Low Calorie Recipes

Mother’s Day Weekend

My parents came down to visit for the weekend. On Saturday they watched Logan for us while we went to a Celebration of Life for a family friend who passed away recently. It was a really nice service.

My parents had a blast taking care of Logan. He was excited to see them, too, and to show off his new biking skills. 😉

Then on Sunday we had a mother’s day lunch at our house. Michael’s mom and stepdad came over and Michael’s brother Doug brought tulips for all the moms. It was very sweet. <3

Unfortunately, I ended up with a stomach bug Saturday so that kind of ruined my Mother’s Day. 🙁 Michael and my mom did all the food prep and cooking. I didn’t want to risk infecting anyone. Michael made a frittata:

It was pretty good. If we make it again I’d put some cheese on top. 🙂 This is the recipe:

One Pan BLT Skillet Frittata

Yield: 4

Calories per serving: 146

Carbs per serving: 3

Protein per serving: 9

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices Wright Brand Bacon, chopped (I used their Applewood Smoked Bacon)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Fresh basil, chopped, as garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together your eggs, milk, basil, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Cook your chopped bacon until crispy. Here is a great link with some tips!
  4. Add olive oil, garlic and spinach to the skillet and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the spinach and then stir in the bacon. Stir the entire skillet once or until well combined. Let sit (without stirring) for about 2 minutes, just until the edges are set.
  6. Place the entire skillet in the oven and cook for 15 minutes, or until the eggs are set and slightly golden.
  7. Top with some freshly chopped basil if desired.
  8. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

From: https://www.thecookierookie.com/one-pan-blt-skillet-frittata/

http://www.110pounds.com/?p=54710

On the side we had fruit salad and a Trader Joe’s kale and broccoli salad mix. I felt really bad that the lunch didn’t go quite as I planned because I got sick. Such a bummer! But the food turned out really well and we all sat outside on the deck in the gorgeous summery weather.

Dessert was the Trader Joe’s Key Lime Pie. I’ve never bought it before–SO GOOD! It was smaller than I was expecting but it turned out to be the perfect size for the lunch.

We opened Mother’s Day cards and gifts. Logan made me a card and this present at daycare:

How cute is that? 😀

Despite being sick for most of the weekend, it was nice seeing family and spending time together. I’m really looking forward to more meal outside on our deck. Happy Mother’s day!

Eats

I started eating walnuts last year. For awhile I was eating them as dessert. I’d have fresh berries, walnuts and whipped cream. It was a good lower carb option for dessert for me. I kinda stopped doing that for awhile, no idea why, but I wanted to revisit the idea of eating “real food” more often.

Walnuts, especially, are really good food you. They are the best nut you can eat. Better than almonds, much better than peanuts. And I’ve been finding that they are pretty filling! The downside is that like all nuts, they are pretty high in calories so I have to watch how many I eat!

Last week my lunches were:

Green and red leaf salad with:

Steak

Feta

Walnuts

Carrots

Raw Peppers

Cucumber

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

The salads were really filling and I felt good after eating it. I will be doing a variation of this for my lunches for awhile I think.

Last Friday night, Michael and I also tried a pre-made cauliflower pizza crust. I got it at Whole Foods. It was really expensive (like $5.99) for a small pizza (4 slices total). But I wanted to try it as an alternative to regular dough. (We usually use the Trader Joe’s dough for our homemade pizza nights.)

The good thing about the cauliflower crust pizza, it’s lower in calories and carbs. The bad thing? It’s a pain in the butt to make, time consuming and doesn’t always work well. We had a LOT of failures when we first tried making it ourselves.

So how was the Whole Foods Cauliflower pizza? Really good.

We topped it with cheese, pizza seasoning, pepperoni, olives, Mamas Lil Peppers and baked it a little longer than it suggested. It was crispy and delicious and had great texture.

The pizza was great but it’s NOT low carb. It’s actually pretty high in carbs. But it IS gluten free, so that’s good if you need that. It’s low in calories, which is nice. But it’s also small. (Four servings total, so enough for 2 people.)

I’d like to try Trader Joe’s cauliflower crust pizza next.

Amazon currently has a deal on the Kitchenaid Spiralizer and we got one! We are really excited to try it out.  The deal is really good, so check it out before it’s done. I planted one zucchini plant in our veggie garden this year and I’m looking forward to lots of zoodles.

Finally, in meal prep land — for lunches this week I made this beef and broccoli:

Here is the recipe:

QUICK BEEF AND BROCCOLI MEAL PREP

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil and Sriracha, if using.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  4. Stir in broccoli, green onions, rice and soy sauce mixture until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through and the broccoli is tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Place mixture into meal prep containers, garnished with sesame seeds, if desired.

Notes

From: https://damndelicious.net/2017/06/24/quick-beef-broccoli-meal-prep/

http://www.110pounds.com/?p=54652

I am looking forward to having this for lunch (I also added some kimchi to it for lunch). I skipped the rice, too.

(UPDATE: It was DELICIOUS!! So good and very filling. Did not need the rice at all.)

QUESTION: Try any good recipes lately?