Dinner makeovers

Two ways to turn comfort food into health food

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Dose of tomatoes
According to a recent study at the Harvard School of Public Health, just one serving per day of tomato-based foods could lower women's risk of heart disease by as much as 30 percent. How? The lycopene present in cooked tomatoes has been shown to reduce arterial aging (it also cuts the risk of prostate cancer in men). Make a simple, fresh topping by sautéing sliced cherry or grape tomatoes with garlic and a little olive oil. Top with fresh basil.

Grate on flavor
Cut down on saturated fat by topping your pizza with freshly grated parmesan cheese. It has more flavor than mozzarella, so you can get away with using less. Soft goat cheese (chèvre) is another good choice: It has about 4 to 5 fat grams per ounce, about the same as part-skim mozzarella.


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