A low fat Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when our opportunities indulge on decadent foods are heavily abundant. However, you don’t want to find yourself with one too many extra pounds by the beginning of the new year.

Fill up on these low fat and rewarding recipes – rich in taste not fat!

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1. Eggplant Ricotta Bites

Sauteing the eggplant gives it a desirable crunch, without the excess oil from deep-frying.

Top the eggplant rounds with fresh ricotta, diced tomatoes and shredded basil.

2. Avocado-Feta Dip

Feta turns the calorie dense guacamole into a tangle of savory, spicy and sharp flavors.

Serve the green dip alongside the tomato and ricotta-topped eggplant bites and have a festive, edible display of red and green.

3. Sticky pork with cranberries: 280 calories per serving

Ingredients:

– 1 tbsp flour
– 500g pork tenderloin, sliced (or 500g of sliced steak)
– 1 tbsp oil
– 2 red onions- cut in wedges
– 400ml chicken stock
– 4 tbsp cranberry sauce
– 1 tbsp honey

Method:

1. Season the flour and dust the pork slices.

2, Heat the oil in a large frying pan, cook the pork for 3-4 mins each side until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

3. Add the onion wedges to the pan and fry for 5-8 mins until soft and starting to turn golden. Stir in the stock, cranberry sauce and honey and simmer for 10 mins.

4. Return the pork with any resting juices and gently cook for 1-2 mins until hot.

Serve with some potatoes and vegetables.

Oat cookies: 20 min to prepare – serves 40

Oat cookies are great to increase fiber and add bulk to your diet while enjoying a sweet treat.

The acid in the berries replaces the sweetness of raisins. Each cookie offers 1 ½ g of fiber and very little saturated fat.
low fat christmas_2Ingredients:

– 2 ½ cups rolled oats
– ½ cup all purpose flour
– ½ cup oat flour
– 1 egg white
– 2 Tbsp flaxseed, ground
– ½ tsp baking soda
– ½ tsp baking powder
– 1/8 tsp allspice
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 3 Tbsp margarine 50/50 blend solid bars
– 2 Tbsp canola oil
– 1 cup light brown sugar
– 1/3 cup butter
– 2 tsp vanilla
– ¾ cup cherry-berry blend (dried cherries, dried blueberries and dried cranberries)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir the oats, flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and ground flaxseed.

2. In a separate bowl, use a wooden spoon and cream together the margarine and oil until well blended.

3. Add the brown sugar and mix until fluffy; this will take 3-4 minutes.

4. Add the egg white, apple butter, vanilla and the berry blend. Add the dry ingredients until a dough forms.

You may refrigerate the dough at this point for up to 24 hours.

5. Drop the cookie dough onto baking sheet either lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet liner.

Each cookie should be about 2 tablespoons of dough. Moisten hands with water and lightly shape the dough into a 2 inch round.

6. Bake the cookies 7 minutes. If baking 2 trays of cookies, switch the position and rotate the pans so that the cookies will bake evenly. Then bake until lightly brown about another 7-9 minutes. (14-16 minutes total.)

7. Remove from pans carefully and let cool on a rack. Store in airtight container.

Cranberry chicken salad

Prep: 15 mins  – Cook: 10 mins – Serves 4; 190 calories, 19g carbs- 18g protein 5 g fat

Ingredients:

– 2 skinless chicken breasts
– 2tsp olive oil
– 2 red onions, thinly sliced
– 200g mixed leaves
– ½ cucumber, deseeded and sliced
– 25g dried cranberries
– 85g/3oz cranberry sauce
– juice 1 lime

Method:

1. Slice each chicken in half horizontally to give 4 thin breasts, rub with half the oil and season.

2. Heat a non-stick frying pan and fry the chicken for 3 mins on each side until cooked through.

3. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the onions for 5 mins. Slice the chicken, collecting any juices, and layer up with the onions, leaves, cucumber and dried cranberries.

4. Mix the cranberry sauce, lime juice, 2 tbsp water and any chicken resting juices, and drizzle over the salad.

I hope you enjoy these tasty recipes. Let me know which is your favourite! 

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