Not your mom’s meatloaf…

… unless she was ultra stealthy and determined to sneak fruit into your diet! This outlier of a meatloaf contains dried and diced fruit, mustard, sage and apricot preserves, as well as ground turkey instead of the typical red meat.  But despite the odd ingredient list, it is actually very tasty, not too sweet, not dry, and bonus– the calorie and fat count is low!  If you form the meat mixture into small or even individual loaves, it saves you cooking time. Read More


Cheesy cauliflower soup

When the MVP award is handed out to vegetables, look for Cauliflower to be a serious contender.  It’s a bit of a dark horse,  as it is pale, smells funny and is lumpy and misshapen, but once a cook learns how to use it, it will definitely get called up to the show more and more frequently.  It is fantastic when blended into a soup, adding a satisfying creaminess that is amazingly low carb and low fat. Its mild flavor pairs well with just about any flavor or cuisine, but especially tasty is the addition of cheese and bacon.   Keep in mind that a little bacon goes a long way, and if you use strongly flavored cheese, you don’t need to add too much, so this soup can still be relatively healthful. Read More


Grainy green salad

Here is a terrific salad recipe for an autumn lunch!  It has the usual greens and veggies, and a tasty vinaigrette dressing, but–even better!–it also contains assorted grains.  This makes it satisfyingly substantial and also ups the dietary goodness significantly. It’s been a staple at Frills for a long time, and over the years has shown itself to be an excellent starting point for a number of tasty variations. Read More


Creamy Chicken Chili for Carlos

This is Carlos, who is as sweet as the ice cream he loves.  He does love his rich food but sadly it shows on his handsome physique and also in his lab results.  Such a challenge… how can he get those rich flavors without the fat and pesky calories?   Halo Top ice cream deliciously satisfies his sweet fang, and he is now resigned to diet cat food for the duration.

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Cute little quinoa patties!

So quinoa is now so widely available it has been spotted at Costco.  What can we do with it, beyond plunking a mound of it next to our grilled chicken breast? Here is one recipe almost as miraculous as the grain itself.  Tasty,  low fat, plus child and adult approved, it can be made ahead, freezes like a charm, and is remarkably versatile:

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