Diet friendly BBQ dishes

Summer wouldn't be complete without a barbeque or picnic of some kind.

But if you find it difficult enough to keep your weight loss from falling by the wayside at the weekends, this extra long holiday might be even more difficult. But do not fear. These low-fat recipe ideas will help you stay on track but still enjoy the celebrations:

Soy ginger chicken

Mix together 2 crushed cloves of garlic, an inch of grated ginger, a sliced red chilli and 2 tbs each of dark soy sauce, light soy sauce and red wine vinegar. Use to marinate chicken pieces for the barbeque.

Nutrition information: 220 cals per breast or leg portion, 150 cals per drumstick and 110 cals per wing.

New potato salad

In a large bowl, combine a finely chopped small onion, 4 chopped spring onions, 3½ tbs reduced fat mayonnaise, 1½ tbs reduced fat sour cream, 2½ tbs mustard and 2½ tbs white wine vinegar; mix well. Add 1 lb of boiled new potatoes (skins on) and stir until coated; refrigerate before serving.

Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information: 140 calories, 4g fat and 26g carbohydrate (1½ Totals) per serving.

Nutty coleslaw

Mix together ½ a white cabbage, shredded, 2 sticks of celery, chopped, a grated apple and 50g each of peanuts and raisins. Stir in 2 tbs each of reduced fat mayonnaise and plain low fat yoghurt and 2 tsp lemon juice. Season with freshly ground black pepper and herbs of your choice.

Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information: 175 calories, 8g fat and 21g carbohydrate (2 Totals) per serving.

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