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Great Guacamole

Full of flavour and healthy fats, this chunky dip is satisfying and nutritious. Beautiful colors from all the fresh ingredients make this delectable delight a feast for your eyes and your taste buds. Serves 12 3 large ripe avocados, mashed to desired consistency 1/2 medium red onion, chopped 2 large roma tomatoes, chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 medium […]

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Creamy Caper Dip

Elegant yet so easy, this peppy dip can be used as a rich topping to perk up the simplicity of cucumber or tomato slices; or serve it as a sauce for grilled salmon. Serves 12 8 ounces fat-free plain yogurt 1/4 cup light mayonnaise 2-1/2 tablespoons capers, drained 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (lowest sodium available) 1 medium garlic clove, minced […]

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Sweet and Spicy Nuts

If you like, use cashews, pecans, or almonds instead of walnuts. Although nuts contain heart-healthy fats, these crispy and spicy niblets can become addictive, so we recommend portioning them into a small bowl or resealable plastic bag so that you don’t eat them all in one sitting. Serve them with crispy apple slices or pear to complete the snack. 8 […]

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Oven-Baked Herb Onion Rings

Serves: 4 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup panko 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano 1 teaspoon signature herb blend or Italian herb blend 2 large onions, sliced into 1/4 to 1/2-inch rounds Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix olive oil, panko, Parmigiano, and herb blend in large bowl. Add onions and toss to mix well. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet […]

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Mustard Dipping Sauce

Serve with cooked shrimp, broccoli florets, or carrot and celery sticks, Makes about 1 cup In small serving bowl, stir 1 cup reduced fat sour cream, 3 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a dash of ground black pepper until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for up […]

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Mexican Chunky Salsa

Fresh bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro embellish canned tomatoes to make this salsa. Use it with homemade corn tortilla chips, oven baked or grilled seafood or poultry, or even in place of salad dressing. Serves 8; 1/4 cup per serving II Preparation time: 7 minutes 14.5 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained 1/2 medium green or yellow bell pepper, chopped […]

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Italian Mini Calzones

An Italian specialty that uses refrigerated buttermilk flaky biscuits, making preparation a cinch. Makes 10 servings, 1 calzone each 2-1/2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1 garlic clove, minced 4 large plum tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded, and chopped 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon finely […]

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White Bean and Garlic Dip

This tangy dip is excellent served with herbed pita chips or with fresh vegetables, such as red pepper strips and baby carrots. It also doubles as a sandwich spread-it’s excellent on whole grain bread with arugula and sliced heirloom tomatoes. Serves 6 1 can (19 oz/540 ml) white kidney beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed well. 2 cloves garlic, […]

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Creamy Dill Dip

This dip is great with sliced vegetables, or it can be used as a salad dressing or as a condiment for grilled salmon. Serves 4 1 cup low-fat (1% MF or less) plain yogurt 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 clove garlic, crushed In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Cover and […]

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Cashew Mango Trail Mix

Keep this tasty snack on hand for those days when you need a mid-afternoon energy boost. Serves 4 1/2 cup unsalted cashews 1/4 cup shelled unsalted sunflower seeds 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 2 strips dried mango, cut into chunks 1/3 cup dried banana chips In a large mixing bowl, toss together all of the ingredients. Store in an airtight […]

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Italian Fennel-Spiced Asiago Biscotti

Not just a sweet desert cookie, these biscuits combine the earthy flavour of Asiago cheese with the freshness of fennel seeds and tartness of black pepper. Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 15 minutes resting time II Cook time: 45 minutes II Makes about 42 biscotti 1/2 cup pine nuts 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cornmeal, fine or medium ground 1 tsp […]

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Serve these delicious meatballs over mashed potatoes or steamed brown rice. You can make tiny meatballs and serve them with toothpicks as appetizers. Makes 6 servings 1 lb (500 g) extra-lean ground beef 1 egg 3/4 cup fresh whole wheat or regular breadcrumbs 1/4 cup ketchup 1 tsp salt Sweet and Sour Sauce: 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped […]

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White Bean and Roasted Garlic Spread

Use chickpeas or black beans instead of kidney beans if you wish. You can also serve this mixture hot as a side dish. If the dip is too thick, thin with a little yogurt or yogurt cheese. Serve with pita or grilled bread. Makes about 1-1/2 cups 19 ounce can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained, or 2 cups cooked […]

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Stilton-Stuffed Endive

Serves 10 4 endives 1/2 cup roasted almonds 1/2 cup dried tart cherries 1-1/2 cups crumbled Stilton cheese 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1/4 teaspoon sea salt Pinch of black pepper Cut the ends off the endive. Seperate out the leaves and arrange them on a platter. In a small bowl, gently mix together the almonds, cherries, Stilton, rosemary, salt […]

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Classic Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

Try this protein-rich spread as a dip for raw vegetables at your next party. Serves: 20 20 ounces warm, cooked chickpeas 3 cloves garlic 1/4 cup lemon juice 3-1/2 tablespoons tahini 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp smoked paprika 1/4 tsp garlic powder Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree. Add water or […]

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Tuscan Bean Crostini – Toscane Bean Crostini

Here’s an appetizing snack to be enjoyed hot or cold—toasted slices of baguette topped with a creamy white-bean puree flavored with garlic and thyme, and finished with tomato slices and arugula leaves. These Tuscan bean crostini are ideal to serve with pre-dinner drinks. Cannellini beans, popular in Italian cooking, belong to the same family as the haricot bean, and have […]