Chicken Francese – 466 cal

It’s an Italian-American lemon chicken classic with a twist. And even though it’s high in calories, offset the meal by a side of lettuce and vinegar dressing. The potatoes add about 100 so if you had a low lunch, you’ll be okay with the meal as pictures. The twist is that the egg is on…

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Halloumi Treat – 316 cal

Okay, so Halloumi Cheese isn’t the best thing when you’re on a diet. Any cheese is going to be high in fat, and therefore, high in calories. But if you partake carefully and combine it with a simple salad, you could get away with it for a perfect snack. I love this salty, chewy, slow…

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Pork Medallions in Mushroom Gravy – 387 cal

Veal Medallions is a popular dish for higher-end restaurants, especially Italian ones. Using Pork is a cheaper way to achieve a similar taste without losing the texture associated with veal. Pork is also low in calories and as a result, this rich, saucy dish is actually quite low and is, therefore, perfect for those on…

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Fish Filet – 293 cal

  Once in a while when I’m driving and feel like treating myself, I’ll grab a Filet Fish from that famous fast food joint. But at 400 calories, it’s a killer for the Dad’s Diet. It’s also unhealthy, having as much fat and other ingredients as a Big Mac.  So, if I really feel the…

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Grilled Aubergine, with Burrata, Balsamic, & Anchovy -159 cal

Okay, so in Canada, we call it eggplant but if you use the larger ones for this recipe, “Aubergine” just seems to suit it better. I was amazed at how the fresh burrata and sharp anchovies offset the dry (albeit balsamic soaked) aubergine. If you’re not into anchovy, that’s okay. Personally, I think you’re missing…

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Coquilles Saint Jacques – 374 Cal

Can you have an exotic French dish like Coquilles Saint Jacques while on Dad’s Diet? Of course! One seashell serving is 374 and although it’s not filling alone, combined with a nice salad and maybe 50z of white wine, you’ve got a meal worthy of a romance novel for under 550. That’s perfect for one…

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Creamy Tuscan Shrimp and Scallops – 366 Cal

There is no better way to eat cocktail shrimp and pre-packaged sea scallops this dish. It’s even better the next day when leftovers are mixed with pasta. And even with a creamy sauce, this dish comes in well under 400 calories, so you can top it off with a little paremsan or even dip a…

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Chicken Cordon Bleu & Scalloped Potatoes – 398 Cal

When I tell people they can have Cordon Bleu on a diet, they usually laugh. The secret is portion size and a little cheating. In this version, each piece is 1/2 a chicken breast flattened; a small piece of off-the-bone ham (not processed); shredded cheese; and an amazing sauce. It’s not only delicious but a…

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Basa Fish Taco’s – 298 Cal

Most Mexicans cringe at what we call Fish Tacos but hey, it tastes good and all the big franchises have popularized it, so why not? In my recipe for those on Dad’s Diet, I use just one filet of frozen basa (obviously fresh is better but frozen works fine). I don’t bread it in the…

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New York Fried now in hardback!

Very exciting moment for this writer. My debut novel (2016) is now available in hardcover. It has a fresh, new look and looks so cool on the shelf! If you’re interested it is, of course, more expensive than the paperback or kindle version…but it looks so cool on the shelf (bears repeating. LOL) https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B091WFGFXC/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0…

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