Cronus Caprese Chicken

Using the famous hasselback technique (cutting crosswise slits every half-inch along the chicken breast) cooks the chicken faster and ensures you get a burst of flavorful gooey filling with each bite. This quick one-pan high-protein and veggie-packed slimmer dinner is easy to make and the whole family will love it. With only 355 calories it makes a perfect 400-600 calorie meal.

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Cronus Inside-Out Lasagna

Here we take basic lasagna ingredients—ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes—and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying slimmer dinner meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for pre-sliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Prep time only 25 minutes and ready to eat in 25 minutes!!!!! Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette for a perfect 400-600 calorie meal!

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Easy Baked Scalloped Potatoes

In this easy version of scalloped potatoes recipe, sliced potatoes are roasted in the oven giving them the baked potato flavor before being mixed with a simple, creamy stovetop sauce and sprinkled with extra sharp Cheddar cheese. Finish with a few minutes under the broiler turns the dish golden and crispy. A perfect savory side for our 400-600 calorie meals!

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Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

Okay the old standby side dish for the holiday season we have just made healthier! Thanks to fresh green beans, an easy homemade cream sauce and crispy onion topping, this green bean casserole recipe is lower fat, lower calorie, and more delicious than traditional recipes that use canned soup, beans and onions. Plus, the slow cooker saves you time cooking at the stove. Make sure to use fresh green beans, as frozen green beans will become mushy.

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Mediterranean Chicken Wrap

This wrap is stuffed with chicken tenders and couscous with a hit of lemon and a healthy dose of fresh herbs and is a simple and quick lean lunch. Save any leftovers to wrap up for an easy lunch. Serve with: Mixed green salad and a glass of crisp white wine. This one is a favorite!

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Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

This rustic cake is a delicious sweet nothings alternative to pie and uses one of the tastiest fruits of the fall harvest—cranberries. The basic recipe is very versatile and can be made with apples, pears, peaches, plums or any full-flavored, slightly acidic fruit. Just arrange the fruit in the skillet before you pour the batter over it. The cake is best served warm; if you can, put it in the oven just before you sit down to dinner.

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Chicken Tetrazzini

This chicken tetrazzini is a comforting creamy low fat version of lusciousness! A cheesy pasta bake loaded with juicy chicken and plump mushrooms. When you bake this pasta casserole, some of the sauce bakes into the pasta, the flavors marry and something wonderful happens. You’ll know what I mean when you try it. Ridiculously good, easy to prepare, kid friendly, reheats well and freezer safe.  P.S. you can further simplify this by using rotisserie chicken – You’re welcome ‘ma friends in advance!

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Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a whole grain with origins in South America. We have combined it in this recipe with black beans, savory vegetables, and spices for a cold or warm salad that is light and refreshing. This salad is high in protein and can be served as a main with your favorite seafood, or side dish.

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Cube Steak with Mushroom-Sherry Sauce

Cube steak is a tougher cut of meat pounded to make it tender but does fall into the comfort food circle. I like it because it cooks quickly and is inexpensive—perfect for a weeknight slimmer dinner.  Look for pre-sliced mushrooms to save even more time on the prep. Serve with: Mashed potatoes (or a baked sweet potato) and grilled broccoli rabe or your favorite vegetable.

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Alpine Mushroom Pasta

In northern Italy, the influences of neighboring Austria and Switzerland are apparent in dishes like this pasta featuring Savoy cabbage and mushrooms in a light wine sauce. Serve with Caesar salad for a slimmer dinner, or it also makes a savory side for your favorite fish or seafood.

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