280 Calorie Lunches (sausage included)


A coworker the other day seemed disappointed I didn’t want to order a sub from the sandwich shop with her.  She said, “You always bring your lunch!  I’m trying to do that but what I bring is so boring!”  Found out that her lunch packing skills consist of yogurt and some fresh fruit.  That’s not a lunch!  It’s a snack, a tease!

It’s not that hard to prepare a yum-filled lunch.  I didn’t get to cook my meals for the week on Sunday.  I’ve been getting up at 6:30 am and cooking while I sip on my coffee.  Yesterday and today I ACCIDENTALLY made 280 calorie lunches with what I perceived to be a lot of food.  So here are the quick and easy pan recipes that are delectable, nutritious and palate-pleasing:

Cauliflower CousCous Chicken Sausage

  • (1) 12 oz bag of pre-cut cauliflower –> 70 calories
  • Curry (Jamaican style) = 0 calories
  • 3 links of chicken sausage (remove casing) —> Trader Joes breakfast chicken sausage links = 170 calories
  • 1/2 bag of fresh spinach

1.  Process the cauliflower in a food processor until it is “rice like”.  I use a large food processor and put a 1/2 bag in at a time.  

2.  In a large saute pan, mix the cauliflower, tossing in curry.  

3.  Once cauliflower is mostly cooked, push to side of pan and use free space to cook sausage links (I cut into pieces).

4.  Throw in the spinach with a bit more curry; cover the pan until spinach wilts.  

5.  Stir all ingredients for 1 more minute, then serve.

Seafood & Shaved Brussel Sprouts

  • 6 large raw shrimp  (60 calories)
  • 1 filet of tilapia (90 calories)
  • 1 12 oz. bag fresh brussel sprouts  (120 calories)
  • Minced garlic (5 calories)
  • Coconut oil (50-100 calories)

1.  Shave the brussel sprouts by slicing from the meat of the sprout, “short ways”.  It will unravel/shave on its own.

2.  In 2 saute pans, lightly coat with coconut oil and throw in the minced garlic (medium heat setting).

3.  In one pan, start with sauteing the brussel sprouts in with the garlic/oil; in the other, cook the tilapia and shrimp (tilapia can be started 1 minute prior to the shrimp).

4.  Once both pans have cooked the items thoroughly, mix together and enjoy!

Quick and easy stove top recipes that take no more than 15 minutes to create!




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