Low-Calorie Southern Recipes: Pecan Pie Bites, Fried Pickles and More

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So many Southern dishes are amazingly delicious... and amazingly high in fat and calories! Never fear -- HG is here to make over a couple of classics. Take a look...

Crispy Pecan Pie Bites

1/5th of recipe (3 pieces): 106 calories, 6g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 87mg sodium, 12g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 3g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints
® value 4*
Blue Plan (Freestyle
) SmartPoints® value 4*
Purple Plan SmartPoints
® value 4*

We're starting with dessert. It's been a long week -- you deserve it. Bite, crunch, smile, repeat...

One 15-piece box frozen Athens Mini Phyllo Shells
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
3 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1/2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel and Brown), room temperature
1 drop vanilla extract
Dash salt
1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans, divided
Optional topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray, and arrange shells on the baking sheet. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine egg substitute, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix well.

Stir in 2 tbsp. chopped pecans. Evenly distribute the mixture among the fillo shells.

Evenly top shells with remaining 2 tbsp. chopped pecans, a little less than 1/2 tsp. per shell.

Bake in the oven until edges are crisp, 15 - 18 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly before serving. If you like, top each piece with a squirt of Fat Free Reddi-wip. Enjoy!


Faux-Fried Pickles

1/4th of recipe (10 pickle chips): 40 calories, <0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 906mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 2g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints
® value 1*
Blue Plan (Freestyle
) SmartPoints® value 1*
Purple Plan SmartPoints
® value 1*

From fairgrounds to fancy restaurants, fried pickles pop up all over the place. And now, here they are, fresh from the HG HQ!

1/4 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal
3 tbsp. panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp. ranch seasoning mix
1/8 tsp. black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
40 hamburger dill pickle chips, drained
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
Optional dip: fat-free or light Thousand Island dressing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.

Place cereal, panko, ranch seasoning mix, and spices in a sealable plastic bag; remove air, and seal. Using the smooth end of a meat mallet (or other heavy utensil), crush mixture through the bag to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Set aside.

Place pickle chips in a bowl, and pat dry with paper towels to remove all excess moisture. Cover with egg substitute and toss to coat. Drain excess egg substitute.

Transfer half of the egg-coated pickle chips to the bag of crumbs. Seal and shake to evenly coat pickle chips with crumbs. Place pickle chips on the baking sheet in an even layer. Repeat with remaining half of the egg-coated pickle chips.

Bake in the oven until coating is crispy, about 25 minutes. If you like, serve with Thousand Island dressing or your no-guilt dip of choice. Enjoy!


Down-Home Swappers Recipe Roundup

For all the calorie-conscious Southern belles and gentlemen out there...

Big Southern-Style B-fast Trifle - Inspired by those loveable Neelys, we created this amazing morning meal...

So-Good Sausage Gravy 'n Biscuits, Sweet Tea a la HG!, and Faux-Fried Green Tomatoes - Our first foray into Southern cuisine... These recipes STILL rock!

Plate-Lickin'-Good Chicken & Waffles - Feed your soul! FYI, your soul has requested this meal.

HG's Yumbo Gumbo - For a big bowl of seafood and soupy goodness, look no further.

Shrimp & Grits... for Hungry Chicks! - No disrespect to Ms. Paula Deen, but our swap for her recipe is WAY lighter and still delicious.

Pow! Sock! Bam! Jambalaya - SO GOOD. This lightened-up dish will hit your hunger where it counts!

Just Peachy Cobbler - Because peach cobbler is awesome, and you deserve lots of awesomeness.


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