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Hilary Meyer's Blog

October 12, 2009 - 10:37am

The name says it all. This “Died and Went to Heaven” Chocolate Cake is one of my favorite cake recipes to whip up for guests. Why? It’s full of chocolaty goodness, but not fat and calories. People are always pleasantly surprised when they sink their teeth into this rich and moist chocolate dessert for a mere 139 calories. Find more than 20 amazing chocolate dessert recipes made healthy here.

The secret to this recipe lies in the ingredients. Cocoa powder delivers rich chocolate flavor without adding too many calories and nonfat buttermilk keeps it moist without adding tons of fat.

Another perk: it takes only 25...

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October 2, 2009 - 10:16am

If I was stranded on a desert island and could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would have to be potatoes. I never get tired of them. Apparently, neither does Oprah Winfrey. She’s been quoted as saying, “My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.”

Love her, and love potatoes—my ultimate comfort food. I’ve got plenty of great potato recipes to make the most of this versatile vegetable. And don’t let the low-carb craze deter you from enjoying potatoes. They’re high in potassium, vitamin C and offer fiber, too, especially when you eat them with their delicious skin.

Here are some of my favorite...

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September 25, 2009 - 11:18am

I’m sad to see summer go, but it means that fall is here, and I’ve got some delicious fall recipes ready for the occasion. Fall has a lot to offer in the produce department—including sweet apples and pears, tart cranberries and savory Brussels sprouts and fennel. All this fresh produce inspires me to whip up some warming dishes on cool fall nights.

Here are some of my favorite fall dessert, dinner and side dish recipes using fresh fall produce. (For more inspiration on cooking fall vegetables—from beets and squash to sweet potatoes—check out our new Vegetable Roasting Guide...

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September 14, 2009 - 11:18am

I’m trying to eat more vegetarian meals, so I’m obsessed with beans. And the bean recipes I’ve been making have made it incredibly easy. I thought I would feel less satisfied without having meat as part of my dinner, but beans fill me right up. Since they’re packed with fiber I never feel hungry after a meal. And my wallet isn’t suffering either—a can of beans is much cheaper than a pound of chicken or beef (and a pound of dried beans is even less expensive!). Now that’s what I call satisfaction.

Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian recipes with beans:

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September 10, 2009 - 11:37am

If you’re looking for a way to make your food dollars and your cooking efforts go further, think cheap chicken dinners. A whole chicken can go a long way. Once a month, my husband and I buy a fresh chicken from a local farm. Sometimes I roast it whole and use the leftovers in another meal the next night. If I don’t want to cook the whole thing at once, I divide it up so we can have the breast one night and the legs another. Because I think this fresh local chicken tastes so amazing, I get really excited about the delicious chicken recipes we can make with our special purchase.

Here are some of my all-time favorite chicken...

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