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Light Cooking

Low-Calorie Buttery Popcorn

Love popcorn but not the calories? Pop the corn kernels in an air-popper, then spray the popped corn with butter-flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle it with your favorite powdered popcorn seasonings.…

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Low-Calorie Omelets

To cut some of the fat and calories in omelets, I bake the bacon in parchment paper-lined baking pans at 350° until crispy and drain on paper towels. Then I fix the omelets, using 1/4 cup egg…

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Low-Cholesterol Soup

We need to watch our cholesterol, so I make a large batch of low-cholesterol soup. I start with dried beans, peas, barley and rice, and add several seasonal vegetables and seasonings. I can keep…

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Low-Fat Crust

When making a crumb crust for a dessert, I reduce the amount of butter or margarine by one tablespoon and press the crunchy mixture into the pan. Then I spray the crust with nonstick cooking…

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Low-Fat Fried Potatoes

We love fried potatoes, but not all the fat that comes with frying them in oil. So I came up with this method. I coat the sliced potatoes with nonstick cooking spray, then spritz a nonstick frying…

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Low-Fat Ground Beef

To lower fat in recipes that call for 1-1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef, I use 3/4 pound extra-lean ground beef mixed with one can of rinsed, drained pinto beans instead. I brown the beef as usual…

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Low-Fat Sausage Gravy

My husband loves sausage gravy over biscuits for breakfast. Since we’re trying to eat less fat, I make a plain white sauce, then add salt, pepper, a dash of cayenne pepper and sage. It tastes just…

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Low-Fat Vegetable Saute

I try to use low-fat cooking techniques. When sautéing onions or other vegetables for a recipe, I spritz the pan with nonstick cooking spray rather than adding oil. As the vegetables cook, I add…

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Low-Salt Diet Tips

On a low-salt diet, I’m allowed just 1,000 mg of sodium per day. So I use Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning Blend and cider vinegar instead of salt at the end of cooking dishes such as stews, soups…

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Low-Sodium Stir-Fry

When my husband had to lower his sodium intake, we discovered two tricks for adding flavor to stir-fries without adding sodium. First, we use a small amount of sesame oil along with olive or…

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