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Low Calorie Substitutions for High Calorie Cravings: Peppered Lamb Chops

Low calorie substitutions are an excellent way to beat high calorie cravings. With the virtually unlimited availability of food ingredients, you needn’t be defeated in your quest for a healthy diet. Peppered lamb chops are a popular main dish across America. It is a simple, easy to prepare full of intense flavor. The meal is an excellent source of proteins and the B group vitamins. You also get essential minerals like iron, zinc, selenium and phosphorous from lamb chops. One 4 ounce serving contains about 14 grams of fat and 250 calories. Some low calorie alternatives are given below.

Flank Steak

Broiled or grilled flank steak is a healthy low fat, high protein side dish. The reduced fat content makes it a suitable alternative for lamb. A 3 ounce portion contains about 5 grams of fat and 130 calories. Ingredients:

  • 1½ pounds lean beef flank steak
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • Salt to taste

Mix all of the ingredients together except the beef in a glass bowl. Place the beef in the mixture and cover the bowl tightly. Allow to marinate for 3 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. Grill or broil each side for 7 to 10 minutes. Serve with vegetables.

Peppered Turkey Breasts

Turkey is a low fat food with high protein content. It also has minimal carbohydrates which makes it a healthy substitute for lamb. Three ounces of roasted or smoked turkey breast contains about 4 grams of fat and 115 calories. Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds turkey breast
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 green pepper, strips
  • 1 red pepper, strips
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Place the turkey in a baking pan with a bit of water. Sprinkle herbs, salt and pepper over turkey. Place chopped onions around the turkey. Place in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with olive oil. Place the green and red pepper over the turkey. Place under broiler for 30 minutes or until brown. Serve with vegetables of your choice.

Baked Cod

Baked cod makes a healthy low fat, low carbohydrate main dish. Cod is rich in easily digestible protein. It has essential minerals such as potassium, phosphorous, selenium and magnesium. It also contains vitamin, A, D, the B vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids. One hundred grams of cod contains about 1 gram of fat and 85 calories. Ingredients:

  • 1 packet cod fish
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Salt to taste

Wash the fish and pat dry with paper towels. Place the fish in a baking dish. Sprinkle the lemon juice on the fish. Place the chopped onions, tomatoes and green pepper around the fish. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Spray the cooking oil over the ingredients. Cover the baking dish and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

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