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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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    September 5th, 2014adminDinner, FiberGourmet, pasta, Vegetables

    I am betting you can smell this cooking from all the way over there ! The parmesan and cheddar cheeses blend to perfection and the pasta…well, it just feeds the soul. The portion size will be cut down dramatically to come in at 400 calories if it were not for the FiberGourmet pasta.

    Veggie Mac and Cheese

    Veggie Mac and Cheese

    4 servings
    399 calories per serving

    10 oz. Fiber Gourmet Penne pasta
    2 t oil
    1 9 oz. yellow summer squash halved lengthwise and sliced thinly
    1 9 oz. bag frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
    4 scallions sliced thinly
    1 bottled roasted red peppers, rinsed and diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 T flour
    2 ½ c skim milk
    ¾ t salt
    1 c grated no fat cheddar cheese
    ¼ c parmesan cheese
    Pam

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat and add squash, scallion, artichokes, peppers and garlic. Cook 7 minutes. Add flour and stir well and then gradually add milk. Add salt and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add the hot veggies and sauce to the pasta along with the cheddar cheese and mix well and turn into an 11×7 baking pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake ½ hour or until hot and crusty.

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    August 6th, 2014adminSides, Summer, Vegetables

    Cooking the potatoes and peppers in a foil packet basically steams them and they come out a wonderful consistency and packed with flavor. Serve alongside 3 oz. of broiled steak or a 4 oz. chicken cutlet for a meal balanced with protein, veggies and that all mighty carb that keeps you feeling more full :)

    Foiled O'Brien

    Foiled O'Brien

    4 servings
    155 calories per serving

    1 lb. red potatoes, washed and sliced thinly
    2 c red bell pepper slices
    2 c yellow bell pepper slices
    6 T sliced shallot (regular onion will work here too)
    Pam
    2 cloves garlic, mashed
    3 T chopped parsley
    ½ t onion powder
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take 4 sheets of aluminum foil, each about 12 inches by 12 inches (about 1 inch longer and 4 inches wider than a sheet of paper) and place them on a flat surface. Spray each with a little bit of Pam. Divide the potatoes, peppers and shallots evenly among the foil sheets. Sprinkle with the minced garlic, parsley, onion powder, salt and pepper.

    Create a packet out of each by folding the foil sides up to make a tent and folding the edges over 2 times – then take each side and fold (roll) over twice and seal firmly so that the packet will say sealed keeping all the steam inside.

    Place packets on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake ½ hour to 45 minutes. Open packets and transfer contents to plates. Be careful opening packets as they will be full of steam.

    For more instructions folding, Reynold’s says:
    For each foil packet, bring up the two sides of the foil and double fold with about 1-inch wide folds. Leave room for heat circulation inside the packet as the food cooks. Double fold each end to form the foil packet.

    And the Scouts site has a nice diagram.

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    August 2nd, 2014adminSalads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    This is a crisp salad with the ultimate pairing of zesty dressing and feta cheese. The olives are just a bonus :)

    Cucumber and Radish Salad

    Cucumber and Radish Salad

    7 servings
    90 calories per serving

    4 large cucumbers
    8 radishes, thinly sliced
    ½ c low fat crumbled feta cheese with basil and tomato
    1/3 c low fat zesty Italian dressing
    1/3 c pitted kalamata olives

    Peel the cucs (optional) and cut into thin slices. I like to use English cucumbers as they are basically seedless. Toss cucs with the radishes, cheese and olives and dress the salad.

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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 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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    June 11th, 2014adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    A special parmesan butter atop a fresh grilled piece of corn just spells S U M M E R !!

    Grilled Corn

    Grilled Corn

    4 servings
    200 calories per serving

    4 ears of corn, husked and cleaned
    ¼ c butter, softened
    2 T parmesan cheese
    2 t basil, chopped
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Shuck corn and clean it well. Wrap in foil and grill 15-20 minutes or until tender.

    Grilled Corn

    Grilled Corn

    Mix butter, cheese and parsley. When corn is done, open foil and place a pat of butter on the corn. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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    March 2nd, 2014adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    This one got its name because we kept asking each other to pass the mashed things. They were so good that I got my husband to eat carrots and my daughter to eat cauliflower ;)

    Mashed Things

    Mashed Things

    2 servings
    200 calories per serving

    1 red potato, peeled and cubed
    1 c small cauliflower florets
    1/2 c baby carrots
    1 c chicken broth
    1 oz. cream cheese, softened
    1 t garlic powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 slice Kraft fat free singles American cheese
    2 T skim milk
    5 squirts ICBINB Spray

    Bring veggies to a boil in the broth. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until veggies are soft. Drain the veggies and place them in a bowl with the cream cheese, cheese, garlic, milk, salt and pepper and beat with a mixer until creamy. If they are too dry, you can add more milk. Spray with the I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter spray just before serving.

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    September 17th, 2013adminSides, Vegetables

    Get the pre-washed, pre-trimmed beans and your prep time is literally 1 minute. Using kosher salt can really make a difference in recipes and it does in this one. Kosher salt is a much larger crystal (much like sea salt) and instead of melting into the food, it kind of stays on the surface giving you a much bigger burst of the salt flavor – I think it works really well with green beans.

    Roasted Green Beans

    Roasted Green Beans

    4 servings
    42 calories per serving

    1 pound fresh green beans
    1/2 T olive oil
    1 t balsamic vinegar
    2 t minced fresh basil
    Kosher salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Mix together green beans, oil, vinegar and basil. Place on a non-stick baking sheet in one layer and roast for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    July 4th, 2013adminDinner, Salads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    This just has ‘summer’ written all over it. Use garden fresh or farmer’s market fresh veggies for the best flavors :)

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    8 servings
    90 calories per serving

    1 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into pieces
    2 lb. beefsteak tomatoes, seeded and cut into ½ inch wedges
    5 T balsamic vinegar
    3 t minced garlic clove
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 anchovy fillet, minced
    3 T oil

    Boil green beans 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add tomatoes. Whisk vinegar, anchovy and oil and add to beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    June 15th, 2013adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This has WOW flavor ! Serve this next to any Asian inspired dish (Asian Grilled Chicken comes to mind) for a great salad that takes over every tastebud in your mouth !

    Asian Sesame Slaw

    Asian Sesame Slaw

    8 servings
    60 calories per serving

    1/3 c Miracle Whip light
    2 T KRAFT Light Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing (I use this dressing in hot and cold dishes)
    3 T lime juice
    6 cups finely shredded cabbage (get the Dole pre-shredded to save a lot of time)
    1 c snow peas, julienned
    1 carrot, coarsely grated (not necessary if you use the Dole cabbage that has carrot in it already)
    2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
    1/4 c chopped cilantro
    1 T minced ginger
    2 T sesame seeds, toasted
    Touch of salt

    To toast sesame seeds, place in a hot skillet and sauté for a couple of minutes until they turn golden and are aromatic. Mix lime, Miracle Whip and Sesame dressing well and pour over the rest of the ingredients (except the sesame seeds). Mix well. Chill at least 2 hours. Sprinkle with seeds just before serving.

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