Yes, it may seem odd for a 27-year old woman to write about living longer, but I have recently begun experiencing effects of getting older. Medicinally caused weight gain, a family full of cancer, & a decline in appearance (which let’s face it wasn’t model worthy to begin with). These recipes are found in my copy of the Readers Digest: Living Longer Cookbook & can be tweaked to fit your taste.
For breakfast, I chose the Eggs in Tortilla Flowers recipe. It is a dish that is served in a tortilla “flower”. This recipe is only 266 calories per serving!
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 4 corn tortillas, 6 inches in diameter
- 2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil
- 6 large eggs
- 4 large egg whites
- 2 tablespoons water
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper to taste
- 1 large sweet red pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
- 4 ounces reduced-sodium ham finely cubed
- 2 green onions, including tops, sliced
- Mild salsa
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
- Invert 4 small custard cups or ovenproof glasses on a baking sheet & coat the bottoms with cooking spray
- Brush each tortilla with ¼ teaspoon oil, then cut 8 evenly spaced 2 inch deep slits around the edge
- Center each tortilla, oil side up, on cups, letting the cut edge drape down the sides
- Bake for 20 minutes or until crisp. Start eggs after 10 minutes of tortilla cook time
- In a medium-size bowl, beat together the eggs, egg whites, water, & pepper.
- Heat remaining oil in pan over low heat
- Add red pepper, ham, and green onions
- Cover & cook for 6 minutes or until softened
- Add the egg mixture & cook uncovered for 3 minutes, scramble eggs lightly until they are set
- Remove tortillas, invert them, fill them with egg mixture, top with salsa & serve
Lemon-Garlic Chickpea Spread lunch recipe is for a spread that can be put on crackers, bread, or vegetables. This recipe is only 67 calories per ¼ cup (not including additional crackers, bread or vegetable)!
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 package frozen green peas, thawed
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 4 drops hot red pepper sauce, or to taste
- In a food processor or blender, whirl all ingredients for 1 minute or until pureed.
- Refrigerate, covered for 1 hour before serving.
A Scallop Salad with Orange-Ginger Dressing is a lovely and light meal to complete a day of healthy eating. This recipe is only 225 calories per serving!
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger or ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1 ¼ pounds sea scallops
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 4 cups baby greens, such as bibb, lamb’s or red oak lettuce, mustard or dandelion greens, or a combination, rinsed and dried
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or 2 tablespoons minced Harley mixed with 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
- Combine orange juice, vinegar, ginger, garlic, honey, soy sauce, and orange rind in a large shallow dish
- Add the scallops, toss to coat with marinade, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Drain the scallops, setting marinade aside.
- Thread the scallops on 4 lightly greased 12-14 inch metal skewers
- In a small saucepan, boil the marinade and shallot, uncovered, over high heat for 1-2 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 2 tablespoons.
- Add the broth and boil 2 minutes more to reduce the mixture to ⅓ cup
- Whisk in the oil and mustard
- Preheat broiler, setting the rack 6 inches from the heat
- Arrange the skewers on a broiler pan and broil for 3 minutes on each side until the scallops are firm and opaque but still spring back when touched.
- In a large bowl, toss the greens with half of the dressing and divide them among 4 dinner plates
- Top each plate with a skewer of scallops and spoon the remaining dressing over the scallops
- Sprinkle with cilantro
Thanks to the Readers Digest: Living Longer Cookbook I have these and many other healthy recipes that do not skimp on flavor! Finally! A cookbook to provide tasty meals that are healthy, too!