'Best Life Diet Cookbook' Recipes

2. Combine the garlic, oil, chili powder, sugar, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, cocoa and salt in a food processor and process until it becomes a paste, about 2 minutes.

3. Rub the pork with the mixture and allow to marinate at room temperature for 1 hour or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

4. Place in a baking pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. (The temperature will rise while it is resting.) Let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Slice into 1/2-inch-thick slices and serve.

Nutrition Information (approx.):

Per serving: Calories (204), Protein (25g), Carbohydrate (8g), Dietary Fiber (2g), Sugar (5g), Total Fat (8g), Saturated Fact (2g), Cholesterol (74mg), Calcium (41mg), Sodium (243mg)

Corn Pudding

Yield: 4 servings

Introduction:

1 cup water
1 cup almond, soy or fat-free milk
1/2 cup cornmeal, preferably whole grain
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
1 cup corn, cut off the cob, or frozen
1/8 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Bring the water and milk to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add the cornmeal, whisking the whole time you are adding it. Add the sage.

2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the corn, salt, and pepper. Serve.

Nutrition Information (approx.):

Per serving: Calories (133), Protein (5g), Carbohydrates (27g), Dietary Fiber (2g), Sugars (2g), Total Fat (1g), Saturated Fat (0g), Cholesterol (1mg), Calcium (95mg), Sodium (116mg)

Quinoa and Grapefruit

Yield: 4 servings

Introduction:

3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 red or pink grapefruit, sectioned, pith removed
2 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions (scallions)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as sorrel, Italian parsley, mint, or a mix of these
1/8 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste
24 sprays Wish-Bone Red Wine Vinaigrette Spritzer or 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Directions:

1. Place the quinoa in a medium-sized pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until the quinoa starts to get translucent around the edge, about 5 minutes. Drain the quinoa.

2. Combine the quinoa, grapefruit, green onions, oil, herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

3. Spray with the dressing, toss gently and serve.

Nutrition Information (approx.):

Per serving: Calories (183), Protein (5g), Carbohydrates (28g), Dietary Fiber (3g), Sugars (5g), Total Fat (5g), Saturated Fat (1g), Cholesterol (0mg), Calcium (38mg), Sodium (133mg)

Grape Crumble With Frozen Grapes

Yield: 4 servings

Serve this elegant dessert warm out of the oven with frozen grapes as a garnish. You can also crush the frozen grapes in a blender to make a mock sorbet. You'll get a taste of sweet and the health benefit of antioxidants from the grapes.

Introduction:

3/4 cup seedless green grapes, cut in half
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons soy milk or fat-free milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
3 1/4 cups red, black or a mixture seedless grapes

Directions:

1. Place the green grapes on a sheet pan in the freezer for at least 3 hours.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

3. Combine the oatmeal, baking powder, milk, oil and honey in a food processor and blend for 1 minute.

4. Place the red grapes in a 9-inch pie plate. Cover with the oatmeal mixture and bake for 20 minutes.

5. Garnish with frozen green grapes and serve.

Nutrition Information (approx.):

Per serving: Calories (198), Protein (3g), Carbohydrates (31g), Dietary Fiber (2g), Sugars (20g), Total Fat (8g), Saturated Fat (1g), Cholesterol (0mg), Calcium (54mg), Sodium (37mg)

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