Stuffed Mini Pepper Appetizer

This stuffed mini pepper appetizer is a real party pleaser and perfect as the start to Mexican night. Making your own taco seasoning is easy and healthier for you than the preserved stuff that comes in packets. For a heartier variation you can opt to repurpose lean beef taco meat you’ve made earlier in the week (unless that’s what you’re serving for your fiesta!) The baby...
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Healthier Broccoli Salad

This healthier broccoli salad tastes just like you remember–only it uses lighter ingredients overall and way less mayo. Foreman grill up the turkey bacon ahead of time and that will make the assembly that much easier. With the extra protein from the yogurt, along with the light cheese, bacon, and peanuts you could even make this broccoli salad a hunger satisfying lunch salad on its own....
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Low-Sugar Picnic Coleslaw

This low-sugar picnic coleslaw is a great side dish for any meal, and especially during the summer. It’s super easy to make when you buy pre-shredded cabbage. The apple and toasted nuts add additional crunch and natural sweetness. The dressing remains low-sugar and packed with protein from the Greek yogurt, which is quite unusual for this type of side and makes it a favorite in my low-starch...
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Summer Black Bean Salad

This summer black bean salad has been around in my family for a long time. My sister Ellen made it so often that she nearly tried to claim it as her black bean salad but since it actually first appeared in (I believe) the July issue of Prevention magazine back in 1999 when I was the weight loss editor there’s little to dispute! The heading was “Add This Salad to the Spread,”...
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Almond Butter Mixed Nut Low-Carb Trail Mix

This almond butter mixed nut low-carb trail mix is similar to my Peanutty Low-Carb Granola except with entirely different flavors. Unlike commercial trail mixes it doesn’t have any added sugars–either in the form of honey or even dried fruit. And yet it still has sweetness from the nuts themselves, along with raw coconut and cacao nibs. I’ll assert that it’s just as...
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Peanutty Low-Carb Granola

This peanutty low-carb granola isn’t a granola at all, as it doesn’t have oats nor all the loaded added sugars. Instead, it gives the delightful crunch you’d expect along with a natural sweetness in the form of raw coconut, a surprising slight saltiness from the peanuts, and a toastiness from the sesame seeds. My fave way to enjoy it is in my morning plain yogurt. Feel free to...
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