Low-calorie doesn't have to mean low-flavor. From soup and starters to drinks and desserts, our healthy, low-calorie recipes serve up a whole lot of great taste.
No packaged or store-bought dough will give you the tender, crisp crust you'll get if you take the time to learn how to make pizza dough. Takeout pizza might become a thing of the past, once you get a taste of your own homemade pizza. Top the dough with veggies and low-fat cheese and you can turn pizza into a low-calorie, guilt-free treat.
Pork may be known as "the other white meat," but it doesn't usually top the list when we think of lean protein. We can probably thank bacon for that, but not all pork is dripping in fat and packed with sodium. Pork loin, for instance, is actually quite lean, low in fat, carbs and calories. Learning how to bake a pork loin can add a nice punch of variety and flavor to your diet whether you're watching your weight, trying to eat more healthfully or just looking for interesting new options for your usual dinner rotation.
Learn how to make spinach dip, and you'll always have a simple yet pleasing party dish on hand.
Pasta lovers who want to cut back on carbs and calories won't regret learning how to cook spaghetti squash. This oblong winter squash has flesh that separates into spaghetti-like strands when you cook it. It's a worthy low-calorie substitute for the real deal, and it boasts a fair amount of vitamins and minerals, too, including vitamins A and C, plus dietary fiber.
Want an elegant mushroom appetizer without the fuss of hand-stuffing mushroom caps? Learn how to saute mushrooms for a simple yet flavorful dish; they're delicious on their own or served on top of crostini. You can use a mixture of mushroom types -- such as shiitake, oyster, or maitake -- to maximize on earthy flavor, but the beauty of sauteing mushrooms is that even white button mushrooms end up golden brown and delicious. The trick to sauteing mushrooms is keeping the heat at medium-high or high: Mushrooms contain a high percentage of water, and high heat helps evaporate the liquid the mushrooms exude during cooking and allows them to brown; use low heat, and the mushrooms will wind up gray and soggy.
As a country, we eat a lot of chicken, so most home cooks are always on the lookout for new ways to prepare it -- that's why you should learn how to make curried chicken. In this recipe, spices, dried fruit, vegetables, and garlic come together for a sweet and savory casserole that's nothing short of fantastic.
Knowing how to cook roast beef should be on every home cook's to-do list. A straightforward slab of perfectly cooked roast beef is a bit of heaven in itself, but this recipe employs a few surprises to elevate the dish to the sublime.
Spinach may be one of the first things that come to mind when we speak of the nutritional virtues of dark green leafy vegetables, which are great low-calorie sources of nutrients such as calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. But it doesn't always top the list of foods people--especially kids--look forward to eating. The trick to making this "super food" a popular dish at your dinner table is knowing how to make spinach delicious and appealing to even the pickiest of eaters.
Baked beans are a summer staple. This easy no-bake version has the deep, rich flavors without heating up the kitchen.
A cracker and Parmesan cheese mixture combined with a trio of spices forms a delicious crust in this baked chicken main-dish recipe.
Oranges add a refreshing, citrusy touch to this healthy salad topped with scallops. A sweet and savory dressing adds just the right touch to this recipe that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
Overflowing with mushrooms, green beans, carrots, and zucchini, this Mediterranean style stew makes a great dinner for a blustery night.
Chicken breasts are stuffed with a creamy filling that combines broccoli, two cheeses, and bread crumbs for a delectable dinner recipe.
This favorite summertime fruit is the star of a delicious sauce that pairs nicely with roasted pork tenderloin. This easy recipe can be ready in less than an hour.
When Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are unavailable for this recipe, substitute other sweet, succulent crab meats, such as Dungeness, King, or snow crab. Cook fresh crab meats within 24 hours or use frozen, canned, or pasteurized. Chesapeake Bay blue crabs shed their shells and grow new ones more than 20 times during their life span. During the brief stage right after they molt and before their new shells harden, they are completely edible.
Bring simplicity and elegance to a Christmas or New Year's Eve party with these rich morsels. To save time, ask a fish merchant to shuck the oysters. Plan to serve them within a few hours of purchase.