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Easy Low Calorie
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Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

These lunch & dinner menus contain about 450 calories each and are very easy to prepare.

Easy Low Calorie Dinner Menu #16 - Pancake Supper

Another ultra simple diet recipe menu. Make your pancakes (or not) anyway you choose: homemade recipe, dry pouch, boxed pancake mix OR ready-made frozen pancakes. And if you prefer, enjoy frozen waffles instead.

See all that syrup flowing like a small stream over those lovely golden pancakes? Although syrup tastes heavenly, it's very devilish in calories - 240 calories or more per serving. And the serving size is so tiny - generally 1/4 cup. So if you plan to use syrup, make it sugar free.  

Recipe Ingredients

Pancakes (300 calories worth)

1 cup of fresh sliced strawberries (45 calories) OR fresh sliced fruit of your choice up to 50 calories.

LIGHT Whipped Topping (100 calories worth) OR if you prefer, omit topping and use sugar free syrup. Serve fruit on the side.

Topping can be omitted if desired should a larger serving of pancakes be preferred.

Splenda or no calorie sweeter can be added to fruit for a higher level of sweetness. OR, use a sprinkle or two of powdered sugar on the pancakes.

Pancake tips from Diet Bites are located here.

Easy Menu #17, Fireside Supper

When losing weight, atmosphere is important to the success of your diet plan. A warm fire, candles, soft music - all of these make nice additions to a meal whether one is dieting or not.

So grab your fine china rather than allowing it to collect dust , as well as those other precious keepsakes. As long as one must diet - they should do such in style.  

Recipe Ingredients

1 garden salad containing 3 cups of baby spinach OR 3 cups of shredded lettuce PLUS ANY of the following mix:

cherry tomatoes or chopped tomato, black olives, cucumber, shredded carrots, sliced mushrooms, radishes, sliced onion.

Enjoy 4 cups - 3 cups of the baby spinach/lettuce + 1 cup of the remaining suggested ingredients PLUS light salad dressing up to 40 calories. (125 calories)

3/4 cup of cooked noodles - any variety (140 calories) which you can salt & pepper as you please. Add 1 pat of butter or margarine to noodles (36 calories) - for a total calorie count of 176 calories.

1/2 cup of pan-roasted or oven-roasted chicken breast. Use cooking spray OR a dab of olive oil for cooking purposes. Serve on top of noodles - so you may wish to cut roasted chicken into small bites. (130 calories)

Enjoy 1/2 cup of your favorite melon OR 1/2 cup of strawberries for dessert.

Easy Dinner Menu #18, Chicken Pot Pie

Our diet-wise Chicken Pot Pie looks similar to the peach pie below. We used puff pastry and omitted the bottom pie crust in order to keep calories at bay. Enjoy the entire Chicken Pot Pie recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

1/2 cup of cubed chicken breast*
1 teaspoon of chopped onion
1 cup of drained mixed veggies (peas, carrots, small potatoes & celery type mix)
1/2 cup of your favorite gravy prepared from a mix (use up to 80 calories)
1 serving of puff pastry (found in freezer section at market - 170 calories per serving)

To prepare, cook cubed chicken on stove top. When chicken is done, add onions and cook until they run clear. Add drained mixed veggies and allow them to warm.

Remove chicken mixture and add gravy to combine. Place mixture in a single-serving dish that is oven proof. Cover top with puff pastry - either lattice style as displayed in the pie photo above, or cover the entire top if desired. Brush with a little egg white if a shiny crust is desired.

Place into a 400-degree oven and bake until puff pasty is golden and fluffy.

*Cooking chicken on the stove top SLOWLY using a bit of cooking spray promotes the chicken to produce a golden roasted appearance and taste. For the Chicken Pot Pie recipe, remove chicken when it runs clear and is still tender and juicy.

Dinner Menu #19, Super Chef Supper

1 salad containing 6 cups of any of the following mix:
- baby spinach
- lettuce - any variety
- Spring Mix Greens

ADD up to 2 cups of any of the following mix:

cherry tomatoes or chopped tomato, black olives, cucumber, shredded carrots, sliced mushrooms, radishes, sliced onion, broccoli florets, cauliflower, zucchini, dried tomatoes, dried peppers, bell pepper, any other variety of pepper.

ADD up to 100 calories of your favorite shredded cheese
ADD up to 100 calories of your favorite salad dressing.
ADD 1 teaspoon of bacon bits if desired.
ADD up to 50 calories worth of salad croutons.

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