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Healthy Takes on Kids' Classics

Many of your kids' favorite meals can be made healthier with a few simple substitutions that can reduce fat, boost fiber and veggies, and leave all the flavor intact.

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Arugula Salad with Honey-Drizzled Peaches

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Rich, nutty pecans complement the creamy tang of the goat cheese and peppery arugula balances the sweet juicy peaches and drizzle of honey in a simple, satisfying salad that lets the pure flavors of the ingredients shine.

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Tortilla Soup

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Here’s a version of chicken tortilla soup that’s both super-easy and delicious. To make it even quicker, use crumbled baked tortilla chips in place of the homemade tortilla strips and skip Steps 1-2.

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Tofu Patties

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These vegetarian patties are tasty enough that even the carnivores in your family should like them. Freezing and then thawing tofu gives it a nice chewy texture that can't be duplicated any other way.

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Black Bean Dip

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Here's an easy dip to try. For these small and nearly-instant recipes, I use canned beans, and find them perfectly thrifty, happily quick, and acceptably tasty. However, if I'm using a lot of beans -- in a soup, say -- then I use dried, because they taste better and are cheaper. It makes a wholesome packed lunch: a little container of dip, along with a bag of tortilla or pita chips and some carrot sticks makes a nice change of pace from a sandwich.

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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

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Bartlett or Anjou pears are used in this salad for their crisp texture. The nut and cheese combination sets the tone of the dish—white Cheddar and pecans is decidedly American.

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Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad

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Pureed berries give the tangy wine vinegar dressing a creamy texture that gently clings to the lettuce and fruit. This is a salad to enjoy when fresh berries are in the market.

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Tilapia Corn Chowder

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This light soup is a great way to slip fresh corn (and tilapia, of course!) into your late-summer menu. Make it a meal: Enjoy with a mixed green salad and oyster crackers.

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BLT Salad

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Here’s a salad version of America’s favorite sandwich. We use shredded tomato as a base for the creamy tomato-and-chive dressing—adding great tang and flavor along with extra vitamin C.

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Fresh Tomato Sauce

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A basic tomato sauce can be at the heart of so many great meals: pizza, pasta dishes, sauteed vegetables and soups, just to name a few. Take advantage of the summer harvest to stock your freezer with this sauce and you'll be one...

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