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Pigs in the Blankets, a Lower Calorie Recipe

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Wrap your weight loss plan around these skinny piglets for a tasty anytime meal.....

To keep this recipe lean in caloric content we went for the light franks at the market which contained 1/4 the calories of most-other brands of franks. And talk about saving fat grams - we did very well.

We have several versions of this diet recipe based on the size of biscuit chosen.

While using light and low fat franks are your best option while dieting or not, many individuals don't like the taste of light franks. Therefore, if you use the regular frank varieties, check the nutrition label for the caloric values. See how brands compare - and also check the dietary fat content, the saturated fats and Trans fats in particular.

The recipe contains only four ingredients. Mix the chili sauce and grape jelly together and heat in a thick sauce pan. Add the halved frank and move around in the pan to thoroughly coat with the glaze.

Next, flatten the biscuits. Set one half of the frank onto one side of the biscuit and roll; seal dough with dampened fingers. Bake as directed on the biscuit container.

Recipe Ingredients for Pig in the Blankets

biscuits, recipe ingredient2 Biscuits (depends upon brand and size of biscuit; we used two 50-calorie biscuits for this recipe)
1 Reduced Fat Frankfurter that has been cut in the middle (40 calories)
1 Tablespoon of Hormel Chili Sauce
1 Tablespoon of Grape Jelly

If you're motivated in a big way to lose weight, try shopping for the smaller biscuits which contain a skinny 50 calories each. If you use 50 calorie biscuits with the low fat franks - you've got an excellent value in calorie content for an old-fashioned, reduced fat comfort food. Be sure to avoid the biscuits of grand size or Texas size as they contain upwards to 350 calories each.

Serving Suggestions: Dip into a bit of yellow or spicy mustard if desired OR a small spoon of jam or preserves. Or you can roll the biscuits OR sprinkle the tops of the biscuits in a number of tasty spices and foods before cooking such as Hormel's Real Bacon Bits, garlic salt, poppy seeds, parsley or paprika.

This low calorie, low fat free diet menu recipe makes 1 serving for about 175 calories when 50-calorie biscuits are used and low fat franks.

Biscuit Tips for Dieters

Raw biscuit dough can be taken in a million different directions to create original and delicious recipes for your weight loss plan. As in the recipe above, they can be filled with light cuts of meat. Reduced fat cheese can be added to add flavor.

To create desserts that can fit into your healthy diet, dried fruits such as golden raisins, dark raisins and dried cranberries can be added. Spices such as ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg can be added.

Work any added ingredient into the raw dough, then reshape and bake as directed on biscuit package. Just look below at the tasty recipe that we created in our humble kitchen by adding a few ingredients to the biscuit dough.

Lower Calorie Chicken in a Biscuit Recipe

Work the following ingredients into the raw biscuit dough: dried parsley, 1/4 teaspoon of ground chili powder, and a dash of garlic salt.

Flatten dough with a rolling pin. 

Place the following ingredients into the center of the dough, seal and bake according to package directions: pan-roasted chicken breast, sauteed bell peppers and onions, salt and pepper.

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