Shrimp Dumpling Soup

By Gracie Barresi, RDN/LDN This soup is a vegetable soup base with an Asian twist. It incorporates soy sauce and Worchester sauce to give it a great flavor. I made my dumplings from scratch, you could purchase premade ones but those are never as healthy as your own home cooking. You could also omit the shrimp and make this vegetarian. *Note: if you have extra … Continue reading Shrimp Dumpling Soup

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

By Gracie Barresi, RDN/LDN Tomato soup and grilled cheese are the perfect pairing. This soup transforms grilled cheese into croutons that are scattered across the top. It features homemade tomato soup – making it lower in sodium and sugar and whole grain bread – for added protein and fiber. INGREDIENTS for 4 servings: 3 tomatoes (I used vine ripe tomatoes) 2 TBS olive oil 1 … Continue reading Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Bake

By Gracie Barresi, RDN/LDN This meal is warm and comforting. It uses cooked skinless rotisserie chicken (to make your life easy) and you simply mix it with a few ingredients, layer it inside a crescent rolls and ta-dah you have a delicious balanced meal! INGREDIENTS for 4 servings: 16 oz skinless chicken breast (can cook breast or buy rotisserie chicken), shredded 1.5 cups broccoli florets 3/4 cup … Continue reading Chicken Broccoli Cheese Bake

Tortellini Soup

By Gracie Barresi, RDN/LDN This soup is warm and comforting for a cool day. It is easy to make, requires inexpensive ingredients and tastes great reheated (AKA it makes a great lunch the next day). The tortellini absorb some of the soup broth when cooking and become packed with flavor. INGREDIENTS for 6 servings: 2 TBS olive oil 3 celery stalks, chopped 3 carrot sticks, peeled and … Continue reading Tortellini Soup

Oatmeal – Grab and Go

Usually when I ask people what type of oatmeal they eat for breakfast they say the instant oatmeal in the brown paper packages – the ones loaded with sugar! Each packet has about 12 grams of sugar. I always suggest 10 grams of sugar or less for breakfast options (ex. yogurt, cereal, oatmeal etc.). To quickly and easily reduce the sugar of that oatmeal packet just … Continue reading Oatmeal – Grab and Go

Cheesy Potatoes

By Gracie Barresi, RDN/LDN These cheesy potatoes are super easy to make and the calories/fat is reduced by adding cottage cheese to the recipe. They are a great way to fill that grains portion on the MyPlate diagram. INGREDIENTS for 6 servings: 3 medium potatoes (about 18 oz) 1/2 cup cottage cheese 1/4 cup cheddar cheese + 4 TBS 1/3 cup no salt added vegetable … Continue reading Cheesy Potatoes

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

By Gracie Barresi, RDN/LDN This soup is rich and creamy from its purred vegetable base and cottage cheese. The soup combines various vitamins and minerals that support bone health. It is high in calcium, vitamin D and protein. I enjoyed my soup with half a sandwich for dinner and then again for lunch with a salad. INGREDIENTS for 5 servings: 3 celery stalks, diced 2 … Continue reading Broccoli Cheddar Soup