MiddleSister shares some of her favorite diet friendly meals with us. I can’t believe my child doesn’t like tomatoes.
I have found myself saying lately things like, “everyday can’t be a food party” and “sometimes it just has to be plain and simple.” Clearly, I am dieting. I have been following various recipes in low calorie and low fat cookbooks. Unfortunately, I do not like fruit, especially tomatoes. Almost every recipe has fruit and/or tomatoes. So, I have taken their recipes as inspirations to make my own. A few of these follow and you can expect more the longer I am dieting.
Turkey Cordon Bleu (serves 4)
I love Chicken Cordon Bleu, but it’s pretty scary in calories and fat. This recipe is just as tasty and served with your favorite Cordon Bleu sides, just as scrumptious. I cooked it all up and ate for four meals. No one else in my house eats what I do. Be careful not to overcook as it becomes too tough and rubbery. I overcook meat all the time because I like it all well done.
- 4 turkey breast cutlets
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- 4 slices deli ham (I prefer honey baked)
- bread crumbs to coat (I used panko)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- non-fat cooking spray/olive oil to make the breadcrumbs stick
- ¼ cup white wine (whatever you have laying around)
- ¼ cup vegetable or chicken broth
Flatten out the cutlets and then layer them with the cheese and ham (1 each). Mix together bread crumbs and thyme. Roll it all up and hold it together with a toothpick. Spray the outside of the turkey with enough spray to hold on the bread crumbs. Coat with a light layer of the bread crumbs and place in a sauté pan and cook until browned (about 8 minutes). Add the wine and broth and bring to boil and the sauce thickens a little. I guess about 5 more minutes. I served this over some spinach and leftovers over with green salad. For a heartier meal, you could serve with potatoes or double up on the portion size.
Sausage and Peppers (serves 4)
I was cooking for the family, Tumbleweed Contessa included, but I needed to stay within my low calorie guidelines. This recipe was really tasty and I think you could pair it with various different sides. I paired it with polenta cakes grilled indoors for coloring and warming, but mashed potatoes or rice would go well, too. Or, you could just serve it with a crusty French or Italian bread and butter.
- 4-6 Seasoned Sausages (chicken or turkey are lower calorie) I like the Italian ones. Emeril Lagasse has some great flavors.
- 2 bell peppers (the more color the better the flavor) cut in thin strips
- 1 large jalapeno, diced
- 1 onion (white, but red could be good too), slivered
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 jar of marinara sauce (I never knew there were so many flavors)
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, minced
Slice up the peppers and onions into thin strips. Cut the sausage into 1 inch slices. Spray a sauté pan with the non-fat spray and add the onion and peppers until they are slightly softened. Add the sausages and Italian seasoning and simmer until the sausages are browned. Add the marinara sauce, water and parsley until it’s all heated through. To serve I bought a tube of polenta. Sliced 1/4 inch and grilled on the grill pan. I think you could add more or less sauce depending on how the side will soak it up.
For dessert, I made sugar free chocolate mousse and put them into chocolate shells. It was just enough chocolate.
Jamaican Hamburger Salad (serves 6)
What did she say? I was bored and really wanted a cheeseburger. There are not enough calories in a day for a really good cheeseburger, so, I got creative.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon Lodo Red Adobo (Savory Spice Shop)
- 1 tablespoon Jamaican Allspice (Savory Spice Shop)
- 2 tablespoons combined minced ginger and garlic
- ¼ cup chopped white onion
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Bag of Salad (divided into 6)
- ½ bunch of cilantro (divided into 6)
- 6 Kalamata Olives (each plate)
Mix up the beef, cumin, coriander, adobo, allspice, ginger and garlic, and onion. Shape into 4-6 patties. Grill to your preferred doneness. Meanwhile, plate the lettuce and top with cilantro and arrange the olives around the side. Top with your burger and there you have it. Of course, my husband ate his on a bun and ate some French fries.
So, everyday does not need to be a food party, but it does not have to be plain and simple either. With a little creativity, you can make the simple slightly extraordinary.