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Recipes I've Shared:

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Based on a salad from the deli counter at the grocery store.

Stir Fried Bok Choy and Mizuna with Tofu

From Bon Appetit's 2012 Food Lovers Cleanse. My Whole Foods doesn't carry mizuna, so I substituted arugula.

Creamy Nicoise Salad

Twist on the Nicoise salad. Can also be served in a pita.

Creamy Sesame Dressing

Goes great with grilled romaine or kale

Pasta with Golden Cherry Tomatoes

Adapted from Mario Batali's recipe in Bon Appetit May 2011

Sriracha Kale Chips

In Everyday Food May 2011 (needed a fuller nutritional count than the magazine offered)

Snap Pea Salad with Mozzarella

Based on the one from Robin's Restaurant in Cambria, CA

Pecan Coconut Crusted Tofu

From Self Magazine Drop10 plan...expanded for 4 servings

Roasted Vegetable Tart

This recipe is extremely flexible and great for those days where you need to clean out the crisper drawer. You can use any combination of vegetables.

David's Favorite Udon

I made this up one night when my DH wanted asian noodles. It's calorie and sodium heavy so make it the focus of the plate rather than the side.

Saag Tofu

from Chow.com. Revised the original recipe to lower the sodium.

Spicy Crab Salad

From Self Magazine April 2011

Baked Eggs

Adapted from Julia Child


Very Good (2 ratings)
Romesco Sauce

Excellent sauce that goes with everything. From Cooking Light

Arugula Fennel Salad with Creamy Dressing

From Cooking Light March 2011. Recalculated for different mayo. This was really heavy on the dressing. You might want to cut the dressing in half.

Bahn Mi Sandwich

Vietnamese style pork sandwich. This comes together really quickly and is an easy lunch or dinner.

Peanut Soup (Flat Belly Diet)

Maybe the original recipe relies on store bought peanut buttter and that makes it creamier than using the all natural I get from Whole Foods, but this could be better. I'll take all suggestions! I also tweaked it for a more Asian style flavor.

Spicy Cucumber Salad

From Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2003

Indian Meatball Sandwiches

From Jillian Michael's Jump Start Diet in Self, January 2011

Nutty Rice

Cooking Light Jan/Feb 2011 Page 82

Shiritake Noodles in Peanut Sauce

A twist on the usual peanut noodles


Incredible! (1 rating)
Pasta with Walnut Tomato Pesto

From Prevention February 2011. Calculated at a side dish size. Can also be served as a main-dish for 4 people

White Bean Stew with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

From People Magazine "Half Their Size Issue" 2011 - by Joe Bastianich

The Best Mock Hollandaise

I've tried a lot of variations on Mock Hollandaise and this is the best one I've found yet. It's creamy, it doesn't curdle, and reheats perfectly. This recipe can be easily doubled.

Fennel and Apple Turkey Loaf

Adapted from Everyday Food October 2010

Lemon Pepper Calamari

Adapted from Prevention August 2010. Most of the butter wine sauce is left behind, so the calorie count is actually lower.

Tomato-Dill Couscous

From Cooking Light September 2010

Apple Fennel Slaw

Adapted from Cooking Light September 2010

Maple Cream

There is a local TexMex chain that serves this creamy sweet dip with their quesadillas. Best I could figure it out is it's a mix of sour cream and maple syrup. This is great on lots of things, my favorite being either sweet potato fries, or pumpkin tamales.

Pistachio Crusted Tofu with Ponzu Mayo

Adapted from Bon Appetit September 2010

Eggplant Feta Tart Cups

Adapted from Everyday Food September 2010

Maggie's 1st Day of School Tomato Orzo Soup

My step-daughter tried to get me to buy her Spaghetti-O's for her lunch on the first day of school, and I told her that whatever we could make at home would be better. She came up with the flavor combination, even suggesting the thyme! This is a great way to use up leftover tomatoes.

Punched Up Marinara with Meatballs

I had some left over jarred marinara, ground beef, and some zucchini that I needed to use up, and I came up with this concoction.


Very Good (1 rating)
Moroccan Chickpeas and Vegetables with Couscous

From Prevention Magazine. Recipe can be adapted to any veggies you have on hand. To make this truly Vegetarian, you can substitute vegetable broth or water for the chicken broth.

Green Bean Garbanzo Salad

Adapted from Bon Appetit August 2010

Mexican Pineapple Salad

From Gourmet, Feb. 2009

Tofu with Bacon-Tomato Butter

Adapted from Cooking Light August 2010. Original recipe called for brined and grilled Mahimahi.


Very Good (1 rating)
Thai Tuna Salad

From Prevention August 2010

Curried Red Lentil, Kohlrabi and Couscous Salad

Adapted from Bon Appetit August 2010. Lowered the fat and calories. Reduced the servings from 8 to 4.

Herb Oil

This is a great way to use up any leftover fresh herbs you may have. The resulting oil is a great way to flavor fish, chicken, veggies, and my favorite, eggs.

