Light Cooking

Quick Snacking Tips

I buy 1/2-cup size reusable plastic containers and fill them with healthy foods for quick snacking. Good choices are fat-free cottage cheese, chickpeas, kidney beans, sliced fruit, no-sugar-added…

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Ranch Baked Potatoes

Instead of butter and sour cream, we top our baked potatoes with fat-free ranch dressing. It tastes great and is guilt-free. Beth H., Valley City, Ohio

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Ranch Fish Fillets

For an easy, delicious and different way to prepare fish, combine fat-free ranch dressing and picante sauce, then spread over fillets. Wrap them in foil and grill or bake until the fish flakes…

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Red-Hot Baked Apples

To make baked apples, I wash, core and place them in a baking dish. Then I pour some red-hot candies in the center of each apple and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar substitute. I…

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Reduced-Fat Meatballs

To reduce the amount of fat in meatballs and cut cleanup time, I bake them in a 400° oven for 20 minutes instead of frying them on the stovetop. Baking them on a rack in a broiler pan allows…

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Reducing Fat in Gravy

Here’s how I dramatically reduce the amount of fat in my gravy from roasted meat. I boil off most of the liquid until all that’s left are the brown caramelized juices on the bottom of the pan and…

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Reducing Sodium

You can substitute regular soy sauce for reduced-sodium (light), but your dishes will have a saltier taste. If using canned vegetables, you may want to rinse them to remove some of the sodium…and…

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Removing Fat from Broth

Here is a great way to get rid of the extra fat from broth if you don’t have a fat separator. Slightly cool the broth before pouring it into a large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. After a few…

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Removing Fat from Gravy

Before making gravy from meat drippings, I add a few ice cubes to the broth. In a few minutes, the fat cools and solidifies, making it easy to remove. It’s quicker than waiting for it to cool and…

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Removing Fat from Pan Juices

Leftover pan juices from roast chicken or beef add great flavor to soups and potpies. Here’s an easy way to remove the fat: After the meat is cooked, pour the pan juices into a bowl. Set it in the…

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