Low-Fat & Low-Calorie Dishes – Summer List 2
June 23, 2011
5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Entrées & Side Dishes
- Grilled Kabobs. Stack seafood (shrimp is an easy choice), lean meat, and vegetables on kabobs and coat with a small amount of olive oil. Heat through and serve—they’re always a hit! Recipe: Chicken Kabobs
- Corn on the Cob. Corn is great as is, but for something different, sweeten it up with a chili-lime topping. Recipe: Corn on the Cob w/Chili Lime Butter
- Grilled Fruit. Did you know that heating fruit makes it even sweeter? Slice and heat all of your favorite fruits on the grill. See our How-To Videos
- Sweet Potatoes. Substitute low-fat or non-fat milk instead of using heavy cream. Also, try low-fat sour cream instead of cooking with butter. Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup
- French Onion Vegetable Dip. Substitute fat-free sour cream and dry French onion soup mix (low-sodium) to decrease fat and sodium.
5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Desserts
- 100% Fruit Popsicles. Purée your favorite fruits with a small amount of 100% juice of your choice. Place in molds and freeze. Try your hand at all different kinds of fruit combinations!
- Strawberry Shortcake. Who doesn’t love one of summer’s finest desserts? Place a ring of angel food cake in a bowl, top with lots and lots of fresh cut strawberries, a small dollop of low-fat whipped cream and wah-lah you have a low-calorie dessert that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
- Tiramisu. Use egg whites instead of whole eggs, reduced-fat cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese, and a low-fat cheese instead of a whole-milk cheese.
- Caramelized Plantains. This traditional Kwanza dish is normally deep fried. To decrease the fat and calories, try caramelizing the plantains with a small amount of walnut oil, raisins, and brown sugar.
- Fruit Pies. Fruit makes a great dessert! Instead of making pies loaded with sugar, try our kid-friendly Pocket Fruit Pies—4 pies are ready in only 15 minutes!
5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Breakfasts
- Smoothie. Offer a Power Gold Smoothie that not only tastes wonderful, but is full of color and nutrition.
- Fruit Pizza. Toast an English muffin and top with low-fat cream cheese and all of your favorite fruits! Create your own combination or try our Symphony of Fruit Pizza.
- Breakfast Wrap. Combine scrambled eggs on a whole grain tortilla with a slice of reduced fat cheese and sliced avocado and tomato.
- Homemade Fruit Spread. Purée your favorite fruits for a sweet spread full of antioxidants. Top whole wheat toast or biscuits for an easy breakfast!
- Sweet Potato Pancakes. Liven up the color and nutrients of your pancakes by adding sweet potatoes! Substitute whole wheat flour, low-fat milk and egg whites/substitutes. Recipe: Sweet Potato Pancakes
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