Tuesday, January 27, 2015

No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Even if January is almost over, where I leave this is the fist true day of winter…is soo cold and windy outside I just want to stay in my comfy sofa, wearing my comfy pajamas and eating a delicious piece of a comfort dessert made with chocolate. Tracey, comes with a great idea for a super easy and super yummy comfort dessert based on chocolate: a no-bake chocolate eclair. With some Graham crackers, layers of vanilla pudding and a delicious chocolate topping you hot the most easy and delicious chocolate eclair ever!

Recipe >> No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert @ thekitchenismyplayground.com

Sunday, January 18, 2015

19 Healthy Dinners Under 500 Calories That You’ll Actually Want To Eat

Calorie counting is not for everyone! And that’s OK. But if you have certain goals, like building muscle, getting leaner, or losing weight, then being mindful of how much you’re eating can be super helpful to you.

Something else that’s important is to make sure that the foods you eat are high in nutritious value. Nutrients like protein, fiber, and fat can take a while to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer — meaning fewer cravings and lower general hangry-ness. (Here’s some more information about how many calories you should be eating, in case you’re curious.)

These dinners are all tasty and healthy, and they come with about 500 calories or less. Some may not work with your personal diet (the lower-calorie ones, in particular, may be bad choices for people who only eat three meals a day with no snacks). But you may just find something on this list that you like.

1. Lentil Pasta With Arugula Pesto

Nom nom nom. Get the recipe here.

397 calories
19 g protein
20 g fat
28 g carbohydrates (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar)

2. Crock Pot Cauliflower Chicken Chili

Get the recipe here.

432 calories
46.6 g protein
18.3 g fat (4.5 g saturated)
22.6 g carbohydrates (7.5 g fiber, 9.5 g sugar)
575 mg sodium

3. Sweet Potato Burger With Creamy Avocado

 Get the recipe here.

367 calories
12.6 g protein
13.9 g fat (2.1 g saturated)
54.4 g carbohydrates (11.5 g fiber, 7 g sugar)
574 mg sodium

4. Turkey-Basil Meatballs With Collard Greens

Get the recipe here.
478 calories
31.2 g protein
23.1 g fat (4.8 g saturated)
37.1 g carbohydrates (9.9 g fiber, 12.7 g sugars)
726 mg sodium

5. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Get the recipe here. Nutrition info is for four boats.

464 calories
48 g protein
14 g fat
44 g carbohydrates (12 g fiber, 18 g sugar)
1,640 mg sodium

6. Shaved Asparagus Salad With Shallots and Fried Eggs

Get the recipe here.

395 calories
20.2 g protein
26.6 g fat (7.2 g saturated)
20.7 g carbohydrates (4.3 g fiber, 5.3 g sugar)
336 mg sodium

7. Pan-Seared Smoky Steak and Eggs

Get the recipe here. Nutrition info assumes that you’re sharing this dinner with a friend:

404 calories
38.2 g protein
26.7 g fat (12.7 g saturated)
1.4 g carbohydrates
1,265 mg sodium

8. Spicy Tamari Shrimp Lettuce Cups

Get the recipe here.

396 calories
32.6 g protein
22.7 g fat (3.2 g saturated)
17.4 g carbohyrdates (3.8 g fiber, 4.6 g sugars)
1,167 mg sodium

9. Spaghetti Squash With Spinach, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg

This tasty dish is from the BuzzFeed 2015 Clean Eating Challenge. Get the recipe here.

403 calories
22.8 g protein
22 g fat (7.7 g saturated)
31 g carbohydrates (8.1 g fiber, 8.4 g sugars)
205 mg cholesterol

10. Shrimp Arugula Salad With Avocado

Get the recipe here.

328 calories
23.4 g protein
24.1 g fat (4.1 g saturated)
9.2 g carbohydrates (4.4 g fiber, 1.4 g sugars)
214 g sodium

11. Slow-Cooker Paella

Get the recipe here.

467 calories
27 g protein
12 g fat
58 g carbohydrates (7 g fiber, 7 g sugar)

12. Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup

Get the recipe here.

416 calories
24.2 g protein
8.4 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
64.3 g carbohydrates (22.6 g fiber, 8 g sugar)
1,082 mg sodium

13. Veggie “Sushi” Rolls

Get the recipe here. To get the nutritional info down to around 500 calories, adjust the recipe to just 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast, and 1 teaspoon of tamari sauce. It’s just a touch over 500 calories…but it’s close enough.

