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Light Cooking

Carrot and Raisin Salad

For a quick salad, grate some carrots and add a handful or two of golden raisins. Toss with the juice of one or two oranges. This combination is simple and nutritious. For a little different…

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Carrot Tomato Sauce

When making a tomato-based sauce, add finely shredded carrot to the mixture. The sweetness of the carrot will reduce some of the acidity, and it’s a sneaky way to add extra vegetables to your…

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Celery Slices

I love to serve those cute little peeled carrots on veggie trays when I’m entertaining. To make the celery look just as nice, I wash the ribs, then cut them on a diagonal into 1-inch slices. I…

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Chicken Salad with Water Chestnuts

Our family doesn’t like raw celery in recipes for chicken salad or potato salad. So I substitute the same amount of chopped water chestnuts. They provide bulk, crunch and a mild flavor that we…

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Cinnamon Pasta Sauce

For a subtle change from the usual pasta sauce, add a touch of cinnamon. It tastes great. Mario P., San Rafael, California

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Cinnamon Tortilla

Try this idea for a quick dessert. Spritz a flour tortilla with refrigerated butter-flavored spray and sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar and a couple dashes of cinnamon. Broil 2-3 inches from…

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Clean-Plate Club

If you're a member of the "clean-plate club," here are a few tricks to ease your guilt and trim calories. When you "fill" you plate, start with smaller portions and don't go back for seconds. If…

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Color Swirled Cake

Preparing angel food cake from a boxed mixed as a light dessert? Dress it up after stirring together the batter by pouring half into the pan. Then put drops of food coloring in different areas and…

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Colorful Appetizer

When serving healthier appetizers such as fresh vegetables with low-fat dip, I like to dress up the serving platter. So I cut the tops of red or green peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.…

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Cooking Spray

Whether I’m cooking, baking or frying, I use nonstick cooking spray instead of oil or butter. The spray cuts down on the number of fat and calories, and the flavored varieties help to punch up the…

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