Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: Lots of ingredients, but delicious!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boneless and skinless, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, Crimini or button or combo, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon garlic, bottled minced
2 peppers, bell, red, yellow, or green, seeded and chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
6 green onions , chopped
1 can water chestnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger powder or minced ginger
1/3 cup Hoisin sauce
12 lettuce leaves (Ice Berg or Red Leaf), or leafy green
1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar, rice, seasoned
1 teaspoon sesame oil, dark
1 teaspoon sugar

Preparation: For sauce: mix rice vinegar, one tablespoon of Hoisin sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Set aside for serving. Wash the lettuce and remove the core. Remove 6 leaves, cut each in half and arrange on a platter. Place a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and then chicken. Cook chicken for a minute or two on each side, and then add carrots and peppers. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes until soft. Add mushrooms. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add water chestnuts, minced garlic and 1/3 cup Hoisin sauce. Stir and cook for a minute or two to combine flavors. Remove from heat and spoon into a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped green onions. Serve with the lettuce leaves and sauce.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 260 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 26 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, 720 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 6

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Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

Comments: A favorite dish of ours. We double the recipe and make sandwiches the next day with the leftovers. If you are watching sodium intake, Barilla makes a little healthier marinara than most of the pre made jars. Skip the egg and bread crumbs for even lower carbs and calories.

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, already prepared, jar or deli
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cut into 6 pieces
1 egg, large
1/3 cup bread crumbs, Italian herb flavored
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
3/4 cup cheese, mozzarella, low moisture and part skim milk, grated
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour half of the marinara sauce in the bottom of a lasagna or large baking dish and spread evenly. Spread the bread crumbs out on a plate. Beat egg in a bowl for dipping the chicken. Pound the chicken to 1/4 inch thickness. Dip the chicken into egg and then bread crumbs, lightly coating both sides. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken in a single layer. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Remove chicken from skillet and place in baking dish on top of marinara sauce. Put one large spoonful of marinara sauce over each piece of chicken. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through.

Nutrition: Per Serving: 470 calories,21 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 49 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 950 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 7

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Brussels Sprouts w/ Canadian Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Canadian Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Canadian Bacon

This makes a hearty side dish at only 90 calories, or double the serving and make it a main course.

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: This recipe adds so much flavor to Brussels sprouts.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1/2 onion, large, chopped
2 ounces Canadian bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, bottled minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil, dark
1 tablespoon soy sauce, low sodium

Preparation: Place olive oil in a large skillet and place pan over medium to medium high heat. Add onions and a dash of salt, stir and cook for about a minute. Add Brussels sprouts and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes until tender.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 90 calories, 3 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat , 6 g protein, 11 g carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, 220 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 2

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Lentil and Ham Soup

Lentil Soup with Ham

Lentil Soup with Ham

This soup is easy and delicious. It’s a light tasting soup that even kids will enjoy. Lentils are full of fiber and protein. You can make it vegetarian by omitting the ham.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

8 ounces lentils, dry
5 cups vegetable broth, reduced sodium
2 carrot(s), peeled and diced
1/2 onion(s), medium, diced
4 ounce(s) ham, diced
2 cups water
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
green onions, chopped as garnish if desired
Preparation

Place a soup pot over medium high heat. Pour 2 cups of water and the broth into the pan. Rinse the lentils in a colander and add to the pan. Add remaining ingredients except for optional green onions (garnish). Bring soup to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 30 to 40 minutes until the lentils are tender. Garnish with green onions or parsley if desired.
Nutrition

Per Serving About : 270 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 20 g protein, 43 g carbohydrates, 15 g dietary fiber, 510 mg sodium; WW Points Plus Value 6

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Marinated Cheese Cubes

Marinated Cheese Cubes
Great Snack or appetizer. Try various low fat cheeses and other fresh herbs you have on hand, such as dill, basil, thyme, oregano and parsley will work very well too. Service with celery sticks or sliced cucumbers or some whole grain, low fat crackers.

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons basil, fresh, snipped
1/8 teaspoon thyme, dried
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lemon(s), juice
1 teaspoon cracked peppercorn, mixed
8 ounces cheese, low fat mozzarella, or other cheese; cubed

Preparation: Toss all ingredients together. If possible, marinate for 30 minutes.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 120 calories, 9 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 7 g protein, 0 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 150 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 3

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Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes
One of my husband’s favorites. A little splurge without a lot of guilt!

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

1/2 pound crabmeat, lump
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg, large
2 tablespoons mayonnaise, light or reduced fat
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, low sodium
1/4 teaspoon pepper, black, ground
1 tablespoon butter, light
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup mayonnaise, light or reduced fat
2 tablespoons chili sauce (bottled)
1 green onion , chopped
6 cups lettuce, mixed greens

Preparation: Place mayonnaise, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper is a medium bowl and mix well. Add egg and mix well. Add bread crumbs and stir. Gently fold in crab meat. Divide into 6 portions and form patties (or divide into 12 for smaller cakes). Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter and olive oil and heat. Place crab cakes in skillet (do not crowd the skillet, cook in batches if necessary). Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes per side until golden brown. Serve over spinach or mixed greens with dressing on top. For the Dressing: Mix one third cup of low fat mayonnaise with chili sauce and chopped green onion. Drizzle on top of crab cakes.

Nutrition: Per Serving (1 medium or 2 small cakes) About:180 calories, 12 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 10 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 540 mg sodium; WW Points plus value 5

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Pomegranate Champagne Recipe

Pomegranite champagne

Pomegranite champagne

This recipe and photo are from a friend of mine, Betsey Reid (photographer). It is a great cocktail for the holidays or anytime!

Serves: 6 glasses
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy

Comments: This is a simple and delicious adult beverage for the holidays or any occasion.

Ingredients
750 ML champagne, chilled
12 ounces pomegranate juice, chilled
1/2 cup pomegranate, seeds only

Preparation: Divide ingredients among 6 champagne flutes and serve cold.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 140 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 10 mg sodium; WW Points Plus Value 4

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