Heart-Healthy and Diabetes-Friendly: Glazed Pork Roast

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 20, 2017 12:22:51 PM

Marinate the pork loin the night before and you can have this satisfying Glazed Pork Roast ready in about an hour. While the roast is in the oven, sauté some spinach for a quick, healthy side dish.


  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp tamari
  • 1 Tbsp teriyaki sauce (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 lb center-cut pork loin
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
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Try this Tasty, Heart-Healthy Tortellini with Vegetables Recipe

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 15, 2017 12:42:56 PM

Here’s a quick dinner for any night of the week—cheese tortellini in a creamy sauce plus your favorite veggies. This tortellini and vegetables recipe will become a favorite.


  • 1 can (14 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 cups chopped fresh or frozen vegetables, such as peas, carrots and broccoli
  • 1 package (16 oz) frozen cheese tortellini
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Valentine's Day Recipes to Take to Heart

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 13, 2017 11:08:35 AM

Valentine's Day means romance, but romance often translates into large, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. We like chocolate as much as anybody else does, but when you think about it, your gift from the heart goes right to the hips.

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A Healthy, Hearty Meal for a Cold Wintry Night: Russian Meat Balls with Gravy

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 9, 2017 2:10:45 PM

A delicious hearty meal for a cold night, these Russian Meat Balls with Gravy are light and satisfying at the same time. 


  • 1 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice, rinsed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste mixed with 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
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Buffalo Chicken Pizza Will Heat Up Your Super Bowl Party

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

For a thin-crust pizza that can be ready in minutes, try this Buffalo chicken pizza. Whole grain flat breads make an easy crust. For a less spicy Buffalo chicken, hold off on the hot sauce.


  • 1 Tbsp trans fat free margarine
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2–3 Tbsp hot sauce, medium to spicy heat
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 4 whole grain flat breads (about 7 inches each)
  • 2 Tbsp shredded part-skim mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 Tbsp reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
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Healthy Mac and Cheese Bites Bound to Be a Party Crowd Pleaser

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 1, 2017 2:17:51 PM

Here’s an easy appetizer for your next football party. These healthy mac and cheese bites will be a crowd favorite.


  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cup nonfat sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp trans fat free margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked multigrain elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Hot sauce, optional
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Add Heart-Healthy Pulled Pork Sliders to Your Party Menu

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 1, 2017 2:08:45 PM

This quick, easy recipe for pulled pork sliders will keep you out of the kitchen and at the party with your guests. The garlic spinach topping adds a hearty flavor to the mellow pork. 



  • 1 lb pork loin
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chopped spinach
  • 18 whole wheat mini-burger buns, split


  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Lightly coat a shallow skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Sear pork loin in skillet over medium-high heat, turning to brown all sides. Transfer to baking pan and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center registers 145°. As an alternative to baking in the oven, the pork loin can be cooked in a slow-cooker, on high, for 4 hours.
  • Allow pork loin to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Using 2 forks, shred pork completely. In a large bowl, toss pork with BBQ sauce, coating evenly.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add spinach and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  • Transfer pulled pork to buns and top with spinach. Serve hot.
Yield:  18 sliders
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Party Down With Hearty Bean and Cheese Tostadas

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A hunger fighting powerhouse, the black beans in this yummy tostada are a great source of lean protein without saturated fat. Zucchini, corn and cherry tomatoes help make this colorful vegetarian recipe a satisfying meal.



  • 8 corn tortillas (6-inch diameter)
  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz grated reduced-fat white cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (1/4 cup)
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • Lime wedges, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange tortillas on 2 baking sheets and toast in oven until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheets.
  • Lightly spray baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Spread beans and onion on one and zucchini and jalapeños on the other. Lightly coat vegetables with cooking spray, season with the black pepper and roast until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Transfer half the beans and onion to a bowl with the water and mash beans with the back of a fork until smooth. (Add more water to reach desired consistency, if necessary.) Spread mixture onto tortillas.
  • Toss remaining beans and onion with zucchini, jalapeños and corn and divide among tortillas. Top each tostada with tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, scallions and avocado. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Yield:  8 servings 
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This Creamy Peanut Butter Snack Will Sweeten Up Your Super Bowl Party

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 31, 2017 11:39:24 AM

Here’s a healthy snack you can make in minutes. This delicious peanut butter recipe is a healthy dip for sliced apples, bananas or low-fat honey graham crackers.



  • 2/3 cup crumbled firm tofu
  • 2/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Apple and banana slices, optional
  • Low fat honey graham crackers, optional
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Serve Up Heart-Healthy Nacho Snacks for Your Big Party

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 30, 2017 9:46:12 AM

The filling for these nacho snacks works great in corn taco shells too. Perfect party food, these nacho snacks are a fun make-your-own finger food recipe.



  • 1 large Spanish onion, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast 
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 24 baked round corn chips 
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