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Mushroom-Topped Mashed Potatoes

For a real treat, try this recipe with a combination of dried porcini mushrooms and sliced fresh button mushrooms.

Pumpkin Seed Granola

Although there are lots of commercial granolas available, they are all quite high in fat. This homemade granola is low in fat, and the fat it does contain is primarily healthful monounsaturated fat. The roasted pumpkin seeds in the granola are packed with fiber and minerals as well as alpha-linolenic acid, a type of fat that may help prevent hardening of the arteries. You’ll also benefit from the rolled oats, which are a top source of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. And regardless of which type of dried fruit you use, it will supply important nutrients and fiber, as well as some potentially healthful phytochemicals.

Chocolate-Flecked Angel Food Cake

Serve a slice of cake with a scoop of frozen yogurt and fresh strawberries or raspberries.

Gingered Cantaloupe with Kiwi & Toasted Almonds

Two kinds of ginger, crystallized and fresh, add singular spark and texture to this remarkably pretty and refreshing height-of-summer dessert.

Apple-Wasabi Barbecue Sauce

Wasabi (a fiery Japanese horseradish) is available as a paste, in tubes at many supermarkets. If you can't find it, substitute 2 tablespoons of drained horseradish.This barbecue sauce goes especially well with pork.

Baked Mushrooms & Corn

This is a really easy side dish. It involves only about 5 minutes of preparation (if you buy presliced mushrooms) before you put the dish in the oven. The rest of preparation time is unattended cooking, while the vegetables bake in the oven.

Walnut Meringue Cookies

Toasted oats underscore the nutty flavor of the walnuts in these crisp cookies, giving them lots of flavor without much fat.

Fat-Free Pineapple-Tarragon Dressing

The sweetness of tarragon and pineapple play off one another beautiful in this tart-sweet-hot salad dressing.

Curry-Broiled Snapper

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

Citrus-Roasted Snapper

Lime juice and orange juice season this simple baked fish dish. This type of treatment would work well for firm-fleshed fish as well as fatty types of fish: Try grouper, mackerel, or bluefish.