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Our Advice: Journal as 1/2 cup starchy food or legumes with one teaspoon fat + 1 ounce cheese

6 medium Idaho potatoes
3 stalks broccoli
1/4 cup skim milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp. pepper

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Scrub potatoes.
  • Make shallow slits around the middle as if you were cutting the potatoes in half lengthwise.
  • Bake until done 30 to 60 minutes, depending on size.
  • Peel broccoli stems.
  • Steam whole stalks just until tender and chop finely.
  • Carefully slice the potatoes in half and scoop the insides into a bowl with the broccoli.
  • Add milk, 3/4 cup cheese and pepper. Mash together until the mixture is pale green with dark green flecks.
  • Heap into the potato jackets and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Return to oven to heat through (about 15 minutes).

This is an official 5 A Day recipe.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutritional Analysis Per Potato: calories 274, fat 7.5 g, calories from fat 24%, fiber 4.4 g, cholesterol 22 mg, sodium 516 mg, protein 9.9 g.


Our Advice: Journal as 1/2 cup vegetable with sauce, gratin or fried + 1/2 cup starchy foods without fat + 1/2 cup skim milk + 1 tsp. oil

1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup zucchini, sliced
1 cup macaroni or rotini
1 Tbsp. flour (for sauce)
1 Tbsp. margarine (for sauce)
1 cup skim milk (for sauce)
1/4 tsp. dried basil (for sauce)
1/8 tsp. black pepper (for sauce)
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese (for sauce)

  • Steam vegetables until tender-crisp
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • In a small saucepan, melt margarine, blend in flour.
  • Gradually stir in milk and seasoning. (Do not add cheese at this time.)
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat and blend in cheese.
  • Pour over hot vegetables.
  • Add macaroni and mix together.

Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 433, fat 9 g, calories from fat 19%, cholesterol 7 mg, fiber 6 g, sodium 281 mg.

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