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"Lite" Everyday Recipes

I'm piggy backing this off of the other Everyday Recipes thread...I just got a new job that allows me to spend a bit more money on food and it also allows me to actually prepare meals.

Unfortunately, I've been a little crazed at work lately so I've been relying on Trader Joe's quick almost ready to eat meals (pastas, pizzas, salads, etc).

But that's about to end and I could really use some good ideas for summery and everyday lite healthy recipes.

Send yours ideas this way! Much appreciated!

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  1. I made tofu steaks a few nights ago and they were so easy and delicious! Remove tofu from its box, pat dry w/ paper towels and slice into 1-inch-thick slabs. Marinate with soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil - I added a dash of Worcestershire. You could also add minced ginger or garlic. Marinate for about 10-15 mintutes - I kept spooning the marinade over the top so that all the slabs received an equal coating. Fry in a nonstick pan with olive oil, 5-6 minutes each side, until the tofu is golden. I enjoyed these with steamed rice pilaf (a family recipe: break up a handful of long noodles, saute in a bit of butter until golden, add rice and stock (1 part rice to 2 parts liquid) stir & cover, bring to a boil, lower heat, steam for 20 minutes) and stir-fried broccoli. I prepared the rice and broccoli while the tofu was marinating. Dinner was on the table in 30 minutes.

    1. Not a bad idea, although as much as I don't mind tofu, I don't think I can see myself eating just tofu for dinner.

      I said lite, but not THAT light. Sounds yummy though. I'll have to give it a shot...


      1. Hi - I just finished BBQing a 1/2 turkey breast from T.J's - A kosher one. I left much of the skin on and earlier stuffed w/ fresh cut rosemary and T'J's pesto then refridgerated for several hours. I think the olive oil from the pesto helps keep the turkey moist while cooking (about 45 minutes). It turned out really nice and there's plenty for the either the freezer or leftovers. Great to slice on salads too. I also bought T'J's already made pizza dough (regular and whole wheat avail)took half and rolled out on the kitchen table. Then placed onto a cookie sheet, drizzled w/EVOO, spread T'J's artichoke/cheese spread, added thinly sliced onions and fresh tomatoes then cooked until golden. - yum! Earlier, I also boiled an artichoke that I cut in half. I let it cool then scooped out the middle and grilled for a short while with the turkey (just to get the grill flavor thing). That was dinner. We eat late in my home during the summer so, running the stove for the bread wasn't bad and the grill is out on the patio. The meal was filling but not heavy. :) One of my favorite summer salad things is again w/that lovely pesto..Just giant hunks of toms, cucs and mozzarella mixed in pesto w/ s&p added to taste. :) Happy summer.

        1. I'm a big fan of BBQing but not a huge turkey fan, although that sounds pretty good. I bought the TJ's dough the other day...VERY GOOD! I was pretty surprised how good it was. I'll give that artichoke a try too. Good suggestion!

          1. Try the pesto thing w/chicken tenders or breasts - I do and leave it to marinate for several hours. I also love to spread on FRESH catfish then BBQ - Also great summer options.

            1. Wow, like Petitpois, I recently made a tofu dish. I'm trying to eat less meats, even chicken and fish and summertime is the perfect time to do this. The recipe I tried is from Epicurious for Seared Tofu with Green Beans in Coconut Sauce...if you use LITE coconut milk, I believe you can claim it's a lite entree. The other meatless dish I made is from Madhur Jaffrey's book, "From Curries to Kebabs," for Chickpea, Potato and Cabbage Curry, also a delightful meal--I think next time I will add something red to the dish, like chopped tomato or red pepper for color. If you think you'd like me to paraphrase, I will--I'm getting ready to go to work right now and need to run. Link for the tofu recipe below.


              1. Thinly slice one or two peeled baking potatoes and layer in an oiled oval dish with garlic, thyme, and S&P. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Lightly oil a scaled and gutted whole fish and sprinkle with S&P. I've done it with both sea and striped bass and red snapper. All excellent. Lay fish in baking dish, sprinkle 1 or 2 chopped, seeded tomatoes and about 8 chopped, brine-cured olives around fish. Bake about another 30 minutes, or 15 minutes per inch.

                It's a quick, easy, healthy, really tasty one-dish meal.

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                1. re: JoanN

                  That sounds wonderful! If I don't have access to a whole fish do you think cod loins or swordfish steaks would work well?

                  1. re: foodieX2

                    Can't say for sure since I've only done it with a whole fish, but it's certainly worth a try. Let us know, if you do, how it works.

                    1. re: foodieX2

                      Yes, Bittman has a recipe like this but using cod fillets. You roast the potato slices first, then put the fillets on top for the last 10 minutes.

                  2. This may be a bit over the top price wise, but I've been dieting lately and when I want a diet treat, I want it to be good.

                    I get a whole cooked lobster at the market, clean and chunk the meat and toss it in a caesar salad with Renee's low fat caesar dressing (I don't know if Renee's is a Canadian thing).

                    It is decadent, delicious, easy and low cal. And a girl really has to spoil herself sometimes.

                    1. Lobster is a great idea. The local grocery store around here (Ralph's if you're in LA) actually sells just lobster meat in a little container for about $8 and a whole cooked lobster for about $14. So once a week or so it's not a bad idea to spend a little more for a delicious dinner. Real good idea.

                      1. You can do stir-fries, with lots of veggies and lean meats, serve them with brown rice.

                        I find that TJ's prepared food can be heavy in fat and calories, but their semi-prepared items give you head start and can be healthy. For example, they have cooked wild rice in vacuum packed bags. I'd take them and toss them with a bit of evoo, lemon juice, some chopped nuts and dried fruite for a quick rice salad. Or their pizza dough is a good start if you go easy on the easy and load up on veggies.

                        1. Their dough was really good, and it seems like it'd be pretty easy to do a pizza salad...you know, cook the dough, then toss on a variety of veggies, or a salad. I'd probably go with some arugala or basil, tomatoes, olives and red onions...but any combo would work!