Mesculn Strawberry Salad

from: Dannon Kitchen

1 cup Dannon® All Natural Plain Yogurt
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced fine (about 1/4 cup)
1 sprig mint, chopped (about 1 Tbsp.)
3 sprigs cilantro, chopped (about 2 Tbsp.)
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ancho chile powder
2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. kosher or sea salt
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. butter
1 lb skinless tilapia fillets (4 pieces), or farm-raised striped bass fillets with skin
4 sprigs cilantro, for garnish
4 wedges of lime

In a bowl, combine Dannon All Natural Plain Yogurt, cucumber, mint, cilantro and pepper. Chill sauce in refrigerator.

Combine pepper through minced garlic for the blackening mixture. Set aside.

Pat fish dry. Slather with Blackening Mixture.

Heat 1 Tbsp. butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or other nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until just melted. Sauté 2 pieces of fish, turning over once with a spatula, until golden and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes, and transfer to a plate. Sauté rest of fish in remaining butter, in same manner.

Serve each piece of fish with a dollop of yogurt sauce and a sprig of cilantro, with a lime wedge.

Offer remaining yogurt sauce in a bowl on the table.

Nutritional Info (1/4 recipe(
Calories: 290; Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 75 mg; Carbs: 27g; Protein: 27g; Calcium: 140mg;

from: ???

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
2 ears fresh corn, kernels shaved from the cob
1 orange bell pepper
1 fifteen-and-a-half-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 mango peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 hot red pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
Juice of 2 limes (about 5 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon coarse salt

Preheat oven to 450°. Brush baking sheet with oil. Spread corn on prepared baking sheet in an even layer; roast until kernels begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Place bell pepper on gas burner; roast until charred on all sides. Transfer to bowl; cover with plastic wrap. When cool, peel off charred skin with your fingers, and remove stem and seeds. Chop into 1/4-inch dice; place in large bowl.

Add corn, beans, the diced mango, hot red pepper, onion, lime juice, remaining oil, and the salt; toss to combine. Let rest at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

from: ????

1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch cayenne pepper
12 small flour tortillas
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the oil, chili powder, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Brush each tortilla with the oil mixture and stack on top of one another to lightly oil the backside.

Cut into wedges, and arrange in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle with salt. Bake until crisp and golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp., plus 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cup sugar
1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
4 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup orange juice

4 oz. unsalted butter at room temperature
8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese at room temperature
1 Tbsp. pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla (we use and recommend Nielsen-Massey)
5 cups sifted confectioners' sugar


Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin pans with liners or spray with baking spray. Sift together flour, spice, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin and eggs, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in oil and orange juice until batter is smooth.

Add the flour-spice mix to the pumpkin mixture and fold together until well incorporated. Do not overmix.

Bake 20-25 minutes.

Cream the butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat. Add 1 cup of sifted powdered sugar at a time and continue to beat frosting for about 5 minutes. Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.


2 1/3 cup pastry flour
1 cup dairy-free margarine or shortening (nut oil-free)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
2 egg equivalent of egg substitute of your choice
1 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
1 cup quick oats (uncooked)
1 cup old-fashioned oats (uncooked)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (dairy-free/nut-free)
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Combine flour, shortening, baking soda and baking powder in bowl. Mix well in an electric mixer at low speed. Mix in granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg substitute, and maple syrup. Add quick and old-fashioned oats, mixing until well incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and marshmallows with spoon.

Form dough into 2″ balls (a small ice-cream scoop works well for this). Place cookie-dough balls 2″ apart on parchment lined baking sheet, and flatten slightly.

Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until golden brown. Be careful not to overbake. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling rack.


no-stick cooking spray
12 eggs
12 slices Canadian bacon
6 English muffins, split
6 tablespoons butter, softened
bennie sauce (see recipe below)
snipped chives, for garnish
silicone muffin trays

Bennie Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Preheat oven to 375°. Put two 6-cup silicone muffin trays on a baking sheet, and coat well with no-stick cooking spray. Crack an egg into each muffin cup. Cover each egg with a slice of Canadian bacon.

