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It’s National Grilled Cheese Day! 5 Gooey Recipes
There are few foods more comforting than a grilled cheese, and it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to this savory indulgence. We consulted the best of the best—five New York City restaurants that specialize in grilled cheese sandwiches—to get their exclusive, gourmet (and pleasingly gooey) recipes.
These recipes are anything but ordinary—from goat cheese paired with fig jam, to the delicious trio of avocado, Swiss cheese, and chicken—there’s something to please any palette. So let your taste buds travel back in time to the days of monkey bars and milk cartons as you cook up these new variations on the classic lunchtime treat.
Grilled Cheese with Chicken & Avocado (from Melt Shop)
The Solstice Sandwich: Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, and Pecans (from Murray’s Cheese)
Merguez Sausage Sandwich: Fontina, Gruyere, and Sausage (from Little Muenster)
Maple Monsieur: Smoked Ham and Raclette Cheese (from Saxelby Cheesemongers)
Taleggio Grilled Cheese: Bulgogi Sauce, Bok Choy, Taleggio Cheese  (from Morris Grilled Cheese)

Photo: Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock

It’s National Grilled Cheese Day! 5 Gooey Recipes

There are few foods more comforting than a grilled cheese, and it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to this savory indulgence. We consulted the best of the best—five New York City restaurants that specialize in grilled cheese sandwiches—to get their exclusive, gourmet (and pleasingly gooey) recipes.

These recipes are anything but ordinary—from goat cheese paired with fig jam, to the delicious trio of avocado, Swiss cheese, and chicken—there’s something to please any palette. So let your taste buds travel back in time to the days of monkey bars and milk cartons as you cook up these new variations on the classic lunchtime treat.

Grilled Cheese with Chicken & Avocado (from Melt Shop)

The Solstice Sandwich: Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, and Pecans (from Murray’s Cheese)

Merguez Sausage Sandwich: Fontina, Gruyere, and Sausage (from Little Muenster)

Maple Monsieur: Smoked Ham and Raclette Cheese (from Saxelby Cheesemongers)

Taleggio Grilled Cheese: Bulgogi Sauce, Bok Choy, Taleggio Cheese  (from Morris Grilled Cheese)

Photo: Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock

7 Simple Soy Recipes | Meatless Monday
Although soybeans are hotly debated legumes, they’re a good source of protein for anyone avoiding meat on Mondays—or every day of the week.
And since April is National Soy Foods Month, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite recipes that incorporate the plant-based protein. Whether your ingredient of choice is miso, tempeh or tofu, it’s simple to include soy at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Pick organic soy products when possible to avoid consuming soybeans that have been genetically modified.
Banana, Berry, and Tofu Smoothie Start your day with a nutrient-packed blend that’s easy on your belly.
Tofu Spinach Wrap This easy-to-assemble lunch is spicy and satisfying.
Edamame Hummus When snack time rolls around, wake up your taste buds by subbing soybeans for chickpeas.
Baked Eggplant with Miso The Japanese eggplant in this vegetarian recipe tastes sweeter than the traditional eggplant used in Italian cooking. Plus, it has fewer seeds.
Lemony Shells with Edamame With only five ingredients, this citrusy supper is perfect for spring.
Fast Tempeh Stir-Fry Add some flair to your next Asian-inspired meal by trying tempeh in place of tofu.
Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake Pack in protein even when you’re eating dessert. The lighter ingredients in this recipe make it slightly less sinful.
photo: iStockphoto/Thinkstock

7 Simple Soy Recipes | Meatless Monday

Although soybeans are hotly debated legumes, they’re a good source of protein for anyone avoiding meat on Mondays—or every day of the week.

And since April is National Soy Foods Month, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite recipes that incorporate the plant-based protein. Whether your ingredient of choice is miso, tempeh or tofu, it’s simple to include soy at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Pick organic soy products when possible to avoid consuming soybeans that have been genetically modified.

Banana, Berry, and Tofu Smoothie Start your day with a nutrient-packed blend that’s easy on your belly.

Tofu Spinach Wrap This easy-to-assemble lunch is spicy and satisfying.

Edamame Hummus When snack time rolls around, wake up your taste buds by subbing soybeans for chickpeas.

Baked Eggplant with Miso The Japanese eggplant in this vegetarian recipe tastes sweeter than the traditional eggplant used in Italian cooking. Plus, it has fewer seeds.

Lemony Shells with Edamame With only five ingredients, this citrusy supper is perfect for spring.

