This Month’s Health Tip:

Give any busy day a strong beginning by starting it with an energy-sustaining breakfast.

This Month’s Favorite Healthy Recipe:

Broccoli  Rabe, White Bean and Fontina Pasta


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat shells, fusilli or chiocciole
  • 1 large bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces, or 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 19-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 2/3 cup Toasted Breadcrumbs, optional (see Tip)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, according to package directions. Stir in broccoli rabe (or spinach) during the last 2 to 3 minutes. Drain. Dry the pot.

Whisk broth and flour in a small bowl until smooth. Heat oil in the pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth mixture and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly, until it thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Add beans, vinegar, salt and pepper and the pasta and broccoli rabe (or spinach). Cook, stirring, until the mixture is heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; add cheese, stirring until it melts. Serve immediately, topped with Toasted Breadcrumbs, if using.


To make toasted breadcrumbs, trim the crusts from 2 slices of whole-wheat sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor into coarse crumbs. Toss breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until golden and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes