Come Eat With Me Series: Part One

I just got back from an Indianapolis American Cancer Society Guild Meeting for the Discovery Ball.  How fitting is that?  Those women are and will continue to be “my people” they freaking just get it, they get me, and most importantly; they understand cancer.  On that committee most of those women have either been touched by cancer personally, or they have had a spouse touched by it, or they work in oncology or at the American Cancer Society.  My point being is that THEY TOTALLY FREAKING GET IT.  I am beyond stoked for another year of giving back with the Indianapolis American Cancer Society Guild, but more importantly I am beyond thrilled to be surrounded by women who understand me, get me, empathize with me, and are interested in research not just ribbons just like me!  MY KIND OF WOMEN!!!!  AMEN!!!

So, let’s get to the point this Tuesday!  Come Eat With Me Series: Part One!  I posted last week’s introduction and first recipe share!  Today I am going to share some more of my tried and true recipes below for you all to enjoy!  Let’s begin with one of my breakfast favorites followed by some dinner favorites!  We will end with some snack favorites, for sure!

Banana-Strawberry Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 Banana
  • 6 Strawberries
  • 6-8 oz. non-fat flavored soy yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. skim milk powder (I found this in non-fat powder)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender.  Blend thoroughly and serve.  Per serving: 2 servings of fruit!!  So healthy and great for the mornings!

Curried Chicken Salad (Lunch or Dinner) 

  • 1 lb chicken (cooked or shredded)
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fat free mayo (yes this does exist)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Honey (optional)

In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayo, and curry powder.  Fold in the chicken, grapes and cilantro and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.  Add a drizzle of honey for sweetness and stir.  Serve over lettuce or in a sandwich.  Makes 4 servings.

Per serving:  Fat 0.6g, Fruit 1/2 svg.

Roasted Chicken 

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1-2 tbsp minced garlic

After removing insides from the whole chicken, rinse, pat dry. and set in a roasting pan (ungreased).  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sprinkle basil and minced garlic over the whole chicken.  Rub in as desired.  Place in the oven for 20 minutes per pound.  Bast in natural juices once an hour.  Remove, carve, and serve. (Most people think you need to add oil or butter for juiciness and the picture added here will show you one of mine with no butter and no oil, plenty of natural juices for flavor and juiciness!) No need to add additional fat!!

Cucumber Dip 

  • 5 Small cucumbers, unpeeled
  • 1/2 Cup rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp garlic Salt
  • 2 pkg 8 oz fat-free cream cheese. softened
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp chopped chives

Grate cucumbers in a medium bowl.  Toss the rice vinegar, salt and 1/2 garlic salt.  Cover and chill 8 hours.  Drain the mixture, pressing between paper towels.

Beat cream cheese, yogurt and remaining 1/2 tsp garlic salt at medium speed with electric mixer 1-2 minutes until smooth.  Stir in cucumber mixture and chives.  Cover and chill for 1 hour.  Serve as a dip with fat-free crackers or fresh veggies, or try as a spread on whole grain bread.  Makes 12 servings.

Per servings:  Total Fat 0.1g, Fiber 1g, Vegetable 1 svg

Snack Ideas for the Week:

  • Spread 1 tbsp of 100% fruit jam over a slice of whole-grain bread or toast (also a favorite of mine is Thomas Brand English Muffins, 100 Calorie Whole Grain that has 8 grams of fiber in one muffin)
  • Slice of angel food cake with non-fat fruit yogurt and fresh fruit
  • Apple Butter has no fat grams in eat, sweet to taste and healthier than regular butter, use it on whole grain toast or an english muffin
  • Low-fat hummus with whole wheat pita chips or fresh cut carrots or other veggies of choice

Hope you enjoy eating healthy with me this week!  Raise those water bottles to healthy eating; breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner!  Make this week ridiculously awesome and healthy!  Much love!

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