Mushroom Rice Pilaf – 6 Points +

Mushroom Rice Pilaf

 

We love rice and any side dish with rice in it is a family favorite. Mushroom rice pilaf is the perfect addition to a main course. I serve this when I make chicken or fish. I have made this on “Meatless Mondays” as well. I use low-sodium chicken broth and water to cook the rice. I think it adds a nice flavor. Rice cooking times may vary according to taste preference. I used regular white organic raw mushrooms, but I’ve made this using a combination of mushrooms too.

 

Mushroom Rice Pilaf – 6 Points +

This is a tasty side dish that takes very little time to prepare. Mushroom rice pilaf can be made with beef broth, but I prefer the low-sodium chicken broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice – long grain
  • 1 tbsp Extra Light Olive Oil
  • 2 cups slice raw mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped onions (a sweet onion is used for this recipe)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic powder and pepper stirring often until the mushrooms and onion start to get tender, usually takes 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Add water, chicken broth and rice.
  4. Stir and increase heat to high.
  5. Once it starts to boil; reduce heat and cover.
  6. Simmer for 40-45 minutes or until rice is tender.
  7. Keep covered, remove from heat and let stand about 5 minutes.
  8. Stir and serve hot.

Preparation time: 5-10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40-45 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 4

Calories: 235

Fat: 5

Protein: 6

Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: about ½ cup
Each serving = 6 Points +

PER SERVING: 235 calories; 5 g fat; 42 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 2.5g fiber

Oven Fried Chicken Strips – 6 Points +

Oven Fried Chicken Strips

I love fried chicken, but unfortunately we all know it is not a healthy choice. Oven fried chicken strips is a perfect alternative. I cut up some thin chicken breasts (although the strips are a bit “off shape”) and decided to try buttermilk instead of eggs for dipping. I love the taste as it allows the chicken to taste moist and not dry. I did not add salt or pepper as I tried the Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning instead. It was a nice addition. I served this dish with a vegetable side dish. You can add a dipping sauce for the chicken strips, just be sure to calculate the points and add them to your meal.

Oven Fried Chicken Strips – 6 Points +

Oven fried chicken strips are an easy, tasty and healthy alternative to the traditional dish.

Ingredients

  • 4 thin, boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used Perdue Fit & Easy Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Thin Sliced –already cut perfectly in a package in the fresh meats area of a grocery store)
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning
  • Non-stick cooking spray (Olive oil flavor is used for this recipe)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a shallow bowl combine breadcrumbs, cheese, and chicken seasoning, mix well.
  3. In a second shallow bowl add buttermilk.
  4. Slice chicken breasts into 3 strips each.
  5. Dip chicken strips into buttermilk first and let excess drip off before dipping into dry mixture.
  6. Dip chicken strips into dry mixture making sure to coat all of the strips with the dry mixture.
  7. Spray a shallow baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Lay the chicken strips flat on baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until pink is gone and desired crispness has been reached.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20-25 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

Calories: 253

Fat: 5

Protein: 31

Entire recipe makes: 4 servings
Serving size is about: about 3 strips
Each serving = 6 Points +

PER SERVING: 253 calories; 5 g fat; 19 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 2.5g fiber

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