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Poached chicken breasts make for tender succulent chicken that you can use in many a chicken recipe, such as soup, pot pie or burritos. Or enjoy poached chicken plain and simple in a sandwich or on top of a salad.
Cod is a lean fish that also happens to be a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. Baked in the oven with a light drizzle of lemon, garlic, olive oil, a sliver of butter for added flavor, and fresh parsley, this is a wonderful way to enjoy a healthy fish dish.
Dietary fat comes in different forms. Some fats are necessary and beneficial, others are not. Find out which fats to choose - sparingly - and which ones to avoid.
Poached chicken is a wonderful way to eat succulent, low fat chicken. Enjoy poached chicken in salads, sandwiches, burritos and many other recipes that call for cooked chicken. Here's how to make poached chicken.
This is like pumpkin pie in a glass, only without the fat and calories. Enjoy this healthy low fat pumpkin smoothie for a liquid breakfast, or enjoy as an energy-boosting liquid snack.
A thick and satisfying low-fat broccoli soup that makes a delicious fall or winter lunch.
Chestnuts are a perfect low fat holiday treat, once you figure out how to get through their tough exterior. The end result is well worth it: chestnuts are soft, sweet and delicious. Use them as a low fat snack or in soups and side dishes.
Asparagus at the grocery stores is a sure sign of spring. Full of vitamins and antioxidants, asparagus is a nutritional power house. It fits well into a low fat diet, provided you don't smother it with high fat sauces. So how do we cook and eat this wonderful spring time vegetable so that it remains crisp yet tender?
With only a few ingredients, making a meringue ought to be simple, but there are some common mistakes to avoid to ensure perfect meringue every time.
Egg substitute is ideal for those who need to lower their intake of fat and cholesterol, but what exactly is egg substitute, and does it contain eggs?
MyPyramid, which in 2005 replaced the old food pyramid, was designed to be a personalized, interactive tool to be used in conjunction with food labels to help us make healthy low fat food choices. But would it impact the way we ate?
A slimmed down version of a holiday classic, this healthy, low fat green casserole uses fresh green beans, and dispenses with canned soup and fried onions. Instead, this healthy green casserole has a fresh-tasting mushroom sauce and is topped with sauteed onions and whole-grain bread crumbs.
A delicious and nutritious spinach soup that's perfect any time of the year. Enjoy with a dollop of fat-free sour cream of plain yogurt.
Low fat crustless pumpkin pie is perfect for those who want all the taste of pumpkin pie without the main source of fat. It's almost like a slice of pumpkin custard.
10 low fat breakfast options including hearty oatmeal, warm and delicious muffins, French toast and eggs.
Once upon a time, all fats were bad. Now we talk about good fats, bad fats, possibly not-so-bad fats, and really bad fats. Confused? You're not alone.
Enjoy a nutritious wedge of roasted butternut squash as a perfect fall or winter side dish. Glazed with a mix of orange juice and maple syrup, and sprinkled with cinnamon, you can enjoy a deliciously low fat vegetable treat.
A thick and satisfying broccoli and cauliflower soup that's perfect for a cold winter's day. Thick and creamy, this soup is surprisingly low in fat.
A collection of low fat pumpkin recipes, both savory and sweet, featuring canned or fresh pureed pumpkin.
Can eggs be part of a low fat diet? What about the cholesterol in eggs? Are there any benefits to eating eggs?
Nonstick cookware is a necessity in any low fat kitchen. But questions have been raised about the safety of nonstick cookware because of PFOA, a chemical used in bonding non stick surfaces. DuPont, makers of Teflon-brand nonstick cookware, has come under particular scrutiny. Here's why.
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Making a meringue seems daunting, but it's actually pretty straightforward, so long as you follow a few basic rules. Let's begin by gathering the ingredients and the equipment
Perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat a healthier, low fat diet. Or perhaps you're reassessing your diet as spring or summer approach. Whatever the time of year, here are 10 ways to get you started, or back on track with a low fat diet in time for spring break or summer.
Low fat cooking becomes easier if low fat ingredients are on hand and temptation is out of the way. To change the way we cook and eat, we must first give our kitchens a low fat makeover. We can lose the habit of cooking with excess fat, or adding butter, cheese and sour cream at every opportunity if these items are replaced with low-fat or fat-free alternatives.
Five quick and easy low-fat chicken breast recipes for any night of the week.
