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Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

The following lunch or dinner menus contain approximately 450 kcals each.

Dinner Menu #6 - Soup, Gourmet Sandwich

1 can of your favorite canned soup (enjoy up to 100 calories)
2 slices of whole grain bread (70 calories each = 140 total)

Fill the bread with the following:
3 ounces of canned chicken OR tuna (up to 150 calories)
1 cup of shredded lettuce
1 teaspoon of dried fruit - cranberries, golden raisins, dark raisins, chopped dried pineapples, etc.
1 teaspoon of hulled sunflower seeds (optional)
1 Tablespoon of LIGHT Miracle Whip
Salt & Pepper if desired

Diet Menu #7, Hot Off the Grill

Grab the leanest you can locate at your local market. We use a gouda + apple sausage link which contains only 130 calories per link. Toss the corn on the grill as the sausage cooks - either in its husk or in foil.

Recipe Ingredients

1 sausage link (up to 130 calories)
1 medium ear of corn on the cob (125 calories)
1 whole grain hot dog bun (110 calories)
1 pat of margarine or butter
2 cups of coleslaw made by mixing 2 cups of shredded cabbage with Miracle Whip Light and a dash of celery seed + 1 spoon of Splenda OR sugar

Low Calorie Dinner Menu #8, Hot Dogs

The secret to keeping this hot dog recipe diet friendly is using extra lean franks. Another trick that you can use is to cut the frank lengthwise (in half) and you'll save 1/2 the calories. We also suggest preparing franks on the grill OR on the stovetop using cooking spray.

Recipe Ingredients

2 cooked franks (160 calories)
Ketchup or Mustard
1/2 cup of sour kraut
2 hot dog buns (220 calories)
Hot dog relish
Chopped raw onions

Okay - you know how to put a dog together!  Might we suggest toasting the bun in a toaster oven? Simply spray the bun with cooking spray before popping it into the oven. Butter flavored cooking spray works beautifully - and you're not getting all those buttered-up calories.

Menu #9, Hank's Homemade Hamburgers

The hamburger is so-often given an unfair wrap because it can be ultra high in calories and fat - particularly those fast food burger recipes. When extra lean beef enters the picture - a Diet Creation springs forth - which is what we tried to accomplish in our Hank's Homemade Hamburgers diet recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

1 cooked hamburger patty using extra lean beef (110 calories)
1 slice of 60-calorie cheese
2 slices of whole tomato
Lettuce - any variety
Raw onion slices
1 small hamburger bun, whole grain if possible (110 calories)
1 tablespoon of Miracle Whip Light salad dressing OR opt for mustard
1 small potato peeled and cut into fries; use non-stick cooking spray to prepare (120 calories)

If you choose, you can opt to leave off the cheese for a true homemade 'hamburger'.  Add ketchup and a pickle for a few more calories to this meal - or if you opt to omit the cheese - you'll have a few calories to spare even when you add the ketchup and pickle.

We suggest mashing the beef in between plastic wrap OR wax paper, using saucers as pressing tools. Make the meat as thin as possible before frying.

Menu #10, Papa's Pizza

The beauty of this recipe is to use 425 calories of your favorite pizza - whether it's a frozen pizza, fast food pizza, a pre-made diet-wise low calorie pizza or a homemade pizza.

The secret to the wonderful taste is to take just a tab of olive oil and place it onto a flat skillet. It only takes a dab. When your pizza comes out of the oven or box, simply place onto the skillet until the crust is golden brown. Delicious!

Recipe Ingredients

Pizza (425 calories)
Dab of Olive Oil
Pepper flakes if more heat is desired

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