100 lb. Club - What's cookin? (with pics!)

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07-28-2011, 08:30 PM
i've been home, all week, sidelined with a torn ligament in my ankle.

i've taken this time to make up some low cal, high taste dishes from my 'taste of home comfort food diet' cook book. and one that i saw on the can of salsa :P

the first one i made, was the salsa dish. it's cubed chicken breast meat cooked with a jar of raspberry chipotle salsa. (brown the chicken, add in salsa, serve with rice) it was sweet and spicy and i served it over whole grain brown rice, with no salt added whole kernel corn.

whole plate: 430 calories

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/281888_2195415441594_1133441488_2611028_313399_n.j pg

the next night, at my husband's request, i made a pasta dish. this one, if looked up on the taste of home website is called 'sausage spaghetti pie (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Sausage-Spaghetti-Pie-2)'... i substituted turkey kielbasa with 93/7 lean ground beef (same calories, much lower sodium) and used egg substitute instead of egg whites (hubby grabbed the wrong thing at the store!), as well as using more cheese. my calories were a little more than the original recipe, but not by much.

1/4 pie: 400 calories

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/254612_2197877423142_1133441488_2614040_4349416_n. jpg

last night i made a pork dish. honey lemon schnitzel (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Honey-Lemon-Schnitzel). served with garlic mashed potatoes, and the rest of the corn. but i forgot to take a picture :( the whole dish was around 400 calories. and it was really really good.

tonight, i made a honey chicken stir fry (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Honey-Chicken-Stir-Fry)... it was so easy! (all of these dishes were easy, none of them took more than 30-45 minutes to make, start to serve). it's amazing. it sorta reminds me of sweet and sour chicken, minus the fried batter and uber high salt content (reduced sodium soy sauce is the sodium culprit in this dish). i served it with more of the whole grain brown rice.

whole plate: 350 calories

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/185381_2202952030004_1133441488_2620982_4416942_n. jpg

and for a sweet treat to go after all of those delicious dishes, i made a set of tiramisu parfaits (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Tiramisu-Parfaits). mine ended up being around 200 calories apiece due to substitutions i had to make (angel food cake instead of lady fingers, light whipped topping instead of fat free), but still.. really really good!

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/215006_2202964790323_1133441488_2620991_883688_n.j pg

anybody else a foodie like me and have pics of your dinner foods like other people have pics of their children? :D

07-28-2011, 08:37 PM
Thanks for posting these photos, everything looks delicious! I love rice and have sort of given it up for the past few months, but I miss it..... I am going to check out the recipes you used.

Yes, I take photos of food the way other people take photos of their children!! LOL. Every time my boyfriend or I make something yummy I take pictures of it... maybe I will add a few here :)

07-28-2011, 08:38 PM
PS sorry about your ankle and hope it heals swiftly!

07-28-2011, 08:43 PM
Those dishes look yummy!!! I am also going to have to try some of those recipes! I take pics of my food and post on Facebook at times lol.. I love cooking and try and make new concoctions all the time lol

07-28-2011, 08:48 PM
thanks ladies :)

the chicken stir fry is an excellent way to kill a craving for chinese food. and the sausage spaghetti pie was so much like pizza... yum.

07-28-2011, 09:52 PM
That all looks so good! Have you ever cooked with the shirataki tofu noodles (they taste much better than they sound) I wonder if I could do the sausage spaghetti pie with that? I actually had those noodles with ricotta salata, a little butter and some salmon roe tonight and it was so good - but already gone so no picture...

07-28-2011, 10:00 PM
you could probably use the tofu noodles in the recipe. it's basically a 'crust' for the pie. you cook the noodles and toss them with the egg/parm mixture to make a crust of sorts. then you top it with the prepared sauce. it only goes in the oven to warm it through "bake" the crust, and melt the cheese.

07-28-2011, 10:21 PM
Oh my... mouth is watering. It' 2am here and I have a good mind of going down to the kitchen...

07-28-2011, 10:31 PM
Great thread, Mandy. All the recipes look great. thanks for sharing them and your substitutions. I like recipes like these where it isn't "rocket science" and you can just use the recipe as a guide.

