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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011

Everyone loves recipes, so I’ll share a few more healthy, interesting ones! Happy cooking, and don’t forget to email me with your reviews/suggestions if you try them! kmpowell@tamu.edu

Grilled Eggs

Grilled eggs- now I have your attention! Eggs are one of my favorite foods –you’ve heard me talk about eggs and beans as nutritious, low cost and easy sources of protein time and time again. They’re tasty, easy-to-prepare, versatile, and satisfying. Eggs also have hard-to-get nutrients like selenium, vitamin D, lutein, and choline. Don’t even think about throwing out the yolk- it’s a goldmine of nutrients. If you’re afraid of the cholesterol, don’t be. Dietary cholesterol isn’t the villain it’s been portrayed to be in the past. Major national studies do not support a relationship between increased dietary cholesterol intake and heart disease. Moderation is key, just like with all good foods! Most people can safely eat a whole egg a day. So what’s not to love about eggs?While anyone who has gone camping knows you can fry an egg up on the grill or campfire, I went a different route: grilling eggs in bell pepper halves. They’re almost like mini frittatas in a veggie crust! I looooove red peppers on the grill – they get nice and soft and take on a smoky flavor.

Ingredients:

* 2 bell peppers (look for round peppers that can stand on their own)

* 3 eggs

* ¼ cup shredded cheese

* ¼ tsp salt

Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds and white parts. Whisk the rest of the ingredients together and pour into the peppers. Grill with the cover closed until the eggs are brown and bubbly – about a half hour. You could also cook these in the oven.

Lite Fried Okra

Try a healthier spin on this traditional southern dish! (You can toss in a light dusting of corn meal too!)

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

* 2 cups fresh okra, sliced

* 3/4 tsp olive oil

* 1/8 tsp salt

* 1/8 tsp black pepper

* non-stick spray as needed

In a bowl, combine sliced okra, salt, and pepper. Coat a large frying pan with cooking spray. Heat pan over medium heat. Add okra mixture, turning often with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until okra is browned, about 10 minutes. Serve with a hot sauce or your favorite relish.

Grapesicles

Frozen grapes are so refreshing!

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

* 2 cups green seedless grapes, rinsed

* 2 cups red seedless grapes, rinsed

* 6-inch wooden skewers

Thread six grapes, alternating colors, onto each wooden skewer. Place skewers in the freezer for 20-25 minutes, or until frozen. Serve immediately.

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