Craving a hearty dish to ward off the January blues? Rely on our Health-e-Recipe for Terrific Turkey Meatloaf for a tasty and healthy version of this favorite comfort food.
Onion and mushrooms sautéed in olive oil add cancer-preventive phytochemicals and fiber to ground turkey, a healthier choice of animal protein than ground beef (especially the leanest 7% fat kind). Worcester sauce and thyme season the meat, then egg and breadcrumbs create the perfect texture. Tomato paste and ketchup add lycopene, a phytochemical that research shows may help to prevent prostate cancer.
For only 238 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving, you get a substantial 30 grams of protein. This yummy entrée goes beautifully with mashed sweet potatoes and a steamed leafy garlicky greens. Round out your plate (and fit the New American Plate model) with a whole-grain roll, and you’ll be ready for whatever winter weather challenges that come your way!
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The secret is in the seasoning. Our marinade combines chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper and finely ground coffee. Like the unsweetened chocolate in Mexican mole sauce, the coffee gives an earthy, roasted taste to the turkey filling.
Like other leafy greens, baby spinach contains lutein, a plant compound that may protect cells and ward off eye disease. It’s a healthier alternative to iceberg lettuce. The red bell pepper contrasts in taste and color, adding vitamin C and natural sweetness. Red onion gives this dish a spicy flair along with more protective phytochemicals.
Whole-wheat tortillas warmed up first add cancer-fighting fiber to this dish. Whole grains are more filling than enriched white flour and are digested more slowly so that your blood sugar is maintained at a healthy level until your next meal.
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Quinoa is a whole grain that looks like tiny curlicues. It’s rich in fiber (5 grams per cup, cooked) and unusually high in protein (8 grams per cup). This recipe tells you how to bring out quinoa’s toasty flavor, then combine it with apple chunks and bright red sweet-tart pomegranate seeds. Both contain plant compounds that may help protect against cancer.
Tossing fresh green cilantro, mint, parsley and scallions into this salad gives it a Mediterranean character along with more cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Orange and lemon juice top off the tangy taste of this unusual dish.
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