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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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    June 25th, 2014adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Summer

    So extremely yummy and so easy to put together – you buy a prepared angel food cake, mix up an orange juice syrup and add some fruit – feel free to mix it up and use whatever is the freshest at your market. This week I added fresh blackberries !

    Angel Food Cake and Fruit

    Angel Food Cake and Fruit

    8 servings
    205 calories per serving

    1 small angel food cake
    1 cup orange juice
    1 orange, peeled and cut into slices and then cut in quarters (or one small can mandarin oranges, drained and rinsed lightly)
    1/3 c Splenda
    1 T plus 1 t cornstarch
    1 large banana, sliced
    2 kiwis, peeled and cut into pieces

    Mix OJ, Splenda and cornstarch and blend to dissolve cornstarch. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and thicken the sauce cooking a few minutes. When done, stir in the bananas and kiwi and stir to coat. Add oranges and mix then serve the fruit mix over cake.

    Add some Cool Whip Lite for a great indulgent dessert.

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    June 13th, 2014adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This is so completely and utterly delicious ! You won’t even miss the CREAM in this ice ‘cream’. The yogurt and sugar make a great, sweet and creamy base and then the minced up frozen strawberries just take over and you have an explosion of flavor with each bite. This is an award winner. And at 70 calories per serving – soooooooooooo guilt free !

    Strawberry Ice 'Cream'

    Strawberry Ice 'Cream'

    4 servings
    70 calories per serving

    1 lb. frozen strawberries
    1 c 2 % plain Greek yogurt
    ¼ c sugar
    ½ t vanilla extract

    In food processor pulse 1 c frozen berries until finely chopped and then transfer to a metal bowl (a metal bowl will get colder quicker in the freezer). Process yogurt, sugar, vanilla and the rest of the berries – move to metal bowl and stir with the other strawberries. Cover and freeze 1 hour (do not let get too hard).

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    March 6th, 2014adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly

    Fruit salad with a kiss of lime and honey. This is a great fruit combination – the sweet mango, crunchy jicama, tart pomegranate and citrus are a perfect taste treat. So very healthy, make a batch and eat off it for a few days !

    Winter Fruit Salad

    Winter Fruit Salad

    8 serving
    118 calories per serving

    1/2 c pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate)
    1/2 c julienned jicama (if you do not have this substitute apple)
    2 medium ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into thin slices
    2 tangerines or clementines, peeled and sectioned
    2 blood oranges, peeled and sectioned (sub red grapefruit or navel oranges if you cannot find blood oranges)
    1 pear, thinly sliced
    2 T fresh lime juice
    2 T honey
    1/4 t ground red pepper
    1/8 t coarse sea salt

    Mix the fruits and toss gently. Combine honey, lime, salt and pepper and pour over fruit. Serve room temperature or chilled.

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    April 4th, 2013adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These whip up in no time and are so versatile – you can use any flavor jello and any flavor fruit – - just make sure it’s frozen fruit. The frozen fruit is what makes the jello firm up in no time flat. I did this with raspberries and the dessert was just amazing tasting !

    Fruit Parfaits

    Fruit Parfaits

    4 servings
    85 calories per serving

    3/4 c boiling water
    1 c Cool Whip, thawed
    .3 oz. package flavored sugar free jello, raspberry or strawberry flavor
    2 c frozen raspberries or strawberries

    Add water to jello and stir 2 minutes to dissolve then stir in 2 c frozen fruit until jello starts to thicken. Add ½ c of the mix to the Cool Whip and whisk to blend then spoon into dessert cups and cover with the rest of the jello mix. Refrigerate 15 minutes.

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    November 19th, 2012adminDinner, fruit, Kid Friendly, Sides, Snacks

    There are some sides that you just make over and over again. This is one of them. At only 50 calories per serving, this also makes a great snack. And it is soooo good for you !

    Fresh Cranberry Relish

    Fresh Cranberry Relish


    8 servings
    50 calories per 1/2 c serving

    Forget Ocean Spray jellied cranberries around the holidays! Instead try this fresh salad that is simple to prepare and a great crowd pleaser.

