Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Grape Gelatin Dessert

As simple to prepare as the commercial product, but with real fruit juice and a lot less sugar.  Plus, this tasty treat is fun for the kids to make. It's great all year round and is a refreshing, fat-free dessert or snack.

Makes 6 servings 

2        cups grape juice
2        tablespoons sugar
1        envelope unflavored gelatin

Monday, April 29, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

6 Ways to Make Pasta Healthier

Everyone's favorite, pasta is a versatile food that can change dramatically, taking on a new character with the addition of each delectable sauce. Pasta is high in carbohydrates, which is our bodies' main source of fuel. In fact, athletes turn to pasta for meals rather than the heavy, high-protein meals they used to consume. Here are six ways to help make pasta healthier.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Creamy Orange Dressing

Spoon this delectable, 2 ingredient dressing over fresh fruit and create an appetizer or a light dessert with a delicious difference.

Makes 8 servings
(2½ tablespoons each serving)

1        cup plain Greek yogurt
¼       cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (regular orange juice works too)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

14 Fat Cutting Substitutes

My dessert cart is overflowing with puddings, molds, frozen desserts, cakes, pies, cobblers, crisps, cookies, and candies. Yes, desserts can be both lean and luscious.
What's my secret? Substituting high-fat ingredients with their low-fat counter-parts. Try this:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Italian Mushroom Salad

As an appetizer, salad, or side dish, this easy, 3 ingredient, dish dresses any meal, and it's so easy to prepare and put together.

Makes 4 servings
3        tablespoons bottled fat-free Italian dressing
1        tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
2        cups mushrooms, thinly sliced

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

4 Healthy Dessert Tips

You've heard it said before, but now you can truly have your cake and eat it, too. I've created special tips for luscious desserts in which the taste has been heightened, while the calories and fat have been lightened. Embrace lean and luscious in desserts too.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cucumbers Dijon

This super-quick salad has a nice "kick" and makes a great addition to any tossed salad. It's also delicious packed into pita bread with sliced turkey and tomato.

Makes 4 servings

¼    cup plain nonfat yogurt
1     tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
2     cups cucumber, peeled, sliced very thin
2     teaspoons dried chives

Thursday, April 4, 2013

5 Secrets to Perfect Veggies

Low in fat, high in fiber, and loaded with vitamins and minerals, vegetables are virtual powerhouses of nutrition. With health professionals recommending that vegetables play a major role in our daily meals, it is wise to include a wide variety of vegetables in your diet.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Herbed Yogurt Dressing

Nonfat yogurt makes a delicious, creamy base for salad dressings. Be creative and vary the herbs and spices, and you can create lots of different flavor combinations. 


Makes 8 servings 
(2½ tablespoons each serving)

2           teaspoons canola oil
1           cup plain nonfat yogurt
2           tablespoons red wine vinegar
1           tablespoon minced onion flakes
½          teaspoon dried oregano
½          teaspoon dill weed
⅛          teaspoon garlic powder
             Salt and pepper to taste