Surely cheese is off the menu if you're trying to eat low fat. Not necessarily. Cheese is a good source of protein, calcium and phosphorus, but it's also a major source of saturated fat in our diet. What should we do?
These tiny little pumpkin pies make the perfect portion-sized dessert on Thanksgiving. Find out the secret to their low fat and calorie content.
How much do you know about fat? Try this quiz on fats from your Low Fat Cooking Guide
You don't need to blow your healthy low fat diet during over Thanksgiving, nor do you need to forgo your favorite Thanksgiving foods. You can still enjoy Thanksgiving turkey, gravy, mashed and sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie, and still maintain your low fat lifestyle.
Ground beef can contain as much as 30 percent fat or as little as five percent fat, but many people are unclear as to what this means in terms of their own fat intake.
Here's a delightfully quick and easy creamy low-fat pasta dish using low-fat ricotta cheese, fresh spinach and basil, and your favorite pasta.
Pumpkin oatmeal packs a powerful low fat nutritional punch on cold dark mornings. It's like eating pumpkin pie for breakfast.
Creamy white sauces are delicious over vegetables, with pasta, or served with white meat. Traditionally, these sauces are high in fat. Learn how to make a low fat sauce that works just as well.
Quiz on Trans Fats from your Low Fat Cooking Guide
Links to a range of recipes, from beef to vegetarian, that will help you maintain a healthy low fat diet. See how low fat does not mean loss of flavor.
A thick and warming low-fat cauliflower soup that's perfect for chilly fall or winter days.
A low fat version of Shepherd's Pie, a traditional English comfort-food classic, made with extra-lean ground beef, vegetables and topped with potato.
Skinless chicken breasts can be tough, stringy, and bland. But they needn't be. Learn how to enjoy succulent, flavorful skinless chicken breasts.
Take 20 simple steps to lower the fat in your cooking. Low fat cooking is easier than you think.
Six low-fat, low-calorie soups for cold fall and winter days.
Saturated fat raises blood cholesterol putting us at risk of heart disease and stroke. But what are the chief sources of saturated fat, and how can we reduce our intake?
A mildly spicy low fat carrot and sweet potato soup that makes a satisfying lunch or beginning to a fall or Thanksgiving dinner.
Apple Phyllo Pie is a great low-fat alternative to regular apple pie. Crisp, flaky and delicious, this low fat apple phyllo pie can be enjoyed with a scoop of frozen low-fat yogurt or light ice cream.
Enjoy low fat mashed sweet potatoes by leaving out the butter and adding flavor in other ways. Here, I use orange juice, a little brown sugar, plus cinnamon and ginger.
What are trans fats or hydrogenated fats? Why are trans fats thought to be worse than saturated fats? And how can we find out which foods have trans fats hidden in them?
An ultra-healthy low-fat omelet that makes a perfect breakfast or light lunch for one. Serve with a spoonful of medium salsa and rustic whole grain bread.
A slimmed-down version of pumpkin cheesecake so that you can enjoy all the flavor with a fraction of the fat.
There's nothing quite like a warm, fresh banana muffin. Enjoy these low-fat banana muffins for breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
Need an easy, low-fat, quick, and healthy dinner that the kids will actually eat and that won't require a trip to the supermarket? Check out this recipe.
A low fat crockpot chicken and vegetable stew that will fill your kitchen with a wonderful aroma and be waiting for you when you return home from work, late-afternoon shopping or school.
Fresh-fruit smoothies are the perfect way to enjoy a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. They're a great way to kick-start your day.
A great wholesome applesauce oatmeal muffin that's delicious, nutritious and low in fat. Perfect for breakfast on the go or as a lunch box treat.
Love lasagna but hate the fat and calories? Before you cast it from your menu, there are plenty of ways to lighten the load and still end up with a satisfying dish the whole family will enjoy.
Pumpkin and cranberries pair well together in these delicious low fat fall muffins. Enjoy these pumpkin cranberry muffins with a morning cup of coffee or as a tea time treat.
Love pumpkin pie but hate the fat and calories? Here are some tips for a slimmer yet still-delicious pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving table.
Delicious white fish fillets coated in breadcrumbs and baked in the oven to make crunchy low-fat kid-pleasing breaded fish.
These moist apple oatmeal muffins make a great low fat snack or breakfast muffin.
Try some warming low fat leek and potato soup either on St. Patrick's Day or during the winter months.
