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Category Archives: Recipes

Chicken and Avocado Cups

Posted on July 10, 2020 by

Savory goodness packed in a cup!

Ingredients
6 oz. chicken breast, cooked & chopped
3 oz. cream cheese
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp onion powder
Salt & pepper to taste
Dash of cayenne pepper
2 avocados, halved & pitted
½ cup parmesan cheese 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray small muffin pan or line with paper cups.
  2. Cut & pit avocados. Scoop a bit from the center to enlarge the cup. Add to bowl with remaining ingredients.
  3. Place avocado halves into muffin pan to stabilize.
  4. Mix ingredients together and divide into avocado halves.
  5. Bake until cheese is melted. Approx. 10-12 minutes.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories           372
Total Fat          30g
Total Carbohydrates 14g
Dietary Fiber       8g
Protein           16g

Note: You can substitute the cherry tomatoes with sundried tomato for a little different taste!  Using light or fat-free cream cheese will also reduce the calories and fat in this dish.

Print Recipe: Chicken Avocado Cups

Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Posted on June 29, 2020 by

Simple flavors that pack a punch!

Ingredients
4 chicken breast halves
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbls butter
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced thick
1/3 cup dry white wine (or water) 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle each chicken breast with salt & pepper.
  3. Heat 1 Tbls butter in cast iron (or heavy skillet) over medium-high heat. Cook until browned and turn over.
  4. Add mushrooms and increase heat. Stir until mushrooms start to soften.
  5. Place skillet in preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside. Place skillet back on burner over medium-high heat. Juices will start to crust.
  7. Add wine (or water) to skillet and stir. Allow to reduce and stir in remaining butter.
  8. Stir to coat mushrooms.
  9. Plate chicken and top with mushrooms. Serve with green veggie or salad.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts: (with wine)
Calories          176
Total Fat           8g
Total Carbohydrates  2g
Dietary Fiber       .5g
Protein           20g

Print Recipe: Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Basil-Lime Chicken Kabobs

Posted on June 10, 2020 by

Serve with fresh veggies or a bright salad!

Ingredients
3 Limes (juice and zest) Divided
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
3 Tbls Dijon Mustard
3 Tbls Worcestershire Sauce
3 Tbls Soy Sauce
6 Green Onions, sliced
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbls Fresh Basil, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 Chicken Breasts, sliced into cubes

Instructions
1. Combine the zest and juice of 2 limes, Olive Oil, Mustard, Worcestershire, Soy, 3 onions, 2 garlic
cloves salt and pepper and mix well.
2. Cut chicken into even cubes and place in a gallon sized baggie.
3. Pour marinade over the chicken and marinate for 1 hour. Thread onto 8 presoaked skewers.
4. Preheat grill.
5. Place chicken on grill and grill for 7 minutes.
6. Then flip and cook until internal temp reaches 170.
7. Remove from grill and let meat rest.
8. Meanwhile combine juice and zest of one lime with extra virgin olive oil, 3 chopped onions, 2
minced garlic cloves, basil.
9. Plate chicken kabobs & cover with sauce if desired.

Serves 8

Nutritional Info:
Calories 207
Fat 12g
Carbohydrates 4.5g
Fiber 1g
Protein 21g

Print Recipe: Basil-Lime Chicken Kabobs

Cucumber Noodle Salad

Posted on May 06, 2020 by

You’ll want to serve this often – so easy to toss together and it looks like you fussed!

Ingredients
1 English cucumber
1 large carrot
3 Tbls lime juice
1 tsp honey
2 tsp olive oil
2 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tbls peanuts, chopped small

Directions

  1. Mix lime juice, honey, olive oil, green onions, garlic, red pepper flakes & cilantro together in medium bowl.
  2. Spiralize or cut cucumber & carrots. Allow cucumber to sit on paper towel for a few minutes to absorb excess moisture.
  3. Add cucumber & carrot to dressing and toss. Top with chopped peanut & serve!

