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Ginger-Grilled Sirloin Salad with Watercress

A rainbow of colors in this salad is a sure sign that you are getting a healthy helping of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. And by using a relatively lean cut of beef, you can have a meat dish that has a modest amount of saturated fat. To get the most mileage out of the grilled steak, slice it as thin as possible.

Multi-Grain Blueberry Pancake Mix

Here's a favorite that has been given a healthy upgrade. <b>To make 8 pancakes:</b> Scoop out 1 cup of pancake mix and place it in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mix and stir in 1 egg yolk, 3/4 cup cold water, and 2 teaspoons mild olive oil. Beat 2 egg whites until stiff peaks form, and fold the beaten egg whites into the batter. For each pancake, use a generous 1/3 cup of batter. (For a quicker version, you can omit the whipping of the egg whites and just stir 1 whole egg and 1 egg white into the pancake mix. The resulting pancakes will be flatter; and the yield will be about 7 pancakes.)

Cauliflower, Potato & Cheese Puree

Vegetable purees are vastly underrated side dishes. They are easy to make and have an extremely comforting texture. This mixture of cauliflower and mashed potatoes is rich with two cheeses and garlic.

Fresh Grape Gelatin

There are plenty of reasons to make your own gelatin desserts: fresher flavors, no additives, less sugar. Consider the fact that you can’t buy a gelatin dessert made with red grape juice, and you’ll be convinced.

Fat-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

Although as far as labeling laws go this vinaigrette is fat-free, it actually has a little bit of fat (less than half a gram), which comes from the mustard. However, it has absolutely no saturated fat.

Curry-Broiled Snapper

Super-quick and easy to prepare, these fillets are delicious with a storebought chutney or a homemade fresh fruit salsa.

Individual Pumpkin Soufflés

A soufflé is always something special. It’s chemistry and magic all rolled into one.

Grilled Vegetables with Ginger-Lime Marinade

Not only is this marinade great for vegetables, it would also be great on shrimp or scallops (it makes enough to coat about 2 pounds). If you can't find bottled ginger juice, grate 1/3 cup of fresh ginger, and squeeze to get out 2 tablespoons of juice. The amount of grated ginger you need will vary depending on how fresh the ginger is.

Carrot-Pepper Slaw

Let the salad sit for awhile to develop the flavors. Or make it the night before to take to work with you the next day.

Fresh Fennel Salad with Capers & Lemon

Look for firm, unwrinkled fennel bulbs, with fresh-looking green fronds. If you can’t find the smaller capers (labeled “nonpareil”), you can use the bigger capers-often from Spain-but chop them up so they are not so overwhelming in the salad.