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Cristina Ferrare Shares Model Recipes for Healthy, Fresh Meals

Learn how to make watermelon salad, grilled lamb chops, strawberry shortcake and more

Cristina Ferrare Home and Family on the Hallmark Channel (Tara Donne)

Cristina Ferrare on the set of her Hallmark Channel show, "Home & Family." — 2013 Crown Media United States, LLC/Alexx Henry Studios/Jeremy Lee

She regularly graced the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan during the 1970s, but former supermodel Cristina Ferrare refused to diet —a t least back then.

"I modeled during the era of Twiggy, when most models were bone thin, but I never gave up food," she says now. "Cheryl Tiegs and I changed the landscape. We were lean, but we weren't skinny."

All that changed when Ferrare, now 63, went through menopause, an experience she chronicles in her memoir Okay, So I Don't Have a Headache: What I Learned (and What All Women Need to Know) About Hormones, PMS, Stress, Diet, Menopause — and Sex.

Your body changes.

You diet and exercise and you still have to struggle [with your weight]. I've gotten to the point where it's just about being healthy and making healthier choices for myself."

These days, Ferrare showcases those healthier lifestyle choices as cohost of the Emmy-nominated show Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel. For two hours every morning, she dishes up advice on style, family, home and health with cohost Mark Stein. "It's the nicest, happiest place I've ever worked," she says. "I go to work and laugh every day. I feel very blessed."

The mother of seven (two with ex-husband John DeLorean, two with current husband Tony Thomopoulos and three stepchildren), she also cooks almost every day.

She goes for easy meals like pasta with fresh tomatoes, homemade soups and tortilla wraps, using basic staples she always has on hand: chicken stock, rice, pasta, fresh beans, seasonal vegetables. "I grew up in an Italian family and I'm married to a Greek man, so all of my fondest memories revolve around food," she says. "Cooking and my family are my passions.

"I try to make sure that everything I cook is clean," Ferrare continues. "Nothing out of a can, nothing processed, and everything I buy is organic. There are a thousand ways to feed your family well without resorting to processed foods."

Next page: Watch a video of Cristina Ferrare making a fresh watermelon salad with feta cheese, red onion and a balsamic drizzle. »

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