Quite often, you must have observed that when we have to cook just for ourselves, we tend to feel lazy or bored, and eventually end up having junk or fast food. Though these foods do help us in such situations, they are definitely not very healthy for our body. Being high in calories and deficient in vitamins and minerals, these food products don't do any benefit, whereas they increase our body weight by accumulating fat in our body. As a result, to shed those extra kilos, we hit the gym or follow a strict exercise program. Although regular exercise is beneficial for our body, one of the simplest way to lose weight is to plan our daily food intake by having meals low in calories and fat. Therefore, following are some delectable low calorie recipes, that can be prepared without wasting much of your time and efforts.
Low Calorie Recipes
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
- Cream of Potato Soup, 1 can (10 oz.)
- Pumpkin, 1 can (15 oz.)
- Cream, 1 cup
- Chicken Broth, 1¼ cups
- Butter, 2 tbsp.
- White Pepper, ¼ tsp.(to taste)
- Ginger, ¼ tsp.
- Seasoned Croutons, 1 cup
- Paprika, (for garnish) 1 pinch
- Salt, 1 tsp.
- Garlic powder, ½ tsp.
Place a saucepan over medium heat, mix the cream of potato soup, broth, pumpkin, butter, and cream. Flavor with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ginger. Stir well until blended, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and boil for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into a tureen and garnish with paprika and seasoned croutons.
Leah's Fresh Salsa
- Whole Tomatoes, 1 can (28 oz.)
- Jalapeno, (chopped seeds) 1
- Roma Tomatoes, (chopped) 2
- Garlic Cloves, (diced) 2
- Salt, ½ tsp.
Put the chopped jalapeno, roma tomatoes, and garlic cloves in a blender and blend for about 10 - 12 seconds on medium speed or until it gets a little chunky. Now add entire can of whole tomatoes; blend until relatively smooth. Add salt, stir, and serve.
Asparagus with Romano Cheese and Pine Nuts
- Asparagus (cut in half, using the top half of the spear) 1 lb.
- Romano cheese, (fresh grated) ¼ cup
- Pine Nuts, ¼ cup
- Olive Oil, 1½ tbsp.
- Pepper, (freshly ground) ¼ tsp.
- Lemon, 1
Turn on the broiler to high heat and place the asparagus on a baking sheet. Slightly brush with olive oil on both sides of the asparagus and then add cheese and pine nuts to it. Broil for 4 - 5 minutes or until the cheese melts. Remove from heat and flavor with pepper and fresh lemon juice. Serve warm.
Applesauce Bran Cereal Muffins
- Flour, 1¼ cups
- Salt, ¼ tsp.
- Raisin Bran Cereal, 2 cups
- Applesauce, ½ cup
- Fat-free Milk, 1 cup
- Baking Powder, 1 tbsp.
- Butter, (melted) 2 tbsp.
- Egg, (slightly beaten) 1
- Firmly Packed Brown Sugar, ⅓ cup
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; keep it aside. In another bowl, stir in egg, applesauce, sugar, and butter and then add it to the flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Put the batter into a muffin pan sprayed with cooking spray, filling each cup ⅔ full. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until the muffins turn golden brown.
These were some dishes for health conscious people, that are not only easy to prepare but will also satiate your taste buds. You can also use different ingredients and try to make variations in these dishes.
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