Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Recent Posts By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Lighter Chocolate Ganache

Elegant and indulgently delicious, chocolate ganache wears many hats this time of year—as a decadent glaze over fluffy cake layers, a silky coating for fresh berries, or chilled and rolled into truffles. It’s a simple combo of chocolate and heavy cream—but hefty, too: 80 calories and 3.8g sat fat per tablespoon. What we’ve recently learned from a few of our […]

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Lighter, Naturally Red Velvet Cake

Just the name “red velvet cake” suggests something elegant and rich—dramatic, supermoist layers of tinted chocolate cake coated in a dense, creamy white frosting. ‘Tis the season for such decadent pleasures, right? Although it may be the time of year to splurge, it’s hard to justify an 880-calorie, 57g-of-fat piece of cake. Ho-ho-holy cow! We had to find a better […]

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Nut Butter Sandwiches, 6 New Ways

Peanut butter now has plenty of company in the supermarket—nearly every nut has a spreadable counterpart that’s both tasty and full of healthy plant-based fats and protein. You can make your own, too: Whir toasted nuts, a pinch of salt, and drizzle of oil in a food processor until smooth. Extra layers of complexity—macadamia is buttery, pecan is pleasantly bitter—make […]

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A Lower-Fat, Lower-Carb Mash

One thing—as certain as turkey and cranberry and groans from couch-bound overeaters—is demanded of this holiday season: heaping bowls of fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s a rich dish: As any cook knows, the secret to smooth texture is a knob of butter and a serious glug of cream. A serving of potatoes is about 250 calories, with 8g of sat fat. […]

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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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