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These baked vegetarian enchiladas created by Rancho La Puerta’s Executive Chef fairly ooze with a delicious sauteed filling of chard, cheese and onion for a light and healthy main course.
January 12, 2018 | Spa Index
Baked Crab Cakes a la Pritikin are a delectable combination of crab, veggies, garlic, egg whites, and salt-free Old Bay Seasoning — and only 50 calories and 70 milligrams of sodium per cake. Delicious and healthy!
December 1, 2017 | Spa Index
This Spicy Seafood Soup is always a hit in the dining room at the Pritikin Longevity Center. Cook up a big batch on the weekend and enjoy all week long. This soup freezes beautifully, too.
November 1, 2017 | Spa Index
Balance by bistroMD is the first meal delivery service to offer chef-prepared meals a-la-carte, without minimums, memberships, or recurring orders. The top-rated diet delivery and weight loss program, bistroMD, created this subscription-free service to provide healthy meals with convenience and flexibility.
October 24, 2017 | Spa Index
This lighter, healthy recipe for Turkey Chili is a nice lunch or dinner entree as the weather turns crisp for the fall. Courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont.
October 9, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
Ojai Chicken Enchiladas is easily one of the most-requested recipes by guests of this Health Retreat in California.
September 23, 2017 | Spa Index
Eating a bowl of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day is a folksy tradition to help assure a prosperous year filled with luck. Skyterra Weight Loss Spa offers this healthy version, rich with nutrients.
December 27, 2016 | Spa Index
Biggest Loser Spicy Szechuan Noodles is a much-improved version of its higher calorie counterpart from your favorite noodle restaurant.
December 12, 2016 | Spa Index
This Pritikin Citrus Marinated Turkey Breast recipe sings with brand new flavors! Fresh pineapple, fresh oranges, fresh rosemary, balsamic vinegar, molasses… all combined to make a stellar entree.
November 11, 2016 | Spa Index
Who needs traditional stuffing packed with artery busters like sausage and butter when you can enjoy all the savory richness and warmth of healthy Pritikin Savory Sage Dressing?
November 11, 2016 | Spa Index
Quinoa and Lentil Stuffed Peppers is a perfect vegetarian supper for both cold and warm weather seasons. Omit the Parmesan to make this an ideal vegan entree, too!
October 17, 2016 | Spa Index
Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created this guest-favorite Turkey Burgers with Fig Salsa entree. This is a versatile recipe — it can be used to make a hand-held burger, or as meatballs with dip for a nice snack and appetizer, or even as a tasty salad with fig dressing.
August 19, 2016 | Spa Index
These delicious Sonoran Fish Tacos are courtesy of Red Mountain Resort in Utah. They are in the Sonoran Style, which in this case means a soft corn tortilla, not fried, and milder flavors. The Mexican State of Sonora shares a border with Arizona, and unlike the corn-tortilla based favorite recipes in Mexico, Sonoran Style tacos are usually soft, often in a flour tortilla, and tend to have green sauces and less heat. Here, Red Mountain keeps the corn tortilla, but features the traditional soft style and tasty green avocado sauce.
July 27, 2016 | Spa Index
The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends and incorporates the healthiest animal food choices — omega-3-rich fish, lean protein like chicken and turkey, and vibrant flavors with fruit and vegetables, making the most of spices and bold flavors. This popular Pritikin Chicken in Sweet Chili Sauce dish is delicious served for dinner, and makes great leftovers at work the following day. Chop your leftover entree into a large lettuce leaf for a delicious summer salad roll or wrap.
June 28, 2016 | Spa Index
Chimichurri sauce is to Latin Americans what Ketchup is to Americans. This colorful and vibrant sauce has it origins in Argentina and Uruguay and is influenced by Mediterranean pestos.
June 19, 2016 | Spa Index
Swordfish Mushroom Kebabs are infinitely versatile. Use scallops, shrimp or other firm fish. Try chicken or even lean turkey, too, with your favorite veggies.
June 17, 2016 | Spa Index
Rancho La Puerta’s Salmon entree marries the rich taste of fish with sweet smoothness of a glaze. The delectable citrus flavors bring out the best in the seared salmon.
May 6, 2016 | Spa Index
This delicious recipe for Brown Rice and Fresh Fish Salad was presented by Michel Louws as part of the MasterChef Masterclass presented on Dolphin Island in Fiji. Don’t be intimidated by the steps and list of ingredients. This vibrant, healthy, colorful and fresh salad is worth every bite. That said, we made this without the crab (not in season) and used just fresh fish, and it was superb.
