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Light Cooking

Seasoning Blend

If you’re watching your salt, try this healthier seasoning blend that adds great flavor: combine garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, white pepper and salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning.…

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Secrets of Baking Light

Sour cream isn’t the first ingredient folks think of when they’re eating light. But it can be a real boon to bakers. Although sour cream isn’t a substitute for shortening, butter or oil in…

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Shaping Cookies

When making cookies, I use a fork to flatten the dough. I spray it with cooking spray to keep it from sticking to the dough. This works nicely and creates a pretty crisscross pattern.—Alta…

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Simple Applesauce

This is a very simple hint, but it is luscious. Take four red apples, slice them fine (core, but do not peel) and blend them in the blender. Then chill the sauce. This tastes so good! Sheila D.,…

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Simple BLT

To make a simple bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, I toast two slices of reduced-calorie bread, spread on a little reduced-fat mayonnaise and sprinkle with real bacon bits (the store-bought…

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Simple Frosting

Here’s a simple way to frost an angel food cake or any other cake. Simply thaw a large container of light frozen whipped topping and fold in one package of any flavor sugar-free gelatin powder.…

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Simple Salt Cutbacks

Choose fresh vegetables when possible, or frozen or canned vegetables with no salt added. Rinse canned foods, such as tuna, to remove some of the sodium. Cook rice, pasta and hot cereals…

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Simple Smoothie

Here’s a tasty way to get a good start on those recommended fruit and milk servings for the day. Pour 2 cups of fat-free milk in a blender. Add 2 cups of any kind of frozen fruit, a packet of…

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Slicing Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is a great fat-free treat, but it’s difficult to slice since it squashes easily under pressure. I use my electric knife to make perfect slices every time. Helen W., Empire,…

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Slicing Beets

After peeling and cooking small fresh beets, I place them in my egg slicer one at a time. I get perfectly sliced beets every time—without stained fingers. Rose S., Bellevue, Kentucky

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