Sunday, September 16, 2012

"What's Cookin' This Week!" 9/17-9/23

Here's what's going to be cooking in my house this week. I hope you find at least one of these recipes worthy of cooking for yourself or your family. I always try and find kid-friendly recipes because mine are super-picky!! If you ever have any suggestions or low-calorie recipes that you enjoy then please share them with me. You can email me the recipe or post it on my facebook to share with everyone. Enjoy!!!

Monday - Baked or Grilled Chicken w/Rice & Lentil Salad by Eating Well & Lemon Lovers Roasted Asparagus

I will plan on either grilling or baking my chicken breast with a little Mrs. Dash Seasoning (salt free) and serving it with the rice & lentil salad. The salad has about 250 calories per serving so, for myself, I will add a 3-ounce chicken breast to minimize the calories (which will add about 80 calories to the meal). I LOVE roasted veggies!! Roasting always seems to bring out the best flavors in a veggie (plus it's super easy). If you don't like lemon, then you can take it out of this recipe and it will still taste great. When roasting my asparagus I will keep checking for doneness (crisp-tender) by poking it with a fork There's nothing worse than overdone mushy asparagus....yuck!!

Tuesday - Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers by Eating Well w/baked sweet potato and side salad

My sides will be sweet potato and salad. Cooking the potato in the microwave is much quicker than trying to bake it in the oven. I will usually have a 3 to 4 ounce serving size of a sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon (which yields approximately 80 to 100 calories). If you are dressing your salad, then make sure you measure you try and measure it. I like bolthouse farms dressings cause they are all natural and low-calorie.

I will end up using field greens for my salad since this is what I usually buy for my side salads. I love adding salad to my dinners because it gives my family a variety of veggies and makes up for what they don't get throughout the day. As for the bacon, I always get Hormel's Natural Selection Bacon because it's nitrate free. 

I will use LaTortilla Factory High-Fiber Low Carb Tortilla to save some calories. I have made the cucumber, mango, black bean salad before and it is really tasty. I don't like spicy food so I leave out the jalapeno.

Even though I am a meat eater, I don't miss it in this recipe. It's because of this recipe that I now prefer to have meatless chili!

This meal is great if you don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner. I will use a pinch of ginger powder instead of peeled fresh ginger to save time and money. The brown rice will be plain but you could always cook it with chicken broth in place of water to add a little more flavor.

I have used this recipe several times and have replaced it with lean stew beef (already cubed) and also venison. The mixture of the seasonings with with the broth and wine make it really flavorful (and the house smells great when its cooking). This recipe takes about 2 to 3 hours to make (mostly simmering time) so make sure you plan to make it on a day where you will be lounging or puttering around the house. 

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

"What's Cookin' This Week!" 9/10-9/16

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. As you can see, I have been trying to spice up my blog a bit (visually). I am far from a graphic designer but at least it is a little more personalized:)

I have been getting a pretty good response from my dinner recipes so I wanted to make it a point to get back into it asap! Instead of just calling it "my dinner recipes" I am going to change it up to "What's Cookin' This Week!" (hopefully you don't think its too cheesy). If this is your first time visiting my recipe links then I have to let you know that I only pick from low calorie resources so you don't over do it with too many calories. Just make sure you pay attention to portion sizes. Enjoy!!

Monday - Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts from Health Magazine (with a side salad)
My family doesn't care for leeks so I will probably omit them. The reviews I've read from other people who have made this have used an onion in place of the leek and it turned out fine. You may also choose to use fresh spinach instead of frozen.

Tuesday - Turkey, Apple and Swiss Melt by Cooking Light (with raw veggies and light ranch on side)
The bread in this recipe can make it or break it! Try and choose a lower calorie bread (around 50 to 70 calories per slice). Some breads can be as much as 120 calories per slice....ouch!!

Wednesday - Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers by Cooking Light (over brown rice)
Even though the recipe says to brown the chicken in olive oil, I will probably use cooking spray to slightly reduce the calories. I will also use dried rosemary instead of fresh. Dried herbs are more convenient and cheaper (you just have to reduce the amount used in place of fresh).

Thursday - Pork Chops with Dijon Herb Sauce by; with Parmesan Zucchini Sticks
I'm not going to make the sauce that is included with the zucchini sticks. Its too much work and I love roasted zucchini by itself. The recipe also calls for egg substitute but I will use egg whites instead (egg substitute is just egg whites with coloring).

Friday - Chicken and Bean Burritos by Cooking Light (with a side salad)
I will end up using LaTortilla's high fIber, low carb tortilla due to its low calorie content (and high fiber...which is always beneficial). I will also opt for salsa instead of pico.

Saturday - Lasagna Roll-ups by Dashing Dish (with a side salad)
I have made this dish before and it really is a great way to control portion sizes and calories.

Sunday -   Mixed Salad with Hoisin Vinaigrette and Crisp Panko Chicken by Cooking Light 
One of my good friends sent me this recipe. It looks super easy and tasty! If the hoisin vinaigrette doesn't sound good, then you could use any light dressing that you enjoy.

**If you need help or guidance with developing a personalized exercise or weight loss regimen then please feel free to contact me at info@centralfloridapersonaltrainers or call (386) 295-3926.  I offer one-on-one personal training services with several personal training package options that can be tailored to your specific goals and needs.