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All of my creations have under 500 calories per serving and are high in satisfying protein and moderate in complex, fiber-rich carbs.  I prefer cooking over baking because you don’t need exact measurements and can tweak the recipe a little differently each time you make it without anyone noticing!

This is one of my quickest, no-fail recipes I created with ground turkey which is like a blank slate in cooking. You can make chicken or turkey taste completely different with different spices and sauces.  Frozen chopped spinach is always great to add to recipes for moisture, volume, and a huge boost of nutrition with barely any calories.

TURKEY MEATBALLS WITH WHOLE WHEAT LINGUINI

One portion

One portion

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Buy 1 pound of all white meat ground turkey and mix with 1 package of frozen chopped spinach that has been defrosted and squeezed dry. Add 1 beaten egg, a dash of whole wheat breadcrumbs, salt and fresh ground pepper, and a dash of cinnamon (my secret ingredient). I add a few tablespoons of parmesan cheese sometimes and mix everything together with a spoon or your hands. Shape mixture into medium meatballs and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes or until meatballs are firm to the touch. Add a spoonful of your favorite homemade or jarred tomato sauce to each meatball and serve about 3 meatballs with 1 cup of whole wheat pasta mixed with 1/2 cup sauce.

TOSSED SALAD WITH CHICKEN SALAD  

Salad

Salads are not boring or tasteless if you put some of your favorite ingredients in them and use a little bit of REAL dressing.  It makes all the difference.  You can use almost any fresh ingredient in a salad and make a quick, filling meal that tastes delicious.  In this salad, I used one of my favorite ingredients, fresh feta cheese, and about 10-15 unsweetened dried cranberries on top of mixed greens, tomatoes, and carrots.  For protein, I added less than 1/2 cup of chicken salad.  When you use full fat/flavor ingredients like feta cheese, you don’t need much dressing.  I love Annie’s Shitake Sesame dressing.  You will need less than a tablespoon.