512 calories
14.2 g protein
40.9 g fat (8.5 g saturated)
33.1 g carbohydrates (19.2 g fiber, 6.7 g sugar)
1,321 mg sodium

14. Slow-Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken With Cauliflower Rice & Green Beans

Here’s a tasty dinner from BuzzFeed’s 2015 Clean Eating Challenge. Get the recipe here.

358.7 calories
32.8 g protein
8.2 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat)
33.2 g carbohydrates (9.1 g dietary fiber, 4 g sugars)
860 mg sodium

15. Stuffed Winter Squash & Quinoa, Cranberry and Pistachio

Get the recipe here. Nutritional info is for each half-squash.

443 calories
11.4 g protein
18.2 g fat (2.4 g saturated)
63.8 g carbohydrates (8.8 g fiber, 7.7 g sugar)
18 mg sodium

16. Roast Chicken Bowl With Quinoa and Kale

Get the recipe here.

379 calories
34.8 g protein
10.6 g fat (1.4 g saturated)
38.6 g carbohydrates (5 g fiber, 1.4 g sugar)
677 mg sodium

17. Simple Roasted Salmon With Green Beans and Lentils

Get the recipe here.

334 calories
40.1 g protein
5.1 g fat (0.8 g saturated)
31.9 g carbohydrates (11.9 g fiber, 3.1 g sugar)
926 mg sodium

18. Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir-Fry

Get the recipe here. This one is also not quite under 500 calories, but that’s because we calculated nutrition info by doubling portion size recommendations.

536 calories
82 g protein
14 g fat
20 g carbohydrates (6 g fiber)
874 mg sodium

19. Black Bean Chili With Greek Yogurt and Zucchini Ribbons

Get the recipe here.

358 calories
20.2 g protein
7.7 g fat (1.1 g saturated)
58.5 g carbohydrates (18.5 g fiber, 21.1 g sugar)
823.2 mg sodium

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

French Coconut Pie

This is a recipe passed down to me from my great grandmother Pearl. I absolutely love this pie and I hope you do too!

French Coconut Pie

  •     3 whole Eggs, Beaten
  •     1-½ cup Sugar
  •     1 cup Flaked Coconut
  •     1 stick Butter, Melted
  •     1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  •     1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  •     1 pinch Salt
  •     1 whole 9" Uncooked Pie Shell


Mix filling ingredients well and pour into the pie shell. Bake at 350F for 1 hour.

Creamy Southern Pasta Salad

Pasta salads belong in America's Hall of Fame. Think about it. Dare you not attend a cookout or summer picnic without some form of pasta salad taking center place on the table. Between Aunt Becky Mae, Cousin Clarice, Mama Sue Ellen or Granny Pearl, there will be at least one bowl of this favorite side dish showing up, if not two. America has had a taste for pasta salad ever since it starting showing up on cookbook pages in the early part of the 1900's. Every region as well as every family has a favorite spin on their kind preferred whether made with a vinaigrette bath or a good soaking in a creamy mayo based dressing. Down here in the south, we prefer the creamy dressing. Surprised? I didn't think so.

Now, there is one rule I was taught when making pasta salads, several actually, and I will share all with you. The most important is to overcompensate with seasoning and moisture, and slightly under cook the pasta. After the 'set' period, everything comes together and blends in a harmonious balance. While making a pasta salad, even the recipe today, it will appear to be salty and overly acidic but I promise, after melding together, it will dance on your palate and tingle your senses. It is important as you make a pasta salad to mix vegetables, spices and liquids with the binding ingredients first to well distribute everything in making a dressing of sort. Lastly, fold in the pasta and allow it to meld refrigerated. With the addition of the dressing, the salad will appear kinda soupy but here again on the thought of overdoing, the pasta will absorb much of the liquid and the consistency will be perfect for serving. If adding softer ingredients like cheese or eggs or ingredients that will soften over time like nuts (yes, I have seen this too and that's just nuts), I like to do that the day of serving if not right before to avoid it from becoming mushy.

A week ago or so when sharing my recipe for our favorite baked beans with bacon onion jam, I mentioned this mac salad and now folks, here's the recipe. Southern in spirit as it is actually a combination of recipes from my Momma, my Aunt Ida and another one that I make from time to time. This one is, in my opinion, the best. Enjoy!

