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  • Base for a Variation on Hummus

    Keep this on hand for a quick meal, or prepare in batches to give as gifts.

  • Beet-All Pasta Salad

    Mix pasta, spinach, beets, onion and walnuts in a salad bowl. Combine maple syrup, vinegar and olive oil in a small jar and shake well. Pour over salad. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until you're ready to eat.

  • Blender Bean Dip

    Process the beans and spices in a blender, then refrigerate until ready to serve with baked corn chips or toasted whole-wheat pita triangles.

  • Blueberry Banana Smoothie

    Bananas that are getting past ripe work perfectly in smoothies. Peel them, wrap them in plastic, and freeze them.

  • Broiled Trout with Almonds

    Farmers across the country raise this sweet, slightly nutty-tasting fish.

  • Cream of Broccoli Soup

    A flavorful soup that's a snap to prepare.

  • Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

    You don't have to tell anyone these are homemade, healthy granola bars. Just let your guests enjoy the chewiness of the oats and dense chocolate flavor from the highest-quality dark chocolate you can find.

  • Do-It-Yourself Minestrone Soup

    In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and pot herbs.

  • Do-It-Yourself Trail Mix

    Toss wheat cereal and cashews with raisins, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, or chopped dried apricots.

  • Fresh Lemon Broccoli Pesto-Style Sauce

    Put all ingredients in blender and blend for about 20 seconds. If mixture is too thick, add a little more vegetable broth. Serve hot or cold.

  • Fruited Buckwheat Pancakes

    Add chopped peaches after you have poured the pancakes on the griddle.

  • Go Swiss with Rosti

    Rosti has been called the national dish of German-speaking Switzerland. Rosti is similar to hash browns and is usually topped with cheese.

  • Herb Roasted Potatoes

    Roast new potatoes with fresh rosemary and a little olive oil.

  • Grilled Salmon Steaks

    Baste the steaks with dipping sauce, then grill for about 10 minutes.

  • Mediterranean Diced Salad

    What a combo: chickpeas, red bell pepper, cucumber, celery, and grape tomatoes.

  • Multigrain Chicken Soup

    Cook this soup for about an hour, or until the grains are tender.

  • New World Salmon Florentine

    This casserole uses chunks of fresh salmon with lots of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Oriental Greens

    After combining ingredients, cover and chill for two hours before serving.

  • Pumpkin-Cranberry Gift Loaves

    A moist quick bread perfect for the holidays.

  • Red Rosemary Vinegar

    To prepare as a gift, strain the vinegar into pretty bottles. Add a fresh sprig of rosemary to each.

  • Roasted Asparagus

    Roast for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness of asparagus), shaking once to turn spears. Pour on balsamic vinegar and serve hot or at room temperature.

  • Roasted Vegetables

    Roast carrots, turnips, squash, and garlic for about an hour, stirring once or twice.

  • Seasoned Salmon for One

    Serve with cooked, chopped spinach to which you’ve added low-fat sour cream, cooked instant brown rice, and a bit of butter.

  • Simple Salmon with Dill Sauce

    Serve hot or cold with dill sauce: low-fat sour cream, cucumber, and fresh dill.

  • Southeastern Seasoned Catfish

    Rub the fillets with spices, then broil for about eight minutes, turning once.

  • Spicy Asian Veggie Pasta

    Serve this dish hot, at room temperature, or chilled as a side dish—to grilled salmon, for instance.

  • Stovetop Chili

    Reduce the sodium by rinsing the beans and using low-salt canned tomatoes.

  • Summer Vegetable Curry

    Serve with hot rice and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.

  • Stuffed Peppers

    This meal is generally lightly seasoned, which allows each diner to add condiments to individual taste.

  • Tofu Stir-Fry

    This dish takes only minutes to prepare. Shrimp are a nice addition.

  • Topped Potatoes

    Sour cream or butter taste delicious on baked potatoes, but they come with a price: Both contain saturated fat and cholesterol. Here's a healthy, and tasty, alternative topping for your next baked potato.

  • Vegetable Dip Mix

    These ingredients are in the right proportions for one batch of dip mix. For a gift jar, keep adding a round of all five ingredients until you have enough to fill the jar.