Butter the English muffins and place them buttered-side down on top of the Canadian bacon. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Cover the muffin pan with a platter; flip over. Squeeze each of the muffin cups to release the eggs, then carefully remove. Top each egg with a spoonful of Bennie sauce. Sprinkle with chives.

from: Real Simple

1 medium red onion
1 bunch fresh cilantro
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1 1/2 pounds cod fillet
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips (from 3 cups chips)
2 oranges, peeled and thinly sliced into circles

Heat oven to 350. Finely chop enough onion to measure 3/4 cup and enough cilantro stems to measure 1 tablespoon (reserving the leaves).

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, cilantro stems, and jalapeño and cook until softened, 4 minutes.

Pulse the cod, egg, salt, pepper, and the onion mixture in a food processor until combined but not pureed. Form 8 cod cakes. Coat each cake with the chips.

Wipe out skillet. Heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil over medium heat. Add 4 cakes and cook until golden brown, 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet. Wipe out skillet and repeat with 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil and the last 4 cakes. Bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Thinly slice the remaining onion. Toss with the oranges, 1/2 cup of the cilantro leaves, and the remaining oil. Serve with the cakes.

Nutritional Info (1/4 recipe(
CALORIES 380(26% from fat); FAT 15g (sat 2.5g); SUGAR 9g; PROTEIN 34g; CHOLESTEROL 120mg; SODIUM 1,090mg; FIBER 4g; CARBOHYDRATE 27g

from: Real Simple

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 hamburger buns, toasted
1/2 cup grated Cheddar
1/2 cup sour cream

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper. Sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, and salt. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 12 minutes. Spoon onto the buns, sprinkle with the Cheddar, and top each sandwich with a dollop of the sour cream.

Nutritional Info (1/4 recipe(
CALORIES 556(47% from fat); FAT 29g (sat 13g); PROTEIN 37mg; CHOLESTEROL 126mg; CALCIUM 220mg; SODIUM 697mg; FIBER 4g; CARBOHYDRATE 35g; IRON 6mg

from: Real Simple

3 pounds Yukon gold or new potatoes, halved (if small) or cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (peel first, if desired)
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 6-ounce cod fillets, skin removed
Zest of 1⁄2 lemon, peeled into thin strips (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (optional)

Heat oven to 450. Place the potatoes in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Roast for 20 minutes. Stir and roast for 10 minutes more.

Meanwhile, rinse the cod fillets and pat them dry with paper towels. After the 30 minutes of roasting, move the potatoes to the sides of the pan and place the fillets in the center. Drizzle with the remaining oil and sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper. Redistribute the potatoes around the fillets. Roast until the fillets are the same color throughout and flake easily, about 10 minutes. Top with the lemon zest and chives (if using).

Nutritional Info (1/6 recipe(
CALORIES 803(63% from fat); FAT 56g (sat 14g); PROTEIN 54g; CHOLESTEROL 207mg; SODIUM 943mg; FIBER 3g; CARBOHYDRATE 19g

from: Real Simple

1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
2 cups store-bought red or green salsa
8 taco shells
1 cup (4 ounces) grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
8 sprigs fresh cilantro (optional)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 avocado, chopped
1 lime, quartered

Remove the meat from the chicken and shred. Heat the salsa in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and heat until warmed through. Fill the taco shells with the chicken mixture and top with the cheese and cilantro (if using). Serve with the sour cream, avocado, and lime wedges on the side.

Nutritional Info (2 tacos(
CALORIES 663.04(52% from fat); FAT 38.64g (sat 14.34g); PROTEIN 50.59mg; CHOLESTEROL 158.39mg; CALCIUM 340.15mg; SODIUM 1180.98mg; FIBER 7.43g; CARBOHYDRATE 30.58g; IRON 3.32mg

from: Real Simple

2 small zucchini, halved and cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch slices
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound pizza dough, thawed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 pound mushrooms (cremini or white), thinly sliced
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup freshly shaved or grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 450. In a bowl, toss the zucchini with 2 tablespoons of the oil and set aside.On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough in the shape of a rectangle, to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch, and transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet. Top the dough with the zucchini, overlapping slightly and leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Sprinkle with half the salt. Bake until the crust is a light golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, and remaining salt and cook until lightly golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
Cut the pizza and serve it topped with the mushrooms and onion, and Parmesan.

