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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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    I'm so very pleased to announce the 400 Calorie or Less App and eBooks ! The eBooks are now available for the Nook and the Kindle. There are 4 eBooks and they each host 40+ recipes to help you lose weight while eating the foods you love and ...

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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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    November 15th, 2013adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly, MUFAs

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    This is basically a ‘grilled cheese’ of peanut butter and fruit and it is just awesome.

    Grilled PBF

    Grilled PBF

    4 servings
    301 calories per serving

    8 slices whole wheat bread
    ¼ c creamy peanut butter
    1 apple, rinsed, peeled, cored, and sliced
    2 bananas, peeled and cut into about 12 thin slices
    Pam
    ICBINB Spray

    Assemble sandwich with ½ tablespoon of pea¬nut butter on each slice of bread then add two apple slices and six banana slices in the middle of each sandwich.

    Spray both sides of the sandwich with a bit if I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Spray and then fry it up in a skillet sprayed with Pam – - just like a grilled cheese sandwich. You can add some cinnamon to the sandwich when it comes out of the pan for some extra flavor.

    No matter how you put it together, this is a great nutritious breakfast that the kids will LOVE.

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    April 28th, 2013adminLunch, MUFAs, Salads, turkey, Vegetables

    Cobb salads are a perfect lunch. They are packed with protein and give you the energy to get through the afternoon without any ‘3 o’clock sleepies’.

    Turkey Cobb

    Turkey Cobb

    8 servings
    200 calories per serving

    12 c mixed salad greens
    6 oz. thin deli sliced roasted turkey breast, cut into strips
    1 chopped avocado
    1 ½ c grape tomatoes, halved
    8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    3 hard boiled eggs cut into wedges
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    8 oz. light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

    Place greens on a platter and then lay other ingredients in strips across the top. Place dressing on top of individual portions.

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    July 19th, 2012adminDessert, MUFAs, Summer

    This is not your run of the mill ice cream ! It is filled with MUFA, is sweet and tasty, and will definitely turn heads ! Give it a try next time you are ready to make some ice cream.

    Avocado Ice Cream

    Avocado Ice Cream

    8 servings
    224 calories per serving

    1 ½ c avocado puree (about 3 avocados worth)
    1 ½ c water
    1 1/3 c sugar
    ¼ c lime juice
    1/3 c tequila
    Lime zest garnish

    Puree avocado and add water, sugar, lime juice and tequila and pulse until well combined. Refrigerate the mix from 1 hour to overnight. Place in ice cream maker and freeze according to instructions. Garnish with lime zest.

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    June 12th, 2012adminMexican, MUFAs

    The folks at Avocados From Mexico have just launched a new recipes section on their site “Recipes From Avocado Lovers” to give foodies who love avocados, the opportunity to upload their favorite avocado recipes, download ringtones, wallpapers and other fun items to show their avocado love and discover other fan favorite avocado recipes.



    Avocados are such a favorite of mine. As well as providing MUFAs in your diet they add soooo much flavor to any dish. Here is one of my favorite recipes – it highlights all the creamy goodness of avocados.

    Avocado Tacos

    Avocado Tacos

    Avocado Tacos

    6 servings
    290 calories per serving

    12 6 inch tortillas
    3 avocados, mashed
    1/4 t garlic salt
    ¾ c chopped cilantro
    Pepper to taste
    A few drops of Tabasco sauce
    12 tomato slices
    Lime juice

    Mix avocados, garlic, pepper, Tabasco and cilantro. Spread the mixture in each tortilla and add 2 tomato slices. Squirt with lime, fold and eat.

    Check out “Recipes From Avocado Lovers” today and get some great ideas for this perfect food !

     

    This sponsorship is brought to you by Recipes from Avocados From Mexico who we have partnered with for this promotion.

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    March 20th, 2012adminMUFAs, Salads, Sides, Summer

    Get those MUFAs into your diet to help with your weight loss ! Avocado is a great way to achieve this.

    Simple Avocado Salad

    Simple Avocado Salad

    1 serving
    165 calories per serving

    ½ c sliced avocado
    1 T low fat Zesty Italian Dressing

    Mix it all up and serve next to soup or a light sandwich.

    Whether you’re slicing avocados for sandwiches, salads or snacks, it’s nice to have pretty slices rather than gouged out chunks. Avocados are not the easiest things to work with – but they are well worth the work! Nothing tastes quite like an avocado. And there is now a kitchen tool out there that takes all the hard work out of it. Just slice your avocado in half, remove the pit, and then use the tool to do the rest. I made a quick video so you can see how they work.

    And here is a link to buy one on Amazon !

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    January 2nd, 2012adminMUFAs, Snacks

    The whole kitchen smelled just glorious as these were roasting. The orange flavor is very subtle, the chipotle just hot enough and these disappeared very quickly !