April 30, 2016 | Spa Index
With Cinco de Mayo coming up, its customary to serve our favorite Latin American dishes. Unfortunately, the most popular dishes can include cheesy, fatty appetizers, often high in fat. Enjoy this fresh shrimp dish instead!.
April 19, 2016 | Spa Index
This recipe for Blackened Tilapia is very simple — you’ll just need fresh fish from the market and a bit of your favorite cajun seasoning and dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes. It’s more of a method than a recipe. Start in a skillet to get that crusty exterior, and finish in an oven to avoid having to saute in too much fat.
April 16, 2016 | Spa Index
Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created this guest-favorite Cauliflower Flatbread with Pesto entree as an alternative to flour based pizzas and focaccia. You can find it in the Recipes from the Heart cookbook available the spa. Terrific for lunch or make it an entree by topping it with tomato sauce and your choice of other toppings, such as sautéed mushrooms and onions, and dusted with a bit of parmesan or cheese of your choice.
March 19, 2016 | Spa Index
In this recipe for Cheese Cannelloni, Ananda’s Chef uses an Indian type of farmers cottage cheese called “paneer” which has a texture like firm tofu and can be sliced and pan-fried.
February 5, 2016 | Spa Index
This whole dinner entree is courtesy of Ananda Spa in the Himalayas. The executive Chef, Narenda Sharma, carefully creates recipes for guests which feature wholesome ingredients like whole grains, locally sourced vegetables and hand picked herbs and spices. In this recipe for Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Soya Bolognese, he uses soya nuggets, a meat substitute and savory vegetables to create a rich and savory tomato sauce.
February 5, 2016 | Spa Index
This flavorful Roasted Turkey Breast with Cider and Apple Brandy Glaze is perfect for your Holiday Table. The tangy glaze gives a rich color and takes very little to drizzle over the sliced roasted serving. Serve it with roasted vegetables, perhaps even a roasted apple slice or two, and you’ll be very happy with this high-protein entree.
November 9, 2015 | Spa Index
This savory cakes are served with a low-fat mustard sauce, but they are just as great with a squeeze of lemon.
October 29, 2015 | Spa Index
This creamy “raw” pasta dish is a healthy alternative to traditional Fettuccine Alfredo and perfectly refreshing for those hot summer days! Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, but pleasing to all.
August 7, 2015 | Spa Index
You will need some napkins for this juicy burger! Serve this delicious, low-carb and naturally gluten-free version with a side of skinny potato skins or Zucchini Fries.
July 29, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
A slimmed down and more nutritious family favorite recipe for pulled pork in BBQ sauce. Great for picnics, birthday parties, sports on the big screen, or just a lunch on your patio in warm weather.
July 26, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
This lower fat but rich and hearty meal of Braised Beef with Green Beans and Butternut Squash is perfect after a long day spent hiking and biking. The butternut squash “noodles” are sweet and creamy and the green beans from your summer garden or produce stand are crisp and fresh tasting. This recipe is courtesy of the Executive Chef Sam Baker of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah. Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
July 17, 2015 | Spa Index
We have adapted this recipe to use either low sodium low sugar marinara sauce, or, fresh sliced tomatoes from the garden. Both are delicious and we don’t miss the bread crumbs.
June 25, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
Scallops with Grapefruit Avocado Salsa — a vibrant, fresh and colorful meal. Full of nutrients, color, texture, and flavor.
June 14, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
You can streamline this recipe by skipping the fresh dough and instead splitting open pita bread rounds at the seam, separating each into an entire round of 1 layer. These bake up very crisp. We’ve also used 1 sheet of lavash, which also gets very crisp.
June 14, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
Terry Conlan is a chef at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas and author of Fresh: Healthy Cooking and Living from Lake Austin Spa Resort (Favorite Recipe Press, 2003). She developed this recipe for spicy style barbecue shrimp with a wonderful sauce. There is no fatty cream or yogurt in the sauce, but you’ll be surprised at the thick and rich texture of this low calorie entree. This is a messy peel-and-eat style meal, so serve it outside on the patio, with plenty of napkins and glass of cold cucumber water.
June 10, 2015 | Spa Index
The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including this Mountain Trek Gluten Cedar Planked Teriyaki Salmon served to guests for dinner. This delicious recipe is perfect for a summer barbecue. Serve it for Father’s Day or a special occasion dinner. Leftovers are delicious served on top a cold salad.
