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Asparagus Saute

I had asparagus that I needed to cook up but I didn't want to use my old stand by recipe. So, I ramped it up a bit and I really enjoyed the result. It is high in fiber, loaded with vitamins, minerals & heart healthy fat.

Substitute a different green veggie if you wish and/or you can use pignoli nuts instead of almond slivers. I didn't add salt because I felt the vegetable broth & dried tomatoes provided enough.

I served this as a side dish but I found that it also tastes great either as a topping for a baked potato, mixed in with brown rice, or even thrown into a salad to jazz it up a bit.

If you add some diced chicken breast to the pan it creates a great one dish meal.

Veggie Hummus Stuffed Pita Pockets

Easy & simple throw together vegetarian lunch or light dinner. I like the Joseph's brand of middle eastern products. They are lower in cals, fat, & sodium than their competitors and I find them to be very tasty. This throw together recipe creates a very nice sized sandwich. It is very filling and is packed with fiber, vitamins, & minerals that we need. You may decide that you only want to use a 1/2 cup of spinach to make the sandwich more manageable. I like all the nutrients 1 cup of spinach gives me and, after I squeeze the water out, the bulkiness of the spinach is greatly reduced.

You can easily split this with someone, cutting your nutritional info in half. Add some fresh cut fruit for dessert and you have a wonderfully satisfying and nutrtionally rich meal.

I forgot to take a picture so you can see the layering and how appetizing it is. I will upload it in a couple of days when I make another one.

Onion Soup with Lentils, Sausage, & Escarole

It's been a very chilly summer in New England and I have been craving onion soup to kill that chill. BUT, I wanted to avoid all the fat (cheese), bread, & excessive sodium that invariably comes with a good onion soup. Since I was going to cut out the best part (IMHO) of the onion soup, I really wanted a soup that had some body to it but would be low in calories and add much needed fiber, vitamins & minerals. This soup turned out very hearty and fully satisfied my craving. Although the sodium content isn't as low as I wanted it to be, I had to use up the box of beef broth that had been sitting in my cupboard. Next time I will look for a lower sodium broth. For those of you that aren't watching your sodium intake, you may find that you need to add more salt to the dish.

If measuring out all the seasonings is too much of a bother, you can use 1 tsp of Herbs du Provence. I misplaced my bottle so I used the other herbs in it's place (excluding rosemary because it isn't one of my favs).

This can easily be made into a vegetarian dish by substituting vegetable broth for the beef broth, two Morningstar Farms sausage links (or any other vegetarian "sausage" you prefer) for the turkey sausage.

For those of you that miss the cheese, try sprinkling on one or two tablespoons of grated parmesan. Just don't forget to include it in your daily nutrition calculations.

FYI, I couldn't find nutrtional info for Escarole. Since it is considered to be part of the endive family, I substituted endive when I calculated the nutritional values.

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Saffron Rice with black beans and vegetables

This is a lower sodium, low fat, and generally "diet friendly" version of Spanish rice and beans dish. The chicken broth replaces the oil normally used. The broth, along with the veggies, beans, & salsa, helps maintain moisture and really adds to the overall flavor. This dish is also packed with essential vitamins and minerals! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Spinach and Potato Frittata for one (stove top)

This is a no bake stove top version that is quick and easy to make. I guess you could say this is more like an open faced omelet, which is what a frittata is more or less. Although the sodium content may be a little high for some (it is not any worse than a Lean Cuisine), it is a complete and very filling meal for one person that is loaded with much needed vitamins and minerals.

Sweet and Sour Zucchini and Apple

This is a healthier twist to the traditional German recipe for cabbage and apples. Make sure you use a sweet apple and core it, but don't peel it because it will lose it's shape and you will lose nutrients.

Note: I am restricting my sodium intake so I haven't added salt to this recipe. If/when you add salt, another item (chopped carrots also makes it tasty), swap out, or adjust an ingredient, don't forget to adjust the nutritional info. As it stands now, this will help fill you up but is low in calories, fat, and sodium. :)

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I LOVE to cook. I LOVE to eat what I cook. Therein lies the problem! My goal is to create healthier recipes for myself along with relearning PORTION CONTROL!!