Don't expect conventional nutrients from mushrooms, but they have hidden anti-cancer activity and may stimulate immune function, research finds. Add red pepper's vitamin C, olive oil's good fat, and the antioxidants in basil and garlic for a very healthful salad.
This delicious stock has a depth of flavor that comes from roasting the vegetables. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand, but avoid anything too strongly flavored, such as broccoli or cabbage, as they will overwhelm the stock.
Tiny ovals of orzo pasta, toasted golden brown in butter, is cooked in bouillon with long-grain rice to make an easy and versatile side dish. Try tossing with chopped parsley and a grating of Parmesan cheese before serving.
Fresh, creamy ricotta cheese is easy to make at home from ingredients you can find in any grocery store. Use it in pastas, as a spread, or in any recipe that calls for ricotta. It's also a great breakfast treat with fresh fruit.
Pears bake up beautifully, especially when sugared and spiced as they are in this yummy pie that 's made just like an apple pie. The pear slices are tossed in sugar, a bit of flour, cinnamon and ginger. The luscious pears are then piled into a pastry crust, sprinkled with lemon juice and topped with a second crust.
By using low-fat cheeses, no-fat-added refried beans, and increasing the amount of peppers, this is a healthier version of everyone's favorite seven layer dip. Bring this to parties as a treat for friends.