5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Entrées & Side Dishes
- Sweet Potato-Pear Soup. Swapping rich cream for yogurt in soup reduces the fat without sacrificing flavor. Recipe: Sweet Potato-Pear Soup
- Sauce. Trade in rich sauces for lighter versions that utilize fruits and veggies for flavor. Try making a sauce out of lemon, orange, cranberries, or tomatoes. Your guests will approve and picky eaters might convert to liking something.
- Squash. Adding a fiber-rich vegetable to side dishes or entrées will help your guests leave with full tummies and a healthy dose of nutrition. Recipes: Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash, Squash w/Tomato Garlic Sauce, Corn & Beans w/Acorn Squash.
- Kale w/Caramelized Onions. Sweeten up kale with caramelized onions. Even guests that don’t like to eat anything green won’t be able to resist the yummy aromas and flavors of this dish. Recipe: Kale w/Caramelized Onions
- Salad. Make salads the main dish or serve as a side. Salads are a tasty way to boost nutrition, and they combine well with other dishes. Try Southwestern Coleslaw, Pear Bistro Salad, or Mandarin Orange & Spinach Salad w/Quinoa.
- Persimmon. A healthy fall fruit that is sure to please. Eat fresh with a dollop of Greek yogurt, roast and serve with ice cream, or chop and add to cake or quick bread batter.
- Poached Fruit. Impress your guests with poached fruit. It’s a sophisticated dessert that looks like you put in a ton of effort (we won’t tell). Poached fruit is a nice way to finish off a meal. Recipes: Pears in Orange Sauce or Ginger Poached Pears.
- Banana Waldorf. Guests of all ages will love Banana Waldorf. It’s is a sweet dessert that will leave your guests begging for seconds.
- Pears. Serve up pears this fall for dessert. For kids you can cut semi-firm pears into ¼”-thick slices and punch with cookie cutter shapes then dust with cinnamon. For adults, finish off your meal with Pear Nog and a couple of vanilla wafers.
- Autumn Fruit Compote. Enjoy fall with this simple dessert. Top frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream with Autumn Fruit Compote.
5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Breakfasts
- Frittata. Your overnight guests and family will love the many possible combinations and frittatas don’t take long to make. Serve with toast and fruit to complete the meal. Recipes: Broccoli Frittata, Vegetable Frittata.
- Herbed Spinach Portobello Quiche Caps. A delicious start to any morning. Forget the fatty pie crust and use portobello mushrooms as the quiche shell. Recipe: Herbed Spinach Portobello Quiche Caps
- Symphony of Fruit Pizza. Save time and please everybody with this scrumptious breakfast. Serve alongside scrambled eggs or swap out cream cheese for peanut butter for a protein fix. Recipe: Symphony of Fruit Pizza
- Rise & Shine Cobbler. Who doesn’t love dessert for breakfast? Add Greek yogurt and you have a satisfying, yet simple breakfast. Recipe: Rise & Shine Cobbler
- Omelet. Set up an omelet bar and let guests choose their fillings. Or, try these go-to omelets that everybody will love. Recipes: Tomato & Garlic Omelet, Broccoli Omelet, and Red & Yellow Bell Pepper Omelet.
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