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Tips to Healthy Cooking

  • use vegetable oil instead of lard or bacon grease
  • bake instead of fry
  • fresh is better than canned
  • try new spices in place of salt 


Healthy Treats!


Yogurt Parfaits


2 cups vanilla low-fat yogurt

2 bananas, sliced

1/2 cups small, seedless grapes

1/4 cup dark or golden raisins or other dried fruit

1 large pear, peeled and diced

1 cup of sliced strawberries or other berries in season

granola, chopped nuts, cinnamon (optional)


  1. Divide the cut fruit evenly between 4 to 6 individual serving bowls.
  2. Top with yogurt.
  3. Sprinkle chopped nuts over the top, or garnish with cinnamon or granola
    Feel free to substitute non-fat yogurt or soy yogurt!

Spicy Tarka Dal


A spicy Indian favorite that is nutritious and inexpensive -And easy to make!


9 oz. red lentils


1 tsp. turmeric

1/4 Tb. ground coriander

1 oz butter

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1 medium onion

2 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp. chili powder

Fresh cilantro

Put lentils and water in pot. Add turmeric and ground coriander. Cook 15-20 minutes.

In a saucepan add finely chopped onion and crushed garlic to melted butter, along with cumin seeds. Brown for six minutes. Add chili powder.

Add cooked lentils to the spice pan. Garnish with melted butter and cilantro.

Add peppers or increase the chili powder to taste.