Zoodles with Spicy Grilled Tomato Sauce

21 Mar

Zoodles with Spicy Grilled Tomato Sauce

Recipes makes one serving.

One serving counts as:
3 Vegetables

Ingredients:
1 cup Zucchini, spiralized or shaved into ribbons
2 small Tomatoes, halved
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. dried Oregano
1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tbsp. fresh Basil, chopped

Preparation:
Combine tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Heat a grill pan (or sauce pan) over medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add tomatoes, flesh-side down. After a few minutes, flip and turn heat to low. Cook low and slow until tomatoes start to burst and soften. Once they are very soft, turn off heat and let cool. Transfer tomatoes to a blender or food processor and add fresh basil. Pulse until desired consistency. Pour sauce over fresh zucchini and serve.

Recipe and Photo by Sarah in Canton.

Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake

19 Mar

Did you know that this week is ‘American Chocolate Week’?  What better way to celebrate than with MWLC’s Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake!

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Servings:
1 Dairy
1 Fruit
1 Nutritional Supplement

Ingredients:
8 oz. 1% Low-Fat Milk
1 serving fresh, or frozen, Raspberries
2 drops Banana Extract
1 MWLC Chocolate Pudding Shake Nutritional Supplement
3 Ice Cubes

Preparation:
Pour the 8 oz. serving of 1% milk into a blender. Next, add the Chocolate Shake Supplement, one serving of fresh or frozen raspberries, and 3 ice cubes into the blender. Blend until smooth. Add 2 drops of banana extract into the shake mixture and blend all ingredients for a few more seconds. Top with a mint leaf and enjoy while it is fresh.

Sloppy Joe’s

18 Mar

It’s National Sloppy Joe Day!  This vegetarian version is healthy and easy to prepare.  Prefer Turkey Joe’s?  No problem!

Sloppy Joe’s

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Servings:
2 Vegetables
1 Starch
1 Nutritional Supplement

Ingredients:
1 Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Nutritional Supplement
1 serving Onion, cooked
1 serving Green Pepper, cooked
1 Diet Bun

Preparation:
Prepare Sloppy Joe Nutritional Supplement and add vegetables. Serve on Diet Bun.

Chicken Florentine

16 Mar

Looking for a noodle recipe to celebrate ‘National Noodle Month’ in March?  Check out our Chicken Florentine recipe!

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Servings:
1 Protein
1 Starch
3 Vegetables

Ingredients:
1 portion boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)
1 Tbsp. dried Italian Seasoning
1 serving Soba Noodles
1 small Tomato (chopped)
1/4 Onion (medium sized, chopped)
1/2 cup Zucchini (chopped)
1 Garlic Clove (sliced)
3 cups Water
1 cup fresh Spinach
Unflavored Cooking Spray

Preparation:
Heat a stockpot over medium high heat, spray bottom of pot with unflavored cooking spray. Season the chicken with Italian seasoning, and add to the pot. Cook for about 5 minutes, until chicken is browned on all sides. Remove chicken from the pot. Add tomato, onion, zucchini, garlic, water, and soba noodles to the same pot. Bring to a boil; stir and turn soba noodles frequently with tongs for about 3-5 minutes. Return chicken to the pot and stir in with other ingredients, add spinach just before serving.

Walking: Lose Weight and Improve Your Health

15 Mar

It’s easy!  One of the safest exercises you can do, walking often doesn’t require special skills or training like a sport or gym workout might. It doesn’t require prior training or conditioning and doesn’t involve a great deal of physical exertion in the beginning.  Studies have even shown that due to the design of our body, walking is more natural than sitting, standing or running, and walking is not as stressful to the body as other exercises.

Want to get started?  A good pair of walking shoes, comfortable clothing, a pedometer, and you’re all set!  Don’t forget a bottle of water to stay hydrated!

When Hippocrates said that “walking is man’s best medicine”, he didn’t realize that thousands of years later, new benefits of walking would be discovered daily.  What are some health benefits of walking?

  1. Burns almost as many calories as jogging
  2. Eases back pains
  3. Slims your waist
  4. Lowers blood pressure
  5. Reduces levels of bad cholesterol
  6. Reduces heart attack risk
  7. Enhances stamina & energy
  8. Lessens anxiety & tension
  9. Improves muscle tone
  10. Easy on your joints
  11. Reduces appetite
  12. Increases aerobic capacity
  13. Can be done in short bouts
  14. Slows down osteoporosis bone loss
  15. Can be done when you’re traveling

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National Nutrition Month: Shop Locally

14 Mar

Throughout ‘National Nutrition Month’ in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by choosing foods that are healthy for your body and environment.  Shopping locally at Farmer’s Markets is one way to “Go Further with Food”.

Food purchased at local farmers markets often is more affordable and tastes better than at commercial grocery stores because it is locally grown and naturally ripened.  When you shop at farmers markets, you are cutting out the middleman (the grocer store) and paying the farmer directly.  You will be buying produce in season and in its freshest form.  This is a great way to get fresh produce at a lower cost.  Buying locally grown food also helps conserve natural resources and has a minimal effect on the environment.  Some farmers markets are even open year-round!

Try talking to the local farmers at the market about fruits and vegetables.  They will often share how the food is grown, what it tastes like, and they can help give ideas of different recipes to prepare with the food.

Plan ahead when you shop locally.  Bring a shopping list and purchase foods you know how to prepare.  You can buy certain product (like blueberries) in bulk and freeze it for when the produce is not in season.

Soba Noodle and Vegetable Bowl

13 Mar

Soba Noodle and Vegetable Bowl

Recipe makes 1 serving.

Servings:
1 Starch
1 Fiber
3 Vegetables

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Soba Noodles, cooked, drained, and rinsed
1/4 medium Red Onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Cremini and/or Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
1 cup Chopped Broccoli Florets
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1-inch piece of Ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 of a Serrano Pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp. Chinese 5-Spice Powder
2 cups Hot Water
1 Chicken Bouillon Fiber Fulfill
1/2 cup Baby Spinach, chopped
Cilantro, optional garnish

Preparation:
Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Measure 1/2 cup noodles. Drain and rinse. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add red onion, mushrooms, and broccoli and sauté for two minutes. Add ginger, garlic, serrano pepper, and Chinese 5 Spice powder and cook for two minutes. Add hot water to a bowl and whisk in Chicken Bouillon Fiber Fulfill until dissolved. Add mixture to saucepan and bring to a boil. Add spinach, cover, and simmer on low for 10-15 minutes until veggies are tender. Garnish with cilantro if desired.

Recipe and Photo by Sarah in Canton.