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Easy Dinner Menu Ideas

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Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Need a low calorie recipe for lunch or dinner? Ours contain about 450 calories each.

Easy to Prepare Dinner Menu #11 - Bread Bowls

In a hurry and don't have time to spend in the kitchen? Using pre-made rolls can come to the rescue in a most delicious way.

Simply look at your local bakery to find larger sized rolls, then slice off the tip-top of the roll and hull out the middle of the roll.

Recipe Ingredients

Bread Bowl as described above (250 calories)
1/2 can of Chunky Steak & Potato Soup (about 200 calories)
OR - use your favorite filling such as lean canned chili, stew or other soup varieties.

Menu #12, Carrot Pudding & Honey Glazed Ham

Our diet recipe for Carrot Pudding takes a bit of elbow room - but it's so tasty and low in calories and fat that it's definitely worth the effort.

On the other hand, the glazed ham takes only a few seconds to prepare. To prepare, simply brush warmed honey over ham and bake until ham is hot.

Recipe Ingredients

6 Slices of extra lean deli ham sliced thin
1 teaspoon of honey (local renders healthy benefits such as combating allergies)
Carrot Pudding - Diet Bites Recipe located

Prepare with a blender or use a masher if you don't have a Magic Bullet. Enjoy 1/3 of the entire recipe for about 90 calories.

1 Serving of Cranberry Sauce (100 calories) OR - cut those calories in half by using strawberry jam/preserves or jelly.
1 slice of whole grain bread (70 calories)
1 pat of butter or margarine

Dinner Menu #13, Harvest Soup

An ultra easy low calorie recipe. Our base begins with a small can of your favorite soup - the 'add no water' variety which contains about 200 calories per serving. Simply sauté the ingredients listed below and add them to the hot soup - and stir.  

Recipe Ingredients

1 can of soup, such as Chunky's Homemade Chicken Soup
1/4 cup of frozen or fresh peas (canned peas can be used but frozen & fresh peas tend to work best in this recipe because they hold their firmness in heat)
1 carrot, sliced into tiny disks
1 teaspoon of chopped onion, any variety
1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms, any variety
1 pat of butter or margarine to smear onto bread.

Using cooking spray OR just a smear of olive oil, sauté the peas, carrots and onion until tender then add to the hot soup.

Enjoy with 1 roll, crackers, bread, corn stick, bread stick or cornbread up to 150 calories.

Menu #14, Steak & Tators

About 35 years ago, I remember a diet that was circling the Diet Village that consisted of enjoying all the steak, potatoes and salad that one wished to eat at one sitting.

The remainder of the day consisted of water.

Because this type of diet encourages both starvation and bingeing - it can wreak havoc on the body.

As a note, I must add that my boss at the time was on this diet plan and lost a considerable amount of weight (about 50 pounds).

Shortly after she lost the weight, she quickly regained the weight. Generally, quick weight loss equals quick weight gain. Even so, protein is an important part of the daily diet - and our basic Steak & Tators is packed with protein.  

Recipe Ingredients

2 1/2 ounces of extra lean sirloin steak grilled, oven roasted, pan roasted (using cooking spray or a bit of olive oil) - about 145 calories
1 small baked potato (120 calories)
1 side salad consisting of 2 cups of baby spinach OR chopped lettuce, a few cherry tomatoes OR 1 small chopped tomato, a bit of cucumber and a serving of light salad dressing (about 100 calories)
Any variety of bread (bread sticks, roll, etc.) up to 70 calories + Pat of butter/margarine

Easy Dinner Menu #15, Tomato Bisque Soup, Grilled Cheese

One of the loveliest recipes on the planet is the simple grilled cheese sandwich. How nutritious is it? Although cheese is commonly touted as an artery-clogger, cheese is a member of the dairy group. The key to a healthier grilled cheese sandwich is using skim cheese.

And then there is the buttery issue - where butter-lovers paint as much butter as possible onto the bread before toasting time. We can take care of that unhealthy issue by using zero calorie butter flavored cooking spray instead. Simply spray and toast.

The use of whole grain bread automatically takes any grilled cheese recipe up a notch.  

Recipe Ingredients

1 grilled cheese sandwich prepared by spraying butter flavored cooking spray on bread and toasting with the use of skim mozzarella cheese (or any 60-70 calorie cheese) placed between the bread. (about 200 calories when using skim cheese and 70 calorie bread)

1 bowl of tomato bisque soup

Our tomato bisque soup recipe is located hereat Diet Bites and is a Killer Tomato Soup Recipe. Should you prefer, canned tomato soup can be used OR any calorie-comparable soup.

Enjoy up to 250 calories worth - counting any crackers that you may wish to add to your soup.

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