CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Summers are especially busy and there often isn't enough time to prepare a healthy dinner. This week's recipes focus on foods that can be made and served in 30 minutes or less. The Spanish omelet is especially quick, and everyone likes to eat breakfast for dinner. Kids think it is especially fun to eat foods "out of the norm."
Makes 4 servings. Source: National Institutes of Health.
5 small potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 1/2 cups green and/or red bell peppers, sliced thin
5 mushrooms, sliced thin
3 eggs, beaten
5 egg whites
Pepper and garlic salt
3 ounces part-skim mozzarella, shredded
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
HEAT oven to 375°.
COOK potatoes in boiling water until tender. In a nonstick pan, add oil and warm over medium heat.
ADD the onion, and sauté until brown. Add peppers and sauté until tender but not brown.
BEAT slightly, in a medium mixing bowl, the eggs and egg whites, pepper, garlic salt and mozzarella cheese. Stir egg, cheese mixture into the cooked vegetables.
OIL a 10-inch pie pan or ovenproof skillet. Transfer potatoes and egg mixture to pan. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
BAKE omelet until firm and brown on top, about 20 to 30 minutes.
SERVE with whole-wheat toast or English muffins.
Nutrition information: Per serving: 250 calories, 9 grams total fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 125 milligrams cholesterol, 220 milligrams sodium, 30 grams total carbohydrate, 4 grams dietary fiber, 3 grams sugars, 15 grams protein.
Makes 4 servings. Source: University of Massachusetts Extension Education Program.
1 loaf Italian or French bread, split lengthwise or 4 split English muffins
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
6 tablespoons green pepper, chopped
6 tablespoons mushrooms, fresh or canned, sliced
Additional vegetable toppings as desired
Italian seasoning (optional)
TOAST the bread or English muffin until slightly browned.
TOP bread with pizza sauce, vegetables and low-fat cheese. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning as desired.
RETURN bread to toaster oven (or regular oven heated to 350°). Heat until cheese melts.
SERVE with a fresh green salad.
Nutrition information: Per serving: 180 calories, 7 grams total fat, 3.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 540 milligrams sodium, 21 grams total carbohydrate, 3 grams dietary fiber, 2 grams sugars, 12 grams protein.
Baked Pork Chops
Makes 6 servings. Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
6 pork chops (lean, center cut, 1/2 inch thick)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
HEAT oven to 375°.
TRIM fat from pork chops. Place chops in a 13- by 9-inch baking pan.
SPREAD onion and pepper on top of chops. Sprinkle with pepper and salt. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
COVER pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover pan, turn chops and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes or until no pink remains.
SERVE with baked sweet potatoes or cooked brown rice.
Nutrition information: Per serving: 160 calories, 9 grams total fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 55 milligrams cholesterol, 150 milligrams sodium, 4 grams total carbohydrate, 1 grams dietary fiber, 2 grams sugars, 17 grams protein.
Manly Meat Loaf
Makes 6 servings. Source: Kansas Family Nutrition Program.