Spotlight Recipes: Tuna Time

Whether it's from the can or a fresh steak, tuna works for more than just the mayo-sodden salad. Try these healthy recipes.
Tuna Quesadillas

Whether it's from the can or a fresh steak, tuna works for more than just the mayo-sodden salad. Have some tonight and you'll get a good dose of protein and energy-boosting B-vitamins. If you opt for the canned stuff, choose chunk light tuna (it has less mercury) that's packed in water.

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Spotlight Recipe: Mediterranean Tuna Wrap

Fruity kalamata olives and olive oil give this tuna tons of flavor (you won’t miss the mayo). Parsley and lemon juice add the perfect amount of freshness.

Spotlight Recipe: Grilled Tuna with Black Sesame Seeds

These 259-calorie tuna steaks are packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fats and several energy-boosting B-vitamins.

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 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: 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 Recipe: Michelada

Want something more exciting than bottled beer for your game-day bash? If your friends are Bloody Mary fans, this Mexican cocktail might be a winner. Lime and hot sauce liven up the flavor without adding calories.

Spotlight Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca

I got spoiled this summer, getting to come home and have access to fresh ingredients, a full kitchen and, of course, free time to cook. However, going back to school doesn’t mean we college students can’t still enjoy a good, healthy meal! Pasta is a good ol’ standby, but this year, ditch the buttered noodles or Ramen packets and try this easy dish – it’s sure to earn you an A from your roommates or friends. Make it in bulk you and eat for a few days. Capers, anchovy paste and arugula might not be usual pantry staples, but you shouldn’t have trouble finding them at the local supermarket.

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.

Spotlight Recipes: Chicken Tonight

You can't go wrong with chicken for a simple weeknight meal. Here are a few tried-and-true chicken recipes from Ellie Krieger -- all of which come in under 400 calories and 15 grams of fat per serving.

Spotlight Recipes: Simple Smoothies

In about 5 minutes you can create an easy and tasty meal or snack. But not all smoothies are created equal. Here are tips on how to create a healthy and satisfying drink.