Creamy Pasta Salad

about 8 servings
  • 8 ounce Macaroni (elbow for the real southern way), but I used Conchigliette (small sea shells) and Ditalini (short tubular salad pasta)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup sweet salad cubes (sweet pickle relish)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled, small cubed or shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Cook pasta in rolling well salted boiling water just under the time on package or al dente. Drain into a colander, rinse briefly with cold water and allow to drain.

In a medium bowl, combine the celery, red and green bell peppers, onion, salad cubes, vinegar, seasoning salt and black pepper. Mix well.

Fold in the mayonnaise and the sour cream blending well. Taste and add additional salt if needed. Fold in the pasta, cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.

Fold in the cheese before serving or up to several hours if needed to transport is fine.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Paleo Banana Muffins

These just came out of the oven, and the verdict is…………..delicious! I didn’t have sunflower seed butter, so I used peanut butter. Next time I’ll get the sunflower seed butter. Anyway, these muffins are super moist and yummy. These are really the only paelo muffins I’ve tried that don’t taste like an egg muffin. Bake these, you won’t be sorry!

Recipe >> Paleo Banana Muffins @ fakeginger.com

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Low Fat Dinner Recipes

Looking for low fat dinner recipes ? Learn to prepare meals light rich, from recipes for vegetables that are low in calories and fat, to diet desserts and all of kind of salads. Find the best dishes low in calories and slim with good taste.

The low fat dinner recipes should not be little tasty nor boring. In fact, you can learn to make the best light food and how to combine them to create delicious low-calorie meals.

If you're doing a diet to lose weight, you know that it is very easy to get tired fast by always having the same menu. Therefore it is very important that you must have your own recipe low calorie, to make sure that you eat healthy and varied. To do this, not only you must know how to prepare light meals rich to eat at home, but also how to make meals to take to work or to the beach.

And if what you need is low fat dinner recipes for your diet, you can find them in the list below:

Light Pasta Recipes

Without a doubt, pastes are forbidden territory usually into a diet to lose weight, since they have many carbohydrates. But it is also true that, if eaten in moderate portions and accompany with sauces that are not too caloric, they should not be eradicated from the diet.

You may try any of these  recipes:

Low Fat Pasta Salad

  • 50 grams of short pasta
  • A tomato
  • A small carrot
  • A handful of olives Green
  • Medium red pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


Boil the pasta, drain and pass it to cold water thus already ready to be used. Grate the carrot, cut the tomatoes into cubes, sliced olives and pepper into thin strips.

Now it will be time to mix all the ingredients. Seasoned with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add fresh basil leaves and enjoy this delicious salad, pasta, perfect to eat anytime, completely filling light.

Low Fat Pasta with Prawns or Shrimp

Pasta can be incorporated into the diet, provided they are not in excessive amounts and accompany appropriate sauces, light and that provide interesting nutrients. This is the case of this low fat dinner recipe, where the prawns or shrimp will make company. What you will need to have a delicious pasta dish without that ruined your regime will be only a splash of white wine, a bit of lemon juice and chives.

low fat dinner recipes

  • 50 grams of dry pasta
  • 100 grams of shrimp or prawns, peeled
  • A scallion
  • A splash of white wine
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt, pepper and chopped parsley


Boil the pasta. Drain in cold water and set aside. Meanwhile, spray a frying pan with vegetable oil and begins to cook the chopped onion there. It incorporates after shrimp or peeled prawns.

This will be the time to add a little lemon juice and a splash of white wine. Let Cook and reducing the sauce. When almost ready, incorporates the pasta to skillet, leaving to complete warm up there himself and absorbing the sauce. Seasoned with salt and pepper and serve sprinkled with a little chopped parsley.

Low Fat Burger Recipes for your dinner
Generally, diets usually very common combination of a portion of proteins with one of several vegetables. A steak with a salad, a piece of fish and some steamed vegetables, a breast of chicken with a pumpkin puree... But it may also be certain vegetables. A great option is to prepare burgers of lentils, which can be made with a recipe for light and they are very tasty.

Low calorie burrgers in lentils

  • A cup of cooked lentils
  • A carrot
  • Medium onion
  • Chickpea flour
  • Bread crumbs (optional)
  • Spray or vegetable oil
  • Salt, pepper,


Place a mix Cup of lentils in the bowl , which must be previously cooked and tender. Also add the carrot cut into pieces and the onion. The preparation processes until you uniform and well-integrated. Act followed, placed the resulting in a container, flavoring with salt, pepper and spices or herbs of your choice: garlic, parsley, oregano, paprika, etc.

