Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mini Turkey Meat Loaves

The original recipe is called “Mini Chipotle-Spiced Turkey Meat Loaves”. It was made by Biggest Loser contestant Tara on an episode this past spring. Check out the original recipe on the Jennie-O web site: Mini Chipotle-Spiced Turkey Meat Loaves.

I have taken out the chipotle, carrots, and celery; replacing them with a chopped bell pepper mix (yellow, red, and green). I’ve also added a dash of cayenne pepper to the topping, instead of chipotle, for some added zing. The leftovers are fantastic and perfect size for a lunch on the go.

Mini Turkey Meat Loaves

¼ C. white onion, coarsely chopped
½ C. bell pepper mix (yellow, red, green), coarsely chopped
1 (20-ounce) package JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE® extra lean ground turkey breast
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
2 egg whites
Salt & pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar substitute (such as Splenda® Brand)
Couple dashes of ground red pepper (cayenne pepper)

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small food processor, combine onion and peppers. Pulse until finely chopped. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with the pepper and vegetable mixture. Add egg whites and oats; gently mix until combined. Place about 1/3 cup of the prepared meat loaf mixture into 9 wells of a standard size muffin pan that has been lightly sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine all of the topping ingredients in a small bowl; set aside. Remove meat loaves from oven and spoon the topping over each meat loaf. Return meat loaf to the oven and continue to bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until meat loaf is firm and the internal temperature registers 170°F. Let meat loaf stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 9 mini loaves.

Nutritional Information for 1 mini loaf: 110 calories, 1 g. fat, 0 g. saturated fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 6 g. carbohydrates, 16 g. protein.

Recipe Credit: Arrion Rathsack and
Jennie-O Turkey Store

Sunday, June 14, 2009

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Red Onions and Bell Peppers

I'm back and armed with some new low calorie meal choices (I'll throw in a few naughty ones too...)

Let's start off with my BBQ Chicken Pizza with Red Onions and Bell Peppers

A great way to use extra grilled chicken you might have on hand. I recently calculated the calories and it makes a nice low cal dinner and satisfies my pizza cravings.

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Red Onions and Bell Peppers

Betty Crocker Pizza Crust Mix
½ C. Hot Water
6 oz of chopped grilled chicken breast
¼ C. chopped red onion
¼ C. chopped bell peppers
6 T. BBQ Sauce (I used Memphis Style)
1 Cup Kraft 2% Milk Mexican Style Four Cheese

Heat oven to 425˚. Grease a large rectangular cookie sheet with olive oil spray.

Prepare pizza crust per instructions. While dough is resting, prepare the pizza toppings.

Press dough into a rectangle on cookie sheet, using floured fingers as necessary. Spread BBQ sauce evenly on dough. Add chicken, onion, and peppers. Bake for about 8 minutes. Evenly sprinkle cheese onto pizza. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes or until crust is starting to turn golden brown and cheese has melted.

4 Servings

Nutritional Information: 321 calories, 8 g. fat, 4 g. saturated fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 878 mg sodium, 44 g. carbohydrates, 1 g. fiber, 18 g. protein

Recipe credit: Arrion Rathsack