Healthy Pot Luck Suggestions
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this asian coleslaw from allrecipes.com is one of my alltime favorites for large groups. it's always a huge hit. i cut down on the oil (add more vinegar)and i usually use crunchy pb (i def suggest adding some chopped/crushed roasted peanuts if you use smooth--adds great texture). you can also cut down on the calories by subbing out the brown sugar.
6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
5 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
2 cups shredded napa cabbage
2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
2 carrots, julienned
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, oil, peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic.
In a large bowl, mix the green cabbage, red cabbage, napa cabbage, red bell peppers, carrots, green onions, and cilantro. Toss with the peanut butter mixture just before serving.
You could make this for something other than a side dish or a vegetable. It's a casserole I just made up. The calories seem high, but 1/6 of this is huge. So, you could easily make 12 servings out of it to make half the calories per serving. Also, leave out the meat and add a can of pinto beans. It's a hit a my house, and you don't have to have the meat for the flavor, just cook the beans in the taco seasoning.
Beef/Pork Mexican Dinner
Submitted by SUPERSILLYGIRL
This is a throw-it-together recipe I made up. I lightened the orginal by using lean ground beef and low fat dairy products. It's one of our favorites!
35 Minutes to Prepare and Cook
1/2 lb. 96% Lean Ground Beef
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning
7 Corn Tortillas
1 sm jar Chunky Salsa
1 sm can Green Chiles
1 can Black Beans
1 sm can Sliced Black Olives
1 pkg Low-Fat Shredded Mexican Cheese
1 T (per serving) Reduced Fat Sour Cream
1/6 (per serving) cup Chopped Tomatoes
1 T (per serving) Chopped Green Onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. After meat is browned, add the taco seasoning, follow the instructions on the taco seasoning packet and prepare as directed. Add the beans and mix well.
Cover the bottom of an 8 inch square baking dish with 3.5 corn tortillas (tearing them makes it easier to cover the bottom of the pan). Add 1/2 a cup of the salsa spread on the tortillas, half of the meat mixture, 1/2 the green chiles, half the olives, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas and other ingredients. Top with 1 cup of cheese.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese in bubbly. Cut the casserole into 6 equal-sized pieces. Note: The low-fat cheese may crust on the top, but the sides should start to bubble.
Variations: You can lower the fat even further or make this recipe vegetarian by taking out the meat and adding different kinds of beans and/or meatless crumbles.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 13.2 g
Cholesterol: 69.0 mg
Sodium: 1,326.3 mg
Total Carbs: 32.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 7.6 g
Protein: 31.9 g
Something else, if you want 12 or more servings, you can cook this in a 9" x 13" baking pan instead of the 8" pan and follow all the other directions as above. It makes a skinnier casserole and you can cut more pieces more easily. You'll have to recalculate the nutritional information, but 12 servings with the meat would be about 188 calories. Without the meat, it'd be even less!
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