Make healthier brownies, pumpkin bread, stir fry, more

Here, Keri Glassman shares ways to make dishes healthier by changing just one ingredient. Try avocado brownies, beef stir fry with coconut oil, turkey wraps with nori sheets, vegan "cheese" popcorn and pumpkin bread with bananas.

Zesty beef stir fry

Ingredients

    • For beef:
    • 1 tbsp. vegetable/coconut oil
    • 4 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
    • 3 tbsp. agave sweetener
    • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
    • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
    • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
    • 1 lb lean sirloin, sliced in 1/4-in strips
    • For vegetables:
    • 1 tbsp. vegetable/coconut oil
    • 1 medium onion, sliced
    • 1 cup broccoli florets
    • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
    • 1 small red bell pepper , sliced
    • 1 small yellow bell pepper, sliced
    • 3 carrots, sliced
    • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped

Preparation

Baking Directions:

1. In small bowl, combine all beef ingredients, tossing to coat sirloin. Cover and refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes.2. In large sauté pan, heat vegetable/coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Add broccoli, cauliflower, red and yellow peppers and carrots; sauté 5 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.3. Return sirloin with marinade to sauté pan and cook until meat is well done, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add vegetables back in and heat through.4. Garnish with chopped green onions.

Turkey wraps with nori sheets

Ingredients

    • 1 nori sheet/flour tortilla
    • 2 oz turkey
    • 1/4 cup sprouts
    • 1/8 avocado

Preparation

Baking Directions:

For healthier wraps with nori sheets:1. Lay nori sheet flat on surface; layer turkey, avocado, carrots and sprouts. Roll into wrap.For wraps with flour tortillas:1. Lay flour tortilla flat on surface; layer turkey, avocado, carrots and sprouts. Roll into wrap.

Pumpkin bread

Ingredients

    • 1 cup sugar/banana, mashed
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil!)
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
    • 1 3/4 cup flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Preparation

Baking Directions:

1. Beat eggs and mix with sugar/banana, oil, water, and pumpkin2. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.3. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients until just blended4. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan.5. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes .

"Cheese" popcorn

Ingredients

    • 4 cups air popped popcorn
    • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese/nutritional yeast

Preparation

Baking Directions:

1. Top popcorn with parmesan cheese/nutritional yeast.2. Toss to mix.

Avocado brownies

Ingredients

  • For butter brownies

    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • For avocado brownies

    • 2 avocados, mashed
    • 8 ounces dark chocolate, melted
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Preparation

Baking Directions:

For butter brownies:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray 9-inch square pan with non-stick spray.2. In bowl, mix melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in cocoa, flour, salt, baking powder. 3. Spread batter in pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through middle. For avocado brownies:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray 9-inch square pan with non-stick spray.2. In bowl, mix mashed avocado and melted chocolate; mix in sugar, then eggs and vanilla extract. 3. Add in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt until combined.4. Spread batter in pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through middle.

Tips:

½ cup mashed avocado is equivalent to ¼ of a large avocado.

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