Looking for a tasty, simple lunch recipe? This Veggie Tuna Salad uses light canned tuna (instead of albacore white) to reduce the amount of mercury. Just mash with light mayo or nonfat Greek yogurt and any preferred seasonings....plus toss in an assortment of chopped veggies like carrots, celery, bell pepper, and green onions. So easy, but filling and substantial!
Love French Onion soup, but hate the 600+ calories that come along for the ride? You've gotta try this slimming, satisfying version. I served it at a dinner party this past weekend and everyone thought it tasted like the real McCoy (phew). Just 225 calories per hearty bowl!
Wild Salmon and Chickpea Salad: This easy and nutritious go-to lunch can be whipped up in 10 minutes flat! Canned wild salmon is a cost-effective way to get a super dose of heart-healthy omega-3s and bone-strengthening Vitamin D. Plus, the fiber-rich garbanzo beans are just as easy to toss in. Serve with a few whole-grain crackers, roll in a tortilla, or top on a bed of leafy greens and dig in!
Love Loaded Potato Soup? Me too! Typically, restaurant versions clock in at over 600 calories (I know, yikes), so I've mastered this skinny recipe that's just as creamy and delicious. By replacing much of the potato for pureed cauliflower and nixing the full-fat cheese, I'm able to slash the calories in HALF. Deal!
Slimmed-down Creamy Tomato Soup? Yes, please! In this recipe, I nix the heavy cream and swap in silken tofu (don't knock it until you try it!). You get 2 deliciously filling cups of soup for just 160 calories.
Classic tuna salad just got a makeover! I ditch the high-cal mayo and use creamy nutrient-rich avocado instead. You can mash it up…or leave it in chunks. Serve this Tuna Avocado Salad with crackers, whole-grain bread, or on a bed of salad greens for a quick lunch.
A new study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that eating 1 cup beans or lentils a day improved blood sugar & lowered blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes. Get a daily dose with this Quick Chickpea Stew. Simmer a can of chickpeas (preferably low-sodium) with a little low-sodium vegetable broth and desired seasonings (I used turmeric and black pepper). Healthy comfort food!
This vegetarian recipe has become a staple in my house. I rinse and drain a can of black beans and sauté with 1 jar mild/medium salsa, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, and 1/2 tsp. ground cumin. Spoon the zesty bean mixture over a baked potato for a hearty meal!
Black Bean Soup: This soup comes courtesy of Joy Fit Club member Jenny Hodges and literally takes 2 minutes to put together. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Jenny makes a huge pot on the weekend, then packs it for lunch during the work week.