The Star’s Baby Bok Choy With Roasted Peanuts has a mild, sweet crunch and a silky texture. The recipe is also low in calories and is +a+ rich source of vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and folate.
The Star’s Raspberry Sorbet With Fresh Blackberries is an antioxidant-rich recipe loaded with folate, fiber and phytochemicals that may help improve memory and reduce the risk for developing heart disease and cancer. Top with a sprig of mint and you have a restaurant-quality dessert or palate cleanser.
Pork tenderloin is as lean as chicken breast — and sometimes just as bland. The trick is to gussy up these extra-lean cuts. The Star’s recipe for Spinach- and Basil-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin rolls up fresh spinach and basil and pairs it with canned tomatoes for ease of preparation.
A sandwich is by definition easy to make and easily portable. The Star’s version of Tuna Pan Bagnat is the perfect picnic sandwich because it must be made ahead of time. The name means “soaked bread.” In this case, a very crusty baguette is the perfect bread to use.
“No ingredient is too strange for a barbecue sauce,” writes grilling guru Steven Raichlen, author of “How to Grill” (Workman). The Star’s Rhubarb Barbecue Tenderloin will make you a believer in the power of strange ingredients. Plus, nutritionally speaking, rhubarb gets a big thumbs up.
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The French “tartine” is a savvy sandwich standby: a slice of buttered bread topped with whatever you have on hand. That could be jams, meats or cheeses. Even better: grilled veggies. The Star’s Grilled Vegetable Tartine takes inspiration from the open-faced tartine once served on the lunch menu at the Genessee Royale Bistro in the West Bottoms.
There’s more than one way to nip and tuck your next turkey burger. The Star’s Open-Faced Turkey Bruschetta Burger starts with a slider portion of lean ground turkey breast. Sliders are smart because they offer automatic portion control. Go one better by making the burger part of an open-faced sandwich on one half of a split whole-wheat English muffin.
The reported health benefits of miso are numerous: Miso is fermented, so it is a probiotic that aids in digestion, and it is high in compounds linked to lower rates of breast cancer, heart disease and menopausal symptoms. The Star’s Miso-Glazed Pan Seared Fish and Vegetables is a delicious way to try miso and start integrating it into your diet.
Are you cuckoo for cream puffs? With some savvy ingredient substitutions, the miniature pastries are the perfect splurge. The Star’s recipe for Cream Puffs reduces the butter to 3 tablespoons, skips the milk altogether and uses a mixture of whole eggs and egg whites.
Romesco is a classic sauce from the Catalonia region of Spain made of finely ground tomatoes, red bell peppers, garlic, toasted almonds, parsley and olive oil. All these ingredients are considered good nutritional choices.
With the Super Bowl just a few days away, it’s time to cook up a super bowl of chili. And don’t forget the beans. Beans are a bona-fide superfood, loaded with antioxidants that help the body defend against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The Star’s Enchilada Casserole is a Mexican-style family meal with a lighter touch. The recipe starts with a layer of ground round (about 11 percent fat). While the lower fat content would produce a dry, tough burger, ground round works well in casseroles.
The Star’s Pork and Black Bean Chili Mole offers a similar flavor profile as a more traditional Mexican mole but relies on reduced-sodium chicken broth, no-salt added tomato paste and cubes of lean pork loin to whittle down those numbers. To further boost the nutrition, we added black beans, another staple of the cuisine,
Do turkey leftovers lurk after your holiday dinners? The Star’s Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Cabbage Salad spins the last morsels of holiday leftovers into a creative salad featuring pre-packaged coleslaw mix. And while most slaws incorporate mayonnaise or buttermilk as a binder, we went for a lighter vinaigrette as a welcome respite after a season of rich excess.
For The Star's Multigrain Pasta Tuna Salad, we used a multigrain rotini with 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving. Additional ingredients boost the recipe to 7 grams per serving. The pasta salad is tossed with water-packed tuna, an excellent source of omega-3; antioxidant-rich red peppers; and artichokes, a source of vitamin A.
Try roasting cauliflower for a slightly nutty flavor. Add the florets to The Star’s Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Herbed Croutons and you can simultaneously satisfy a craving for a smooth, cream-style soup, without all the fat.