June 7, 2015 | Spa Index
This beautiful entree looks impressive, no? It’s so simple to create both from fresh salmon and berries, or even a frozen fillet and a bag of frozen berries you keep on hand! This Berry Balsamic Glazed Salmon is both an elegant dinner or a wonderful lunch entree for a spa day. Serve it with a tangle wilted spinach, which pairs well with both the berries and the balsamic flavors. Another tip? Save the leftovers and toss the fish and glaze over fresh baby spinach leaves for a berry balsamic salmon salad.
May 16, 2015 | Spa Index
Cranwell Resort Executive Chef created this Lemongrass Poached Halibut to serve at the resort’s Wyndhurst at the Mansion and it’s already a seasonal favorite. “I love trying new things out in the kitchen and putting ingredients together that I know work well and compliment each other.”
May 11, 2015 | Spa Index
So simple but so gourmet! This Mustard Glazed Salmon entree can be either a weeknight dish that makes you feel it’s the weekend, or, a special meal for Mother’s Day or a Birthday Celebration! Serve with a quick-and-easy whole grain like quinoa or couscous, or a microwaved baked potato, plus a nice big green salad.
May 8, 2015 | Spa Index
This gluten free Shrimp and Asparagus pasta entree is one of the delicious clean-eating recipes developed by Vita Vie Retreat in Delray Beach, Florida.
March 8, 2015 | Spa Index
Blum Center for Health (located just moments from Doral Arrowwood Hotel Conference Center in Rye Brook, New York) uses their expertise in Food as Medicine, Mind.Body.Spirit and Functional Medicine to custom design your treatment program. Classes offered include Nutrition in the Kitchen as well as cooking gluten free, and cooking with children.
March 8, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Turkey Meatballs Al Forno is a perfect cold weather comfort food dish. Courtesy of California Health & Longevity Institute® near Los Angeles, the Institute offers a holistic approach to healthy living that unites renowned experts in the fields of Medicine, Nutrition, Fitness, Life Balance and Spa.
March 7, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
Grilled Veggie Rolls are a vegetarian spin on an enchilada, making use of savory vegetables, including eggplant and mushrooms, and with the addition of soy cheese (or use dairy if you prefer) and marinara sauce. This is a healthy, hearty and savory entree for any season.
March 4, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
When refined sugar is reduced or eliminated from your diet, your body will reward you with glowing skin, better sleep, stabilized blood sugar, weight loss, and more. This recipe for Rosemary Garlic Grilled Chicken is part of Betsy Carter’s 3 Day Plan to Kick the Sugar Habit.
February 23, 2015 | Spa Index
This spa turkey meatloaf is a great family-approved entree to keep on hand for your healthy cuisine collection.
February 3, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
If you are an Hot Wings fan, you will love this healthier version with a savory sweete and spicy glaze, courtesy of the Executive Chef Sam Baker of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah. These Sweet and Spicy Wings are just 88 calories each and great for Super Bowl parties, picnics, pool-side snacks, or even to tote to work for lunch — they reheat well. Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
January 15, 2015 | Spa Index
Biggest Loser Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin is a lean entree with white pork roasted in honey, cumin, cinnamon and savory spices.
November 29, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
This tasty seafood recipe was created by the Chef of The Narrows Restaurant at the Shore Lodge & Spa in McCall, Idaho, for it’s first ever April 2014 Shore Lodge Culinary Festival. The three-day event celebrated all things epicurean and saw acclaimed chefs competing in a Chopped-style “Culinary King of the Mountain” competition. This recipe is one of the best results.
November 6, 2014 | Spa Index
Lean, green and nutritious! The humble asparagus might surprise you with its overall value in a healthy food regime. This Salmon with Sesame Asparagus recipe is a tasty way to add it to your weekend culinary delights and contribute to your wellness at the same time.
October 29, 2014 | Spa Index
Green Mountain at Fox Run in Ludlow, Vermont, shares a Lasagne recipe that is fit and healthy, and still lets us taste the best of Autumn.
October 4, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
This summery BBQ Chicken Pizza relies on prepared gluten free pizza crusts, however, it’s just as easy to make it with other light crusts for those who can tolerate wheat. For instance, two small whole wheat pita breads can stand in for the pizza crust, here, or a piece of whole wheat Naan bread.
