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Green chiles take this easy rice dish south of the border in no time.
skinnied up version of an old favorite. This tastes decadent for half the calories.
This Texas style casserole tastes as big as the great out west - with tons of flavor and protein, Partner. Veggie crumbles keep this quick and easy one dish meal on the down and skinny.
Bold and nutritious, this soup always shines.
This is always a hit at gatherings, and easy to throw together.
Ready in 20 minutes
Just minutes from fridge to table. This is my kind of fast food.
Ready in minutes, this tangy and sweet compote is a great companion to ice cream, cheesecake, hot oatmeal - or a warm brownie. I also like to freeze it in an ice cube tray and add it to sparkling cider or club soda.
Luscious Lemon Heaven! Billowing soft, sweet and lemony tart. Always the first to go at bake sales and pot luck parties.
All vegan, all buffalo, oh my!
A Cajun treasure, lightened up with the addition of fresh green beans.
Great pool party crowd pleaser. This one's got quite a nice kick from the ginger and Sriracha sauce. All the fresh veggies keep this pasta salad fresh and light.
Vegetarian Indian flavor in a simple everyday soup.
All the bite and creamy texture of jalapeno poppers at a fraction of the calories. This is a crowd pleaser at pot lucks by the pool.
Easy and deliziosa! I love the burst of flavor you get by roasting broccoli and fresh lemons. Not enough time, though, or no fresh lemons? Never fear - a surprising splash of lime juice brings this dish to the top of your "ready in no time" recipe list.
Lighter take on a French classic dressing. Easy and fresh.
Memorial Day spectacular - hit of the barbecue!
Easy to make and full of flavor - a summer favorite for dinner on the porch on a warm Nebraska evening. Half the calories and fat compared to the fully leaded version I grew up with.
Perfect party pasta.
French potato salad is lighter than the mayonnaise-based version I grew up with. Made with a mustard vinaigrette dressing, this classic recipe is very similar to what I ate in Calais when I was in France.
One of my appetizer go-to recipes. Always a crowd-pleaser.
All the amazing melted gooey-ness at 185 calories a serving.
Time to enjoy! Great with chili or your favorite salad.
If you can open a can, chop an onion, and dice a vegetable, you can enjoy authentic Indian flavor in half an hour.
Easy to prepare, fresh tasting - sprinkle a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of lite soy sauce over the top to serve.
great late night snack - lots of tart, law cal
This is my husband Tom's specialty
This goes with everything. Light and flavorful.
Just the basics, done right.
Memories are made of this.
Hearty and satisfying, the Creole flavoring in this low fat, low sodium vegetarian soup always hits the spot.
Coriander, turmeric and cinnamon hit the spot in the vegetarian classic.
better than store bought, lower cal
homemade is so much better.
Instant hit at our house.
this is easy and out of this world delish.
Primavera means "in the style of springtime." Or, almost fresh. These veggies are a match made in taste heaven.
Fresh and easy.
Just the smell of this cooking drives my family insane. Light, with a hint of heat.
Straight from our table in South Texas to you.
My husband's latest creation. Really tasty.
My husband's version of his German mother's recipe. I've seen similar recipes on the food channel that get way more complicated. This one is simple and has great, straightforward flavor. Turkey kielbasa never tasted so good.
Don't let the mild mannered appearance fool you. This low calorie, healthy skillet supper has a sweet ol' Carolina kick.
Tasty and light. This is the classic meatloaf Mom used to make, with lean ground Turkey instead of hamburger. The Italian dressing adds flavor and binds everything so no need for an egg.
Pasta with mushrooms in white wine butter sauce, with carrots and onion. The light butter and no yolk egg noodles keep this decadent-tasting dish light and healthy.
This soup combines the heart of summer flavor - corn, peas, green beans, onions, carrots, potatoes and celery - in a creamy soup.
Taste of Thai the easy way. Yum. Maintains flavor in larger quantities. Always a hit at picnics.
A Venetian river cruise down the Po river. In a bowl.
ground turkey breast, green chiles and cheese - ole!
Yummy, satisfying - and lightened up! What could be better in a creamy potato soup?
The secret to true Italian flavor is in the spice blend. Try this combination of fresh veggies with cannellini and pinto beans for its thick creamy texture and rich Tuscany taste. It's protein packed and heart healthy.
