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Light Cooking

Adding Fiber to Bread

My husband loves bread made in our bread machine, but he generally only likes plain white bread or sourdough bread. I wanted us to get more fiber in our diets, so I tossed a cup of high-fiber…

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Alternative Egg Salad

I discovered this trick when trying to find a lower-fat alternative to mayonnaise for my egg salad recipe. Simply add a few spoonfuls of low-fat cottage cheese. The texture of the cottage cheese…

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Angel Food Cake

I found that if I freeze an entire angel food cake overnight, it slices up nicely. Sandy F., Olivia, Minnesota

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Apple Pie a la Mode Alternative

Like to enjoy apple pie a la mode for dessert, but can’t afford the calories? Try this trick. Heat up some applesauce in the microwave and pour it over a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt. Then…

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Applesauce Bread

I use unsweetened applesauce instead of butter in bread machine recipes. My bread comes out just the same as if I’d used butter. Ronda V., Columbus, Nebraska

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Baked French Fries

My family loves French fries and steak fries, but we bake them to avoid all the fat from deep-frying. For every medium to large potato, we put a tablespoon of olive or canola oil in a resealable…

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Baked Fried Chicken

Instead of frying chickens in oil on the stovetop, I place it in a casserole dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. I bake the chicken for 45-60 minutes at 375°. My family likes this…

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Baking Light Tips

Whether you’re stirring up a batch of from-scratch cookies or making a packaged cake mix, eggs are usually among the ingredients. Eggs are essential in most baked goods. Both the whites and…

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Baking Light with Cocoa

Just because you’re trying to eat lighter doesn’t mean you have to swear off those chocolaty desserts you’ve come to love. Savvy cooks learn to substitute baking cocoa for some or all of the…

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Baking with Applesauce

I keep a six-pack of lunch-box size applesauce cups in my pantry. Anytime I’m making banana bread or other baked goods, I use one in place of some of the oil. Each measures about 1/2 cup of…

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