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We ran out of tuna. I remembered I bought some "crab" so this is what I made. It's usually how I make it. You can add celery and/or onion if you like yours crunchy-which I do not.
One of those potluck things that smell AMAZING even before you add the cheese.
Had eggplant. Wanted to try to recreate kind of a sesame chicken but with eggplant. This is what came of it, and it's MIGHTY tasty. The sesame paste and almond butter is to add protein. Under 500 calories per serving
Those packets of taco seasoning ARE convenient, but they're so high in sodium, plus they normally contain MSG. I figured out a way to make ground meat taste awesome for tacos without those additives.
I didn't feel like making a crust, but I LIKE a crust. This is what transpired.
Also, why isn't "breakfast for dinner" a course option? ;)
Not really low low calories, but high nutrition as far as pizza goes!!! Healthier than any big chain take out. Make sure you have the energy before you start this!
You can adjust to use non-organic ingredients. I won't be mad at you. ;)
Does not use any canned cream soups or milk. The only thing dairy-ish is the Smart Balance.
My son asked..."Can I have some tomatoes wit' 'da' hummus?" SCORE.
Just something I whipped up to go with those awesome eggless turkey meatballs.
Made this to go with my bean fritters
This is one of those "Gosh, we're broke. What can we make out of what we've got that the kids will actually eat?" Voila! Serve with fancy sauce/Russian dressing, and it's a meal.
Mind you, each serving probably contains about 1 tbsp of oil, but you will need more like 4 cups total in order to deep fry. You can bake them instead if you want to, and eliminate the oil altogether. I imagine they'd be almost as tasty. They're really filling, either way.
It's not super low calorie, but it is lower in fat than a lot of cakes. It uses no oil, other than the nonstick cooking spray.
My kids' father was asking for a cake like this, and I could not find any recipe that was like what he was describing. I came up with this after reading a few cake recipes to get an idea of how to make a good cake.
Going to the authentic Indian restaurant and trying this dish for the first time, I did not taste any tomatoes in it, but I tasted a lot of sweet and savory spices. This came really close to it. Hooray for tastebuds!
Garlic so nice, you gotta say it twice. We're using it as a hot day meal. Uses toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil.
Threw this together. Kids loved it. YAY!
Don't let all the ingredients overwhelm you. It's really easier to make than it looks. The flavor is really reminiscent of Chinese lemon chicken, without the breading and frying. Not the lowest calorie meal, but considerably lower than take out, and quite satisfying.
This is a slightly healthier version of the original, using non-fat plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, and whole wheat egg noodles
So...good. You will need an immersion blender or at least a regular blender to make this soup!
In trying to stretch ingredients to feed five kids, I made these things using my knowledge of baking. Turned out fluffier than I expected, but the kids loved them. They have started liking raisins because of these biscuits.
The trick is the seasoning. SO good!!!
BWUAAHAHAHAHA! I TRICKED MY KIDS INTO ENJOYING YELLOW SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI!!! BWUAHAHAHA!
You will need a good blender, but even better is an emersion blender.
Homemade is always better for you than chain restaurant pizza.
This is something you want to cook ahead of time.
This is a little bit like my split pea with smoked turkey soup, except there are no pieces of meat in it. The broth is partially flavored from boiling skin from smoked turkey.
My mother and some friends of hers get together at least once a month to play Scrabble, drink tea, eat, and laugh. Sue is usually delegated to bring the salad, so I'm told. Well, when mom held the gathering here, Sue brought THIS salad, and it...is...sooooo...good.
It's kind of high calorie, but it's a filling dinner, and better for you than any box mix dinner, I think.
The bag of veggies says that 2/3 cup is a serving-but in order to make this a full meal, I found that 1.5 cups is just fine-and filling, especially with the egg and the rice.
Tired of fried fish, and wanting to have a nice, flavorful baked fish for dinner, I decided to use what I had on hand to make this.
I used my homemade vegetable broth for this, and nearly the same recipe I use for my homemade biscuits.
Good on fish or falafel. I've tried both. :)
Use them for pasta, have them in a sub, add a sweet and sour sauce-whatever. Enjoy!
I used my own vegetable broth recipe for this one, which you can find by clicking on my sn.
A perfect way to recycle scraps!
tastier than any fast food fries
I am not a fan of stuffed cabbage. I could sincerely take it or leave it. However, my mother loves it. We happened to have a cabbage that needed to be cooked. I was not sure what to do with the Gimme Lean, so-voila.
I made some amazing vegetable broth using old onions and onion skins, baked sweet potatoes that were not rancid but shriveled up from being shoved in the back of the fridge, some bell pepper caps, some cauliflower leaves and stems, and celery-and just a little bit of salt. This seemed like the perfect thing to make with that broth.
Had some coconut milk that I had to use somehow, since it wasn't "doing it" for the kids as a milk replacement. Hm. Curried something! WIN!
It's not authentic Indian food, but it has the flavors one would associate with Indian cuisine.
This is a "we have this stuff that should be used/cooked before it turns disgusting" recipe. Smells AWESOME.
Made this as an alternative to pb because I have a new nutribullet that I wanted to test drive.
My sister gave me the idea for this chicken when describing the dinner she was making for her and her husband. It smells AMAZING as it is cooking. Companies that make aerosol air fresheners need to market the smells this chicken makes! Hahaha!
This is an AMAZING Sunday brunch! Please excuse my sink in the background. If you can take a prettier picture, by ALL means, feel free!
