Fresh Food on TV: Weekend Edition

NOMTVWith all the channels on broadcast TV and cable and the inevitable episode repeats, it's hard to sort out what's new or worthwhile. Let us sort it out for you so you don't miss anything worth watching. Times may vary with region; check your local listings for exact hour and channels.

Saturday (July 30)

Aarti Party: Aarti tackles cheese-making from scratch, then uses it in a recipe for saag paneer recipe. She also cooks spicy paneer fingers with dates and almonds. 9 am., Food Network.

Mexican Made Easy: While we tend to think of Mexican food as fatty, juicy meats smothered in cheese and stuffed into a fried tortilla (and there's nothing wrong with that), Marcela proves that Mexican classics like tacos, squash with yogurt dip, spicy shrimp broth, and a citrus spritzer can be as healthy as they are delicious. 9:30 am., Food Network.

Hungry Girl: Lisa unveils the dirty secrets behind some foods you'd think were healthy. But don't worry, she provides alternatives, like brownie muffins, butternut squash fries, and baked kale. 10:30 am., Cooking Channel.

Down Home with the Neelys: Pat and Gina invite both of their mothers over to sample some light, healthy dishes like cod with roasted tomato salsa, veggie couscous, easy herb salad, and light carrot cake. 11:30 am., Food Network.

Secrets of a Restaurant Chef: Hollandaise sauce is tricky, but Anne gives a fool-proof technique as the finishing touch for her eggs benedict. 12 pm., Food Network.

30 Minute Meals: Rachael puts a special twist on the BLT, transforming it into a risotto with bacon, leeks, and tomatoes with eggs. For dessert, she makes berry smash with meringues and sorbet. 12:30 pm., Food Network.

Barefoot Contessa: Ina presents her own versions of some of her favorite Italian dishes, including eggplant pasta, roasted red peppers, roasted tomatoes with peppers, and three traditional Italian desserts that feature wine and liqueurs. 1 pm., Food Network.

Giada at Home: Giada pulls herbs from her own garden for this meal. 1:30 pm., Food Network.

Two Fat Ladies: The Fat Ladies whip up stuffed quail with white wine, coq au vin, beef with chestnuts and pears, and turbot with watercress and pickled walnuts. 10 pm., Cooking Channel.

Sunday (July 31)

Guy's Big Bite: Guy throws a backyard barbecue compete with grilled lamb sandwiches with spicy harissa mayo. To accompany the delicious sandwiches, Guy serves roasted baby artichokes with parmesan and parsley, and ends the day with rum roasted pineapple with vanilla bean ice cream and sugared pecans. 10:30 am., Food Network.

Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction: Bobby grills up a feast that includes Santa Maria-style barbecue tri-tip with pinquito bean relish and French bread with fresh tomato relish. Later, he grills artichokes, serving them with Green Goddess dressing, ending with grilled white peaches with almond-mint pesto. 11 am., Food Network.

Food Network Challenge: Man's best friend is the model for the cakes in the competition today, as the competitors vie for a prize of $10,000. 8 pm., Food Network.

Food Network Star: The hopefuls film segments for 'The Best Thing I Ever Ate' before being roasted by comedians Louie Anderson, Gilbert Gottfried, Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Anderson, Judy Gold. 9 pm., Food Network.