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

 

 

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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.

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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

Skinny Chinese Vegetable Chicken And Noodles

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 8oz chicken breast tenders, uncooked
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 10 oz package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • garlic powder, ginger, black pepper, chili pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 oz dry spaghetti

DIRECTIONS:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain and rinse.  Meanwhile, heat oil in large pan.  Stir fry chicken, vegetables and spices until chicken is well cooked.  Stir in rice vinegar and soy sauce; then stir in the honey.  Blend in the spaghetti.

NUTRITION INFO:

205 Calories; 8 g Fat; 1 gm Sat Fat; 11 mg Cholesterol; 350 mg Sodium; 26 g Carbohydrate; 3 g Fiber; 8 g Protein

Weight Watchers 3 Ingredient Pineapple Cake

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I stumbled across this Weight Watcher recipe a few years ago and it is fantastic.  It takes about one whole minute to whip together and it is low calorie and no fat!!

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

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  • 1- Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1- 20 oz. Can Crushed Pineapple in juice
  • 1- Fat Free Cool Whip

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven  350 degrees F.  Mix package of Angel Food Cake Mix and one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple.  Pour into an ungreased 9″x13″ pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.   Let Cool.  Spread Cool Whip on top.  Makes 16 servings!

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NUTRITION INFO:

  • 120 Calories
  • 28 g Carbohydrate
  • 2 g Protein
  • 0 Fat
  • 130 mg Sodium

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie

Healthy and only 4 ingredients.  Also, gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats and vegan if you use raisins in place of chips.  You may substitute any dried fruit, such as, dried cranberries or dates.  Either way, they are delicious!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins (Optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.  Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Spoon mixture onto cookie sheet and press down. Bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool.  Makes 15 cookies.

NUTRITION INFO:

Serving Size = 1 Cookie (without raisins)

  • 40 Calories
  • 1 g Fat
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 0 Sodium
  • 7 g Carbohydrate
  • 1 g Fiber
  • 2 g Sugar
  • 1 g Protein