Got my daughter to eat spinach! haHA!!!
JUST because it is "crockpot" doesn't mean it doesn't have the same steps as a throw-it-in-the-oven lasagna, which you very well could do. I only did the crockpot because at the time when I made this, I did not have a sufficient pan to make a big lasagna.
Necessity is the mother of invention....or it makes inventors out of mothers...or whatever.
In an attempt to make healthier choices this year, after reading the ingredients in the pre-made dips in the grocery store, I decided to try my hand at making a dip for our veggies. OH my gee. This is SO good, and at 16 calories per 2 tablespoons as opposed to 120 per two tablespoons of the store stuff? How can you go wrong!
Every Christmas, we drag out my mother's old, food-stained Better Homes & Gardens cookbook for its recipe for Rolled Ginger Bread cookies. This year, in attempt to do better for my family and I, I changed things up a little bit. They smell (and taste) AMAZING.
This is one side dish that has been requested fairly often. It's more flavorful, I think, than any boxed version of yellow rice.
This was such a hit with my family, I was asked to make it twice in one week.
Out of Italian dressing, I threw this together in an empty glass salad dressing bottle
After a day of feasting for my birthday, I wanted to aim for a vegetarian type dinner. My kids are fans of falafel so I figured this would be a nifty way to introduce them to more beans. The nugget shape is also great for dipping-and you can dip it in whatever you'd dip chicken nuggets in.
My former sister-in-law shared this idea with me a few years ago, and I absolutely love the flavors that it presents. Great for a low cal lunch or as a side dish. Serves 8.
Whereas they are still white potatoes, and they still have oil and salt, you will not find a healthier fry in any big chain restaurant.
It's only "Christmas" because of the pretty green cilantro and bright red bell peppers. Really simple to make, and good for any time of year. Good on a bed of dark, leafy lettuce or on whole grain bread as a sandwich, or at a party, served with good crackers.
Boxes of the Goya yellow rice, though delicious, has far too much sodium. This is only slightly better, but it has all the flavors. You can do your own yellow rice by using the Goya Sazon with saffron packets instead of the ones I have listed here.
I didn't want to fry fish, and one gets tired of herb baked. Soup. Soup is good! My picky kids that are not huge fans of fish asked for seconds, so super win. Or..."soup"er win, rather. Take Lactaid if you are lactose intolerant though.
I LOVE pickles but because of a tendency to really, REALLY retain water, I've been resorting to vinegar with cucumbers. A friend of mine gave me a suggestion. I reduced the salt by about 75% and increased the vinegar, and it REALLY does the trick.
This is perfect if you LOVE cilantro. You can, instead of using the little bit of dry cilantro, go ahead and use a full 1/4 cup of raw cilantro, rinsed and chopped. I just didn't HAVE enough raw when I made the soup.
My daughter says it tastes like a black bean burrito with lots of tomatoes. The hominy adds a nice flavor, likened to a corn tortilla.
I discovered this totally by accident. SUPER easy and even my picky kids love it.
The cuisine says "Asian" but I don't know any Asians that have made this. It just has an Asian-y taste to it because of the ginger and toasted sesame oil.
A take on the classic southern American(as opposed to SOUTH American) sausage gravy...
Pollo asado JUST means "seasoned chicken" in Spanish. If you do this with a three pound bag of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, you can freeze it in single portions, use it over a salad, throw it in a casserole, or do what we did-make chicken burritos on low carb multigrain tortillas.
In my attempt to sneak vegetables into what I cook for my kids, because they are picky and claim not to like them, I accidentally discovered the following...
This is a family favorite during the warm spring and hot summer months. We make it at least once a month. Of course, the kids pick out the olives-but...what are ya gonna do?
This was really a pot-luck thing. I didn't know what I was going to make for dinner, and I had to cook SOMETHING. I thought of what seasonings go together, tossed the pork chops in the seasonings, threw on the applesauce and balsamic vinegar, and popped it in the oven.
I use these same exact things to make my deviled eggs-except I don't chop the egg whites.
All the taste of a chicken fajita without the tortillas-which are purely optional.
In a mad rush to make dinner between shopping periods, and not really feeling like looking up a recipe, I went from memory of other biscuit recipes I've tried. These turned out AWESOME
I had some smoked turkey legs in the freezer as I anticipated making greens for Christmas. I didn't. So, rather than let the drums go to waste, I got some beans and threw together some rainy-day soup.
Not the most nutritious thing ever, but I needed to enter this recipe because I make it from time to time. The oatmeal is still better than bread crumbs.
I have made black bean "burgers" before, but I wanted something a little different. BEPs have a really nice flavor if seasoned correctly. It is a bit labor intensive, but I feel that it is well worth it.
I found a recipe for yellow cake from scratch that required real butter, whole milk, real sugar...Whereas when I made it, I did use real sugar, but Splenda(or something splenda like) cuts calories immensely! And Smart balance really does cook like real butter.
This is a nice alternative to beef meat loaf.
I had some thawed chicken breasts in the fridge, and we were tired of the same old/same old baked or grilled chicken. I felt like curry, and the other grown ups weren't opposed. So, I took what I knew tasted good together, threw them into a really big pot, and hoped for the best. YAY! for me! It turned out really good.
Cold and rainy day? Warm up the potato corn chowder way!
The recipe that speaks for itself
This is a nice twist on a not-too-fishy fish.
This is a nice alternative to the traditional split pea with ham soup.