Mostly Mom’s Marinara Sauce


55 calories | Most people have their family-favorite marinara sauce—the one you grew up with. In my house, I had my grandmother Nan’s sauce that we ate at holidays and when she visited. And then I had my mother’s, which I also very much looked forward to. This version is very similar to my mom’s and evokes…

Better Than Classic Stuffed Shells

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296 calories | Over the years, I’ve heard so many people say that fat-free ricotta cheese doesn’t taste good. Although I agree that many dishes made with it do not, this is definitely not one of them. In fact, this is one of the dishes I serve to friends who claim they would never eat lower-fat food, because it fools…

Pizza Hut: Supreme Personal Pan Pizza

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533 calories | “Ask and you shall receive.” These are definitely words to live by . . . you just may be surprised at what you receive. When I picked up my first Supreme Personal Pan Pizza sample, I was intrigued by the pans used to bake them, since the crisp yet chewy crust is such a signature feature of this particular…

“Little Dev” (aka: McDonald’s Big Mac Makeover)


386 calories | The key to re-creating the Big Mac is obviously perfecting the sauce. Some say it’s simply Thousand Island, but the clever folks at McDonald’s deserve much more credit for this masterpiece we crave. In order to re-create the sauce, I had to ensure that I had a supply that I could taste on its own—away…

Cinnabon Frosting


119 calories | 1-1⁄2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons reduced-fat (Neufchâtel) cream cheese from a block
3 tablespoons light butter from a stick, softened
1⁄2 tablespoon fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnabon: Classic Cinnamon Roll


442 calories | Truth be told, this recipe is probably the most time-consuming recipe in this book (with the Pizza Hut Meat Lover’s Hand-Tossed Style Pizza coming in second). But after the first bite, every person who’s made it swears that they’d make it again . . . especially knowing the Drive-Thru option (see page 197)…

Spinach Bacon Salad


108 calories | I find it fascinating that I can make a Chocolate Not-Only-in-Your-Dreams Cake and other rich, decadent, insanely chocolaty desserts with only 1 or 2 grams of fat, but can rarely make over an entrée-sized salad for less than 10. Oddly, this is one case where even though this recipe sounds insanely fattening, I can.

Three Cheese Spinach Lasagna


257 calories | If you’re not a huge fan of spinach, but you’re looking for a way to incorporate more of this nutrient-packed leafy green into your diet, this recipe is perfect for you. The spinach flavor is extremely mild, but you’ll still get all of the health benefits of this nutrient-packed leafy green. Just be sure…

Madeira Wine Gravy


31 calories | When making turkey it’s great to use drippings in place of some of the broth here (you’re not likely to have a full 11/2 cups). Not only will it add a richness, you’ll save even more sodium. But whether it’s made with drippings or broth, you’re bound to want to use this gravy on mashed potatoes…