Spotlight Recipe: Rainbow Chopped Salad

Taste the rainbow and get your daily dose of vitamins from this chopped salad. The EatingWell recipe calls for broccoli, bell peppers, carrots and radishes, but if you find other fresh veggies at the farmers’ market or in your CSA box, toss them in instead. Top it off with two tablespoons of dressing, and you’ve got a simple starter for tonight’s Earth Day dinner.

Baking Healthy Breads

Baking your own bread isn’t as hard as you think, and despite what low-carb zealots might say, it can be part of a healthy diet. Leave the croissants and baguettes to the pros (those can get a bit complicated), and try these simple and delicious recipes.

The Wonders of Honey

Dana and I took a trip to New York City’s Union Square Farmers’ market last year and stopped at the honey booth to watch the bees climb all over each other. After inquiring with local beekeepers, we realized there is more to this sweet natural treat than bees.

The Power of Mushrooms

They may not have magical powers (well, not the kind we’d endorse), but mushrooms do have amazing versatility. Find out more about these “fun guys” (get it?) and how they can keep things interesting in the kitchen.

Spotlight Recipe: Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea with Berry Cubes

It’s insanely — and unseasonably — hot in the northeast today, and tomorrow it’s supposed to be warmer. This iced tea is just what the weatherman ordered. Antioxidant-rich white tea is the base. It gets a boost from fresh lemon slices (vitamin C), chopped fresh ginger (a bit of spice), honey (a simple, natural sugar) and the piece de resistance: frozen raspberry cubes! Okay, I’m too excited about these ice cubes. By the way, this bright bevvy is under 80 calories a serving. Way better than the bottled stuff.

Olive Oil 101

Olive oil is the default healthy cooking oil these days. No doubt, you’ve heard it’s good for you, but do you know why or the different kinds? Learn their benefits and when to use them.

Spotlight Recipe: Garlic-Infused Oil Dipping Sauce

Olive oil is great for healthy cooking, but it’s also perfect for drizzling and dipping — add some garlic to it and I’m in heaven. Take advantage of this oil’s health benefits, and keep calories under control by limiting portions to 1 tablespoon. Serve with crusty bread, sliced pita or fresh veggies for dunking.

A Spicy, Low-Cal Cinco de Mayo Menu

Sure, my family lives in Connecticut, but May 5 has a special significance in our house — we just love Mexican food. Some Mexican dishes — especially the Americanized versions — can be cheese and fat overloads. Create a mid-week fiesta full of bold and spicy flavors, without the calorie worry.

Spotlight Recipe: Venison Curry Meatballs in Sun-Dried Tomato Phyllo Cups

These cocktail-sized appetizers feature an unusual protein: venison (that’s deer meat). You’ll probably need to look harder for it at your local butcher, but venison is worth the 44 calories and 2 grams of fat per ounce (compared to 54 calories and 4 grams of fat for the same amount of ground beef). If you don’t want to try them appetizer-style in phyllo cups, make larger meatballs and serve them over whole-wheat spaghetti.