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Red Beans and Rice with Shrimp and Sausage Will Jazz Up Weeknight Dinners

Now that the weather is turning cooler, I can’t stop thinking about big hearty dinners. You know, the kind that feel like they stick to your bones and make you feel satisfied from head to toe. I’m talking big pots of stew and chili – my favorite winter foods.

This year, I decided to kick off fall with something just as bold, but a little more fun. Why shouldn’t red beans and rice be part of this list of robust meals? It’s as big and bad as they are, and maybe even more delicious.


I, as usual, make a few adjustments to a traditional recipe to boost the nutrition, save the calories, and let myself enjoy a piping-hot bowl guilt free.

Cooking from scratch is a thrill for me; I don’t mind the extra steps. So I start with dry kidney beans and soak them overnight. I’m old school like that.
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The Secret of the Thai Chicken Noodle Bowl: Eating Well is Easier than You Think

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, CSSD, the lead food and nutrition expert for Retrofit.

People always ask me how to start eating better and I say just start right where you are. Don’t wait another minute, start making choices that are improved over yesterday or even this morning. Making healthy choices doesn’t take more time than unhealthy ones, and eating well can be palate-pleasing to even the pickiest of taste-buds. I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes as an example…

The recipe below is 15 minutes start to finish – so it’s perfect for even your busiest days. I used pre-cut, rinsed, fresh veggies to get the nutrition in without the time, swapped out regular pasta for whole grain pasta, and used high-flavor, low-calorie foods (in this case lime, garlic and onion) to pump up the taste without adding fat.

Simple changes can add up to a great plate, enjoy!

Thai Chicken Noodle Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces uncooked whole grain fettuccini
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced
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The Titanic’s Final Meal Recreated for 100th Anniversary

Much of the world has been involved in stories of the Titanic this recently. The infamous “unsinkable” ship set sail 100 years ago this week. The historic ship never made it across the Atlantic to New York as it hit an iceberg in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912 and sank just a few hours later. The Titanic was known for its vast size and its elegance, and no other ship could compare. Among the Titanic’s incomparable traits were the decadent meals served to the passengers. Even the third class passengers were served up to four meals a day.

In honor of the 100th anniversary, a hotel in Hong Kong has decided to recreate the Titanic’s last meal. The Titanic served dinner for the final time on April 13, 1912. This Saturday, eight diners will pay $1,930 each to take part in a recreation of that 10-course meal.

The Hullett House hotel and executive chef Philippe Orrico have gone to great lengths to research and plan for this anniversary meal. For starters they had to first research what was served on April 13, 1912. A first class survivor of the wreck had saved one of the menus from that night’s meal, making it possible for all to know what was served.

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Chipotle-Spiced Pork Recipe Inspires a Creative Halloween Dinner Menu

By Alison Lewis with IngredientsInc.net

Since the kids start talking about which Halloween costume they are going to wear three months ahead of time, it seems like there would be plenty of time to come up with a creative Halloween dinner menu. It’s so fun to have friends over or host a neighborhood get-together on Halloween night. It’s something you and the kids will remember, and it starts the night off on the right foot.

Halloween doesn’t have to be one of those holidays where you get off track with all of the sweets and candy. Look to fall produce such as pumpkin, butternut squash, cranberries and fresh vegetables for wonderful healthy, fresh recipes. Start with this simple Chipotle-Spiced Pork recipe. It’s easy, fast (only 10 minutes), low fat and high in protein. It makes a great entrée for Halloween night with its spicy orange color.

Chipotle-Spiced Pork

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced pork loin chops
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

1. Season pork evenly with chipotle seasoning, lemon pepper and salt. Sauté pork in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet and cook over medium-high heat 2 to 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
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Creating a Healthy Dinner in 10 Minutes or Less

I try, as much as I can, to have dinner plans made well in advance of the evening hustle. It’s my goal to, at the very minimum, know what I’m making for the evening meal, and many times if I have time I will prepare the dinner in the afternoon. Last Tuesday, life had a very funny way of getting ahead of me and I found myself at 5:15pm scrambling for something to feed my family.

We’d left an afternoon workout and were headed home, and I knew that we had just about 45 minutes before we needed to leave the house for a different class. Everything that could have created a meal was still frozen, and there was precious little in the way of fresh produce. I did not want to stop at a fast food restaurant, didn’t want to resort to sandwiches or breakfast for dinner, and so I stopped at a grocery store. Walking around, I spotted the traditional last minute dinner choice – a rotisserie chicken – but I wanted something new and different. Happily, there were many choices available and we grabbed a fast and nutritious dinner that gave us energy to complete the evening.


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