Individual Shepherd's Pie
The fact is, diets don't work in the long run. Americans spend $30 billion each year on diet plans, products, and potions, yet most people gain back up to two-thirds of pounds lost within a year, and all of it within five years.
So, what's the answer? Delicious food. That's right. Trim calories, fat, and sodium from your diet, but retain the flavor in every recipe you put on the table. Then you can say farewell to diet plans; your food still tastes great, so you don't feel deprived. And you're eating more healthfully. New Dieter's Cookbook takes just this approach.
Here, we've pulled together nine recipes from the book. And after you've checked out the menus, learn other fabulous tips to keep yourself on track to lose weight safely -- with flavor and fun.
Individual Shepherd's Pies Packaged instant mashed potatoes, a jar of fat-free gravy, and leftover lamb or beef add up to quick-to-fix, family-pleasing casseroles.
Lasagna By using lower-fat cheeses in this recipe, we slashed the fat per serving in half. This slimmer version also has 75 fewer calories than a standard lasagna recipe.
Lobster Newburg Milk replaces cream in this lightened version of an easy-to-fix classic. Serve it for a special brunch with friends or a romantic brunch for two.
Meatless Main Dishes
Cheese Calzones Thanks to reduced-fat products, dieters can indulge in these cheese-stuffed Italian turnovers. Plan ahead and thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator.
Asparagus Frittata The eggs are extended with cottage cheese for a slightly lower-fat version of frittata.
Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce The word "elegant" sums up this pear dessert. The contrast of the crimson-colored sauce against the ivory flesh of the pear is striking, and the flavor combination is superb.
Rum-Sauced Bananas Make this banana sauce just before serving over ice cream.