Posts Categorized: Nutrition

Tempeh Gives a Twist to a Classic Dish

Piccata dinners are tangy and satisfying, but traditional recipes can contain a lot of fat (often a stick or more of artery-clogging butter). Tempeh Piccata with Seasoned Vegetables puts a healthy spin on this comfort-food classic. It uses a sensible amount of oil and tempeh as the foundation, but doesn’t sacrifice taste. The Academy of… Read more »

Quinoa, Pear and More:
Enjoy Warm Middle-Eastern Salad

If you like a variety of textures when you dine, Warm Middle-Eastern Salad is right up your alley. It features a chickpea patty with crunchy pistachios, complemented by quinoa, poached pear slices and greens with lemon vinaigrette. Commonly believed to be a grain, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is actually a seed. Quinoa is a complete protein… posted in: Nutrition tags:


Kids’ Cereal:
“Nutritious Breakfast”–or Dessert in Disguise?

Food manufacturers pledged to improve nutritional value of kids’ cereal and reduce ad spending through the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. Introduced several years ago, the initiative is a self-regulation program among large food and drink companies. It prompted them to reformulate many children‘s cereals to contain fewer than 12 grams of sugar per… posted in: Children's Health, Nutrition tags:


Vegan Stir-Fry Puts a Rainbow on Your Plate

A recipe with fruit and vegetables in a variety of colors not only makes a visually appealing dish, but also ensures a plateful of many important nutrients, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation. What’s more, getting most of your nutrition from plant sources helps to achieve and maintain healthy weight and reduces the… Read more »

A Vegetarian Curry Your Tastebuds and Wallet Will Love

This vegetarian curry recipe features chickpeas and sweet potatoes. That means the entree delivers a lot of good-for-you flavor at a very affordable price. Like other beans and legumes, chickpeas are a cost-effective protein source, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Also called garbanzo beans, chickpeas are high in folate and provide potassium… Read more »

Earth Day Comes to the Table

Many of us know what food is best for our health, but how about what food is best for of our planet, too? For Earth Day this year, let’s consider the big picture for buying and eating food. Easy eco-friendly habits include bringing reusable totes to the grocery store, using “real” coffee mugs and water… Read more »

Vegetarian Sushi–
No Phone Needed!

There’s no need to make a restaurant reservation for this sushi. Most of the ingredients for this Meatless Monday vegetarian sushi recipe are probably in your pantry already. Anything else may you need is easy to find at a regular supermarket. Find seitan in the refrigerated “health food” section. Seitan is made from wheat gluten,… posted in: Nutrition tags:


Healthy Chili over Couscous

Chili is a flexible dish with many permutations. Cayenne-Sprinkled Israeli Chili over Couscous is a healthy rethinking of the classic entree that could easily become a staple for your family. Created by Plainview Hospital’s Chef Xavier Haynes and Chef Otis Branch with Victoria Ott, RD, it debuted at North Shore-LIJ’s 2014 Ultimate Chef Challenge. Serving… Read more »

Pan-Seared Tofu with Ratatouille

This Meatless Monday, East meets West: Pan-Seared Tofu with Vegetable Ratatouille pairs traditional French stewed vegetables with tofu, a soy-based staple of many East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Southside Hospital chefs Mo Saleh and Chef Tony Meloni created this low-calorie entree with Samantha Zito, RD for North Shore-LIJ’s 2014 Ultimate Chef Challenge. Ratatouille incorporates… Read more »

Nutrition Facts Label to Get a Makeover

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts Label that appear on packaged food and beverages. It would be the first overhaul to those black-and-white boxes since the FDA introduced them more than 20 years ago. The changes would incorporate newer nutritional data while helping consumers make informed decisions…. Read more »