Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Aaah, chocolate for breakfast, what could be more heavenly? On of my downfalls has always been warm chocolate chip cookies. I just love those slightly melty chips! This recipe is my solution to that chocolate chip craving, guilt-free. These pancakes are chock full of chocolate chips, so I actually prefer them without butter. But if you like a more buttery taste with just a hint...

Banana Colada Smoothie

I’m a big fan of the piña colada, as is my mother. I started ordering virgins when I was a little kid, following my mother’s example. Little did I know in my youth that they are full of heavy cream and other potentially hip-expanding ingredients. This is one of my adult tributes to them. It’s a great breakfast treat or a refreshing afternoon snack. ...

Potato Chip-Crusted Chicken

People often ask how I come up with my recipes, and I often say, “Trial and error and error and error.” And it’s true. Sometimes I get lucky and a dish comes together immediately. But more often, it takes attempt after attempt to get a recipe right. This dish is an example. I set out to make the recipes in this book defy the label “diet food.” I wanted you...

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

The barbecue bacon cheeseburger is usually a guilty pleasure. Here, I've combined these favorite flavors in a reasonable-sized burger that's even more scrumptious because the ingredients are fresh and guilt free. Please, though, don't cheat when buying the beef. Some people think that buying 93% lean ground beef isn't that much different from the 96% lean, but it is. Four ounces of the 96% lean has about 150 calories and...

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Pizza

I often host parties to watch my favorite TV shows -- friends love it when I invite them over on The Biggest Loser night and make Biggest Loser fare. This pizza is a popular ending to the evening. I prepare them as the weigh-ins take places, and they usually vanish before the eliminated contestant is even announced!...

Expect More Coconut Macaroons

If you’re a huge fan of coconut, you’re bound to love these macaroons. They’re a bit less gooey and butter than the traditional ones, but that’s actually good because it allows true coconut lovers to enjoy the coconut. Typical macaroons of this size have about 120 calories and 4-6 g of fat, each. These have only 86 calories and 3 g of fat for two! ...