2 Ingredient Barbecue Chicken

We all have those evenings where we need something simple to prepare for dinner.  This chicken recipes just require  2 ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue  Sauce

Place chicken in baking dish and cover with barbecue sauce.  Then bake @ 350 degrees F for an hour or until done.

Dinner is done.  Serve with brown rice, green beans or broccoli, and salad.

Nutrition Info:

177 Calories, 2gm Fat, 11gm Carbohydrate, 27gm Protein, 68mg Cholesterol, 426mg Sodium

 

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

 

Tomato & Butter Bean Florentine Dinner

 

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This recipe is perfect for Meatless Monday and packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. The main source of protein are provided by the butter beans.

Butter Beans are large flat yellowish variety of a lima bean.  They are a great source of dietary fiber, folate, magnesium,  and a fat free source of protein. In fact they contain both soluble fiber, which helps regulate blood sugars and lower cholesterol levels, and insoluble fiber which aids in the prevention of constipation.

This recipe also uses fresh spinach which is an excellent source of Vit K, Vit A, Vit C, Vit E, Vit B2, B6 and folic acid.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 oz) diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) buttered beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 oz. fresh baby spinach
  • Italian seasonings (basil, oregano, parsley)
  • 8 oz. spaghetti
  • Grated parmesan cheese, optional

DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sautee. Next add tomatoes and seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; add beans and spinach and cook until spinach is wilted. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package direction; drain and rinse. You can mix pasta with bean mixture or serve over pasta.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size:  1  cup (160g Or ml)
Servings Per Container: 8
Amount Per Serving

Calories: 194

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 4.2g 6%
  Saturated Fat 0.59g 3%
  Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0%
Sodium 311.3mg 13%
Calcium 48.1mg 5%
Potassium 338.4mg 10%
Phosphorus 113mg 0%
Total Carb 35g 12%
  Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
  Sugars 2g
Protein 5.7g 11%
Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 24%
Calcium 5% Iron 12%

Skinny Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!!

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Here are a couple recipes to celebrate Cinco De Mayo without sabotaging your diet.

https://gogirldiet.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/salsa-chicken/

https://gogirldiet.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/tex-mex-rice-and-beans/

Skinny Chicken Waffle Sandwich

The waffle sandwich gives an entirely new perspective to the sandwich cuisine. It might sound strange but chicken and waffles are the perfect culinary couple. And please don’t knock until you try it;  you will fall in love with this waffle sandwich.

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Not only will your kids love this fun and healthy sandwich, but adults will enjoy it even more.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 Low-fat Whole Grain Waffles
  • 2 Slices Healthy Choice Oven Roasted Chicken breast
  • 1 Slice Low-fat Swiss Cheese
  • 1 tsp Light Mayo
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • Tomato Slices

DIRECTIONS:

Place chicken breast and cheese on frozen waffle and toast until cheese is melted. Also, toast plain waffle.  Add tomato slices and spread mayo and mustard on remaining  waffle and place on top of other waffle.

Nutrition Facts per serving / sandwich
Calories: 253
Fat Calories: 43.6
Total Fat 5g
  Saturated Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 29.1mg
Sodium 1266.4mg
Total Carb 31.5g
  Dietary Fiber 2.6g
  Sugars 4.5g
Protein 21.8g

Skinny Meatball Casserole

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This is my new go to recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1- 10 oz package frozen turkey meatballs
  • 1 large can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Cover bottom of baking dish with tomato sauce. Place meatballs in a single layer and cover with remaining sauce. Top with cheese and bake @ 350°F for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 6 meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 157
Total Fat 8.8g
Saturated Fat 2.9g
Cholesterol 65.1mg
Sodium 716.6mg
Calcium 56mg
Potassium 170.2mg
Phosphorus 42mg
Total Carb 5.3g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0.2g
Protein 13.3g

January is National Oatmeal Month

How perfect for January to be National Oatmeal Month.  A big bowl of hot oatmeal is best on cold winter days!

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Oatmeal can be easy and fast to prepare. Place 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1 cup water in a large mug and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Then, I usually stir in skim milk and a touch of brown sugar or honey. Now, it is ready to eat.

What is oatmeal?

  • Oatmeal is ground oat groats.

What are the health benefits?

  • Oatmeal has a high soluble fiber content which helps lower cholesterol. Oatmeal is also sodium free.

What is the difference between rolled oats and steel-cut oats?

  • Rolled oats are oats that have been steamed and rolled flat.
  • Steel-cut oats are oats that have been sliced into small pieces. They take much longer to cook and have a nutty robust flavor. They have the same nutritional value as rolled oats; however, they have a lower glycemic index.
  • Instant oatmeal has added sugars and is high in sodium.