or even an egg! Leftovers can be reheated easily by drizzling some water over the top before microwaving. 


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1 cup thinly sliced onion
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup bottled salsa (or for a more traditional dish, use salsa de chile fresco)
15 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch strips
1 cup shredded mexican blend cheese Continue reading

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Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

This low-carb pizza is made with a cauliflower crust! Reduce the calories without sacrificing flavor. Feel free to top the pizza with your favorite vegetables – the more variety of vegetables the better! 

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1 cauliflower head, roughly chopped (about 3 lbs)
cooking spray
2 tsp olive oil, divided
1/2 cup crimini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil, divided
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp salt, or to taste
3 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
2 large egg whites
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced seeded tomatoes
2/3 cup fresh baby spinach Continue reading

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