Spotlight Recipe: Roasted Peanuts

Peanuts are packed with 30 nutrients, including protein and the antioxidant vitamin E. Nuts also contain heart-healthy fats -- just stick to a small handful to keep those calories under control.

Kick off National Peanut Month (that's March!) by roasting your own. This little nut is getting slammed lately because of a salmonella outbreak (that was caused by a manufacturer's poor handling, not the food itself), but peanuts are packed with 30 nutrients, including protein and the antioxidant vitamin E. Nuts also contain heart-healthy fats -- just stick to a small handful to keep those calories under control.

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Spotlight Recipe: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Biscotti

These peanut butter and chocolate biscotti pieces are bit time- and energy-intensive, but at a five-dozen yield, they are certainly worth the effort.

Spotlight Recipe: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

We had a couple posts this week on the snack and energy bars you can buy at the market lately. Continuing on the theme, I wanted to give props to Dana for this homemade recipe. Made with oatmeal, peanut butter, brown rice cereal and dried fruits, these bars are versatile -- mix it up with your favorite fruits or nut butter variations.

Spotlight Recipes: Roasted Chestnuts & A Seasonal Soup

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Spotlight Recipe: Michelada

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Spotlight Recipes: Gazpacho

Enjoy a refreshingly cool (and super healthy) soup this summer. Traditional gazpacho is a pureed mixture of fresh tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, onions, celery and cucumbers but don’t be afraid to get creative. Shake things up—blend a batch of watermelon, red pepper or white grape gazpacho instead.

Spotlight Recipes: Granita

Dig in to these delicious frozen treats that are reminiscent of Italian ices. Granita’s are harder in texture than sorbets and contain less sugar. To make a granita, cook up a simple sugar (combo of sugar and water) and add flavors such as coffee, mint, juice and wine along with fruit. Once the mixture has begun to freeze (it takes about 3 hours), scrape the ice crystals every so often as they start to form. Once frozen, scoop and serve.

Spotlight Recipes: Chutney

Chutney is a simmered-down or pureed combo of fruit (or veggies), spices and herbs. Instead of deep frying or drowning your fish, pork or meat in heavy sauces, opt for a tangy bite of chutney instead.

Spotlight Recipe: Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

With a coconut milk marinade and a sweet-and-spicy dipping sauce, this chicken Sate is perfect for any party.

Spotlight Recipes: Cucumber Madness

Did you realize these crunchy veggies contribute to your fluid needs? One medium cucumber is 96% water -- that's great for battling August's dehydrating temps. Cucumbers are pretty low in calories, too, with only 24 each and a good source of both vitamins C and K.

Spotlight Recipes: Winning Muchables

Looking for last-minute ideas for Super Bowl Sunday? Here are some basic party snacks and appetizers that meet our Healthy Eats criteria and will wow a crowd.