Healthy Meal Recipes: BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole, Avocado Alfredo

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We set out to create two satisfying new entrées. What we ended up with are two new favorite meals at the HG HQ! Try them... You'll see (and taste!) why we love 'em so much.

BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

1/6th of casserole: 279 calories, 2g fat, 810mg sodium, 41.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 16g sugars, 23.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

The perfect mix of sweet and savory! This dish is TOTALLY worth turning on the oven, no matter how hot it is outside...

1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced bell pepper
1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
1 cup BBQ sauce with 45 calories or less per 2-tbsp. serving
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated), or HG Alternative
1/2 tbsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 cup canned cream-style corn
1/3 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/3 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt (like the kind by Fage or Chobani)
Optional toppings: fat-free sour cream, chopped scallions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.

Fill a large pot about two-thirds of the way with water, and bring to a boil on the stove. Boil chicken until cooked through, 10 - 12 minutes.

Drain and transfer chicken to a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and corn kernels. Cook and stir until softened, 8 - 10 minutes.

Add cooked veggies to the bowl of chicken. Add BBQ sauce and mix well. Evenly transfer to the baking pan.

In another large bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, Splenda, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, mix cream-style corn, egg substitute, and yogurt. Add contents to the large bowl of flour mixture, and stir until completely mixed.

Pour mixture over the contents of the baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cornbread topping comes out clean, 35 - 40 minutes. Enjoy!


HG Alternative: Swap out the Splenda for the same amount of granulated white sugar, and each serving will have 290 calories, 46g carbs, and 19.5g sugars (PointsPlus® value 7*). 

Avocado Girlfredo

Entire recipe: 285 calories, 13g fat, 860mg sodium, 18.5g carbs, 9g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 22.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

That's right -- we mashed up some avocado and added it to an already decadent dish. Then we pumped it up with fresh tomato and herbs... AAAAHHHH!

1 bag House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Noodle Substitute
3 oz. raw shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
2 oz. (about 1/4 cup) mashed avocado
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1/2 cup diced tomato
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles. Thoroughly pat dry. Roughly cut noodles.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook and stir shrimp for about 4 minutes, until just cooked through.

Remove shrimp and set aside. If needed, clean skillet. Remove from heat, re-spray, and return to medium heat.

To the skillet, add noodles, avocado, garlic, salt, pepper, and cheese wedge, breaking the wedge into pieces. Cook and stir until cheese has melted, mixed with avocado, and coated noodles, 2 - 3 minutes.

Add tomato, basil, cilantro, Parm-style topping, and cooked shrimp. Cook and stir until tomatoes are hot, 1 - 2 minutes. Dig in!


Hungry for More?

Foil packs are a great way to create hot meals with minimal mess! Check out this Herbed-Up Spring Chicken Packet and this Super-Special Chicken Sausage 'n Squash Pack.

Why are casseroles so darn satisfying? While you ponder that, click here for our Mucho Mas Mexican Lasagna. It's pretty amazing!

This Turbo Tofu Stir-Fry and this Super Stuffed Eggplant are here to obliterate your hunger. Let them...

And if it's a cheesy Italian meal you're craving, dish up some Not-So-Teeny Eggplant Rollatini. Veggies stuffed with cheese are the best... especially when they've been HG-ified!


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Happy National Pecan Pie Day, July 12th. If you'd like some pecan pie without scary calorie counts, partake in our Crispy Pecan Pie Bites!

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