If you're watching your weight, you know you have to watch the fat in your diet. Try our healthy recipes for tasty low-fat dishes, from turkey and chicken dinners to low-fat smoothies, snacks, desserts, and more.
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.
Chicken wings were once an overlooked, often discarded, part of the bird. But as the popularity of Buffalo wings has surged, so has a whole host of ideas for how to make chicken wings. These days, casual restaurant menus often feature full sections devoted exclusively to chicken wings. You can get them flavored any number of ways including with barbecue, honey mustard or teriyaki sauces.
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.
Learn how to make spinach dip, and you'll always have a simple yet pleasing party dish on hand.
Remember back when Sunday dinners and holidays just weren't complete without everyone's favorite green bean casserole on the table? We all loved those crunchy fried onions topping the creamy blend of mushroom soup and beans. Learning how to make green bean casserole was a new cook's rite of passage, and this recipe sat in almost everyone's recipe box.
What tops the no-no list when you're watching your weight or trying to keep the fats in your diet to a minimum? French fries, right? Not anymore. You'll be delighted to know how to make sweet-potato fries that are totally fat free and have only 76 calories per serving. Plus, these fries are sprinkled with spices that give the potatoes an extra kick of flavor.
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.
If you love Italian food, you must learn how to make lasagna. The familiar classic is one dish that's always worth the time and effort. Lasagna makes a great party food, because it can be assembled well ahead of time. Then all you have to do is pop it in the oven and you've got enough food to feed a crowd.
Knowing how to make tomato soup is one of those skills every home cook should have -- canned tomato soup don't hold a candle to the flavor and texture of homemade, and it's ridiculously simple to make. The reason this recipe is extra easy is because it uses canned tomatoes, so there's no fretting over what type of tomato to use, or whether the tomatoes are at peak ripeness (in fact, canned tomatoes often have better flavor than what you'll find in the produce section during much of the year).
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.
Whether you call it a crisp, crumble, brown betty, buckle, grunt, slump, pandowdy or cobbler, deep-dish fruit desserts can be enjoyed by everyone -- even family members who are watching their weight or cholesterol. This recipe for how to make peach cobbler is a heart-healthy alternative to the cobblers grandma used to make, but it stays true to the freshness and taste you expect from a homemade fruit dessert. Made with "good" fat in the form of canola oil, skim-milk and less than a cup of sugar, this dessert will please the whole family, and no one will know it's actually good for them.
If there were ever going to be an iconic dish of the South, pulled pork would be a contender. Before the Civil War era, Southerners ate almost five times more pork than beef, which makes sense because pigs were plentiful and relatively easy to care for. In fact, some pigs would be let loose in the forest to thrive on their own, then hunted when necessary. When these pigs were caught and cooked, it became a community celebration, and friends, family, and neighbors would all share in the feast together.
Filet mignon is a sophisticated cut of beef that requires little fanfare to transform into a delicious and elegant meal. It's also low in fat and fast and easy to prepare. While many people might feel inclined to reserve these choice steaks for special occasions, once you know how to grill filet mignon, you'll discover it's a perfect choice any night you want to treat yourself to something special, even when you're short on time.
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.
Learn how to make strawberry smoothies, and you'll have breakfast or an afternoon snack in virtually no time. Simply combine a handful of ingredients and let your blender do the work.
Though it may seem like a contemporary dish, people have been perfecting the art of how to make potato salad for literally hundreds of years--early recipes date back to at least the 16th century. European settlers introduced potato salad to America, and different recipes reflect how the dish evolved and varied to reflect regional cuisines and preferences. For instance, German potato salad is served warm and includes bits of bacon, whereas cold potato salad--the more popular variety in the United States--follows English and French traditions.