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Artichokes alla Romana

Artichokes alla Romana
Servings: 4 
Prep time: 30 mins; cooking time: 90 mins
Calories/serving: 140 calories,
 4g fat (1g Sat, 2g Mono)
20g carb, 6g protein







  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole wheat (whole meal)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 large artichokes
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup plus 2 to 4 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and olive oil and coat. Place the crumbs in a baking pan and bake about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, trim the stem flush with the base. Cut off the top third of the leaves and any remaining thorns ...

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Posted Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Recipes, Appetizers, Side Dish


The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner conjures up images of turkey, carbs, pies and second helpings!  This year we've picked our favorite healthy recipes to feature in  the Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving.  So check out this showcase of  the best appetizers, side dishes, desserts and more and let us know your favorites.







 Garlic Grilled Tomatoes                                             No-Cook Shrimp Dip

 Garlic Grilled Tomatoes                                         No-Cook Shrimp Dip                                                                                                                                       

                                                          Avocado-Feta DipHummus, Fresh and Homemade

Hummus, Fresh and Homemade                           Avocado-Feta Dip  


Spinach & Brie Topped Artichoke Hearts                                                         

Spinach & Brie Topped Artichoke Hearts                        Curried Butternut Squash Bisque



 Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs                                                            Cheesy Potato Casserole

Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs                             Easy Butternut Squash Risotto


Healthy Creamed Spinach Casserole                                                             Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes with Vanilla
Healthy Creamed Spinach Casserole                       Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes with Vanilla


Honey Balsamic Carrots                                                              
Honey Balsamic Carrots                                            Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes



Oven-Roasted Turkey

Oven Roasted Turkey



pumpkin coconut tart - activenow                                                             Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

Pumpkin Coconut Tart                                            Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie


Indulgent Coconut Cupcakes                                                             Super Green Raw Brownies

Skinny Key Lime Pie                                                Super Green Raw Brownies


Apple Squares                                                                  

Apple Squares                                                         Dark Chocolate Nut Bark



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Posted Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Guides, Holiday Happenings, Recipes, Appetizers, Dessert, Entrees, Side Dish


Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad
Servings: 5 (2 cups each),
Prep time: 20 mins; refrigeration time: 30 mins
Nutrition/serving: 306 calories,
7g fat (2g sat, 2g mono), 6g fiber
46g carbohydrates, 19g protein











  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion or dried chopped chives
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried tarragon or dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt or celery salt or 1/4 teaspoon of each
  • White pepper to taste


  • 3 cups cooked whole-wheat fusilli or similar pasta (about 6 ounces dry)
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets (about 1 1/2 large heads)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced ham (8 ounces), preferably reduced-sodium
  • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper (or a combination), diced ...

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Posted Monday, May 19, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Recipes, Appetizers


Baked Buffalo Wings

Baked Buffalo Wings
Servings: 9 (2 wings/ serving),
Prep time: 35 min; cooking time: 20-25 min
Nutrition/serving: 205 calories,
5g fat, 2g carbohydrates, 11g protein








  • 3 lbs (about 18) chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup + 5 tbsp Cyrstal Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper (add additional 1-2 tbsp for more heat)
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • sea salt and fresh pepper
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced into strips
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into strips
  • low fat blue cheese or Ranch dressing


  1. In a large bowl or large ziplock bag, combine chicken, 5 tbsp hot sauce, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, sea salt and pepper. Mix well and let marinate for 30 minutes (For extra flavor marinate overnight).
  2. Place wings on a broiler rack and broil on low, for about 10-12 minutes on each side. 
  3. While chicken cooks, heat 1/2 ...

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Posted Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Recipes, Appetizers, Entrees