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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders


While this recipe is not ultra low in calories and fat, it is considerably healthier than the standard preparation. Therefore, you can enjoy the old standard with less guilt. The recipe is easy to prepare, satisfying , and heart healthy. It is also suitable for diabetics.

Ingredients:

2 large eggs, beaten
1 lb. chicken tenders
1 C whole wheat breadcrumbs, coarse
1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
1 Tbs Italian seasoning (unless breadcrumbs are seasoned)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C whole wheat flour (preferred)
Olive oil cooking spray
Marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Put an oil sprayed wire rack on a baking sheet.

Put flour in one shallow dish and eggs in another. Mix parmesan cheese, garlic powder , Italian seasoning and breadcrumbs and place in another shallow dish.  Coat each tender in flour. Shake off excess and coat each tender with the beaten eggs, then roll in breadcrumb/parmesan cheese mixture to coat thoroughly.

Place the tenders on the wire rack, spray with cooking spray and bake for 10 minutes. turn them over, spray the tenders and put back in oven for about 10 minutes more, until crisp.

Serve with marinara sauce or offer a variety of sauces like sweet and sour, teriyaki, etc.

Serving size=4oz. 335 calories per serving; 12 grams of fat (4 saturated); 132 mg cholesterol; 23 grams carbohydrate; 31 grams protein; 3 grams fiber; 607 grams sodium; 466 mg potassium.

Diabetic exchange equivalents: 3 lean meats, 1 starch, 1 vegetable

Makes 4 servings; 30 minutes prep/cook time

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Crunchy Baked Zucchini Sticks


Frying is a cooking method that tastes great, but is the least healthy and adds the most fat. Make it lighter by baking instead. The fat from a cooking spray is a fraction of the fat that would be absorbed in frying. Go ahead. Enjoy guilt free!

Ingredients

Olive oil cooking spray
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, (about 3 medium), cut into 1/2-by-3-inch sticks

Preheat oven to 475°F.

Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine dry ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Dip zucchini sticks in egg white, place in bag and shake to coat. Put on cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray.

Bake on the center rack for 10 minutes. Turn and spray any dry spots with cooking spray. Bake until golden brown and and just tender, about 8 to 10 minutes more. Serve hot plain or with tomato sauce.

Serves 4. Preparation/cooking takes 40 minutes

Adapted from Eating Well.com

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