Naked Apple Tart

In culinary school, I used to make a tart very similar to this one, only it had a crust with enough butter to require a week of butt-kicking with Jillian! Now, I enjoy it naked—without a crust, that is. I prefer the look of this “tart” when it’s baked in a round or oval dish. You can use a similar-size square or rectangle dish, if necessary. Note that the tart...

Chinese Pepper Steak

In addition to loving this dish served hot from the stove, it’s become one of my favorites because it makes such excellent leftovers. Toss it on some rice for a complete meal then save some to reheat in the microwave at work the next day, and your co-workers are sure to be jealous.
Please note: the meat is cooked in batches so it browns properly and ends up being tender....

Chocolate-Glazed Soft Pretzel Bites

Adding a sprinkle of sea salt to chocolate has emerged as a trend in recent years. And it doesn’t surprise me—it’s such a delicious way to satisfy sweet and salty cravings at once.
Whole wheat pizza dough provides a great base for these everyone-friendly bites topped with a mouth­watering glaze. Though it might be tempting to make extra pretzels in order to have leftovers, pretzels are really best eaten the same...

Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry Breakfast Sundae

I was recently in Chicago for a culinary conference. I went to breakfast with one of the publicists from my TV show, Healthy Decadence. Though I normally read every word on every menu presented to me (a definite foodie quirk!), I was a bit distracted preparing for a TV appearance. When the waiter came along and asked Anna what she'd like, she said, "The Vanilla Strawberry Breakfast Sundae." Intrigued (and...

3-Ingredient Meat Loaf

Devin’s Note: We’ve all heard that, in life, some things are greater than the sum of their parts. Here is an example: This meat loaf only uses three ingredients and can be put together in minutes, yet it yields a decadent dish that you would never guess is low in calories.
I wouldn’t recommend making this in a loaf pan. The end result will be tastier if you use a baking...

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. ...

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! ...