Meat Lite


Spaghetti Squash-Pesto Crostini With Prosciutto

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Spaghetti squash is fun, but It's never quite hearty enough to satisfy. Here, we toss it with a rich parsley pesto, pair it with meaty prosciutto and serve it on top of toasted bread for a dish that's light enough to serve as an hors d'oeuvres, but hearty enough to eat as a light lunch. More

Warm Whole Grain Salad With Fennel, Arugula, Prosciutto, and Pecorino

Lauren Rothman 6 comments

Roasted fennel and arugula meet chewy, nutty grains in a warm salad accented with prosciutto and cheese. More

Spicy Orecchiette With Tuna, Peas, and Lemon

Lauren Rothman 9 comments

Orechiette loaded with meaty canned tuna and bright, sweet peas gets slicked with chile-infused olive oil in this lightning-fast, super-simple weeknight dish. More

Mexican Potato, Kale and Chicken Casserole

Lauren Rothman 3 comments

Potatoes, greens and roasted chicken come together in one spicy, cheesy brunchtime bake. More

Polish Cabbage, Potato, and Bacon Casserole

Lauren Rothman 20 comments

This browned, bubbling, soul-satisfying winner of a winter dish brings warmth on a cold winter night. More

Baked Eggs With Mushrooms, Cheddar, and Ham

Lauren Rothman 4 comments

These savory eggs bake in the oven in a water bath, ensuring even cooking and a perfect result every time. More

Butternut Squash Lasagna With Bacon-Braised Greens and Béchamel

Lauren Rothman 2 comments

This two-filling, bacon-y, béchamel-laced titan of a lasagna takes some time to prepare, but the result is well worth it. More

Turkey-Ricotta Burgers With Leeks and Dill

Lauren Rothman 1 comment

A "meat lite" turkey burger might seem like an oxymoron but isn't: a mixture of ground turkey lightened with plenty of milky ricotta cheese is folded through with soft leeks and garlic, accented with fresh dill and fries up crispy-but-juicy in a cast-iron pan. More

Soba Noodle Soup with Chicken, Tofu, and Bok Choy

Lauren Rothman 3 comments

If the pairing of tofu and meat seems incongruous to you, then you've probably missed out on many of the best dishes that Asian cuisines have to offer. More

Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Bacon and Parsley Oil

Lauren Rothman 3 comments

This creamy, nutty-tasting soup gets an extra punch of flavor from crumbled bacon and bright parsley oil. More

Meat Lite: Pork and Mustard-Cream Cabbage

Joy Manning 4 comments

Most people think that if you're serving a chop of any kind, one per person is the rule. It's certainly customary, but in most cases that 8- to 20-ounce monster is a multiple of the portion you should probably be eating. Chops don't usually lend themselves to a meat-lite supper, but with an ample serving of a hearty vegetable side, you won't wonder where the other half of your dinner went. In this case, sharing really is caring. More

Meat Lite: Sweet Potato and Chicken Enchiladas with Chile Sauce

Tara Mataraza Desmond 4 comments

The minimal addition of meat in these enchiladas adds texture and flavor but isn't the crux of the recipe. In this case, half a pound of chicken (for four people) poached in chile broth is a supporting player to the potato-and-onion filling. More

Meat Lite: Mac & Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Joy Manning 5 comments

[Photograph: Joy Manning] This recipe sprang from some leftovers that I had on hand during a recent blizzard that buried us here in Philadelphia as well as an intense craving I had for starchy, cheesy comfort food. This homey casserole... More

Smoked Turkey and Bean Nachos

Tara Mataraza Desmond 1 comment

[Photograph: Tara Mataraza Desmond] Friends and I were snickering at a well-known cooking show personality and her game day menu episode that ran recently as a prelude to this weekend's Super Bowl. It was complete with detailed instructions for... More

Meat Lite: Pinto and Pork Tacos

Joy Manning 8 comments

[Photograph: Joy Manning] Almost every week when I do my grocery shopping at Whole Foods, I marvel at how little I spent. I guess that's because I'm constantly hearing people complain about the prices at "Whole Paycheck," as it is... More

Meat Lite: Soppressata Pasta Fagioli

Tara Mataraza Desmond 5 comments

[Photograph: Tara Mataraza Desmond] Pasta fagioli is a traditional Italian peasant dish that was cheap to make because it was usually meatless. Inexpensive ingredients of beans and pasta thicken the soup into a hearty meal. There are countless versions... More

Meat Lite: Portobello and Herbed Ricotta Sandwiches

Joy Manning 9 comments

[Photograph: Joy Manning] This easy sandwich gets so much meaty flavor and texture from a layer of seared portabellos, it hardly needs the prosciutto. Feel free to omit it. This makes the sandwich a terrific option for meals when vegetarians... More

Resolution: Eat Less Meat

Tara Mataraza Desmond 17 comments

[Photographs: Tara Mataraza Desmond] Related What's Your New Year's Food Resolution? » Do You Have a Food Project for 2010? Joy and I have been around here for a while as authors of the Meat Lite column, offering recipes that... More

Meat Lite: Nutty Pasta

Joy Manning 6 comments

Philadelphia food writers Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond drop by each week with Meat Lite, which celebrates meat in moderation. Meat Lite was inspired by their book, Almost Meatless. —Editor [Photograph: Joy Manning] This dish has been a weeknight... More

Meat Lite: Rancheros Hash Stacks

Tara Mataraza Desmond 2 comments

[Photograph: Tara Mataraza Desmond] If you're hosting a post-holiday or New Year brunch, consider adding these to the menu for versatility and ease. You can make the sauce and toast the tortillas a day or two ahead of time.... More

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