Make your own fresh breadcrumbs by trimming crusts from your whole-wheat bread, spread the bread on a baking sheet, and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit until crispy, about 15 minutes. Crumb the crispy bread slice by using a grater or food processor.

Use whole-grain bulgur as a filler in meatloaf, burgers, and as the base for salads and side dishes.

Citrus is in, so make Lemon Thins for the cookie jar rather than brownies. Saving calories helps with the New Year’s resolutions you made.

Winter season seems to make us think of comfort foods, but often these foods are high in fat and calories. Try Cranberry-Turkey Meatloaf and cut both the calories and the fat.

Add flavor and important Omega-3s, DHA and EPA by drizzling ½ teaspoon of lemon fish oil on your baked or broiled fish just prior to serving.

Rethink cream sauce and make it without cream, and without guilt.

This recipe will make 6 cups and can be refrigerated for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 3 months:

  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup long or medium-grain white rice
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or “no chicken” broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, preferably white

~ Recipe by Chef John Ash

Homemade soups are a great winter comfort food and get in lots of veggies. Have fun filling your “pot” with salt-free or low sodium broth, and get creative with your choices. Hot, flavorful soup shared with family or friends warms ones’ heart and soul.