IF YOUR NEW Year's resolutions include a more healthy diet, we've got the recipes for you. These low-fat entrees, using everybody's favorite -- boneless, skinless chicken breasts -- are a delicious way to keep your best intentions.
This Russian-inspired meal includes a delicate borscht, which can be served hot or cold.
1 cup skim milk
2 teaspoons corn-oil margarine
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chicken stock or water
1 medium onion, thinly sliced, about 2 cups
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced, 2 cups
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed in a mortar and pestle
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sherry, optional
1/2 pound cooked chicken, without skin, cut into strips, about 2 cups
1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
3 cups cooked noodles, 10 ounces dry
Heat milk in small saucepan over low heat. In another small saucepan, melt margarine and add flour, stirring constantly. Cook flour and margarine for three minutes, then take mixture off heat and add simmering milk all at once, stirring constantly with wire whisk. Put sauce back over low heat and cook slowly for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you wish a thicker sauce, cook it a little longer. Add salt and mix thoroughly. If there are lumps blend until smooth.
In a large saucepan, heat the chicken stock and cook the onions, covered, over very low heat until soft, adding a little chicken stock if necessary to prevent scorching. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking, covered, until soft. Add the white sauce and all the other ingredients except the chicken, yogurt and noodles. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Add the chicken and cook until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat, add yogurt and mix thoroughly. On each of four heated plates serve three-quarters cup of the mixture in the center of three-quarters cup of noodles.
Serves four. Each serving has 345 calories, 7 grams fat, 90 milligrams cholesterol and 165 milligrams sodium.
"Cooking it Light" by Jeanne Jones; Collier Books -- 1987
2 large beets, 1/2 pound
1 1/2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
4 teaspoons plain nonfat yogurt
Scrub the beets thoroughly, being careful not to break the skin. Cut off the roots and tops. Place the beets and chopped garlic in a large saucepan. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove the beets from the water, reserving one cup of liquid. Slip the skins off the beets and discard. Chop the beets and place in a blender. Add reserved cooking liquid and all the other ingredients except yogurt and blend until smooth. Serve either hot or cold. Garnish with a teaspoon of yogurt.
Makes four 3/4 -cup servings. Each serving has 70 calories, less than 1 gram fat, 5 milligrams cholesterol and 270 milligrams sodium
"Cooking it Light"
Szechuan Orange-Ginger Chicken
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 each green and red pepper
1 teaspoon bottled chili paste, available in specialty food stores, or dried chili peppers to taste
2 tablespoons sherry
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
Cut chicken into one-inch squares; set aside. Halve peppers and remove ribs and seeds; cut into one-inch squares.
Using vegetable peeler, remove rind from orange, being careful not to include any of the bitter white pith. Cut rind into thin julienne strips about 1 1/2 inches long; set aside. Squeeze orange juice and reserve one-quarter cup juice.
In small bowl, combine reserved orange juice, chili paste, sherry, sugar and cornstarch; stir until smooth.
In wok, heat oil over high heat; add chicken and stir-fry for two minutes or until no longer pink. Remove chicken. Add orange rind, garlic and ginger root, stir-fry for 10 seconds . Add peppers and stir-fry for one minute. Add chili paste mixture and bring to boil. Return chicken to wok and stir until heated through. Serve with rice.
Serves four. Each serving, not including rice, has 220 calories, 24 grams protein, 6 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams fat, 66 milligrams cholesterol and 58 milligrams sodium.
"Low-Cholesterol Cuisine" by Anne Lindsay, Hearst Books, 1989
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and seeded
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons dark molasses
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 4-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Place tomatoes in container of electric blender or food processor; top with cover, and process until smooth. Combine pureed tomato and next six ingredients in a two-quart casserole. Microwave, covered at high five minutes. Set tomato mixture aside.