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Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

These chewy bars are full of dark chocolate, toasted pecans, oats and whole wheat pastry flour – no white flour, no butter. Gotta love that!

Plain & Simple Roast Chicken

Plain & Simple Roast Chicken

They call it Blasted Chicken because you roast it at very high heat for a short time and the result is foolproof – tender and moist chicken every time.

Easy One Pan Chicken & Vegetables

Easy One Pan Chicken & Vegetables

It’s the healthiest (and easiest) meal I make. Lean, skinless chicken breast with healthy roasted veggetables all baked on the same pan. Start to finish: 45 minutes.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

This is intense. You start with a 70% cacao dark chocolate bar and add even more cocoa for a moist & fudgey brownie. It’s an incredibly easy recipe.

Angel Hair Casserole

Angel Hair Casserole

So simple. You’ll need only seven ingredients to make this easy casserole with lean ground beef, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. It’s the perfect family dinner.

Easy One Bowl Coconut Cake

Easy One Bowl Coconut Cake

This variation on my easy yellow cake is just as simple. It’s a coconut lover’s dream, topped with a coconut cream cheese frosting and it’s all made without butter.

Easy Cabbage Soup

Easy Cabbage Soup

My cabbage soup is so easy to make, absolutely anyone can make this healthy, beneficial, cancer-protecting soup. Start-to-finish: less than 20 minutes!

Easy One Bowl Yellow Cake

Easy One Bowl Yellow Cake

With this simple recipe everything goes in one bowl for a faster, healthier cake. It’s low in sugar and made without butter. Try it with my 2-minute frosting.

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

Everyone is loving this easy recipe. One bowl. No mixer. No butter. Use all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour – it’s a super easy recipe with minimal cleanup.

5-Minute Alfredo Sauce

5-Minute Alfredo Sauce

There is no heavy cream or butter in my smooth and rich-tasting Alfredo sauce. Start your pasta first because this easy recipe takes only five minutes.

Easy Christmas Pecan Ball Cookies

Easy Christmas Pecan Balls (Snowballs)

This recipe is so easy, anyone can make homemade snowball cookies. Everything in one bowl, mix, refrigerate, shape, and bake. Everyone will ask for the recipe!

Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake

It’s the easiest cake recipe ever. One bowl, no mixer, no eggs, no butter except the frosting. For a totally butter-free cake with a butter-free glaze, see Baking Without Butter.

Easy Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

Canned salmon makes for a quick and healthy dinner when made into delicious patties with red pepper, parsley, onion, and fresh whole wheat bread crumbs.

2-Minute Chocolate Frosting

It only takes two tablespoons of butter and two minutes to make this impossibly easy and delicious chocolate frosting. Try it on my easy yellow cake.

Quick Mac & Cheese

Quick Mac & Cheese

Twenty minutes! Four ingredients! That’s all it takes to make this creamy, delicious, low-fat mac & cheese made with 1% milk and reduced fat cheddar. Yummm!

Easy Meat Sauce

Simple Meat Sauce

You’ll barely have time to cook some spaghetti and make a salad with this quick and easy meat sauce using lean ground beef and canned tomatoes. It’s a kid-pleaser!

Fast Rice & Beans

Fast Rice & Beans

All you need is two cans and a box of rice, some onions and garlic, and you have a healthy dinner in less than 30 minutes – rice & beans with fire-roasted chiles.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s why you will LOVE this easy recipe: One bowl. No flour. No butter. No mixer. No shaping. It’s the easiest cookies you will ever make. And they’re gluten free.

Whole Wheat Brownies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Brownies

These healthier chocolate brownies have no butter! My quick & easy recipe uses olive oil, yogurt, whole wheat flour, toasted nuts & dark chocolate chunks.

simple broiled salmon

Simple Broiled Salmon

All you need is a lemon, some oil, and salt & pepper to make this delicious salmon – and there’s no cleanup! It’s the easiest, healthiest dinner you can make.

Lemon Herb Chicken Breast

Lemon Herb Chicken Breast

This is the easiest and tastiest way I know to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I baste them with a sauce of fresh lemon juice, olive oil, garlic & herbs.

Easiest Granola Ever. Seriously.

My simple granola recipe is hugely popular, probably because it’s the easiest homemade granola you can ever make. Combine everything right in the pan and bake. Done.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

You’ll never have enough of this authentic Mexican pico de gallo. It takes just ten minutes to make this fresh salsa and that’s about how long it’ll last!

Salmon Sandwich

Bye-bye, tuna! This whole grain salmon sandwich is healthy enough to have for dinner, and may be the easiest one you’ll ever make. It’s just salmon & light mayo.

Fast Pizza Dough

20-Minute Pizza Dough

Want homemade pizza? Have it now! This quick and easy pizza dough, made from scratch, is ready to use in less than twenty minutes.

Turkey Breakfast Patties

It only takes four ingredients to make these easy turkey breakfast patties. My simple recipe uses ground turkey, apple, sage, and thyme and takes just minutes to make.

Homemade croutons

How To Make Croutons

Simple recipe for fresh homemade croutons made with chunks of ciabatta bread, olive oil, salt & pepper. Start-to-finish: 25 minutes. So easy!

Simple Egg Salad

It’s my simple, low fat egg salad but you can start with mine add more stuff if you like. Try an egg salad sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce & tomato for breakfast. Yum!

Custard Pudding

This simple 4-ingredient recipe makes creamy, low fat, delicious custard to use as a filling or as a favorite dessert. Make this easy pudding in 15 minutes.

3-Hour Bread & Butter Pickles

Easy Bread & Butter Pickles

Ready to eat in 3 hours! Crisp & tangy, sweet & salty, super easy refrigerator pickles. Everything in one pot, marinate, eat.

Quick & Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Only 5 ingredients to make a delicious sauce for your spaghetti & meatballs or chicken parm. Super easy with canned tomatoes. Cook for 15 minutes. Add basil. Done.

Easy Macaroons

Easy Macaroons

With only 4 ingredients, anyone can make these delicious, chewy cookies. You don’t need a mixer – just 2 forks. (It’s my choc-dipped macaroons without the chocolate.)

Simple Garlic Bread

It’s easy to make fresh garlic bread at home in less than 10 minutes. Bake under a broiler or in a toaster oven for a delicious golden top and crispy edges.

Black Bean Quesadilla

This healthy quesadilla takes just minutes to make, uses reduced fat cheese, calcium-rich black beans, and whole wheat tortillas.

Roasted Vegetables

Even amateur cooks can’t mess up this easy recipe. Step 1 – Put vegetables on pan. Step 2 – Add oil, salt & pepper. Step 3 – Put in oven. That’s it! Done… and Delicious!

Rice Pudding

My easy recipe is low-fat, using 1% milk and Arborio or Calrose rice – both yummy. I could eat the whole bowl in one sitting, it’s that good!