‘Cooking Thin’

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You may be struggling to shed those last 10 pounds before bathing suit season arrives, but that doesn’t mean you have to swear off sweets for good. So why not treat yourself to a slice of a delicious semi-sweet chocolate creation? Kathleen Daelemans is the author of “Cooking Thin with Chef Kathleen: 200 Easy Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss,” and she discusses her approach to healthy cooking and weight loss on “Today.” Sample some of her recipes below.

FAST BAKED SWEET POTATO HOME FRIES
Servings:

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

    • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
    • Extra-virgin olive oil or nonstick vegetable spray
    • Coarse-grained salt and cracked black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

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GRILLED SHRIMP AND CHOPPED VEGETABLE SALAD
Servings:

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

    • 8 bamboo skewers (see sidebar on facing page)
    • 1 pound medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 4 teaspoons plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 6 to 7 ears corn, shucked
    • 8 scallions
    • Coarse-grained salt and cracked black pepper
    • 2 red bell peppers
    • 8 to 12 cups loosely packed salad greens
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

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CHICKEN BURGERS
Servings:

Makes 4 to 5 servings.

Ingredients

    • 1 pound ground white meat chicken
    • 2 cups coarse to fine fresh bread crumbs
    • 1 1/2 cup low-fat milk
    • 3 tablespoons grated sweet onion (or finely, finely minced)
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 3 1/4 teaspoon coarse-grained salt
    • Cracked black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

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DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHEESECAKE
Servings:

Makes 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • For Crust

    • 1 1/4 cups fine cookie crumbs (graham cracker or chocolate wafer cookies)
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon water
  • For Filling

    • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 cups)
    • 1 1/4 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
    • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup cherry pie filling

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Excerpted from, “Cooking Thin with Chef Kathleen: 200 Easy Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss,” by Kathleen Daelemans. Copyright 2002. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

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