Arugula Sweet Cherry Goat Cheese California Walnut Salad

devinalexanderMains, Quick Recipes, Recipes

240 calories | 3 cups arugula leaves loosely packed, coarse stems removed
8 fresh cherries, pitted and halved
3/4 ounce crumbled goat cheese (about 3 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons chopped California Walnuts
1 tablespoon light champagne vinaigrette, or more to taste
Sea salt and fresh black pepper, optional

Mediterranean Layer Dip with Toasted Pita Triangles

devinalexanderRecipes, Snacks

100 calories | 1 cup garlic flavored hummus
1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped mint
1-1/3 cups finely chopped, seeded cucumbers
1-1/3 cups finely chopped, seeded Roma tomatos
pinch salt
1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3 ounces reduced-fat feta cheese…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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56 calories | It’s no secret that I was a yo-yo dieter for years before I became a “weight-loss success story”. I always joked that I was so creative with food that I could turn anything “good” into something “bad”. When I first started making these chocolate peanut butter balls using a slightly different recipe…

Devin’s Eggs

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209 calories | Every time we had overnight guests when I was growing up, my mom served a dish called Jenny’s Eggs. It was from a recipe she had gotten from my aunt JoAnne for what was basically a crustless quiche. It had a pound of cheese, at least a stick or two of butter, tons of whole eggs, and plenty of ham…

Cinnamon Sugar Easter Eggs and Rabbits

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61 calories | Be sure to buy eggroll wrappers—the ones that are bigger than wonton skins to make these triangles. These are an awesome treat for Easter since they’re simple and fun and so low in calories. Heck, they’re a tiny fraction of the calories you’d consume eating frosted holiday cookies.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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398 calories | Be sure to finely mince the onion as there is a lot of it in this recipe and you don’t want to bite down on a big chunk. Do this by hand–never chop onions in a food processor, as the extreme overcutting that can’t help but occur makes onions taste sour. I like to buy a fresh chunk of Parmesan cheese…

Cole Slaw with Orange Cilantro Vinaigrette

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83 calories | I’ve always been such a fan of coleslaw that I’ve made many varieties. With this recipe I wanted to create a new, more exotic one. I tried various ingredients before I struck upon the combo with orange and cilantro. I personally thought it could use even a bit more cilantro, but my test kitchen team…

Black Team’s Slimmer Summer Slaw with Pork Medallions

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238 calories | When I visited the Season 12 Biggest Losers for a cooking challenge, I have to admit I was impressed. The stakes were high: Each team had just 30 minutes to create a healthy, low-calorie, delicious entree worthy of making it into [The Biggest Loser Quick and Easy Cookbook]. The winners not only got their…

Japanese Cucumber Salad

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60 calories | Scraping out the seeds from the cucumber is a very important step because it keeps this salad from becoming watery. Another important step in preparing this simple yet refreshing salad is to allow the flavors to meld overnight in the fridge — it makes all the difference in the overall taste.