I’ve mentioned my love of food before, right? Right. Well, if you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you know that I’m trying to lose weight. I’m not cutting out foods or doing anything intense, but I am lowering my calorie intake. I’ve had to switch a lot of my “go-to” meals for healthier, lower calorie ones. Luckily, I haven’t sacrificed taste or satisfaction in doing so.
Here are a few of my favorite low-cal recipes:
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake from SkinnyTaste.com
This recipe is one of my absolute favorites. My parents love it, too. The original recipe (linked in the title) is meat-free, but I added leftover chicken the first time I made it and leftover ham the second. Both were good, but OH MY GOODNESS did the ham version rock. Obviously adding meat bumps up the calories a bit, but my versions were still pretty low-cal.
Instead of 2% cheese, like the recipe calls for, I used non-fat cheese because it had about half the calories. The bag I used was also about 7 oz. instead of 8. In the ham version, I used 1% milk since we had it on hand. I also used frozen peas instead of spinach. It was still super delicious. The first time I made this recipe, I only had about 2 cups of spaghetti squash. I made the normal amount of sauce and it was wonderful. The second time, I didn’t measure my squash, but I probably had 3 or 3.5 cups.
Leftovers do well in the fridge and reheat nicely. I don’t think this would freeze well, so make less or eat it quickly, if you can!
Roasted Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash from Martha Stewart
I used this recipe the first time I made spaghetti squash and it was a big hit with me and my parents. I followed the recipe exactly and had no problems with it. Really, the hardest part is cutting the spaghetti squash in half. Those suckers are tough! Luckily, you can poke a few holes in it and throw it in the oven whole for an hour, then cut it. Soooo much easier.
Chicken Carbonara from Hungry Girl
This is the last recipe I’ll show you today. It’s super easy to make and tastes delicious. If you don’t have Egg Beaters on hand, one large beaten egg works fine.
As for the shirataki noodles, a lot of people are put off by their slightly fishy smell and their rubbery texture. If you rinse them well right out of the package and dry fry them over medium heat for a few minutes, the smell goes away. Don’t worry, they don’t taste like fish! They don’t taste like anything, actually. As for the texture, I recommend buying the spaghetti shaped ones or the angel hair ones. They’re so thin, you don’t notice the texture as much. And, hey, they’re 40 calories for two servings. I can dig it! I use these noodles to make a peanut noodle stir-fry that is delicious. I recommend you try them for yourself!
What are your favorite low-calorie recipes? Tell me in a comment!