RECIPES: 'The Most Decadent Diet Ever!'

Love to eat delectable dishes like chocolate cake, tacos and pasta but still want to look good this swimsuit season?

Chef and cookbook author Devin Alexander says you can! Alexander has maintained a 55-pound weight loss for more than 16 years and her new cookbook, "The Most Decadent Diet Ever," provides healthier versions of your favorite meals to help you lose weight and keep it off.

Please find the recipes from Day 2 of Alexander's "Most Decadent Diet Ever!" below:

Meal A:

3 Egg whites prepared with olive oil spray and topped with fresh salsa.

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1 Breakfast Sausage Link

When I first heard about MySpace, I thought it was for kids and teens. Then when "Fast Food Fix," my first cookbook, was coming out, my friend Amanda said, "You have to get a MySpace page." Amanda is a voice-over artist and is very tapped in to Hollywood, so I instantly believed her. We put up a page and I started getting all sorts of e-mails and "friend requests" from people who had seen my work. I now love MySpace because so many of my "friends" write and suggest new dishes to create. By far, one of the most requested recipes is breakfast sausage. Obviously everyone loves it. So as a tribute to my MySpace "friends," I created this recipe.

Though I wish I could eliminate even more salt, unfortunately, in this dish, I can't without sacrificing flavor. So don't go crazy eating this every day, especially if your doctor told you restrict your sodium intake. But it sure will do the trick when the craving for breakfast sausage strikes.

Olive oil spray

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon egg substitute

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon plain dried bread crumbs

1/4 cup minced sweet onion

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon ground sage

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pound extra-lean ground pork

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly mist a small nonstick baking sheet with spray. Use a fork to mix the egg substitute, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, thyme, pepper, rosemary, sage and salt in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Mix in the pork until combined. Divide the mixture into 16 equal parts, and then shape each into a 4-inch-long by 3/4-inch-thick link. Place the links side by side, not touching, on the prepared sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, then flip and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until no longer pink inside. Serve immediately.

Can be made in 30 minutes or less. No more than 20 minutes hands-on prep time

MAKES 16 LINKS; 8 SERVINGS

Each 1-Decadent-Disk serving (2 links) has: 95 calories, 14 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, <1 g saturated fat, 37 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium

You save (pork sausage): 45 calories, 10 g fat, 4 g saturated fat

You save (turkey sausage): 45 calories, 9 g fat, 3 g saturated fat

Traditional serving (pork sausage): 140 calories, 6 g protein, 1 g carbohydrates, 12 g fat,

4 g saturated fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 400 mg sodium

Traditional serving (turkey sausage): 140 calories, 9 g protein, 0 g carbohydrates, 11 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 360 mg sodium

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