What about kabobs?
meat and veggies grilled up and you can do those in the oven if you dont have a grill
fat free sour cream or cream cheese mixed in with some chicken or tuna/salmon (canned) for dip, and I do like the pita hummus idea and the cheese and fruit. You can also make fruit kabobs, make it a fun way to eat them (and on a stick so its easy too!)
Ooooh, light cream cheese and smoked salmon is so good. I like that idea.
I also have some lean canned crab meat. I bet I could heat that up and make an amazing dip.
oh yum! and also you can buy shrimp too for snacking
and dont forget jello! make jello shooters with diet sprite in them or something!
oh! and what about turkey meatballs? I love them and they are easy to cook up
What do you eat them with though? Just alone? The sauces kinda get me into trouble most often. It's hard to make a healthy sauce.
I like eating them alone, they usually have enough flavor to them if you buy the packaged ones (though I am not sure of the health content for it)
you could dip them too in the dips you make, eat them with the cheeses, or some grilled veggies
Ok, I have a BUTT-LOAD of recipes that you could pull from. Doing event planning/party organization, etc has lead to YEARS of accumilation of all kinds of this kind of thing!!!
Ok, first and foremost, WINGS!!!! The non-battered wings. You can bake them and buy a really good wing sauce that has basically no fat and low calorie values. Toss them in a bowl with the sauce, use a low-cal ranch (just don't let the boys see the bottle!! *lol*) and bingo! And celery is free as far as calories.
Do you like crab?
I have a great crab recipe that you combine with cucumbers and depending on taste, a slice of baguette.
Salmon and cream cheese is awesome.
It might sound wierd, but you can get different colored tomatos, yellow, red and orange. (or if the colors are out of season, good reds are fine.)
Cut them into slices, arrange them flat on serving tray, and sprinkle crumbled fetta cheese over them. (I use the garlic, tomato, basil fetta)
It looks funny, but they will be something that will disappear throughout the day, and you'll have to replentish...and no one will admit to being the one to eat the last one! *lol*
Anyhow, like I said, I have a SCHLOAD of these kinds of things! Email me if you want more recipes and details on the others!!!
OH!!! and I make the BEST cold spinach dip....it is the literally one of two things that I can't get away from when we go to parties at friend's houses! *lol*
And it goes wonderfully on top of smoked salmon with a touch of cucumber. :)
(ok, how sad is it that I got uber excited over this??? *LOL*)
All of us LOVE crab, so I know that would be a big hit. The others like tomatos, but I don't (I'm kind of picky). I mean, I like them cooked, but if they are raw I think they have creepy texture.
I should say, that I'm a strange one on eating. I'll eat potatos (I know, most people think this is evil) and corn, but I try to stay as close to the real thing as possible whenever. So a baked potato=yes, if I do have fries it would be one or two and not very often. In fact, I don't think I've had any fries since July. I will bake things, like corn bread, but then I try to stick to a 1 inch square piece or less and just have one, and only after the protein. Ultimately, my doctor and nutritionist are happy with this as long as I stay in calorie goals, get in my protien, and take my vitamins. Clearly, they don't want my skipping dinner to have red wine (clears throat) like I did last weekend with my calories.
I also eat wheat bread, but I go with the Sara Lee Delightfully Wheat as it only has 45 calories per slice. That gives me ANOTHER idea. I bet I could make my Mom and I some cute Salmon, Cucumber, Sprouts, and Light Cream Cheese sandwiches and we'd both love them.
Ok, here's the recipe for the crab...
1 loaf french bread
1 package (8oz) imitation crab meat coarsley chopped (you can use real crab, just make sure it's steamed and all that good stuff)
1 can (8oz) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 small carrott grated (approx 1/4 cup)
1 green onion with top, thinly sliced
1/3c reduced-fat mayo (you can prolly also use your special ranch instead, never tried an alternative to this)
1tsp coarsley ground black pepper
1 cucumber, scored, and sliced
Slice bread into thin slices, and arrange singlr-layer on a serving tray (you can omit bread for 1/2 of them or all, doesn't matter)
Coarsely chop crab meat and water chestnuts, place in medium mixing bowl. Grate carrot, zest the rind of the lemon to measure at least 1tbsp zest. Juice lemon to measure 1tbsp juice.
Add carrot, lemon zest, lemon juice, green onion, mayo and black pepper to bowl and mix well with crab.
(I always have extra lemon juice and salt and pepper on hand and mix it to taste)
Score the cucumber lengthwise (fir the pretty look) then slice cucumber. Either top each bread piece, or use as base instead of the bread.
