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Plum Buttermilk Muffins

If you can't find ripe plums, don't be dismayed. Slightly tart plums work just as well as ripe ones--the muffins will just be a little less sweet. You can make these with red, black, or green plums. You could also use Italian prune plums, though you will need more than 2 of them to get 1 cup diced.


Sometimes the hankering for something between two pieces of bread becomes overwhelming. Keep your sanity by making a quesadilla with low-carb tortillas. Instead of an overload of cheese and meat, this recipe delivers another high dose of greens. Make sure you squeeze the spinach dry or you will be unhappy with me!

Hot Berry Sundaes

The blueberries and raspberries in this warm ice-cream topping supply health-giving antioxidants you won’t find in any chocolate sauce! The berry topping is also delicious over slices of plain cake.

Homemade Granola

In this homemade granola, we use frozen cranberry-juice concentrate and a touch of honey to sweeten the cereal and pack it full of good-for-you ingredients like wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries.

Fresh Blueberry Granola Crisp

For the topping on this quickly assembled dessert, you could use any low-fat granola, such as those sold in bulk in health-food stores. But we tested this with a national brand of granola available in supermarkets and it worked very nicely. For an extra treat, serve the crisp with a scoop of frozen yogurt or a dollop of lightly sweetened reduced-fat sour cream.

Breakfast Fruit Salad

You can make this salad a couple of hours ahead of time, but wait until just before serving to add the bananas so they don’t get mushy.

Cranberry-Ginger Tea Bread

These can also be made in three 5-1/2 x 3-inch mini loaf pans (bake for about 45 minutes)-perfect for gift giving.

Homemade Chicken Broth

This basic broth is easy to make and infinitely more healthful than storebought. It is much lower in sodium and there are good amounts of beta carotene and lycopene from the vegetable juices. If chicken legs are on sale, you can certainly use them in place of the whole chickens.

Parmesan-Crusted Baked Eggplant

These crisp eggplant rounds can be served as they are intended, as a vegetable side dish or topped with your favorite tomato sauce and a bit of shredded part-skim mozzarella and baked again just until the cheese has melted.

Peaches & Cream

This is a good trick for an easy dessert, though you have to think about it ahead of time because it takes 2 hours to chill. The rest is a snap, and you can make it with all sorts of fruit, or even storebought applesauce. You just need about 2 cups of fruit puree.