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Hungry Girl Today: 02.24.11
Three-ingredient recipes are one of our favorite trends right now. (Jeggings? Not so much.) Here are a few new trios that are sure to stay in style for quite a while! And, no, spices don't count toward the ingredient tally, so don't accuse us of faulty math...
BCCs (Beany Cheesy Cups)
PER SERVING (1/3rd of recipe, 5 pieces): 121 calories, 3.5g fat, 332mg sodium, 17g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
First there were BFFs... Now BCCs!
1/2 cup fat-free refried beans
2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
One 15-piece box frozen Athens Mini Fillo Shells
Spices: ground cumin, chili powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place shells on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine beans, cheese, 1/8 tsp. cumin, and 1/8 tsp. chili powder. Mix until completely smooth and blended.
Evenly distribute bean-cheese mixture among the shells. Bake in the oven until mixture is hot and shells are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly, and then CHEW!
MAKES 3 SERVINGS
Chicken la Fea
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 219 calories, 6.5g fat, 560mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 37g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*
Yes, fea means "ugly" in Spanish. We're facing facts here... This dish is DELICIOUS -- but pretty it ain't!
One 5-ounce raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast cutlet
3 fresh basil leaves
2 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
Spices: salt, black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a baking pan with nonstick spray. Season chicken with a dash each of salt and pepper. Lay basil evenly on top of the chicken. Wrap bacon around the basil-topped chicken. If needed, secure with toothpicks.
Bake in the oven until chicken is fully cooked, about 20 minutes.
Set oven to broil, and broil until bacon is crispy, about 4 minutes.
Remove toothpicks, if using. Serve and enjoy!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Gooey-Good Banana-Cream Crepes
PER SERVING (1/2 of recipe, 2 banana-cream crepes): 126 calories, 2g fat, 155mg sodium, 26g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 10g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
You can't go wrong with pudding and bananas, people! Well, unless lima beans are involved...
1 small (or half a large) very ripe banana
One 60-calorie sugar-free or no-sugar-added vanilla pudding snack (like the kind by Jell-O)
2 ready-to-use dessert crepes (like the kind by Melissa's or Frieda's)
Place banana in a bowl and mash thoroughly with a fork. Add pudding and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon. Stir until blended.
Gently tear or cut each crepe in half, and lay the 4 halves flat. Into the center of each, spoon 1/4th of the banana-pudding mixture, about 2 tbsp. per crepe half.
One at a time, wrap the halves up envelope-style, folding the sides in first and then top and bottom. Pat gently to seal, and then place seam side down on a plate. Freeze for about 1 hour.
Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray (butter-flavored spray, if you've got it) to medium heat on the stove. Place 2 frozen crepes side by side in the skillet, seam sides up. Cook for 1 minute.
Very gently flip crepes and cook for 1 more minute, or until slightly browned on the outside and thawed on the inside. Repeat with remaining crepes and enjoy!
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
HG Tip: Look for dessert crepes in the produce aisle!
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