Chickpea flour will be used to link the preparation. Add to the mix the amount necessary to be able to form lentil burgers while you stick in the hands. You can also coat with bread crumbs before cooking on griddle or skillet, previously a dash of vegetable oil.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe

Easy shrimp tacos are often served in corn tortillas, however for some reason personally I like also very much with flour tortilla which is I will prepare them now. For this shrimp tacos recipe you will need a cup or a little more depending on the tastes of salsa pico de gallo whose recipe we have published in this link.

In these days of holiday We'd like to try something different from all the exquisite dishes we tend to eat as the Turkey, the romeritos or cod fish. That's why I decided to do some very simple with this easy shrimp tacos recipe.
easy shrimp tacos

Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe

400g of shrimp, a sweet red pepper, onion, serrano or jalapeno Chili, a tablespoon of olive oil, two tablespoons of vegetable oil and a cup of pico de gallo.


Cook whole shrimp 15 minutes in boiling water. Remove from water, drain, cut off the head and peel them. Set aside.

Finely chop the onion as well as the red pepper and chili. First fry the onion in a frying pan heat the tablespoon of olive oil. After about three minutes add the peppers and chili. Stir them and leave them in the low fire for three minutes. Finally we add the shrimp, stir everything, season with salt and leave two or three minutes until shrimp are lightly browned.


Meanwhile prepare pico de gallo sauce as we did in this recipe.

Now heat the tortillas in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil.

We now join the tacos by placing a couple of tablespoons of salsa, shrimp and bell pepper mixture over each hot tortilla. We finished with a little sour cream, dry parsley or cilantro.

I recommend you serve these easy shrimp tacos freshly made accompanied with a few black beans and of course a cold beer.

Roast Pork with Maple and Mustard Glaze

Tried this for a Sunday dinner and it was a HIT! - much better than the normal dried up pork roast. Sweet and savory.

Roast Pork with Maple and Mustard Glaze

For 8 Servings

  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast
  • Pork Loin Roast
  • 1 cup real maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Stir together the maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, soy sauce, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Place pork roast in a shallow roasting pan. Spread glaze evenly over pork roast.
Roast pork in the preheated oven uncovered, until internal temperature measured with a meat thermometer reaches 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 1 hour. Remove from oven, and let rest about 10 minutes before slicing to serve.


Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Authentic Recipes for Tamales - Green Tamale

Are you looking recipes for tamales ? Tamales is a traditional food originating in Mexico, made usually with corn dough which is wrapped in leaves and steamed. There are many variations of recipes for tamales and ways of preparation. This recipe for tamales is without many complications. Tamales of corn flour with butter, stuffed with shredded meat in a sauce of Green Tomato and serrano chile.

recipes for tamales

Green Tamale Recipe

  • 1/2 kilo of chicken meat
  • 300 grams of green tomatoes
  • Green Serrano chiles, to taste
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of cilantro leaves

  • 1/4 kilo of butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 kilo of flour for tamales
  • Corn husks, soaked in hot water and drained


1. Cook chicken meat in a pot with salt and water until it is soft. It shreds finely.
2. Put the tomatoes and chiles in a saucepan, cover with water and let that they simmer until tomatoes have changed color and are soft, but not undone. Blend tomatoes and peppers along with the onion, garlic and cilantro.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan over medium heat and pour the sauce above; FRY for a few minutes, then add the shredded chicken meat and season with salt to taste.
4. Beat the rest of the butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Adds the powder baking, salt, soup chicken and flour; still whisking until all ingredients have been incorporated. The dough is ready when a a lump of it can float in a glass of water.
5. To assemble tamales, put 2 tablespoons of dough and 1 tablespoon of filling on each sheet of Tamale. Well fold tamales and accommodate them to rack of a steamer pot of boiling water. Cover and cook until the Tamale easily sheet, approximately 1 hour.

Sheets should be soaked in water hot for several hours to make them soft and manageable. Be sure to soak them and drain them with time.

This recipe is one of the most popular recipes for tamales, especially in Mexico, usually eaten in the afternoon snack or breakfast, and can be salted or sweet. The original Tamale is made with dough, there are many forms and styles to prepare them and has the advantage that you can fill almost with any dish you like, can be very nutritious if you choose ingredients such as vegetables, tofu, soy, spinach, seaweed, pickles, beans, peas, cheese, corn, etc.