Salads 0

Macaroni Salad

Why this recipe works: What makes this cookout and barbecue staple so appealing is the cool and creamy dressing and the crunchy vegetables, which contrast nicely with the tender pasta. We had no problem keeping the vegetables (we preferred a simpler dish, with just red onion and celery) in our made-over macaroni salad. But the dressing – a generous amount […]

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Classic Corn Chowder

Why this recipe works: Corn chowder is a summertime favorite, since it tastes best when fresh corn is plentiful and bursting with flavor. But though it sounds like a healthy meal, most versions are weighed down with pork and cream, making them decidedly unhealthy. To make over this classic, we started with the bacon. Just one slice was all that […]

Ethnicity > Asian 0

Chicken Fried Rice

Thick soy sauce is thickened with molasses. Restaurants frequently rely on it add flavor to fried rice and noodle dishes. Serves 4 2 large eggs 2-1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce, divided 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 5 to 6 tablespoons oil for stir-frying 2 stalks celery, trimmed and diced 1/2 cup chopped onion 4 cups cold cooked rice […]

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Oyster-Flavored Pork with Noodles

Bok choy and red bell pepper add extra colour to this tasty dish, and the sauce flavors the egg noodles wonderfully. Serves 2 to 4 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided 1/2 pound fresh Chinese or Italian egg noodles 1/2 pound lean pork cut into 1-inch cubes 1-1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce 2-1/2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil, divided 18 teaspoon ground […]

Ethnicity > Asian 0

Wonton Soup

This recipe calls for ready-made wontons you can buy at your local Asian grocery store, but you can also try making your own. Serves 4 Water for boiling wontons 24 filled wonton dumplings 6 cups chicken broth or stock 1/2 cup shredded Napa cabbage 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 medium green onion, trimmed and thinly sliced […]

Ethnicity > Chinese 0

Mandarin Orange Chicken

My version of the classic orange chicken requires no deep-frying, so you save time, effort, and calories. I use frozen orange juice concentrate, which blends exceptionally well with the spicy hotness of chilies. If you don’t like chiles, you can omit them. Seperately stir-frying the snow peas and using them to ring the chicken makes a very nice presentation for […]

Ethnicity > Chinese 0

Chinese Chicken with Mixed Garden Vegetables

You can use many kinds of vegetables for this dish, but I like this particular mix because the colors are bright and the flavors combine well with the chicken. Since there is no soy sauce in this recipe, the colors of the vegetables and the chicken shine right through. Serves 3 to 4 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons Chinese rice […]

Fruit 0

Bananas with Blueberry Sauce

Serves: 5 servings; Yields: 1-1/4 cups Costs: Approximately $1.05 per serving; $5.25 for the complete recipe, provided the blueberries are in season. Blueberry Sauce: 1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with 1 cup cold water 1 cup blueberries, washed and picked over 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon light butter spreadables made with canola oil or olive oil 5 small bananas, sliced […]

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Orange Soy Milk Frappes

Light, frothy and filled with natural goodness, this creamy orange smoothie takes just a few ingredients… but makes a wholesome morning eye-opener. – Taste of Home Test Kitchen Makes: 2 servings; Start to finish: 10 minutes 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk 1/2 cup orange juice 5 ice cubes 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Dash of salt In a […]

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Strawberry Mango Smoothies

Sometimes artificial sweeteners make food tastes exactly that, artificial. But that’s not the case with these smoothies. They’re delicious adn creamy with lots of strawberry and mango flavor – Taste of Home Test Kitchen Makes: 4 servings; Prep time: 10 minutes 1 cup fat-free milk 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt 1-1/2 cups halved fresh strawberries 1 medium mango, peeled and chopped […]

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Frappe Mocha

Coffee ice cubes add punched up flavor and body to this refreshing drink. What a treat on a warm day! – Beverly Coyde, Gasport, NY Makes: 2 servings; Prep time: 5 minutes + Freezing 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules 1/4 cup boiling water 1 cup fat-free milk 4-1/2 teaspoons chocolate syrup 1/2 cup crushed ice Whipped topping and additional chocolate […]

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Watermelon Cooler

Cool down on a sweltering day with this special blend that features summer’s favorite fruit. It’s lovely and refreshing. – Taste of Home Test Kitchen Makes: 2 servings; Prep time: 10 minutes 1 cup ginger-ale, chilled 2 fresh mint leaves 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon, frozen In a blender, cover and process ginger-ale and mint for 15 seconds or until […]

Beef & Pork 0

Baked Pork Chops with Apple Dressing

No more dry pork chops! Just “sandwich” the chops between layers of dressing and bake, leaving them tender and moist. Serve with green beans tossed with lemon zest. Serves 4; 3 ounces meat and 1/2 cup dressing per serving Dressing: 2 slices light whole-wheat bread (lowest sodium available), torn into bite-size pieces 1 medium apple, such as Granny Smith, Gala, […]

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Hungarian Pork Chops

An Old World comfort dish without the work, these pork chops pair nicely with whole-grain noodles and steamed Brussels sprouts. Serves 4; 3 ounces pork and 3 tablespoons sauce per serving Rub: 1 teaspoon paprika 3/4 teaspoon dried dillweed, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   4 boneless center loin pork chops (about […]

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Slow-Cooker Beef and Red Beans

With cayenne for a bit of a kick and imitation bacon bits for a smoky flavor, this hearty combination of ground beef, red beans, brown rice, and vegetables is sure to be a family-pleaser. Serves 6; 1 cup beef mixture and 1/2 cup rice per serving 1 pound extra-lean ground beef 2 cups commercial fat-free low-sodium chicken broth 15.5 ounce […]

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

When you want to serve a crowd but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, this great recipe is the answer. Serves 12; 1 cup spaghetti and 2/3 cup sauce per serving 1 pound extra-lean ground beef 28-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained 2 small zucchini, diced 6-ounce can no-salt-added tomato paste 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 cup […]

Fruit 0

Roasted Plums with Walnut Crunch

Is this recipe for a side dish or a dessert? It’s your call – either way provides a serving of fruit for each diner. You might want to make a double batch of the walnut crunch and use the extra to top fat-free yogurt or hot cereal for breakfast. Serves 8; 1/2 cup fruit and 1-1/2 tablespoons crunch per serving […]

Desserts 0

Flan Caramel

Spoon sliced peaches or nectarines and caramel topping over these extra-creamy flans for a special treat. Serves 6; 1/2 cup per serving Cooking spray 2-1/2 cups fat-free milk 1 large egg 2 large egg whites 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon dry or sweet sherry 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Dash of ground nutmeg 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fat-free caramel ice […]

Ethnicity > Mexican 0

Cilantro Chicken Fajitas

The cilantro lime marinade is the star of this fajita dish and would work equally well over shrimp or a mild white fish. For a vegetarian option, substitute strips of tofu. Time: Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes Serves 4 2 (8 ounce) chicken breasts 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 2 tablespoons […]

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Frozen Banana Strawberry Bowls

This cool and creamy treat soothes as it goes down. Substitute a dollop of whipped cream for the walnuts if experiencing mouth sores. Or add both for a yummy dessert! Leftovers will keep in the freezer for 1 week. Time: 10 minutes Serves 4 4 medium-size bananas, sliced and frozen overnight 2 cups (1 pint) fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced […]