This page's goal is to provide users with a quick way to pull up recipes that match defined nutrition criteria such as "low-fat", "high iron" etc. Many of the categories and criteria below are based on the information in FDA Backgrounder, May 1999: The Food Label. Categories with an asterisk next to them indicate I made up the definition. Some FDA guidelines are difficult to determine when cooking meals form scratch. For instance, a Low-Fat food is defined as one that has less than 3 grams of fat per 100 grams. However, my nutrition program doesn't accurately calculate how many grams are in a serving. As a result, for the low-fat definitions I use a percent of calories even though this is an inferior way to measure fat.
'Disclaimer': Nutrition information is calculated using NutriBase. While I've tried to note exactly how the nutritional information is calculated (i.e. whether it contains the optional ingredients, etc), they still may not accurately reflect how you prepare the recipe. Sometimes there is significant differences in nutritional information depending on the brand you buy. Also, "1 medium" zucchini doesn't mean the same thing to everyone :) So, please take the nutritional information as a general overview of the recipe instead of precise nutritional information.
Low-Fat* - 25% of calories or less comes from fat
Very Low-Fat* - 15% of calories or less comes from fat
Low-Saturated Fat - 1 g or less per serving
Low-Sodium - 140 mg or less per serving
Very Low Sodium - 35 mg or less per serving
Low-Cholesterol - 20 mg or less and 2 g or less of saturated fat per serving
High Protein* - contains at least 14 grams per serving of protein.
Good Protein* - contains between 7 and 13 grams per serving of protein.
High Nutrient Recipes
These categories contain 20% or more of the Daily Value per serving for the specified nutrient.
Good Nutrient Recipes
These categories contain 10-19% of the Daily Value per serving for the specified nutrient.
All recipes on this site should be appropriate for Ovo-Lacto Vegetarians (definition). Recipes that are either vegan (definition) or could be easily modified to be vegan are also assigned to the vegan category.