Baked Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Berry Sauce

I know, I know, the best ribs are cooked "low and slow" – no argument. But what if you don't have a smoker? Or what if you don't have all day to tend a fire? Or what if it's just too blazing hot to stand over a grill? Or what if, what if, you just have a hankering for ribs that won't quit? And what if I were to tell you that even bona-fide rib connoisseurs think my oven-baked ribs are surprisingly good? Not as good or as tender as slow-smoked, mind you, but pretty da** good and tender, if I say so myself. It's hard to believe they're done in little more than an hour. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ BEST RECIPES! Baked Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Berry Sauce Made the List! Best Recipes of 2005 Rib Craving + No Grill = Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs The backyard grill is out of commission (again) and the replacement won’t be delivered for another while. But that doesn’t mean a hankering for ribs doesn’t hit hard. Ribs from the gril

Beet Röesti & Shredded Zucchini

Two quick summer vegetables recipes, one with beets, one with zucchini, both made quicker still by grating the vegetables into small bits. A war chest, that’s how I think of the arsenal of vegetable recipes I’ve been collecting, weapons against our 21st century battle of the bulge. I’ve logged lesson after lesson since April, when I began to cook vegetables in a new way every day, that’s right, every single day. (Yes, that was the accidental start of what's now my food blog, A Veggie Venture .) Here are a few: Quick and easy are important, even on weekends. When you find a favorite, save it and make it often. Plan on a pound of vegetables to serve four. Plan on one tablespoon of fat (total) for one Weight Watchers point per serving. Always have a backup when time or energy give way. Mine is a bag of beans in the freezer, ready to steam at a moment’s notice. Salt enhances flavor, be generous unless it’s medically unwise. Small pieces cook faster

Chicken Veggie Quesadillas

Everybody loves a ooey-gooey-cheesey quesadilla, me included. But oh my, those calories add up every so quickly. That why, for everyday quick and healthy meals, there's nothing like making a protein- and veggie-packed quesadilla that's a sure hit with kids and grownups alike. My drive-through staple was once an inexpensive but very tasty chicken quesadilla from Taco Bell. On hungry days, I’d been known to eat two! Then I learned that each of those Taco Bell chicken quesadillas consumed two-thirds of a day’s calories. And you know what? I haven’t been back since. If you or your children frequent fast food places, check the websites for ideas about dishes suitable for diet and lifestyle – and perhaps, like for me, real shocks about favorites. McDonald’s leads the pack for easy-to-access information. Other sites include Burger King , Taco Bell and Wendy's . Oh – and while you’re looking? Check out Krispy Kreme , Domino’s , Pizza Hut and Subway . ALAN