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Smothered Chicken Burrito

Smothered Chicken Burrito
6 votes, 4.17 avg. rating (90% score)

 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 and set them aside for this dish, and then just make the sauces to go along.  Couldn’t be easier.

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July 3, 2014 |

Tempeh Curry with Cauliflower and Potatoes

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12 votes, 3.92 avg. rating (90% score)

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.
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March 8, 2014 |

Heart Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf
10 votes, 4.10 avg. rating (90% score)

Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa Chef Drew Rosen has a passion for cuisine that is both heart-healthy and palate pleasing, and consistently garners rave reviews from Pritikin guests for rich, savory entrees, dishes that are all the more impressive considering that each follows Pritikin Eating Plan guidelines and is prepared without artery clogging fats like butter and cream and no added salt.

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February 3, 2014 |

Broccoli Mushroom Quiche with Saltine Crust

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11 votes, 4.55 avg. rating (90% score)
This recipe for Broccoli Mushroom Cheddar Quiche is very simple and has good balance of protein, carbs and fat.  It’s delicious for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, and reheats well to take to work or casual pot luck.   We were very happy to learn about the crust tip  — we never thought to crush saltines in place of bread crumbs or flour. Bonus:  We had Whole Wheat Saltines!
January 31, 2014 |

Seared Scallops and Radicchio Salad

Seared Scallop & Radicchio Salad
11 votes, 4.18 avg. rating (90% score)

This entree salad is a riot of flavor and may sound both fattening and complicated, but it comes together fairly quickly, and we reduced the fat of the dressing by decreased the amount of bacon.  We are in the “We Love Cilantro” camp, but many are not.  Adjust the herbs to your own taste (parsley is good albeit peppery) accordingly. (more…)

January 22, 2014 |

Smoked Salmon and Beet Salad

Smoked Salmon & Beet Salad
12 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (90% score)

This vibrant Smoked Salmon and Beet Salad courtesy of the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is a guest favorite.  It combines smoked salmon and roasted beets with cranberries, fennel and a honey balsamic vinaigrette.   Best of all, it requires no cooking if you can find smoked salmon at your grocer or specialty food market.   Try the thicker cuts you find vacuum sealed in a pouch in the seafood department.  If all you can find is thinly sliced lox, that will be just as delicious.

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January 15, 2014 |

Miraval Honey Cornflake Chicken Fingers

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18 votes, 4.78 avg. rating (90% score)

The food at Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona is healthful and flavorful. The pioneer for mindfulness in every aspect of life, one of the pillars of Miraval’s success is that healthy food can taste good. Long celebrated for delectable masterpieces in spa cuisine, Miraval’s culinary team has created a compilation of balanced recipes, representing an invitation to continue eating the Miraval way—by expanding and mixing and learning more about one’s needs while bringing diet into balance.
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January 1, 2014 |

Turkey Chili Con Carne with Vegetarian Option

Chili con carne and red peppers
12 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (90% score)

Does your family serve Turkey or Ham for your holiday dinner?    In my family, my youth was spent eating Turkey on Christmas evening.  As we grew older and began to have a voice in the matter, we realized we were essentially creating the same meal for Christmas, as we’d created for Thanksgiving — a Turkey, Stuffing, and Yam dinner — so we changed it up and while we still go with tradition, its Turkey for Thanksgiving, and Baked Ham for Christmas.

What do you do with leftovers besides sandwiches?  Well, Turkey Soup was always a big one, and Ham Sandwiches.  We’re going to mix it up a bit this year — we’re sharing a healthy recipe for Turkey Chili and also a Ham and Spinach Quiche.

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November 8, 2013 |

Vegan Pad Thai

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9 votes, 3.56 avg. rating (90% score)

Camp Biche  in Lot, Southwest France, is a week-long house party where you get fit, lose weight, eat delicious vegan food, drink wine, and have fun.    Camp Biche is designed to help you lose inches in the most pleasant way possible and to fine-tune your eating and exercising habits so that when you return home, you’ll effortlessly incorporate movement and healthy eating into your daily routine.   The hostess, Libby Pratt, says this Vegan Pad Thai is her most requested recipe.

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October 30, 2013 |

Broccoli Bacon Mac and Cheese

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9 votes, 4.11 avg. rating (90% score)

If you are trying to get your family to eat healthier or get the kids to branch out from just pasta and cheese for dinner, this dish may make the transition easier. When my daughter was young, we called this dish “Goulash” and she loved it. As a side dish this can be served alongside a chicken breast, burger patty, or other protein choice. For a Goulash-style complete meal, add protein to the dish:   chopped chicken, Canadian bacon, ham, ground meat, etc. Substitute broccoli with cauliflower or eliminate bacon and replace with turkey bacon or pancetta. The choices are endless.
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October 7, 2013 |

Lasagna Roll Ups

lasagna roll ups
8 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (90% score)

Autumn always signifies comfort cooking, to us. We take the slow cookers out of storage, pour over casserole and pasta recipes, lay in a cord of firewood, and read cookbooks, nestled under a throw during the evening’s cooler temperatures.  Green Mountain at Fox Run in Ludlow, Vermont, has a Lasagne recipe that is fit and healthy, and still lets us taste the best of Autumn.

