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Light Cooking

Lemon Flavoring

I use lemon in place of salt to bring out the flavor of meats and vegetables. Gladys H., Denver, Colorado

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Lemon Juicing Tip

When I cut a fresh lemon in half on an angle instead of straight up and down, it seems easier to squeeze and the juice flows out faster. Helen R., Tampa, Florida

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Light Cinnamon Toast

I have always loved cinnamon toast, but I’m watching my calorie intake these days. So I toast slices of diet bread and spray them with with Parkay no-calorie spray. I mix cinnamon with a little…

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Light Fried Tortillas

Being on a low-fat, low-sodium diet has its challenges. I like to substitute fresh parsley for salt called for in most recipes. To keep the parsley fresh, I cut 1/2 inch off the bottom of a bunch…

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Light Stuffing Mix

My family loves stuffing made from a boxed mix to go with turkey for holidays and special occasions. But rather than following the directions to prepare the stuffing with water and butter, I…

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Lightening Up Gravy

To make a lighter gravy, brown flour in a skillet. Cool slightly, then add some instant chicken, beef or vegetable bouillon granules and warm water. Cook and stir until thickened, then add salt…

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Lightening Up Soup

When trying to trim down, I ate a lot more soup than usual, reports Lee Ann O. It filled me up without causing me to overeat. Soup is also great for finishing off leftovers such as chicken, and…

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Lighter Cream

I’ve substituted liquid Coffee-Mate in several recipes that call for half-and-half or light cream, and the outcome was great. Gerri D., Hampstead, North Carolina

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Lighter Moist Cake

For a lighter moist cake, use any flavor cake mix and beat in a 12-ounce can of diet soda. Try diet lemon-lime soda with white or yellow cake mix and diet cola with a chocolate cake mix. Do not…

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Low Calorie Desserts

Here are some of my favorite lower-calorie desserts. I like to freeze bananas or fresh strawberries and top them with fat-free whipped topping or fat-free vanilla yogurt. Then drizzle with…

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