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Old 03-02-2010, 10:41 AM   #16
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I usually make home made food and use many vegetables, but here's something I take to school occasionally when I don't have time to cook.

Silk Chocolate Milk: 150
Baby Carrots and celery: 30
Hummus: 100
Dr. Kraker Klassic 3 Seed: 120
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:58 AM   #17
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My favorite lunch right now is 300 calories.

Green Giant Simply Steam Green Beans And Almonds (entire box) 115 calories - I love these and eat them often!
Kirkland Grilled Chicken Strips (4 oz) 150 calories (Frozen so they are processed but I decided that the convenience is worth it.)
Clementine - 35 calories - I will often eat 2 which makes the total 335 calories.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:36 AM   #18
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Tonight's Dinner -
Chicken and Broccoli Stirfry over Brown Jasmine Rice - 4 servings @ about 400 calories each.

1 lb chicken breast, cut in thin strips
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups broccoli florets
3/4 cup brown jasmine or basmati rice

Sauce:
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth, plus 1/4 cup.
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 tbsp cornstarch

Cook the rice using your favorite method (I cook mine Alton Brown style in the oven)

In a very hot pan, cook the onion and garlic until softened. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through. Remove to a bowl.

Add the broccoli to the pan, plus the 1/4 cup chicken broth, and reduce heat to medium. Steam broccoli until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, whisk together all sauce ingredients.

Add chicken and onion back into pan, pour over sauce, and toss. Raise heat back up to high, bring to a simmer, and cook until sauce is thickened. Serve over rice.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:03 PM   #19
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My favorite lunch is:
1 Morning Star original grillers veggie burger - 130 Cals
1 Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin - 100 Cals
1 cup of Romaine Lettuce - 15 Cals
2 Slices of Tomato - 3 Cals
1 cup of plain Cheerios for crunch value - 100 Cals ( I don't put them on anything)!!!
1 bottled water

Total 348 yummy and very filling.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:29 PM   #20
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For lunch, I usually do some combination of the following:

8 oz V8 Fusion 110 calories
Sargento mozarella string cheese 70 calories
Yoplait Thick and Creamy Light yogurt 100 calories
1 serving of wholegrain Goldfish 140 calories
1 serving of Triscuits Thin Crisps 130 calories
Slice of homemade honey-wheat bread 150 calories
Kashi granola bar 140 calories
Carrot sticks 25 calories
Mini salad (some combination of carrots, broccoli, raw mushrooms, spinach leaves, fat free salad dressing, bacon bits) 50-75 calories
Caramel corn rice cake 50 calories
One square of Dove dark chocolate 40 calories
Bottled water

Every morning, I choose 4-5 things from this list and put together my lunch for 400-500 calories (if I have time, I eat part of my lunch as a snack). The microwave and fridge at work just gross me out, so everything on my list can be packed with an ice pack, no refrigeration or heating necessary! It's great for road trips or travel too.

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Old 03-03-2010, 12:47 PM   #21
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Stella that is a great idea to have those things on hand and then you can also have variety! I like this idea! HOOT! thank you
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Continuing to post my dinners for the week (I use leftovers for lunch the next day):

Beef and Barley Soup - 4 servings at 366 calories each, freezes well
1 lb extra lean beef stew meat, cut into smallish pieces
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 cups carrot, 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups celery, 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups zucchini, 1/2 inch dice
3/4 cup pearled barley, dry
6 cups reduced sodium beef or chicken broth
4 cups chard or other greens, roughly chopped

Brown meat over high heat in a large dutch oven with lid. Add onion, mushrooms and garlic and saute until softened. Add vegetables, saute 2-3 minutes. Add barley and broth, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1.5 hours, until vegetables, beef, and barley are softened. Just before serving, stir in the greens and cook until wilted.
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At one of the places I worked they used to make this at the cafeteria once a week -- I think they called it "Mexican Sunrise." I made it last night and I had forgotten how great it was.

Slice half of an orange sweet potato the long way to make 2 quarters (or a whole small one in half) -- about 200g or 150-200 calories worth. Toss or brush with 1/2 tsp olive oil, and salt and pepper.

Broil, grill or bake potato at 450 degrees for about 25 min until outside is crispy and browned.