Hope the ankle heals quickly.


07-28-2011, 10:40 PM
haha lin, i'm the same way. the only time i ever follow a recipe exactly is if it's baked goods where the ratios are critical to the dish coming out properly. other times i edit it to taste, especially if it's a pasta dish.

07-29-2011, 08:54 PM
Mandy thanks for starting this thread. I can't wait to try these. And it's nothing in them that the kids won't eat :D what a blessing

07-29-2011, 09:18 PM
I meant to take a picture of dinner tonight, but forgot. We had sweet chili thai chicken on white rice with steamed carrots and sugar snap peas. The white rice was an unusual thing, I usually do wild/brown. But, I'm still not feeling good and it was my little taste of comfort food today. :)

07-30-2011, 02:11 PM
Okay, I had to add my own food porn here...

Here we have the extra-lean meatballs I made this week, along with 2T of diced tomatoes (no salt added), and 1 ounce of shredded skim mozzarella...popped under the broiler for 10 minutes. I had 6oz of meatballs so this plate is 470 calories.


07-30-2011, 03:35 PM
I love food porn! :D Here's a few of my favorites. I have a new love for white fish, so most of the recipes I get creative with are fish recipes..

Baked cod in a creamy dill sauce, steamed garlic and olive oil zucchini, broccoli and carrots


Here's the dill sauce ingredients...
Heavy Whipping Cream, (0.13 cup, fluid (yields 2 cups whipped))
Butter, salted, (0.50 tbsp)
White Wine, (0.50 fl oz)
Lemon Juice, (0.25 lemon yields)
Dill weed, dried, (0.50 tsp)

6 oz. of cod - serving is about 350 calories. garlic and olive oil zucchini is about 60 calories, broccoli and carrots together are about 50 calories. = 460 calories for the meal.

Baked cod in cream sauce with asparagus and carrots over brown rice (http://www.foodtastesyummy.com/2011/02/baked-cod-in-cream-sauce-with-asparagus.html) from foodtastesyummy.com


I asked her if she had nutrition information, which she didn't.. so I worked it out myself and her recipe comes out to about 300 calories per serving. The asparagus and carrots together are approximately 80 calories. Brown rice - 160 calories. = 540 calories for the meal.

Tilapia w/ cilantro cream sauce, ginger glazed carrots & sautéed garlic lima beans (http://www.food.com/recipe/tilapia-with-cilantro-cream-sauce-320195) from food.com - one of my higher calorie meals...


6 oz of tilapia came out to 428 calories. Ginger glazed carrots is 103 calories. Garlic sautéed lima beans (which are heaven!) 84 calories = 615 calories for the meal.

baked Italian sole, steamed broccoli in lemon zest butter w/ shaved almonds and steamed baby carrots


I can't remember where I got the recipe... but if I remember right, the ingredients are:
olive oil
diced onion
diced olive
diced mushroom
crushed tomatoes
salt and freshly ground pepper
all sautéed together in a pan and served over a fillet of sole coming out to about 300 calories per 6 oz serving. The lemon zest butter and shaved almonds over steamed broccoli is 115 calories. Steamed baby carrots about 35 calories = 450 calories for the meal.

I have more... I'll try and find the recipes to go with them before I post.

07-31-2011, 12:53 AM
sabrina... i love tilapia! i could probably sub that in as the white fish in some of those dishes. that last one made me drool. i love anything topped with onions :D

also, your table cloth is uber cute!

07-31-2011, 01:37 AM
Tonight I made Beef and Zucchini lasagna with portabella mushroom. It has 425 calories per square, 12 squares yield. That could be reduced if I had a good non-stick pan, but I used my All-Clad, so had to use 3 table spoons of oil for sauteing onions, garlic, mushroom, and zucchini.


I paired it with 2 cups steamed broccoli, for a total of 487 calories.


07-31-2011, 10:59 PM
Star that looks and sounds amazing!

08-01-2011, 07:41 AM
Thanks for sharing, love the ideas and the pics!!

Skinny in Oz
08-01-2011, 12:18 PM
Wow, ladies --- thank you so much for the recipes and the accompanying photos. (Although it makes me hungry to read through this :D) Mandy, what a great idea for a thread --- are you still at home or is the foot healed?