Note: I used a large spiralizer blade for the cucumbers and a small one for the carrots. Both cucumber and carrots could be cut in rounds or julienne strips.

Makes 2-3 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories       125
Total Fat        7g
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber   3g
Protein        3g

New York Strip Steak with Herbed Butter

Posted on May 05, 2020 by

Pair it with fresh veggies or a colorful salad! (adjust the portion to control the calories & fat)

Ingredients
2 New York strip steaks (4-5 oz)
2 Tbls red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp oregano
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbls olive oil

2 Tbls butter
1 Tbls fresh chives
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper

Directions

  1. Mix vinegar through olive oil together in large resealable bag. Add steaks and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes in refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature prior to grilling.
  2. Mix butter, chives, garlic & pepper. Set aside.
  3. Grill steaks over medium heat to desired doneness. Allow meat to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing. Top with herbed butter and serve with green veggies or a side salad.

Makes 2 servings

Nutrition Facts: (for 4-ounce steak with 1 Tbls butter)
Calories       460
Total Fat        31g
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fiber   1g
Protein        41g

Print Recipe: New York Strip Steak with Herbed Butter

Recipe for Cucumber Noodle Salad

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken with Provolone

Posted on May 01, 2020 by

Pair it with fresh veggies or a colorful salad!

Ingredients
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (3 oz ea)
8 spears asparagus, trimmed to 6-7”
2 slices provolone cheese
Italian seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste 

Directions

  1. Pound out chicken breasts to ¼” thickness.
  2. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on inside of each breast and place 4 spears of asparagus on top.
  3. Roll chicken breast around asparagus and place seam side down in baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle top with more Italian seasoning.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until juices run clear.
  6. Cover each chicken breast with a slice of provolone cheese and spinkle with salt & pepper.
  7. Return to oven until cheese melts.
  8. Serve with a salad or veggies.

Makes 2 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories       280
Total Fat        14g
Total Carbohydrates 4g
Dietary Fiber   2g
Protein        34g

Print Recipe: Asparagus Stuffed Chicken with Provolone

Crustless Ham and Cheese Quiche

Posted on April 29, 2020 by

A hearty breakfast – that makes great leftovers!

Ingredients
8 ounces ham, cubed
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
10-12 green or black olives, sliced
6 eggs
1 ½ cup shredded cheese (I use a Mexican blend)
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper    

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray large quiche dish with cooking spray.
  2. Dice ham and slice mushrooms & olives.
  3. Combine everything but ½ cup shredded cheese in a large bowl. Stir to . Add spinach mixture and stir to blend.
  4. Pour into prepared dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30-40 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Note: I often add spinach or sweet peppers to this – it won’t change the nutritional values much and it adds color & flavor!

Makes 6 servings

 

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         245
Total Fat          17g
Total Carbohydrates  3g
Dietary Fiber       .7g
Protein           20g

Print Recipe: crustless ham and cheese quiche

Avocado, Strawberry & Almond Salad

Posted on April 28, 2020 by

Not your typical fruit salad! Pairs great with anything off the grill – I served it with shrimp kabobs brushed with olive oil & red pepper flakes!

Ingredients
1 small avocado, sliced
5 or 6 strawberries, sliced
¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
¼ tsp butter

Dressing:
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. lemon juice

Directions

  1. Toast almonds over medium heat in skillet with ¼ tsp. butter. Set aside to cool.
  2. Slice avocado & strawberries into small bowl.
  3. Mix together dressing ingredients and pour over fruit.
  4. Stir and top with almonds.

 

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories       159
Total Fat        14g
Total Carbohydrates 8g
Dietary Fiber   4.5g
Protein        2.5g

Print Recipe  Avocado Strawberry Almond Salad

Meal Planning Tips and Menu Ideas

Posted on March 24, 2020 by

Now, more than ever, it’s important to plan your meals and snacks.  If you’re working from home, the kitchen & pantry are just too close for comfort! Really, the last thing you want to get out of your time in quarantine is a larger waistline.

