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MOMMYTORRES Posts: 4
6/4/19 12:54 A

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Lemon pepper tilapia & spinach?
Instead of oil in my pan, I use water and lemon juice. This actually helps speed the cooking and add more flavor! I sprinkle Mrs Dash lemon pepper seasoning on top of the fish fillet. When I flip the fish, I add fresh spinach (broken up by hand) on top and then use 1-2 lemon wedges per piece of fish and squeeze most of the juice on top of everything and cover.

Both fish and spinach are done in under 10 minutes with very little prep.

I am usually only cooking my meals for myself though, so I use just 1 frying pan.

Chicken tacos? Ground chicken breast fried like ground beef and seasoned (no salt or oil for me right now) turned into chicken tacos using lettuce to wrap the meat in with diced tomatoes and onions are also really easy and great too! I use 0 calorie cayenne hot sauce with no added sugar and if I want it spicier, I sprinkle cayenne pepper powder onto the meat with other seasonings. Taco salad would be the same prep, only I'd put the taco flavored ground chicken on top of a bed of spinach, topped with diced tomatoes and onions.

Chicken & noodle soup
Using the ground chicken breast, I fry it until finished (8 minutes or so) then add the chicken to 1½c no salt added chicken stock, celery flakes, onion flakes (the flakes quickly absorb the stock making this very fast!) and ½ a package of 0-10 calorie shirataki noodles that I've cut into smaller pieces (they have spaghetti or angel hair noodles at my store). Season to taste.

Spaghetti
1 large tomato diced, ¼c diced onion, 1-3 cloves of garlic to taste, Mrs Dash Italian Seasoning and perhaps 1oz of water to get things going. Add shirataki noodles to the pan after the ingredients have begun to look more like a pasta topping. 5 minutes later and everything goes into a bowl! I like to sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes! You can also add pre-cooked ground chicken or beef to the pan.

Each meal above is below 210-300 calories. I tend to also eat a naval orange or a few strawberries immediately following if I want something sweet. 😊

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5/9/19 12:09 P

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what flavors do you like for desserts? tofu chocolate mousse with raspberries, lemon mascarpone mousse with berries, even fruit with a drizzle of nutella can hit the spot!

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5/8/19 8:53 A

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So much good ideas for dinner. Thanks to everybody for your receipts! I already want to try to cook everything. Maybe any healthy recipes of desserts?

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5/8/19 8:53 A

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So much good ideas for dinner. Thanks to everybody for your receipts! I already want to try to cook everything. Maybe any healthy recipes of desserts?

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5/7/19 11:18 P

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Here is my menu for the week

Mon- steak, ceasar salad, and baked potatoes for the kids
Tues- left over steak and eggs
Wed/Thur - Wild rice, pork tenderloin (already seasoned), and asparagus
Friday - tuna helper

These are all pretty low calorie!!! And family friendly. 😊





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5/6/19 2:19 P

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I enjoy anything I can make in one pot. Recently, I made turkey stroganoff, egg roll in a bowl (both on SP recipes), and I really enjoy bagged chopped salads with canned chicken breast for a quick meal. I also make chicken and noodles. It's just something I throw together.

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4/29/19 7:57 P

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I love your meal planning! I wish I could come up with a menu but feel so overwhelmed by it. I may steal this lol



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4/23/19 10:33 A

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another really easy one- roast/saute veggies of choice. toss into pasta or salad, put in a sandwich/wrap/quesadilla/taco with accouterments of choice (eg cheese, salsa, guac, dressing). simple and delicious. tonight i'm doing sauteed mushrooms with rosemary & garlic over a slice of sourdough with some havarti melted on top.

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4/23/19 10:26 A

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I have a one pot chicken recipe that my family loves.

Put a tablespoon of Canola Oil in a fry pan. Lightly brown two to four Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts. When done browning remove the breasts from the pan and set aside. Dice one medium onion and add it to the hot oil. Cook until translucent. Add one box of chicken flavored rice or Rice Pilaf with the seasoning packet. Add two cups of water or chicken broth to the rice. Cover the pan and cook on medium heat until water or broth is absorbed. I usually add one cup of frozen peas five minutes before the end of cooking. Serve with a side salad.

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10/15/18 1:56 P

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DH is out of town right now, so I'm all about the simple dinners!

