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A Pound Cake With Flavor! October 28, 2010

Filed under: Desserts,Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 10:44 am

I have been bad at taking pictures of  the foods that have come out of my “test kitchen” lately, mainly because I forget to check my batteries, and some of my readers/critics have been on me about it 🙂  I promise even though I don’t have a picture of this cake I will get a picture  up really soon.  I actually have to make yet another cake for this weekend.  I’m meeting up with some high school friends who I have not seen in………well let’s just say quite a few years!

This pound cake is so moist and delicious, you will not believe that it’s extremely low fat!  Another plus side of this cake is the wide variety of flavors you can make as long as you watch the fat content on the cake and pudding mix.  Since I’ve been in Florida for the last couple of weeks, I have been craving citrus flavors so I made an orange flavor and a lemon flavor but as you read the recipe your imagination will kick in and the cake  possibilities are endless!  Enjoy and don’t forget to send me your comments/questions   1lowfatdiva@gmail.com

Pound Cake With Flavor

1 pkg. of white cake mix (be sure to check the fat content so that you find one only with about 1-1.5 grams per serving)

1 pkg. of  instant no fat pudding (flavor depends on what flavor you want cake to be – I choose vanilla for one and lemon for the other)

3/4 cup egg beaters

3/4 cup no fat yogurt (can use flavored yogurt depending on your cake/pudding flavor)

1 can of soda (orange is what I used for my orange flavor and mountain dew for my lemon – diet soda)

zest of a lemon/orange if you choose  to make a citrus flavored cake

In a large bowl combine the cake mix, pudding mix, egg beaters, yogurt and soda.  Mix on low for about 2 min until cake batter is smooth.

Pour batter into a  10″ tube pan that has been sprayed with Pam and sprinkled with flour.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. Remember every oven is different so time will vary with ovens.  Cool 10 minutes in pan before you remove the cake from the pan and put on wire rack to continue cooling.

Note:  You can dust with powdered sugar or you can make a powdered sugar glaze but the cake is really great by itself and needs nothing more than people to help you eat it 🙂

You can make this pound cake in chocolate but it will not be quite as low in fat.  Use the lowest fat content cake mix you can find and a no fat pudding mix.  For you soda flavor you can use cherry soda or a diet coke with lime.  The varieties are endless 🙂

 

Nacho Rice & Marinated Corn Salad October 23, 2010

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog,Salads — lowfatdiva @ 11:25 am

How about two tasty recipes on one blog?  I have been driving my mom back down to Florida for the winter and sometimes finding foods that are good choices along the way was a bit tough.  I was anxious to get mom settled and find a grocery store so I could start cooking again (I felt like I was going through withdrawl)!!

As I was perusing the aisles of the local Publix Grocery Store, there was a man handing out samples for some Nacho Rice that someone had prepared.  I asked for the recipe and he handed me a copy with a smile (I think he was glad I didn’t ask anything technical).  As I was looking through the recipe, he asked if he could help me find anything for the recipe.   When I told him no thanks, I was just checking to see if I could make the recipe with a bit less fat, the man looked at me like I was from another planet 🙂  However there were now a couple of other women gathered around checking things out.  One woman asked if I had any ideas and as I explained my mission and my blog, I found some new people interested in low fat choices!  One woman asked if I could stay longer and get a job with Publix to do food demos for them!  Now that did sound tempting 🙂

Here is the recipe for Nacho Rice

1 1/2 cup of diced onions (I like to use green onions with the stems too)

1 1/2 pound of  low fat ground chicken (you really have to check labels to make sure you find ground chicken that is just the breast)

1 Tlb taco seasoning

1 package of taco flavored rice and pasta blend (there are a couple of companies like Knors)

1 3/4 cups water

corn tortillas

80z jar of taco sauce

1 1/2 cups shredded fat free cheddar cheese

Preheat a large saute pan on medium high.  Spray pan with some Pam spray, place onions, ground chicken and taco seasoning in the pan.  Brown 5-7 minutes, stiring to crumple meat and keep things from sticking.

Stir in rice blend and water.  Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook about 7 minutes.

Remove pan from heat, fluff rice with a fork.  Lightly drizzle some taco sauce over the top, add your cheese and let stand about 5 min. to melt cheese.

Warm you tortillas and service along side your rice dish.  You can toast the tortillas and sprinkle them on top of the rice dish also, but remember if you had tortilla chips from the bag, you will be adding more fat.  I also used some no fat sour cream and put it on top of each serving.  It looked very nice on the plate and also tasted great.

The Marinated Corn Salad

I found this to also be a nice addition to the Nacho Rice.  Very easy and extremely low in fat.

1 (16 oz ) package frozen whole kernel corn

3 – 4  green onions thinly sliced

1 (15oz) can black beans rinsed and drained well

1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes

1/2 cup mojo marinade (great stuff keep it around for lots of recipes)

1 Tlb. honey

Thaw corn and drain thoroughly.  Place in medium bowl.  Slice onions and add to corn.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Let stand 10-15 min to let flavors blend.  Stir and serve!  Refrigerate any remaining salad.

Please feel free to email me your questions or comments to 1lowfatdiva@gmail.com

 

Smoked Turkey Breast October 10, 2010

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 6:15 pm

I was recently invited to a tailgate party by some friends for a big rival game.  Having gone in the past I knew there would be lots of yummy foods but many would not be good for my food choice selections so I decided to smoke a turkey breast.

