- Author: Araceli Delgadillo
Spring is upon us and with it comes warmer temperatures. This is perfect weather for a refreshing peach banana smoothie, whether you're looking for a healthy, refreshing recipe for your next family gathering or simply a new breakfast idea. This peach banana recipe is sure to keep you cool as the temperature warms up. Enjoy!
1 banana (medium, peeled and sliced)
2 cups of peaches (peaches can be fresh or frozen)
½ cup of canned pears (drained)
1 cup fat-free milk (or 1 cup of low-fat milk)
- Combine banana, peaches, canned pears, and milk in a blender.
- Blend until smooth
- Author: Araceli Delgadillo
- Editor: Emily Harris
Pizza is a favorite dish for many people. Pizza can be rather unhealthy between the dough, sauces and certain toppings. This recipe offers a quick and easy way to put a healthier spin on this classic dish by using items that you might already have in your pantry.
Image Source: California Department of Public Health
12 corn tortillas, small (or flour tortillas)
Vegetable oil (or margarine)
1 can of refried beans (16 ounces)
¼ cup onion (chopped)
2 ounces fresh or canned green chili peppers (diced)
3 tablespoons red taco sauce
3 cups of vegetables, such as broccoli, mushrooms, spinach, and red bell pepper (chopped)
½ cup cheese, shredded part-skim mozzarella
½ cup cilantro (chopped, fresh, optional)
1. Brush one side of two tortillas with water. Press the wet sides of the tortillas together to form a thick crust for the pizza.
2. Brush the outside of the tortillas with a small amount of oil or margarine. Evenly brown both sides in a heated frying pan. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. Set aside.
3. Heat refried beans, onion, and half of the chili peppers together in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
4. Spread about 1/3 cup of the bean mixture on each tortilla pizza. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of taco sauce, then top with 1/2 cup of the chopped vegetables, 1 teaspoon chili peppers, and 1 tablespoon cheese for each pizza.
5. Return to frying pan and heat until cheese melts. Top with cilantro, if desired. Serve immediately.
Source: California Department of Health Services, Healthy Latino Recipes Made with Love
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- Author: Emily Harris
Hot weather makes cold dishes essential. What better way to cool off than with a healthy, nutrient packed salad. Let's rethink salads in this edition of Tasty Tips and find creative ways to make salads an interesting part of your week.
- Bulk up your salad.
Salads don't have to only include lettuce and salad dressing. Use the chart below to add protein, veggies and more to make your salad a filling meal.
Try out these salad combinations:
Spinach, Carrots, Avocado, Turkey and Oil & Vinegar
Romaine, Tomatoes, Onions, Cucumber, Low-Fat Cheese, Whole Wheat Croutons and a Low-Fat Dressing of Your Choice
Spring Mix, Apples, Dried Fruit, Nuts and Fresh-Squeezed Citrus
What's your perfect combination? Let us know in the comments below!
- Salad doesn't just mean leafy greens.
Check out these salads that are based in grains and other vegetables:
- Join the #MeatlessMonday Movement and make a goal to try a meat-free salad recipe every week.
Try one of these salad recipes or a salad recipe of your own, take a picture and tweet it to us @UCCalFreshFC with the hashtags: #UCCE #UCANR and the name of the recipe!
- Author: DeAnna Molinar
Instead of going out to an expensive restaurant for dinner, save time and money by preparing a healthy dinner for you and your loved one(s).
Looking for that perfect recipe? Let us help! Try our Spaghetti and Spinach Pesto recipe below.
Not a fan of pesto? Visit www.choosemyplate.gov to find additional recipes for that special day.