400 Calorie Meals

shrimp-peppers_365Roasted Shrimp with Peppers and Lemon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 scallions, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound frozen large peeled and deveined shrimp, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450° F. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the bell pepper, lemon, thyme, scallions, red pepper, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper.
  3. Spread the mixture on a rimmed baking sheet (reserving the bowl).
  4. Add the shrimp to the bowl and toss with the paprika, remaining tablespoon of oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Nestle in the mixture on the baking sheet.
  5. Roast until the shrimp are cooked through and the bell peppers are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve over the rice.

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.realsimple.com

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Grilled Veggie Burritos

veggie burrito1Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 whole Limes, Juiced And Zested
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 whole Zucchini, Cut Into Slices Lengthwise
  • 1 whole Yellow Squash, Cut Into Slices Lengthwise
  • 2 ears Corn, Leaves And Silk Removed
  • Olive Oil For Brushing
  • Salt For Sprinkling
  • 1 can (15 Oz. Size) Seasoned Black Beans
  • 6 whole Burrito-sized whole wheat or spinach Tortillas
  • 1 whole Small Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 whole Roma Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1 cup Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Optional Toppings: Salsa,  Guacamole, Extra Cilantro, Hot Sauce

Preparation Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and stir around for 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and the juice and zest of 1 lime. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the juice and zest from the remaining lime, then stir in the cilantro. Set aside.

Brush zucchini and squash slices, along with the ears of corn, with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Grill them on a grill pan, a charcoal grill, or saute them in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, turning them halfway through. Remove when the veggies have great color on the outside. Set aside to cool, then dice them.

Heat the beans in a small saucepan until hot.

Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds.

To assemble the burritos, lay out each tortilla on your work surface. Spoon on rice, then beans, then sprinkle on plenty of grilled veggies. Top with chopped onion, tomato, cheese, and any other toppings you’d like. Spoon salsa all across the top. Tuck in the sides, then roll the burrito up as tightly as you can. Cut in half and chow down!

Healthy Recipe

slow cooker jambalayaIngredients
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
2 medium celery stalks, chopped (1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups chopped fully cooked smoked sausage
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce
3/4 pound uncooked peeled deveined medium shrimp, thawed if frozen
4 cups hot cooked rice (brown rice)
Directions
  • In 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except shrimp and rice.
  • Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours (or High heat setting 3 to 4 hours).
  • Stir in shrimp. If needed, reduce heat setting to Low; cover and cook on Low heat setting about 1 hour longer or until shrimp are pink and firm. Serve jambalaya with rice.Note: This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.

(Total time will vary with appliance and setting.)

Heat up this Cajun favorite by sprinkling with more red pepper sauce just before serving. If you want to use fresh parsley and thyme, add them with the shrimp so the flavor isn’t lost during the long cooking.

Spicy and smoky, andouille sausage is traditionally used for this dish. If you’re in a more mellow mode, leftover ham works just as well.

Spray the inside of a 1/2-cup measuring cup with cooking spray. For each serving press the hot rice into the cup. Place the cup upside down in the bottom of a bowl, and unmold the rice. Spoon the jambalaya around the mound of rice. Serve with warm crusty French bread.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories 265
recipe courtesy of: Betty Crocker Slow cooker meals

Stuffed Cabbage

stuffed cabbageIngredients

Cabbage & Filling

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 large Savoy cabbage (2-3 pounds)
  • 1 pound baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts (see Tips), chopped

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes (see Tips)
  • 1/2 cup red wine

Preparation

  1. To prepare cabbage & filling: Combine water, rice and 1 teaspoon oil in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain the barest simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is just tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, half fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Line a baking sheet with a clean kitchen towel and place near the stove.
  3. Using a small, sharp knife, remove the core from the bottom of the cabbage. Add the cabbage to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. As the leaves soften, use tongs to gently remove 8 large outer leaves. Transfer the leaves to the baking sheet and pat with more towels to thoroughly dry. Set aside.
  4. Drain the remaining cabbage in a colander for a few minutes. Finely chop enough to get about 3 cups. (Save any remaining cabbage for another use.)
  5. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, sage, rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until the mushrooms have released their juices and the pan is fairly dry, 8 to 10 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring, until evaporated, about 3 minutes more. Add the mixture to the cooked rice along with currants and pine nuts.
  6. Heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in the skillet over medium-high. Add the chopped cabbage, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring, until the cabbage is wilted and just beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add to the rice mixture.
  7. To prepare sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and wine; bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  9. To stuff cabbage: Place a reserved cabbage leaf on your work surface; cut out the thick stem in the center, keeping the leaf intact. Place about 3/4 cup filling in the center. Fold both sides over the filling and roll up. Repeat with the remaining 7 leaves and filling.
  10. Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place the stuffed cabbage rolls, seam side down, on the sauce. Pour the remaining sauce over the rolls and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
  11. Bake, uncovered, basting twice with the sauce, until hot, about 45 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 10, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking.
  • Sodium amounts vary widely among brands of plum and crushed. And although it can be hard to find any labeled “no-salt-added,” for the best tomato flavor we use brands that have little or no added sodium. Compare nutrition labels and choose one that has 190 mg sodium or less per 1/2-cup serving.

Nutrition

Per serving: 543 calories; 24 g fat (3 g sat, 14 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 61 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 22 g total sugars; 14 g protein; 12 g fiber; 499 mg sodium; 1830 mg potassium.

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/vegetarian_stuffed_cabbage.html

Rosemary Chicken Skewers with Sauce

rosemary-chicken-skewers-with-sauce-fore296INGREDIENTS

  • 8 bamboo skewers
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup low fat plain yogurt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint, plus one spring for garnish (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water about 30 minutes. In a bowl, combine chicken, 2 tbsp olive oil, rosemary and salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Heat an indoor grill pan to medium-high, and coat with 1 tbsp olive oil. (You can also use an outdoor grill.) Thread chicken pieces onto skewers. Cook skewers on grill pan or grill, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 15 minutes. In a bowl, stir together yogurt, juice, mint and remaining 1 tsp olive oil. Top chicken skewers with yogurt-mint sauce. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired, and serve with brown rice, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories per skewer, 15 g fat (3 g saturated), 3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 54 g protein

1500 Calorie 30 Day Meal Plan

Meal planningDAY 16

Monday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast
Giant Omelet Scramble
1 large grapefruit

Snack
1 piece of string cheese

Lunch
Leftover Whole Wheat Pasta with Vegetables
1 apple

Snack
25 almonds

Dinner
Tofu Stir-Fry
1 cup of brown rice