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From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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Skip the pre-made mixes and use fresh fruit to make antioxidant rich summer cocktails.

Mix Up Your Onions

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Dress Up Your Pasta

Take a tip from the restaurant world and top your pasta with a dollop of ricotta instead of the usual parmesan.

Jazz Up Your Chops

Next time you're searing pork chops, heat a few sprigs of hearty herbs (like sage or rosemary) in the oil and cook the meat right on top of them.

Lighten Up Your Meat

When you're making burgers, meatballs or other ground-meat dishes, combine equal parts of beef or pork with a leaner meat like turkey or chicken.

Fire Up the Broiler

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Spice Up Your Avocados

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Cheesecake, Lightened Up

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Chowders, Lightened Up

As deliciously comforting as a warm bowl of chowder can be, all the fat and calories can wreak havoc on your waistline. A few simple swaps and you can slurp this savory soup with delight.