Peel and freeze them to make smoothies!
Today's recipe I came across in Rachel Rays Magazine Everyday with Rachel Ray - The Aug Edition! She even provided a before and After Nutrition fact for substituting the healthier alternatives!
Before: Calories 1320; Fat 73 Grams; Carbs 78 grams
After: Calories 586; Fat 16 grams; Carbs 51 grams (you could even get that lower by using Dream fields Pasta - it tastes Just like regular Pasta but with LESS Carbs! http://www.dreamfieldsfoods.com/pdfs/facts_penne.pdf)
Slim Chicken Parmesan
- 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
- Four 5-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup dry red wine
- One 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Change is good
Browning chicken in a little olive oil rather than breading and deep-frying cutlets means fewer carbs and less fat. Whole wheat pasta, and a scaled-back portion size, add fiber and reel in runaway calories. Fresh parsley, tomatoes and red wine create an authentic Italian flavor, so you need less mozzarella.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.
Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes; transfer to a plate.
In the same skillet, cook the garlic over medium heat until golden, about 1 minute. Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Return the chicken and any juices to the skillet, turning to coat. Top each piece of chicken with some of the mozzarella and 1 teaspoon parmesan, cover and cook until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes; transfer to a platter.
Add the pasta and parsley to the skillet, toss and season with salt. Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and serve alongside the chicken.