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Game Day Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip

Ingredients

1 medium avocado, pitted (about 1 cup mashed)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1/3 cup chopped red onion, divided
1 cup jarred salsa
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped scallionsLarge bag of tortilla chips for serving (such as Food Should Taste Good)

Preparation

Prep Time: 20 Minutes Total: 20 Minutes
1. Mash avocado, lime juice, lime zest, and half of the salt and pepper in a bowl; set aside.
2. Mash beans, Tabasco, and remaining salt and pepper in another bowl.
3. Place black bean mixture on the bottom of a 4-cup crock or glass bowl. Layer avocado mash on top of beans, then sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the red onion. Top with salsa, then with sour cream. Top with chopped tomato, scallions, and remaining red onion.
4. Serve dip with tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 199
Fat: 9.6g
Cholesterol: 12mg
Protein: 6g
Carbohydrate: 23g
Sugars: 2g
Fiber: 6g
Sodium: 345mg
Saturated fat: 2.9g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g

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Featured Fit Girl Recipe of the week

Pan-Fried Chicken

We all love our fried chicken. So check out this recipe that will keep you in Fit Girl status. Pan-fried chicken is a healthy alternative to traditional fried chicken. Replacing some of the salt with spices like ginger, paprika, cinnamon, and nutmeg reduces the amount of sodium and pumps up the flavor.

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned 
2 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned 
2 chicken drumsticks, skinned 
1/4 cup peanut oil

Preparation

1. Sift together first 6 ingredients; place mixture in a large zip-top plastic bag. Sprinkle salt evenly over chicken. Add chicken, one piece at a time, to bag; seal. Shake bag to coat chicken. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour. Place chicken on a cooling rack; place rack in a jelly-roll pan. Reserve remaining flour mixture. Loosely cover chicken; chill 1 1/2 hours. Let chicken stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Return chicken, one piece at a time, to flour mixture, shaking bag to coat chicken. Discard excess flour mixture.
2. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 25 minutes or until done, carefully turning every 5 minutes.
3. Line a clean cooling rack with brown paper bags; arrange chicken in a single layer on bags. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 245
Fat: 10.1g
Saturated fat: 2g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.1g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3g
Protein: 28.2g
Carbohydrate: 9g
Fiber: 0.8g
Cholesterol: 87mg
Iron: 1.8mg
Sodium: 240mg
Calcium: 17mg

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One of my favorite meals that I hope you’ll enjoy as well… Today’s Featured Fit Girl Recipe of the week- Spicy Shrimp & Grits

Ingredients

3 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
4 slices applewood-smoked bacon
1 pound peeled, deveined large shrimp
1 cup thinly vertically sliced white onion
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce or chopped chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground or crushed red pepper
1/4 cup green onion strips

Preparation

1. Combine milk, water, butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer; gradually add grits, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat to medium; cook 4 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cheese.
2. While grits cook, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings; crumble bacon. Add shrimp to drippings in pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove shrimp from pan. Add white onion to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in bacon, tomatoes, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp, pepper sauce, and red pepper; cook 1 minute or until shrimp are heated. Serve over grits; sprinkle with green onions.

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Nutritional

Calories 480
Fat: 15.9g
Saturated fat: 7.5g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
Protein: 41.1g
Carbohydrate: 49.5g
Fiber: 2.4g
Cholesterol: 206mg
Iron: 5mg
Sodium: 772mg
Calcium: 481mg