Diet Skinny Shake Recipe
The Texas Tarantula
Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Also Included in this Diet Article: Recipe Suggestions for Italian Tomato Based Sauces
Oh my - there's a giant tarantula residing in my Diet Closet. Is he Diet Friendly or Diet Naughty? Or is it one of those she-tarantulas that lovies-up to a body, then marches happily away while their victim (although satisfied momentarily) dies?
We assure you that The Texas Tarantula is a very Diet Friendly splurge with a base of healthy skim milk and a splash of nuts. Enjoy with a buddy - and lock the doors. We wouldn't want any Diet Gila Monsters coming inside, now would we?
The Texas Tarantula, a Diet Shake Recipe
1 ½ cups of ice cold skim milk
1 Tablespoon of chocolate syrup (We allowed 70 calories.)
1 Tablespoon of mini chocolate chips (70 calories worth)
1 Tablespoon of cashews or pecans, hulled (We allowed 50 calories.)
1/4 cup of crushed ice
Cocoa powder for dusting purposes
Blend all ingredients except cocoa and pour into chilled glasses. Dust with a bit of cocoa powder for garnishing, if desired.
This Skinny Shake serves 2 dieters for about 145 calories each.
Weight Loss Tips, Low Calorie Recipes for Italian Sauces
Grab a few cans or jars of your favorite Italian sauces the next time you're at the market. When possible, opt for the versions that contain a skinny 50 calories per one-half cup serving - or thereabouts.
You can use this product to create all sorts of wonderful foods for your weight loss plan. Here are two that were created in the Diet Bites humble kitchen....
Eggplant Extravaganza, a diet recipe
Look for firm but not hard eggplant specimens when shopping at the market. They should be as free of blemishes as possible - although at times, the produce managers aren't as careful with these babies as the experienced home cook.
Wash, then slice the eggplant. There is no need to remove the dark outer layer. Add a bit of cooking spray to a non-stick pan and then 'roast' them on low heat. If the eggplant is nice and fresh, they will roast quickly. If you prefer, you can drizzle the eggplant with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and roast them under the oven broiler, in the toaster oven - or inside the oven itself.
Once they are roasted, arrange them in a casserole dish that has been treated for sticking. You don't want your lovely recipe to stick to the sides at serving time.
Next, add salt and cracked pepper if desired to the roasted eggplant. Sprinkle on a bit of Parmesan cheese. Spread on the Italian tomato sauce, marinara or spaghetti sauce of your choice. Top with shredded reduced fat cheese of your choice. The white cheeses work best with this recipe.
Place into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes. Serve with crusty bread.
If you wish, for a few more calories you can press the roasted eggplant into Panko bread crumbs before topping with the Parmesan cheese, marinara and white low fat cheese.
Eggplant & Papa's Sun-Ripened Garden Tomatoes, a diet recipe
There is nothing sweeter or more delicious than a sweet sun-ripened tomato straight from the garden! If you don't have sun-ripened tomatoes on hand, please purchase at the market. While a can of petite diced tomatoes can be used instead - even the seasoned varieties, the sun-ripened tomatoes contain the most flavor and are perfect for this recipe.
Clean the eggplant; remove the stem - cut into bite-sized chunks. Pan roast the eggplant with a bit of extra virgin olive oil - along with the sun-ripened tomatoes that have also been cut into bite-sized bits. Sprinkle with your favorite Italian seasonings - or add a splash of Italian salad dressing, the lower fat varieties and preferably one that contains olive oil.
You can also add chopped onion to the pan if you desire. When finished cooking, you can also add a serving of grated low fat cheese. This is a colorful, beautiful and very tasty dish that you can feel good about eating while on your weight loss plan.
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