A lot of mine start with grilled chicken. I buy a family-size pack of boneless/skinless chicken breasts, and grill them all at once, then keep them in the fridge for the week.

This week:

Saturday: grilled chicken sandwiches for the kids, Upside Down chicken taco salad (a few tortilla chips, diced grilled chicken, low-fat sharp cheddar, cook in oven to melt cheese, then top with lots of lettuce, diced tomato, and low-fat sour cream or avocado (if I have one around, I didn't on Saturday)

Sunday: chicken parmesan (warm grilled chicken slightly in microwave, top with sauce and a little mozzerella, heat in 350F oven while noodles cook), regular spaghetti for the kids, butternut squash noodles for me (microwave steam for 2-3 minutes until tender), spaghetti sauce, baked apple slices (kind of like apple crisp, but without the topping) topped with a little vanilla ice cream. We always have ice cream on Sundays.

Monday (today): chicken vegetable soup (chicken stock, frozen mixed veggies, diced grilled chicken), whole wheat biscuits, low-fat sharp cheddar, and fresh fruit

Tuesday: Egg noodles, stroganoff (ground beef, already cooked/rinsed/drained and frozen, mushrooms, and a sauce based on cashew milk and beef broth - thickens like flour/cream, better fats), steamed broccoli, fresh fruit

Wednesday: tomato soup, grilled cheese (for the kids - I make a toasted cheese with whole grain sandwich thins for me), fresh fruit

Thursday: Leftover night

Friday: homemade pizza (I recently learned how to make a much lower-carb and lower-calorie pizza using Aldi flatbreads as the crust - really tasty!)

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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10/4/18 6:20 P

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Thanks for all the good ideas! I am keeping this thread!

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HTAMALE's Photo HTAMALE Posts: 144
7/18/18 8:45 A

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In the summer we eat a lot of salads. I mean like taco salad, tossed salad topped with either chicken, tuna or salmon. Sometimes I top the salad with thin sliced steak. As long as I add protein the salad is satisfying. I top lettuce with every vegetable from the garden. I love adding roasted or boiled beets and avocado. Yum, can't wait for tonight's dinner.
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7/5/18 3:48 A

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Boneless chicken breasts on the stove. I spray the pan with Pam and saute the chicken over medium heat for 8 or 9 minutes, and turn over for another 8 or 9 minutes. I like to season the chicken with at least a little salt and pepper, but also like other spices or marinades. You can also top with salsa and cheese, or marinara sauce and some mozzarella or provolone. Serve with salad, veggies, and maybe a baked potato or pasta. Cook several and you have more meals.

You can also make a simple soup. Start with a protein. Ground turkey 93% lean is on of my favorites. Brown it and add either a can of low or no sodium crushed tomatoes or chicken broth. Add water if needed. Add veggies that you like. I often use a bag of frozen mixed veggies. Don't overlook beans as well as some rice or quinoa. And add seasonings. I usually add parsley, turmeric, oregano, and whatever might hit me that day. Start with a small amount, let it simmer and then taste it. Adjust your seasoning if needed.

Extras freeze well for another meal.
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7/3/18 6:09 P

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I sauté various vegetables, ( pea pods , carrots , scallions,red pepper ,cabbage ,squash,kale, or any vegetables you like add cashews then when done add cooked Chinese noodles & mix in with noodles ,add Mirim & sesame oil a splash of low sodium soy sauce . if you do not want the noodles add cooked rice
Judy ( This is very filling You can always have your vegetables chopped the day before)

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4/30/18 7:02 A

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Lentils and rice are easy to assemble. 1 cup lentils; 1 cup rice (brown or white).

6 cups water
Veggies to your taste: onions, carrots, green beans etc.

Bring to a boil; put on lid; lower heat to simmer.
Check the bags on the lentils or rice to see the cooking time. You use the longer cooking time.

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1/16/18 8:31 A

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Search for some one-pan meals! I like things like one pan fajitas or honey balsamic chicken and veggies. If you find a brand of prepared refried beans you like, it's really quick to make burritos, tacos, or burrito bowls with a few simple add-ons like onions, bell pepper, avocado, and salsa. Thai curries are pretty quick to make if you use a prepared paste and coconut milk.

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1/12/18 8:55 A

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I’m looking for dinner ideas that are fairly simple. Anyone have ideas to share?

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