Weight Management

Roasted Sweet Potato, Apple & Onion Salad

The secret, rich-tasting ingredient in the dressing for this salad is pumpkin seed oil from Austria. However, since it can be hard to come by (it’s available in some gourmet food stores), you could use dark sesame oil instead. For a main dish salad, add sliced roast chicken breast or pork tenderloin.

Flank Steak with Tomato Marmalade & Watercress

This entree can be served hot or at room temperature, or even lightly chilled. A lively, lightly-dressed salad of potatoes, green beans, and red onion is the perfect accompaniment.

4-Fruit Sorbet

In many parts of the country, limes are most affordable during the summer months, which is one reason, but certainly not the only one, to make this ambrosial fruit ice.

Un-Fried Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buttermilk and a small amount of blue cheese make a creamy dressing for this salad takeoff on traditional Buffalo chicken wings.

Cocoa Brownies

Walnuts are a great ingredient in brownies, but they can bring with them quite a few grams of fat. So to get some of that walnut flavor without a lot of fat, we used walnut oil instead. For a relatively small amount of oil (only 1/2 teaspoon per brownie), the brownies have a nice nutty undertone. The toasted-nut flavor of the oil makes the brownies seem rich even though they have less than 3 grams of fat apiece. As a side benefit, walnut oil is a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, which is a precursor to heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid.

Stir-Fried Italian Rice & Vegetables

If you have leftover rice on hand, use it here. Serve the stir-fry hot, as a side dish, or let it cool to room temperature, toss with olive oil and vinegar, and serve as a rice salad.

Herb-Roasted Sweet Potato Skins

Save the scooped-out flesh from the sweet potatoes to make mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato pie. Serving suggestion: This side dish would also make a great appetizer.

Broiled Chili Salsa

You can make the salsa ahead and refrigerate it, but the tomatoes will throw off a lot of liquid, so the salsa should be drained before serving. While the flavor won’t be quite the same, if you can’t find poblano peppers, substitute green bell peppers.

Steamer Clams in Fennel Broth

This shoreline favorite is generally served by the bucketful along with a bowl of melted butter for dipping. Steamer clams tend to be sandy, so rinse them well.

Spicy Steak & Peppers

If you like spicy food, add more hot pepper sauce. Or put a bottle on the table for diners to add as they please. Other protein options: Make this with pork loin or chicken thigh.