I would add a recipe, but I really don't have any good ones --- at least, not good ones that fit into a low-cal lifestyle. So, as someone who is still very much a newbie in the whole healthy cooking arena, thanks! And YUM!

08-01-2011, 12:25 PM
wow these look delicious!! im inspired!

08-01-2011, 12:37 PM
We had cuban chicken pizza last night from Cooking Light:


It's one of our favorites!

08-01-2011, 01:20 PM
Wow, ladies --- thank you so much for the recipes and the accompanying photos. (Although it makes me hungry to read through this :D) Mandy, what a great idea for a thread --- are you still at home or is the foot healed?

I would add a recipe, but I really don't have any good ones --- at least, not good ones that fit into a low-cal lifestyle. So, as someone who is still very much a newbie in the whole healthy cooking arena, thanks! And YUM!

haha. i'm neither at home, nor healed. :(

still stuck in the boot, but workin every day anyway.

i started this thread because i LOVE food. i love looking at it, cooking it, eating it, trying new stuff, etc. probably why i got so big to begin with :o so instead of losing my love of food, i'm just trying to find lower cal stuff to play with :) sort of an "i'll show you mine if you show me yours" type deal ;)

p.s. tonight i will be making an italian sausage and penne casserole. not really low cal but at 460 calories per square (8 squares per casserole) it can probably be worked in. we'll be having a big salad on the side. and no bread!

08-03-2011, 10:31 AM

I made that spaghetti pie last night and it was a hit! I used 4 oz pasta, 8 oz ground turkey, light spaghetti sauce (no sugar added), 3/4c ricotta and 4 oz of mozzarella... 332 calories for 1/4 of the pie. DH loved it and the kids gobbled it up, success!! :)

I also tried Annie's Green Goddess salad dressing last night (110 cal/2Tbs) - holy yummy salad dressing, Batman! I'm hooked.

08-03-2011, 11:19 AM
Gale -- I'm sold, I have to try the recipe you shared for Cuban Chicken Pizza! I think tonight's the night.

08-03-2011, 11:26 AM
Thank you for the great ideas for new meals for me to try.

08-03-2011, 01:03 PM
I tried the spaghetti pie last night and went ahead and used the turkey kielbasa for a change up that my husband may like. It was GREAT! We added a salad. Very nice change!

08-03-2011, 02:23 PM
Oh gawd....reading this thread did two things to me. First, it made me ravenously hOngry!!! and second it made me breifly contemplate cooking. ACK! I'm a worker, not a cooker ;)

08-05-2011, 03:16 PM
No pic, because I ate it, but today's lunch was 355 calorie taco salad...

3 Cups Lettuce, Iceberg, Fresh, Shredded
3 Ounces Beef, Ground, Hamburger, 10% Fat
2T Salsa Pico de Gallo, 8 oz
1T Sour Cream, Light
1/4 Cup Cheese, Mozzarella, Rducd Fat, Shredded

08-05-2011, 04:03 PM
Mmmmm... taco salad. I might have to make that for dinner tonight. I add beans to mine and use regular salsa because, although I'm from NM, I don't like pico. I think it's the copious amounts of cilantro that tend to be in it, I'm not a cilantro person. :shrug:

Angie - How did you like the cuban chicken pizza? I usually top ours with a little sour cream and some salsa (and homemade guacamole if I have the calories.)

08-05-2011, 04:06 PM
So, if you're up for a sodium bomb I made really good buffalo chicken sandwiches last night. I cooked a couple of chicken breasts in the crockpot with about 1/4 cup of Frank's Hot Sauce. After they were cooked I shredded them and added another 1/4c or so of hot sauce and served on hamburger buns with 1Tbs of ranch dressing. The sandwiches were not too bad in calories (around 290 apiece) but they each have over 600mg of sodium. :eek: Seriously yummy though, and worth it every now and then.

