Simple Grilled Chicken

This chicken is perfect to keep on hand for munching or for using in other dishes like quesadillas, salads, sandwiches, and more. If you buy your chicken in bulk and cook extra, you'll save time and money when hunger and the dinner hour strikes. ...

Grilled Chicken Smothered Nachos

To save money and calories, skip buying the grilled chicken breast at the store and make Simple Grilled Chicken (page 126) instead: Just follow the recipe exactly, swapping out the garlic and herb seasoning for a Mexican or Southwest seasoning (I use Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle).

Also, be sure you either wear gloves or wash your hands immediately after working with jalapeños. Though you’re sure to love this dish, you won’t...

GOOD-ENOUGH-FOR-THANKSGIVING SAUSAGE-CRANBERRY STUFFING

Around Thanksgiving time, I tend to get inundated with fan letters asking if I have a recipe for low-carb stuffing. My response is always the same: my idea of low-carb stuffing is eating plenty of turkey, plenty of salad, coleslaw (see Colorful Coleslaw, page 189), or other healthy, low-carb sides, then eating just a little bit of stuffing made with real bread. Here, I lower the carbs even further by...

Sweet and Slim Italian Sausage

Have you ever read the label on a package of sausage? What about turkey sausage? You may be shocked to read how much fat is contained in many sausages you find in grocery stores or have ordered from restaurant menus. And my problem is that I love it.
This is one of those recipes that I developed for myself years ago because I craved sausage. You’ll notice that I use...

MAIN EVENT MARINARA SAUCE

Canned tomatoes will always vary slightly in taste depending on where they were packed, what time of year they were harvested, etc. So sometimes the same recipe for sauce might require a touch of salt, while another may require a hint of sweetener. Here, we added very little of each and loved the results based on our canned tomatoes. If you need to, feel free to add another hint of...

New Favorite Meatballs

A lot of people opt for turkey or chicken meatballs and sausage, thinking that they’re much leaner than beef. If you buy them pre-prepared, that does tend to be the case. But even the chicken and turkey meatballs and sausage you find at the grocery store or in restaurants derive at least 50% of their calories from fat and contain an insane amount of sodium. Yikes, right? That’s why I...

Blueberry Margaritas

Though I've maintained a huge weight loss over the years, I confess that I still balk at giving up the occasional margarita. I know that most of the ones served at restaurants are full of sugar and calories, so I make my own lower-cal version at home. And because blueberries are the "star," you even get some fiber and antioxidant punch!...

South of the Border Loaded Sweet Potato

When I'm cooking for myself, I prepare this potato with medium salsa, and it has a nice kick. Feel free to use mild or hot, as many of the contestants do.
When it comes to topping the potato with salsa, start out with 1/3 cup of fresh salsa and drain the liquid from it. It will likely only be about 1/4 cup (maybe a bit more) in the end. Note that...

ASIAN CRAB SALAD-TOPPED BROWN RICE CRISPS

I love the elegance of this appetizer when served on round brown rice crackers. You can serve it at fancy events (trust me, I know because I have!), and people will never suspect that they're eating a Biggest Loser-approved recipe. In fact, they're more likely to think it's really rich, as most crab salads are. This one is just as decadent but way lower in calories!

The super-crisp brown rice crackers...

Sexy Joes

From the time I was very young, I’ve been a huge fan of sloppy joes. This one is much leaner than most, and it’s one of my all-time favorite versions. I prefer making this recipe with chicken over turkey, though both will work. If you have trouble finding extra-lean ground chicken, ask your butcher to grind chicken breasts for you. I’ve found that butchers at most major grocery stores will...