Low Carb Bread
When does low-carb bread taste good? When you use one of these healthy, low-carb recipes. With our healthy recipes for pita pockets, bagels, quick breads, and more, you can have your bread and keep your carbs in check too.
At a mere 148 calories per serving, this light and luscious pumpkin pudding is a great alternative to pumpkin pie. Baking the puddings in hot water -- called a bain-marie -- keeps the egg from coagulating and ensures that the dessert will be silken in texture.
Boost the nutrition in whole grain pancake batter by adding potassium-rich bananas and high-protein peanut butter.
These holiday-special scones combine musky pumpkin, tangy cranberries and orange-scented glaze in totally terrific triangles. Pepitas are toasted pumpkin seeds, which are usually shelved with the bagged gourmet-type items in supermarket produce departments.
Using phyllo dough instead of traditional croissant dough makes these raspberry-filled dessert pastries fat-free and low in calories. Just 35 calories each!
Pumpkin and chocolate make a perfect, albeit unusual, pair when combined in these moist and pretty brownies. The technique of baking the brownies on foil makes them easy to lift from the pan and cut into tidy shapes.
Spoonbread -- a pudding-like cornmeal casserole that hails from the early days of the American south -- is an economical accompaniment to any holiday meal. Key to spoonbread success is beating egg whites until nice and fluffy. So be sure to start with room-temperature egg whites; they'll provide about 25 percent more loft and volume than cold egg whites will.
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.
If your children or grandchildren ask if they can help you cook, teach them how to make egg salad. It's easy to put together and, if you boil the eggs ahead of time, requires no oven or stove-top. You can make the eggs the day before and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the salad. Most kids love helping out in the kitchen and feel grown-up if they are allowed to mix, stir or add ingredients.
Vegetable soup is a hearty and comforting way to help work in some of those recommended "five a day" servings of fruits and vegetables. It's light, delicious and a flavorful blend of the season's best harvest. Although the end result is a simmering pot of complex flavors, the process for how to make vegetable soup is surprisingly quick and simple.
If your idea of a home-style meal isn't complete without a mouthwatering side of mashed potatoes, you're going to love the satisfaction of learning how to make mashed potatoes from scratch. Homemade mashed potatoes are creamy, filling and so much better than the instant variety. While this tasty side has gotten a bit of a bad rap thanks to the low-carb diet craze, mashed potatoes actually provide a number of essential nutrients, including fiber, protein, calcium, iron and a full 30 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C in just a single serving.
Don't be intimidated by how to make onion soup--the process is surprisingly straightforward! It's actually one of the simpler French soups, with a big payoff of complex, salty-sweet flavor.