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  1. Green Salad With Pumpkin Vinaigrette celebrates holiday season

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    Summer may officially be the season of green salads, but wintertime versions have advantages that make them worth exploring.

  2. Lightened Shepherd's Pie comforting, quick

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    When the weather gets cooler, we want to tuck into comfort food in our home. Doing a recipe makeover on a tasty-but-less-than-healthy dish is one of my favorite challenges.

  3. Enjoy an Italian masterpiece: Eggplant and Spinach Parmesan

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    Make-ahead meals and cooking for the freezer, once relegated to suburban supermoms who had it more together than the rest of us, are now trendy with the healthy-eating crowd.

    There’s no pasta in Eggplant and Spinach Parmesan, but it won’t be missed, thanks, in part, to some serious cheese.
  4. Looking for something extra quick and comforting? Try 10-Minute Tortilla Soup

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    I owe the idea to well-meaning fans, who over the years would approach me to thank me for the genius of making 10-minute meals. I never had the heart to correct them: I hosted Ten Dollar Dinners. Ten-minute meals, I always mused, would be about a thousand versions of PB&J, which sounded like hard television to pitch to …

    The recipe for 10-Minute Tortilla Soup is flexible, so you can play around with the ingredients. You can even use your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.
  5. Get your veggies and flavor with Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Hash

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    As winter approaches, what goes on our table is transformed.

    Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Hash is exactly right just the way it is, but you can experiment and swap out ingredients if you’d like.
  6. Start the day off right with a Pumpkin and Spice Breakfast Bowl

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    All four of my daughters love frozen acai bowls because they feel like you're eating ice cream for breakfast, except healthier. If you haven't hopped on the acai bowl craze, allow me to update you. Superfood acai berry puree is blended up with fruit — usually berries or banana — and then served thick, creamy …

    Start the day in a delicious and healthful way with a Pumpkin and Spice Breakfast Bowl.
  7. Meatless oat burger makes part-skim ricotta cheese the star

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    As much as I love a juicy beef burger, I've become a little obsessed with creating veggie burgers that step in and satisfy without any meat.

    The Meatless Cheesy Oat Burger uses part-skim ricotta cheese. Whole oats give the patty structure.
  8. Cozy up to a more healthful dessert: Fall Apple Rosemary Crumble

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    I'm celebrating the original fall flavor (before pumpkin spice syrupy things took over the world) with apples slow-baked in some form of buttery pastry and a recipe that fills the house with welcoming aromas that beckon us to gather around the dining room table.

    Fall Apple Rosemary Crumble is light on the butter and sugar, but that doesn’t make it less satisfying.
  9. Satisfy Chinese takeout craving with Kung Pao Cod

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    Eating healthy doesn't mean there isn't room for occasional treats like Chinese takeout or a drive-through for our favorite one-of-a-kind cheeseburger. As long as we keep these kinds of meals reserved for true cravings, not convenience, then I can probably keep our healthy eating in check.

    Kung Pao Cod will satisfy your craving for Chinese food. Using pan-seared cod reduces calories and fat.
  10. Lightened Italian Meatballs would do Grandma proud

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    Spaghetti and meatballs was the classic dish I ate at Grandma's house growing up: She had her all-day recipe that filled her creaky house with heady aromas that built anticipation as meatballs simmered in sauce on the stove.

    Lightened Italian Meatballs call for lean ground beef. Mushrooms and onions add flavor and bulk.
  11. Turn corn bread into a sweet treat with sauteed apple slices

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    Corn bread has always had a bit of an identity crisis in our house: Is it savory or is it sweet? Does it replace dinner rolls or dessert?

    Apple Upside-Down Corn Bread is simple to make. Unsweetened applesauce adds tenderness to the corn bread without a ton of fat.
  12. Take the plunge and try kelp noodles in simple cabbage and noodle saute

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    The healthy noodle market is booming, thanks to low-carb fans, and so it's no surprise that kelp noodles, which used to be a specialty-store item only, are now readily available at the neighborhood supermarket.

    Kelp noodles, which are a neutral-flavored sea vegetable, work well in Kelp Noodles and Cabbage.
  13. Grab some berries and go for a Tangy Orange Fruit Dip

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    Late summer fruit is perhaps my favorite. Berries are juicy and sweet, in their last flourish before slipping away into elite and expensive status. Peaches and plums are soft and caramel-like in flavor. Even the humble pebbly-skinned cantaloupe boasts rich orange flesh and syrupy-sweet flavor.

    Low-fat plain Greek yogurt lends tang and protein to Tangy Orange Fruit Dip, a three-ingredient dish that comes together in mere seconds.
  14. Fava beans bring protein, micronutrients, fiber to the table in this tabbouleh

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    Beans are an inexpensive and lean source of protein, fiber and micronutrients. But it's easy to fall into a bean rut. White beans, black beans, garbanzo beans and fresh green beans easily make their way to the table relatively frequently.

    Fava beans bring protein, micronutrients and fiber to flavorful Fava Bean Tabbouleh.
  15. Get your protein and omega-3 fatty acids in Lentil and Salmon Salad

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    Sometimes, it's just too hot to turn on the stove. The key is to stock up your kitchen with "healthy convenience food" that doesn't require any heat, such as fresh produce, canned beans, canned fish and small boxes of precooked legumes found in the prepared produce section.

    Lentil and Salmon Salad With Smoky Mustard Dressing comes together quickly, and it’s hearty enough for a summertime supper.
  16. Add 'Creamy' Tomato Soup to your summer palette

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    Check out your grocery store right about now because I'll bet you'll find gorgeous tomatoes everywhere. Roma tomatoes are a bargain this time of year, and they are ideal for cooking in all sorts of recipes. Full of vitamins C and A, as well as lycopene, tomatoes are a healthy buy, too.

    Fresh summer tomatoes, which are packed with vitamins C and A, as well as lycopene, play a starring role in “Creamy” Tomato Soup.
  17. Give lean, protein-packed chicken breasts a taste of Provence

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    Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a convenient go-to for so many cooks. The mild flavor makes them incredibly versatile, so it's easy to slip this cut of chicken into almost any recipe or flavor profile. Chicken breasts are one of the leanest cuts of meat available, with a quarter pound boasting 34 grams of protein …

    The rose wine in the marinade for Chicken Breasts Provencal imparts a slightly sweet flavor.
  18. Explore the veggie noodle world with Sunshine Vegetable Ribbons

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    Vegetable "noodles" are super trendy, and summer is the best time to make them since the king of veggie noodle — zucchini — is ubiquitous, and inexpensive.

    Sunshine Vegetable Ribbons can serve as a first course, a side dish or a vegetarian main course.
  19. Give Foolproof Cauliflower Pizza Crust a try

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    Cauliflower is a wonder veggie. No longer relegated to boiling and covering with a bright orange cheese sauce (sorry, Mom), cauliflower is stepping out in the place of starch like rice in stir-fries or instead of wheat flour in pizza dough.

    Put a vitamin-packed vegetable to work for you in Foolproof Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
  20. Quench your thirst with a fruity and frozen treat

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    Balmy weather calls for ice-cold sweet treats; fruity drinks are a natural part of the summertime poolside landscape. But those drinks are often loaded with sugar, boasting 40 or more grams in even a reasonably sized drink.

    Fresh fruit takes center stage in Agua Fresca. Frozen watermelon cubes bring texture.