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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Thai Chicken & Vegetable Coconut Curry

Here’s a slimmer dinner dish idea for all you Thai fans! Thai cuisine happens to be one of my 400-600 calorie meal favorites, so I was quite happy with how authentic this simplified version of Thai chicken coconut curry came out. It’s kind of a “cheater” or short cut recipe, in that I used Thai Kitchen red curry paste instead of dried chilies and all the individual curry spices. But it still tastes amazing and comes together easily. This dish is served over fragrant basmati rice. You could also use brown rice or riced cauliflower for a low-carb version.

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

As a Type 2 diabetic I love this recipe. I whir cauliflower into a creamy low-carbohydrate substitute for mashed potatoes. And, if you have real picky eaters mix in a few potatoes for a fool proof way to get a vegetable in their diet. If you don’t tell the kids they will never know it! This easy recipe gets a kick of flavor from garlic-infused olive oil, making it a dairy-free (and vegan) vegetable savory side dish. Easy and a quickie for a busy Mom to prepare 20 minutes of prep and 20 minute cooking time!

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Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Kabobs

Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Kabobs

What’s better than the meaty texture of grilled shrimp for a slimmer dinner? How about the addition of grilled avocado? This easy grilling recipe uses minimal ingredients but packs in maximum flavor and with ONLY 256 calories per serving! Throw on some peppers and onions and top with a lime-infused marinade. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes to whip up. Challenge yourself to eat at least three different colors at each meal (eat the rainbow). The colors can only be from a vegetable, fruit, grain, or legume. Animal-based proteins are not included.

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Should You Avoid Canola Oil?

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I had to run to the grocery store the other day to pick up a few items. When I stopped in one aisle to grab coconut oil saw a woman standing there with a confused, almost defeated look on her face. And it’s no surprise why. Of all the conflicts and considerations about what food to buy, the biggest challenge may just be figuring out what to cook them in. Vegetable, sunflower, olive and peanut oil line the shelves, each making competing health claims. With my in home personal training I have learned the oil most people go for—and are the most confused by—is canola oil. So what’s the story? Is canola oil bad for you, or has it been unfairly maligned?

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