400 Calorie Meals

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Ingredients

  • 4 6- to 8-inch soft corn tortillas
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 16-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, diced; or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 4 large eggs, fried
  • 2/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Put the tortillas on a baking sheet and place in the oven to warm, about 5 minutes. (Cover with foil if you don’t like crisp tortillas.)
  3. Toast the cumin in a small, dry saucepan over medium heat until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and chipotle or red pepper (if using).
  4. Remove the tortillas from the oven. Spoon some beans onto each, then top each with some salsa, 1 fried egg, and some cheese.
  5. Bake until the cheese has melted. Serve with the avocado.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 337
  • Calories From Fat 166
  • Fat 18g
  • Sodium 502mg
  • Protein 17g
  • Carbohydrate 29g
  • Fiber 9g
  • Iron 3mg
  • Calcium 217mg

Recipe courtesy of: realsimple.com

 

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400 Calorie Meals

cornflake-chicken-spinach_300Ingredients

  • 1 3 1/2-poud chicken, cut into 10 pieces and skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups multigrain cereal flakes, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 bunches collard greens, thick stems removed and leaves cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, toss the chicken and mustard to coat.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the cereal, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Coat the chicken with the cereal mixture and bake on a baking sheet until golden and cooked through, 45 to 50 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the collards in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, rinse, and squeeze out the excess water.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, collards, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with the chicken and lemon.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 395
  • Calories From Fat 34%
  • Protein 37g
  • Carbohydrate 31g

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

Chicken Chow Mein

chicken-chow-mein-1Ingredients
  • 1    tablespoon   cornstarch
  • 2    tablespoons   reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1    pound   boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1    pound   fresh or dry lo mein noodles
  • 1/4   cup   canola oil, divided
  • 1    tablespoon   finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1    bunch  scallions, white and green parts separated, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 4      cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3    cups   packed spinach
  •     Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
Mix cornstarch and soy sauce in a bowl. Add chicken; marinate for 5 minutes.
Boil the noodles in a large pot of salted water until al dente, about 5 minutes for fresh, 10 to 15 minutes for dried. Drain and transfer to a bowl filled with ice water. (It helps prevent the noodles from getting soft and sticky.) When they’re cold, drain and toss them with 1 Tbs. canola oil.
Meanwhile, heat 2-1/2 Tbsp. oil on high in a large pan. Stir-fry chicken until almost cooked through, about 6 minutes; remove. Add 1/2 Tbsp. more oil to pan; stir-fry ginger, scallion whites, and garlic until oil is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the noodles, chicken, and spinach and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with scallion greens if your child likes them.

 

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 291, Fat, total (g) 8, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 34, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 20, sodium (mg) 543, calcium (mg) 46, iron (mg) 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
recipe courtesy of:recipe.com

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