Are you cuckoo for cream puffs? With some savvy ingredient substitutions, the miniature pastries are the perfect splurge. The Stars recipe for Cream Puffs reduces the butter to 3 tablespoons, skips the milk altogether and uses a mixture of whole eggs and egg whites.
Romesco is a classic sauce from the Catalonia region of Spain made of finely ground tomatoes, red bell peppers, garlic, toasted almonds, parsley and olive oil. All these ingredients are considered good nutritional choices.
With the Super Bowl just a few days away, its time to cook up a super bowl of chili. And dont forget the beans. Beans are a bona-fide superfood, loaded with antioxidants that help the body defend against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The Stars Enchilada Casserole is a Mexican-style family meal with a lighter touch. The recipe starts with a layer of ground round (about 11 percent fat). While the lower fat content would produce a dry, tough burger, ground round works well in casseroles.
The Stars Pork and Black Bean Chili Mole offers a similar flavor profile as a more traditional Mexican mole but relies on reduced-sodium chicken broth, no-salt added tomato paste and cubes of lean pork loin to whittle down those numbers. To further boost the nutrition, we added black beans, another staple of the cuisine,
Do turkey leftovers lurk after your holiday dinners? The Stars Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Cabbage Salad spins the last morsels of holiday leftovers into a creative salad featuring pre-packaged coleslaw mix. And while most slaws incorporate mayonnaise or buttermilk as a binder, we went for a lighter vinaigrette as a welcome respite after a season of rich excess.
For The Star's Multigrain Pasta Tuna Salad, we used a multigrain rotini with 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving. Additional ingredients boost the recipe to 7 grams per serving. The pasta salad is tossed with water-packed tuna, an excellent source of omega-3; antioxidant-rich red peppers; and artichokes, a source of vitamin A.
Try roasting cauliflower for a slightly nutty flavor. Add the florets to The Star’s Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Herbed Croutons and you can simultaneously satisfy a craving for a smooth, cream-style soup, without all the fat.
The Stars recipe for Spicy Chopped Cucumber Couscous Salad is a tasty base for all manner of vegetables and proteins. Couscous is a good source of vegetarian protein, high in fiber and rates low on the glycemic index.
The Stars Granola Bites use bananas to side-step conventional baking ingredients such as flour, sugar and eggs. The result is a chewy, low-calorie, low-fat pick-me-up or quick breakfast-on-the-run.
Although gourmet stores have been peddling exotic-flavored vinaigrettes spiked with fruit flavors for years, its easy and much less expensive to make your own. The cider in The Stars Romaine and Spinach Salad With Cider House Dressing concentrates the earthy, naturally spicy flavor of this popular early American beverage.
One way to subtly alter lopsided proportions is to serve up more stews, casseroles, stir-fries, grain-based salads and other one-pot meals. The Stars Beef and Mushroom Stew is a tasty way to create a quick, convenient and nutritious meal.
When the crackle of fall leaves is underfoot, it will be time to dust off the slow cooker. Put this on your list to try: The Stars Sage Pork Roast With White Beans allows you to show off the best attributes of this handy kitchen appliance.
Chickpeas are an ancient food that has had an impact on the modern American diet in recent years as hummus has become a popular chip dip and sandwich spread. The Stars Roasted Garlic Herb Chickpeas make a crunchy, low-sodium, high-fiber snack.
The Stars recipe for Chicken With Yellow Rice and Salsa takes advantage of the convenience of seasoned rice that contains 2.5 servings per package, then stretches it to feed six, significantly lowering the total sodium content.
Unlike instant au gratin potatoes from the supermarket or homemade au gratin, The Stars Au Gratin Potato Casserole uses reduced-fat dairy products to trim the fat and calories from this creamy, satisfying comfort food that few of us would be willing to banish from the dinner table.
Essentially an apple pie without a crust, The Stars recipe for Country Store Fried Apples is inspired by a popular version of the down-home filling sold in quaint glass jars at Cracker Barrels Old Country Store.
The biggest complaint you hear about chicken breast is that its sometimes a tad bland. But The Stars and Pepper Saute With Ginger-Herb Sauce is a quick and tasty way to add flavor without a lot of extra fat.
The Stars Greek Salad pays homage to the Mediterranean Diet, albeit with a slight modern twist: fat-free feta. Fat-free feta is a fairly new product showing up in many dairy cases alongside the blocks and crumbles of plain, reduced fat and multi-flavored versions.
Grilling offers the perfect opportunity to lighten up. The Stars Asian Beef Skewers With Rice Noodle Vegetable Salad is a healthy yet satisfying end-of-summer meal.
Part of the appeal of couscous is that the coarse grain cooks quickly, like rice, and its fluffy texture adds interest to salads and side dishes such as The Stars Strawberry Spinach Couscous Salad With Orange Vinaigrette.
The Stars Southwest Cucumber Salad combines fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions and jalapeno with canned organic black beans and Mexicorn, a convenient canned mixture of corn, bell peppers, onion and seasonings.
Meringues are the perfect treat for those watching their waistline because they are fat-free and low in calories. The Stars Brown Sugar Pecan Meringues offer a soft crunch that then melts away in your mouth like cotton candy.
As a growing number of retailers back away from high-fructose corn syrup, alternatives continue to crop up. Examples include cane sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave and stevia. In some parts of the world, coconut sugar is the natural sweetener of choice. The Stars Coconut Macaroons are sure to satisfy your cravings for a sweet treat.
The Stars Herbed Lemon Squash Salad is a healthy twist on mayonnaise-based coleslaws. Bonus: Its a great way to use up the abundant summer squashes that are popping up on your doorstep, so zucchini bread isnt your only option.