Top with
1/2 cup black beans (100 cal)
1 tbsp shredded cheese (50 cal)

(I use the premixed Kraft "Mexican" mix which I think is cheddar and colby.) Put back in oven for 5 minutes or so until cheese is melted.

Top with salsa and a tablespoon of thick yogurt if desired. Can add a couple of grilled shrimp or fake crabs for more color, and a green salad on the side.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:25 AM   #25
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My favorite lunch:

1 WHOLE CAN of Cambells Chunky Classic Chicken Noodle ---240
1 little container of Dole chunky pineapples -- 60


Thats 300 extremely filling calories.


My favorite supper:

1 4 oz chicken breast, baked and seasoned ---- 110
1/2 cup green beans ---- 20
1/2 cup Lipton Sides Chicken Rice ---- 130
1 Brown N Serve Roll ---- 70

and for dessert 1 sheet of graham crackers ---- 70


For an even 400 calories.


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Old 03-16-2010, 12:41 PM   #26
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(I originally posted this in the vegetarian section yesterday. I am not vegetarian BTW, but had seen this thread and thought this might sound good to someone there.)

I tried this today and it was so yummy! It is my healthy version of one of my fav sandwiches. The original is a plain bagel, toasted, with cream cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts and red onion. I used to have the deli add bacon to it sometimes, too.

My version:
-1 Double Fiber Oroweat English Muffin (110 cal., 8 grams fiber), toasted
-About 2 Tbsp fat free cream cheese (30 cal.)
-Sliced cucumber, lettuce, bean sprouts, sliced green pepper.(I personally don't count calories on raw veggies.)

(I reheated in micro for 20 sec. to take the chill off. It didn't affect the crispness of the veg.)

I ate a few grape tomatoes and sugar snap peas alongside. It tasted so good to me to have a sandwich for lunch. You could also add a medium banana (110 cal.) or 1 cup grapes (100 cal.).
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Yesterday's dinner:
4 oz (raw weight) pork loin roast (160 cals)
1 cup roasted potato (166 cals)
1.5 cups roasted asparagus (50 cals)

Tonight's dinner:
5 oz (raw weight) grilled chicken breast, marinated in lemon, garlic, and herbs (130 cals)
Butternut squash soup made of 1.5 cups cubed butternut, 1 cup chicken broth, 1/4 of an onion, and spices (125 cals)
1.5 cups roasted asparagus (50 cals)
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:41 PM   #28
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For lunch, I have been having a SmartOnes (about 280 cals) and a Yoplait light yogurt (about 100 cals). 380 calories

I also love the Progresso light soups! I had their Southwest chicken and rice soup yesterday... an ENTIRE CAN for 160 cals. I ate it with 5 saltines (60 cals) and it was a super filling dinner. 240 calories

I also take some stir-fry veggies (75 cals), cut up chicken breast into chunks (100 cals) and serve it with brown rice (110 cals). I usually add some kind of seasoning to the stir fry, but I always use the no-salt added and no calorie. 285 calories

Another DELICIOUS one- put 4 chicken breasts in the crock pot (100 cals each), add a packet of low sodium taco seasoning (20 cals per chicken breast) and spread salsa on top of the chicken breasts (50 calories per chicken breast). Pour some water in the crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours. This is seriously one of the best chicken recipes I have ever found! I either serve it with brown rice (about 110 cals) or mexican blend canned corn (110 cals). Amazing 280 calorie dinner!!
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My current fav supper when I am home alone:

Handful of sliced fresh mushrooms (I don't count calories on fresh, unseasoned veg).
Butter flavor cooking spray or ICBINB (negligible if used sparingly)
2 servings Egg Beaters (60 cal.)

Spray small skillet w/ cooking spray. Saute mushrooms over med. heat until softened. Spritz more cooking spray if needed. Add Egg Beaters, cook until desired consistency. Voila! Mushroom omelet!!

I usually have this with fresh tomatoes or steamed veg.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:56 PM   #30
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Dinner: 1 cup of steamed veggies (fresh) ~50
1-2 oz. of protein 100-200 depending on type of protein
1 small-large sweet potato ~60-120 calories
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