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    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    What a great appetizer or lunch. The sausage, beans and garlic make a perfect stew. Served with cheese toast, this makes a great dish to serve to guests. Even with the bread, this dish comes in under 400 calories !! 6 servings 350 calories per serving 2 t oil 3 ...

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    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    This is so tasty – it’s something I have made many times and everyone who eats it is always delighted with the great heartiness and warmth. Beings this is a crock pot recipe, you can start this one before work, come home, drop in the noodles and in ...

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    Chinese Pulled Pork

    Chinese Pulled Pork (Crock Pot)

    This recipe was really interesting. Usually when you think of pulled pork, you expect a spicy Southwest flavor. But this one has an awesome Chinese sauce that is mellow and mild and is perfect with pulled pork. 8 servings 227 calories per serving 1/4 c soy sauce 1/4 c ...

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    Easy Pork Carnitas

    Easy Pork Carnitas

    This is another great authentic recipe that cooks all day in the crock pot - it turns out a fantastically tender and juicy meat that is easily shredded and tastes great with a bit of lime and avocado. 4 servings 208 calories per serving 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground ...

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    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    This is one of the most awesome chili recipes I have ever made ! The depth of flavor was amazing. This is a truly authentic, rich, aromatic and spicy chili that is just plain PERFECT. Don’t forget the squirt of lime just before serving – it actually ...

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    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    This is a soupy stew or a thick soup :) Whatever it is, it's absolutely delicious. The sweet fennel adds just the little something different that makes this meal one of a kind. 6 servings 380 calories per serving 2 carrots, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast cut ...

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    Lasagna (Crock Pot)

    Lasagna (Crock Pot)

    Even traditional lasagna lovers like this one - and it is nice and easy to do. Start it at lunch time and have dinner ready 4 hours later. Take a look at my video below for instructions on how to layer it in your crock. 8 servings 275 calories per ...

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    July 28th, 2014adminMexican, Salads, Sides, Summer

    Using just citrus means the dressing on this salad is nice and light. So even though you have higher cal avocados and corn, the salad is still a good side dish coming in at just 133 calories per serving. The avocado is what really makes this special – the creaminess blends so nicely with the corn and tomato !

    Corn and Avocado Salad

    Corn and Avocado Salad

    4 servings
    133 calories per serving

    1 small 8.5 ounce can corn
    2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
    1 avocado, diced
    1 T fresh lemon juice
    1 T fresh lime juice
    1 T oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients. Serve alongside many different dishes to bring a little spark and flavor – This is great next to chicken, fish, sandwiches, etc.

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    July 24th, 2014adminSides, Summer, Vegetables

    What a great flavor ! The orange gives these tomatoes a great fresh flavor. Try on your favorite heirloom or farmer’s market tomatoes for a great side dish so low in calories, but so big in flavor !

    Citrus Tomatoes

    Citrus Tomatoes

    2 servings
    36 calories per serving

    2 T fresh squeezed orange juice
    1 ½ t orange zest
    1 ½ t lime zest
    1 T lime juice
    Dash if kosher salt
    Dash of Tabasco sauce
    2 small tomatoes, sliced
    1 t fresh chives, sliced

    Mix together all except tomatoes and chives. Plate tomatoes and drizzle with dressing. Then sprinkle with chives.

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    July 20th, 2014adminbeef, Dinner, Summer, Tex Mex

    The rub on this leaves a mildly spicy coating on the meat – none of the individual flavors stands out by itself – they all mingle and create a great flavor that leaves you coming back for more.

    Chili Rubbed Steak

    Chili Rubbed Steak

    6 servings
    290 calories per serving

    2 t caraway seeds
    2 t cumin seeds
    ½ t coriander seeds
    2 T tomato sauce
    1 T red chili paste
    1 T olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 ¾ t chili powder
    2 lb. boneless beef sirloin
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper

    In a skillet mix the 3 seeds and cook on medium high for 3 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, being sure to stir constantly then cool completely. Using a coffee grinder, pulse seeds to a fine powder and then combine with tomato sauce, chili paste, oil, garlic and chili powder, salt and pepper. Spread the spice mix over and refrigerate 2 – 4 hours. Grill meat 20 minutes or to desired doneness. Remove from heat, tent with foil and let sit 10 minutes before slicing.

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    July 18th, 2014adminDinner, pork, Summer

    Pork just has such flavor ! And when you add garlic and lime you get a great marinade that can easily be adjusted to just your taste. I added a ton of garlic powder to mine and the tenderloin was just fantastic !