Goes great with fish or chicken tacos, or as a dipping sauce with chips or veggies.
good good good
This lightened version of pan fried potatoes cuts the fat and calories of traditional pan fried potatoes by 75%. Enjoy.
Quick and tasty. Fresh green onion and red bell pepper tip this into the "fresh taste tummy yummy" scale at our house.
Super easy and nice for company or every day.
Just enough spicy horseradish and rooster sauce to have a nice kick.
This is the best ginger chicken I've ever had, anywhere. Define restaurant quality flavor is great for entertaining but quick enough for every day.
The trick to a great salsa is the combination of flavors. Here, the green chilies and lime juice add kick to the quickest side dish ever.
Just follow 3 simple steps and enjoy.
This dramatically cuts the calories and fat per serving, but retains all the delicious flavor. Still not a low fat dish, but much improved.
This combines the traditional flavor of an Irish classic with the lean protein of ground turkey breast into a tasty one dish wonder.
A simple fried rice with chicken recipe to use as a base. Add eggs and/or veggies to create your own asian inspired masterpiece. This is a low sodium, low fat recipe.
Favorite winter fare.
We eat this fiesta favorite without a tortilla. This meal is light and satisfying.
Roasted cauliflower adds a nutty flavor and creamy texture to this healthy cold weather crowd pleaser.
Oh so good. Nothing light about it, but what a treat.
A little sweet, a little spicy - this hearty flatbread is loaded with flavor and is always huge crowd pleaser.
Nutty and delicious, with the perfect combo of crunch and texture. This recipe is a must have holiday favorite.
Lighter version of the family classic.
Combines two of my husbands favorite desserts - pumpkin pie and cheesecake.
Just began cooking Indian dishes at home a few years ago. This has been a hit with everyone, including friends from Punjab. This pleasing lentil dish cooks up spicy, so cut the dry spices to 1 tsp each for a more mild flavor.
Combining the white and brown rice gives a rich nutty flavor that is set off by the crunchy carrots and lively sauce.
Mustard chicken salad
Simple family dinner comes together in half an hour.
"Green rice (arroz verde) is tempting Mexican fare made by cooking green chiles, stock and herbs into a rice pilaf. The recipe is super quick, using chicken stock and salsa verde to add a rich and tangy back flavor.
Sometimes taking a few recipe shortcuts will get you a great tasting meal in no time flat.
An old Irish pub favorite made with smoked turkey sausage.
Our family's favorite brunch dish.
Add some light white chicken breast to pasta and beans for a tasty Italian treat.
Easy. Tasty. Healthy.
Sloppy Joe's low fat cousin - Sloppy Tom - mixes it up with potatoes for a family pleasing skillet meal.
Just four key ingredients - You'll never go back to plain chicken and potatoes after you taste this quick and simple recipe.
This colorful combination of flavors is as attractive as it is tasty. Serving size is for main course portion, but it makes a great side dish too. Always a hit at pot lucks.
Dijon mustard, celery and green onion lighten up this classic favorite.
Stand up and accept the rave reviews you will get for these tasty spuds.
Always a hit in the summer.
The secret to the perfect fritatta is to cook it at the right temperature for the full time allowed without lifting or turning.
Fresh peppers and onions add a taste of supper to a light cabbage with turkey sausage soup. Quick and easy.
Not fancy, just fantastic.
good stuff Maynard.
There are a lot of good oriental cole slaw recipes available, but this is my favorite. Very low cal, great flavor.
Treat you spuds with a little respect and you won't be disappointed. It only takes a few extra minutes to guarantee light and fluffy mashed potatoes every time.
No matter the season, it's always time to think green. Green beans and tangy salsa verde liven up the traditional chicken and rice casserole.
Living now on Florida's Gulf Coast, I often crave the heavenly taste of an original runza from Lincoln, Nebraska. The addition of celery and bell pepper ups the freshness level in this casserole and lightens the calories. Best of all is that zunza goodness - without the bun.
Picnic favorite at our house.
Everything and the kitchen vegetables went into this "hot pasta salad" 30 years ago - and it's still a hit. This time with hot dogs.
Everyday lunch in Belize. I've used nutritional information from packaged ingredients from the states to recreate one of my favorite everyday meals in Belize.
