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BBQ Soy-Lemon Halibut (or Bass, Cod, Swordfish)


Try this “Fish on the Grill” made with teriyaki marinade — perfect for Summer-time!

2 lb. halibut steaks or fillets, 3/4″ to 1″ thick (or striped bass, cod, or swordfish)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Vegetable oil cooking spray

Rinse fish and pat dry, cut into 6 equal pieces if necessary. In a shallow dish, stir together butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, Worcestershire, ginger, garlic, and pepper. Add fish and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, turning occasionally.

Prepare BBQ grill, heating to medium-high (or, a solid bed of hot coals with grill positioned 4 to 6 inches above). Coat grill with cooking spray and place fish on grill; cook with cover closed, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until fish is just opaque but still moist in thickest part (cut to test).

6 Servings – 194 Calories, 32 g protein, 2 g carbs, 6 g fat, 266 mg salt

BBQ Salmon with Maple Glaze

A great “Fish on the Grill” recipe for Hot Weather cooking!  Serve with a simple simple salad to complement the spicy-sweet salmon.

Note – use 2 t regular chili powder if you can’t find ancho chile powder at your supermarket.

1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets w/ skin on
Cooking Spray
1 teaspoon maple syrup

Prepare BBQ grill, heating to medium.  In a bowl, mix first 5 ingredients for the rub.  Sprinkle fish with salt; rub with the paprika mixture.  Coat grill with cooking spray and place fish on grill; grill 7 minutes.  Drizzle fish with syrup; grill 1 minute or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.  Use a spatula to separate fish from its skin after grilling.

4 Servings – 286 Calories, 37 g protein, 3 g carbs, 13 g fat, 670 mg salt

Chicken Fajita Salad

For the Fajitas:
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 skinless chicken breast halves, boned and defatted
4 teaspoons olive oil

For the Salad:
4 cups mixed salad greens
2 cups thinly sliced red onion
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
2 cups thinly sliced red bell peppers
12 tablespoons lo-cal Salad dressing, such as Trader Joe’s Cilantro or Litehouse Lite Salsa Ranch

In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients for the Fajitas.  Cut chicken breast meat into 1-inch strips.  Place strips flat on a plate and season with spice mix.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add olive oil.  Cook chicken in batches, about 3 to 5 minutes to ensure nice browning.  When cooked through, remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  Refrigerate.

Ina a large bowl, combine mixed greens, red onion, tomato wedges, scallions, olives and red bell peppers.  Toss to combine.  Divide salad into equal portions on 4 large plates.  Top each portion with 4 ounces chicken strips and drizzle with 3 tablespoons lo-cal dressing.

4 Servings – 320 Calories, 38 g protein, 23 g carbs, 9 g fat, 466 mg salt

Chicken Enchiladas

Authentic Mexican flavor makes for a great family-style dinner — enjoy!

Skillet Beef Enchiladas
1 large can Las Palmas Enchilada Sauce
1 large onion, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1 large tomato
1 16 oz. can black beans
4 chicken breasts
3 T. Schilling taco seasoning
Sliced olives; sliced jalapeño
Fresh Salsa
1 T. olive oil
10 corn tortillas or 60 calorie whole wheat
1/2 cup white wine
1 head iceberg lettuce
2 T. vinegar
1/2 cup Kraft 2% Colby or Jack cheese
1 pint light sour cream

Boil chicken breasts for about 15 minutes.  Shred and place in a container and cover with taco seasoning and wine — refrigerate for two hours.

Chop onions and tomato and sauté in olive oil.  Drain beans and add to mixture.  Heat and set aside.

Shred head of lettuce, toss with vinegar and pepper.

Heat sauce until warm.

Dip tortilla in sauce and place in 9×11” dish.  Fill tortilla with chicken mixture and roll.  Top with 2 T. sauce.  Repeat.

Sprinkle enchiladas with cheese and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Top each enchilada with lettuce, sour cream and salsa, olives and jalapeños.

Serving size:  1 enchilada = 1 Bread, 1 Vegetable, 2 Protein, 1 Fat

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu

One of my best recipes, and a huge favorite among my clients!

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1/4 cup fat-free less-sodium chicken broth
5 teaspoons butter, melted
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 teaspoon paprika
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 thin slices prosciutto (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup (1 ounce) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place broth in a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave at HIGH 15 seconds or until warm.  Stir in butter and garlic.  Combine breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and paprika in a medium shallow bowl, set aside.
Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap and pound each to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.  Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt, oregano, and pepper.  Top each breast half with 1 slice of prosciutto and 1 tablespoon mozzarella.  Roll up each breast half jelly-roll fashion.  Dip each roll in chicken broth mixture, dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
Place rolls, seam side down, in an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Pour remaining broth mixture over chicken.  Bake at 350 degrees for 28 minutes or until juices run clear and tops are golden.

4 servings (serving size: 1 rolled chicken breast half) — Calories: 297 per serving

50-Calorie Chocolate Protein “Truffles”

These taste too-good-to-be-true!  A good alternative to a pre-workout protein bar.

