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Miniature pies, sweet or savory, are ideal party nibbles. I knew the ever-popular shepherd's pie would be perfect scaled down. I've also made the pies with ground lamb and a teaspoon of dried rosemary.—Suzanne Banfield, BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey
This is a great appetizer, especially when having company over for a barbecue. I had something similar at a Memorial Day party and I tried to recreate the flavor with lower fat ingredients.
-Jacqui Correa of Landing, New Jersey
When creating the Mocha Snack Cake, our Test Kitchen used a combination of sugar and sugar substitute for the best taste and texture while still cutting calories and carbs. They also used fruit puree, in this case prune baby food, in place of some of the oil in the cake. This savings allowed them to use full-fat whipped topping in the frosting.
I'm always looking for lighter recipes to take on tailgate outings. This one is quick and easy to marinate and take along. It's also great tasting and a family favorite. Veronica Callaghan-Glastonbury, Connecticut
It's surprising what a quick substitution or two will do. By simply switching from full-fat products to reduced- or low-fat, you can often save lots of fat and calories while keeping flavor and texture.
This is certainly the case with Leigh Thomas' Makeover Mexican Roll-Ups. The cook from Hahira, Georgia uses fat-free cream cheese and reduced-fat sour cream; this cuts nearly 70% of the fat and a whopping 75% of the cholesterol.
Yummy shrimp for a salad, but you could also serve it with tortillas or with Mexican rice. Jalapeno and chili powder lend just the right amount of heat and a wonderful aroma! —Marie Bason, Bend, Oregon