Dessert Please

As we all know sweets can be very addicting and we are told to skip on them to watch our weight.  Well even though this isn’t a “health” option it is a healthier option for pecan pie ( or as most say pecAAAn pie). Growing up my grandma use to bring at least 7 different pie with her on the holidays, and all of them were homemade!  But by far my favorite one was pecan pie.  There’s just something about it that taste like no other dessert. It just wasn’t Thanksgiving without it!  So if you must indulge in some dessert this pie is one of the better options, and at least the pecans contain protein…

Lighter Pecan Pie

No Butter, No Corn Syrup Healthy Pecan Pie Recipe - 8 Amazingly Delicious and Healthy Pecan Recipes - Shape Magazine - Page 7

what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fat free milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 pie crust

Directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. in a large bowl beat eggs until foamy
  3. add all ingredients and stir
  4. pour into the pie crust and bake 30-40 minutes (until the top is lightly brown)
  5. enjoy!

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-recipes/8-amazingly-delicious-and-healthy-pecan-recipes/slide/7

Obviously I don’t recommend eating dessert every night, but sometimes its just good for the soul! Which is why southern food is my soul food!  It makes you feel good no matter what.

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Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

To this day my grandma still makes the best chicken and dumplings I’ve ever eaten.  Cracker Barrel runs a close second but they are packed with fat from the cream.  This recipe lightens this heavy meal up a little bit, and still taste like grandmas!

what you’ll need:

  • 3 large chicken breast
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup 98% fat free
  • 1 can cream of celery soup 98% fat free
  • 2 cups fat free and reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can biscuits
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. place chicken in crockpot and add everything but the biscuits
  2. cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or until chicken is tender
  3. shred chicken into bike size pieces
  4. take 5 biscuits and flatten them out so you can cut into chunks
  5. add biscuit pieces to crock pot and cook another 20-30 minutes
  6. enjoy!

As you can tell most of these recipes require very little effort and are yummy but you don’t feel like you gained 10 pounds after you eat them.  I can do vegetables but I can’t be the grilled chicken on a salad type girl every night.  I need some southern comfort foods in my life!

Chicken Pot Pie

This is a recipe that I came up with myself after looking at the nutrition information of a frozen chicken pot pie.  I love a good chicken pot pie but most of them are full of calories and fat.  This recipe is super easy, which I always love, and reduces some of those unnecessary calories and fats.

Chicken Pot Pie

what you’ll need:

  • frozen pie crust ( I normally get Pillsbury because it seems to hold up better than the store brand, but either will work)
  • 2 cans fat free cream of chicken soup
  • 1 10oz bag of frozen veggies
  • 1 rotisserie chicken

Directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. pull the meat off of the rotisserie chicken and put in a large bowl
  3. cook veggies according to bag (I normally get the microwavable ones and do that while I pull off the chicken)
  4. once veggies are cooked place in the bowl with the chicken
  5. dump in both cans of cream of chicken soup and stir contents in the bowl until mixed well
  6. place in a pie crust ( you can just use the one on the bottom to eliminate carbs or you can place contents in one and top with the other. Whichever you prefer)
  7. cook for 30 minutes and enjoy!

The great thing about this recipe is its quick and easy, but still taste like a homemade chicken pot pie that your grandma slaved over for hours.  No one will ever know it only took a little over 30 minutes!

Delicious Dehydration!

I don’t know about you guys, but growing up (and to this day) one of my favorite snacks is beef jerky!  My mom use to make this all the time for my sister and I and it is just amazing.  I personally think that beef jerky is a good snack because its low in carbs and taste really good!  This recipe does use a dehydrator but I personally think that everyone should own one.  They are a good investment because you can use them for all kinds of things like fruit, vegetables, and this delicious beef jerky recipe I am about to show you.  This recipe is for a classic beef jerky that’s really simple and still really yummy!

Classic Beef Jerky

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what you’ll need:

  • 1 flank steak ( around 2 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Trim the excess fat off of the flank steak
  2. slice steak 1/4 inch thick across the grain of the meat (this makes it easier to chew)
  3. combine ingredients in a small bowl and add the sliced steak
  4. pour into a air tight zip lock baggie and refrigerate for about 24 hours
  5. drain steak and lay out on the dehydrator for 4-6 hours at 155 degrees
  6. enjoy!

http://www.nwedible.com/beef-jerky/

Now since you already have your dehydrator here’s an apple chip recipe

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Chips

what you’ll need:

  • Apples (depending on the amount of chips you want, I would use a couple)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

directions:

  1. first cut apple into thin slices (the skin will be more tough so if you want to peel the apples do so before slicing)
  2. sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and toss to make sure they are all coated (you can use more than 1 tablespoon depending on preference)
  3. arrange apple slices on your dehydrator in a single layer
  4. turn on and let dehydrate for 18-24 hours
  5. enjoy!

Baked “Fried” Chicken and Roasted “Fried Okra”

I grew up in a southern house hold where my mom made fried okra that was breaded and fried in vegetable oil.  It was so greasy that my mom would dump it on a paper towel and it would be soaked with grease, kind of like the five guys bag when you order French fries.  Anyways I love that comfort food that I grew up with and it it very delicious, but now that I am a nutrition major and want to watch my weight I am looking for recipes that have the same full flavor but less of the fat and grease.  I have found an awesome roasted okra recipe so I can eat my comfort food and be guilty free!  I don’t know about you guys but I love nothing more than an easy and healthy recipe.

Here are the step by step directions to this amazing dish:

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degree

2. Rinse the okra and cut the tops off

3. Next cut the okra into bite size pieces

4. Toss in olive oil and place on a baking pan

5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 15-20 minutes

6. Enjoy!

Next I love fried chicken, and let’s be honest Bojangle’s has some of the best! But if you are trying to watch your weight then that isn’t exactly the most healthy option.  So if you want to have your cake and eat it too then try this “fried” baked chicken recipe!

Baked Fried Chicken is a skinny version of a classic recipe! SO GOOD!!! - The Cookie Rookie

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. take chicken breast and marinate in milk for 20 minutes. ( I used skim but you can use whatever you’d like)

3. In a separate bowl mix together: 1 cup flour

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon all-purpose spice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

4. Coat a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with olive oil to cover the bottom

5. Dip each chicken breast into the flour mixture and coat both sides.  Then place in baking pan.

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crispy and turn over after 20 minutes

7. Enjoy!

These are just two recipes that I have to cut down on fat, but there are more to come!