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Lower-Fat French Fries

“For French fries without a lot of added fat, I bake them after shaking on an equal amount of salt and chili powder,” says Sharon B. of Houston, Texas. “These seasoned fries are a hit.”

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Mashed Potato Deviled Eggs

Want a unique way to make healthier deviled eggs? Try using up leftover mashed potatoes. I hard-cook the eggs, peel them and cut them in half. Then I discard the yolks, stir the seasonings and…

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Mashed Potatoes with Peels

My family loves mashed potatoes. But I never like peeling the potatoes, so I rarely made them. Then I decided to leave the peels on. I simply clean the potatoes, cook them and mash them—peels and…

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Mayonnaise and Sour Cream Topping

I mix together equal parts of fat-free mayonnaise and fat-free sour cream. Then I use this to top Mexican dishes and mashed potatoes instead of regular sour cream. It tastes great and drastically…

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Measuring Portions

My husband is diabetic and watches his diet carefully. To help, I try to fix portions in the correct measurements so he doesn’t have to struggle with determining how much is appropriate. For…

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Measuring Salad Dressing Portions

In order to be more accurate with portion sizes of items like salad dressing, I use one of those small measuring cups that you get when you buy cough medicine. I keep it in a resealable plastic…

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Microwaving Potatoes

After a long day, I like to prepare a light meal that’s quick, too. Instead of turning on the oven and heating up my kitchen, I cook a medium baking potato in the microwave. It only takes about 6…

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Milled Flaxseed

Milled flaxseed is packed with heart-healthy oils and is a good source of fiber. Besides sprinkling it on cereal or blending it into smoothies, it can be substituted for some of the fat in breads…

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No Crust Pies

My family doesn’t care for pie crust, so I make pie fillings without the crust, which means less fat and fewer calories! For pumpkin pie, I double the filling recipe, pour the mixture into a…

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No-Fat Dill Sauce

Here’s a great tip a friend shared with me. To make a no-fat dill sauce to serve with salmon, just add fresh dill or dried dill to fat-free ranch salad dressing. It tastes wonderful, and I…

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