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Fiona Haynes

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Pork Medallions with Blackberries

Saturday May 31, 2014
Pork Medallions with BlackberriesThe nice thing about pork tenderloin is that it's quick and easy to cook, even more so if you slice the tenderloin into medallions. About as lean as a skinless chicken breast, pork, while technically a red meat, makes a good alternative to chicken if you're looking to eat some lean protein. It has a rich flavor, so a smallish quantity can be very satisfying. These Pork Medallions with Blackberries make an elegant dish you can serve on a regular weeknight.

Pork with Blackberries Photo © Fiona Haynes, licnesed to About.com

Seeing Red

Wednesday May 28, 2014
I love to eat fresh strawberries right out of the container, but I also enjoy a number of recipes that include these wonderful red berries. In some recipes, it's fine to use frozen strawberries, as they are frozen shortly after picking. If you can, though, enjoy fresh strawberries only when they're in season, when their flavor and texture are at their absolute best. So if you have a hankering for, say, a fresh strawberry sorbet or some delicious freezer jam, try some of these yummy low-fat strawberry recipes.

Balsamic Strawberries © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

The Best Berry Recipes

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Nectarine and Berry Salad

I know I ought to delve into all the healthful reasons why we should be eating berries -- chiefly, how they contain disease-fighting antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. And this is important stuff to know. But quite honestly, I love eating berries regardless of their healthful properties. Sweet, in-season berries are quite simply nature's candy. Enjoy them fresh and raw from the farmers market or incorporate them into all manner of recipes from fruit salads to muffins to frozen treats. Here are some of my favorite berry recipes, including the one for this gorgeous nectariine and berry fruit salad.

Summertime Gladness

Friday May 23, 2014
While summer doesn't really begin until the June solstice, we tend to see the Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start. For those who use their grills seasonally, this weekend launches that season. In theory, it ought to be easier to eat low fat during the summer months, but when a typical summer menu features items such as burgers, hotdogs, and potato salad, we can just as easily pack on the pounds as we do during the colder months. This doesn't mean you have to miss out, however. Here are some tips to eat low fat during the summer.

Southwestern Burgers Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Broccoli

Monday May 19, 2014
As much as we should limit our intake of fried food, we can still leave the door open for stir-fried meals. Best made at home rather than ordered from restaurants, home-cooked stir fries will have less fat and less sodium -- or at least you have control over those elements. In general, though, stir fries need relatively little oil and the food cooks very quickly, which minimizes the absorption of that oil. This cooking method locks in key nutrients and keeps the veggies in a dish looking appealingly vibrant. Here's an easy stir-fried shrimp and broccoli dish that's as delicious as it is healthy.

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Broccoli Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

10 Ways to Use Low-Fat or Fat-Free Yogurt

Wednesday May 14, 2014
Yogurt is such a versatile ingredient. You can slash fat and calories by using low-fat yogurt in place of sour cream, cream, and mayonnaise in savory dishes. You can use low-fat yogurt in and on desserts, and in all kinds of other recipes, too. Fat-free yogurt, especially nonfat Greek yogurt, which is naturally thick and creamy, can also be used in many recipes, even cooked dishes.

More About Low-Fat Yogurt

Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

Saturday May 10, 2014
If you are looking for a last-minute idea for a Mother's Day breakfast, try these fluffy blueberry pancakes, made with plump, fresh blueberries. While pancakes may not be the healthiest of breakfasts, using lower-fat ingredients, limiting the number of pancakes you eat, and going easy with the toppings and sides, will all help to save fat calories, and indeed total calories. Personally, I'm happy with a drizzle of warm maple syrup or a fresh fruit compote made from lightly sweetened warmed berries.

Blueberry Pancakes Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

Celebrating Mom

Tuesday May 6, 2014
For me, there are two Mother's Days: the U.K. one, known as Mothering Sunday, which is in March, on which I celebrate my own mother, and the U.S. one, which is on May 11th this year, when my two girls will no doubt conjure up a nice breakfast for me (girls, are you reading this?).

If it's your turn to treat mom this year, I have 10 low-fat Mother's Day recipes that should fit the bill, ranging from delicious breakfast or brunch options to dinner and dessert.

Crepes Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

Let's Salsa

Saturday May 3, 2014
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I have some fresh and fabulous tongue-tingling salsas to share. First, bake your own low-fat tortilla chips and then dip them into one or more of these naturally low-fat salsas: Or take your pick of these authentic salsas from Chelsie Kenyon, About's Mexican Food Expert. Once you've made your own salsa, you won't be satisfied with bottled salsas again.

Mango-Tomato Salsa Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

Orecchiette with Ricotta, Spinach, and Fava Beans

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Orecchiette with Ricotta, Spinach, and Fava BeansThis recipe for orecchiette, ricotta, spinach, and fava beans makes an ideal spring dish: it's light yet creamy and makes wonderful use of seasonal fava beans. Fava beans (or broad beans) have a lovely creamy texture, but you can always use peas instead if you prefer. Also, if you can't find orecchiette, so named because they resemble little ears, by all means use shell pasta or farfalle (butterfly-shaped) in their place.

Orecchiette with Ricotta, Spinach, and Fava Beans Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

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