watermellon feta and mint salad
Photo by Ryan Cousineau

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

Cube the melon and cheese before sprinkling with shredded ribbons of fresh mint leaves and a dash of pepper.

 

Stuffed Mushrooms

Low in fat and calories, these small appetizers pack a lot of flavor into a small space.  Mix  fat free cottage cheese with chopped onions, peppers, and fresh minced garlic with Italian breadcrumbs and paprika. Stuff into button mushroom caps. It’s simple to prepare but the complex, flavorful blend of spices make the minimal amount of effort — and calories

stuffed mushrooms
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Crab stuffed tomatoes

Crab-stuffed Tomatoes

Slice eight small tomatoes in half and scoop out the centers.  Combine one pound of pre-cooked lump crabmeat  with three tablespoons of low-fat or fat free plain Greek yogurt.  Add two teaspoons of dijon mustard to the crabmeat mixture and spoon into the tomato halves before sprinkling with fresh, chopped chives and a Old Bay seasoning.
Note: Water-packed albacore tuna can also be substituted for crab.

 

turkey apple brie rollupTurkey, Apple, and Brie Rollups

 

Liven up that lame deli tray and layer two slices of low-fat turkey on top of one another, adding a few thin slices of Granny Smith apples and brie cheese on top of the turkey before rolling up. High on protein and low on carbs and calories, this recipe can be given even more flair by adding chopped walnuts or fresh figs to the filling.

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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