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 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

Labor Day Skinny Menu

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Wow!  It’s hard to believe Labor Day and the end of summer is upon us.  Here’s a healthy menu plan to keep you on track with your weight management goals.

Skinny Deviled Eggs

Skinny Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Skinny Pasta Salad

Red, White & Blue Parfait

Watermelon

Have A Safe and Wonderful Labor Day !!!

 

 

 

 

Skinny Pasta Salad

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cups dry pasta
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 can black olives, drained and sliced
  • 4 oz low-fat cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup fat-free Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp. salad supreme

DIRECTIONS:

Cook pasta according to box directions.  Drain and rinse.  Mix pasta and all other ingredients in a large bowl.  Chill.

NUTRITION INFO:

135 Calories, 3 gm Fat, 20 gm Carb, 7 gm protein per serving

Red, White, and Blue Parfait

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Just in time for the summer holidays, cook-outs, and picnics.  The red, white, and blue parfait is super easy to make and extremely healthy.  The best it is only 3 ingredients.  Moreover, these parfaits look pretty and taste awesome!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Light vanilla yogurt
  • Strawberries, washed and cut
  • Blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

In plastic parfait glasses, layer strawberries and yogurt twice.  Then top with blueberries.  Again, layer strawberries, yogurt, strawberries, yogurt, and top with a layer of blueberries.  Enjoy!!

Skinny Orange Julius

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This is a great summer smoothie!  It’s so refreshing and yummy!!  And only 3 ingredients; well 4, if you count the ice cubes.

WHAT YOU NEED:
2 Cups Tropicana 50 Orange Juice
1 Very Ripe Banana
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Instant Pudding
1o Small Ice Cubes

DIRECTIONS:

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.  Pour into 2 plastic glasses.  Freeze for 15 minutes until slushy.  Stir with a spoon.

NUTRITION INFO:  120 Calories