After doing some research I found that skinless turkey breast was only 4 grams of fat for 3 1/2 ounces of meat.  Now that is a deal!  So I found a large turkey breast (7 pounds) and took the skin off, found a new rub that had a kick to it and commenced to smoking a tasty treat.  The hardest part for me was selecting the rub I wanted to use because I found so many I wanted to try…..ahhhhh, so many rubs to sample, so little meats 🙂  I de-skinned my turkey breast and applied my rub until the breast was well coated.  I Made sure my smoker was at the proper temp of 250 degrees prepared my beer water to keep the meat moist during the smoking process and closed the door.

In about 4 hours I took out the turkey breast and let it “rest” before I sliced it.  The aromas were wonderful and so very tempting!  But definitely well worth the wait.  The smoked turkey breast was a big hit at the tailgate party and what fun to provide something low fat for our friends and they were totally clueless 🙂

If you try this recipe, let me know what rub you tried.   1lowfatdiva@gmail.com

 

Suggestions For Snack Attacks! October 7, 2010

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 12:14 pm

If you have a Meijer or Sams Club or even Cosco you should be able to find Pretzel Crisps from the Snack Factory.  These are great low fat snacks that you can enjoy.  The Original has 0 grams of fat, Buffalo Wing has the most at 1.5 in 10 crisps and the Everything has only .5 in 10 crisps.  For a snack item that will satisfy you these are not too bad of numbers.

Now, you are probably saying what can I dip them into or eat them with.  I’m not a big dip girl but I will get some recipes on the blog before the holidays, I promise.  For right now, I have some great cheese choices that are pretty low in fat.  Laughing cow makes a light that has 2 grams in each wedge and only 35 calories – now that is a deal!  I get the Mozzarella, sun-Dried tomato & Basil or the Garlic.  I also like Babybel rounds.  They are a little higher in fat grams, 3 per round, but if you slice them thin they are also very good with the Pretzel Crisps.

Be sure to check out last weeks Quesadilla recipe which is very low in fat (if you can find white corn tortillas they are even lower in fat) as well as one of my very first recipes, White Pizza!

Remember veggies are always a great snack item and you can “dip” them into no fat whipped cream cheese that has some seasonings mixed in.  Be creative and share your ideas right here!  Enjoy 🙂
Comments/questions   email  1lowfatdiva@gmail.com

 

Delicious Low Fat Au Gratin Potatoes October 6, 2010

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog,Main Dishes & Sandwiches — lowfatdiva @ 5:56 pm

I’m sure when you saw the title to this recipe you thought, yeah right!  Well, I’m here to tell you it’s true 🙂  I was looking for a side dish the other day and ran across a recipe for Au Gratin Potatoes and after reading the recipe, immediately  knew that I could lower the fat content so that it would be a good food choice for me.

Here is the recipe that I changed over to work for me.  Let me know what you think of it and if you changed anything to make it work for you.  Enjoy  🙂    1lowfatdiva@gmail.com

4 potatoes thinly sliced

1 onion sliced into rings

salt & pepper to taste (I use seasoning salt or sea salt)

2 Tlb of Blue Bonnet low fat margarine

2 Tlb of flour

1 3/4 cup of no fat evaporated milk

1 1/4 cup no fat shredded cheese

Generously spray a 2 quart baking dish.  Arrange half of the potato slices in the bottom, sprinkle with seasoning and with your onion slices.

In a medium sized saucepan melt the margarine (don’t be impatient, low fat margarine takes some time).  When margarine is melted add the 2 Tlb of flour and stir continuously with a whisk.  Slowly pour the milk into the flour mixture and keep stirring with your whisk.  Keep the mixture over med – low heat and stir until it starts to thicken.  Remove from burner and stir in cheese all at once, stirring until cheese melts.  If you feel the mixture is too thick add  a little bit more milk.

Pour half of the mixture over the potatoes.  Top with rest of potatoes and pour the rest of your mixture over the top of potatoes.  Place tin foil over the top of the dish.  Place in 375 degree oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

The entire dish has only  10 grams of fat!  You can easily have a portion larger than a 1/4 cup and still be within your gram limit 🙂

 

Cheesy Corn Quesadilla October 4, 2010

Filed under: Appetizers & Drinks,Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 12:24 pm

This weekend while watching football, my husband says to me “hey lets make some chips/cheese”!  When I turned and looked at him with a look that could only be matched by our 4 year old granddaughter when asked to pick up her toys, he quickly tried to redeem himself 🙂  I didn’t want to deny him chips/cheese just because it was not a food choice I wanted to make.  So off to the kitchen I went and prepared him a small plate of chips/cheese.  While in the frig I took out a bag of no fat cheddar (I make sure I always keep a bag in the frig), some no fat sour cream, some corn tortillas and a tomato.

As my husband was eating his football snack, I was preparing my new creation of Cheesy Corn Quesadilla.  I took out a small fry pan, sprayed it with butter spray, sprayed one side of the corn tortilla and turned the burner on.  As the tortilla was heating up nicely, I took a handfull of no fat cheese, some chopped onion and chopped cilantro put it on top of the tortilla in the pan.  I then took another tortilla and put it on top of my cheese mixture.  I fried the bottom tortilla until it was slightly brown, sprayed the top tortilla with some butter spray and then flipped it over to cook the top tortilla of my quesadilla.

The result~!   Wonderful, tasty and so satisfying (as you can see in the picture).  It would be easy to add some cooked chicken to the quesadilla or anything else your heart desired.  Creativity is a good thing in my kitchen!

The total fat content for my feast was only 2 grams of fat.  You do have to check corn tortillas because some have a higher content than others.  Enjoy!  Be sure to let me know how you liked it and any variations you made   🙂

1lowfatdiva@gmail.com

NOTE:  Yes, my husband had to try them and he even asked for me to make him some!

 

 
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