Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chicken Amore

This is based on the Hungry Girl recipe, but I made some changes.

I was out of fat free sour cream so I used fat free cream cheese instead. Next time I'll do the sour cream.

  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins pounded to ~1/4 inch thickness
  • 2 wedges Laughing Cow Light spreadable cheese (I used Mozzarella Sun dried Tomato Basil flavor), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce (preferably an Italian seasoned flavor like Tomato Basil or Oregano)
  • 1.5 oz fat free cream cheese (or 1/4 cup fat free sour cream)
  • salt, pepper, garlic
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Saute the mushrooms in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray, sprinkling with salt pepper and garlic, several minutes until tender.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the laughing cow cheese evenly on the flattened chicken tenders.
  5. Place sauteed mushrooms on top of laughing cow, and then roll up chicken and secure with toothpicks.
  6. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, mix the tomato sauce and the cream cheese (or sour cream) in a bowl and add a dash of garlic powder. Microwave 3-4 minutes, stirring every minute or so, until smooth and creamy.
  8. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve over pasta or shirataki noodles* if desired.
*Shiritaki noodles can be found at health food stores. Near me, you can get them at Market Street, Sprouts, and Family Health Market.

Makes 4 servings. Pictured with shirataki noodles.

Nutrition (chicken & sauce only)
Calories 147
Fat .5g
Cholesterol 67g
Sodium 712mg
Potassium 211mg
Carbs 14.5g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 25g

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cheeseburger Mac Attack (Crockpot)

Another by Hungry Girl. This was mediocre, and I didn't have veggies w/ cheese, so I put a little sour cream in to make it creamier.

  • 5 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) uncooked wheat elbow macaroni
  • 16 oz. extra lean ground beef, raw
  • 2 tbsp. reduced sugar ketchup
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower and low-fat cheese sauce (I used a bag of brocolli/cauliflower mix and added 2 tbsp of fat free sour cream, since I didn't have this).
  • 3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light cheese (pick your flavor)
  • salt and black pepper

  1. In a large pot, prepare pasta very al dente. Drain well and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine beef, ketchup, and minced onion. Mix well. Add frozen cauliflower and cheese sauce and gently mix. Transfer mixture to a crock pot.
  3. Add cooked pasta to the crock pot and gently stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until the turkey is fully cooked. (Stir occasionally!)
  4. Add cheese wedges, and stir until evenly distributed.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes 4 servings.

Calories 306
Fat 7g
Sat Fat 2g
Cholesterol 73mg
Sodium 665mg
Potassium 265mg
Carbs 32g
Fiber 6.5g
Sugars 5g
Protein 31g

Turnip the Disco Fries by Hungry Girl

This was good! I actually liked the flavor of the turnips and preferred their texture to the potatoes! Don't knock it til you try it!
  • 6 oz turnips
  • * 1 medium-sized potato (about 6 oz.), scrubbed clean
  • * 1/8 tsp. salt
  • * 1/8 tsp. black pepper

    Optional toppings:
  • 1/2 cup jarred fat-free or nearly fat-free chicken gravy
  • 1 slice fat free cheese
  • reduced sugar ketchup
  • chopped chives
  • chopped turkey bacon

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Carefully cut turnips and potato into French-fry-shaped spears using a crinkle cutter if you have one. Place them in a single layer on the baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in the oven until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, about 30-40 minutes, carefully flipping spears about halfway through. (The thicker the spears, the longer the bake time.) Set aside to slightly cool.
  4. If using cheese, transfer fries to a microwave-safe plate. Evenly top with cheese. Microwave until cheese has just melted, about 20 seconds. Top with chives, if you like.
Makes one big serving. This recipe is half the original (which makes 2 servings)

Here's the nutrition with one slice cheese. I also dipped them in some reduced sugar ketchup. Next time I'll do turkey bacon!

Calories 172
Fat free!
Cholesterol free!
Sodium 875mg
Potassium 1000mg
Carbs 39g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 11g
Protein 9.5g