    1 bag cranberries
    3/4 c Splenda
    2 granny smith apples, cored and in quarters
    1 seedless oranges (peel and all !), in quarters

    Rinse the cranberries and pick out any bad ones. Place in a food processor and process until they are in small pieces. Remove to a bowl. Place apples in processor and blend until small pieces. Remove to bowl with cranberries. Place oranges in processor and process until all skin is in small pieces. Remove to bowl with cranberries and apples. Add Splenda and mix well. Refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavors blend.

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    October 18th, 2012adminAppetizers, Dessert, fruit, Snacks

    Try serving this with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps. This has such a flavor explosion already then you add the kick from the jalapeno and this is a dessert or snack that is near perfection ! Be sure to chop everything very small and very uniform – that is part of what makes this as special as it is.

    Fruit Salsa

    Fruit Salsa

    Makes 3 cups
    1 T = 44 calories

    1 c finely chopped strawberries
    1 orange, peeled and finely chopped
    3 small kiwi, peeled and finely chopped
    8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
    ¼ c finely chopped yellow bell pepper
    1 T lime juice
    1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

    Fruit Salsa

    Fruit Salsa

    Combine all ingredients and cover and chill at least 6 hours.

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    March 1st, 2012adminAppetizers, Dessert, fruit

    Brie is just meant to go with fruit – the sweet fruit and the oaky brie just go so well together. This makes a great appetizer, breakfast, lunch or dessert. The melted brie is just divine !

    Fruit and Cheese Quesadillas

    Fruit and Cheese Quesadillas

    6 servings
    177 calories per serving

    2 T honey
    2 t lime juice
    ½ t grated lime rind

    1 c peaches, peeled and sliced thinly
    1 ½ Splenda brown sugar blend
    3 oz. Brie, thinly sliced
    6 6 inch fat free flour tortillas (80 calories each)
    Pam

    Stir together honey, juice and zest. Mix peaches and sugar and divide evenly into each tortilla. Add ½ oz. cheese to each. Fold over and place in a hot pan sprayed with Pam. Cook 2 minutes then flip over and cook another 2 minutes.

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    November 10th, 2011adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly

    Sweet fruit with a spicy ginger and cardamom sauce. Serve with Cool Whip for a great dessert or serve with yogurt for a perfect breakfast treat.

    Fruit Parfait

    Fruit Parfait

    8 servings
    91 calories per serving

    8 oz. pineapple chunks in juice, undrained
    15 oz. can peach slices in juice, drained
    2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
    1 c strawberries, chopped
    2 T brown sugar
    ¼ t cinnamon
    ¼ t ground cardamom
    ¼ t ground ginger
    1 ½ c cool whip, thawed

    Drain pineapple and keep the juice. Chop pineapple and peaches and mix with kiwi, strawberries, brown sugar, spices and juice. In parfait glasses, place half the fruit in the cup. Add a layer of Cool Whip. Add the next layer of fruit and top with a dollop of Cool Whip.

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    September 24th, 2011adminfruit, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    The addition of the tea actually makes this less sweet and you’ll find it’s a great snack or even a great side dish to a fish or chicken dinner.

    Tea and Honey Oranges

    Tea and Honey Oranges

    4 servings
    63 calories per serving

    2 c mandarin orange pieces (if using canned, make sure to rinse the oranges off and drain)
    1/2 c hot black tea
    2 T honey
    Pinch of ground cardamom

    Mix all together and serve at room temperature or chilled.

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    September 2nd, 2011adminBreakfast, Dessert, fruit, Kid Friendly

    Sometimes it’s the simplest things – and that is the case of this ‘recipe’. By adding a dusting of powdered sugar to already sweet fruit, you get a super taste sensation that the kids will gobble up. Try serving with some yogurt for a great breakfast.

    Cantaloupe and Strawberries

    Cantaloupe and Strawberries

    4 servings
    92 calories per serving

    2 c strawberries, hulled and sliced
    2 T powdered sugar
    1 cantaloupe, seeds removed and cut into chunks or made into balls

    Place fruit on a plate and sprinkle with sugar.

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