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It works just as well with low-fat or skim milk. I just happened to have half and half on hand that day.
The simplest things are often the best. Try on a salad with romaine, arugula, sliced pickles or pickled beans, baby steamed potato with chicken or pork.
A warming and comforting hearty soup for a rainy day.
A low-fat, flavourful alternative to thai red curry in a restaurant. If you don't have fresh basil, fresh cilantro is also tasty here.
Hearty and delicious- add a dollop of sour cream for extra creaminess.
The cottage cheese, parmesan and basil layer adds protein and great flavour to this lighter lasagna.
The real deal for holiday meals.
No eggs and relatively low fat make this a nice cookie choice. Plus there's fibre!
Tops vegetables and mac 'n' cheese equally well.
It's the simplest recipe, with the most delightful texture and just the right amount of creaminess and kick. (use half and half for less fat!)
It's delicious, and cooks wonderfully in a slow cooker.
A nice, light and spongey cake-- no need to buy a box! This makes one 8" round. For a two layer cake, double the recipe.
Delicious -- even for non-tofu eaters!
A refreshing salad for anytime of year. Travels well for lunches!
This makes a massive batch - you'll need a turkey roasting pan to roast the veg and then an 18 L stock pot to puree. Makes a fantastic starter to holiday meals, or wonderful freezer lunches and fast dinners.
A healthier alternative to those frozen deals-- a couple hours in the kitchen and you have 10 meals in the freezer!
You can lighten this easily by using fat free sour cream and low-fat cheese. (Reduce the hot peppers though if you do!)
More of the german variety of cabbage rolls... and much, much easier.
If you don't have a high-fibre cereal to add, use a grain mix or rolled oats.
The perfect use for leftover turkey! Yum.
I often serve the roasted carrots (pre soup) with holiday dinners, but with the huge quantity of carrots I was gifted from a friends yard I thought - soup! (Freezes delightfully)
Bulked up with fresh veg, this makes a great fresh treat.
A brightly-coloured alternative to standard mayo-heavy potato salads. Bonus: the mustard and white wine vinegrette is terrific on green salads too!
It's addictive, and now I put it on everything for lots of extra yummy flavour. Try it with refried beans as a layer dip, too.
From scratch! Try it and you'll never make it any other way again.
Another variation of a similar recipe already found here. This one reduces the amount of sugar and only makes 20 cookies.
If you use the original So delicious (Dairy-Alternative) Coconut Milk, you can make a decent coconut milk with a nice subtle flavour.
I used fresh cherries and milk chocolate chips, but the basic recipe can accommodate whatever fruit you like and the chocolate isn't necessary... but does make a nice treat! These muffins are fairly heavy and dense, not like store-bought cakey muffins at all.
A lighter homemade version without that weird chemically flavour of shelf stable product.
This version is much more stable.
Cake cookies in the perfect size for portion control. You'll be tempted to eat these warm... but they really do taste better cooled completely and allowed to sit for several hours, even overnight.
For an elegant dessert, place sugar-dusted cookie on a plate and serve with a scoop of raspberry sherbet.
The easiest soup ever... but one of the most satisfying too!
Nothing like my Nonna used to make, but tasty as anything!
Use light mayo for reduced fat
The real deal.
With a splash of red wine vinegar and a little heat. Serving size is per 2 tbsp of dressing.
They're chewy the first day and then decreasingly so over the next few.
My mother used to make this, so its a nostalgia thing.
No really-- you'll never go back to something in or from a can.
The combination in a dip is addictive-- but this is healthier and better balanced for a meal! To make it truly vegetarian, substitute a veg-based stock.
A light creamy appearance with plenty of flavour!
In the absence of Lemon Meringue Pie.... there's lemon meringues that'll fill the void.
With chicken! And whatever vegetables I had. Traditionally it would have onion, green onion, bean sprouts, bbq pork and shrimp. But you know, this is tastey too.
It took ages to find this recipe again... my grandmother used to make it for us when the crates of black prune plums would show up in late summer.
Like mom used to make.
I serve this as a tomato salad, so you feel you can eat more of it-- but it works really well as a bruschetta too. Try serving up a healthy portion with a slice of bread on the side to sop up the lovely dressing.
I'm a firm believer that the more that goes into the chili pot-- the better it is for you! Especially in fall after a day spent in the chill doing yard work. Try serving it with baked tortilla chips, some shredded cheddar sprinkled on top and a dollop of sour cream. Yum. And it freezes like a dream.
A dairy-free chai with fennel to aid digestion. Great as a morning alternative to coffee.
Good morning food to keep you balanced and able to beat cravings all day long. Complete it with a slice of heavy-on-the-fibre toast smeared with low-sugar fruit spread.
I'm headed into the crowd on the hill for 4 sunny days... and I wanted some healthier fare to get me through. I think this might work!
Simple and fresh from the mid-summer garden... if you want truly vegetarian, substitute veg stock for the beef.
Very light and sweet
They do spread out-- so be sure to leave room on the pan
In the quest to get closer to what they serve at my local Indian buffet... here's the next. (By the way, the first is very good, just not the same.)
This can be made lower fat and calories by substituting skim milk and low-fat condensed milk... and it'll be just as tasty!
Worth the splurge in every way....
This has the freshest of flavours without any cucumber. Nutrition info is per tbsp.
The not-so-fully-leaded version
The fully-leaded version
Whole wheat and beets... so while they're not technically healthy, at least you can feel better about your treat!
A chicken variety for lower fat.
The oven version-- so you can go about your day while its cooking.
It's comfort food...
Foolproof! I found this on the web.. so kudos to Fine Cooking for this one.
Chocolatey goodness-- for more coating, use only 6 cups of the puffed wheat.
The adult version of the original treat...
It's a ukrainian thing-- and it's good!
Use whatever beans you have, I like fava, and if you don't have fresh, just use half the amount dried and soak overnight.
You can make a risotto-style dish out of barley! More flavour. More fibre. Mmmm... good!
Tomato-based tastiness that won't disappoint! Serve with garlic toast for a great meal.
A version of Gnocchi Gorgonzola.
A little closer to something authentic.
Trust me, it's worth the effort.
Full of fat, flavour and guaranteed to satisfy on the coldest day.
All the flavour of a baked potato - in a satisfying meal soup
A fresh version with no oils.
Apparently this used to be a 4H recipe (with white flour). It's just great like this though.
A baked variety with extra veg.
spicey, saltey and oh, so good.
Slightly lower fat version