JUST IN: Katie Cavuto Boyle Cooking Demo

The chef whips up easy, healthy recipes for the Berwyn YMCA’s Spring Fest.

Chef Katie Cavuto BoyleIf you’re looking for something healthy to do tomorrow, April 24, the Berwyn YMCA is hosting Katie Cavuto Boyle, a chef, nutrition expert and 2009 contestant on The Next Food Network Star. Cavuto’s appearance is part of Spring Fest, the Y’s nationwide event celebrating healthy kids and a healthy Earth.

A self-proclaimed proponent of green cuisine, promoting healthy eating “for your body and the planet,” Cavuto will demonstrate simple recipes and offer cooking tips for busy and less-healthy-than-desired families from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the mansion’s courtyard. If you want to get a jump-start on turning over that new leaf, here are a few recipes she’ll be whipping up. This first set is for a variety of smoothies, so easily made in a blender (or even a Cuisinart) it’s ridiculous.

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Four Fabulous Smoothies
Each yields an 8-ounce serving

1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1 tbsp. agave or honey
1 firm ripe banana, peeled and sliced
Half-package (12.3 ounces) light silken tofu or 6 ounces vanilla yogurt

2 cups frozen sliced peaches
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1 cup blackberries
3/4 cup chopped soft silken tofu (about 4 ounces) or low-fat yogurt
1 tbsp. agave or honey

2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1 cup low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tbsp. agave or honey
1 large ripe banana

1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 tbsps. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
1 frozen sliced, ripe banana
1 eight-ounce container fat-free vanilla yogurt

Summer Grain Salad
Yields 8 servings

• 4 cups cooked quinoa* or whole-grain couscous
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 cup chopped bell peppers (use red, orange or yellow)
1 cup diced radishes
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup black beans
1 cup grilled or fresh corn kernels
2 tbsps. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
Juice of one lime (zest is optional)
1 tsp. ground cumin
• 1/4 cup chopped parsley (or cilantro)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and serve.

* To cook quinoa: Rinse quinoa well. Combine one part quinoa with two parts water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cover. Reduce heat, and simmer 15-20 minutes.

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