Tofu Salad
4/21 ,
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp minced garlic
4 oz tofu, extra firm, thinly sliced
1 cup snow peas, slivered
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
2 Scandinavian crispbread crackers

Whisk soy sauce, almond butter, and garlic. Toss with tofu and snow peas. Top with sesame seeds, and serve with crackers.

Total: 330 calories

Almonds are great for a healthy and slim gut: A Penn State study of 52 adults found that people who ate 1.5 ounces a day of almonds for six weeks reduced their belly fat and waist circumference more than those had a high-carbohydrate, calorie-matched snack.

Salmon Avocado “Sushi”
Salmon Avocado "Sushi"
5/21 ,
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
2 oz smoked salmon, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cooked rice noodles
1/4 papaya, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp chopped scallions
2 sheets nori seaweed
1 lime wedge

Lay fillings on nori sheets, and roll up sushi-style. Cut, season with lime juice, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Total: 470 calories

The omega-3 fats in salmon increase the production of a compound that repairs damaged cells and helps control inflammation.

Burger and Fries
Burger and Fries
6/21 ,
1 Organic Sunshine Garden Herb burger
1/2 Food for Life sprouted whole-grain bun
2 leaves romaine lettuce
1 thick slice red tomato
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 small sweet potato
1 tsp olive oil

Cook burger, and serve open-faced on half a bun. Top with lettuce, tomato, and mustard. Cut sweet potato into wedges, coat with oil and seasonings to taste, and bake.

Total: 490 calories

Who says you have to forgo your favorite burger-and-fries combo for the sake of a flat belly? These replacements keep your favorites low-calorie.

Fiesta Salad
Fiesta Salad
7/21 ,
4 oz ground turkey (93% lean)
1 1/2 tsp Simply Organic Southwest Taco seasoning
3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1/4 cup black beans
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup yellow corn
1 Tbsp cotija cheese
5 blue-corn tortilla chips, crumbled

Brown turkey in a pan on the stove top, and stir in taco seasoning. Toss turkey with remaining ingredients.

Total: 410 calories

Salmon Cucumber Boats
Salmon Cucumber Boats
13/21 ,
3 oz canned pink salmon, drained
1 Tbsp capers
1 tsp yellow mustard
2 Tbsp plain low-fat yogurt
Dash salt
Dash pepper
1 cucumber

Combine the first six ingredients. Halve cucumber lengthwise, hollow out each half, and stuff with salmon mixture.

Side Salad
3/4 cup romaine lettuce
2 Tbsp chopped macadamia nuts
1 clementine
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 Tbsp cider vinegar
Dash salt
Dash pepper

Total: 431 calories

Capers add a salty zing with just two (two!) calories per tablespoon. Pile ’em on.

Autumn Pumpkin Mix
Autumn Pumpkin Mix
14/21 ,
3/4 cup Brussels sprouts
1 cup cubed pumpkin
2 tsp olive oil
1 oz crumbled goat cheese
2 Tbsp pistachios
1/2 medium pear, sliced
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp yellow mustard

Toss Brussels sprouts and pumpkin with oil, and roast for 30 minutes at 350°F, turning halfway through. Remove from oven, and toss with remaining ingredients.

Total: 387 calories

Roasting squash brings out its natural sweetness. It’s no brownie, but it will help satisfy your sweet tooth.

Open-Faced Turkey and Feta Sandwich
Open-Faced Turkey and Feta Sandwich
15/21 ,
1 slice whole-grain bread
3 oz sliced turkey breast
1/4 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 Tbsp feta

Side Salad
12 yellow or red cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
4 large black olives, chopped
1 Tbsp chopped scallion
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh mint

Top bread with turkey, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta. Broil six to eight minutes, or until golden. Serve with salad.

Total: 367 calories

This salad isn’t only visually pleasing, it’s seriously filling. An assortment of colors and textures may make a meal more satiating, finds research at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation.

Tabbouleh and Tuna on Greens
Tabbouleh and Tuna on Greens
16/21 ,
3 oz canned water-packed light tuna, drained
1 1/2 cups red leaf lettuce
1 cup romaine lettuce
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 4-inch whole-wheat pita

Keep your taco salad healthy by swapping out beef for lean turkey.

Winter Sausage and Lentil Salad
Winter Sausage and Lentil Salad
8/21 ,
1 link pre-cooked chicken sausage (3 oz)
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup cooked lentils
1/2 bulb fennel, finely diced
1/2 Granny Smith apple, finely diced
1/2 stalk celery, finely diced
2 cups arugula
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

Warm chicken sausage, and season with garlic salt in a pan, then stir in lentils for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in fennel, apple, and celery, and serve over arugula. Whisk oil, vinegar, and mustard, and drizzle over top.

Total: 390 calories

Chances are, you’re not utilizing fennel in your cooking, but you should be—it’s loaded with phytonutrients, vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium.

Shrimp Salsa Recipe
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Shrimp Salsa Recipe
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“Every time I take this salsa to a party, it’s the first thing to go,” details Monique Jacketta of West Bountiful, Utah. She was skeptical when her mother gave her the recipe, but says one taste won her heart!
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling MAKES: 4 servings
1/3 pound cooked small shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped avocado
3 tablespoons chopped onion
3 tablespoons chopped tomato
3 tablespoons chopped radishes
4-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
Tortilla chips
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Nutritional Facts
1/3 cup: 80 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

Cut shrimp into small pieces; place in a small serving bowl. Stir in the next 10 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: about 1-1/3 cups.
Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Shrimp Salsa in Country Woman January/February 2003, p39
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