Weight Management

Almond-Oat Macaroons

You could substitute other nuts for the almonds here. Try pecans or walnuts for a change. And try a different dried fruit, too.

Caribbean Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Bananas

The cooking of the Caribbean Islands frequently uses fruits in savory dishes, often laced with a spiciness that could combat even the most withering heat. This sautéed chicken dish demonstrates the concept by combining the sweetness of bananas, nectarines, and apricot jam with the heat of pickled jalapeño peppers. To relish every last drop of the delicious sauce, serve this over rice.

Sweet & Spicy Red Lentil Dip

Red lentils (which are small, hulled lentils) cook much more quickly than brown or green lentils and lose their shape more readily. That makes red lentils perfect for this dip-once cooked they’re already halfway to being a puree. Carrot juice and an apple lend a slightly sweet note, enhancing the flavors of the curry powder. If you don’t have carrot juice, you could use tomato juice, tomato-vegetable juice, or broth.

Mushroom-Onion Broth

Use this anywhere that you would ordinarily use chicken broth.

Dill-Caper Dressing

Silken tofu makes a wonderful salad dressing. The rich creaminess of the tofu is accented in this dressing by spicy Dijon mustard, chopped capers, and fresh dill. In addition to using this as a salad dressing, it would make a tasty sauce for fish or chicken.

Banana Bread Pudding

Soy milk has much in its favor, including no cholesterol and healthful compounds called isoflavones. However, you could just as easily make this dessert with cow's milk.

Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins

There's more than one way to have oatmeal for breakfast, and these muffins are admittedly more appealing than a bowl of oatmeal, especially in warm weather. Fresh cranberries add lively color and a tart-sweet flavor burst. You can buy oat flour at a health food store, or make it at home by whirring rolled oats in a blender or food processor.

Baked Green Apples

Serve these either warm, at room temperature, or chilled. If you like, serve with a dollop of plain fat-free yogurt.

Grilled Pepper & Tomato Salsa

If you don’t have a grill, you can broil the peppers and tomatoes. The timing should be approximately the same, depending on how close you can get your broiler pan to the heat.

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillos look like small green tomatoes covered in a tan, papery husk. If you can’t find fresh tomatillos, substitute 2 cups of canned tomatillos, but omit step 2 and blanch 3 cloves of garlic in a small saucepan of water, then add to the food processor in step 3 along with the canned tomatillos. Serve the salsa with grilled meats, chicken, vegetables, or chips.