Thursday, October 2, 2008

"Lighter" foods to have around

Leslie's scrumptious "lighter fare" to have around

At first glance, this blog post might seem a little counter-intuitive to our subject last week: Tips to Avoid Overeating. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Delicious food need not be calorie-laden or bad for you.

To that end, I give you a couple of ideas for scrumptious foods to have on hand that won’t break the bank or pop the button on your jeans.

Tortilla Wraps
Buy large tortilla wraps. (I like flavored ones, such as jalapeƱo or spinach.) Spread mayonnaise or mustard across the entire wrap.
Layer on the good stuff: thinly sliced deli meat and cheese, lettuce, cream cheese, cucumber or other chopped veggies.
Roll up tightly.
Slice about ¾” thick with a sharp knife. Arrange on a colorful plate and serve alone or with French onion dip.

Black Bean Dip (My Aunt Jackie’s Famous Oh-So-Low-Fat Recipe)
2 cans Progresso black beans
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
¼ c. Pace picante sauce
4-6 oz. Feta cheese

Puree in blender one can of beans with liquid. Drain the other can; add to beans with other ingredients, except Feta. Crumble Feta on top and serve chilled with tortilla chips or veggies.

The key through the holidays—and really any other time of year—is moderation. Enjoy what you like; just have smaller portions.


Cara Putman said...

Sounds like a great recipe. I'll have to try it!

Lynette Sowell said...

Yum, I especially like the black bean dip. I'll have to try that this year.

One of our lighter favorites is cucumber squares--a slice of cucumber atop a light seasoned cream cheese spread over the little squares of pumpernickel. Yum.