  • Vegetarian Chili

    Textured vegetable protein makes this dish a hearty vegetarian meal.

  • Whole-Grain Party Mix

    You can make a healthier party mix by using whole-grain cereals, olive oil instead of butter or margarine, and soy nuts or wasabi peas rather than the usual mixed nuts.

  • Cantaloupe Soup

    This is a picture-pretty first course for a summer meal. Make in advance and serve chilled.

  • Picnic Potato Salad

    Flavored with fresh rosemary, this salad is perfect for a summer outing.

  • A Fruity Way to End the Meal

    Naval oranges, ripe strawberries, and sliced bananas are served with a yogurt-ginger sauce.

  • Amish Potatoes with Lima Beans

    Cubed potatoes are sautéed with onions and lima beans and seasoned with parsley and paprika.

  • Black Bean Chili

    Each serving contains about 333 calories, 20 g protein, 2 g fat (5 percent calories from fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 63 g carbohydrates, 15 g fiber, and 204 mg sodium.

  • Breakfast on the Run

    Each serving contains about 137 calories, 10 g protein, 3 g fat (20 percent calories from fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 19 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fiber, and 400 mg sodium.

  • Carrot-Oatmeal Muffins

    These muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. They get their crunch from chopped walnuts.

  • Cheddar-Vegetable Surprise

    Each serving contains about 202 calories, 10 g protein, 4 g fat (18 percent calories from fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 33 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, and 551 mg sodium.

  • Polenta with Peppers and Cheese

    Southwestern flavors add flare to this easy favorite.

  • Grilled Lemon-Sage Chicken

    Fast, fresh, and healthy - a perfect dish for an outdoor summer sit-down.

  • Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

    A family-pleasing casserole with a taste of the Southwest.

  • Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

    Autumn staples combine into a healthy and delicious breakfast treat.

  • California Marinated Salad

    Fresh, delicious, and ready to serve in short order - a super salad that's perfect for parties - or dinner at home.

  • Southeastern Fresh Ginger Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

    A warm and satisfying soup, with fresh Asian flavors.

  • Bronzed Mushrooms

    Fabulous creamed mushrooms that can be served over toast, pasta, chicken, or beef.

  • Mushroom Barley Soup

    A fast and delicious meal that's perfect for lunch or dinner.

  • Mushroom Crab Appetizer

    Deliciously decadent, but healthy! Garnish with chopped red pepper for extra color or a shot of Tabasco for spiciness.

  • Crunchy Chicken Salad

    The perfect solution for that leftover chicken!

  • Skillet Zucchini with Chopped Tomatoes

    Fast and easy side dish that's ready in minutes.

  • Strawberry Spread

    A healthy topper for toast, waffle or pancakes.

  • Seedless Raspberry Sauce

    This takes some patience, but you will be rewarded with a rich, seedless sauce, perfect for topping anything from fruit, to meat, to chocolate cake!

  • Raspberry Mustard Dip

    You can buy ready-made raspberry mustard, but you won’t find the depth of flavor you get when you mix your own.

  • Summer Squash Saute

    This recipe takes about 10 minutes to cook, once you’ve cut all your vegetables. It’s a good dish to top pasta or serve with grilled chicken, lean beef, or salmon.

  • Frosted Orange Cake

    Nothing makes an occasion more festive than a beautifully presented cake.

  • Brussels Sprouts with Mushroom Sauce

    A perfect dressing for a perfect party vegetable.

  • Stuffed Cabbage Soup

    Warm and simple comfort food for anytime.

  • Barley Pilaf

    This is a lovely side dish for chicken or fish.

  • Pear and Quinoa Salad

    A salad that's packed with protein.

  • Updated Macaroni and Cheese

    A healthier version of an all-time family favorite.

  • Tortilla Pizzas

    Low-calorie, kid-friendly recipe that provides 1 cup of healthy vegetables per serving!

  • Lime Shrimp Kebabs

    Add a green salad and fresh corn on the cob and you’re good to go.

  • Panini for One

    A grown-up grilled sandwich.

  • Broccoli and Walnut Salad

    This nutty salad is chock full of vegetables and complementary flavors.

  • Blue-Green Canapés

    Healthy appetizers for you and your guests.

  • Apple Carrot Salad

    Perfect combination of fall flavors