Green Mountain is the only all-women’s healthy weight loss program promoting long-term weight management through healthy lifestyle change. It also offers intensive type 2 diabetes programs to help women prevent or manage diabetes through lifestyle change.
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October 4, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Bon Bon Chicken Salad

Bon Bon Asian Chicken Salad
15 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (90% score)

As any fan of Asian takeout knows, most items on the menu go heavy on oil, sodium and portion sizes.  Biggest Loser Chef Devin Alexander found a way to create the flavors you crave without breaking your calorie budget.  This tasty bon bon chicken salad is made of poached chicken with a savory Asian Peanut Sauce, cucumbers, scallions and sesame seeds.   “I love serving this dish in lettuce cups when I’m looking for a super-satisfying, low-carb meal,” says Devin.   “As an alternative to poaching the chicken as directed below, you can use up any leftover grilled, roasted or baked chicken you have on hand.”

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September 15, 2013 |

Grilled Turkey Saltimbocca

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12 votes, 4.92 avg. rating (90% score)

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.

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August 30, 2013 |

Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps

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9 votes, 4.22 avg. rating (90% score)

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. This will surely become a family favorite in your home just as it is in ours.  Ordinarily we don’t go for cheese on our burgers — it masks great tasting beef and adds unnecessary calories. So for us, we’d leave the cheese off, but battle lines can be drawn over this issue. Either way, it’s a good low carb burger.

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July 29, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Grilled Chicken Parmesan

Griilled Chicken and Tomato Parmesan
11 votes, 4.55 avg. rating (90% score)

Traditional Chicken Parmesan can be a calorie nightmare.  Chicken breasts are dredged in egg, flour and breadcrumbs and pan or deep fried, are covered with a thick tomato sauce and copious amounts of cheese.  Here, Biggest Loser eliminates the breading and grills the chicken.  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.

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June 25, 2013 |

Scallops with Grapefruit Avocado Salsa

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11 votes, 4.91 avg. rating (90% score)

This is one of our favorite summery seafood entrees.  It is rich tasting from the dense scallops and made lively with a salsa of creamy avocado, red grapefruit sections, and chives and cilantro.  Chop up the salsa roughly, or plate it as a salad. We don’t always have grapefruits on hand, and with peeled and sectioned grapefruit in their own juice readily available in our market (a convenience we truly love), we are able to make this quickly. 

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April 14, 2013 |

Canyon Ranch Teriyaki Steak

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7 votes, 4.57 avg. rating (90% score)

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 ample flavor and a less sugary glaze which compliments, rather than hides, your meal.     We don’t have tiki decor on the patio anymore, but we still light torches to serve this entree.


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March 29, 2013 |

Structure House Shrimp and Salmon Pasta

Shrimp Mushroom Pasta
9 votes, 3.44 avg. rating (90% score)

Structure House in Durham, North Carolina is a respected residential weight loss program founded upon the philosophy that achieving and maintaining weight loss goals is the result of changing the way overweight individuals think about nutrition, exercise and the role food plays in their lives.   This recipe is popular with guests as a hearty pasta and seafood lunch ideal for after a morning of exercise, hiking, or swimming.
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February 13, 2013 |

Hilton Head Health Institute Chicken Poached in Orange Spice Tea

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9 votes, 4.11 avg. rating (90% score)

At Hilton Head Health weight loss spa, guests enjoy a meal plan with delicious flavors and realistic portions.  The Chef and Culinary Team have created a low-calorie, healthy gourmet cuisine with an emphasis on local and natural ingredients to ensure a well-balanced weight loss diet.   One of the popular recipes served at the Institute is this poached chicken, which uses the inventive ingredient of Orange Spice Tea.
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January 21, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu
8 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (90% score)

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 done so, in their Biggest Loser Cookbook collection.

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January 14, 2013 |

Red Mountain Spa Shrimp Diablo

shrimp diablo
7 votes, 3.57 avg. rating (90% score)

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.  
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January 11, 2013 |

Camp Biche Vegan Lentil Tacos

Lentil Tacos
8 votes, 4.38 avg. rating (90% score)

Camp Biche is a week-long house party in the beautiful French Countryside where you get fit, lose weight, eat delicious vegan food, drink wine, and have fun.    Camp Biche is designed to help you lose inches in the most pleasant way possible and to fine-tune your eating and exercising habits so that when you return home, you’ll effortlessly incorporate movement and healthy eating into your daily routine.

The kitchen serves these tacos with with lettuce, mango salsa, horseradish mayo, whole-wheat tortillas, and homemade chipotle hot sauce on the side.
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October 1, 2012 |

Chicken Caesar Pita Pizza

chicken caesar pita pizza
8 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (90% score)

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.
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May 23, 2012 |

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili with Avocado
7 votes, 4.29 avg. rating (90% score)

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. (more…)

January 23, 2012 |

Crab Pot Pie

Crab Pot Pie
9 votes, 4.11 avg. rating (90% score)

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 River Inn.

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November 28, 2011 |

Biggest Loser Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Biggest Loser Chicken in Lettuce Cups
9 votes, 4.89 avg. rating (90% score)

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.

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May 16, 2011 |

Mini Meat Loaves

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7 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (90% score)

 Mini meatloaves tick off a lot of boxes. They are a good protein source, they appeal to all members of the family, portion control is built in, they taste just as good the next day, they pack well, they make great sandwiches,  and you can customize them so that some family members who don’t like onions can have without, some can have with, and so on.  A winner.
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January 10, 2011 |

Spinach Ham Quiche with Vegetarian Option

Spinach Quiche
8 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (90% score)

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.

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April 19, 2010 |

Pearson’s Pond Hot and Healthy Ham Quiche

Ham Quiche
8 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (90% score)

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.
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June 25, 2006 |