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Tangerine & Avocado Salad

A good substitute for tangerines in the salad would be 5 navel oranges, divided into sections and each section cut into thirds.

Caprese Salad

This combination of fresh basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella (particularly if you can find water buffalo mozzarella), topped with extra-virgin olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, can make a meal. Even though aged balsamic vinegar de Modena is expensive, a little goes a long way.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chocolate chip cookies of our childhood are not really the best choice for grownups: They're loaded with fat, in the form of butter, chocolate, and nuts, and a lot of that is saturated fat. But there's nothing really like them . . . or is there? This recipe contains much less fat (some of it olive oil, rather than butter). Oats adds satisfying texture (and heart-healthy soluble fiber) while soy nuts, which taste like roasted peanuts, supply beneficial isoflavones. So the cookies are still a treat, but a guilt-free one.

Tandoori-Style Turkey Cutlets

In Indian cuisine, tandoori-style dishes are those that have been baked in a high-heat clay oven called a tandoor. The dishes also traditionally include marinating the food first in a spiced yogurt sauce. A regular Western oven at a high temperature has to substitute for the authentic tandoor, but the marination is the same. If you like spicy food, choose a hot curry powder.

Broiled Tuna Burgers

While tuna burgers are often made by combining tuna with breadcrumbs, we’ve used heart-healthy oats instead. The sun-dried tomato “bits” can be found in many supermarkets. If all you can find are whole sun-dried tomato halves, choose soft, tender tomatoes and cut them into bits with a pair of scissors or a knife.

Tri-Berry Salad

This elevates the fruit salad to new heights. Serve it as an opener to a meal, or after the main course, European-style. It could even be a simple fruit dessert.

Fresh Fruit Gelatin

Between the fresh orange juice, sliced fresh strawberries, and canned mandarins, this light, refreshing dessert has heaps of vitamin C.

Fettuccine with Burdock & Peas

The combination of burdock and peas is reminiscent of a dish done with artichokes. If you like, serve with freshly grated Parmesan for sprinkling. As you cut the burdock, drop it into a bowl of cold water with a little lemon juice or vinegar to keep the burdock from discoloring.

Garlic-Basil Italian Beans

Storebought pesto is a great ingredient to keep around for an easy boost to the flavor of pasta sauces, soups, stews, mashed potatoes, salad dressings, or a vegetable side dish such as these Italian beans. Although storebought versions of this delicious basil, cheese, and garlic sauce are no lightweights in the fat department, just 1 tablespoon will make a significant flavor contribution to a dish.

Tomato-Vegetable Chowder

Here’s a really sneaky way to take a canned soup and turn it into a luscious, creamy chowder: Just add some instant mashed potato flakes and frozen vegetables. The potatoes thicken the soup without adding any fat, and the vegetables provide the chunky chowder-like texture. The lemon zest and tarragon give a fresh, herbal flavor to the canned soup. The whole thing shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to pull together. Serve the chowder with whole-grain toast and a tossed green salad.