Free Diet Menus - 3 Very Quick Meals
Written by Thin Thin
Quick Free Diet Menu #1 - Spaghetti- Enjoy with a lovely side salad of baby spinach + a few dried cranberries, golden raisins or fresh strawberries + light salad dressing.
There are several 20-35 calorie salad dressings at the market these days that are utterly delicious.
Try the ones containing balsamic vinegar. Total calories using a 20-calorie strawberry balsamic vinegar dressing equals about 50 calories.
To prepare spaghetti (or your favorite pasta) simply place into a deep bowl that will fit nicely into your microwave.
Cover pasta with about 1 inch of water and stir in 1 teaspoon of olive oil which will help keep pasta from sticking.
Microwave on high for 20 minutes, return and drain.
You may need to tweak the time a bit as all microwaves are different. I came up with this method several years ago when I got tired of heating up the kitchen with the pasta pot.
Then there was all that cleaning to tend to - and there were times when the pasta stuck to the bottom of the pot. Nevermore! :-)
And oh - you can trim back the time a bit if you prefer your pasta al-dente.
Enjoy 1 cup of pasta with 100 calories worth of your favorite jarred/canned spaghetti sauce.
Sprinkle with as much parmesan cheese as desired. Enjoy with a bit of bread (70 calories) and a smear of butter.
Most all pasta contains about 200 calories per cup. This quick diet menu contains a little over 400 calories.
Quick Free Diet Menu #2 - Chili & Cheese- When you're at the market, check the labels on the chili for calorie content.
Vegetarian-style chili and lean mean versions tend to contain less calories.
Enjoy 250 calories worth of the chili + 100 calories of your favorite shredded cheese + 5 saltines. Total calories - about 400.
Quick Free Diet Menu #3 - Grilled Chicken Strip Salad- Look for the bags of prepared grilled chicken strips in the cold meat section of your local market (near the franks).
You can take this recipe to the moon and back without having to worry about a plethora of calories and fat.
Simply mix the prepared chicken strips with any of the following and enjoy with light salad dressing: baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, black olives, green olives, 1 Tablespoon of bacon bits, 1/4 cup of grated cheese, sliced mushrooms, raw broccoli, chopped onions, chopped bell peppers, sliced cucumbers, 1/4 cup of garbanzo beans.