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Easy substitutions

You can have your brownies and eat them, too, thanks to the recipe substitutions at Greatist. Black beans instead of flour, applesauce instead of butter, yogurt instead of sour cream; you’ll find 80 ways to make recipes a bit healthier by swapping in everyday ingredients in place of the old standbys. Includes links to recipes for black bean brownies and more.

Ingredient check

It’s 5 p.m. Do you know what you’re eating? Use the Recipe Calculator from Spark Recipes to figure out the nutritional content of your meal. Just enter each ingredient, choose the amount, and the calculator will determine everything from calories to cholesterol to vitamins and minerals. The site also includes recipe makeovers from Chef Meg.

Real comfort food

Slim down your favorite recipes — and your grocery bills — with Everyday Health. Its “Recipe Roundup” and “Recipe Rehab” include comfort food classics like fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, plus dozens of dinnertime favorites like pizza, fettuccini Alfredo, and chicken Parmesan.

Meal planning made easy

You have to sign up to take advantage of the best features on Spoonacular, but if you’re willing to part with your email address, you’ll get help with everything from planning to shopping to cooking. Use the search box to find recipe ideas. Or click “Generate Meal Plan” to get a week’s worth of meals, recipes included. Even better: you can print off a shopping list for all the ingredients you’ll need.

Find some balance

Check out the calories in any food with Food-A-Pedia, one of a suite of interactive tools on the ChooseMyPlate website from the USDA. ChooseMyPlate is loaded with nutritional information, from the basic to the complex, and provides tools to help you achieve a balanced diet. Assess your diet on the Food Tracker or get a Daily Food Plan customized to your age, gender, height, weight and activity level.

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