Light Cooking

Healthy Kettle Corn

I love kettle corn, but I know that the high fat content and calories aren’t good for me. So I came up with a healthier version. I pop the popcorn in an air popper. As I layer each batch in the…

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Healthy Meal Alternatives

I came from the “clean your plate” era and feel obligated to finish everything on my dinner plate. So I’ve found it works best for me if I put less food on my plate in the first place. When…

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Heavy Cream Alternative

I substitute heavy cream with a thickened low-fat milk. I blend 1 tablespoon flour into 1 cup milk and use it in cooked dishes, such as soups, sauces and casseroles. It provides the consistency of…

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Herb Chart

Instead of reaching for the salt shaker to season our favorite meals, I turn to a handy herb chart I have taped inside my cabinet door. It’s convenient to use because it lists herbs and the…

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Homemade Beef Broth

When I’m preparing a beef stir-fry, I cut the sirloin into thin strips. But some strips have more fat on them than we care to have. When I cut off the fat and there’s still meat attached, I use…

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Homemade Chicken Stock

I don’t need to buy salt-free chicken stock because I make it myself. I put three pounds of chicken, several black peppercorns, a celery rib and carrot in my slow cooker. I quarter an onion and…

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Keeping Hands Clean

Whenever I have a “hands-on” job like forming meatballs or skinning chicken breasts, I wear inexpensive disposable rubber or plastic gloves to keep my hands clean. Paul V., Whiting, New Jersey

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Lean Ground Beef

In an effort to reduce the fat in my family’s diet, I use 97% extra-lean ground beef in any recipe that calls for ground beef. I brown the ground beef in fat-free beef broth instead of oil. The…

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Leftover Raw Vegetables

When I have leftover raw vegetables from salad or veggie platters, I cut the larger ones into bite-size pieces and put them all in one heavy-duty plastic bag in the freezer. The next time I make…

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Leftover Rice

Whenever I have leftover rice from a stir-fry, I use it to make stuffed peppers later in the week. Or I open a can of chicken broth and make chicken rice soup or a can of tomato soup to make…

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