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Chicken Hash

Simple ingredients combined to make a perfect complete meal – chicken, potatoes, spinach and a few other yummy things.

Chicken Hash
Chicken Hash

4 servings
295 calories per serving

2 6 oz. chicken breasts (bone in)
2 t oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 T fresh thyme leaves
1 ½ lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, in ¼ inch pieces
2 large shallots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 T water
½ lb. spinach, chopped
Fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put chicken in a baking dish and drizzle with 2 t oil and season with salt and pepper and thyme. Roast 35 minutes or until done. Cut meat into bite sized pieces. Bring potatoes to a boil in salted water and cook 15 minutes or until tender. Heat 4 t oil in a skillet and cook shallots 3 minutes then add garlic and cook another 30 seconds. Add potatoes and cook 7 minutes or until browned. Then mix in chicken and spinach and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt, pepper and some fresh lemon juice.

Chicken and Dumplings (Crock Pot)

This recipe confirmed all my earlier suspicions – – I REALLY REALLY don’t like dumplings ! heheheh But I know there are lotsa people out there who do and my husband (who is a bona fide dumpling lover) said these were quite tasty !

Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings

8 servings
400 calories per serving

4 c cubed cooked chicken (Perdue Shortcuts work great here!)
6 c fat free chicken broth
1 T parsley, chopped
1 c onion, chopped
1 c celery, chopped
6 c diced potatoes
1 c green beans
1 c carrots, sliced

1 c white flour
1 c whole wheat flour
1 t salt
4 t baking powder
1 egg, beaten
2 T oil
2/3 c skim milk

Combine all soup ingredients in crock. Cover and cook 4-6 hours. Transfer to a large soup pot with a lid and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer. To make the dumplings, mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. In another bowl mix egg, oil and milk and then add to flour mixture. Drop by large tablespoonfuls on top of the simmering broth until the surface is covered. Cover and simmer 18 minutes.

Beef Ramen Bowl

Simple, versatile dinner that is ready in no time and tastes like a million bucks. You could easily substitute chicken or pork and leftover meats would be great to use here. You can also sub in any frozen veggie mix.

Beef Ramen Bowl
Beef Ramen Bowl

4 servings
255 calories per serving

1 lb. beef sirloin cut into thin strips
2 c water
3 oz. Asian or Beef flavor ramen noodle mix
1 lb. fresh stir fry veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red peppers)
¼ c soy sauce

Spray a skillet with Pam and cook beef 5 minutes or until browned then remove from skillet and keep warm. Boil stir in veggies and heat to boiling and continue to cook 4 minutes or until veggies are a bit tender. Stir in seasoning packet and broken up noodles and continue cooking 3 minutes. Finally add soy and then add beef and heat through.

Saute of Chicken in Pom Reduction

What a fun way to make chicken – the Pom reduction gives this dish a very distinctive flavor.

Saute of Chicken in Pom Reduction
Saute of Chicken in Pom Reduction

4 servings
233 calories per serving

4 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 T oil
½ t garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 t oil
1 shallot, sliced thinly
½ c sliced green onions
1 13.25 oz. can sliced mushrooms
1 c Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
1 t Kitchen Bouquet (browning sauce)
4 T pomegranate seeds for garnish

Heat 1 T oil in skillet. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder and sauté 4 minutes each side or until browned and chicken is done. Set aside and keep warm. Add 1 t oil to skillet and sauté shallots and onions 5 minutes. If the onions get too dry, add a teaspoon or so of hot water to the pan. Add mushrooms and sauté another 3 minutes. Add Pom Wonderful and Kitchen Bouquet and bring to a boil the reduce heat and simmer 5-7 minutes to thicken sauce. Serve mushroom sauce over chicken and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Salisbury Steak

This is a favorite of frozen dinner makers and I still remember the taste of good old Swanson TV Dinner Salisbury Steak. This one is much better ! The recipe is easy to make and gives you a great result time in and time out. Try serving with 1/2 c mashed potatoes and some Roasted Grape Tomatoes and you meal comes in under 400 calories !

Salisbury Steak
Salisbury Steak

4 servings
266 calories per serving

½ c skim milk
14 fat free saltines, crushed
2 T dried minced onions
2 t parsley flakes
1 lb. lean ground beef
12 oz. fat free beef gravy
2 T ketchup
2 t Worcestershire sauce
¼ t pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix milk, crackers, onion, and parsley and then add the meat and make into 4 oval patties and place in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Whisk gravy, ketchup , Worcestershire and pepper and pour over the meat and cook 55 minutes or until meat is done.

Meal Plans – Let Me Count the Calories for you !

Sometimes it’s hard to put together a meal. There are a lot of pieces to put together. You have to:

put together a balanced, nutritional meal
picture different flavor combinations so you know how they will mix
come in on target for your calorie allotment

Here I’ve put together some suggestions for you. The dinners come in under 400 calories and are balanced meals that taste good when all put together on the same plate.

Enjoy !!


Stuffed Shells Florentine

Artichoke and Tomato Salad


Roasted Chicken

Home Fries

Garlicky Side Salad


Texas Peppersteak

Baked Potato


Chicken Sausage

Zesty Coleslaw

Orzo and Herbs

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