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Slimmed Down Six Layer Dip

Picture of Slim Six-Layer Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste or your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 ripe avocados, preferably Hass
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt, preferably Greek
  • 2 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes, diced

Directions

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, beans and chili paste and heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the beans. Remove from the heat, add 2 tablespoons water and mash until somewhat smooth. Spread in a 2-quart glass casserole dish.

Scatter the cheese over the beans. Halve and pit the avocados; scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash with 1 teaspoon salt and the lemon juice. Spread the avocado over the cheese.

Reserve some scallions, cilantro and jalapeno for garnish. Pulse the yogurt with the remaining scallions, cilantro and jalapeno in a blender or food processor. Spread over the avocado. Top with the lettuce. Season the tomatoes with another teaspoon salt and scatter over the lettuce. Top with the reserved scallions, cilantro and jalapeno.

Per serving: Calories 290; Fat 15 (Saturated 5); Cholesterol 18 mg; Sodium 702 mg; Carbohydrate 25 g; Fiber 10 g; Protein 18 g

English Muffin Panini

Cheesy Pizza Panini

  • 1 Whole Wheat English Muffin or Sandwich Thin
  • 1 tbsp pizza sauce (you could use tomato paste, just be sure to sprinkle with salt and spices)
  • 1 Mini Babybel Light
  • Your fav pizza topics, optional of course (pepperoni, baby spinach, diced peppers)

If you like a crunchier muffin, pre-toast. I tend to like mine soft so I kept it raw.

Smear the sauce on the muffin, top with any toping and then place the cheese in the center.

Press in the George Foreman or a panini press, about 4 minutes

 

185 Calories per serving (whole sandwich)

 

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Servings

4 servings

Calories

302 calories per serving

Ingredients

• 4 skinless chicken breast halves on the bone, about 2 pounds
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 teaspoons olive oil
• 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
• 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 1/2 pound white mushrooms, thinly sliced
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/2 cup dry white wine
• 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, chopped and juice reserved
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste

Preparation

1.)  Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
2.)  Heat the oil in a sauté pan over moderately-high heat. Brown the chicken on both sides, about 8 minutes. Remove the chicken.
3.)  Reduce the heat to moderate. Add the onion and pepper, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to brown. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half. 4. Add the tomatoes and juice, oregano, red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and simmer the mixture covered for 10 minutes.
5.)  Return the chicken breasts to the pan and simmer, covered, until the chicken is just done, about 20 minutes longer.

Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta

Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta

Servings

6 servings

Calories

352 calories per serving

Ingredients

• 12 ounces whole-wheat short pasta, such as shells or twists
• 8 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings
• 3 cloves garlic, chopped
• 8 cups arugula, or baby spinach
• 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
• 1/2 cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano, or Parmesan cheese, plus more to taste
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

1.)  Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes, or according to package directions.
2.)  Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, arugula (or spinach) and tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, until the greens wilt and the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and keep warm.
3.)  Combine 1/2 cup cheese, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Measure out 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid; drain the pasta. Whisk the cooking liquid and oil into the cheese mixture; add the pasta and toss to combine. Serve the pasta topped with the sausage mixture and an extra sprinkle of cheese, if desired.

Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

Servings

6 servings

Calories

507 calories per serving

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cavatappi or other pasta
  • 12 ounce chicken breast cutlets
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tub (6 to 7 oz) cilantro or basil pesto
  • 1 cup jarred roasted peppers (preferably red and yellow), drained, cut in strips
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes

Preparation

1.)  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook as package directs, reserving about 1 cup of cooking water before draining.
2.)  Meanwhile, heat stove top grill pan. Coat chicken with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill chicken 4 to 5 minutes, turning once, until cooked through.
3.)  Cut chicken into strips. Add to drained pasta along with pesto, peppers, tomatoes, and about 1⁄2 cup pasta cooking water (or more if desired). Toss to mix and coat.

Chicken Tacos with Charred Tomatoes

Chicken Tacos with Charred Tomatoes

Servings

2 servings

Calories

297 calories per serving

Ingredients

• 2 plum tomatoes, cored
• 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of fat
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
• 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
• 2 teaspoons lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
• 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 scallions, chopped
• 6 small corn tortillas, heated

Preparation

1.)  Heat a medium skillet over high heat until very hot. Add tomatoes and cook, turning occasionally with tongs, until charred on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Cut the tomatoes in half crosswise; squeeze to discard seeds. Remove cores and chop the remaining pulp and skin.
2.)  Cut chicken into 1-inch chunks; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add 1 teaspoon oil to the pan and heat over high heat until very hot. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is browned and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
3.)  Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add lime juice, the chicken and tomatoes. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro and scallions. Divide the chicken mixture among tortillas. Serve with lime wedges.

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