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Shipshape recipes from the "Love Boat".

SHIPSHAPE RECIPES FROM "THE LOVE BOAT" It happens every spring. We leave the sleepy winter months behind, only to peek down and discover a visible reminder of our long seclusion--the winter waist.

In search of "slim" suggestions,we booked passage aboard the Love Boat to ask the amiable crew members how they manage to shed unwelcome weight and stay so shipshape. Members of the health-conscious cast were happy to offer their favorite low-calorie recipes and exercise tips to help us landlubbers trim down and tone up for summer.

"My wife, Yolanda, and I reallyenjoy cooking and entertaining," says Bernie Kopell, the Love Boat's shipboard doctor. For him, the benefits of a healthful diet aren't just a line. dinner guests at the Kopell household always leave a little wiser. "I actually use the occasion to educate people on the importance of nutrition, by serving them healthy, absolute delicious meals," Kopell says. Often, the menu includes beans. "Beans were the food of the past and are the food of the future," he says. "They conain virtually no fat, are high in fiber, and offer tremendous side benefits to our bodies." Along with his nutritious diet, he faithfully works out with weights and hits the tennis court as often as his busy schedule will permit. Kopell's nutritional conviction is evident in the Bernie's Beans recipe.

Bernie's Beans3 cups beans, any variety (i.e., pinto, kidney, lentil) 3 onions, minced 2 cups brown rice 1 package Hain Chili Mix 1 package (1 lb.) frozen corn 2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced

Soak beans in water overnight (unlessusing lentils). With fresh water just covering beans, bring to boil for 10 minutes. Empty water from firt boil; refill pot until water is 1/2 inch above beans and reboil. Reduce heat; simmer, about 2 hours. If necessary, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup additional water to prevent beans from burning or sticking to bottom of pot. Set water aside.

In large pot, sauteonions; add brown rice, beans, and 5 cups previously boiled water. Cover; cook 25 minutes. Add chili mix, corn, and minced garlic; cook additional 20 minutes.

Optional: Cut up vegetables(carrots, zucchini, broccoli, etc). Place on bottom of casserole with bean mixture on top; heat and serve. Top off with yogurt (low fat), sunflower seeds, soy sauce to taste, and sesame oil.

As Isaac Washingto(, the LoveBoat's good-natured bartender, Ted Lange hears his share of woes. As for a personal fitness program, there's no floundering for this star. "I rely on a daily morning fitness program, using Nautilus equipment," Lange says, "and complement the workout with aerobic training by running on a treadmill." The recipe, well-known in the Lange household, is called "Wednesday" because it ws in the featured fare every Wednesday for supper. The vegetable dish, Ted's own recipe, has now begun popping up on Tuesday and Friday nights. When his children ask him, "What's for supper?" Lange says, "Wednesday!"

Wednesday

Saute some mushrooms, garlic,onions (or scallions), and both a green and a red bell pepper in a litle corn oil. Do not season at all. Serve over brown rice. (Asparagus or similar vegetable can be added to recipe, but Lange prefers it as is.)

"I simply love to cook," saysWhelan, who plays Captain Stubing's vivacious daughter, Vicki, on the series. "I spend a lot of time in my kitchen, creating something a little new and different." Fellow cast members unanimously agree that her vittles get top billing. Chicken and Broccoli Italiano is one of Whelan's delicious originals--lean chicken breasts on a bed of broccoli, topped with a spicy tomato-and-cheese sauce. The dish makes dieting easy.

Chicken and Broccoli Italiano4 chicken breasts, skinned and sprinkled lightly with garlic and onion powder 2 packages frozen broccoli spears or large bunch fresh broccoli, steamed 1 can (21 oz.) tomato sauce with tomato bits 4 ounces thinly sliced mozzarella cheese (made with skim or low-fat milk, 1 oz. each) 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan chesse (low in sodium)

If chicken has bones: Season chickenbreasts, wrap tightly in foil, and bake 1-1/4 hours in 350[deg] F. oven. Cool chicken 10-15 minutes and gently remove bones. Place cooked broccoli in baking dish and cover with chicken. Pour sauce over each portion, cover each with one mozzarella slice, and sprinkle with Parmesan; bake additional 20 minutes or until sauce is hot and cheese has melted. Serve immediately.

If chicken is boned: Season chickenbreats. Place cooked broccoli and chicken in baking dish, pour sauce on top, and bake 40 minutes in 350[deg] F. ove. Add 1 mozzarella slice and sprinkle with Parmesan. Cook 20 additional minutes or until sauce is hot and cheese has melted. Serve immediately.

Captain Stubing is always incharge. Both on the screen and off, MacLeod believes in maintaining contro6, including keeping tabs on his weight. "Occasionally, I fast [sic] on distilled water and soup," the skipper says. "I wean myself off the fast by beginning with steamed vegetables l and gradually working myself back into my regular diet." His regular diet leans toward fish and chicken instead of beef. Although he's a talented weekend cook in his own right, MacLeod's TV daughter slipped this flavorful Stuffed Fillet of Sole into his recipe book. Not only are these rolled, stuffed fillets low in calories, but they also make an elegant entree for mealtime guests.

Stuffed Fillet of Sole2 cups thinly sliced fresh mushrooms 1 onion, minced 1 tablespoon minced parsley Half-cup water 8 sole fillets White pepper Paprika (optional) Salt substitute, to taste 1/3 cup sherry 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese Paprika or parsley flakes for garnish

Cook mushrooms, onion, and parsleyin water until soft. Sprinkle both sides of sole with white pepper, paprika, and salt substitute. Spoon cooked mixture equally onto each fillet. Fold one end of each fillet to form a roll and fasten with toothpicks. Place in baking dish, sprinkle sherry over each portion, and top with grated cheese. Use paprika or parsley flakes for garnish. Let fish sit 1 hour before baking to enhance flavor. Bake in 375[deg] F. oven for 30 minutes.

Ted McGinley, a bachelor, couldprobably stay in shape by sidestepping the overzealous female fans who chase after him. The handsome young newcomer to the Love Boat portrays Ashley Covington Evans, alias Ace, the ship's photographer. Although McGinley would like to entertain more often, he says, "I don't have enough plates." Offscreen, he is a real "jock" who jogs six miles a day, works out on the Nautilus machines that fill the second bedroom in his apartment, and swims "whenever I can find the time." His chicken-and-rice medley, topped with Paul Newman's creative contribution, even tastes light, and it's a snap to prepare.

Single-Guy's Celebration2 boneless chicken breasts, without skin White-wine marinade Lemon pepper 2 bunches broccoli Newman's Own salad dressing 2 servings rice

Marinate chicken breastsbriefly in white wine. Sprinkle lemon pepper over chicken, then grill. Steam broccoli for 4 minutes; pour salad dressing over top. Place chicken on rice. Top with margarine.
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