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Light Cooking

Smart Substitutions

Whether you want to serve your family more meatless meals or simply reduce some of the meat in family favorites, consider the following ideas for savvy standbys: Cut back with casseroles.…

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Soup for One

I use a small can of mixed vegetables and a small can of vegetable juice to make a tasty soup for one person. I combine the veggies and juice in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave it until it’s…

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Souping Up Recipes

It’s easy to bring smile-fetching soup to the front burner of a food-smart meal plan. Keep the following secrets in mind when you’re lightening up your soup du jour. Skip the salt. Set down the…

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Spicy Seasoning

Since I cook almost salt-free, I came up with a spicy seasoning for ribs, chicken and chops. I mix equal amounts of white pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic…

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Steamed Apples

While steaming broccoli one day, I decided to add thin slices of apple to the pan to change the taste a bit. The apples steamed to a transparent consistency and the taste was delectable. Since I…

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Stuffed Vegetables

Whenever you’re scooping out the insides of any produce (from jalapeno peppers to squash) use a grapefruit spoon. It easily removes the membranes as well as the seeds. Leander A., Birmingham,…

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Stuffing-Coated Chicken Legs

I like to make what I call “stuffed” chicken legs. I remove the skin, and I coat them in chicken broth instead of melted butter (if using no-salt-added broth, spice it up with some garlic or…

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Sweets for Good Eating

When you need a bite to treat yourself, try these: Beyond-compare biscotti. Usually served alongside mugs of coffee or hot chocolate, most of these crunchy-twice baked cookies are wonderful…

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Switch to Lighter Ingredients

Many food items are available in fat-free or reduced-fat versions, especially dairy products, salad dressings, mayonnaise, crackers and soups. If you are not already using these items, start by…

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Tasty Topping for Cakes

Need a tasty topping for cakes and other desserts? I add a little extra flavor to reduced-fat frozen whipped topping with different extracts, such as coconut, cherry, lemon, etc. My family thinks…

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