Fast Tempeh Stir-Fry Add some flair to your next Asian-inspired meal by trying tempeh in place of tofu.

Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake Pack in protein even when you’re eating dessert. The lighter ingredients in this recipe make it slightly less sinful.

photo: iStockphoto/Thinkstock
10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes!
For a humble root vegetable, the sweet potato sure does have a lot going for it. The orange tuber packs 438% of your daily value of infection-fighting vitamin A and, like carrots, sweet potatoes are a major source of skin-protecting beta-carotene. While bananas are often touted as the go-to source of potassium, a medium sweet potato has 28% more potassium than a banana. (The mineral helps your body absorb fluids to replace sweat losses.)
Whether sweet potatoes only enter your kitchen on Thanksgiving or they have a regular spot in your cooking rotation, you could probably use more delicious ways to prepare them. Here are 10 recipes for dishes from fries to soup—each with about 300 calories or less.
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Gingered Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
Spiced Sweet Potato Chips
Baked Sweet Potato Latkes
Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges
Chili-Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Apple and Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Ginger Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Marshmallow Whipped Sweet Potatoes

10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes!

For a humble root vegetable, the sweet potato sure does have a lot going for it. The orange tuber packs 438% of your daily value of infection-fighting vitamin A and, like carrots, sweet potatoes are a major source of skin-protecting beta-carotene. While bananas are often touted as the go-to source of potassium, a medium sweet potato has 28% more potassium than a banana. (The mineral helps your body absorb fluids to replace sweat losses.)

Whether sweet potatoes only enter your kitchen on Thanksgiving or they have a regular spot in your cooking rotation, you could probably use more delicious ways to prepare them. Here are 10 recipes for dishes from fries to soup—each with about 300 calories or less.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Gingered Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

Spiced Sweet Potato Chips

Baked Sweet Potato Latkes

Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges

Chili-Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Apple and Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Ginger Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Marshmallow Whipped Sweet Potatoes


Tuscan Baked Zucchini with Orzo and Artichokes
Ingredients 4 medium zucchini 1 jar water-packed artichokes (6 oz), drained 1 cup cooked whole-wheat orzo or couscous 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided 2 cloves garlic, chopped 3 Tbsp seasoned bread crumbs 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted 1/3 cup marinara sauce 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
How to make it:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spritz a 9” x 13” baking pan with cooking spray. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out seeds and flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell and reserving the flesh. Brush zucchini shells with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
2. While zucchini is baking, chop the reserved zucchini and artichokes and place in a medium-size bowl. Add garlic and combine. Heat the remaining oil in a nonstick skillet and cook the zucchini mixture for 3 to 5 minutes, until zucchini is softened. Remove from heat and add cooked orzo, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and marinara sauce.
3. Fill each zucchini shell with about 1/3 cup filling and top each with 1 tablespoon mozzarella. Return filled zucchini to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes, until filling is heated through and cheese is melted.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
Per serving (2 halves): 300 cal, 13 g fat (3.5 g sat), 34 g carbs, 630 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 15 g protein
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Tuscan Baked Zucchini with Orzo and Artichokes

Ingredients
4 medium zucchini
1 jar water-packed artichokes (6 oz), drained
1 cup cooked whole-wheat orzo or couscous
1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

How to make it:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spritz a 9” x 13” baking pan with cooking spray. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out seeds and flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell and reserving the flesh. Brush zucchini shells with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

2. While zucchini is baking, chop the reserved zucchini and artichokes and place in a medium-size bowl. Add garlic and combine. Heat the remaining oil in a nonstick skillet and cook the zucchini mixture for 3 to 5 minutes, until zucchini is softened. Remove from heat and add cooked orzo, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and marinara sauce.

3. Fill each zucchini shell with about 1/3 cup filling and top each with 1 tablespoon mozzarella. Return filled zucchini to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes, until filling is heated through and cheese is melted.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS.

Per serving (2 halves): 300 cal, 13 g fat (3.5 g sat), 34 g carbs, 630 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 15 g protein


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Homemade Soda Recipes!
There are plenty of health reasons to avoid drinking soda—but that hasn’t stopped the average American from swigging 44.7 gallons of the stuff a year. Here’s a delicious sub: DIY bubbly drinks with gourmet flavors you won’t find in a store. They’re easy to make, and each of the following has just 120 calories (or less) per serving.
Pineapple Rosemary Ginger Soda
Cherry Vanilla Soda
Orange Mango Strawberry Soda
Sarsaparilla Root Beer
Raspberry-Lime Rickey
Watermelon-Mint Pop With a Kick
Pomegranate-Cranberry Soda

Homemade Soda Recipes!