Avocado Mango Pineapple Salad

from Cooking Light July 2010

Root Beer Baked Beans

From Bon Appetit July 2010

Sugar Snap Noodle Salad

From Cooking Light July 2010

Lemon Olive-Oil Cake

Light and yummy and full of good Monounsaturated Fats. The servings are generous, so it could easily serve 12-16 for fewer calories per slice

Farro and Pine Nut Tabbouleh

From Self Magazine July 2010

Apple Salad with Yogurt

Very kid friendly. Great with fish sticks or oven backed chicken nuggets.

Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Thai Coconut Sauce

Adapted from Bon Appetit July 2010

Pasta with Shrimp and Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Adapted from Bon Appetit July 2010

Thai Edamame Pasta

Adapted from FitSugar

Five - Spice Pork Medallions

Adapted from Prevention / Rodale

Turkey Jam Panini

Teriffic with soup or as a light quick lunch. All the flavors of a Monte Cristo without the fat.

Chilled Curried Mint & Cucumber Soup

Adapted from "The Vegetarian Option" by Simon Hopkinson

Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Salad

Adapted from Sunset June 2010

Grilled Mustard Pork

Adapted from Bon Appetit June 2010

Pork Tenderloin with Tomato-Peach Compote

From Gourmet Magazine, July 2009

Summer Salmon Cakes with Zucchini Fennel Slaw

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, July 2009

Grilled Eggplant Wraps

Adapted from Sunset April 2010

Carrot Cucumber Slaw

I like the color contrast of the unpeeled cucumber against the carrot. However, if you don't like the flavor, you should peel the cucumber.

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

From King Arthur Flour

Bulgur Risotto with Corn and Shrimp

From Self Magazine, February 2010

Tahini Soy Dressing

From South Beach Phase 1

Chicken Piccatta

South Beach Phase 1 appropriate


Incredible! (1 rating)
Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Curry Sauce

I had something similar to this at Houston's in Los Angeles. The cream sauce is a lightened version of Julia Child's Sauce au Cari.

"Trash Can" Tortellini Soup

I made this up based on what I had in the house. It's very flexible.

Mango Sticky Rice

One of my favorite summer treats from the local Thai restaurant.

Tropical Fruit Salad with Cilantro

I threw this together one night to accompany steak sandwiches. It's a great side with chicken, pork, fish, anything!

Curry Dipping Sauce

I created this for my fiance who likes sweet / spicy things. it's also excellent in Curry Chicken salad. Just toss the whole recipe with 12-16 oz of grilled chicken, 1/2 cup of celery and 1 cup of grapes sliced. Makes enough for 4-6 sandwiches or salads.

Toasted Pita Salad with Tuna

Adapted from Cooking Light August 2009

Creamy Veal Marsala

I like my veal marsala creamy, and a little heavy cream goes a long way.


Very Good (1 rating)
Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil over Coconut Rice

Adapted from Everyday Food, September 2009. Changed the coconut milk to light, used low sodium soy sauce, and changed the jalapenos to Anaheim Chiles because I have an abundance of them in the back yard! Also lowered the servings from 6 to 4

Sausage and Summer Vegetable Saute

Adapted from Gourmet August 2009

Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens August '09

Creamy Fennel Salad with Apricots and Grapes

I like crunchy, my fiancee loves creamy and sweet. The best of both worlds!

Pesto Goat Cheese Spread

Teriffic on sandwiches or grilled chicken

Tuna Tartare

Fantastic starter. If you want lemon juice, save it until last as the citrus will start to "cook" the tuna turning the edges white. Serve with toasted baguette or crackers

Panfried Tofu with Green Bean and Herb Salad

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, July 2009. Recipe called for soft tofu, but there wasn't any lite, so I used Extra Firm.

Left Over Sloppy Joes

I made this after a freezer clean out session. The meat can be changed based on what you have. I based mine on a majority of ground turkey with a touch of ground beef.


Very Good (1 rating)
Polenta-Crusted Chicken with Balsamic Caper Sauce

Adapted from Gourmet, January 2009

Grilled Greek Potato Salad

Adapted from Taste of Home, and made into Main Dish size


Incredible! (1 rating)
Baja Sauce

Fish Tacos

Adapted from Family Circle June 2009

Quinoa-Vegetable Salad

From Cooking Light May 2009

Broccolini with Italian Herb Oil

from Gourmet Magazine, January 2009

Corn With Chevre and Red Peppers

From the dearly departed CHOW Magazine.

Cilantro-Chipotle Tilapia

From Gourmet, Feb 2009

Lighter Maria's Chicken

A favorite from my childhood lightened up. It's a complete meal.


Very Good (1 rating)
Turkey - Vegetable Sloppy Joes

So good, the kids don't realize they're eating turkey. From Cooking Light 1996



Recipe Collections I've Shared:

    Christie's (xtmont) Cookbook
    Some of these are from other sources that I've tweaked (all sources are credited) others are things I've made up. Enjoy!