New year-new you recipe swaps
Have you hopped on the “lose weight” bandwagon yet this year? Lots of folks do lots of crazy things to follow a diet that promises quick loss of an unbelievable number of pounds. But the challenge is as much about what you eat as it is how much you eat.
If you’ve ever survived for three to four days on undressed salad with saltine crackers and water in order to squeeze into a favorite outfit for a special occasion, you know that sometimes miracles do happen. But, boy at what a cost!
Such efforts just aren’t sustainable. Once the goal is met, you’re so starved for real food you end up gaining back all that was lost plus a few pounds more. Slow and steady is a much better way to go. What you need are satisfying meals that are low in calories but high in nutrients and especially high in flavor. All the recipes in this week’s collection were chosen on that basis.
Ranch Ham and Cheese (306 calories per serving) is comfort food in a skinny format, with Jiffy Pork Skillet (263 calories per serving) coming in a close second. Squash Apple Soup and Special Occasion Salad are less than 100 calories each. And you’ll swear diet time is over when you taste the Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake recipe – just 170 calories per serving, but very rich and satisfying.
Squash Apple Soup
Special Occasion Salad
Jiffy Ground Pork Skillet
Ranch Ham and Cheese Pasta
Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes