Low Calorie Chicken Oscar

If you want to make a great first “dinner” impression, this dish is your answer.  This dish is really easy to prepare and it looks so elegant when served.

What You Need:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 box Stove Top stuffing mix
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • spices — black pepper, thyme, sage
  • 24 fresh asparagus stalks
  • shredded mozzarella or pizza blend cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven @ 350 degrees F.

Place chicken breasts in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish or pan.  Pour broth over top chicken and season each chicken breast with spices.

Mix stuffing mix per package directions; but, eliminate the butter/ margarine.  Top each breast with stuffing; evenly dividing  it  per chicken breast. Cover and bake 20 minutes in preheated oven.  Remove from oven and place 4 asparagus stalks across each chicken breast, cover and bake an additional 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle shredded cheese over each breast. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.  Voila!  Dinner is ready to impress your guests!!!

Makes 6 serving.

Nutrition Info (per serving):

246 Calories; 3 gm Fat; 22 gm Carb; 2 gm Fiber; 32 gm Protein; 70 mg Chol; 510 mg Sodium

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Skinny Green Fluff — Low Calorie Pistachio Fluff

This is just in time for Spring.  If you need a quick side dish to bring to the friend & family luncheon or dinner, this fluff is the answer.  It is super quick & easy to prepare.  In addition, it is light and fluffy!

What You Need:

  • 3.4 oz. box pistachio sugar-free instant pudding
  • 1- 20 oz. can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
  • 1 cup thawed light whipped topping
  • 1/3 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in large bowl.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.  Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Info (per serving):

65 Calories; <1 gm Fat; 14 gm Carbohydrate; <1 gm Protein; 122 mg Sodium

Healthy Ground Turkey Meatloaf

Here’s a healthier twist to the traditional meatloaf recipe.  I  swapped ground beef for  ground turkey to lower calories and fat.
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • cracker crumbs (7 saltine whole wheat crackers)
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2  tsp basil and oregano
  • 1-2 dashes  black pepper
  • 1 cup (8 oz) tomato sauce

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, egg, cracker crumbs, and spices until well blended and shape into 2 loaves.  Place in baking dish and pour tomato sauce over loaves.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Info:

146 Calories; 7 gm fat; 2 gm sat fat; 95 mg chol; 338 mg sodium; 5 gm carb; 1 gm fiber; 15 gm protein

 

 

Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

Stir Frying is a healthy and delicious way to create quick and nutritious meals that the entire family can enjoy.  It’s a nice way to use fresh produce before it spoils. Stir Frying does not have to be Asian cuisine. By changing the spices, a stir fry can be Italian, Mexican or Cajun flavors.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 broccoli crown, steamed
  • snow peas
  • carrot
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • garlic and spices

DIRECTIONS:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir chicken and garlic until chicken is slightly pink on the inside, about 2 minutes per side; add vegetables and spices to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

NUTRITION INFO:

260 Calories; 14g Fat; 3g Saturated Fat; 31mg Chol; 384mg Sodium; 20g Carb; 4g Fiber; 14g Protein

 

 

Super Skinny Smoothie

When I need to drop a few pounds quickly, I always rely on smoothies.  If I  use a smoothie as a meal replacement, I always add a scoop of protein powder and I eat a lot of fresh veggies and fruit. This particular smoothie is super low in calories and high in nutrients.  It can be used as a snack and it’s great for controlling those unwanted cravings.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • handful of ice
  • 1 packet stevia

DIRECTIONS:

Mix in a blender until smooth.

NUTRITION INFO:

89 Calories; 4gm fat; 8gm carbohydrate; 2gm fiber; 4gm protein

Balsamic Pork & Apples in Crockpot

It’s that time year and autumn is officially here.  Apples are in full season by the bushels and they are a great addition to any pork dish.  And, I love using the crockpot.  It takes less than 5 minutes to prep and your meal is ready when you get home from work or when you are finished with your daily chores. I have to admit this recipe I threw together was absolutely delish!!!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 Boneless loin pork chops
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large apple

DIRECTIONS:

In crockpot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic on high for a few minutes. Place pork chops in crockpot and season with black pepper, allspice and basil. Pour the balsamic vinegar over the pork. Cook on high for 4-8 hours until done. An hour before done place sliced apples on top.

NUTRITION INFO per 1 Pork Chop

  • 189 Calories
  • 7 g Fat
  • 1.7 g Sat Fat
  • 4.1 g MUFA
  • 53 mg Cholesterol
  • 12 g Carbohydrate
  • 1 g Fiber
  • 18 g Protein
  • 50 mg Sodium

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Craving a chocolate chip cookie; but don’t want to sabotage your healthy eating plan?  Try this healthy cookie!!  It super simple to make and it’s also gluten free!  Just make sure you use gluten-free oats.

COOKIE

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bananas
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups dry old fashioned oatmeal

Directions:

In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add applesauce, milk, cinnamon and vanilla; mix with spoon. Stir in oats until well blended. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Spray cookie sheet and drop by 1 tsp and bake @ 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Cool on cookie rack. Makes 20 cookies.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Servings Per Container: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 53
Total Fat 1.1g
Saturated Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 0.1mg
Sodium 1.5mg
Calcium 4.7
Potassium 58mg
Phosphorus 6.4mg
Total Carb 10.3g
Dietary Fiber 1.3g
Sugars 3.4g
Protein 1.4g