Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

It's no secret that I was a yo-yo dieter for years before I became a "weight-loss success story". I always joked that I was so creative with food that I could turn anything "good" into something "bad". When I first started making these chocolate peanut butter balls using a slightly different recipe, I got hooked and couldn't stop eating them. So I've tweaked these slightly, swapping cocoa powder for carob...

Devin’s Eggs

Every time we had overnight guests when I was growing up, my mom served a dish called Jenny’s Eggs. It was from a recipe she had gotten from my aunt JoAnne for what was basically a crustless quiche. It had a pound of cheese, at least a stick or two of butter, tons of whole eggs, and plenty of ham. It was delicious, but virtually lethal. My mom particularly loved...

Cinnamon Sugar Easter Eggs & Rabbits

Be sure to buy eggroll wrappers—the ones that are bigger than wonton skins to make these triangles. These are an awesome treat for Easter since they’re simple and fun and so low in calories. Heck, they’re a tiny fraction of the calories you’d consume eating frosted holiday cookies....

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Be sure to finely mince the onion as there is a lot of it in this recipe and you don't want to bite down on a big chunk. Do this by hand--never chop onions in a food processor, as the extreme overcutting that can't help but occur makes onions taste sour.

I like to buy a fresh chunk of Parmesan cheese and grate it myself. The flavor will be much stronger...

Cole Slaw with Orange-Cilantro Vinaigrette

I’ve always been such a fan of coleslaw that I’ve made many varieties. With this recipes I wanted to create a new, more exotic one. I tried various ingredients before I struck upon the combo with orange and cilantro. I personally thought it could use even a bit more cilantro, but my test kitchen team overruled me, saying that the 1⁄3 cup is the perfect amount. If you’re like me,...

Black Team’s Slimmer Summer Slaw with Pork Medallions

When I visited the Season 12 Biggest Losers for a cooking challenge, I have to admit I was impressed. The stakes were high: Each team had just 30 minutes to create a healthy, low-calorie, delicious entree worthy of making it into [The Biggest Loser Quick and Easy Cookbook]. The winners not only got their recipe printed here, but also received a 1-pound advantage at weigh-in and a special lunch date...