Weight Management

Pasta Salad with Tonnato Sauce

Tonnato, or tuna sauce, is usually served over slices of cold cooked veal. The flavorful sauce makes a delightfully different pasta salad. For a stronger tuna flavor, use light tuna rather than albacore. If you like, toss in some steamed vegetables, such as broccoli florets, snow peas, or cut-up asparagus spears.

Tomato & Rice Salad with Lime-Ginger Dressing

If you can find bottled ginger juice at your supermarket, use it instead of the home-squeezed. You’ll need 2 tablespoons.

Cider-Poached Pears

Be sure you use unsweetened cider and not sweetened apple juice. The reduced poaching liquid has a nice natural sweetness, but you can skip the step if you'd like and just serve the pears as is. To make only 1 serving: Place one halved pear in a small skillet and add apple cider to come about halfway up the sides of the pear. Add 1 or 2 slices of ginger. Cook as directed.

Braised Leeks with Tomato & Coriander

Leeks, the aristocrat of the onion family, have a sweet, mellow onion flavor and when gently cooked, a very tender, delicate texture. Serve these as a side dish, part of a buffet, or as an appetizer.

Chipotle-Garlic Marinade

There are tons of hot sauces on the market, but chipotle hot sauce adds an extra dimension of flavor because it's made with smoked chili peppers. It's the smoky flavor that gives this marinade a particularly interesting flavor.

Sunshine Bread

Roasted sunflower seeds and ground flaxseeds lend crunch and nuttiness to this quick bread. If you have any flaxseed oil on hand, use a combination of 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the batter, instead of all olive oil.

Basil-Garlic Oil

Use this flavorful oil in salads, as a dipping sauce for bread or drizzled over grilled vegetables. Store in the refrigerator.

Cold Curried Mango Soup

A ripe mango should give slightly to the touch and have a splendid, full aroma. In general, mangoes are most affordable, available, and at their peak of flavor during the late summer months--the very best time of all to make this exotic, cooling first-course soup.

Clams in Red Sauce over Couscous

Although clams in red sauce is more commonly served with a strand pasta (like spaghetti), couscous provides a better way to get every drop of the delicious sauce.

Baked Portobellos with Garlic & Basil

The reason for scraping out the gills of the mushrooms is that they turn into a black, slightly gritty liquid when the mushrooms are cooked. It doesn't harm anything to leave them on, but the dish will be nicer if you scrape them out.