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HG's Baked Clam Halfsies
HG's Baked Clam Halfsies

Clam, Bam, Thank You, Ma'am!
We like fancy restaurant-style seafood goodies, but they're typically loaded with fat and calories. Our Baked Clam Halfsies are light and delicious, AND they have fiber. YUM! P.S. Don't be intimidated by the idea of prepping clams in the shell -- we've made it totally easy for you...

Ingredients:
20 littleneck clams in the shell
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal (original)
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (like the kind by Progresso)
1/4 cup reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. chopped garlic

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place clams on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 2 - 4 minutes, just until they begin to open. Remove from the oven and reduce temperature to 400 degrees.

Once cool enough to handle, prepare to open clams by ensuring that your hands are dry. If you like, wear a protective glove or drape a kitchen towel on your non-dominant hand. Holding a clam in that hand over a bowl or the sink, carefully run a sharp knife between the two shells. Gently pry the clam open (don't mind the liquid!), and then remove and discard the top shell. Carefully run the knife under the clam meat to detach it, and let it sit loosely in the bottom shell. Place clam (in the half shell) back on the baking sheet, and repeat with remaining clams. Set aside.

Nuke butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl for about 10 seconds, until melted. Add chicken broth and set aside.

Using a blender or food processor, grind cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Add cereal crumbs to the butter-broth mixture, along with all other ingredients. Mix well. Evenly top clams with this mixture, about 1/2 tbsp. each, and firmly pack down the topping.

Bake in the oven for 8 minutes, or until clams are fully cooked and topping is a little crisp. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

HG Tip! Never opened clams before? No worries! Check out this video we found...

Serving Size: 5 clams
Calories: 150
Fat: 5.5g
Sodium: 245mg
Carbs: 16g
Fiber: 3.5g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 11g

PointsPlus® value 4*

HG Alternative! A 5-clam serving makes an awesome snack or starter, but feel free to have two servings as a main meal. Enjoy 10 clams for 300 calories and 11g fat.



Baked Clams, Average
Baked Clams, Average

Clam Up!
When we go out to eat, many of us like to order stuff we wouldn't ordinarily make for ourselves. Hence, spiffy seafood items like baked clams are bound to grab our attention. What's not to love? Buttery, seasoned breadcrumbs packed onto half-shell morsels of baked clams = YUM! But there are figurative BOATLOADS of butter and oil in those. We were SURE we could make 'em taste fantastically great our way: guilt-free AND hassle-free. Turns out we were right! Baked clams look fancier, fussier, and harder to make than they actually are. YOU CAN CONQUER THE CLAM. (It takes a little effort, but if we can do it, you can, too!) Not only did we trim down the fat and calorie counts, but we also snuck in a bit of extra fiber. Impress your family! Astound your friends! They'll be amazed whether or not they know (or even care) that this dish is guilt-free!

Serving Size: 5 clams
Calories: 355
Fat: 21g
Sodium: 461mg
Carbs: 25g
Fiber: 1.5g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 16g

PointsPlus® value 9*

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