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Dining With Darwish: The ‘Skinny’ on New Savory Recipes to Try

Our food columnist shares some savory and healthy recipes to help keep to your New Year resolution goal of eating healthier! Read on to get the delicious recipes.


Happy 2014! Socrates once said; “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new!” Well he was right! Many of us; myself included, may have included eating healthier on their New Year’s resolutions. I want you to kick off with a great start! So I am giving you the ‘skinny’ on 5 savory and healthy recipes to help you stick to your goals. YES, all without the guilt!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Shrimp is one of my all time favorite ‘skinny’ foods to cook with! Amazing with its simplicity, this Cilantro and Lime Shrimp recipe is easy to prepare, packed with protein and low in calories. Cooks in a few minutes, making no excuses to eat healthy when short on time! Serve over fluffy brown rice or with a green crunchy salad. 


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 lb shrimp, rinsed, shelled and deveined
  • 1-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper

Directions: Over medium –high heat, heat a large frying pan. Add the olive oil, when hot add the shrimp. Then season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes when the shrimp is cooked on one side, then turning adding the garlic to the mix. Sauté for another few minutes until the shrimp is fully cooked (be careful not to overcook). Remove from heat. Drizzle juice of lime and toss with cilantro, evenly coating. Serve hot.

Recipe adapted from this website.


Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille

A roasted vegetable ratatouille recipe takes a traditional garden stew and elevates it to a more elegant dish with its caramelizing vegetables. Instead of sautéing the vegetables, roasting helps cut back on the amount of olive oil being used. This ratatouille is simple and can be done in little over an hour! Perfect for sticking to that healthy resolution! 


  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 medium sized potatoes, (1-1 1/4 pounds), skinned, cut lengthwise and quartered into thin slices
  • 2 small zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Directions: Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit  Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, olive oil thyme, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper; evenly coating. Spread the vegetables evenly over both sheets.

Roast, stirring the vegetables a few times, being careful not to burn, until the vegetables are slightly collapsed or shriveled, starting to brown and very tender (about 60-80 minutes). If the vegetables look like they may burn turn down the heat or pule them closer together. If they look dry, drizzle on a little more olive oil. Using a slotted spatula, spoon all of the vegetables and any juices onto a serving bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from this website.


Asian Glazed Drumsticks

This next dish has an inspired Asian fusion. The drumsticks are bathed in a delicious glaze that stops you in mid bite wondering how can this meal be low in calories, healthy AND delicious?! Serve with steamed vegetables or brown rice for a complete low fat meal. The Sriracha hot sauce adds that little kick making this super addicting! You can buy it in most grocery stores or order from online.


  • 8 medium chicken drumsticks, skin removed
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha hot sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey (or sugar)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp chives or scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Directions: In a heavy large saucepan, brown chicken on high for 3-4 minutes with a little spray oil. Add water, balsamic, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, hot sauce and cook on high until liquid comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for about 20 minutes. Remove cover and bring heat to high, allowing sauce to reduce down, about 8-10 minutes, until it becomes thick, turning chicken occasionally (keep an eye on glaze, you don’t want it to burn when it starts becoming thick). Transfer chicken to a platter and pour sauce on top. Top with chives and sesame seeds and serve.

Recipe adapted from this website.


Cocoa-Nut Bananas

Eating healthy may have you going bananas- literally. Try these sweet treats to eating well; Cocoa-Nut Bananas will have you indulging your sweet tooth without compromising your New Year’s resolution for eating healthy! 


  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp toasted unsweetened coconut
  • 2 small bananas, sliced on the bias

Directions: Place cocoa and coconut on separate plates. Roll each banana slice in the cocoa, shake off the excess, and then dip in the coconut.

Recipe adapted from this website.


Pina Colada Yogurt Parfait

A new year brings on new hopes and plans. With all that dedication and perseverance to eating healthy this next dessert will award you with a trip to the ‘tropics’…OK not really but this Pina Colada Yogurt Parfait will have you soaking away in paradise while melting away those calories!


  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup crushed canned pineapple, or canned mandarin oranges
  • 1 tbsp toasted coconut, (see Tip)

Directions: Top yogurt with pineapple (or canned mandarin oranges) and coconut.

TIP: To toast coconut place it in a small dry skillet and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 5 minutes or spread in a shallow baking dish and bake at 350°F until light golden and fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from this website.


***Trying something new for the New Year? What recipes are on your list? We would love to hear! Leave a comment and link below! Wishing you all a healthy, happy New Year!



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