Nutritional Info (1/4 pizza(
CALORIES 431(0% from fat); FAT 16g (sat 2g); PROTEIN 14mg; CHOLESTEROL 4mg; CALCIUM 69mg; SODIUM 1128mg; FIBER 3g; CARBOHYDRATE 58g; IRON 3mg

from: Cooking Light May 2001

3 cups water
1 cup short-grain rice (such as Arborio)
4 whole cloves
1 (2-inch) piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup evaporated fat-free milk
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Place water and rice in a large saucepan. Place cloves, vanilla, and cinnamon on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely. Add to rice mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; cook 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed.
Stir in milks and raisins; cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in ginger, rind, and salt; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove cheesecloth with spices. Pour rice mixture into a bowl or individual bowls; cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Chill. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

Nutritional Info (1/2 cup(
CALORIES 286(3% from fat); FAT 1g (sat 0.7g,mono 0.1g,poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 7g; CHOLESTEROL 7mg; CALCIUM 184mg; SODIUM 95mg; FIBER 0.8g; IRON 1.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 61.9g

from: Cooking Light, November 2005

2 3/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
Cooking spray
2 ounces Spanish chorizo sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup uncooked Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups shredded cooked turkey breast (about 8 ounces)
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Combine broth and saffron in a small saucepan over low heat; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chorizo to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove chorizo from pan with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Add onion and pepper to pan; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add rice; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine and paprika; cook 1 minute or until liquid evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in broth mixture and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Gently stir in turkey, peas, and parsley; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Nutritional Info (1 1/2 cups(
CALORIES 297(30% from fat); FAT 9.8g (sat 3.3g,mono 4g,poly 1.6g); PROTEIN 25.5g; CHOLESTEROL 54mg; CALCIUM 61mg; SODIUM 746mg; FIBER 3.1g; IRON 2.6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 26.2g

from: Everyday Food

1 pound farfalle or other short pasta
1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Juice and finely grated zest of 2 lemons
1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, defrosted
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, plus more for serving

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water; return pasta to pot.

Meanwhile, season salmon with salt and pepper, and place in a medium skillet. Add 1/4 cup water and lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cover, and let steam for 10 minutes.

Add peas, and continue to steam, covered, until peas are tender and salmon is opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Slide entire contents of skillet onto pasta; add butter and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Toss carefully to combine, gently breaking salmon into large flakes. Add reserved pasta water as necessary to smooth sauce. Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional mint, if desired.

Nutritional Info (1/6 recipe(
563 calories; 17.5 grams fat; 34.9 grams protein; 64.3 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber

from: Everyday Food

Coarse salt
1 pound spaghetti
8 ounces snow peas, slivered lengthwise
1 red bell pepper, cut into long thin strips
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 garlic cloves
1 jalapeño pepper (seeds removed, if desired)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon Salt

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, combine pasta with snow peas and bell pepper.

In a blender, purée peanut butter, garlic, jalapeño, soy sauce, vinegar, 1/3 cup warm water, sesame oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour dressing over noodles and vegetables; toss to coat. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Nutritional Info (1/4 recipe(
731 calories; 25.8 grams fat; 26.1 grams protein; 103 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams fiber

from: Cooking Light

1/3 cup apple jelly
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick), skinned
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine apple jelly, chives, horseradish, vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring well with a whisk.

Sprinkle salmon with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add salmon, and cook 3 minutes. Turn salmon over; brush with half of apple mixture. Wrap handle of skillet with foil; bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Brush with remaining apple mixture.

Nutritional Info (1 fillet(
CALORIES 375(40% from fat); FAT 16.8g (sat 4.3g,mono 7.7g,poly 3.4g); PROTEIN 36.4g; CHOLESTEROL 90mg; CALCIUM 30mg; SODIUM 376mg; FIBER 0.1g; IRON 0.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 18.1g

from: Fitness Magazine June 2006

8 oz mesculn or spring salad mix
16 large strawberries, hulled and halved
3 T raspberry vinegar
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 t walnut oil
1 small shallot
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil (if desired)
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (about 2 oz)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in a dry skillet until golden brown

Place greens in a large bowl. In a blender, puree half the strawberries with the vinegar, oils and shallot for one minute on low speed or until smooth. Season with salt and freshly grownd black pepper. Drizzle salad with half of the dressing; toos well to coat. Arrange on a large platter. Slice remaining strawberries; sprinkle over salad with basil, crumbled goat cheese and walnuts. If desired, serve with the remaining vinegarette on the side.

Nutritional Info (1/6 recipe(
115 calories; 4g protein; 6g carbs; 9g fat; 3g saturated fat; 2g fiber