Easy Recipes for Healthy Living

Jul 06, 2009 No Comments by

When schedules become hectic, it’s easy to feel as if we simply don’t have time to eat well we turn to fast food or prepackaged foods instead–causing ourenergy levels and overall health to suffer. So how can you create healthy foods on the go?

Three Easy Recipes for Healthy Living

We’ve gathered together three easy recipes that are as nutritious as they are delicious. These nutrient-rich recipes take under 15 minutes each, making them the perfect choice for health-conscious, active individuals.

  • Red Pepper Finger Sandwiches
    These fast and tasty finger sandwiches are high in fiber and protein, and rich in Vitamins A and C. They make a great solo snack, or a wonderful addition to your next tea party or potluck.

    1. Place 1 cup of fat-free softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl.
    2. Add 1/4 cup of minced green onion and 2 minced garlic cloves to the bowl and stir.
    3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Whisk the cream cheese mixture until smooth.
    5. Spread the mixture on one slice of whole grain bread.
    6. Layer strips of roasted red bell pepper on top of the cream cheese.
    7. Place another piece of bread on top of the other to assemble the sandwich.
    8. Cut off the bread crusts and make two diagonal slices in the shape of an “X” for presentation.
  • Sumptuous Sauteed Sea Scallops
    Sea scallops are naturally great sources of protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. For individuals watching their cholesterol or weight, sea scallops make terrific low-fat entree choices, rich in Vitamin B12.

    1. Mix 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise with 2 tbsp. of minced celery in a bowl.
    2. Add 2 tsp. of minced, fresh cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.
    3. Stir the mixture until smooth.
    4. Coat a hot skillet with cooking spray and bring it to medium heat.
    5. Cover 1 1/2 lbs. of sea scallops with bread crumbs.
    6. Cook the scallops in the pan for 4 minutes on each side.
    7. Serve the scallops with the dipping sauce and lime wedges.
  • Asparagus Ribbons With Goat Cheese
    This delicious dish offers gorgeous presentation and exceptional dietary value. With natural antioxidants and high levels of folic acid, this veggie dish ispacked with plenty of Vitamin K.

    1. Trim the ends off 1 lb. of asparagus.
    2. Slice 1 1/2 cups of cherry tomatoes in half.
    3. Using a vegetable peeler, shave long strips of asparagus until you have 3 cups’ worth.
    4. Combine the asparagus ribbons and tomatoes in a large bowl.
    5. In a separate bowl, combine 2 tbsp. of freshly chopped chives, 2 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp. of Dijon mustard.
    6. Stir the mustard mixture, adding 1/4 tsp. of artificial sweetener and salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Whisk the mixture and let it sit for 30 minutes.
    8. Crumble 1/2 cup of low-fat goat cheese and toss it with the asparagus and tomatoes.
    9. Drizzle the mixture over the main dish and serve.

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