Weeknight “Diet” Meal – Torta Bread Sloppy Joes with Side Salad

One of our new favorite weeknight meals is really just a recipe basic, which has been given some new life by swapping out white bread hamburger buns with Costco torta breads.   This bread is much denser than white hamburger buns and makes a stable “base” for the juicy meat sauce. (Note: We are not on a low-carb diet, just reduced calorie).

I added  a couple of new ingredients to the meat sauce to add more depth to the flavor.   Some of the spices are not entirely necessary if you are looking to simplify or just don’t have something on-hand –I doubt you would miss them too much — but they do add layers of complexity to the overall flavor.  It seems like a “grown up” version of sloppy joes.

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Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Thigh Skewers

As my husband and I continue our search for healthier recipes, we are taking some steps outside of our comfort zone and trying new things.  We have made barbecued chicken skewers in the past, but slathering the chicken with BBQ sauce, while not completely evil, is not the best choice due to all the sugar in the sauce.

I searched Pinterest for some other options and got the idea for the Cilantro Lime skewers, but didn’t find a recipe that was perfect for us.   We don’t like a lot of garlic or some of the other spices like Cayenne, so I made up a recipe that we have had a couple of times now.  It’s pretty good.  It’s not “OMG” good, but it is easy, different, tasty,  and it is pretty low calorie.  (MyFitnessPal says it is about 166 calories, 22 g. protein, 1 g sugar, and 2 g carbs.  Not too bad.) Continue reading

Super Salad with Grilled Soy Honey Garlic Chicken

Hubby and I are feeling a bit tubby, so we are watching what we are eating lately.   This new development in our lives has left our old menu with huge holes that gravy laden dishes once occupied.   So we are trying new things and so far, with the help of MyFitnessPal, we are having some success.  (but more on that later)

One of our weekly meals for the past couple of weeks has been Super Salad with Grilled Soy, Garlic Chicken.   It is relatively low calorie (if you use restraint on your dressing amount) and has a ton of flavor.   It is a great weeknight meal for summer and leaves very few dishes to clean up afterward.

We kind of customize it as Hubby and I like different things — also he gets more oz. of meat and more calories than I do in my diet.   My salad (left) has 4 oz chicken.  His (right) has a whole chicken breast (about 7.5 oz). Continue reading