    Garlic and Lime Pork Tenderloin

    Garlic and Lime Pork Tenderloin

    6 servings
    160 calories per serving

    2 ¾ lb pork tenderloins
    4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
    2 T grated lime peel
    1 T oil
    2 t lime juice
    ½ t honey
    ¼ t salt
    1/8 t pepper

    Heat grill. Make small slits around the tenderloins and place slices of garlic inside them. Combine all the rest of the ingredients and brush over the pork. For extra garlicky goodness, sprinkle liberally with garlic powder just before cooking. Grill the tenderloins 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink.

    You can also do this in the oven if you it is wintertime or you don’t have a grill. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and place pork on a rack inside a baking pan. Place about ½ c of water in the bottom of the pan to help keep the pork moist during the longer cooking time. Cook 45 minutes to one hour flipping and re-basting during the halfway point.

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    July 16th, 2014adminchicken, Dinner, Summer

    Most chicken sausages are 140 calories or so per serving making it a great low cal dinner or lunch alternative. They certainly don’t replace pork sausage, but take them for what they are and you won’t be disappointed in their spicy, sausage goodness :) Try serving with Zesty Coleslaw and a small baked potato for a great meal.

    Chicken Sausage

    Chicken Sausage

    1 serving
    140 calories per serving (1 serving = 1 link)

    Heat the grill or a frying pan and cook sausage until done throughout.

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    July 16th, 2014adminSalads, Summer, Vegetables

    This is another one of those really versatile salads – you can add into this bits of pieces of all the little leftover bits of veggies in your frig without really changing the calorie count all that much. This is great next to a sandwich or sometimes I have it all on its own with a few Triscuits next to it and call it a meal !

    Chickpea Salad

    Chickpea Salad

    4 servings
    286 calories per serving

    2 14 oz. cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
    1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
    4 radishes diced small
    1 green pepper diced small
    ½ c chopped parsley
    1 T lemon juice
    1 T vinegar
    1 T oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ¼ t celery salt

    Combine beans and all veggies and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

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    July 13th, 2014adminchicken, Lunch, Sandwiches, Summer

    I’ve been making this chicken salad since the 80’s when a friend shared her recipe with me. Before then, I definitely was not a fan of the thought of apples and chicken together. But ever since that first bite all those years ago, I have never made traditional chicken salad again without apples ! If you’ve never tried, give it a shot !

    Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    4 servings
    290 calories per serving

    12 oz. cooked boneless skinless chicken breast, in small chunks (Perdue Shortcuts work great here)
    1 granny smith apple, diced small
    2 t lemon juice
    ¼ c low fat mayo
    8 slices 45 calorie per slice wheat bread
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients and let sit in refrigerator at least 1 hour so flavors combine well. Make sandwiches and enjoy !

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    July 11th, 2014adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Summertime is time for barbecue chicken ! I like to parboil mine so that it does not get all dried out on the grill. And then I slather it with sauce :)

    Barbecue Chicken

    Barbecue Chicken

    4 servings
    271 calories per serving

    4 skinless split breasts (5 oz. each)
    4 oz. barbecue sauce

    Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer chicken for 30 minutes to partially cook them. Remove to a plate and then place on heated grill, slather with sauce, and cook another 15 minutes or until done. Flip and rebaste with sauce several times during the grilling process.

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    July 8th, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This is one of those good old fashioned tasting desserts. So refreshing, so simple. This mildly tart sorbet is great served with seasonal berries.

    Buttermilk Sorbet

    Buttermilk Sorbet

    4 servings
    206 calories per serving

    2 c low fat buttermilk
    1/4 c sugar
    1/4 c light corn syrup

    3 c mix of seasonal berries (I used sliced strawberries and blueberries)

    Mix buttermilk, ¼ c sugar and corn syrup and place in an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. Freeze for an hour or until firm then place in serving bowls and cover with fresh berries.

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    July 4th, 2014adminLunch, Salads, Summer

    I’m not a big salad lover. That is always a tough part of ‘dieting’ for me. But once in a while I actually crave a big bowl of greens. Adding bacon and croutons makes this one a winner.

    BLT Salad

    BLT Salad

    1 serving
    280 calories per serving

    3 c chopped romaine lettuce
    6 slices turkey bacon
    1 c halved grape tomatoes
    1 slice 45 calorie bread
    2 T dressing (70 calorie)

    Toast bread and let it sit to harden (about 5 minutes) and then cut into cubes. Cook bacon according to instructions. When cool, crumble up. Put lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl. Top with bacon and croutons. Drizzle with dressing.

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