Unfortunately, many comfort foods are high in fat and calories and low in vitamins. Traditional macaroni and cheese recipes often exceed 700 calories for a modest portion and more than 40 grams of fat. You can enjoy this recipe for macaroni and cheese without the guilt and with added nutrition from spinach and whole wheat macaroni!
This recipe is so simple and so good! Say goodbye to dry, boring pork chops. These pork chops are moist and full of flavor, and it’s a great recipe for those leftover apples from the fall harvest! It’s a quick skillet dish that pairs well with any green vegetable and low fat mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.
If you looking for a protein-packed, high fiber, nutrient-rich and low fat dinner option with minimal prep time, there is nothing better on a fall evening than a hearty soup! This “copycat” version of Carrabba’s minestrone soup fits the bill. It’s high in vitamins C and A. It’s also a versatile recipe that lends itself well to adding whatever vegetables you have in the fridge!
Acorn squash is an easy to prepare, low-calorie, nutrient packed addition to any meal. Acorn squash provides vitamin B6, complex carbohydrates, potassium, magnesium, folate, thiamine and dietary fiber. When shopping for the right acorn squash, pick one that is that is heavy for its size with smooth, dull skin and no soft spots. A good balance between green and orange coloring is ideal. Fun fact: squash is considered a fruit, not a vegetable.
Pumpkin is a fall favorite! It’s loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A for eye health. Current research indicates that diets rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protect against heart disease.
1/5 of an avocado (1 oz. serving) has 50 calories, 4.5 gm fat and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Although avocados have more fat than any other fruit, they are heart-healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats that may help reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease risk when consumed in moderation.
Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and can easily be added to salads, cereal, rice dishes or yogurt. Chia seeds are an excellent fiber source, heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and a good source of protein.