Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Recent Posts By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

100-Calorie Chili Toppers

When you pack loads of veggies, fiber-rich beans, and lean meats into one big pot of simmering chili, you have a healthy dinner for several meals. Spoon it over quinoa or brown rice to add a serving of whole grains—but avoid too much cheese and sour cream on top. These six hearty, tasty combos will brighten up your chili routine […]

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How to Make a Healthier Cheese Sauce

Few things can elevate green veggies or a pile of nachos quite like cheese that’s been melted down with butter into a rich, creamy sauce, then slathered on top. Sauces, however, can be calorie-packed: A from-scratch cheese-and-butter sauce contains about 90 calories in just 2 tablespoons. Go the convenience route with processed cheese and you’re looking at more than 400mg […]

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The Secret to Stretching Mozzarella

Melty mozzarella cheese comes in two forms. Fresh mozza is soft, creamy, and often packed in water. When it gets dehydrated, salted, and shredded, you end up with America’s most popular topper for anything Italian. We prefer fresh, and here’s why: As the pizza on the right shows, fresh mozza has more ooey-gooey melting power, especially when you use the […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — May 19-23

Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans—new recipes from current issues matched with previously published favorites. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less. The Plan Monday: Linguine with Sweet Pepper Sauce and Arugula Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing Tuesday: Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa and Tomato-Avocado Salad Wednesday: Grilled Chicken and Tomato Salad […]

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Whip It, Whip It Better: How to Make Lighter Whipped Cream

There are times when nothing but a dollop will do: Plopped over a slice of fresh pie or spread between fudgy layers of cake, real whipped cream is sublime in a way that can’t be copied. But with nearly 2 grams of saturated fat per whipped tablespoon, heavy cream can be heavy in ways a healthy cook wants to avoid. […]

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Brown Rice Bowls Under 400 Calories

Brown rice used to be a 45-minute cooking job, and if you forgot to put the pot or rice cooker on, it could really slow down a dinner. But the precooked supermarket pouches have changed that: very good quality, very fast. Just add veggies, greens, lean proteins, even leftovers. Start with 3/4 cup cooked brown rice; then top, toss, and […]

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All-Day Energy Eating

Our bodies need calories to create the energy we need to experience that vim, zip, and get-up-and-go. But it matters how those calories are packaged—whether they’re bundled with protein, fiber, and healthy fats or delivered as refined carbs and sugars. Refined, simple carbs, found in many snacks, cause a spike in blood sugar followed by the notorious crash. Complex foods […]

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Grilled Cheese Trick: Cheesy and golden-crisp with half the fat. How’d we do it?

Making an iconic grilled cheese—complete with gooey, melty goodness contrasted against golden-crisp bread—is no small feat for a nutrition-minded cook. An impeccably creamy interior is easy to achieve with several ounces of hearty cheddar, and even easier with American. Fry it (let’s not kid ourselves by calling this a sauté) in a chunk of butter, and you’re in 400-plus-calorie territory, […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — March 3-7

Here, another week’s worth of fast, healthy, and tasty menus. It’s not the dread of cooking that deters so many of us from the kitchen each night… it’s actually deciding what to cook from the millions of options bombarding us from so many different forms of media. Here, we’ve done the planning for you. Not just menus, but healthy menus […]

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Finally! Nutrition Labels Are Getting a Makeover

Finally! Nutrition label changes could make it clearer to Americans what they’re actually eating. This morning, first lady Michelle Obama introduced an FDA-backed plan to significantly revise food labels. Insert applause here, then begin holding breath. • The most prominent text on the label would tell you how many servings are actually in a box or bag. No longer would a […]

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