If you and your family love apple pie on Thanksgiving, try a healthy new spin on this holiday favorite with our Health-e-Recipe for Square Apple Pie.
The pieces may be square, but we’ve cut corners on calories by using less high-fat pastry and sugar. Instead, our recipe is a lighter treat that’s perfect for following a heavy meal and it’s loaded with fresh apples.
All apples provide cancer-preventive flavonoid phytochemicals and fiber, especially when you leave the peel on. They also contain the antioxidant vitamin C and pectin, a substance that may help lower cholesterol. The best apples for baking are tarts ones like green Granny Smith, Fuji, Cortland, Northern Spy or Winesap.
If you’re inclined to add whipped or ice cream to your pie, why not serve a sugarless, fat-free version or a dollop of low-fat vanilla yogurt, frozen or not.
The curly leaves of kale can be much more than a garnish on holiday plates. If you’re confounded by how to prepare kale, you can reap its cancer-fighting benefits in our Health-e-Recipe for Pasta Shells with Garlicky Kale.
Chopped, one cup of these ruffled green or purple leaves contains more than a day’s worth of antioxidant vitamins A and C, plus good amounts of vitamin B-6, calcium and magnesium. Kale also provides cancer-preventive phytochemicals like sulforaphane, quercetin and kaempherol — preserved in this dish by quickly braising the kale for only 3 minutes.
Garlic’s generous allium phytochemicals add more protection and flavor, as do the red pepper flakes. Whole-wheat pasta boosts the cancer-fighting fiber in this dish to 7 grams per serving. And with 13 grams of protein per serving, adding some lean protein or beans can bring the protein total to 20-30 grams. Top it all with some slivers of roasted red bell pepper for a festive look.
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Pumpkin is so nutritious, it shouldn’t be reserved just for pumpkin pie. Our Health-e-Recipe for Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is a delicious way to sneak more pumpkin into an everyday dish.
Teeming with beta-carotene, which turns to vitamin A in our bodies, pumpkin and other orange winter squash varieties (think butternut and acorn) also provide cancer-preventive fiber. They can be added to soups, stews and other vegetable dishes.
In this recipe, unsweetened pumpkin purée is added to whole-wheat pasta with Parmesan and cheddar cheeses and mustard powder to create a healthy entree. It even provides a hefty 17 grams of fiber per serving. Serve it with a green veggie like lightly steamed broccoli, which researchers pointed out last week at our annual conference retains its cancer-fighting compounds best when steamed for 3-4 minutes.
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