Using a small spoon, place some of the crab mixture on each cucumber or cucumber/bread base. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
--You can also just leave this in a bowl that you can keep somewhat chilled, keep the cucumbers and bread slices next to it with a spoon, and make people serve their own...some people like bread, but no cucumber, others cucumber, no bread....
I was looking through, and also have recipes for other things you might like....
Greek Island Pizza (the "sauce" is basically spinach dip)
mini veggie quiches
hawaiian dip with fruit kebabs
apple berry salsa w/home baked tortilla chips
baked pita chips
asian lettuce rolls
a chocolate "fondu" you can alter to go low fat/low cal
and to be completely evil...at least, if youa re anything like a normal female (in this regard, I'm not)
Tiramisu Brownie Squares ;)
You can also do a low-cal dessert/fruit pizza
Email me or drop a line if you want any of these others.
Yum! That sounds good. There will only be 3 of us this time, but I'll hang on to this suggestion for the next time we have a few more.
are you tailgating or are you going to watch the game at home?
we tailgated last Sunday at the redskins game -- we cut squash in half lengthwise and sprinkled with seasoning, then grilled it so we had veggies. Other people were grilling chicken and stuff like that -- so my inclination would be to grill/roast seasoned veggies and then have some lean sort of meat (chicken, turkey, whatever). You could even get some chicken+turkey sausage and grill that (they're low in WW points for your mom too but Craig probably won't complain).
chips/salsa is pretty low on the caloric side of things, as long as no one overdoes it.
The best part about grilling is that as long as you season everything, it doesn't NEED sauce.
Also, steamed cold shrimp with just a bit of lemon (or cocktail sauce, which can be a little higher in calories) is nice, too.
We are just watching at home, but we do have a BBQ right outside. There are only a few of us, breaking in the new bigscreen. It's normally not hard to plan for Craig and I, but with my Mom on WW also, that throws a wrench in it because I want her to leave and still have some points left for the day.
I never think of shrimp because I don't like them (they make me feel sick), but it is a good idea. My Mom loves shrimp. I also have some really good lean steaks. I could grill those up with some veggies and they are quite filling.
There are alos GREAT fruit salsa's that are better for you specifically due to nutrition...but the average guy would scrunch his nose-up at it most likely...
I'm lucky...I have "upper-end" (rolling my eyes here, btw) guy friends that while they love their football, love good (read: austentaciously expensive) food. So I get to try all kinds of crap on them, and as long as it looks out of the ordinary, and they think it's something the average sports-lover won't be having, they're all about it. *lmao*
So I get to do lots of experimentation during football and hockey seasons ;)
ha! Everyone loves Guacamole but me. I have no gallbladder, and right before it had to come out I had the most painful attack ever after going to eat Guac, so now every time I taste it I feel ill and get reminder pains. It's funny.
I'm so picky! I think I make it more difficult. I could make the dip with the guac on the side though.
guac?? With fruit salsa? *blech* ;)
I love guac personally, but then, I'm a huge avacado fan ;)
Here's a quick one I make that might work well for a more filling snack.
I brown a pound of ground turkey, add enough of a spaghetti sauce I like to make it a nice thick consistency, then toss in frozen spinach and olives (or extra veggies for added fiber).
I used to eat it on slices of toast, but these days, I'm using something like melba toast and that's yummy too.
I actually made it this week and cooking time was somewhere around 20 minutes from start to finish. I'm sure it would also be yummy with lean ground beef, I just typically use turkey so it's what I have around.
That sounds good. I should try that in a crock pot. I've never tried frozen spinach before, but I think that's because spinach scares me if it isn't in salad (I don't like anything slimy--for example, I won't eat mushrooms, oysters, raw sushi, or anything I find slimy).
I'm right there with you on slimy foods. However, the acidic qualities of the tomato sauce will prevent the spinach from being slimy (this is why okra works in gumbo or other tomato based recipes but not on it's own so well) and the small amount of it will help prevent sliminess as well.
Also, the whole frozen spinach you buy in boxes isn't good, I recommend the Trader Joe's version or the Fred Meyer version where it's IQF bags and mostly just the leaves. You should be fine with any decent quality brand, and if in doubt, the natural food section is usually a good bet.
It's good in the crock pot, I've done it that way many times. Also, if you're a fan of spice, I recommend a little crushed red pepper to spice this up. Sprinkling a bit of low-fat mozarella on top, or feta, is another way to squeeze in a few more grams of protein with not much fat. Tossing in a bag of those shredded carrots will add a touch of sweetness and some fiber.
Hope that helps!
I like corned beef, but,..I have a huge something against cooked cabbage. The smell makes me ill. I'm such a pain as far as food goes. I'll check out the site.