Help for a healthful lifestyleKnowing you ought...

Help for a healthful lifestyle

Knowing you ought to eat a more healthful diet and knowing how to put together healthful meals from the supermarket and the kitchen may be two different things. Most people these days know they should eat more cereals and grains and more fruits and vegetables, less fat, sodium and cholesterol. But just how do you strip the fat from a time-honored recipe? Will it ever taste as good?


Practical tips for more nutritious eating are the specialty of the community outreach program of the University of Maryland's Department of Family Medicine. As part of a "Strike Out Stroke" campaign, the program is providing a series of free blood-pressure screenings and cooking demonstrations, with samples, and recipes and other educational materials available.

Among items being given out are the "Down Home Healthy" cookbook, by Leah Chase and Johnny Rivers. Ms. Chase is a New Orleans chef who cooks for her family-owned restaurant, Dooky Chase's, and frequently for community projects. Mr. Rivers is an executive chef with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The book is full of tips and strategies for eating better, and the recipes are updated versions of such favorites as catfish stew, baked pork chops, New Orleans red beans and other dishes, arranged in convenient menu form. The cookbook is published by the National Cancer Institute.


Here's a schedule of activities:

* Today: At the downtown Farmers Market, under the Jones Falls Expressway; blood-pressure screening, recipes, fruit and vegetable samples and educational materials.

* Tomorrow: From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Stop, Shop and Save market, 1907 W. Pratt St., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Farm Fresh market, 3427 Clifton Ave.; blood-pressure screenings, educational materials, samples.

* Tuesday: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Super Pride Supermarket, Lafayette Avenue and Payson Street, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stop, Shop and Save market 790 W. North Ave.; blood-pressure screenings, educational materials, recipes, samples and cooking demonstrations by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.

* Wednesday: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Super Fresh Supermarket, Westside Shopping Center on Frederick Avenue, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stop, Shop and Save, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave.; blood-pressure screenings, educational materials, recipes, samples and cooking demonstrations by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.

Planning may be the hardest part of getting family meals on the table. The folks at Pillsbury hope to help the process with a new booklet called "Family Dinners." There are tips for using "planned overs" -- leftovers designed to ease the cooking process over a couple of days -- as well as menu suggestions, tips and techniques. There are 90 recipes in the book, all with per-serving nutritional information. The booklet will be available for $2.75 at supermarkets starting Tuesday. Or it can be ordered by mail. Send $3.95, which includes postage and handling, to Pillsbury Publications, Dept. 8077, 1001 N. 4th St., LeSueur, Minn. 56058.

OC Here's a sample recipe, for a side dish that's right in season:

Baked herbed tomatoes


Serves 4

2 large tomatoes, cut in half crosswise

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/2 to 1 teaspoon lemon pepper

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish. Place tomatoes, cut side up, in the greased dish. Top each with Parmesan cheese, basil and lemon pepper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft and thoroughly heated.


Can't resist Godiva chocolates? Now there's a new temptation at Godiva Chocolatier shops: gourmet coffee. The new line of Cafe Godiva flavored coffees is designed for after-dinner drinking. Varieties are special roast, European roast (decaffeinated), vanilla hazelnut, cinnamon praline and toasted almond. There's no chocolate flavor; Godiva didn't want the coffee taste to compete with the candy taste. The coffees cost $2.50 for 2 ounces and $10 for 10 ounces in regular versions, and $2.75 and $11 for decaf versions, at all Godiva locations. The coffees may also be ordered by phone, for credit-card orders only, at (800) 643-1579.

Taking stock of a new broth

Adding broth instead of water to such dishes as rice, stir-fries, soups and stews is a time-honored trick to add richer flavor. The problem is that most folks don't have time to make their own stocks and broths. Campbell Soup Co. thinks its new Swanson Clear Vegetable Broth is the answer: It's a blend of carrots, beets, celery, parsley, watercress, lettuce, tomatoes and spinach. It has 40 calories per 14 1/2 -ounce can, with 2 grams of fat. It's fairly high in sodium, at 1,840 milligrams per can, but if it's used in a dish that serves four to six, the amount is acceptable. Suggested retail price is 69 cents, and it's available wherever Campbell's Swanson broths are sold.