Home Cooking That's Flavorful and Healthier

All across the country, food lovers are cooking up something wholesome and flavorful. They are making a commit­ment to eating better on their own terms by making more meals at home. They are finding that home cooking with real ingredients is inherently healthier — and it’s surprisingly easy. With a few simple changes, you can make a big difference in the healthfulness of everyday meals.“By adding herbs and spices, it’s easy to make healthy foods more flavorful. And it’s a smart way to freshen up your family’s standby recipes while gradually reducing re­liance on sugar, sodium or fat,” said Chef Mark Garcia, of the McCormick Kitchens.For freshened-up family favorites, try making these simple, healthful changes that are simply delicious:--Replace the heavy breading on chicken tenders with a flour mixture spiced with paprika, black pepper and oregano. Bake it in the oven to reduce fat and calories.--For a healthier take on beef stew, use low sodium broth and serve over whole grain pasta or brown rice instead of mashed potatoes.--For a delicious twist on traditional chili, try using bone­less, skinless chicken breasts with black beans and corn. Pump up the authentic Southwest flavor with cumin, garlic powder and red pepper.Get more recipes like these at www.mccormick.com. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @Spices4Health.Hearty Beef Stew with Roasted VegetablesRoasting the vegetables before adding them to the stew brings out delicious caramelized flavors.Makes 6 servingsPrep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesIngredients:-4 cups cubed winter vegetables (cut into 1/2-inch pieces), such as carrots, butternut squash, parsnips or sweet potatoes-1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces-2 tablespoons olive oil, divided-1 1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes-3/4 cup chicken broth-3 McCormick Bay Leaves-1/2 teaspoon McCormick Thyme Leaves-1/2 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Coarse Ground-1/2 teaspoon salt-1/4 cup dry red wine or apple juice-3 cups prepared mashed potatoesDirections:Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss vegetables and onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil on large baking sheet. Roast 20 minutes or until vegetables are golden.Meanwhile, cook and stir beef in remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet on medium-high heat 5 minutes or until beef is browned. Add roasted vege­tables, chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, pepper, salt and wine. Bring to boil. Re­duce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove bay leaves from stew before serving. Serve stew over mashed potatoes.Test Kitchen Tip: If desired, add 2 McCormick Bay Leaves to cooking water when preparing fresh or instant potatoes. For instant mashed potatoes, remove bay leaves before adding potato flakes. For fresh potatoes, remove bay leaves before mashing.Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 406; Fat: 18g; Carbohydrates: 33g; Cholesterol: 59mg; Sodium: 745mg; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 28gOven-Fried ChickenBoneless chicken is seasoned and oven-fried for great taste that’s quick and easy enough for any day of the week.Makes 5 servingsPrep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 20 minutesIngredients:1/4 cup flour1 1/2 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt1/2 teaspoon McCormick Oregano Leaves1/4 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Ground1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves or thighs1/4 cup milk1 tablespoon butter, meltedDirections: Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with no stick cooking spray.Mix flour, seasoned salt, oregano and pepper in shallow dish. Moisten chicken with milk. Coat evenly with flour mixture. Place chicken in single layer on prepared pan. Drizzle with melted butter.Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.Test Kitchen Tip: For quicker, more uniform cook­ing, slice thick chicken breasts in half hori­zontally or pound chicken breasts thin.Flavor Variation: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning or Rosemary Leaves, crushed, in place of the oregano.Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 190; Fat: 6g; Carbohydrates: 6g; Cholesterol: 80mg; Sodium: 457mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 28gChicken Chili with Black Beans and CornMake a batch of this Super Spice-rich chili for your next get-together. It doubles easily if you are expect­ing a crowd.Makes 8 (1-cup) servingsPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutesIngredients:1 tablespoon vegetable oil1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes1 cup chopped green bell pepper1 cup chopped onion1 tablespoon McCormick Paprika1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Oregano Leaves1 teaspoon McCormick Cumin, Ground1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder1/4 teaspoon McCormick Red Pepper, Crushed1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed1 can (15 ounces) great Northern beans, drained and rinsed1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained1 cup chicken broth1 cup frozen cornDirections:Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken, bell pepper and onion; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Add paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and red pepper; mix well.Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes.Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 188; Fat: 4g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Cholesterol: 37mg; Sodium: 413mg; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 18g