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Try these simple recipes using only one pot...

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There are many reasons to have a few one-pot meal recipes in your repertoire. Limited access to multiple pans and pots, a busy lifestyle, or a desire to cut down on cooking time are all factors that should point you to trying dishes made in one cooking vessel.

One-pan recipes are not specific to stovetop skillets. The oven can be an easy, no-watch way to make supper in a jiffy with minimal clean-up. For instance, a simple chicken and vegetable dinner can be accomplished on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil by taking 4 chicken breasts, a head of broccoli, a couple of handfuls of baby carrots and tossing them with 1/4 cup of olive oil and seasonings of your choice. Pop it in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

One-dish cooking doesn't mean no prep! You will still need to gather your ingredients ahead of time. Meats will still benefit from browning and good quality ingredients are essential. However, much of the time recipes are flexible enough to allow you to prep ingredients while beginning the cooking process. These recipes also lend themselves to improvisation. Substituting ingredients for want you have on hand can lead to a new favorite dish!

Whether following a recipe to the "T" or winging it. Quick, simple one-pot meals offer no muss and no fuss.

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Submitted by: Anita Williams

The Salad

What could be healthier or more low fat than salad? Well, it depends what's in it and on it. In its basic state-a bed of salad leaves with chopped vegetables, it is indeed low fat and healthy. It's what is added to our salads that gets us into trouble. Salads prepared at restaurants or fast-food joints are not always the healthiest dishes on the menu. And those salad kits from the grocery store, with condiments and toppings included, offer convenience but may not necessarily be low fat. The salads listed below should raise some red flags.

High Fat Salads and Dressings

No one can eat plain salad for long, though, unless you're a bunny, so how can we add flavor and interest to our salads without overloading them with calories and fat?

Building a Healthy Low Fat Salad

More Low Fat Salad Tips

If speed and convenience are important, buy bagged salad leaves and pre-cut or shredded vegetables. If you choose salad at a restaurant, ask for dressing on the side so you can at least control how much you use. Ask if any reduced fat dressings are available. Some restaurants have them. Choose a basic vinaigrette dressing over a creamy one. And if you opt for salad next time you drive through your local fast-food joint, choose grilled chicken over crispy chicken, and use up to half of the salad dressing pouch. Leave the croutons or crispy noodles pack unopened.

For examples of low-fat salads, see

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