Light Fare

August 22, 2008 Updated: August 22, 2008

This is a filling yet calorically light dinner!

Sometimes after indulging in a heavy meal at lunch, we might resolve to skip dinner. This is not the best idea, because skipping meals tend to slow one’s metabolism. To keep our metabolism revved up after eating a large meal, it’s a good idea to eat less the next day or two and to cut down on carbohydrate-laden food.

Hearty Veggies:

1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 yellow squash, sliced and lightly steamed
1 cup mushroom, sliced
1 cup steamed cauliflower
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Sea salt to taste
Ground Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of olive oil
Touch of fresh rosemary
Spray nonstick pan with oil or Pam.
Sauté onion, mushrooms, and salt until juices release from mushrooms. Boil away the juices and then simmer on a medium low heat.
Add the garlic powder, pepper, rosemary, oil, steamed cauliflower, and yellow squash.

Sauté on a low flame until flavors mix together.

Yields 4 servings. One serving has 35 calories.

Yogurt Tahini Dressing:

1/3 cup plain yogurt, preferably full fat
2 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon of milk
1 pinch of paprika (optional)
1–2 teaspoons chopped chives (optional)

Mix in bowl until smooth and well blended.

Yields 4 servings. One serving has 64 calories.

Juicy Turkey Burger:

10 ounces ground turkey
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 ounces shredded cheese (optional)
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Divide into 4 patties and broil or grill.

Yields 4 servings. One serving has 113 calories.

Complete meal with a glass of water with lemon.
Make this meal heartier by adding a whole grain hamburger bun and even heartier by adding turkey bacon strips to it.