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Light Cooking

Cooking Spray Alternative

I prefer not to use commercial nonstick cooking spray. So I went to the kitchenware area of a department store and bought a spray bottle made just for cooking oil. I fill it with canola, olive or…

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Cooking Spray Tip

Coating a baking dish or pan with nonstick cooking spray can be messy. The “overspray” often leaves a residue on my counter. To avoid this, I open the door of my dishwasher and hold the item…

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Corn Tortillas

To lighten up Mexican dishes, substitute corn tortillas when flour tortillas are called for in recipes. Yellow or white corn tortillas have less fat and fewer calories than flour tortillas. L.…

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Corn with Cream Cheese

When preparing corn for dinner, instead of adding a pat of butter, try a little reduced-fat cream cheese. Let it stand a minute to melt, then stir and serve. You’ll have rich-tasting corn with…

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Corned Beef Herbs

My wife and I enjoy corned beef and cabbage, especially the seasoning that comes in the packet with the beef. But we don’t like the little bits of herbs and spices on our food. Last time, rather…

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Cream Substitute

I’ve spent the last 10 years adapting my favorite recipes into lighter versions. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use fat-free evaporated milk whenever the recipe calls for cream or…

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I make mashed potatoes without adding butter or milk. First, I boil four to five medium potatoes and mash them. Then I stir in one undiluted can of 98% fat-free condensed soup (any cream variety…

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Crisp Salad Greens

To make salad greens crisp, I wash them, use a salad spinner to remove the water and put them in a serving bowl. I place a wet paper towel over the top and pop the bowl in the fridge. The greens…

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Crumbled Bacon

I like to keep a supply of cooked crumbled bacon in the freezer. By sprinkling a little into scrambled eggs, folks feel like they’ve had “bacon and eggs” for breakfast with only a fraction of the…

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Crunchy Coleslaw

For a good, crunchy coleslaw, add about 1/2 cup peeled and shredded broccoli stems to the cabbage mixture. We also like to add a small amount of jalapeno pepper to perk up the taste. Cornelia W.,…

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