There are plenty of health reasons to avoid drinking soda—but that hasn’t stopped the average American from swigging 44.7 gallons of the stuff a year. Here’s a delicious sub: DIY bubbly drinks with gourmet flavors you won’t find in a store. They’re easy to make, and each of the following has just 120 calories (or less) per serving.

Pineapple Rosemary Ginger Soda

Cherry Vanilla Soda

Orange Mango Strawberry Soda

Sarsaparilla Root Beer

Raspberry-Lime Rickey

Watermelon-Mint Pop With a Kick

Pomegranate-Cranberry Soda

Meatless Monday: Heart-Healthy Recipes
February is the perfect time to show your ticker some extra TLC. It’s Heart Month, the American Heart Association’s big push to raise awareness about the number one killer of women—heart disease.
While there are countless ways to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check, like hitting the gym regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and skipping the smokes, you might already be doing your heart a huge favor if you cut out meat one day a week. Researchers at Harvard University found that replacing saturated fats (those found in meat and full-fat dairy) with polyunsaturated fats (found in nuts, seeds, and olive oil), improves heart health (and makes weight loss easier, an added bonus we like).
This month, try taking your Monday routine one step further by donning a scarlet accessory. The Monday Campaigns, the parent organization behind Meatless Monday, is urging Americans to wear something red every Monday as a way to get women talking about their blood pressure, cholesterol, and other heart disease indicators (you’re never too young to be in the know!). Whether it’s via a face-to-face conversation, text message, or tweet, share the love. Wear red, tell your friends about it, and pass along these five heart-healthy recipes to the women you care about most.
Whole Wheat Pasta with Walnuts, Spinach, and Mozzarella (pictured) A mix of olive oil, walnuts, whole wheat spaghetti, spinach, and low-fat cheese, this dish is chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, omega-3s, whole grains, and antioxidants.
Fruit and Spice Cut Oatmeal Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that eating cereal, especially whole grain varieties, 7 days a week reduces high blood pressure risk by 25%. Give this belly-warming bowl a try.
Vegetable Paella This fiber-packed dish (there’s even beans in there) is the perfect way to get more produce onto your plate.
Herb Roasted Potato Medley All potatoes are good sources of vitamin C and fiber, but purple potatoes offer a dose of anthocyanins, which may help protect against heart disease and diabetes.
Easy Tropical Fruit Salad Berries are also brimming with anthocyanins, and according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating them regularly can help reduce your risk for high blood pressure.
photo: Mitch Mandel

Meatless Monday: Heart-Healthy Recipes

February is the perfect time to show your ticker some extra TLC. It’s Heart Month, the American Heart Association’s big push to raise awareness about the number one killer of women—heart disease.

While there are countless ways to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check, like hitting the gym regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and skipping the smokes, you might already be doing your heart a huge favor if you cut out meat one day a week. Researchers at Harvard University found that replacing saturated fats (those found in meat and full-fat dairy) with polyunsaturated fats (found in nuts, seeds, and olive oil), improves heart health (and makes weight loss easier, an added bonus we like).

This month, try taking your Monday routine one step further by donning a scarlet accessory. The Monday Campaigns, the parent organization behind Meatless Monday, is urging Americans to wear something red every Monday as a way to get women talking about their blood pressure, cholesterol, and other heart disease indicators (you’re never too young to be in the know!). Whether it’s via a face-to-face conversation, text message, or tweet, share the love. Wear red, tell your friends about it, and pass along these five heart-healthy recipes to the women you care about most.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Walnuts, Spinach, and Mozzarella (pictured) A mix of olive oil, walnuts, whole wheat spaghetti, spinach, and low-fat cheese, this dish is chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, omega-3s, whole grains, and antioxidants.

Fruit and Spice Cut Oatmeal Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that eating cereal, especially whole grain varieties, 7 days a week reduces high blood pressure risk by 25%. Give this belly-warming bowl a try.

Vegetable Paella This fiber-packed dish (there’s even beans in there) is the perfect way to get more produce onto your plate.

Herb Roasted Potato Medley All potatoes are good sources of vitamin C and fiber, but purple potatoes offer a dose of anthocyanins, which may help protect against heart disease and diabetes.

Easy Tropical Fruit Salad Berries are also brimming with anthocyanins, and according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating them regularly can help reduce your risk for high blood pressure.

photo: Mitch Mandel