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A sweet yet spicy savory soup, good hot or cold. Top with grated Parmesan cheese or croutons, as desired. Makes about 8 1-cup servings of thick soup.
7 1-cup servings
Just what it says. Not low calorie, not low fat, not low in anything, but very tasty. Slightly soft and chewy, not too sweet, and not too heavy. Makes 90 cookies, 2-2.25 inch diameter.
2 Tbsp per serving
About 3/4 cup per serving
This is pretty healthy beef chili that has a nice spice to it, but isn't over the top.
This eggplant parmesan has a more interesting sauce than the usual marinara, and it's easy to make while the eggplant is being oven-fried. Flavorful and filling, while still being healthy, it's far better than the original fried version (imho). Makes 8 servings (roughly 5-6 slices of eggplant plus sauce each).
Hearty vegetable dish that works well as a meal or a side. Easy to make, yet still healthy. Good hot or cold, but do not recommend freezing.
About 10 1-cup servings. Rice not included.
Very basic, good, and surprisingly satisfying. About 1 cup per serving.
VERY tasty. Mostly stolen off of eatbetteramerica.com from their cranberry bread version, but with modifications to keep roughly the same sugar/fiber content after switching out the cranberries for bananas. Makes TWO 8"x 4" loaves. 32 servings, 1/2" thick slices (2 oz or 60g each).
Roughly 1/2 lb per serving.
These muffins are very moist and flavorful. Hard to believe they are so low-calorie and still this good. Perfect for a snack, a light breakfast, or heck even dessert.
A tasty side for any meal or even good by itself. About 1 cup per serving.
Makes a great substitute for fries, oddly enough -- anything that goes with fries will go with this, including ketchup. Eliminate the cayenne and halve the pepper if somewhat spicy potatoes are not desired. Roughly 1/4 lb or 3/4 cup per serving .
While the directions are a bit detailed, these are easy to make and still very tasty even if they don't turn out perfect. They can be served either hot or cold, as the meringue is stabilized and doesn't fall much when chilled.
Per serving: 1 ramiken (1/2 cup + meringue)
Somewhat crumbly, slightly mealy texture, moderately firm crust, and rich, buttery flavor. Not especially healthy, but relatively fast and very easy.... and very tasty eaten "plain".
16 (3-2.5" round, 2oz, baked) rolls or 1 10" (2 lb) round.
This is a thick soup with a nice, robust flavor. Excellent as a meal with bread and/or fresh veggies. 1 cup per serving.
This soup is really a comfort food -- good hot or cold. Top with parmesan, lightly wilted spinach, or croutons. 1/2 cup per serving
This is a good guide for any roast that should be braised. You can stick this in a crock pot or oven-roast it.
3 oz per serving, after cooking; information includes proportional au jus/gravy (with no additional seasonings or thickening agents).
A Cajun dish: saucy, spicy, and delicious.
Serving size is 3 oz of fish (small fillet or half a med-large fillet) with 1 and 1/3 cup sauce.
A much lighter, lowfat version of the usual grape salad. Though the texture is lighter, it is still creamy and delicious. Makes 16 1/2-cup servings.
The cake base is light and slightly spiced with a lot of sweet potato on top. Pecans, spices, a little maple syrup, and marshmallows fill out the flavor and add a lot to the presentation. Makes a nice change from the usual recipes for sweet potatoes.
2 1/4" by 3 1/4" pieces
Eight 1/2 cup servings
One of my mother's family dishes. Makes a great single dish meal. It's a little spicy and different, but overall pretty healthy even though it has a stick-to-your-ribs feeling. 8 generous servings (about 2.5 cups).
This sort of pico de gallo uses pepper sauces instead of chopped jalapenos, so the only green in it is from the cilantro. The spice seems more evenly spread out than in the typical pico de gallo, with no sudden pockets of jalapeno or bland bites. Makes 32 1/4 cup servings.
This cosmo has just enough sweetness and tartness to take the edge off the dryness of the gin while still remaining potent and with a clean aftertaste. While the gin flavor does get masked with the flavors of the other ingredients, it adds a definite spicyness to the drink. Makes one 6 oz drink
A twist on the southern candy. All the nutty, brown-sugar flavor of pralines in an easier-to-make, easier-to-store, and easier-to-eat bar. Also, for those who LOVE pecan pralines but find that eating pure sugar is slightly sickening, this is a great alternative. While still not a healthy snack, they are incredibly good and freeze well. Splenda can be substituted for about half of sugar.
