I try to add new recipes to this list as we try them! I will try to mark new recipes each time I add to the list with an ** next to the recipe name.
I love food! I love to cook and to eat. These are just links to a few of my favorite recipes. I am going to note changes that I make to each one (where applicable) and they are categorized as follows: Low-Cal, Not so Healthy Main Dishes, Sides & Deserts. Deserts is by far my favorite category, but I’m on a low calorie diet right now so this category will sadly be neglected. Enjoy and happy eating!
Turkey Sausage, Mushroom & Potato Gratin
This is probably my husband’s favorite low-cal recipe. It has meat and potatoes, what’s not to like? We couldn’t find any hot turkey sausage links locally so we used regular turkey breakfast sausage. We also couldn’t get cremini mushrooms (we LOVE mushrooms) so I substituted with a whole package of fresh sliced white mushrooms instead.
**Spicy Beef with Shrimp & Bok Choy
We love this over some boil in bag brown rice. The calories are really reasonable and it is full of yummy flavor!
**Favorite Meat Loaf
I love meat loaf, but I hate waiting forever for it to cook. I also love this recipe! A while back I decided I could make it just as tasty with a much shorter cook time. My secret? Meat muffins. I just split it up in about 18 regular size muffin cups and cook for about 20-25 minutes. Even my picky eater loves meat muffins! Serve with your favorite veggies.
**New Look Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
When I started dieting a couple of years ago this was a staple. It is easy and makes enough to last a few days as a quick and easy lunch. It’s really tasty and is kid & diet denying husband friendly!
**Beef & Barley Soup
This soup has a terrific flavor! Even the cooked carrots (which I usually can’t make myself eat) will make your taste buds happy. I added a little minced garlic, because we love garlic and it’s flavor was really good in the broth of the soup. I also didn’t add my mushrooms until a few minutes before it was done cooking as I am not a fan of soft, squishy mushrooms.
NOT SO HEALTHY MAIN DISHES
**Cassie’s Chicken & Rice
It doesn’t get much easier than this! I started with the idea of making something similar to stroganoff with chicken and brown rice instead of beef and egg noodles. I usually cook 2 bags of brown rice for 4 people and there is typically some left over. Start by cutting about 3/4 – 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breast into small chunks and sauting them in a skillet with olive oil and some garlic salt over medium -medium high heat. Cook until done. Add 1 package of sliced white mushrooms saute another 2-4 minutes. Add 1 can low fat cream of mushroom soup, about 1/2 cup of sour cream, some fat free milk to thin out the sauce and some ground black peper. Cook until hot and well combined. Serve over the brown rice. Goes great with a bag of steam fresh broccoli.
**Alton Brown’s Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy
I have never been a huge CFS fan, but Chase is. I finally caved to making it at home when I saw this recipe in our Good Eats book. It’s delicious and some of the best CFS I’ve tasted. Oh, and the gravy is easy even if you are gravy challenged like me! Try this with mashed potatoes and the Skillet Corn recipe below!
**Easy Garlic French Bread Pizza
What makes this so easy is the garlic bread. I buy a loaf from the bakery at our local Albertson’s. It comes cut in half lengthwise which gives you two nice pizza surfaces. It already has garlic butter on the bread (uncooked) so you could leave it like this or add a little pizza sauce if you prefer. Then top with all your favorite toppings (I try to use toppings that don’t have to be cook like turkey pepperoni, olives, mushrooms, bell pepper, fully cooked chicken breast strips, fully cooked beef crumbles, etc). Now, LOAD ON THE CHEESE! Bake on cookie sheets at the temperature specified on the package until the cheese is bubbling. Since the bread is already baked you don’t have to wait for any dough to cook. Quick, easy, kid friendly!
**Everything Mashed Potatoes
This doesn’t take a recipe, and the more you add the less healthy it becomes! I cook my cubed potatoes in low sodium chicken broth with a little minced garlic added. Once they are nice and mushy I mash them up with a good helping of low-fat sour cream, pepper and 2% cheddar cheese. You could also add chives, bacon bits, or any other baked potato type topping to get your desired flavor.
Like cream corn, but better! This stuff is awesome and easy, just be aware that it cooks for at least 45 minutes before ready to eat! Also, I use a bag of frozen sweet corn in place of fresh!
Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe, EVER!
This is my personal pumpkin bread recipe. I took a recipe that I found and tweaked it to perfection! Enjoy!
**Peanut Butter Cups
If you love the popular peanut buttery candies at the store then you are sure to love these! They are rich and delicious although a little messy to make! I prefer to use big cups to make mine rather than the minis, but that’s a matter of personal preference. You must try these tasty treats.