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To save money and calories, skip buying the grilled chicken breast at the store and make Simple Grilled Chicken (page 126) instead: Just follow the recipe exactly, swapping out the garlic and herb seasoning for a Mexican or Southwest seasoning (I use Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle).

Also, be sure you either wear gloves or wash your hands immediately after working with jalapeños. Though you’re sure to love this dish, you won’t enjoy it nearly as much if your jalapeño-affected hands make even minimal contact with your eyes.

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1 ounce baked tortilla chips (I used Guiltless Gourmet)
1⁄4 cup drained canned 50% less-sodium black beans, heated
4 ounces grilled extra-lean boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small cubes, reheated if necessary
2 tablespoons salsa con queso, all natural if possible (I used Salpica), heated
3 tablespoons finely chopped seeded tomato
2 tablespoons thinly sliced jalapeño chile pepper (wear plastic gloves when handling)

Lay the chips on a dinner plate. Top them evenly with the beans, followed by the chicken. Drizzle the salsa con queso evenly over the top. Top with the tomato and jalapeño slices and serve.
Makes 1 serving

Per serving: 321 calories, 32 g protein, 36 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat (less than 1 g saturated), 65 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 498 mg sodium

 

Reprinted from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook by Chef Devin Alexander and the Biggest Loser Experts and Cast (c) 2009 by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. The Biggest Loser (TM)and NBC Studios, Inc., and Reveille LLC. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling (800) 848-4735. www.devinalexander.com

 

Simple Grilled Chicken

This chicken is perfect to keep on hand for munching or for using in other dishes like quesadillas, salads, sandwiches, and more. If you buy your chicken in bulk and cook extra, you’ll save time and money when hunger and the dinner hour strikes.

4 (4-ounce) trimmed boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Olive oil in a sprayer (not store-bought spray that contains propellant)

2 teaspoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)

Salt, to taste

 

Preheat a grill to high heat.

Lightly mist the chicken breasts with olive oil. Rub the seasoning evenly all over each breast and lightly season with salt.   Grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until the chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Serve immediately or store in an airtight plastic container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Makes 4 servings

Per serving: 127 calories, 26 g protein, 0 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat (trace saturated), 66 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 74 mg sodium

 

Reprinted from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook by Chef Devin Alexander and the Biggest Loser Experts and Cast (c) 2009 by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. The Biggest Loser (TM)and NBC Studios, Inc., and Reveille LLC. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling (800) 848-4735. www.devinalexander.com

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