July 3, 2014 | Spa Index
This guest favorite savory dinner entree is a satisfying meal after a day of vigorous activity. Now that we are in the summer months with swimming, hiking and biking ruling the day, you can afford a hearty supper like this Smothered Chicken Burrito. While the list of ingredients looks longish, it actually isn’t if you take advantage of a summer barbecue and the bounty from your summer garden or local Farmer’s Market. If you have friends and neighbors with extra squash and peppers, take them! Just grill a few pieces of extra chicken and vegetables from your BBQ night…
July 3, 2014 | Spa Index
This is a fun lunch or entree for one. A toasted whole wheat pita takes the place of a flour tortilla, and it is topped with spicy hummus, shredded chicken, chopped veggies and dab of guacamole or fat free sour cream.
May 17, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
High protein chicken breasts sauteed in lite buttery spread and lime juice, with herbs. A simple and lite supper. This is a perfect entree for both a single person and a family because it’s just as easy to make a serving for one, as it is for many.
March 13, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Broccoli Mushroom Cheddar Quiche is high protein, and great for breakfast, lunch, or supper.
January 31, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Pecan Dijon Tilapia is very simple and most of us have the topping ingredients in our pantry.
January 24, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
Coriander Crusted Seared Scallops with Cilantro and Radicchio Salad topped with Bacon Vinaigrette
January 22, 2014 | Spa Index
This recipe for Dijon Balsamic Chicken is very simple and most of us have these ingredients in our pantry.
January 17, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
This vibrant salad combines smoked salmon and roasted beets with cranberries, fennel and a honey balsamic vinaigrette
January 15, 2014 | Spa Index
This fast, simple recipe for Honey Cornflake Chicken Fingers is a family pleaser and very nice in a lunch bag at the office.
January 1, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
NBC’s BIGGEST LOSER program is conducted at the Biggest Loser Resorts, Utah and additional locations, but enthusiasts can duplicate many of its features recipes at home, including this tasty and aromatic recipe for Ginger and Lemongrass Turkey Sliders in Lettuce Cups.
October 8, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This healthy slimmed down recipe for Broccoli Bacon Mac and Cheese is the perfect entree for a hungry family.
October 7, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Biggest Loser Chef Devin Alexander found a way to create the Asian flavors you crave without breaking your calorie budget.
September 15, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This delicious high protein and low fat Grilled Turkey Saltimbocca makes a wonderfully quick weeknight supper, and leftovers are a delicious sandwich or wrap the following day. With a few elegant side dishes, it can easily be presented for a romantic meal. The flavor is greatly enhanced by the thinly sliced prosciutto. A little goes a long way, which is so rewarding when cooking light.
August 30, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This grilled chicken entree comes together in a snap. A savory herb blend marinates the chicken and the sauce is as simple as jam and mustard.
August 16, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Grilled Chicken with Peach Relish uses up the last of your summer peaches (or nectarines), and contains zesty achiote paste, common in Yucatan and Oaxacan cuisine.
August 2, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Golden Spa BBQ Chicken was created by the health resort’s Chef Michael Stroot. It uses chicken breasts, the leanest portion of the bird.
July 12, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This Heart Healthy Chicken Fruit Salad by Cardiology Associates is full of chunky chicken, tasty pineapple, sweet grapes, and a low fat dressing. Serve at your spa party, or, take it to work for lunch with low fat crackers or pita bread.
April 15, 2013 | Spa Index
When we were teenagers, going out for dinner to have teriyaki steak was fun and a novelty. This was in the hey day of the Polynesian influence in restaurants and decor in sunny California, with flaming cocktails served along side entrees that only had a modicum of authenticity, but were colorful and fun. As we grew older and began to appreciate a fine steak sans toppings, teriyaki steak, with its thick sugary glaze, became a thing of the past. Fortunately grilling and cooking has evolved again and now you get the both of best worlds — a grilled steak with…
March 29, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Maple Glazed Salmon is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont, a for-women-only health and weight loss retreat. We have made this countless times, always to great applause.
March 24, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
For this recipe, be certain to search for artichoke hearts jarred with water and herbs, rather than oil, to keep your fat count under control.
March 11, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Chef Rocco DiSpirito shows how to make this Southern favorite Chicken Tenders, without the fat. Your family will love this recipe, and it totes well to pot lucks, lunches at work, picnics in the park, and road trips. No one doesn’t love chicken fingers.
March 1, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe is popular with guests as a hearty pasta and seafood lunch ideal for after a morning of exercise, hiking, or swimming.
February 13, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe Rancho La Puerta Spa Lasagna is full of flavor but not full of fat. It’s a regular cold weather staple for our staff.
