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Fruit Salsa

Try serving this with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps. This has such a flavor explosion already then you add the kick from the jalapeno and this is a dessert or snack that is near perfection ! Be sure to chop everything very small and very uniform – that is part of what makes this as special as it is.

Fruit Salsa
Fruit Salsa

Makes 3 cups
1 T = 44 calories

1 c finely chopped strawberries
1 orange, peeled and finely chopped
3 small kiwi, peeled and finely chopped
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
¼ c finely chopped yellow bell pepper
1 T lime juice
1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

Fruit Salsa
Fruit Salsa

Combine all ingredients and cover and chill at least 6 hours.

Chili Lime Shrimp

Chili / Lime is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Put it on just about anything and you get a smile from me 🙂 Add it to shrimp for a quick dinner that tastes anything but quick !

Chili Lime Shrimp
Chili Lime Shrimp

4 servings
186 calories per serving

¾ cup scallions, chopped
1 ½ lb. raw peeled cleaned shrimp
1 t chili powder
2 T lime juice
2 T buttery spread
½ t salt
1/ t garlic powder

Heat a skillet and spray it with Pam. Add ½ c scallions and cook 1 minute. Add 1 T hot water if needed to keep the scallions from getting dry. Add shrimp and spices and cook 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in juice and spread. Garnish with the remaining scallions.

Thai Chicken

Just the right amount of heat, tons of flavor and a dish I will make again and again ! This authentic Thai Chicken recipe combines the sweetness of coconut milk sugar and ginger with the heat of hot chile sauce, onions and garlic and turns out a flavor popping meal.

Thai Chicken
Thai Chicken

4 servings
403 calories per serving

3.5 oz. bag boil-in-bag rice
1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1 T cornstarch
1 T fish sauce
4 t oil, divided
1 c sliced onion
2 t garlic, minced
1 t ginger, minced
1/2 c light coconut milk
2 t Sriracha (hot chile sauce available in the Asian section of your grocer)
1 T sugar
1 T fresh lime juice
2 T chopped cilantro
Lime wedges

Cook rice according to package instructions and keep warm. Mix starch and fish sauce and then toss with chicken. Heat 1 T oil and sauté chicken 6-8 minutes them remove to a plate and keep warm. Add 1 t oil to pan and cook onion, and sauté 3 minutes. Then add garlic and ginger and cook another minute. Put chicken back in the pan and cook 1 minute them add coconut milk, chile sauce, sugar and lime juice and cook a minute to heat through. Plate and garnish with cilantro. Serve with a lime slice.

Corn Salsa

This can be eaten as a side, or use in smaller portions as a salsa over the top of broiled fish or chicken. Very savory, very easy to put together and very healthy !

Corn Salsa
Corn Salsa

4 servings
58 calories per serving

4 small tomatoes, chopped
1 c corn kernels (frozen and thawed or fresh)
¼ c chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno or ¼ of a green bell pepper, chopped finely
¼ c fat free zesty Italian dressing
Squirt of lime

Mix all together and chill at least 1 hour.

Coconut Corn

This creamy corn dish has a sweet, mild flavor – one the whole family will enjoy. Though the ingredients sounds very Thai inspired, the flavors are mild and you can pair this with anything.

Coconut Corn
Coconut Corn

4 servings
148 calories per serving

2 c frozen corn, thawed
1 c lite coconut milk
1/4 t salt
2 T chopped cilantro
1 T lime juice
½ t red pepper flakes

Mix corn, milk and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until milk has mostly evaporated. Stir in cilantro, lime and red pepper.

Soft Chicken Tacos

Super good – this stacks up to any taco you find out there and the kids love to make these. These tacos really hit the spot.

Soft Chicken Tacos
Soft Chicken Tacos

10 servings
249 calories per serving

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken, cut into bite sized cubes
1t red vinegar
Juice of one half a lime
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t oregano flakes
10 6 inch flour tortillas
1 tomato, diced
1/4 c shredded lettuce
1/4 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 c salsa
1 avocado, sliced

Spray a skillet with Pam and cook chicken 6-7 minutes or until done. Mix in vinegar, juice, salt, pepper, garlic and oregano and simmer 5 minutes. Heat tortillas half a minute in microwave. Put chicken mix in tacos and top with cheese, tomato, lettuce and salsa. Top with 2 slices of avocado per taco.

Ginger Lime Scallops

The ginger and lime flavors were very subtle in this dish – you can definitely dial them up if you want a more robust dish. But the subtlety was very nice and when combined with the great scallop flavor, this made a great seafood dish. The rich sauce made with butter and cream is soooo lovely !

Ginger Lime Scallops
Ginger Lime Scallops

6 servings
224 calories per serving

1/2 c dry white wine
1/2 c unsalted chicken broth
2 T minced shallots
1 t grated fresh ginger
1/4 t grated lime peel
1 1/2 lb. scallops
1/4 c unsalted butter
1/4 c whipping cream

Mix wine, broth, shallots, ginger, and lime peel in a skillet and boil uncovered until reduced by half. Stir in cream and boil until reduced to 3/4 c. Over medium heat add butter and incorporate into sauce. Keep warm. Rinse scallops and pat dry.. Spray scallops and another skillet with Pam. Saute scallops 7 to 10 minutes or until done. Pour sauce onto a warm platter lay scallops in sauce. Serve with optional brown rice (add 120 calories for each ½ c rice).

Lime Basil Sorbet

Basil is in the mint family – don’t let its addition to a dessert throw you – but if you can’t get past it, then just substitute mint instead. But whatever you do, don’t skip this recipe – it is a FANTASTIC summer dessert.

Lime Basil Sorbet
Lime Basil Sorbet

8 servings
220 calories per serving

1 ½ c sugar
2 c lime juice (about 20 small limes)
½ c light corn syrup
¾ c basil leaves, chopped
2 c water
1 T grated lime zest

Mix sugar, 1 c juice and syrup and cook for 2 minutes to melt sugar then add the basil or mint and remove from heat. Pour into a metal bowl (mixture will cool quicker) and add rest of the juice, water and the zest. Cover and chill completely. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer instructions then move to your freezer for an hour or so. If you don’t eat it right away, then defrost 10 minutes or so before eating.

Curried Cucs and Avocado

My friend grows the tastiest cucs ! And they are just perfect in this salad. Just a bit of curry, just a bit of Tabasco, lotsa lime and great veggies. This is one you’ll make again and again.

Curried Cucs and Avocado
Curried Cucs and Avocado

3 servings
106 calories per serving

1 large cucumber peeled, seeded and diced
1 t salt
½ red bell pepper, diced
Zest of one lime
Juice of one lime
2 T chopped cilantro or parsley
1 ½ t sugar
½ t curry powder
A Couple of dashes of Tabasco
1 avocado, diced

Take the cucumber pieces and sprinkle with salt and set in a colander to drain. This helps some to remove some of the bitterness that some cucumbers have. Mix pepper, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, sugar and Tabasco. Pat the cucumbers dry and add to the pepper mix. Finally add the avocado and serve immediately.

Citrus Fish

Citrus and fish – they just go together ! The acidity in the citrus brings out all the natural flavor in the fish and the lemon pepper is the perfect spicy dusting. Try serving with Veggies in Cheese Sauce for a great low cal meal with tons of flavor.

Citrus Fish
Citrus Fish

4 servings
133 calories per serving

1 T oil
4 4 oz. white fish fillets (any will do – tilapia, flounder, etc.)
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lime
½ t lemon pepper seasoning
½ t salt

Heat oil and place the fish in the pan then drizzle with the citrus juices and seasoning. Cook 5 minutes or until fish is done.

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