Recipes for wise eating without a lot of math
Did you know 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds contains 16 grams of fat? That's among the useful tips in "Betty Crocker's Eat and Lose Weight" cookbook (Macmillan, $21.95). Besides being loaded with information about food choices and weight-loss techniques, the book has 200 recipes and was designed for people who don't want to tackle a complex weight-loss regimen. Recipes range from wild rice frittata to banana caramel pie.
A '90s kind of milk
If you could design a new milk for the '90s, what would you choose? No fat? Eighty calories a cup? (Skim milk has 90.) How about 500 milligrams of calcium per 8-ounce serving? Those are the characteristics of Cloverland/Green Spring Dairy's new Skim Delux milk. Natural dietary fiber and natural calcium are added to the milk in a process that absorbs fat particles and makes them indigestible. The milk is usually priced between skim and 2 percent.
According to the Old Farmer's Almanack, people in the United States are using 68 more spices than they did 10 years ago, and are continuing to sample from the world's tables, with more interest in Asian, Mediterranean and North African foods and flavors.
A food, not crayon color
Blood oranges, a hybrid descended from sweet wild citruses in Southeast Asia, are showing up on local gourmet and grocery store shelves. They have sweet red fruit and are good for eating or garnish. Or, suggests importer Melissa's brand/World Variety Produce Inc., roast them with chicken, or bake them for dessert with butter or margarine, brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts. Look for blood oranges in gourmet and specialty shops, such as Sutton Place Gourmet, where they're $2.99 a pound.
Pub Date: 1/22/97