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Southwestern Turkey Burgers

Have a healthier barbecue — lean ground turkey burgers flavored with chili powder and roasted poblano peppers, dressed with chili-spiced mayo. In summertime, we usually end up having burgers at least once a week. And since I prefer to use 85/15 ground beef (85% meat/15% fat), well, those calories can add up. And that's before …

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Fresh Peach Donuts {dairy-free}

Low-fat baked peach donuts: vanilla batter studded with diced fresh peaches! Using coconut milk and dairy-free butter substitute make these an indulgent treat for those with milk allergies! It's Snack Share Wednesday again! Even though I'm temporarily unemployed, Liam still attends daycare three days a week, for a couple of reasons. The first is that we …

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Cherry Berry Nut-Free Granola

This nut-free homemade granola is packed with fiber and protein, and can be enjoyed so many ways! For this week's Snack Share Wednesday, I sent in this protein- and fiber-packed nut-free granola. I'm really enjoying coming up with new things to share, and reading the daily note to see what other children brought to share. Granola …

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Cinnamon Vanilla Roasted Peaches with Honey Yogurt Cream

A flavorful, filling dessert, ready in less than 15 minutes, for just over 120 calories! Cinnamon vanilla roasted peaches with honey cream. So, are you ready for something light and healthy after yesterday's calorie-fest? I found a yummy-sounding recipe for grilled peaches with honey cream in one of  my old issues of Cooking Light. The …

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Empanadas + a cookbook giveaway

I believe I have confessed before that I was rather picky as a child. For a period of time, I boycotted tomatoes in all forms (even pizza). For nearly two decades, I refused to touch any kind of fish or shellfish. The most "exotic" cuisine I would eat was Americanized Chinese takeout. I'm happy to …

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Lighter Pumpkin Pie and a Cookbook Giveaway

I have a few addictions: chocolate; coffee; shoes; and cookbooks. Considering the number I have, I really should cook from them more often. I have cooking cookbooks and baking cookbooks, and two cookbooks with nothing but chocolate recipes. I have a cookie cookbook and several bread cookbooks. I recently received another as part of my …

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Baked Ziti and Summer Vegetable Casserole

This baked ziti casserole is loaded with fresh summer vegetables. With so many veggies, less pasta is needed. Part-skim cheese thickened with egg holds everything together.  A little while ago, I was contacted by Cooking Light, inviting me to join the Cooking Light Blogger's Connection. I was really honored to get the invitation, because I …

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Lightened Chocolate Bundt Cake

Valentine's Day is almost cruel. Thanksgiving and Christmas bring loads of rich, savory dishes and delicious desserts. You gain a few extra pounds. Then New Year comes along and you make a resolution to eat healthy, exercise and lose the weight. You start off doing well, creating new, better habits, and then BAM! Valentine's Day. …

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Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze

If I asked you, "What is the most dangerous piece of kitchen equipment?", what would be your response? Knives? A mandoline? A kitchen torch? You'd be wrong. It's a doughnut pan. Doughnuts are one of my weaknesses. I could eat a healthy, filling breakfast, but if I drive by a doughnut shop 10 minutes later, …

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Taco Chicken

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently published a study that Americans waste 40% of the country's food supply every year. That 40% is spread across food that is thrown out at the source (the farm, plant, etc.), at home and in restaurants, but the average family throws away 20 pounds of food per person, per …

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Butternut Squash Apple Soup

I'm finally starting to get back in the kitchen, in part because my son discovered the joy of afternoon naps, and in part because I discovered something wonderful called the Moby Wrap, which allows me to "wear" my son and still have both hands free to prep vegetables or throw together a marinade. Once the …

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