The combination of spices in this soup make it "Tuscan," and the crushed tomato base adds an extra note of "delizioso." I make this soup all year round, just changing out the vegetables to match the season and what I have on hand from the garden. See my Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup with Sausage recipe for another crowd pleaser.
Okay. Just yum.
I fell in love with breakfast tacos living in South Texas. Available at fine Mexican restaurants and hole-in-the wall doughnut shops alike, these were always a treat, especially with freshly made tortillas. This recipe will take your taste buds to Tejas!
Lighten and brighten your lunch today. A complete vegetarian meal in one pan, with 9 grams of protein.
Juicy and tender with a sweet-spicy kick.
Hearty Italian fare without the fuss. The canned chicken breast has a nice, light texture that sets this dish apart.
That's crab fondue, with cheese, not cheese fondue with crab. This is spicy hot and crabby.
as good as it gets
4 kinds of peppers and 4 kinds of beans, with a dash of cinnamon - that's the secret to the great taste of this low fat chili.
Better than take out!
My son and I invented this one holiday season when he was a boy. He named it. It's got a nice southwestern kick.
Pasta with sausage and peas. Cauliflower adds some nice texture and lowers the calories per serving. This is authentic Italian flavor without the fat or guilt of heavy sauces.
Plain and simple and hits the spot.
Not like grandma's chicken soup
the tomatillo sauce gives a flavorful base.
I make two versions of chicken fried rice. This one with white rice has eggs and white onion. The other version with brown rice has fresh red bell pepper and green onion. Try them both and let me know what you think.
Try this summer favorite all year long
Simple and quick, with a classic Mediterranean blend of flavors and textures. This is my go to soup year round.
simple Sunday fare
Nothing says fresh and sunny like salsa verde.
Nothing says sunny and bright like salsa verde!
Gotta love the taste of tomatillos and green chiles in your chili.
Fresh and festive, fast and easy!
This flavor combination is addictive and great on everything from rice or couscous to chicken, fish, lamb - and even popcorn!
Lively and luscious - fast and easy Moroccan favorite.
Yes, Virginia, knock-your-socks-off rice and beans can be low fat.
Grilled up on a stove top grill pan, these little beauties take 8 minutes to cook. Outside barbecue taste straight from your kitchen.
It's easy to lighten up the great flavor of Publix coleslaw by mixing in some shredded coleslaw veggies.
Perfect blend of Asian flavors boasts both low fat and low sodium content.
All the flavor, half the fat
Fat free cottage cheese retains the big cheese flavor but ditches the extra fat and calories.
The generous seasoning of this light soup makes it full bodied and pleasing.
the secret's in the spices
Northern Italy is famous for it's beans and fresh produce. Try this simple vegetarian recipe that serves up the flavor of Pisa in every bite. Ready in less than 20 minutes.
dynamite cole slaw is the hit of the bbq every time
10 layers of Mexican yum!
Is it the Southern Comfort or the Krusteaz that does the magic? Engaging taste and velvety texture - may just be the best wild rice soup you ever had.
Browned potatoes with onion and sausage is a classic comfort food everywhere from South America to Ireland and Italy. It was also a weekend staple growing up in our house in the USA heartland. This recipe is light with flavor-boosting green chilies - with a quarter of the calories. All the great taste of classic fried potatoes that won't bust your belt.
This mouth watering Mexican casserole uses fat free sour cream to keep all that ole flavor on the down and skinny. Truly the best enchilada casserole recipe I've ever tried.
Risotto like orzo with white beans, broccoli, carrots and sautéed mushrooms.
The vinegary, peppery flavor really livens up this low cal soup. It's nicknamed 2-4-6 soup - 2 cups, 4 cups or 6 cups of all the main ingredients. Just 125 calories for a large 2-cup serving.
Protein packed and flavorful
Upside down shepherd's pie is easy, quick, and great tasting
Cheesy and satisfying, this hash brown casserole has lean ground turkey breast and green beans to lighten the calories and up the yum.
Colorful, hearty, healthy and tasty at 99 calories a serving.
Outdoor barbeque flavor, indoors
A low fat, colorful summer meal.
simple and yummy with the mild, distinctly acidic taste only horseradish and cream of tartar can achieve.
This crunchy, fresh take on tacos reminds me of the South Texas potato tacos we used to enjoy in Corpus Christi - with the extra crunch of fresh onions, peppers and celery. These are a favorite at our house.
This zesty taco filling is a family favorite.