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1/2 cup golden raisins
3/4 scoop chocolate plant-based protein powder (1 scoop is about 35 grams; I used Vega)
Pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut

Add almonds to a food processor or high-speed blender. Process nuts a few minutes until a creamy almond butter forms.

Add raisins and mix until smooth.

Add in the protein powder and salt; blend until thoroughly combined.

Roll dough into 12 balls (make them smallish), coat each ball with shredded coconut, and place on a plate or pan.

Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Store uneaten balls in an airtight container.

Mini Meat Loaves

 

A tangy Ketchup and Dijon Mustard Glaze helps the meat loaves bake to a golden brown and provides great flavor

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1-1/2 T Dijon mustard
1 pound ground sirloin
3/4 cup finely copped onion
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 t salt
1/2 t dried oregano
1/8 t black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine ketchup and mustard, stirring well with a whisk.  Reserve 1-1/2 tablespoons ketchup mixture.  Combine remaining ketchup mixture, beef and next 6 ingredients (beef through egg) in a large bowl, stirring to combine.

Divide beef mixture into 4 equal portions.  Shape each portion into a 4 x 2-1/2 inch loaf, place loaves on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.

Spread about 2 teaspoons reserved ketchup mixture evenly over each loaf.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.

4 Servings (1 loaf) – 255 Calories, 27 g protein, 15 g carbs, 8 g fat, 944 mg salt

Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Who doesn’t love PIZZA?  This recipe has a great balance of flavors, making it hard to believe that the crust is made with cauliflower, and an entire personal-sized pizza is only 350 calories.

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1 head cauliflower (about 3 lb.), roughly chopped
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-1/2 oz. shredded part-skim mozzarella (about 2/3 cup)
2 large egg whites
1/2 oz. grated parmesan
1/2 cup thinly sliced seeded tomatoes
2/3 cup fresh baby spinach

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a food processor, pulse half of cauliflower 10 to 15 times or until finely chopped (like rice).  Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining cauliflower.  Coat cauliflower with cooking spray.  Bake, stirring once, for 25 minutes.  Let cool.  Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees.

Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 1 tsp. oil; swirl to coat.  Add mushrooms and bell pepper; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

Place cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze until very dry.  In a large boawl, combine cauliflower, remaining 1 tsp. oil, 1/4 cup basil, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, salt, garlic, 2 oz. mozzarella, egg whites and Parmesan.  On a parchment-lined baking sheet, press mixture into two 8-inch circles.  Coat crusts with cooking spray.

Bake crusts until browned, about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven; top evenly with mushroom mixture, tomatoes, spinach, remaining 1/4 cup basil, remaining 1/8 tsp. black pepper and remaining mozzarella.  Bake until cheese melts, about 7 minutes.

2 Servings, 350 Calories per serving. 16 g fat, 11 g fiber, 26 g protein, 658 g sodium

Prawn Tacos with Mango Salsa and Cabbage Slaw

Try these healthy tacos — this recipe will definitely bring rave reviews!

Image1-1/2 lb. frozen medium prawns (precooked)
6 corn tortillas
3 T taco seasoning
1 T olive oil
1/2 c white wine
Cooking Spray
Lime wedges and cilantro (garnish)


Defrost prawns and remove tails. Place in shallow dish with wine and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Marinate for about 1 hour. Drain prawns thoroughly. Sauté in olive oil until just cooked, do not overcook.

Mango Salsa (or, use Trader Joe’s Mango Salsa)
2 ripe mangoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
2 T chopped red bell pepper
2 T chopped cilantro
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Mix all ingredients and set aside.

Cabbage Slaw
1/2 head of white or red cabbage, shredded, or 1/2 bag shredded cabbage
3 T low fat Caesar dressing
1/2 tsp pepper
1 T rice vinegar

Mix all ingredients and set aside.

Tacos (1 or 2 tortillas each)
Lightly coat a pan with cooking spray and cook each tortillas on both sides until toasty warm.
Place 2 T of slaw in tortilla topped with 2 T mango salsa
Add prawns. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro.

6 Servings – Counts as 1 bread, 3 proteins, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat

Protein Pancakes

With a prep time of about 20 minutes and under 300 calories per serving, these light and moist pancakes are topped with juicy peach slices.
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3 eggs, separated
1 Cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/3 C lowfat milk
1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 t sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
Cooking Spray
2 peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
Warm honey (optional)

In a food processor or blender, combine egg yolks and ricotta.  Whirl until blended.  Add milk, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; whirl until mixture is well combined.  In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff, moist peaks form; gently fold in batter.

Preheat a griddle or wide frying pan over medium heat; spray with cooking spray.  Using about 1/4 cup for each pancake, pour batter onto hot griddle.  Cook until tops of pancakes are bubbly and appear dry; turn and cook other sides until browned.

Top pancakes with peach slices; drizzle with honey if desired.  Makes about 1 dozen 4-inch pancakes.

6 Servings:  157 Calories (plus 60 calories with 1 T honey), 9g Protein, 16 g Carb, 6 g Fat, 175 mg Sodium