Quick and Easy Low Fat Dishes
If they're made right, healthy low-fat recipes taste just as good as their full-fat counterparts. From oatmeal to snacks to suppers, our healthy low-fat recipes are easy, quick, and delicious.
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.
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.
Chances are you already have a recipe or two for how to bake chicken breast. Chicken is a favorite mealtime choice in many households, and with good reason. It's low in fat and high in protein, and its mild flavor means it goes well with ingredients both common and exotic. Finding new recipes to keep your menu planning fresh and exciting can be a challenge, especially if you're cooking for a family. That makes chicken breast a great choice. Like the proverbial little black dress, you can dress chicken up or down depending on the occasion. Versatile chicken offers so many options, you need never get bored.
Learning how to grill a chicken breast is a right of passage for every home cook. Chicken breasts are one of the most popular cuts of meat, and rightly so--they're high in protein, low in fat and quick to cook.
Enchiladas have been around in one form or another since the pre-Columbian times. In fact, it seems that people were figuring out how to make enchiladas almost as long as there have been tortillas. The ancient Aztecs made enchilada dishes consisting of a fried tortilla topped with salsa and cheese, covered by another tortilla and topped off with a fried egg. Though these dishes existed for centuries, the term "enchilada" (which literally means "chili filled") wasn't coined until the 19th century, and the original dish has been all but completely transformed since its early days.
Cornbread connoisseurs have a long line of people to thank for making this quick bread a mainstay in American cooking. In fact, this staple of Southern and Southwestern cuisine may be one of the most truly American foods there is. Native Americans used corn, or "maize," in cooking all sorts of dishes--including cornbread--for thousands of years before colonists first set food in what we now know as the United States. Since cornbread is leavened with baking powder instead of yeast, it was easy for early settlers to master how to make cornbread even with limited resources. So, it's no wonder the dish caught on. Its unique flavor and texture have kept it a favorite over the years.
Italian sausage comes in countless varieties, including familiar types like pepperoni and salami; the kind of sausage most people refer to when they speak of how to cook Italian sausage is "sweet Italian," "spicy Italian" or "hot Italian" (the latter two are typically the same), and it's found in the pork section of the supermarket. Typically made with pork, peppers and Italian seasonings, Italian sausage is most commonly used in pasta dishes or as a topping for pizza, but it can be the centerpiece of many other dishes as well.
Although one-pot meals have been around for decades, learning how to make broccoli casserole will provide you with one of the most familiar American versions to date.
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).
Even people who don't usually like squash have a soft spot for the acorn squash. The ribbed, dark-green skin of this winter squash hides a bright orange interior that is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol but packed with nutrition, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, thiamin and magnesium. It's also high in fiber. There are a variety of opinions about how to cook acorn squash. Some people like the old-fashioned method of slicing the squash in half, removing the seeds, filling the cavity with brown sugar and butter and baking it cut-side up. Others like to drizzle honey or maple syrup in the cavity after brushing the squash with melted butter.
When you're more in the mood for surf than turf, the only thing standing between you and a delicious seafood dish is knowing how to boil shrimp. Boiling is a popular method for cooking shrimp because it's quick (just a few minutes), no-fuss, no-fat, and produces a firm-but-tender texture.
A parchment packet contains all of the flavors, aromas, juices (and messes!) as you bake up this quick vegetable side dish.
Combine crunchy and creamy textures when you make this parfait. Layered spiced apples, apple-cinnamon yogurt, and crunchy granola make it look as good as it tastes.
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.