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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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    February 11th, 2012adminAppetizers, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Mexican

    When you spread a Laughing Cow cheese wedge on a tortilla and replace the need for lots of regular high fat cheese, you end up with a lunch or appetizer that is not only packed with flavor, but it’s virtually no guilt !

    No Guilt Cheese Quesadilla

    No Guilt Cheese Quesadilla

    2 servings
    137 calories per serving

    1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle cheese
    2 flour tortillas (80 calories each)
    1/3 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    Pam

    Spread the Laughing Cow cheese on the tortilla. Top with cheddar and fold. Spray pan with Pam and heat well. Add tortillas. Spray the sides of the tortillas facing up. Cook 2 minutes then flip and cook the other side 2 minutes.

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    February 4th, 2012adminchicken, Italian, Lunch, Soups

    So different from the ordinary soup or the ordinary meatball. And so very tasty ! I don’t know which is better – the lemony broth or the big cheese balls !

    Ricotta Ball Soup

    Ricotta Ball Soup

    6 servings
    268 calories per serving

    1 lb. ground chicken
    2 c part skim ricotta
    1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    1/4 c egg beaters
    1 1/2 t kosher salt
    8 cup no fat chicken broth
    Zest of one lemon
    6 oz. baby spinach

    Mix chicken, ricotta, parmesan, Egg Beaters and salt. Refrigerate 15 minutes. In a soup pot combine broth and zest and bring to a boil. Make 18 meatballs with the chicken mix. They will barely hold together, but just keep as ‘ball-like’ as possible and drop into the broth. They will immediately sink. Simmer until they float and are completely done, about 15 minutes. Add spinach and let wilt for 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

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    I just made these again recently – what a great recipe ! I had the wrong calorie count on them and a reader helped me realize that – but I have updated taking into account the calorie count of the most popular brand of eggroll wrappers.

    These eggrolls will soon be on your favorites list. Add 1/4 c duck sauce to the side for just an extra 60 calories. If you’re in the mood for some seafood try adding some cooked popcorn shrimp.

    These make a great side dish, stand alone lunch, appetizer – - very, very versatile !

    Vegetable Eggrolls

    Vegetable Eggrolls

    6 servings
    162 calories per serving (1 serving = 2 rolls)

    12 square eggroll wrappers (available in all grocery stores)
    2 c shredded cabbage
    1 c chopped onions
    1/2 c shredded carrots
    1/2 chopped bean sprouts (canned are fine)
    1/2 c chopped celery
    1/4 c low sodium soy sauce
    2 T minced garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 t onion powder
    1/2 t garlic powder

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all the ingredients other than the wrappers in a frying pan sprayed with Pam and cook on medium high heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until vegetables are softened a good amount.

    Spray a cookie sheet with Pam. Work with just a couple of wrappers at a time. Place wrappers on a DRY surface and place 2 spoonfuls of filling on each. Dip your finger in water and moisten all 4 edges of the wrapper. Fold sides in toward the middle. Then roll bottom up and around rolling until you have a fully done roll.

    Here’s the filling mix:

    Eggroll Filling

    Eggroll Filling

    Here’s a great instructional site with pictures that shows you how to quickly roll an eggroll

    And here’s a video I just made so you can see how it’s done – it’s so easy !!

    Seal the outside edge with a wet finger and place roll on the baking sheet. Finish up the rest of the rolls. Once all the rolls are complete, spray the tops with Pam. Bake 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

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    January 28th, 2012adminLunch, Sandwiches, turkey

    A hot open faced sandwich brings me back – they seem to be a more old fashioned food – but I want to bring them back ! :) My Mom used to serve hot open faced roast beef sandwiches a lot, sometimes even as a quick dinner. This one brings the calories down a bit using turkey and fat free turkey gravy.

    Hot Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches

    Hot Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches

    4 servings
    220 calories per serving

    2 T margarine
    1 large onion, thinly sliced
    ¾ lb. cooked turkey breast, sliced thin
    12 oz fat free turkey gravy
    4 slices bread
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Melt margarine in a skillet and add onion. Cover and cool 6 minutes or until golden. Add turkey and gravy and cook until heated through. Place 1 slice of bread on each of 4 plates and top with the turkey mix. Season with salt and pepper.

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    January 27th, 2012adminKid Friendly, Lunch, pork, Sandwiches

    If you’re from the NY Metro area, then right away you know what I’m talking about ;) But if you’re not, you’re probably scratching your head. Taylor ham is a very regional item – I have never found it anywhere other than the Northeast and only part of the NE ! It is a compressed product of pork and spices / flavorings. It comes presliced or in a roll like a big roll of bologna. It has a flavor like NOTHING ELSE. It is served as a side to eggs (like bacon or sausage) or on a roll. A BIG breakfast sandwich here is Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese on a hard roll. (Don’t even get me started about a HARD roll – in the NE it is a type of roll, it does NOT mean a stale roll – hehehehe).

