If you’re trying to cut calories but still want great flavor, try our editor's picks for lightened up meals.
Recipes: Tacos Al Pastor, Coconut Shrimp, Peanut-Broccoli Stir-Fry, Sage-and-Pecan Pork Tenderloin Cutlets, and Thai Pesto Shrimp
At Southern Living, we think supper should be quick, easy and delicious. Here's what's for supper. Hi, I'm Scott Jones. Executive Food Editor at Southern Living. If you're looking for lighten suppers with bold flavors, here's some simple recipes your family will enjoy. [MUSIC] Tacos al pastor. Everyone loves Mexican food, but many of our favorite dishes don't exactly fall into the light category. Tacos al pastor are perfect to lighten up traditional tacos because the flavor comes from a juicy pineapple marinade instead of loads of calorie rich toppings. [MUSIC] Lean cubes of pork tenderloin are tenderized in a sweet pineapple juice packed with bold flavors like cumin and hot chili powder. You can cook the meat in a hot skillet or on the grill. Then pile it into warm flour tortillas. Top your tacos with fresh lettuce, radishes, cilantro, onions, and queso fresco. Which is a mild Mexican cheese similar to mozzarella. This makes a great mid-week family meal because everyone can personalize their own toppings. Coconut shrimp. Crispy, Caribbean inspired shrimp, look and crunch like they're just out of the fryer, but hold the grease. They're actually baked Plump shrimp are coated in an egg mixture, Panko bread crumbs, and coconut flakes. Then baked in an oven until crisp and golden. The Panko is the secret here. Now if you are not familiar with Panko they are flaky Japanese bread crumbs that have more surface area than ordinary bread crumbs which means extra crunch. Plus the coconut flakes add tons of texture and a hint of sweetness. Dip these tasty gems in our lightened up honey mustard sauce. It's so flavorful, you won't even know it's low fat. Peanut broccoli stir-fry. Chinese take-out can be high in sodium and calories but this recipe has less of both while still delivering great Restaurant quality flavor. Chopped broccoli florets, julienne carrots, and firm tofu are sauteed in a light soy mariande. Along with zesty lime juice, creamy peanut butter, and a touch of sweet chili sauce. Now if you're not crazy about tofu, no problem. Feel free to substitute grilled chicken, beef or pork. I love it over steamed white rice or rice noodles then garnished with chop roasted peanuts for extra crunch. Say you have pecan tenderloin cutlets. Who says a speedy week night meal can't be elegant and good for you? Well pecan crusted pork tenderloin should impress your family when served with our sweet and sour blackberry sauce. Tender pork tenderloin cutlets are coated with breadcrumbs, crunchy pecans, and fragrant sage. Then sautéed in a nonstick skillet until crisp and golden brown. Then spoon over the rich blackberry reduction sauce and garnish each plate with fresh plump blackberries for a beautiful presentation. [MUSIC] Thai pesto shrimp. Spicy cilantro pesto is a terrific way to add tons of flavor to any meat or seafood. And in this case we are talking large shrimp. The pesto comes together in a snap by combining fresh cilantro in a food processor with olive oil, lime juice, honey, ginger, and a touch of garlic. Toss in a bunch of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat. You can add a little bit more if your taste buds are up for it. Then quickly saute the shrimp, stir in the pesto, then serve over fragrant, sweet and zesty coconut lime rice. It couldn't be easier. I love this one dish mean, because it's easy to make and even easier on your waistline. These delicious recipes will satisfy your family and perk up your dinner table any night of the week. For more enlightened, better for your supper ideas, pick up a copy of Southern Living magazine, and visit southernliving.com.