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Broiled Flank Steak with Spicy Orange-Chipotle Marinade

The deep flavors of this marinade—which combines smoky chipotle peppers with orange juice, ketchup, and allspice—are well suited to strongly flavored meats, such as the flank steak here, but you could also try it on duck or lamb brochettes.

Orange-Grilled Nectarines

This tastes like a hot peach pie without the crust. Serve the fruit with a dollop of low-fat yogurt. You can sweeten the yogurt with some artificial sweetener or just a bit of sugar, depending on how strict you are being. This makes a single serving, but just multiply the ingredients if you are cooking for others.


Hot and sweet at the same time, this is a very refreshing summer drink. If you like, stir the ginger syrup into water and freeze in ice cube trays, then use the ginger ice cubes to flavor other cold drinks such as cranberry juice or fruit nectars.

Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Serve this sweet-hot dipping sauce with grilled shrimp, broiled chicken or pork, or steamed wontons.

Warm Curried Chicken & Sweet Potato Salad

The creamy dressing for this warm salad is laced with fresh mint and cilantro. If fresh mint is not easy to come by, substitute 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried mint.

Strawberry Mousse

You can make this dessert year round because it uses frozen strawberries. But you can make the mousse with fresh strawberries when they are in season. You make need to taste the puree and add extra sugar, because some fresh strawberries can be pretty tart.

Cold Carrot Soup with Red Pepper & Mint

Extra low in fat and magnificent in both color and texture, this soup has yet another attribute to recommend itself: It is best if made in advance.

Powerhouse Hot Chocolate Mix

Instead of just your garden-variety cocoa, this comforting drink mix is boosted with calcium (from the nonfat milk powder) and high-quality protein from the soy protein powder (which you can buy at health-food stores and many supermarkets. The amount of fat and calories in the hot cocoa will depend on what type of milk you use, ranging from 167 calories and 1.1 grams of fat for fat-free (skim) milk, to 215 calories and 6.7 grams of fat for whole milk. appetizers

Baked Fusilli with Mushrooms

You can use all cremini mushrooms, or all button mushrooms. The broccoli can be replaced with small cauliflower florets.

Cranberry-Tomato Barbecue Sauce

Use this sweet and tangy barbecue sauce as you would any other, brushing it on during the final few minutes of cooking. For a spicier sauce, increase the cayenne.