Low-Calorie Easy Recipes: Dijon Chicken, Sweet & Sour Meatloaf

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We all have days when we don't want to assemble anything fussy or elaborate; we just want a good hot meal. Before you cave to takeout or frozen dinners, check out these super-easy recipes!

Sauced 'n Simmered Dijon Chicken

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 210 calories, 1.5g fat, 570mg sodium, 12g carbs, 1g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 34g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

The sweet sauce pairs nicely with the onions -- give it a try!

1 tbsp. sugar-free pancake syrup
1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
One 5-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet, cut into strips
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
Optional: cayenne pepper


To make the sauce, in a medium bowl, mix syrup, mustard, and vinegar. Stir in 1/4 cup water.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with garlic powder, salt, black pepper and, if you like, a dash of cayenne pepper. Add onion and sauce. Cook and stir until chicken is cooked through and onion has softened, about 7 minutes. Enjoy!


Sweet & Sour Meatloaf

PER SERVING (1/5th of recipe, 1 slice): 227 calories, 5g fat, 521mg sodium, 17.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 11g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Inspired by those delectable cocktail meatballs we all know and love, we present to you this meatloaf! Get excited...

1/4 cup chili sauce (the kind stocked near the ketchup)
1/4 cup low-sugar grape jam/jelly
1 1/4 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper

2 tbsp. chili sauce (the kind stocked near the ketchup)
2 tbsp. low-sugar grape jam/jelly

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray.

To make the loaf, mix chili sauce with jam/jelly in a large bowl. Add all other loaf ingredients and thoroughly mix. Transfer to the loaf pan; if needed, smooth out the surface with a spatula or spoon.

In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients. Evenly spread topping over the loaf. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes, or until meatloaf is cooked through. Slice, serve, and enjoy!


Super-Simple Side-Dish Roundup!

A few ideas for what to serve with the above dishes...

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Cheesy Broc Star Soup - Soup makes a great starter or side, and this three-ingredient recipe is a cinch to throw together.

Hustle 'n Brussels Foil-Pack Attack - Baby red potatoes and Brussels sprouts mingle in this very special foil pack. It ROCKS... a lot.

Steamy Creamy Squash Packet
- Another foil pack full of veggies -- this one makes a good substitute for creamy noodles!

"Twice-Baked" Mexi-tato - With this tasty 'tato alongside your dinner, you'll be super-satisfied in no time.

Zazzled-Up Zuppa - Take canned soup, add a few extra goodies, and VOILA -- your soup is ten times more interesting than it was before.


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