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Bread 101 - Looking for something light to make a sandwich out of that pulled pork? Pick up 100-calorie flat sandwich buns, like Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins! Seeking slices... perhaps for whipping up bread pudding? Look for loaves with 40 - 45 calories and at least 2g fiber per slice. Sara Lee Delightful is a personal favorite!
Meat 411 - For shredded pork dishes, I like to use half shoulder (for flavor) and half tenderloin (to cut the fat content). For ground meat, like in meatloaf, go for lean turkey or extra-lean ground beef. Click here for more info on that...
Mashed Potato Must-Haves - Potatoes are a given, but don't leave some other good stuff out. Cauliflower is perfect when steamed and mashed -- mix some in and your mashies will go twice as far. You'll also want some light whipped butter or light buttery spread. Brummel & Brown is my FAVORITE, but the kinds by Land O Lakes and Smart Balance are good too. Grab some fat-free half & half and you're good to go! Click here for the full recipe.
Green Giant Frozen Broccoli & Cheese Sauce - This is more than just the key ingredient in my Too-EZ Mac 'n Cheese. The saucy green veggies are also great with baked potatoes and for making my Cheesy Broc Star Soup. Look for this stuff in single-serving trays -- a.k.a. Just for One! -- and multi-serving bags.
Spreadable Low-Fat Cheese Wedges, a.k.a. The Laughing Cow Light - These things make everything better, richer, and more delicious. Only 35 calories each and great in mac 'n cheese. I could go on and on about these, so click here if you want to know more!
Whole-Wheat-Blend or High-Fiber Pasta - My go-to pasta pick will always be Tofu Shirataki noodles, but whole-wheat/high-fiber options are great for when it's GOT to be the real thing. I'm a fan of the high-fiber pastas made by Ronzoni and Barilla.
Broccoli Cole Slaw - This shredded veggie mix is a secret ingredient in my Meatloaf Minis! It has tons of other uses, as well, so click here for the 411!