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Healthy Dinners from Pantry Staples

A stash of nutritious, quick-cook ingredients means you can whip up dinner in no time flat. We'll show you how to turn basics like potatoes, pasta, and beans into good-for-you meals that taste anything but ordinary.

By Cindy Heller and Michael Tyrrell

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Simple Ways to Spice Up Recipes

Chipotle in adobo adds smoky heat with a minimum of calories and sodium. Stir into mac 'n' cheese, scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes to kick them up a notch.

Pickled jalapenos are a zesty addition to egg, chicken, or tuna salads.

Hot sauce gives zing to soups. A few drops of Tabasco and a squeeze of lemon juice will brighten up any dish.

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