Archive for the 'Low Fat' Category

Penne Arrabiatta

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

This recipe originally had no meat in it, but we thought the ground turkey would be great in there.  It is a quick and easy weeknight meal that our family really likes.

INGREDIENTS

1 lb Ground Turkey

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

clove garlic, minced

1 small onion, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt & pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1lb penne (or other preferred pasta)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Saute garlic and onion in olive oil (in a sauce pot) until transparent.

2.  Add turkey and cook until browned.

3. Add crushed tomatoes and spices and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

4. Cook pasta in lightly salted, boiling water until cooked el dente.

5. Drain pasta and place in serving bowl with some of the sauce.  Gently toss until coated.

6.  Serve with additional sauce and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional).

Crockpot Chicken Chili

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

This is another quick weeknight meal thanks to the Crockpot.  This one is low fat and really tasty.  It is great served with chips and guacamole (though this makes it less “low fat”)!

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium red pepper, chopped into 3/4-inch pieces
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
and cut in half
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
1 15-ounce can no-salt-added corn, drained
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 16-ounce jar salsa
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 Tbs Chili Powder
1 Tbs Cumin

DIRECTIONS:

Put carrots and peppers at bottom of the crockpot, followed by chicken.  Add corn, kidney beans and salsa. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serves 4-6

Red Pepper Roasted Chicken Breasts

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

I found this low fat recipe online, and tweaked it a bit.  It came out great – the family loved it!

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 small red pepper, sliced

1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 tsp olive oil

1 tbsp curry powder

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a shallow roasting pan with foil and spray with cooking spray (or you can use a Large Pampered Chef Bar Pan Baking Stone and just spray it directly – no foil needed). Spread sliced onions and red peppers on tray, and place chicken breasts on top. Drizzle oil on chicken breasts and sprinkle them with curry powder.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve chicken with onions and peppers on top a bed of rice.  Serves 4.

Cranberry Almond Cookies

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

I got this great recipe from an email from Sparkpeople
By using canned pumpkin instead of butter, these yummy cookies are low in fat…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup almonds

 DIRECTIONS

-Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

-Beat together pumpkin and sugar.

-Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.

-Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon salt. Mix.

-Stir in oats, dried cranberries and almonds.

-Drop rounded spoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheet.

-Bake 10-12 minutes.

-Let cool one minute.