If you think healthy eating means giving up the foods you love, grab a plate and taste what you've been missing.
Photography Van Chaplin / Styling Alan Henderson, Mindi Shapiro Levine / Food Styling Vanessa McNeil Rocchio
Choosing the right ingredient and technique for a recipe is important. A binder made with lightly beaten egg whites works magic with oven-fried foods. The light, coarse texture of Japanese breadcrumbs (panko) and crushed saltine crackers maximizes the crunch factor of coating mixtures. After dredging, firmly press any loose crumbs from the coating mixture onto the food.