Chicken Parmesan is a favorite dish of many, but it's often high in fat and calories. Here's a low fat chicken parmesan that's a little easier on the waistline.
Sugar cookies, anyone? These low fat cookies are a tasty holiday treat. Reducing the amount of butter allows these holiday cookies to lose much of the fat without losing the flavor.
Low fat turkey chili makes an ideal family supper on cold nights or on game day. Serve with a dollop of fat-free sour cream or yogurt on top.
A luscious, velvety cream of pumpkin soup that's low in fat and full of flavor. This low fat cream of pumpkin soup is ideal as a prelude to a full Thanksgiving dinner or simply as a seasonal lunch.
How can foods containing hydrogenated oils be labeled trans-fat-free or display 0g trans fats?
A low fat pumpkin-banana bread using a small amount of heart-healthy canola oil instead of artery-clogging butter. A nice low fat treat for fall and Halloween.
Are you looking for low fat dips to serve at your next gathering? Try this low fat spinach dip. Serve with fresh veggies or baked pita chips.
If you have flour, eggs, nonfat milk and sugar in your kitchen, you make these basic low fat pancakes, which taste so much better than those made from a box of mix, or worse, frozen pancakes.
With food prices soaring, can we really afford to eat low fat? The answer is yes, with some planning. Find out how to shave dollars off your grocery bill, yet still manage to eat low fat.
Enjoy a slice of pie or indulge in some other holiday desserts without feeling too guilty. Eaten in moderation, these light holiday desserts should satisfy your sweet tooth without adding to your waistline.
Warm blueberry muffins fresh from the oven are hard to beat. Try these low fat blueberry muffins for breakfast or as part of a low fat brunch.
Is butter better or worse for us than margarine? Neither is ideal, especially if we following a low fat diet.
It is thought that the average American eats around 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving. If you are looking to rein in your fat and calorie intake this Thanksgiving, here's a lower-fat Thanksgiving menu that features lighter versions of some holiday classics.
Make cakes and muffins from store-bought cake mixes with far less fat and cholesterol with these simple suggestions.
Make satisfyingly crunchy fried chicken without a frying pan. This oven-fried chicken recipe is a great low-fat option for fried-chicken lovers.
A quick and easy low fat coleslaw using ready-shredded coleslaw mix, fat-free mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, sugar and celery seed.
Low Fat or nonfat yogurt makes a great substitute for cream and other full-fat dairy products in all kinds of low fat recipes. Here are 10 ways to use low fat yogurt.
Nothing beats a bowl of soup on a cold day, and this naturally low fat minestrone soup, which apparently means big soup, is no exception. Chock-full of vegetables, pasta and beans, this minestrone soup is indeed a big soup -- a meal in itself, especially when accompanied by some crusty whole-grain bread.
Who can resist holiday cookies? If you like oatmeal raisin cookies, try these festive low fat cookies, which use cranberries instead of raisins.
A quick and easy, low-fat, low-calorie tomato basil soup that makes a great lunch or appetizer any time of the year.
Pancakes are just about everybody's favorite breakfast, so add some seasonal flavor by adding pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to make these delicious low fat pumpkin pancakes.
A store-bought blueberry scone can be more than 400 calories. so why not make your own at home where you can control the ingredients and the portion size. These blueberry scones make a great low-fat, low-calorie treat at well under under 100 calories per scone.
Nonstick cooking spray is a godsend to many a cook, especially those trying to eat low fat. Replacing the need for copious amounts of oil or butter in cooking, nonstick cooking spray is meant to offer a virtually fat-free way to cook food.
Cooked until just crisp tender, then sauteed with garlic, red onion and apple cider, these Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts may make you change your mind about this much-maligned vegetable. They make a perfect side dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We need to eat dietary fat for a variety of reasons, but which ones should we eat? Choose mostly unsaturated fats. Here are some good examples.
A tasty, healthy snack of roasted zucchini rounds topped with breadcrumbs and shredded parmesan.
Low fat cranberry apple stuffing with a little built-in portion control.
A cool refreshing smoothie made with watermelon and yogurt.
If you want any proof that low fat can be satisfying, try this hearty and nutritious Lentil and Black Bean Soup, which makes a perfect lunch option in the cold winter months.
A quick and easy dish of glazed pork medallions, cut from pork tenderloin, one of the leanest meats apart from skinless chicken breasts.
