Mini Spinach Calzones
At only 56 calories each, these petite calzones are perfect as appetizers. Or choose a few and make a meal out of them.
Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
This cool, refreshing sauce (which gets its taste from green onions, fresh mint, and cucumbers) pairs nicely with seasoned grilled chicken.
Tip: If you prefer, peel the cucumber for the sauce before you chop it.
Skip those high-fat, high-sodium store-bought chips and replace them with these easy-to-fix fat-free ones.
These veggie-filled rectangles are an easy way to fix eggs for a crowd. And with only 84 calories and 2 grams of fat each, they're a healthful way to start the day.
Chicken & Garbanzo Bean Soup
With a light licorice flavor and celery-like texture, fennel melds with the marjoram and thyme in this hearty soup.
Tip: Look for firm, smooth fennel bulbs without cracks and brown spots. Stalks should be crisp and leaves a bright green color.
Cilantro Three-Bean Salad
With all its color, this salad was made for a potluck! If you have some time to let it chill, it¿s also easy enough to whip together for a dinner at home.
Quinoa Garden Salad
Look for quinoa (keen-wah), a high-protein bead-shape grain, in the grains section of large supermarkets or in health food stores. Sweet pepper, lemon juice, and fresh parsley heighten the flavor.
Enjoy this low-fat, warm-weather crisp all season long. Rolled oats give the recipe extra heart-health benefits.
Tip: In the spring and early summer, make it with garden-fresh rhubarb and strawberries. Later in the summer, substitute ripe peaches.
These patties are made with shredded carrots, green onions, breadcrumbs, and ground turkey, plus yummy seasonings. At just 283 calories per serving and 2 grams of fat, it¿s a much more healthful option than the local burger joint.
Tip: Be sure to choose ground turkey breast instead of regular ground turkey, which may be a mixture of light and dark meat. If your store doesn't stock ground turkey breast, ask the butcher to grind 12 ounces of turkey breast.
Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup
Hearty and filling, this soup is the perfect fix when you want a few servings of veggies and good carbs.
Easy Blueberry Tarts
There are two good things about these delicious tarts: They look gorgeous and come together fast.
Barley Tomato Slices
Fresh mushrooms, green beans, tomatoes, and seasonings come together with barley and tomatoes in this tempting, low-fat side dish.
Tip: If you prefer, hollow out four small tomatoes and spoon in the barley mixture.
Glazed-Chicken Spinach Salad
Apple jelly and ginger combine in an easy-to-fix glaze for grilled chicken. Serve the chicken over a bed of spinach for the finishing touch.
Grilled Bass with Strawberry Salsa
A little bit of cayenne pepper gives this fruity salsa topper some kick and perfectly balances the rich flavors of the fish. And at just 2 grams of fat and 130 calories per serving, it¿s a meal you and your family can feel good about enjoying.
Antioxidant-rich blueberries lend a delightful purple hue to this creamy yogurt sipper. It's terrific for breakfast or as a midday pick-me-up.
Braided Cranberry Bread
This sweet bread is perfect straight out of the oven or served at room temperature with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
Mocha Pudding Cake
Some simple modifications keep this dessert in check. Applesauce substitutes for the cake¿s butter, while cocoa powder keeps the pudding slim and trim.
Top crunchy, delicious asparagus with reduced-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds to create this tasty vegetable side dish.
Tip: Asparagus will stay fresh longer if you wrap the bases of the spears in a wet paper towel and keep them tightly sealed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They should last for up to four days.
Red Pepper and Fennel Soup
If you love the sweet tang of red pepper soup, you¿ll rave about the addition of earthy fennel.
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