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Lightening Up: 2011

Thursdays are typically the day that I post a “lightened up” recipe.  Today it seems appropriate to recap my favorites from the year.

Baked Oatmeal

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Taken from 394 calories and 15 grams of fat to 200 calories and 4 grams of fat, packed with protein, and incredibly satisfying.

For a single serving option, try the protein packed peach version.

Carrot Souffle

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My favorite side dish – I made it for Thanksgiving but could eat it every single day.  It was also delicious in my oats the next few mornings.

Low Fat Pumpkin Spice Granola

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By replacing some of the calorically dense oats with other cereals and minimizing added fat and sugar, this granola came out suprisingly low in calories, and a better choice than most packaged granolas.

Buffalo Chickpea/Chicken Dip

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Making simple low fat or fat free subsitutions with this dip make it almost guilt free – works with chicken or chickpeas, for fellow vegheads.

Pumpkin Pie “Blizzard”

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My favorite (by far), this satisfies your sweet tooth and makes a great post workout protein treat.

Pumpkin Muffins

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At 90 calories a piece, I can’t believe I haven’t made a second batch yet (it’s on my to-do list).  I want to experiment with other flavors too, but you know I love my pumpkin.  These were made with alternative flours, but I’m eager to try them with more basic ingredients.

Bacon and Spinach Souffle

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A savory, filling breakfast that puts Panera’s fat-laden version to shame.

S’Mores Cupcakes

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Somehow these are under 200 calories and the most indulgent thing I ate all summer. 

What’s your favorite “light” recipe of the year?  Link up below!

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14 responses to “Lightening Up: 2011

  1. sprint2thetable December 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Under 200 calories and indulgent is my favorite way to be. 🙂

  2. Kimberly December 29, 2011 at 10:54 am

    that bacon and spinach souffle looks delicious!

  3. Cait's Plate December 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Those s’mores cupcakes are under 200 calories?!?!? That’s AMAZING! I’m always lightening things up here and there – I enjoy the challenge 🙂

  4. Allie December 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    The s’mores cupcakes look so so good!!!

  5. peaceloveandoats December 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    That carrot souffle looks right up my alley! I’ll have to give it a try!

  6. raceready December 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I can’t believe I haven’t tried baked oatmeal yet, sounds great!

  7. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    oh wow, these all look amazing! there’s a few i can’t wait to try out!

  8. Smore December 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    These are some great recipes. I can’t believe I just found your blog! I’m going to have to try some of these very soon. The pumpkin muffins and pumpkin pie “blizzard” look especially delicious too me!

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  10. eatingRD December 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    mmm that pumpkin blizzard looks tasty!

  11. teabagginit December 31, 2011 at 9:00 am

    i’m so glad you posted this or i would have totally forgotten about the pumpkin pie blizzard and that is sacrilege! i love everything pumpkin, creamy & frosty! 🙂

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