Posts Tagged 'Food Network'

Spring recipe: asparagus and tomato skewers

Image result for asparagus and tomato skewersSpring is finally here! It is definitely marked by the rainy, grey weather today. Only one more day until another short break, Marquette. I am back today with my usual seasonal tradition, a delicious, healthy recipe.

For this recipe, I’m banking on a little bit of warm weather. You need to fire up the grill for this one! This recipe is great for any occasion, or just because you want something tasty and healthy. I want you all to try these asparagus and tomato skewers with honey mustard-horseradish sauce this weekend! Incorporate them into your Easter dinner menu to try something new.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup clover honey
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • Wooden skewers soaked in water
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • Olive oil

Once you have all of your ingredients ready to go, preheat the grill. Stir together the mustard, honey, horseradish and mint in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Let everything sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or more to allow the flavors to meld.

Next, push the tomatoes onto the skewers and add the asparagus. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put the tomatoes on the grill and cook until charred on both sides. Grill the asparagus for about 2 minutes per side.

Lastly, put the vegetables on a platter and drizzle them with the mustard sauce. Serve them hot (my recommendation), or at room temperature.

The cool thing about this recipe is you could add in more veggies if you wanted. Try adding in carrots or potatoes, it would even be good with small bites of chicken too! I encourage you to try this new recipe and comment your thoughts on it below .I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and get to spend some relaxing time with family and friends and healthy cooking!

Alicia Diedrich

Eat This, Not That for the Holidays

By Amy Melichar Messman – Stressed about what to eat during the holidays?  You aren’t alone.  I was recently reading my December issue of “Redbook” magazine and came across an insert from Food Network’s very own Lisa Lillien.  She highlights some worst and best choices when it comes to food choices at holiday gatherings.  Here are some of her great suggestions and things to think about when making food decisions.


Worst: Chocolate truffles might be small, but each one packs about 90 calories and 8 grams of fat.

Best: Miniature candy canes have only 15 calories each.  They are fun and take a while to finish.


Worst: Thanks to the buttery pastry shell, heavy cream, and serious cheese, one tiny quiche is fattening; pop four in your mouth and you’ve consumed an entire meal’s worth of calories (about 600) before the main course.

Best: Go for the shrimp cocktail.  You can enjoy eight pieces with cocktail sauce for just 150 calories and 2 grams of fat.


Worst: Warm alcoholic beverages are very tempting when it’s freezing outside, but beware of the hot buttered rum.  One mug contains a whopping 400 calories.  It’s like chugging a glass of melted butter!

Best: Have a vodka soda for 100 calories.  Start with a shot of vodka (or gin); add club soda (skip the tonic- it’s loaded with sugar) and a squeeze of lime.  Cheers!!

Mall Food

Worst: If you’re taking a snack break from the hustle and bustle of shopping the sales, resist the coffee shop muffins.  Some of them top 600 calories.  Shopping during dinner time?  Steer clear of the Chinese stir-fry line.  Chicken Lo Mein or Beef and Broccoli is usually floating in an oily, sugary glaze.

Best: Your best bet is a grilled chicken salad with low-cal dressing, hold the croutons.  Keep on shopping!  You can burn 300 calories in a couple of hours walking around the mall.

Well…try one or two of her suggestions and you will inevitably save yourself some calories.   No matter what kind of gathering you are at during whatever holiday throughout the year, remember that moderation is the key.  Don’t deprive yourself of your favorites.   Just be mindful of what you are consuming and how much you are consuming and you will do great.  As Lisa puts it, you won’t have to ask Santa if you can borrow his suit!

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