All Posts By Robin Miller

Pantry Raid! 10 Healthy Ingredient Swaps

by , February 17th, 2014

canned goods

Which ingredients to choose — and which to lose? Here’s a quick guide to revamping the pantry and sizing up other common kitchen staples.

1. Choose: No-salt-added tomatoes (in cans and cartons) over tomato sauce.
The ingredient list for ...

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Better-For-You Baked Ziti

by , January 9th, 2014

baked ziti
Baked ziti is a comfort food staple. But with loads of full-fat ricotta, mozzarella and sometimes even sour cream too, one serving can rack up the calories and saturated fat.

Flavor soars in this slimmed-down version made with part-skim cheeses, ore...

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Steamed Dumplings Made Healthier

by , January 5th, 2014


Steamed dumplings are steamed, so they’re healthy, right? Not always.

Traditional steamed dumplings are stuffed with ground pork and eggs and can include more than 400 calories per serving.  In this recipe, I lightened up the filling by using...

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Spaghetti Carbonara (Minus the Heavy Cream)

by , December 29th, 2013


spaghetti carbonara

A little like bacon and eggs with spaghetti instead of toast, this classic Italian dish is as simple as it is decadent. The traditional recipe is made with cured pork jowl (guanciale) or bacon. And although some recipes call for cream, true c...

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Season’s Eating! How to Navigate the Holiday Buffet

by , December 15th, 2013

shrimp cocktail For many of us, holiday overeating is a tradition, a ritual that leads to weight gain, not to mention enormous guilt. The good news is, there are plenty of wise food choices at most soirees, so you can enjoy the revelry, nosh on great food, and stil...

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Baked Artichoke Dip, Lightened Up

by , December 8th, 2013

artichoke dip
Traditional artichoke dip is delicious, but the calories and fat lurking in every bite may surprise you: 1/4 cup has 200 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat. That’s without crackers or chips (and assuming anyone stops at 1/4 cup!). Most reci...

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

by , December 7th, 2013


Ask any gluten-free chef or home cook about baking and the response is unanimous: Creating delicious treats without gluten is tricky.

The “stretch” in wheat gluten is what gives most baked goods the qualities we love — tenderness, ...

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A Healthier Spin on Candied Yams

by , November 28th, 2013

candied yams

Ever wonder how many calories get racked up at the Thanksgiving table? On average, Americans consume 4,500 calories the day of the feast, and that’s not including breakfast, appetizers or a midnight turkey sandwich. But a little nutritional kn...

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10 Ways to Use Orange Juice (Not Just in the Morning)

by , November 16th, 2013

orange juice

In most homes, OJ sees the light of day just once every 24 hours. That’s a shame, because 100% orange juice dishes out worthwhile vitamins and minerals (and also contains zero saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium or added sugar). Some  nutritio...

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Baked Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

by , November 13th, 2013


One typical serving of cheese-filled ravioli (four squares) can dish out up to 850 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat, and 1,600 milligrams of sodium. And that’s without sauce. But by making homemade ravioli with healthy fillings and wonton w...

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