    I’ve skinnied up the extras so that this sandwich comes in at only 265 calories per serving. To my fellow NJ and NY peoples, enjoy :) (those of you out of state will have to wait to you visit the area – when you do, be sure to try this incredible product).

    Taylor Ham and Cheese

    Taylor Ham and Cheese

    1 serving
    265 calories per serving

    2 slices light wheat bread (Stop and Shop has a great one that is only 35 calories per slice)
    1 slice Kraft fat free singles cheese
    2 thin slices Taylor Ham (pork roll)

    Brown the pork roll in a hot skillet. Make a sandwich. Enjoy :)

    (I cut into the pork roll a couple of times before frying – this helps it to not curl up during the cooking process).

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    January 14th, 2012adminBreakfast, Lunch, pork, Sandwiches

    Heavy, filling and a great sandwich for a cold and blustery day. I think it works just as well as a breakfast sandwich as it does a lunch sandwich !

    Ham and Bean Sandwich

    Ham and Bean Sandwich

    1 serving
    250 calories per serving

    ¼ c Egg Beaters
    2 slices whole wheat toast
    4 T white beans, mashed with salt and pepper and 1 t water and heated in the microwave one minute
    4 slices very thin, lean baked deli ham
    1 slice Kraft Singles cheese (American or cheddar)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Heat skillet and spray with Pam. Scramble egg beaters or make a little circle out of them so they stay on the bread nicely.

    Here’s a quick video to show you how to prep the eggs:

    When toast is done, spread one piece with beans. Then add ham, cheese, warm eggs and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and top with the final piece of bread.

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    January 8th, 2012adminLunch, pork, Sandwiches

    I was tempted to leave off the spinach on this one so I could get more brie flavor – I LOVE cheese ;) But I didn’t and I’m glad I kept it on – it was a nice contrast to the cheesy goodness and embellished it rather than taking away from it. This goes together in 5 minutes and is a nice change from a boring old ham and cheese sandwich.

    Open Faced Ham and Brie

    Open Faced Ham and Brie


    1 serving
    364 calories per serving

    2 slices 45 calorie wheat bread
    I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray
    ¼ t garlic powder
    Pam
    2 oz. brie
    4 thin slices deli ham (Oscar Mayer makes a great pre-packaged deli ham)
    ½ c spinach leaves
    1 T fat free balsamic vinaigrette dressing

    Spray outside of each slices of bread with butter spray and sprinkle with garlic powder. Place buttered side down in a hot skillet sprayed with Pam. Top with cheese and cook a few moments to get the cheese all melty. Top with ham. Remove from heat and layer on the spinach leaves and sprinkle with dressing. Serve open faced.

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    January 4th, 2012adminLunch, Sides

    I love lentils in soup. This recipe uses them in a super savory stew with enormous flavor. Try serving as a lunch or as a side to a fish or chicken dinner.

    Lentil Stew with Carmamelized Onions

    Lentil Stew with Carmamelized Onions

    4 servings
    229 calories per serving

    1 T oil
    1 onion, thinly sliced
    2 15 oz. cans lentils, rinsed and drained
    2 ¼ c chicken broth
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t garlic flakes
    ¼ c plain low fat yogurt
    1 T chopped parsley
    ½ T chopped chives
    1 T chopped cilantro

    Heat oil and add onion. Cook 15 minutes or until soft and golden. Add some very hot water a tablespoon at a time if the onions start to dry out. Add broth and lentils, season with garlic powder, garlic flakes, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook ten minutes. Half way through, smash some lentils against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon to make the broth thicker. Serve with fresh herbs and yogurt on top.

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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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    December 20th, 2011adminchicken, Lunch, Mediterranean

    Chicken salad is great. Israeli couscous is great. Add the 2 together and you get a perfect portable lunch.

    Chicken Salad with Couscous

    Chicken Salad with Couscous

    4 servings
    345 calories per serving

    1 c uncooked Israeli couscous
    1/4 c chopped kalamata olives
    2 T chopped parsley
    2 T oil
    1 T lemon juice
    1 t grated lemon zest
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 garlic clove, minced
    14 oz. boneless skinless chicken, broiled and cut into slices (Perdue Shortcuts work great here!)

    Cook couscous according to package directions the drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Mix olives, parsley, lemon, oil salt, pepper and olives. Add couscous and chicken and toss.

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