An easy side dish of baked sweet potatoes and apples that's naturally low in fat and high in fiber.
A lower fat Persian chicken dish featuring skinless, chicken thighs cooked in a pomegranate and walnut sauce.
Make a healthier breakfast by whipping up some low-fat whole-wheat pancakes that are light, fluffy and delicious. Enjoy with some maple syrup or some fruit compote, but steer well clear of butter and cream.
Sorbet is virtually fat-free dessert, and a welcome treat on hot sunny days. This strawberry sorbet is made with fresh in-season strawberries, but when fresh strawberries are out of season, it's better to use frozen strawberries for maximum flavor.
A moist and delicious gingerbread cake that's perfect for the holidays. Best of all, it's low fat.
Finding healthier, low-fat side dishes for your Thanksgiving or holiday meal can be a challenge, especially as many of them involve butter and cream.
A meltingly delicious low fat pot roast made with a lean cut of beef and loaded with vegetables.
You don't have to give up beef in your burgers. Find out how to make moist, flavorful low fat burgers using lean and extra-lean ground beef.
There are countless low fat ways to use a rotisserie chicken. Discover 10 ways to use a rotisserie chicken right here.
These low fat savory chicken breasts are perfect for the broiler or grill.
How do we change the way we think about food, and eat a healthier, low fat diet? We need to give ourselves a low fat makeover.
Chocolate is neither low fat nor low calorie, but its high flavonoid content may be good for your heart. Most of these antioxidant compounds are destroyed in processing, however.
Quinoa is the grain of choice in this delicious low-fat southwestern-style salad. Enjoy as a light main dish or as an accompaniment to chicken, pork or shrimp.
Basic crêpes are simple to make. These low fat crêpes are made with nonfat milk, only one egg and absolutely no butter. Eat them with a little confectioners sugar and a squeeze of lemon, or fill them with low fat ingredients such as yogurt and fruit, and roll them up.
Phyllo dough is a great low fat alternative to regular pastry and pie crusts. But using phyllo dough can be daunting. Here's how to use phyllo dough for your low fat baking needs.
Beef is a source of saturated fat and cholesterol. Can we still eat beef and follow a low-fat diet? The answer is yes, so long as you bear a few things in mind.
My top 10 low fat winter warmers, featuring soups, stews and pies.
A very simple low fat recipe for crockpot chicken chili.
Garlic mashed potatoes can be creamy and flavorful without all that butter and cream. Try this version for your holiday table, or as a side dish for any occasion.
For a healthy morning snack, or if you're grabbing breakfast on the run, try these delicious low fat pumpkin oatmeal muffins.
A simple and delicious low fat banana berry smoothie makes a great start to your day.
These delicious low fat chocolate chip cookies have half the fat of regular chocolate chip cookies yet taste just as decadent. Using cocoa powder and miniature chocolate chips, the chocolate taste is just as intense.
Many low fat products lack taste and texture. Here are my top 10 picks of low fat foods or kitchen staples that are excellent low fat or reduced fat options.
What better way to eat low fat and to get a good portion of your daily dose of vegetables than to eat soup. Well, not all soups are created equal. Many of those you see at the grocery store are high in fat, calories, and especially sodium. Better to make your own, free from additives and full of nutrition.
Cod Provencal is an easy-to-prepare low fat supper for any night of the week.
Shrimp are high in cholesterol, so should we include them as part of a low fat diet?
Lower the fat in your Christmas cookies so you can enjoy a little treat without feeling too guilty. Here are eight yummy low-fat Christmas cookies for all your cookie exchanges and holiday parties.
Chocolate chip cookies are just about everybody's favorite cookie, and the undoing of many a dieter or healthy eater. So why not adjust your recipes a little and enjoy a lighter chocolate chip cookie that's still worth savoring.
Enjoy this lower fat stuffing with your holiday meal. Using turkey sausage, mushrooms and herbs, this bread stuffing makes a perfect accompaniment to your low fat Thanksgiving dinner.
One way to cut saturated fat in our diets is to choose liquid oils over solid fats, but cooking oils are not saturated-fat-free.
Pizza may not be a health food, but if you top it with fresh, healthy ingredients, it can certainly be part of a healthy diet. Here's a great recipe for a basic pizza dough that happens to be virtually fat free. How you top it is up to you.
