Father’s Day Favorite: Buffalo Hot Wings and Honey-Garlic Wings

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Since men love buffalo wings and hot wings, I thought I would offer up a wing recipe for Father’s Day. The trick with these is preparing them on the grill. That will save you on calories and fat not deep frying them in hot oil over the stove. I love this recipe for Honey-Garlic Wings which I have adapted from Weber’s Way to Grill Cookbook. For the Buffalo Hot Wings, just combine 3/4 cup of hot sauce with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 clove of minced garlic and marinate the wings in that  mixture and continue with the grilling instructions below. Or, I love Moore’s Hot Wing Sauce if you’re in a hurry. Enjoy these during summertime, Father’s Day or Fourth of July.

Balsamic-Glazed Pork with Grilled Nectarines

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Grilling season is here, and it’s so fun to be outside cooking on the grill while the kids are enjoying summertime. I am still in the midst of summer all-star baseball, so me being in a hurry is an understatement. Sometimes, I even use a grill pan indoors just to speed up the process. Balsamic Pork Chops with Grilled Nectarines is an awesome recipe. It is so quick and easy and incredibly flavorful. All my kids ate it, and we even ran out of food. This is perfect for Father’s Day, Memorial Day or any weeknight this time of year. This recipe was adapted from Clean Eating magazine.

Easy and Low Carb: Moo Shu Chicken

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One of my favorite dishes at Asian restaurants is Moo Shu Chicken so I decided to try my hand at creating a recipe that would be easy, flavorful and low-fat. This recipe came out great and even my kids loved it! I topped mine with peanuts and ate it without rice or tortillas to cut down on the carbs at night. It’s very filling and delicious.

Grilled Seafood Lettuce Wraps in Under 20 Minutes

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I love making lettuce wraps so I like to be creative with new variations. This is a quick, great, healthy way to change up the way you eat seafood by serving it in a lettuce wrap. Feel free to add any of your favorite toppings or substitute your favorite fish or even use shrimp or scallops. Use a grill pan or skillet if you don’t want, or have time, to fire up the grill. These make great appetizers or a light summer dinner.

Simple and Low-Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Making lower fat cookies is always a challenge, but this time I wanted to make one of my favorite combinations-oatmeal and chocolate chip. I made these the other day just when three of my oldest son, Alec’s friends walking through the door, and they were so excited to have hot, fresh cookies out of the oven. When I told them they were low-fat, they said, “No way!” 

Layered Low-Fat and Fresh Mediterranean Salad

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My friend, Kelli, recommended a version of this salad recipe to me that she said she served with fresh grilled fish. I decided to make it a main-dish salad so I added cooked grilled chicken and made a few alterations to make it my own (This recipe is adapted from Clean Eating magazine). You can also use a rotisserie chicken or shrimp if you’re short on time, or feel free to add olives, pepperocinis and even lettuce.

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Light and Luscious: Classic Banana Bread

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With only 187 calories and 4.3 grams of fat, this banana bread can’t be beat. It’s so easy to prepare and tastes and looks delicious. It’s perfect for the kids (or adults) for breakfast, snack or dessert with a glass of cold milk.  Feel free to add your favorite nuts if you wish.

The Best New Grilling Cookbook: Weber’s Way To Grill

 

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If you’re looking for the best new grilling book, look no further. Weber’s newest book, Weber’s Way To Cook, by Jamie Purviance, is filled with incredible recipes, photos, tips and techniques. Actually, I had the opportunity to work with Jamie on this fabulous cookbook, and I want to personally try every recipe myself. In fact, I love so may of the recipes that I couldn’t decide which one to put in my blog, but since so many people ask me for chicken ideas, I thought the Lemon-Oregano Chicken Breasts would be a nice fit. This recipe is so simple, healthy and flavorful and perfect for the entire family. Trust me, on about this book, you will love it.

Low Calorie, Low-Fat Layered Cookie Bars: Hello Dolly Bars

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My college friend, Kelli, was the first young person I met who really knew how to cook. Her mom was the best cook that I remember. I loved to go to her house in Nashville during breaks and holidays because she was a such a great hostess, and this is the type of thing, as a teenager, I never forgot. She always sent us home with “Hello Dolly” cookies, which I never heard of until then. Now, these cookies are a staple at my house, and my kids love them too. These are great to make during the summertime while the kids are out of school. They’re so easy, even the kids can join in. Using smaller amounts of chocolate and butterscotch, fat-free sweetened condensed milk and water with the butter cuts down on the calories and fat.  These are 123 calories per serving and 4.4 grams of fat so enjoy.

Classic Shrimp wtih Cocktail Sauce in Under 20 Minutes

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Now that summer is here, so many friends ask me what can they easily prepare while they’re vacationing at the lake or beach, or even just relaxing at home. I can creatively come up with hundreds of recipes, but why not go back to the basics and serve Classic Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce. This recipe is a cinch, and adults and kids always love it. Its a great way to serve a healthy protein appetizer or serve with a salad for dinnertime. If you don’t have time to prepare homeade cocktail sauce, I love Fresh Market’s brand cocktail sauce.