Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Dinner Made Diet-Friendly

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

I am not "on a diet", but sometimes it feels that way. Losing weight has meant eating fewer calories... to the tune of about -500 a day. Those have to come from somewhere, and since I'm still eating chocolate, I've had to be creative. ;)

When I'm trying to lose weight and I don't want to be hungry all the time, I need to eat differently from "normal". When I'm the only one in my family who wants to eat "different", this can be challenging.

Tip: I've been making our "normal" meals, but not "put together". By serving build-your-own meals, I can build mine a little healthier or lower-calorie than everyone else's.


A recent dinner: grilled chicken, sauteed veggies, and fresh peaches

My favorite build-your-own dinners:

Tacos, taco salad, or nachos
Burgers (see my "burger salad" here)
Chili (served with toppings like cheese, tomatoes, avocado, and greek yogurt)
Any three-things-for-dinner meal

Tips for building a healthier (or lower calorie) meal:

Tuna Salad
Tuna Salad

1. Make a sandwich into a salad.

For example, tuna salad spread onto a bed of lettuce and sprinkled with chopped onions, pickles, and celery = tuna salad minus the "sandwich". Grilled chicken served over a vegetable salad instead of bread, a hamburger served over it's usual "toppings", or even lunch meat and cheese diced and served with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers will be fewer calories and extra veggies for you!

I find that having fresh diced tomatoes or avocados is often "juicy" enough that salad dressing or mayonnaise isn't missed. (I know avocados aren't low-calorie, but they're healthier than mayo!)

2. Use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. I love this tip! Plain Greek yogurt is tart and thick and creamy enough that I don't miss my real sour cream... much. :)

3. Skip the bread, or make an open-faced sandwich. You might be eating with a fork while everyone else at the table is holding a sandwich, but... :)

4. Don't be afraid of "plain". Grilled meats, fresh veggies, fresh fruit -- it doesn't have to be fancy! I almost always serve fairly plain and simple fruits and vegetables with our meals. It's easy and usually healthier that way, too.

Bonus baby picture for the week (because I've been too busy picking berries and playing in the sunshine to worry about blogging!):

Channah

To Participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays:

Post a kitchen tip in your blog. Link to this post, and then leave your link in a comment here, so we know where to find YOU! :) No giveaways or non-tip posts, please! We need to be able to easily find/see what your kitchen/cooking tip is. :) Thanks for your participation! :)

Leave your tip links in a comment. I'll manually add them to this post!

1. Dishwasher rinse aid (Whole New Mom)
2. Pantry mixes and spices (Simply Made Home)
3. Cleaning Misto oil sprayer (Finding Joy in my Kitchen)
4. Chocolate chips substitute (Living So Abundantly)
5. Quick stir fry tip (Sunny Side Homestead)
6. Birthday cake tip (Simply Rebekah)
7. Freezing cherries (A Proverbs 31 Wife)
8. Apron from tea towel (Black Fox Homestead)

Comments

Today I'm sharing a list of 10 great websites for canning information http://thelocalcook.com/2012/08/14/10-essential-canning-websites/

Hello Tammy!

If you think it would bless your readers, here is my post on an EZ Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid. It's an updated post b/c I had to make a change to avoid damaging my dishwasher.

http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/natural-dishwasher-rinse-aid-important-update/

Blessings!

Good morning! It is good to take a blogging break and berry pick once and a while! My tip for the day is to fill the phttp://simplymadehome.blogspot.com/2012/08/i-think-that-there-is-much-wisdom-in.htmlantry with homemade spices/mixes. It is cheap and easy!
Tara @ Simply Made Home

Try using a couple tablespoons pickle juice or relish juice to moisten your tuna first, and then add a mutch smaller amount of mayo--saves a ton of calories since tuna is very light itself. Also try making your sandwhich a wrap--with a romaine leaf! :)

We do the Greek Yogurt & we certainly aren't afraid of plain! Most of the time, we sprinkle dried basil on our veggies - and that simple flavor goes a long way!

Here's my tip:

http://joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2012/08/kitchen-tip-cleaning-your-misto.html

Thanks for hosting!

SnoWhite

I LOVE your idea for any three. Girl, I am with you on the chocolate. I will eat less at dinner just to save room for dessert.

My post is ironically about chocolate. ;) When you're in the middle of baking and need a quick substitute that really works, here you go:

http://livingsoabundantly.blogspot.com/2012/08/substituting-chocolate-squares-for-chips.html

Chili is one of my favorite meals. Yum!

I wrote about a quick way to make a stir fry. It was a tip I learned that has helped me keep my sanity while making a good and healthy meal for my family.

http://sunnysidehomestead.blogspot.com/2012/08/easy-stir-fry.html

Haha! Eating chocolate on my diet is part of my problem too.

I'm sharing how to make a simple carousel birthday cake:

http://simplyrebekah.com/2012/08/20/how-to-make-a-simple-carousel-birthday-cake/

The way I freeze cherries for winter eating.
http://aproverbs31wife.com/how-to-freeze-bing-cherries/

Here is a link to my tip on converting a tea towel to an apron: http://blackfoxhomestead.com/sewing-and-other-tutorials/tutorialmake-an-apron-from-a-vintage-tea-towel/

Thank you for hosting. You have a beautiful little one. :)

Great tips, Tammy! I try to do some of these things too and love all of your ideas. It's nice not to have to cook separate meals, just switch it up a little. :) I know I am rather late on my KT post today. I had an unexpected morning. :) If I am too late, feel free to add this next week. The kitchen tip I would like to share today is how to get carrot fries or sweet potato fries crispy. Thanks for sharing!
Heather

I think I tried sharing this once but was too late/early for Kitchen Tip Tuesday. It's how I make edible playdough with my toddlers:

http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/08/peanut-butter-playdough.html

Thanks!
Bobi
http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

My tip is about making your kitchen smell nice naturally!

http://recipeshappen.com/2012/08/21/kitchen-tip-tuesdays-making-your-kitchen-smell-good/

Bonnie :)

PS:
I have a pretty super cute little niece!!

First ~ I LOVE that picture of Moshe. I love how he is so excited and flapping that arm so wildly that it disappeared in the picture! What a darling little blessing you have there.

My tip ~ use a spring-type tension rod for the inside of the cabinet underneath your kitchen sink to hang all kinds of things ~ rags, brushes with "s" hooks, rubber gloves, extra garbage bags... whatever. It's usually an underutilized space. The little tension rods cost about 3 dollars at walmart.

~Kate

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