Get those MUFAs into your diet to help with your weight loss ! Avocado is a great way to achieve this.
165 calories per serving
½ c sliced avocado
1 T low fat Zesty Italian Dressing
Mix it all up and serve next to soup or a light sandwich.
Whether you’re slicing avocados for sandwiches, salads or snacks, it’s nice to have pretty slices rather than gouged out chunks. Avocados are not the easiest things to work with – but they are well worth the work! Nothing tastes quite like an avocado. And there is now a kitchen tool out there that takes all the hard work out of it. Just slice your avocado in half, remove the pit, and then use the tool to do the rest. I made a quick video so you can see how they work.
The wonderful texture of flavor of avocado shines through in this simple recipe. As well as tasting delicious, avocados are full of healthful MUFAs. This time I used all sliced Campari tomatoes for this salad – they are so sweet !
161 calories per serving
2 lbs. assorted tomatoes, sliced (green tomatoes, grape tomatoes, heirlooms, etc. – whatever you have)
1 avocado, sliced
1 T Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 T chopped cilantro or parsley.
Mix all except avocados in a bowl – then add avocado and gently mix so that avocados do not break up. Serve immediately.
The avocado topping brings back much needed moisture to an often dry turkey burger. Feel free to add tomato and onion slices – they carry a minimum of calories. If you can’t get your hands on a nice ripe avocado, substitute Wholly Guacamole (a super fresh guac available in the refrigerator section of your market).
330 calories per serving
2 turkey burgers (Jennie-O)
2 100 calorie buns (Arnold Select Sandwich Thins – multi grain)
1/2 c worth of avocado slices (about 6 slices) – or use some Wholly Guacamole (available at most markets)
salt and pepper
Heat a pan on medium high. Remove from heat to spray with Pam. Heat frozen burgers according to package instructions (you can alternately grill or broil the burgers, but cook them slow so they do not dry out). When done, place on a bun and add 3 slices of avocado on the top.
This makes the job of making avocado slices a breeze – tools such as these make perfect slices all the time !
The goat cheese and avocado surely make up for the meat on this sandwich and you won’t feel deprived at all. Packed with healthy MUFA and tons of veggies, this will surely be a favorite of yours like it is mine. If you are packing it for work or school, just pack the vinegar separately and pour over just before serving.
340 calories per serving
1 small piece of cucumber
2 t red wine vinegar
2 slices wheat bread (45 calories per slice)
1 slice goat cheese
¼ c alfalfa sprouts
¼ of an avocado, sliced
¼ c shredded carrots
2 radishes, sliced
Cut a small piece of cucumber into thin slices and sprinkle with vinegar. Toast bread and spread with 1 slice of goat cheese and then add cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, carrot and radish.
If you are packing this to go – skip the toast and just place all the ingredients on the bread and douse with vinegar just before serving.
Take out the Bacon, replace it with avocado and you have an ALT instead of a BLT. You still have the bacon flavor since you have Bacos in here, but the main flavor is the avocado. So get your MUFA on and have a great sandwich for lunch today !
290 calories per serving
Even though there are bacon bits here, the main star of this sandwich is the avocado, so I call it an ALT instead of a BLT.
¼ c low fat mayonnaise
2 T bacon flavored veggie bits (Bacos)
8 slices of toast
4 lettuce leaves
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
2 large tomato, sliced
Combine mayo and bacos and mix well then spread of 4 pieces of toast and layer with lettuce, avocado and tomato.
Though the dish packs some calories, it is all good MUFA calories – olive oil, seeds, nuts. So I go ahead and eat it as a lunch instead of a side. The dressing is just superb – the soy added to the Italian dressing gives it such an Asian flair. And the added crunch from the ramen noodles make this a great salad !
260 calories per serving
1 envelope Good Seasons Italian Salad dressing mix
1/3 c sugar
2 T soy sauce
2 3 oz. Packages of ramen noodles
2 16 oz. bags of coleslaw blend
4 green onions, sliced
½ c roasted sunflowers
½ c sliced almonds
Prepare salad dressing mix according to package instructions. Stir in sugar and soy. Break noodles and discard seasoning packet. Add coleslaw, onions, seeds and nuts, Mix and add dressing and toss to coat well.