Not including edges: 1 1/3" by 2" bar per serving, 36 servings
Including edges, which are crispier and darker in flavor than the rest: 1 1/5" by 2 1/4" bar per serving, 44 servings.
This rice dish can be used as a side, as a stuffing for tomatoes or eggplant, or augmented with any number of additional ingredients for a main dish (chopped tomatoes, artichokes, sliced olives, pine nuts, chestnuts, raisins, chopped or ground meats, etc). It's a very versatile base for a variety of dishes. Makes about 5 cups, 1/2 cup per serving.
This is a fantastic, easy filling that can be cooked and eaten without a crust at all, or is fantastic in any type of crust (though phyllo is the traditional choice). It is deliciously tangy, slightly firm, and moist but not enough to make any crust soggy. This is great for any meal or as a side dish or appetizer, with or without crust. (The butter is optional and adds 1/3 tsp butter per 1/2 cup serving. It can be dropped or reduced, as desired, but it is not included in the nutritional info.) Makes about 8 cups total, 1/2 cup per serving.
Good, hearty sauce. Bit spicy with both herby and sweet notes to it, but it's overall earthy and balanced in flavors.
Makes 12 1-cup servings
It's fabulous. It's rich. It should be eaten in limited quantities. This deep brownie is very delicious but rich enough in flavor that one serving is REALLY quite satisfying. If desired or for presentation, top with a thin layer of chocolate fondant, sifted cocoa, whipped cream, and/or berries. Makes 16 servings.
For cookies that are rich, chocolatey, and decadent-tasting, they seem very low-calorie when you're eating them. They're very like brownies, but you feel like you're eating a LOT more for the same calories. Makes about 105 2-2.5" cookies.
Somewhere between a tart and cake, it's a showy, very apple-y cake that isn't too heavy or too sweet. Makes a great dessert, snack, or even decadent breakfast.
Mild spicy soup. Creamy and warming, good as a starter or light meal. Makes 8 1-cup servings.
Recipe is from Vegetarian Cooking by Ron Denny and Christine Ingram, adjusted according to my taste.
Some ingredients have been added to up the fiber or changed because of lack of general availability. However, it still has a good Cajun flavor with a nice spiced kick. This recipe uses regular pork sausage, so, if you want to make a healthier version, tasso is somewhat better and most smoked turkey sausages work just as well as pork (but you will need to stir more often at first). Reheats and freezes well. About 1 1/2 cups per serving.
Yes, it's not diet food. No, I don't care.
It is addictive, so I suggest you only make it when there'll be at least six people munching on it. Using a small, 2 oz ladle helps keep the portions easy to control (a small demitasse cup is perfect for this too). Still, at least it has some fiber...
32 1/4 cup servings
These scones are moist, spiced, and slightly sweet, with a great overall texture. Good for breakfast, brunch, dessert, side, or even on the go. There are two optional glazes that are included in the ingredient list, with their added calories, etc at the bottom of the instructions. Makes 16 2oz scones.
Lots of flavor and texture to this sauce keeps it interesting and satisfying.
1 cup servings
They're filling, balanced, and will keep you going for hours, and you will not feel the need for much if any sweetening. I also like to add pecans to this recipe (1 cup, chopped), but figured not everyone would think the combination is worth the extra calories and fat...
Makes a dozen 5 to 6 inch pancakes. 2 pancakes per serving.
This is a traditional Hungarian cookie that my mother's family always makes around Christmas. There are three versions of the cookie usually made, but the base dough is the same. It is a rich, crisp cookie that is very distinctive and little trouble to make, though they do take some time. Freezes well.
A nice rich fudge that is smooth and delicious, without being overly sweet. Cocoa is sifted over them to add a slight chocolate flavor as well as a nice contrasting bitterness to the sweet, but it is optional. The additional peanuts are also optional, but add a lot to the texture. The time given is the amount of time given is the time it takes to actually deal with the fudge; there is a lot of time that is not accounted for in waiting for the fudge to cool and set.
Deep dish apple pie (9") with streusel topping. Serves 10.
This rice has a rich, creamy texture as if cheese had been added to it. The olive oil, onion, and turmeric have nice, mild flavor that compliments seafood, pork, & chicken as well as most vegetables (especially stir-fry). Add 1/2 cup chopped cooked broccoli to it as a substitute to substantially higher calorie/saturated fat broccoli/cheese rice. Each serving is 1/2 cup.