08-05-2011, 07:03 PM

Per Bagel:
Calories - 137
Fat - 0.6
Sodium - 358
Carbohydrate - 28.9
Fiber - 3
Sugar - 3.7
Protein - 4.5


Bread Machine Bagels

For dough:
1 cup warm water
1.5 cup all purpose flour
1.5 cup whole wheat flour
1.5 tsp salt
2 T sugar
2.25 tsp yeast

For water:
3 T sugar

For baking:
1 egg white
1 T cornmeal

Add the ingredients for the dough to bread machine and set to dough.

When the dough is finished set it on a lightly floured surface to rest for 10 minutes.

Start water boiling in a large pan. Add 3T sugar.

Cut dough into 10 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Flatten the balls of dough and poke a hole in the center of each. Twirl the dough on your finger to enlarge the hole and even out the dough.

Cover bagels with a clean cloth and let rest for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle a cookie sheet with cornmeal.

Carefully place bagels into boiling water and boil for 30 seconds on each side. Place briefly on a clean towel to drain.

Arrange bagels on cookie sheet and glaze the tops with egg white.

Add any toppings that you want at this time (sesame seed, poppy seed, etc.)

Bake for 20 minutes.

08-05-2011, 08:17 PM
Tonight I'm making chicken parmesan from scratch. It'll be a little calorie heavy, but I burned over 1,000 calories at the gym today so I feel ok going over by a couple hundred. I'll post pics later!

08-07-2011, 12:19 AM
This is not the right time to read nor look at this thread, LOL ... but I'm going to bed not gonna eat, I PROMISE.

08-07-2011, 01:15 AM
roxy... one of your bagels is heart shaped. it made me smile. :D

i got a bread maker for my birthday a couple years ago and LOVE it. i might have to try those out.

08-08-2011, 05:14 PM
Roxy - I've seen a similar recipe somewhere and never got around to trying it. I think I might try these out... But any ideas on why you have to boil it?

08-08-2011, 07:13 PM
Ive been cooking lots too! I will post pics soooooooon!! They are all on my phone and I need to sync up with my computer!!! :)

08-08-2011, 10:05 PM
I made green chile chicken enchiladas tonight. It's usually a staple around here, but I haven't made them for a while... DH was glad to smell them cooking when he got home! :)

08-12-2011, 03:25 PM
I made elk loaf for dinner last night.


I used 1 pound of ground elk, 1 egg, 30 grams of ground fiber one, garlic, rosemary, sage, parsley, salt, and pepper for 4 servings. In the picture it is sitting on bulgar wheat and has been topped with a bit of mozzarella. The elkloaf itself came in at 199 calories; 7.5g fat; 2.8g sat. fat; 133 mg cholesterol; 115 mg sodium; 6.4 carbs; 3.5 fiber; and 27g protein. The cholesterol could be brought down by using egg beaters or egg white. It was so yummy. That was my first time subbing the ground fiber one for breadcrumbs. I think it works wonderfully.

01-30-2012, 10:09 PM
bumping this thread for food ideas... and to throw in a new one of my own :)

tonight's dinner was sort of an experiment. i got this lovely peach-brandy glaze from tastefully simple and really had no idea how to use it. well, more accurately, i had SO MANY i couldn't decide. since it adds a bit of calories to a dish (25 cals per tbsp) i figured i should put it on something light. originally it was going to be on a frozen veggie mix with shrimp and do a stir fry over rice. however, i didn't know we were out of shrimp (oops) and we have a bunch of potatoes that need to be used. so instead, i used a frozen veggie mix (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) added onion and green pepper slivers, diced up a few potatoes and on my husband's request used turkey kielbasa as the meat. the finished product ended up looking something like this:

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the whole dish contained about 1700 calories (and it was a lot of food!) so if you took a quarter of it (which ended up being about 2.5 cups) it was around 425 calories. sweet and salty thanks to the combo of the glaze and the kielbasa, but also full of good for you stuff in the veggies. :D i only ate about half of my bowl, but i will probably finish it tonight after the gym!

02-01-2012, 08:37 PM
tonight's dinner was baked tilapia fillets seasoned with lemon juice, garlic, black pepper and italian seasoning. honey/cinnamon glazed baby carrots. and sauteed green beans and onions with garlic. approx 400 calories for the meal.

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