Light & Delish: 400 Calories or less! Quick healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Chile-Rubbed Rib-Eye Steaks If you’re familiar with Delish magazine, the insert that’s included a few times a month in your local newspaper - - be on the lookout for Light & Delish: 400 Calories or Less. It’s a special “bookazine” (a book-slash-magazine) now available on newsstands for $9.99 until December 13, 2010 that's filled with quick healthy recipes.

Light & Delish features healthy makeovers and low-calorie recipes for family-style classics, Italian dishes, Mexican classics, Asian buffet staples, and Bistro courses, and dessert. It also has healthy cooking tips, advice for eating smart when dining out, and a guide to wine and cheese, and a helpful directory that lists all the recipes alphabetically along with their nutritional information.

All of the 118 pages of Light & Delish are gorgeous! Be sure to grab extra copies for holiday gifts to give to that person on your list who's looking for healthy recipes that are quick to make.

Have a healthy Mexican fiesta!

Having spent my high school and college years in San Diego, I love Mexican food, but don’t like its high fat and calorie content. So I was impressed by Light & Delish’s Mexican Fiesta section that featured low calorie and healthy Mexican recipes, like Santa Fe Enchiladas that were only 241 calories per serving.

I’m looking forward to making the Mexicana Chicken cooked in parchment paper, but with all the venison steak in my freezer this recipe is the first I’ll try.

Chile-Rubbed Rib-Eye Steaks with Warm Red and Yellow Cherry Tomato Salsa

From Redbook

Total time 28 mins.

Makes 4 main-dish servings


  • Light & Delish 1 1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. each ground cumin, ancho chile powder, dried oregano, and brown sugar
  • 4 (8 oz.) boneless rib-eye steaks, 1-inch thick
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce,seeded, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Combine 1 tsp. of the salt, cumin, ancho chile powder, oregano, and brown sugar; rub over steaks. Let marinate at room temperature while

    preparing outdoor grill or preheating grill pan.

  2. Grill steaks 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, for medium-rare, 10 to 12 minutes for medium. Transfer steaks to a platter; cover loosely with

    foil while making salsa.

  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until softened, 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, chipotle, and lime juice. Cook, tossing mixture, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer salsa to a bowl; toss with cilantro. Spoon over steaks.

Nutritional information

  • 385 calories
  • 42 g protein
  • 7 g carbohydrate
  • 20 g total fat (6 g saturated)
  • 2 g fiber
  • 129 mg cholesterol
  • 710 mg sodium

Weight Watchers POINTS = 9 (or approximately 1 POINT per ounce of beef)

This Mama’s tips:

  • Serve this up with some lime slices on the side and a few warm corn tortillas. I won’t tell anyone if you decide to make a few carne asada style tacos out of this!
  • To lower calories, fat and POINTS, try a leaner type of meat like buffalo or venison. (Bet you could make this with chicken breasts, too!) Or cut back your portion size and have a salad or steamed vegetables on the side.
  • To save money, buy spices in the Hispanic section of your grocery store.


Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Light & Delish magazine to facilitate this review. Photography courtesy of Delish.

8 thoughts on “Light & Delish: 400 Calories or less! Quick healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner

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  2. Jennifer (Savor)

    I also reviewed this magazine – PACKED with great recipes. At first my friend gawked at the price, until I pointted out that there are NO ads and there are way more recipes than 3 months of any magazine put together. Keeping this on my book shelf.

  3. Lauren

    This was so easy to prepare and was really good. I love Mexican Recipes, especially healthy ones. I work with Better Recipes so I am always reviewing recipes and I really enjoy finding recipes that take health into account. They are so much more thought out and don’t not always diminish flavor as is evident with this recipe.

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  5. annemarie Post author

    Cheryl, I don’t have copies to give out. You can find this at your local bookstore and possibly at your grocery store. Also, you shouldn’t leave your mailing address on the Internet!

  6. Cheryl Chapman

    I would like a sample of this magazine if possible. Light & Delish 400 calories or less.
    My address is [removed by site owner].

    Thank you,



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