What is a low-fat recipe, really?

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So there I was in the produce aisle searching for arugula to try that Pappardelle with Baby Spinach Arugula, Herbs and Ricotta recipe I posted about when my friend Michaela called.

“Why is this a good lo-co recipe?” she asked.  “Where is the nutritional info?  I didn’t see that in your post?  Can you add that?”  (Michaela writes historical fiction for teens – so she’s a stickler for details!  But we love her anyway.)

I stammered something to the effect of, “Well, um, it’s a Cooking Light recipe… so… um…”

And then I peered more carefully at the recipe. 

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The Triple Threat Oatmeal Breakfast

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Breakfast offers a surprising opportunity to easily add several cholesterol-lowering foods to your daily diet. Simply changing to oatmeal with a few key mix-ins is a lo-co triple threat.

After a lot of trial and error, here’s the breakfast I now have nearly every morning:  A cup of whole-grain oatmeal (read, steel cut oats, not instant – recipe attached), with a bit of sugar, a lot of cinnamon, and the following mixed in:

  • A handful of almonds – dry roasted and unsalted.  I cut mine in half.  As I do not like almonds, I thought I would hate this,

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A hearty dinner salad-Grilled Pork and Nectarines

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Salad for dinner is not usually my thing, but it’s so lo-co so I’m trying. Last night I made Spinach Salad with Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Nectarines, and it was a big hit with entire family. Well, minus the spinach for my son (his plate had pork, nectarines, potatoes and broccoli).  Such a treat to make one main dish all 3 of us declared delicious.

And big bonus: this was fantastic (and easy) to reassemble for lunch the next day. Here’s the review I posted about this dish on Cooking Light:

“Even in the dead of winter,

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Delightfully Easy and Delicious – Salmon Asparagus Orzo “Salad”

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With my eating habits in the doldrums, I needed inspiration…and found it in the March issue of Cooking Light.  After spending a half-hour paging then surfing, I stumbled upon this recipe – then headed right to the store.  Turns out, it was so good that my son actually ASKED to try some!

Even though I don’t really like cooked salmon, I found this recipe delicious as well as low-fat & low cholesterol.  Plus, it’s easy & a nice change from the ‘heavy’ one-pot recipes I’ve been trying (not posted because I haven’t liked a lot of them!)  In truth,

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Can I eat this fish?

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Last week was such an eating disaster for me that on Monday, Valentine’s Day, I found myself rifling through my trusty recipe folder for dinner ideas rather than scouring new cookbooks or searching online. (Sidenote: why do all lentil-based recipes have curry?  If anyone has a good lentil recipe that does not involve curry, please send it to me!)

Happily, I uncovered an old favorite: Maple Glazed Arctic Char.  It’s baked (so low fat), easy to make, looks ‘restaurant quality’ (this, according to my husband) and is absolutely delicious.  Perfect to get me back on track with low cholesterol dinners. 

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