Posted in Bake, Breakfast, Easy, Quick Breads, Side Dishes, Uncategorized

Apple-Raisin Bread


Serves: 8

Preheat Oven 400o

Estimated calories per serving: 175

Fat grams: 2

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup brown sugar

¼ cup egg substitute

¾ cup buttermilk

2 Tablespoons low calorie/fat butter spread

2 Tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

½ cup raisins

1 large apple – cored, peeled and chopped

Directions:

  1. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir in brown sugar.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix buttermilk, egg substitute, apple sauce and butter spread.
  4. Fold dry ingredients into buttermilk mixture, then mix in chopped apples and raisins.
  5. Bake 45 – 50 minutes until browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserting.
  6. Let bread cool for 5 minutes, then remove from loaf pan and serve warm.
Posted in Bake, Casserole, Easy, Main Courses, Poultry, Tips/Hints, Uncategorized

Southwest Chicken Casserole


I am always looking for light twists on typical dishes.  I will get inspiration from friends, cook books, magazines and TV shows and it is fun to take an otherwise fattening dish and make it light enough that I don’t feel bad about feeding it to my family.  The trick of course is to figure out a way to make it taste the same or better than the original dish.

Then there are those nights where I have nothing in mind and I jut start cooking with what I have.  Sometimes the dishes come out great and other times I am reluctant to feed it to my dog.  That is the fun and beauty of cooking….sometimes you never know what you are going to get!

Tonight’s dish was one of those dinners where I really didn’t have a plan, just some ingredients.  Looking back now I could have made this dish a little “lighter” but it was close enough and it was delicious.  I even had some Pillsbury Pizza dough which I formed and baked into little cups.  I then serve Nick and my portions in the cup.  Funny thing is they were gone so fast I didn’t take a picture!  Oh well next time.  Enjoy.

Southwest Chicken Casserole

Preheat oven 375o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories =   257                           Fat = 7 grams

Serves 6

Ingredients:

4 ounces low fat cream cheese – softened

1 tablespoon taco seasoning

1 ½ cups salsa

1 cup diced tomatoes from a can – drained

2 pounds boneless cooked chicken breast – cut into ½ inch pieces

1 cup low fat grated Mexican cheese mix

1 15-ounce can black beans – drained and rinsed

Directions:

1.    Beat cream cheese and taco seasoning on high speed until whipped.

2.    Fold in salsa, tomatoes, chicken, cheese and black beans.

3.    Coat a 12 by 8 inch casserole baking pan with cooking spray.  Spoon chicken mixture into casserole pan.

4.    Bake, covered, for 30 minutes then uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

5.    Serve hot.

Posted in Main Courses, Poultry, Uncategorized, Vegetables

Chicken Parmesan with Zoodles


YouTube Video – https://youtu.be/3Lkn8Jsd-i8

Serves 4

Estimated Calories per serving = 335

Fat grams = 10

Preheat oven 375o

Ingredients:

Cooking Spray

4 Boneless/skinless chicken breasts pounded

1 Can of crushed tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, separated & minced

1 teaspoon Oregano

1 teaspoon dried Basil or 1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped basil

1 t. Onion powder

1 t. Garlic powder

Salt  and pepper

½  cup parmesan cheese grated (separated)

4 zucchini (or 2 packages frozen zucchini noodles)

2 teaspoons olive oil

Chicken parmesan Directions:

  1. To make sauce: Heat a pot on medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add onions and sauté for about 5 minutes until softened and browned.
  3. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute.  Add can of crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, onion powder, garlic powder and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring sauce to a boil then let simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.
  5. To make chicken: Spray frying pan with cooking spray. Sauté chicken breasts in a frying pan on medium high heat.  Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned. 
  6. Remove chicken breast from pan and set aside. 
  7. Pour ½ cup of the tomato sauce into a baking dish. 
  8. Arrange chicken breasts on top of tomato sauce. 
  9. Spoon remaining sauce on chicken and then top with ¼ cup parmesan cheese. 
  10. Bake covered for 20 minutes and uncovered for the last 10 minutes.  Serve with cooked zoodles.

Zucchini Noodles Directions:

  1. While chicken is baking during the last 10 minutes, heat olive oil in a pan, add 1 clove minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add zucchini noodles, season with salt and pepper and sauté, while turning it with tongs for 7 – 10 minutes until zucchini is soft and the water on the bottom of the pan is absorbed. 
  3. Turn off heat and toss ¼ cup parmesan cheese.  Transfer to a bowl and cover until chick parmesan is done.
Posted in Broil, Fish, Main Courses, Salads, Uncategorized

Cod Oscar


YouTube Video – Cod Oscar

Preheat broiler

Serves: 4

Estimated calories per serving: 250

Fat grams: 4

Ingredients:

Salt & pepper

6 – 8 cod fillets (about 24 ounces)

1 package bearnaise sauce

1 Tablespoon low calorie butter spread

1 cup skim milk

½ pound cooked lump crab meat

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper on cod and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Whisk milk with Béarnaise sauce packet mix.
  3. Melt butter spread in saucepan on medium heat.  Add Béarnaise sauce mixture on medium heat until boiling and thickened.  Turn off heat and add cooked crab meat once Bearnaise sauce is cooked.  Cover and set aside to keep warm.
  4. Place fillets on a greased rack of a broiler pan and broil 3-4 inches from heat until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 10-12 minutes.
  5. Transfer cod to a serving platter and spoon the crab meat mixture on top.
Posted in Uncategorized

Welcome to Delicious & Light


Welcome to the new Delicious & Light, we are glad you are here. I started this page a number of years ago when I realized that I could take normal, everyday recipes and make them lighter with less fat, without losing the great taste we love.

So that is the goal. Take may favorite recipes and make them healthier!

You do not have to be a great chef and you do not have to spend huge amounts of time in the kitchen. Each of these recipes (with some exception) are designed to be simple, use everyday ingredients, and can be prepared in minutes…with a healthy twist of course!

Each and every recipe has been tested and tried by my family. Some of the first attempts have been a disaster, but that is the beauty of cooking and cooking healthy…it is fun and you do not have to be perfect. Enjoy, be brave, get your family involved and try your best. In the end, if you share a meal with your family (with no electronics) you will have accomplished a lot!

God bless and Bon Appetite!

Dina D’Ambrosi 8/1/2019

Posted in Dessert, Easy, Fruits, Uncategorized

Easy Strawberry Angel Food Cake


Hello,

I know it has been too long since I have posted a new fun recipe to try.  The summer season has left me no time to enjoy experimenting with tasty low fat recipes.   I am hopefully getting back into the groove and have an easy – 5 minute – recipe that you can put together for a  BBQ you may be going to.

The other day I was going to a friend’s house and had no time to make anything so I bought:

1 Angel food cake

1 quart fresh strawberries

1 container of strawberry gel glaze

1. Rinse and slice the strawberries

2. Remove the cake from it’s container and pour strawberry glaze on top.

3. Decorate with sliced strawberries and refrigerate.

You are done – instant dessert that is sweet, delicious and fat free.

Enjoy!

Posted in Uncategorized

Heading out to SanFransisco…


I am really looking forward to tasting all the flavors out there and will keep you all up to date.

Until then – enjoy!