February 1, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This carne asada recipe is courtesy of Devin Alexander and NBC’s Biggest Loser program. A delicious and lean protein rich entree.
January 31, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This is a great one-pot meal that you can whip up for a party or stash in the freezer for those chilly winter days. The mix of beans make this high in protein and fiber and the spices are loaded with healing properties. Top the chili with slices of avocado for some healthy fat or serve it over brown rice.
January 23, 2013 | Spa Index
This inventive recipe for chicken poached in orange spice tea is a favorite of guests at the Hilton Head Health Institute.
January 21, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
The translation of the French term “Cordon Bleu” is “blue ribbon” — something special and of top quality. The blue-ribbon method for Chicken Cordon Bleu (although Veal Cordon Bleu is more traditional), calls for a chicken cutlet , pounded very thin and wrapped around a thin slice of ham or prosciutto, a thin slice of Swiss Cheese, and then breaded and pan fried in butter or oil. This combination of flavors is a winner indeed, but this dish can be a calorie power-house. Fortunately, this is an easy dish to adapt to a healthier lifestyle, and Biggest Loser Resorts have…
January 14, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
The Essential Retreat at Red Mountain Resort in Utah includes daily guided hiking, three healthy gourmet meals from a full menu, fitness classes, wellness discussions and cooking demonstrations, use of the resort amenities, including bikes and the inspiration trail, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Can’t visit just yet? Try one of the resort’s popular recipes. Shrimp Diablo Red Mountain Spa is a fiery dish sure to warm you up on a cold or rainy evening.
January 11, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
At Red Mountain Spa in Utah, guests are educated to increase their awareness of the role of nutrition in the pursuit of optimum health. Changing the way we think about eating and food is the key to success. All meals, such as this delicious Chicken Caesar Pita Pizza, are included in your Red Mountain spa program, and are guaranteed to be satisfying and energizing.
May 23, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
Not all of our recipes are necessarily geared to low calorie, low fat, or other dietary restrictions. Sometimes a hearty meal at a spa hotel is comfort food, such as this one. While this is not a low-calorie entree, it doesn’t have the heavy cream typical of many pot pies, and, you can easily adapt by using reduced calorie butter spread in place of the butter, and, philo dough or puff pastry sheets (as shown) in place of the more fat lade pie crust. It is a reader favorite dish at a popular Northern California spa hotel — the Little…
November 28, 2011 | Kitchens Spa Index
Don’t let the long list of ingredients deter you from making this savory wrap. It’s worth it, plus, it has great protein calories and is very satisfying. It’s fun to make with friends. Buy a bottle of white wine and settle in to make this as a fun friends in the kitchen party. Use very cold and crisp lettuce to give a nice crunch to this hand-held lunch treat.
May 16, 2011 | Kitchens Spa Index
Mini Meat Loaves are a tasty dish to serve the family. They pack well for work and school lunches, and sliced thin and served on a Bagel Thin or Pita Pocket, make nice sandwiches as well.
January 10, 2011 | Kitchens Spa Index
This classic roast turkey, and many of our side dishes, desserts, and appetizers, will have you cooking a healthy, nutritious, and beautiful holiday dinner for your family.
November 1, 2010 | Kitchens Spa Index
This started life as a Vegetarian Spinach Quiche recipe for the now closed Mandala Wellness Retreat in Georgia. Each Monday night the hosts gathered with friends to make a Vegetarian Supper and this was voted the best spinach quiche recipe. We updated it with fresh spinach leaves in place of frozen and chopped cooked ham, but either with meat or vegetarian, it’s a winner.
April 19, 2010 | Kitchens Spa Index
This is a wonderful way to cook chicken you plan to use for salads and sandwiches. The light lemon flavor greatly enhances almost anything it accompanies.
April 12, 2010 | Kitchens Spa Index
Season 1 contestant Gary Deckman loved these fish tacos. In his own words: “Oh boy, are these good!” We concur. These fish tacos are simple, fresh and satisfying. Kids love them as well.
March 1, 2010 | Kitchens Spa Index
Prize-winning quiche from the kitchen of Pearson’s Pond Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn and Garden Spa in Juneau, Alaska — used in their Healthy Start Spa Program in Alaska. This is especially good for those with low tolerance for lactose, cholesterol, and fat. This is very quick to fix and holds over well. Delicious served at any meal (with fruit at breakfast or salad for lunch and dinner). Can easily be used as appetizer when cut in cubes or formed in bite size muffin pans.
June 25, 2008 | Kitchens Spa Index