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Low Calorie Salmon with Citrus-Spice Glaze 0

Posted on May 22, 2011 by Grace

We use skin on salmon fillets to help us get the caramelized fish off the grill after cooking.  When the skin sticks, the fish separates from it and lifts off easily.  If you like to eat the salmon skin, simply use a spatula to remove it from the grill plate.


  • 3 tsp. packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 4 pieces center cut, skin on salmon fillet (6 oz each)


  1. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling on medium.
  2. In a small bowl, stir sugar, juice, paprika, cumin, and red pepper until sugar dissolves.
  3. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper on flesh side of salmon.
  4. Grill salmon, skin side up, 4 minutes, then carefully turn salmon over.
  5. Brush sugar mixture over salmon.  Cook 4 to 5 minutes longer or until fish just turns opaque throughout, continuously brushing sugar mixture over salmon.
  6. Carefully remove salmon from grill by sliding long, thin spatula between flesh and skin. Discard skin.

Each Serving:

about 320 calories, 39 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 13 grams total fat, 235 mg sodium.

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Low Fat Chicken Penne Marengo Recipe 0

Posted on May 22, 2011 by Grace

Healthy Penne Chicken Marengo

EASY PREP: Prep: 10 min Cook: 20 min


  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


1.Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain in a colander and transfer to a warmed serving bowl.

2.Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cover the sun-dried tomatoes with boiling water and soak for 5 minutes. When softened, drain and chop coarsely. Set aside.

3.Toss the chicken with the flour, thyme, and pepper. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the mushrooms and 2 tablespoons of the broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the mushrooms are barely softened and have begun to release their juices.

4.Add the crushed tomatoes (with puree), orange juice, orange zest, sugar, salt, the sun-dried tomatoes, and the remaining broth. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release the browned bits. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and the flavors are blended.

5.Pour the mixture over the pasta and toss to coat well.

Makes 4 servings. 389.9 calories per serving
5.8 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 513 g sodium,
20 g carbs, 5.6g fiber, 25 g protein

Happy Cooking! This is a very tasty good for you recipe. Let us know what you think of this recipes?

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Low Calorie Biggest Loser Turkey Burger 0

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Grace

Winning recipes of the biggest loser! This is a tasty healthy recipe to add to your weight loss plan! So have fun this summer and barbecue with this healthy low calorie turkey burger.

You can lose weight and still have fun this summer.  Add this recipe to your goal sheet!

Here is some easy convenient tips that allows quick meals though out the week. Prepare extra burger mixture, form it into single-serving patties, and freeze. This allows you to prepare a quick lunch or snack on the go. Serving these burgers on whole grain buns kicks up the fiber content.


1 (20-ounce) package extra lean ground turkey breast
• 1?4 cup chopped cilantro
• 1?4 cup diced red onion
• 1?4 cup diced red bell pepper
• 1?3 cup diced fresh mushrooms
• 1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning or fajita seasoning
• 1?4 cup low-fat Mexican-blend cheese
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 6 whole grain buns or Arnold Sandwich Thins
• 6 tablespoons salsa
• 1 1?2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
• 6 tablespoons fat-free Greekstyle yogurt


In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, cilantro, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, seasoning, cheese, and garlic. There will about 24 ounces (11/2 pounds) of mixture, or 4 cups. Divide into 6 (4-ounce) patties.
Grill the burgers for 3 minutes on each side, or until the inside is no longer pink. Serve on whole grain buns or Sandwich Thins topped with salsa, avocado, and yogurt (instead of sour cream).

Per serving (burger only):120 calories, 23 g protein, 1 g carbohydrates, (0 g sugars), 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 40 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 30 mg sodium

Let us know what you think of this recipe?


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Dr. Oz Passion Flower Supplement For Weight Loss! 0

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Grace

Dr Oz explains how the brain releases a chemical when we are stressed that goes to the Adrenal glands, and how it changes the way steroids makes the fat grow.

Dr. Oz’s tips to break the the stress cycle and relax was to take a couple drops of Passion flower in water or tea. Dr. Oz says Passion Flower has been shown to be as effective in reducing anxiety and stress resulting in weight loss.

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Passion flower Supplement for Stress and Weight loss!

Dr Oz said there are two ways to relax and break the stress cycle.

1.  Passionflower Extract has anti-anxiety characteristics.  You just need to add a couple of drops of Passionflower extract to tea or water, and Dr Oz said Passionflower Extract can be just as effective at reducing stress and anxiety as some prescription drugs.

I have to tell you that many people are saying that they have been trying a Passion flower supplement and not only have they felt less stressed, but they have also been sleeping better at night.  I would definitely recommend giving this a try!

2.  Close  your eyes and think about a spectacular place that you want to be.  This exercise will promote relaxation and will stop your brain from sending out those chemicals that build up belly fat.

Passion flowers are native to tropical and sub-tropical sections of the Americas, and have a long history among Native Americans in both North and Central America. It has long been used to aid with epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia, and stress reducer.


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