Take the time you’re saving by not commuting and plan your next week or 2 of meals and snacks.  It’s easier than you may think.  Use this handy template or create your own on a whiteboard – whatever works for you!  CFWLS Weekly Meal Planner

Where to start?

  1. Consider how much protein you need for your day.  What is your carbohydrate cap? These are the first 2 things you need to think about.
  2. Make a list of all of the proteins and vegetables in your freezer, refrigerator & pantry. These are things you won’t need to add to your grocery list and a good start for your menu plan.
  3. Find recipes that use the primary ingredients that you have on hand. A great place to start is our Blog page or our Pinterest page. Pick out 4 or 5 to try this week. Most of them are quick & easy and use ingredients that you have on hand or are easy to find. The nutritional information is included but you may need to adjust for serving size if you’re eating less than indicated.
  4. You will want to use the perishables first so look at the proteins & veggies you found in the frig. They will be the key additions to your meals and snacks the early part of your week. I find it easiest to start with dinner (or the main meal of the day) and work from there. Pencil in those meals and you’ve begun!
  5. Fill in the remaining main meals with recipes that contain the items that you found in your freezer and add any missing ingredients to your shopping list.
  6. Breakfasts don’t have to be complicated. Protein shakes, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and the like can be quick and satisfying options. Stay away from any starchy items in your pantry as they tend to lead you toward a slippery slope when it comes to carbs later in the day. Pencil in your week with healthy options that you have and add any missing things to your list.
  7. I leave lunches until last because it’s a great place to use the leftovers from any previous meals. Figure out what you will have left over and slip it into your lunches for the week.  Keep in mind that the end of the week dinners may slip into next week’s plan.
  8. Snacks will be used to make up the rest of your protein target.  Keep in mind that many of these sources will also have carbohydrates so choose wisely.  Here’s our handy ‘Sack Lunch and Snack Ideas Trifold‘ handout for reference.
  9. Now, before you forget, order those missing items from your local grocery store.  Online shopping has made it easy but keep in mind that the wait time right now is longer than normal. You may need to plan on picking up your items (or having them delivered) will be 2 or 3 days out and some items may be out of stock. (plan for allowances) You can refer to our Low Carb Shopping List for more ideas to keep on hand for next week.

Additional resources:
Low Carb Substitutions for Cooking & Baking
Tips on Cooking and Low-Carb Eating
Baritastic Tips – A Great Tracking Tool!
CFWLS Monthly Menu Planner – for long range planning
Kids lunch and snack handout
Menu planner – 3 weeks – these are done for you but you can switch it up a bit!

Enjoy! This can truly be a fun and rewarding experience and is a great teaching tool for family members. Get the kids involved – they catch on quickly.

Reach out to me with any questions! Dawn@CFWLS.com

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Posted on March 13, 2020 by

Wholesome goodness – substantial enough on it’s own or serve it with a salad 😊

Ingredients
1 small head cauliflower, broken into flowerets
1 cup shredded carrot
1 stalk celery, diced fine
1 small onion, diced fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water
½ cup chicken broth
1 packet protein Cheese Dip mix
½ cup half and half
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon bits for garnish
Green onion for garnish

Directions

  1. Cook cauliflower, carrots, celery, onion & garlic in 1 cup of water until cauliflower is tender. Remove from heat and mash with potato masher.
  2. Prepare Cheese Dip mix according to directions for soup. Add to cauliflower mixture.
  3. Add chicken broth and half & half. Return to heat and bring to a simmer. Stir in ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Serve with bacon bits and green onion garnish (if desired).

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories                                  165
Total Fat                                   9g
Total Carbohydrates               11g
Dietary Fiber                            3g
Protein                                    11g

Print Recipe: Cauliflower Cheese Soup

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