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February 20, 2010 9:09 PM
I work long hours and want to be able to cook a healthy quick meal for my family that is under 300 calories. Does anyone have any ideas?
February 20, 2010 9:21 PM
Maple Glazed Pork and Apple Kebabs.

2-3 Mac apples
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
12oz of centre cut pork loin de-fatted
Bamboo skewers.

Cut the pork into approx 1inch cubes.
Add the pork to 2 tbsp of maple sugar in a bowl, coat them and let them sit for a half an hour or so or overnight.
Cut your apples into cubes as well.
Put on skewers alternating apple and pork. (1.5 oz of pork each skewer approx.) - will make about 8
Place skewers on a broiling pan or baking sheet.
Dilute 1 tbsp of maple syrup with approx 1 tsp of water.
Baste each skewer.

Cook at 350 until cooked through, approx 15 minutes.

Calories 101 Sodium 0 mg
Total Fat 3 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 11 g
Trans 0 g Protein 9 g
Cholesterol 0 mg

And then add a nice spinach salad with blueberries, raspberries and some cut up clementines and a handfull of walnuts! Done!
February 20, 2010 9:21 PM
I had a good one tonight actually and it was EASY to make.

Chicken Tikka with brown rice & spinach salad
Serves 3
skinless, boneless chicken breasts - approx 1lb
1 jar of Pataks Tikka Masala Curry cooking sauce (in the Intl section of the grocery store)
Any brown rice
homemade oil& vinegar dressing

Get your rice cooking first or later if it's microwave.
Cut the chicken up into small chunks and cook in a hot skillet with a spray of oil for 4 minutes
Add the whole jar of sauce and stir, cook for another 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally
That's it!!

Portion sizes for you:
chicken - 4 oz
sauce 1/2 cup = 1/3 of jar
rice - 1/4 cup
spinach - 1 cup
vinaigrette - 1/4 tblspoon

Your portions only add up to approx 275 calories but it feels like more.

February 20, 2010 9:22 PM
Edit: double tard post.
Edited by bebhinn On February 20, 2010 9:23 PM
February 20, 2010 9:36 PM
Lazy Lasagna
Yields 9 servings

1 pound ground round ( I would substitute ground turkey)
1 (26-ounce) jar low-fat spaghetti sauce
1 (16-ounce) carton fat-free cottage cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Cooking spray
1 (8-ounce) package precooked lasagna noodles
1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat mild cheddar cheese
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook meat in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well, and return meat to pan. Add sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Combine cottage and Parmesan cheeses in a bowl; set aside.

Spread 1/2 cup meat mixture in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 noodles over meat mixture; top with half of cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup meat mixture, and 1/3 cup cheddar cheese. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Spread remaining meat mixture over noodles. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutritional Information
Calories:275 (20% from fat)
Fat:6.2g (sat 2.8g,mono 2.1g,poly 0.4g)

You can make it ahead, put it in the fridge and then just pop it in the oven when you get home.
Edited by IUChelle423 On February 20, 2010 9:37 PM
February 20, 2010 9:44 PM
Stouffers Lasagna with meat sauce is 280 calories per cup, takes 1:45 to cook but its easy and tastes great.

or Deep Dish Spaghetti Pizza

8 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
2 slices shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 jar of Spaghetti Sauce(Ragu Old World Style)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine spaghetti, eggs, 1/2 cup cheese, salt and pepper in large bowl.
Evenly spread into greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Evenly top with Pasta Sauce, then remaining cheese.
Bake 35 minutes or until bubbling. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 127
Total Fat: 4.4g
Cholesterol: 57mg
Sodium: 706mg
Total Carbs: 15.8g
Dietary Fiber: 6.4g
Protein: 6.1g
February 22, 2010 5:03 AM
Thank you all so much for the great ideas!
February 22, 2010 5:40 AM
prawn stirfry, you can have almost as many prawns and as much veg as you can eat with out either of them adding up to much in the way of calories
February 22, 2010 6:02 AM
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February 22, 2010 8:28 AM
these recipes sound great!
February 22, 2010 8:37 AM
Great ideas! Bump.
Edited by PinguimPraiero On February 22, 2010 8:37 AM
February 22, 2010 9:00 AM
Bumping to try, these ideas sound great! smile flowerforyou
February 22, 2010 9:36 AM
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February 24, 2010 4:54 AM
i use a wheat tortia with low fat sherred cheese and some queso put it all on tortia like a pizza out in microwave for 1 min on high then when you take it out fold in half it fills me up and it's 300 cal no higher or lower hope that helpedsmile
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February 25, 2010 5:32 PM
Can someone please describe what a "bump" is??? Are you commenting just to get the thread to show up on your home/profile page? Thanks!!!
February 25, 2010 6:22 PM
yes, because in a week or so when im ready to try these, ill never find them otherwise.
you can also do it to get an old post to show up in the recent listings.
Edited by Adam13523 On February 25, 2010 6:24 PM
February 25, 2010 10:04 PM
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February 26, 2010 7:51 AM
good ideas...thanks!
February 26, 2010 7:55 AM
Beef and chili mac

Brown 1/4lb of lean ground beef. Drain and blot with towel.
Saute 1/2 cup onion, 1/4 cup green pepper, and 1 garlic clove minced until tender.
Cook 2/3 cup (Dry) of pasta.
Stir one 15oz can of dark red kidney beans, one 14.5oz can of whole tomato ( chopped), one 8oz can of tomato paste ( no salt) 2 tbls of lemon juice with beef and veggies.

I then put the mixture in a baking dish and added some cheddar cheese on top and baked at 350 for about 15 min. or until cheese is melted.
makes about 6 servings. Onse serving is 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups.

WITH CHEESE Calories - 388 Fat - 19 Sat. fat - 8 Cholesterol- 63 Sodium- 494 Carbs- 31 Protien- 24 Fiber- 3

WITHOUT CHEESE- Calories -268 Fat -9 Sat. Fat- 3 Cholesterol- 33 Sodium- 304 Carbs- 30 Protien- 17 Fiber- 3

This was pretty yummy and filling! I have it in the database under K-Lo's homemade beef and chili mac if anyone is interested.

You could also use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef and I'm sure it would be just as good.
February 26, 2010 8:00 AM
February 26, 2010 8:04 AM
last night i made an egg white and veggie frittata that was uber easy!!! cook some frozen veggies in a 10 inch skillet (i did bell peppers, broccoli and some leftover roasted veggies)...once they're all hot and a little carmelized, pour in a small container of egg whites, cook over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, then stick in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes! yummy and VERY low cal!
Edited by EmilyStrick On February 26, 2010 8:04 AM
February 26, 2010 8:05 AM
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