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Moderation Maven

Dishing Up the Best Ingredients for a Healthy Lifestyle
Holiday and Potluck

Recipe Rescue: Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake

Blueberry and lemon are a natural duo, with the bright, tart citrus complementing fruity sweetness. It's no surprise, then, that the two are often combined in cakes, adding another dimension of buttery goodness. But don't be fooled by the healthy-sounding name! Pound cakes pack in the fat and calories, even when fruit is involved. So here are some options to enjoy this tasty treat...

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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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Recipe Rescue: Chocolate Stout Brownies

Last week, John L. (a producer at WCIA-3, our local CBS station) asked if it was possible to make a healthier version of the Chocolate Stout Brownies he made to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The stout beer used in the batter and glaze lends a rich, complex flavor. But 2 sticks of butter and a cup and a half of sugar? No wonder they're so decadent! So outrageous that I couldn't resist trying to resc...

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Recipe Rescue: Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are one of my all-time favorite springtime desserts. They're bright in both color and flavor and are a great way to end a meal on an uplifting note. But lemon bars aren't usually as light in calories as they are in appearance. I've tweaked this treat to be just as satisfying, with the perfect balance of sweet and tart for just about 100 calories per serving! (Scroll t...

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Recipe Rescue: Breakfast Casserole

Sausage, eggs, and cheese as part of a balanced diet? You better believe it! Try my breakfast casserole recipe with a heart-healthy twist. Just 240 calories per serving with 13 g of protein, 2 g fiber, and 70% of your daily vitamin C! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe)...

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Recipe Rescue: Hot Chocolate

Much of the country has been in a deep freeze since we kicked off 2015. Clearly, only one thing can make this situation better. Yes, I'm talking about hot chocolate. There's nothing better than sipping from a steaming mug of cocoa. Forget pre-mixed packets or spending 5 bucks at a coffee shop. Make DIY hot cocoa mix at home for a treat that'll warm you up, satisfy your chocolate craving, and even...

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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: Pumpkin Pie

Last but not least in Recipe Rescue: Thanksgiving Edition... pumpkin pie! Pumpkin pie is actually one of the healthier pie choices, relatively speaking. We've made some tweaks here and there, but the major change is simple portion control. Rather than serve smaller slices, amp up the fun factor with mini pumpkin pies! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of...

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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: Chili

Cold temps triggering a craving for comfort food? There's nothing better than a steaming bowl of chili on a crisp fall day, but it can be a bit high in calories when higher-fat ground beef is used. Whip up a batch of our hearty turkey chili for a meal that'll stick to your ribs but not your waistline. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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Recipe Rescue: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Autumn means pumpkin-flavored everything and cheesecake is no exception! Sure, the pumpkin adds a bit of nutrition, but traditional recipes typically include a combination of full-fat cream cheese, heavy cream and/or sour cream -- plus sugar, eggs, and a buttery graham cracker crust. Try our rescued Upside Down Pumpkin Cheesecake for a fall treat that creamy, fluffy, and nutritious! (Sc...

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Recipe Rescue: Apple Pie

Is there anything more American than apple pie? There's something about that buttery sweet filling and flaky crust that just hits the spot. But a typical slice can set you back nearly 500 calories, and that's not even a la mode or mile-high. Try a mini cinnamon-sugar apple pie instead for a perfectly portioned and satisfying down-home treat. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a p...

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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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Recipe Rescue: Carrot Cake

Carrot cake has vegetables, so it's healthy.. right? Not so much. Between the rich, nutty cake and over the top sweet cream cheese frosting, you've got a carrot catastrophe! Try my version with a secret ingredient for a carrot cake that's far more waistline-friendly and still tastes great. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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Recipe Rescue: Chocolate and Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Fudgy or cakey, who doesn't love a good brownie? But they can pack hundreds of calories in just one small square. Here's a healthier version with 50% less fat and only 150 calories, with the added deliciousness of a cream cheese swirl. Yum! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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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: Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler is a very American summer favorite, but all that buttery sweet deliciousness means fat, sugar, and calories! Try my lightened version at this weekend's Memorial Day BBQ! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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Recipe Rescue: Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Here's a recipe you can serve to mom this Mother's Day without the guilt! A friend shared a Stuffed French Toast Casserole recipe with me a few years ago. The original had a pound of regular cream cheese, a quart of half and half, and eight eggs. Amazingly indulgent, but more like a dessert than breakfast. (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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