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Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Craving a fruity and refreshing beverage? Need a side dish for an upcoming potluck? Make a healthy choice using the recipes provided by Moundview Memorial Hospital and Clinics. 


2 cups raw vegetables, cut in bite-sized pieces (any combination of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green and or red pepper, green onions, squash, corn, peas, celery, or radishes)

4 cups cooked whole wheat pasta (any shape)

1/2 cup low-fat Italian salad dressing

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons low-fat parmesan cheese

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1/4 cup margarine
1-1/2 cup fresh chopped white onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1 cup dry, hulled barley
8 oz fresh mushroom pieces
1-1/2 cup chopped green peppers
2 cups chicken broth (99% fat free)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

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Pumpkin-Cranberry-MuffinThese tasty cranberry pumpkin muffins are the perfect fall treat to bake on a crisp fall day.


12 servings

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon allspice
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup pumpkin (canned)
2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen chopped)

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Flour tortilla

Assorted vegetables of your choice (such as red onion, colored bell peppers, green/yellow zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, etc.)

Parmesan cheese

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Arroz con Pollo (Rice With Chicken)

This tasty entrée, a staple in many Latin American countries, makes good use of a whole chicken and can be easily recreated in kitchens all over the world.


•  2 tbsp. vegetable oil
•  1 whole chicken, separated, skin removed
•  1 green pepper, chopped
•  1 onion, chopped
•  1 tomato, chopped
•  2¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth 
•  1 bay leaf
•  3 garlic cloves, minced
•  1 cup rice
•  1 cup peas (fresh, frozen or canned)
•  Salt and pepper to taste

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Grilling causes the sugar in fruit to caramelize.  It tastes great, is full of vitamins and is low in calories.   pineapple

Here are a few tips to make grilling fruit a success for you:

  • Brush the fruit with a little olive oil to add flavor and keep it from sticking to the grill
  • Grill fruit over indirect heat
  • Fruit doesn't take long to grill so stay close to keep an eye on it

Fruits that hold up well on the grill include: watermelon, banana, pineapple, peaches, plums, apples, strawberries, figs and cantaloupe.  You can cut them in small chunks and thread them on a skewer or leave them in larger pieces.

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