November 29, 2011

Pepperoni Pizza

Ok, UFG fans! It's that time between holidays, where you detox from one, to get ready for the other.  Now's the time to really go through this blog and plan some healthy meals! 

FACT: I love pizza.  Love.  I'm not sure I've ever met someone who doesn't.
FACT:  Pizza is probably one of the worst foods for you.

Don't worry.  I've UnFatty Gaby'd it.  Using whole wheat dough from Trader Joes (99 cents and makes 2 personal pizzas!) and turkey pepperoni, you'll save a ton of calories, without sacrificing on the taste!   Recipe after the jump!

November 23, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Bites

It's almost here!  The day before Thanksgiving is filled with short work days, traveling and kitchen prep for many.  Let me make your day a little easier with these super easy, super low-cal and delish Pumpkin Pie Bites!  Using Phyllo Dough instead of crust takes away the majority of the calories, and having them in portion controlled bites ensures you don't over eat!  I like to serve them with fat-free whipped topping and sugar free caramel sauce.

No blogging tomorrow, so have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Go ahead, have some stuffing...why not?  Just remember - moderation is key!  Stick with white meat turkey, and peel off the skin! 

November 22, 2011

Roasted Garlic "Mashed Potatoes"

It's Day 2 of Thanksgiving Week at UFG headquarters!
Much of your caloric intake on Thanksgiving is no doubt, from sides! Mashed Potatoes are a huge source of fat and calories:  starchy potatoes, sour cream, butter, heavy cream or whole's a mess of fatty deliciousness. 
I'm a mashed potato fiend, so based of the yummyness of the Baked Potato Soup, I came up with these delish Roasted Garlic "Mashed Potatoes."   Using one potato with the skin on, and 2 cloves of roasted garlic, they really do stand up to regular mashed potatoes!

November 21, 2011

Pumpkin Ravioli

Happy Thanksgiving Week, UFG fans!  This week, I'll be featuring some great Thanksgiving treats.

The mailman and I have a day packed full of family and eating on Turkey Day.  Although we are both Italian, my sister married into a wonderful Armenian family.  We start the day with the Italians and end it with Armenians.  Lots of food, lots of fun, and certainly lots of love! After two years of eating more lasagna and boreg than you can shake a stick at, this year, I'm on a mission to lighten things up.

While Pumpkin Ravioli isn't traditionally a Turkey Day staple, I think it would make a great, healthy addition to any table.  With the help of wonton wrappers, this meal is easy, delicious, and a great appetizer or side dish.   After making these, they quickly became one of my favorite dishes.  Recipe after the jump!

November 17, 2011

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

If I had to narrow down my favorite noodle toppings, Alfredo, I think, would take the cake.  Ever since I was a kid, I've loved heavy, creamy sauces and would often get alfredo whatever when my family would go out to dinner. 
You know who makes a surprisingly good Alfredo?  Jenny Craig!  It was one of my favorite meals when I was on Jenny - and I've been trying to recreate it every since.  I'm not sure where I read/heard about using cream cheese in the base of the sauce, but it works, and it's delish!  Creamy, cheesy, garlicky, and everything Alfredo should be!
I make this sauce with shrimp, chicken, broccoli and....tofu?!  Yup!  Check out these noodles! 

These babies are 40 calories for the entire pack, so I tend to get Angel Hair to get more bang for your buck.  If you have textural issues, these aren't for you - but I love them, and it saves me a TON of calories with my pasta dishes.  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure they'd make a mean stir-fry. The mailman can't stand them, so he gets Ronzoni Smart Taste.  I've made this recipe both ways, so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

November 14, 2011

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Happy Monday, UFG'ers! As you may have seen on my Facebook or Twitter, I entered this soup into an office cook-off last week. It didn't go well. Lesson? Never enter a low fat soup against things like Lobster Bisque (which ended up being delicious, yet store bought from Northeast Convenience store Wawa!), Cheddar Ale Soup and other creamy, high fat deliciousness. Don't get me wrong, everyone loved the soup - but it wasn't winning the award. Nonetheless, you'll love it, and by using both potatoes and cauliflower, you're waistline will also love it!

Recipe after the jump:

November 11, 2011

Balsamic Chicken

Happy Friday, friends! Time is flying by so fast, I feel like I barely have time to catch up on things.  When you're broke like me and the mailman, dinners are often of hodge podge of whatever's in the pantry.  Without the time/money to grocery shop, balsamic chicken was born!  A delicous discovery indeed, and it's definitely on the weekly rotation.  We love balsamic vinegar, and if you do too, than this recipe is must-have!  The sweetness of the cooked onions really helps balance out the tang of the vinegar and paired with mixed veggies and brown rice, it's a complete, healthy, fiber filled meal. 

November 07, 2011

UFG Chicken Parm Burgers

Hey UFG fans - it's Two-4 Tuesday!  I got a request from my long-time buddy Amy K for Chicken Parm.  Luckily, I already this little gem in my repertoire.

I had set out to just make and photograph my Chicken Parm Burgers, but realized that this would be the 2nd time I referenced making homemade sauce.  So.. here, my friends, is my sauce!  It's easy, yummy, and can be left on the back burner on low until you're ready to use it!

28oz No Salt Added Crushed Tomatos
8oz  No Salt Added Tomato Sauce
Chopped Basil (I used Dorot frozen herbs - a lifesaver! 2 cubes)
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dice onions and garlic.  Put olive oil in pot with basil.  When hot, drop in garlic and onions and let sweat on medium heat - about 10 mins.  Add tomatos and simmer on low for at least 30 mins - I usually put it on the back burner and let simmer for about 45 mins - hour.  Add a dash of sea salt (it's much healthier than table salt or kosher salt!  I use this amazing gray sea salt - I've had this bottle for 2 years, which is how little you need to use.)

Chicken Parm Burgers after the jump!

November 06, 2011

Dijon Pork

Happy Sunday, UFG fans!  I've got some great recipes lined up for you this week and had a great day of cooking yesterday!  
Dijon pork is one of the mailman's faves.  It's super simple, and actually adapted from a recipe I saw on another food blog years ago.  At only 164 calories per serving - it's a no - brainer!   Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

November 02, 2011

Sweet Potato Skins

Happy Wednesday, UFG fans! Some big additions to the UnFatty Gaby empire this week! A Facebook page and Twitter! Friend/follow so you never miss a beat :)

In other news, I finally have one of those fancy internet phones! Yesterday, I got my Iphone 4s in the mail! So I promise better quality pictures after the next few blogs! It's a work in progress....

On to today's UFG recipe:
Potato skins and wings are probably two of my favorite bar snacks. (UFG wings coming soon!!). The problem is obvious - one potato skin has more calories than I like to eat in a meal! You KNOW I have a solution! Using sweet potatoes and fat free cream cheese, you'll love these Sweet Potato Skins!