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Moderation Maven

Dishing Up the Best Ingredients for a Healthy Lifestyle
Sides and Appetizers

Pico de Gallo and Guacamole

My go-to recipes for these versatile condiments! Guacamole (Printable PDF Version) Makes about 3 ½ cups Ingredients...

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Recipe Rescue: Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are THE quintessential Easter appetizer. Then again, they can be found year-round at all types of parties, picnics, and holiday gatherings, too. Sadly, deviled eggs can be devilishly high in fat and calories thanks to liberal amounts of mayo and sour cream mixed into the filling, but they don't have to be! Try my lighter take on a version that includes bacon and cheese for a flavorful...

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Easy Herbed Salmon and Garlic-Parmesan Broccoli

February is American Heart Month, and there's no better way to celebrate than with a heart-healthy meal! The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice weekly to reap the benefits of this leaner protein option. Cold-water fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, lake trout, mackerel, and herring are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower blood pressure an...

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Healthy How-To: Lox

Growing up in a Jewish home, it wasn't Sunday without bagels, lox, and cream cheese. I really don't know why the sandwich is a consistent part of American Jewish culture, but I can say with absolute certainty that it makes a really yummy breakfast (and also brunch or dinner). A bagel with cream cheese is great by itself, but lox makes it fantastic . So fantastic th...

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Recipe Rescue: Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip sounds healthy, but does it live up to the name? Not so much. Sure, spinach and artichokes are on the ingredient list, but the dip is really more about the creamy, gooey cheese than veggies. My philosophy is that if you're going to indulge, why not get some extra nutrition? I've taken this fat-laden favorite and made spinach the star player, with plenty of cheesy deliciousnes...

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Healthy How-To: Pita Chips

Pita chips are the perfect vehicle for all sorts of dips. They're super easy to make at home, so why not? Start with 6" whole grain pitas. Using kitchen shears, cut them into pieces and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet prepped with nonstick spray....

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Recipe Rescue: Buffalo Chicken Dip

It's December, and along with the possibility of snow, we can expect a flurry of holiday get-togethers. Naturally, I'll be tackling party favorites in the next several Recipe Rescue posts! I'm starting off with Buffalo Chicken Dip. Although this dip packs in satisfying protein, the fat and calories can add up with multiple servings and when you dip with chips. It only takes a few simple tweaks to...

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Recipe Rescue: Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving classic that few American tables go without. The dish made of canned green beans, condensed mushroom soup, milk, and French fried onions can pack in over 700 milligrams of sodium and 7 grams of fat in just ½ cup. Luckily, it just takes a few tweaks to slash the sodium and cut down on a few extra calories. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for...

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Recipe Rescue: Sweet Potato Casserole

Would your Thanksgiving table be complete without sweet potato casserole? I know mine wouldn't! My grandma always made hers with canned sweet potatoes, loads of butter and sugar, plus a to-die-for topping of sugary spiced pecans. The taste is over-the-top, and so are the nutritional stats! I've taken it down a notch in the sugar and fat department, but you'll be just as satisfied with this lighten...

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Recipe Rescue: Jalapeno Poppers

Football season means appetizers galore. Get your next viewing party "popping" with these flavor-packed, crunchy Bacon & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!) Ingredients: Jalapeno peppers Cream cheese Egg Breading Wr...

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Mozzarella and Tomato Pasta Salad

Mozzarella and Tomato Pasta Salad Makes 18 cups Ingredients 12 oz package whole wheat/whole grain rotini, cooked until al dente 16 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed 2.5 lb plum or Roma tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup lite balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing 1 table...

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Recipe Rescue: Hash Brown Casserole

Hash brown casserole is comfort food at its best, but not so comforting for your waistline. Try this healthier version that's cuts out fat and calories but keeps all the flavor! A perfect dish for your next brunch or potluck. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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Healthy How-To: Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are always a crowd pleaser, but with that fried cheesy goodness comes a lot of fat and calories. Here's a healthier version that's a delicious option to serve at parties or just make when you need a fix. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!) Typical Recipe: R...

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Recipe Rescue: Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Today we're making over an all-American summer side dish – pasta salad! Mayo-based dishes like potato salad or macaroni salad can be filled with fat and calories. I think summer food should be light and tasty, so I took on the challenge of making over this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad recipe. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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Recipe Rescue: Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Leia- I have a recipe that everyone in our family LOVES - but it has to be the most fattening dish ever invented. Is there anything you can do with it to make it healthier? It is yummy, and there's never a smidge left over. However, I'd rather not kill everyone in the family by bringing it to all the family gatherings. Might as well call it "heart attack casserole"! He...

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