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Lemon Shrimp Kabobs

You know the drill 🙂 Throw away the skewers and forget kabobs – get a grill basket instead and make kabob cooking easy like it should be ! Cooking this with the lemon wedges as well as mixing in lemon juice makes this super citrusy and shrimp is just meant to be mixed with citrus.

Lemon Shrimp Kabobs
Lemon Shrimp Kabobs

6 servings
115 calories per serving

3 T honey
¼ c lemon juice
1 T finely chopped parsley
1 ½ lb. uncooked shrimp
3 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch slices
2 medium summer squash, cut into 1 inch slices
1 small red bell pepper cut into 1 inch wedges
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small lemon cut into wedges

Mix honey, lemon juice and parsley in a dish. Add shrimp, cover and refrigerate ½ hour. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with Pam. Place shrimp and veggies in basket and grill 12 minutes stirring frequently. Brush more marinade on the fish during the cooking process.

Mexican Mac and Cheese

This is one of the better mac and cheese recipes I have done. Make sure you stir the mix enough to get all the cheese melted. And try not putting in the half and half until a good amount of the cheese is already melted so you don’t get unmelted lumps. This really hit the spot and you can certainly change it up by adding bits of different vegetables, maybe even some hot peppers 😉

Mexican Mac and Cheese
Mexican Mac and Cheese

4 servings
245 calories per serving

2 c FiberGourmet rotini pasta (without FiberGourmet, the recipe comes in at 285 calories per serving)
¼ c sliced black olives
½ c fat free half and half
½ t salt
1 small red bell pepper chopped
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, drained
4 slices fat free Kraft American cheese slices

Cook pasta according to package instructions and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cook over low heat 5 minutes or until cheese is all melted.

Asian Garden Salad

Simple, low cal, nutritious and a nice change from your regular green salad!

Asian Garden Salad
Asian Garden Salad

6 servings
126 calories per serving

1/3 c thinly sliced scallions
4 T soy sauce
3 T water
2 c boiling water
1 ½ t sesame oil
¼ t garlic powder
¼ t red pepper flakes
1 3 oz. package low fat ramen noodle soup
2 c boiling water
2 c fresh pea pods, halved crosswise
1 c fresh bean sprouts
1 c sliced mushrooms
8 oz. can baby corn, drained and halved crosswise
1 red bell pepper cut into small strips
3 c shredded Chinese cabbage

Combine green onions, soy, water, oil, garlic powder and red pepper flakes and set aside. Break up ramen noodles and discard seasoning packet. Add peapods and pour 2 c boiling water over the mix and let stand 1 minute and then drain. Combine noodles, pea pods, bean sprouts, mushrooms, corn and peppers in a bowl. Shake dressing and toss with the noodle mix. Cover and chill 2 – 24 hours. Just before serving add cabbage.

Grilled Garden Sandwiches

For only 260 calories you get a big, beefy sandwich just packed with veggies that are sooooo flavorful. And the mozzarella cheese is just the ‘icing on the cake’ here !

Grilled Garden Sandwiches
Grilled Garden Sandwiches

4 servings
260 calories per serving

8 slices whole wheat bread
1 medium zucchini cut lengthwise into ¼ inch thick slices
1 small red bell pepper halved
½ small eggplant, peeled and cut into ½ inch thick slices
½ c fat free Italian dressing
¾ c shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat broiler. Brush one side of the veggies with dressing and broil dressing side up for 5 minutes. Turn, recoat and broil another 5 minutes. Then cut everything into bite sized pieces. Toast bread and sprinkle 4 pieces with cheese then top with the veggies and cover with the rest of the bread.

Moo Shu Wraps

This is an excellent homemade version of vegetable moo shu that you can get at most Chinese restaurants. Hoisin sauce is available in the Asian section of most markets – be sure not to leave that out, it’s what makes this dish really authentic tasting.

Moo Shu Wraps
Moo Shu Wraps

8 wraps
150 calories per wrap

¼ c stir fry sauce
2 t cornstarch
3 c shredded Chinese cabbage / Napa cabbage
2 c fresh bean sprouts
1 c coarsely chopped fresh mushrooms
1/3 sliced green onions
2 medium carrots coarsely shredded
2 medium red bell pepper, in thin strips
16 t hoisin sauce
8 6 inch flour tortillas, heated

Combine stir fry sauce and cornstarch. Spray a skillet with Pam and heat to medium high then add cabbage, sprouts, mushrooms, onions, carrots and peppers and cook 5 minutes. Then add stir fry sauce and cook another 3 minutes. Spread 2 t hoisin sauce on each tortilla and then top each with veggie mix using a slotted spoon so liquid is left in the pan. Roll up each tortilla and serve with extra sauce and green onions.

Texas Peppersteak

Peppersteak is great no matter how you slice it 🙂 But this recipe really is a winner – the sauce made with coffee and balsamic turned an already savory dish into something just exquisite.

Texas Peppersteak
Texas Peppersteak

4 servings
226 calories per serving

½ t ground cumin
½ t ground coriander
½ t chili powder
¼ t salt
¾ t pepper
1 lb. boneless top sirloin steak, trimmed
1 clove garlic, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T oil
2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 t brown sugar
½ c brewed strong coffee
¼ c balsamic vinegar

Combine first five ingredients. Rub steak with cut garlic and then rub the spice mix into the steak. Heat 2 t of oil into a skillet and cook the steak 6-8 minutes per side or to desired doneness. Get a nice sear on the outside for extra flavor ! Remove steak from pan and tent with foil to keep warm. Add 1 t oil to the skillet and stir in the pepper and onions and cook 4 minutes then add the minced garlic and brown sugar and heat a minute before stirring in the coffee and vinegar. Heat 3-4 minutes. Slice steak into thin pieces and plate with pepper mix on top. Pour any sauce from pan over platter.

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