This banana bread pudding has to be one of my favorite cold-weather desserts. It's warm, comforting and happens to be low fat. What more could you want?
Here's a succulent dish of roast pork tenderloin with apples and cranberries that makes a great family meal during the holiday season or any time. Pork cooks relatively quickly, so a Sunday roast dinner can be on the table in 45 minutes.
Neither a cookie nor a muffin, these delectable, low-fat pumpkin bites are perfect for lunch boxes or as after-school treats. Sweet yet nutritious, these low fat pumpkin bites are a real kid pleaser.
A warm and velvety low fat butternut squash and apple soup makes a hearty and delicious autumn lunch. Serve with whole grain bread.
A spicy and delicious low fat chicken and black bean soup recipe. Serve with non-fat sour cream and baked tortillas.
A turkey breast is the perfect holiday centerpiece if you're trying to eat low fat, and if you're not entertaining more than about 8 people. Plus, it cooks much quicker than a whole bird.
Just about everybody loves pancakes. Add a little fiber to yours by making these yummy low-fat applesauce oatmeal pancakes.
Enjoy a warming, comforting cream of chicken soup with just a fraction of the fat and calories of the regular kind. Plus, it's much lower in sodium than the canned variety.
Meaty and filling, broiled portobello mushrooms are delicious on their own with a green salad or in a whole-grain bun or pita.
Naturally low in fat, this broiled spice-rubbed cod makes a quick and easy low fat dinner. Serve with a green salad and a low fat citrus-based dressing or with couscous and steamed seasonal vegetables.
In June 2011 the U.S. government replaced the decades-old food pyramid with a new symbol: a plate known as MyPlate. A plate symbol seems to make more sense than a pyramid, but in reality, is MyPlate likely to be any more useful in helping us eat more healthfully?
If you're planning a low fat St Patrick's Day feast, try this traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe. It's easy to make and requires only a few basic ingredients.
Try this healthy and nutritious low fat vegetable lasagna made with garden vegetables and fat-free ricotta cheese. It's a great low fat vegetarian option any time of the week.
The secrets to this low fat macaroni and cheese are no butter, fat-free milk and reduced fat extra-sharp cheese, yet you still get a nice, creamy texture and a delicious cheesy flavor.
A sweet and mildly spiced crockpot chicken and chickpea stew that makes a delicious low fat fall or winter supper.
Roasted Vegetables, with a drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil, make an ideal accompaniment to low fat chicken or fish dishes, or simply toss with some pasta for a healthy complete vegetarian meal
An easy-to-prepare, low-fat beef stew that cooks all day in the crockpot.
If you enjoy fried fish but worry about the fat and calories, then this panko crusted cod is for you. Baked rather than fried, this fish dish makes the basis for a great family meal.
A warming, nutritious, high-fiber, low fat lentil soup that's perfect for cold fall or winter days.
Those of us watching our fat intake use cooking spray in cooking so the idea of using salad-dressing spray on our salad leaves makes perfect sense. Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers allow us to flavor our salads more subtly and without all the fat of regular dressing.
These delightful low fat bite-size frittatas make a perfect hors d'oeuvre or buffet brunch item. Flavored with onion, spinach and a hint of reduced-fat cheese, these little crustless delights can fit easily into a low-fat diet.
Come home to a delicious, low-fat vegetable stew that you can prepare early in the day and forget about. Enjoy with some whole grain rolls.
Enjoy this heart-healthy salmon and asparagus in foil. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect against heart disease. This dish derives a little under 31% of its calories from fat, so still fits in well with a low fat diet.
Lower the fat and cholesterol in French toast by using an egg substitute and nonfat milk. The result is still a deliciously sweet breakfast. Don't spoil it by adding whipped cream or butter!
A delicious and fragrant broth-based chicken and leek soup that's low fat and low calorie, with sweet onion, carrot and celery.
Enjoy a healthy low-fat, low-calorie soup that's filled with kale, potatoes, carrots, onions, and some cooked chicken breast.
Enjoy a light and fluffy potato-topped creamy fish pie that's filling, delicious and low in fat. This low fat fish pie is comfort food at its lightest and best.
A soup for all seasons, this low fat tomato spinach soup makes a perfect lunch.
A satisfyingly filling yet low fat creamy mushroom risotto you'll want to make again and again.
A tasty, tangy low-fat chicken breast recipe using fresh lemon juice and parsley.