    Chipotle Nuts

    Chipotle Nuts

    Makes 2 ½ cups – 1 serving = 2 tablespoons
    91 calories per serving

    1 T grated orange rind
    1 T orange juice
    1 egg white
    2 c mixed nuts (pecan halves, whole almonds, walnuts, whatever you have around the house!)
    1 T brown sugar
    1 T Kosher salt
    1/2 t ground chipotle chile pepper
    Pam
    1/2 c sweetened dried cranberries
    1 t Kosher salt

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix orange rind, orange juice and egg then stir in nuts. Mix sugar, salt and pepper and add to the nuts and mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet spray with Pam and bake 1 hours stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with another teaspoon of salt and mix then cool. When cool, mix in the cranberries.

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    December 29th, 2011adminLunch, MUFAs, Sandwiches, turkey

    Guacamole is the perfect sandwich spread – anywhere you would add some avocado slices, think about using some guac instead. There is a prepared one that is just fantastic – Wholly Guacamole. It is super fresh tasting and available in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. The guac adds great flavor, moistness, and a healthful amount of MUFAs for your diet :)

    Turkey Sandwich with Guac

    Turkey Sandwich with Guac


    1 serving
    210 calories per serving

    2 slices light wheat brad (40 calories each)
    6 slices thin deli sliced turkey breast (Hillshire Farms thin sliced is great !)
    2 slices tomato
    2 T Wholly Guacamole

    Spread guac on bread then add turkey and tomato. Enjoy !

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    November 9th, 2011adminLunch, MUFAs, Sandwiches, turkey

    Wraps make great lunches and you can stuff them with just about anything. This one has some of my favorite things…including BACON ! And spreading the Laughing Cow cheese on the whole wrap ensures that you get cheesy goodness in every bite !

    Turkey, Bacon and Avocado Wrap

    Turkey, Bacon and Avocado Wrap

    1 serving
    344 calories per serving

    1 Wrap (80 calorie La Tortilla Factory version)
    1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Cheese (original Swiss flavor)
    2 slices turkey bacon
    3 slices deli turkey
    Alfalfa sprouts or some shredded lettuce
    1/2 c chopped or sliced tomatoes
    3 slices avocado

    Cook the bacon according to package instructions. Lay wrap on flat surface. Spread the cheese wedge on it. When placing ingredients down the center of the wrap, do not go quite to the bottom – leave a little room (1 inch) so you will be able to wrap is securely. Place the turkey slices down the center. Lay the bacon slices down the center. Spread sprouts and tomato down the center. And finally lay the 3 avocado slices down the center. Wrap securely.

    Some people shy away from them for the simple reason that they do not know how to wrap them so that the stuff stays in place. Take a quick look at my video showing you how to get a nice tight wrap that will not leak.

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    November 1st, 2011adminBreakfast, MUFAs, Snacks

    Sweet honey keeps all the ingredients stuck together. These are great to keep on hand for when you get a ‘sweets attack’. So healthy, so full of MUFAs, yet honey sweet and just a bit chocolaty.

    Healthy Snack Bars

    Healthy Snack Bars

    16 servings
    109 calories per serving

    2 1/2 c unsweetened puffed wheat cereal
    1/2 c pecan halves, chopped medium fine
    1/3 c salted roasted shelled pumpkin seeds / pepitas (just roast in oven 5-10 minutes)
    1/4 c dried cranberries (craisins), coarsely chopped
    3 T sesame seeds
    1/2 c honey
    1/2 t vanilla extract
    1/8 t salt
    1/2 cup mini semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (chop regular size ones)

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper letting it overhang so you have ‘handles’ to pull up the bars when done. Mix cereal, nuts, seeds and cranberries. In a saucepan heat honey, vanilla and salt 2-3 minutes. The pour this over the dry ingredients and mix well then add chocolate and press it all into the prepared pan and spread it out. You can spray a wooden spoon with Pam to help. Bake 30-35 minutes or until top is brown. Use a knife to loosen the bars from the unlined sides of the pan and lift the whole thing out and set on a rack to cool a bit. Cut into 16 bars.

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    September 22nd, 2011adminLunch, Mexican, MUFAs

    Creamy goodness all wrapped up in a yummy tortilla. Get your MUFA for the day and smile while you do it ;) This tastes much like yummy guacamole; just a bit milder, but perfect for a lunch tortilla.

    Avocado Tacos

    Avocado Tacos

    6 servings
    290 calories per serving

    12 6 inch tortillas
    3 avocados, mashed
    1/4 t garlic salt
    ¾ c chopped cilantro
    Pepper to taste
    A few drops of Tabasco sauce
    12 tomato slices
    Lime juice

    Mix avocados, garlic, pepper, Tabasco and cilantro. Spread the mixture in each tortilla and add 2 tomato slices. Squirt with lime, fold and eat.

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