Muesli with Fruit and Nuts

An alternative to hot oatmeal (and commercial cold cereals with often-misleading health claims), muesli makes a refreshing, healthy summer breakfast.

Microwave Mini Frittatas

This vegetable-filled Italian-style omelet is surprisingly easy and fast. For convenience, you can use 1 cup frozen stir-fry pepper mix instead of fresh onion and red pepper, or leftover cooked vegetables.

No-Bake Breakfast Bars

Commercial breakfast and snack bars are awash in dubious nutrition claims. This recipe is simple to make and handy to have on hand for breakfasts or snacks on the go.

Oranges with Cinnamon and Pistachios

For a colorful treat, try this recipe with blood (Moro) oranges.

Blueberry Compote

Chia seeds swell to form a gel when moistened. They thicken the juices in this compote made with convenient frozen berries.

Maple-Walnut Roasted Pears

Roasting brings out the sweet-rich flavor of pears to make an elegant but easy dessert.

All-Season Fruit Salad

This dessert is also great to have on hand for breakfast and snacks; hold off until serving time to add the banana.

Oven-Fried Chicken

No need to fry to make fried chicken. Removing the chicken skin and baking the chicken rather than deep-frying it yields an impressive savings of saturated fat and calories-and the results are every bit as delicious. In this recipe, we marinate the chicken in seasoned low-fat buttermilk. This step ensures that the skinless chicken stays moist and succulent. A whole-grain breading forms a tasty crust during baking. As most chicken-breast pieces are much larger than an appropriate serving size (which is 3 ounces cooked chicken), cut breast halves in half on the diagonal before marinating and dredging.

Multi-Color Black Bean & Barley Salad

Packed with vibrant colors and contrasting textures, this naturally nutrient-dense salad makes a tasty, nutritious, and economical summer side dish.

Broccoli & Grape Tomato Frittata

This easy baked frittata (a flat Italian omelet), featuring the synergistic combination of broccoli and tomatoes, is perfect for spring brunches and simple suppers. Even if you are cooking for just one or two, it is worth making because leftovers are delicious reheated in the microwave-enjoy them for a ready-made, protein-rich breakfast the following day. A mixture of whole eggs and egg whites helps keep the saturated fat in check. It can be disheartening to discard the extra egg yolks. To eliminate waste, use liquid egg whites, available the refrigerated egg case in supermarkets.