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Yield: 8 potato skins

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as: 1/2 cup starchy foods with 1 tsp fat maximum OR 1/2 cup hearty stews

Nutrition Analysis: Per serving: 123 calories, 5 g protein, 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 11 mg cholesterol, 1.3 g fiber, 156 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 29%.

 

Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

 Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken or beef broth (vegetable broth can be substituted)

8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti (about 4 cups cooked and drained)

Freshly ground pepper to taste

2/3 cup grated or shredded smoked fontina cheese (or cheese of choice)

5 strips center-cut or turkey bacon, cooked until crisp and then crumbled

 Preparation:

  •  Begin heating olive oil in a large nonstick skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir in the garlic and sauté for a minute.
  •  Stir in the spinach and continue to sauté for about 1 minute. Pour in the broth and continue to cook the spinach mixture, stirring frequently, until broth is almost evaporated (2-3 minutes).
  •  Stir in noodles and continue to cook mixture about 1 more minute. Turn off the heat, add black pepper to taste, and then sprinkle cheese and bacon bits over the top. Serve.

 Yield: About 4 servings

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as: 1 cup starchy foods with 1 tsp fat OR 1 1/2 cups hearty stew OR 1 portion frozen dinner light + 1/2 cup vegetables with 1 tsp fat

Nutrition Analysis: Per serving: 343 calories, 17 g protein, 44 g carbohydrate, 11 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 4.5 g monounsaturated fat, 1.5 g polyunsaturated fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 358 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 29%.

 

Mini Bacon-Save Your-Life Appetizer (Based on The Bacon Explosion)

Although it's not exactly a health food, this is a lighter version of the original Bacon Explosion recipe found on the BBQ Addicts website.

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