Favorite Healthy Recipes From 'The Recipe Doctor'
Elaine Magee presents her picks for best lightened-up appetizer, main dish, salad, breakfast, and dessert recipes.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Some people are passionate about sports, or gardening, or the latest best-selling novels. But those honorable interests just don't float my boat. Instead, I'm positively passionate about doing recipe makeovers. There's little that's more exciting to me than the challenge of taking favorite recipes and creating new, healthier recipes that are just as great-tasting.
I enjoy comparing nutrition information for the "before" and "after" versions of the recipe and calculating how many calories, grams of fat and saturated fat I've saved and how many grams of fiber I've added. But the biggest thrill comes when people who have tried a recipe tell me that their family loved it. That's the ultimate reward.
While it's always fun to create healthy recipes, I have a few that I have to say are among my all-time favorites. Try them, and maybe they'll become your favorites, too.
Best Healthy Appetizer Recipe
Here is one of my favorite appetizer recipes. It's always popular at parties (even kids love it). I also like how you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve it.
Light 7-Layer Dip
Keep it light by serving with reduced-fat tortilla chips (homemade or store-bought) or reduced-fat crackers. Use 1/2 cup store-bought guacamole or make homemade by blending the following together in a small food processor:
Yield: 16 appetizer servings
Nutritional Information: Per serving (dip only): 85 calories, 5.2 g protein, 6.4 g carbohydrate, 4.4 g fat (1.9 g saturated fat, 1.9 g monounsaturated, 0.3 g polyunsaturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 0.7 g fiber, 258 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 46%.
Best Healthy Breakfast or Brunch Recipe
I find myself pulling out this recipe and making it again and again, especially if I've got company coming for brunch! It's a wonderful cross between the delightful dessert, creme brulee, and the favorite brunch dish, French toast.
You can assemble it the night before and then in the morning, just bake it and serve.
Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast