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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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    October 8th, 2012adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    What a perfect meal – breakfast in a cup ! These cook up perfectly and are a satisfying NON DIET breakfast for only 175 calories each. Bacon just makes everything better !

    Bacon and Egg Cups

    Bacon and Egg Cups

    8 servings
    175 calories per serving

    Butter flavored Pam
    ICBINB Spray (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter)
    8 slices whole wheat bread
    8 slices bacon
    8 large eggs
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray regular size cupcake pan with Pam. Slightly flatten bread with a rolling pin or by pressing out by hand and then cut into 8 4 ¼ inch rounds. Place the rounds in the cups. Make sure the bread comes up the edges to form a cup. Spray each cup with 5 or so sprays of ICBINB Spray. Cook bacon until almost crisp (or use precooked bacon right out of the package). Lay 1 slice in each cup letting it dangle over the edges of the cup. Crack 1 egg over each cup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake 20 minutes or until egg whites are set.

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    February 21st, 2012adminBreakfast, Lunch, Sandwiches

    Either as a breakfast or a lunch, this egg sandwich is fabulous. It matches savory egg yolk with crisp spinach and creamy cheese and satisfies the soul :)

    Egg and Spinach Muffin

    Egg and Spinach Muffin

    1 serving
    245 calories per serving

    1 t butter
    1 egg
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 English muffin, split and toasted
    1/4 c baby spinach leaves
    1 wedge light Laughing Cow cheese (original Swiss or Garlic Herb flavored)

    Melt butter and cook egg 2 minutes each side or until desired doneness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread cheese on toasted muffins, add egg and spinach and make a sandwich.

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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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    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 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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    June 19th, 2011adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly, Mexican

    I love a dish you can make for a hungry breakfast crowd that doesn’t entail you standing at the stove being a short order cook ;) You can put this one together and throw it in the oven then sit and have coffee and chat while it cooks up perfectly. It turns out a flavorful Mexican inspired dish that everyone enjoys !

    Sausage Breakfast Wraps

    Sausage Breakfast Wraps

    10 servings
    277 calories per serving

    1 lb. Italian seasoned turkey sausage, casing removed
    1 medium red bell pepper, diced
    1 small onion, diced
    32 oz. Egg Beaters
    4 oz. can chopped green chiles
    1 t chili powder
    10 flour tortillas, warmed
    1 ¼ c salsa
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook sausage, peppers and onions in a skillet until sausage is done, and then drain on paper towels. Place in a 13×9 baking dish sprayed with Pam. Mix eggs, green chilies and chili powder and pour over the turkey mix. Bake uncovered 30-35 minutes or until set then break up with a spoon. Place 2/3 c of egg mix down the center of each tortilla then wrap up securely.

    Here is a video that will show you how to fold up a wrap securely

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    April 25th, 2011adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    The ginger in this recipe is a nice unexpected flavor that makes it just perfect. This works just as well with regular bread and with a quick dip rather than chilling over night.

    Spiced French Toast

    Spiced French Toast

    2 servings
    352 calories per serving (1 serving = 3 slices)

    2 eggs
    2 egg whites
    ¾ c skim milk
    1 T sugar
    1 T molasses
    ¼ t ground ginger
    ¼ t ground allspice
    1/8 t salt
    6 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
    2 t butter

    Mix eggs, whites, milk, sugar, molasses, ginger, allspice and salt. Place bread in a 13×9 baking sheet and out the egg mix over it and refrigerate overnight. Heat butter on a griddle and cool bread 3 minutes each side.

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    April 9th, 2011adminBreakfast

    Talk about decadent and delicious !! This breakfast dish will give you legendary ‘short order cook’ status ! The bananas and cream cheese make a perfect middle to the grilled raisin bread.

    Grilled Banana French Toast

    Grilled Banana French Toast

    8 servings
    206 calories per serving

    8 slices 80 calories cinnamon raisin bread
    2 medium bananas, in slices
    1 c skim milk
    4 oz. cream cheese, softened
    3/4 c egg beaters
    1/3 c Splenda
    3 T flour
    2 t vanilla
    Powdered sugar (optional)
    Pam

    Spray skillet with Pam and heat well. Mix milk, cheese, eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla with a mixer until. Take 4 slices of bread and spread with cream cheese then add banana slices and top with the remaining bread. Gently dip into the egg mix and then place on pan and cook 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes. Cut in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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    March 20th, 2011adminBreakfast, fruit, Kid Friendly

    Eat this for breakfast, as a side dish, as a snack – it’s so healthful and sooooo good. I am very picky about my citrus – I don’t like to eat any of the membrane – just the sweet, succulent fruit. So I cut it in this method that many restaurants and chefs use…

    Citrus Salad

    Citrus Salad

    2 servings
    94 calories per serving

    1 large grapefruit cut into sections
    1 medium orange cut into sections
    1 blood orange cut into sections

    Mix all together and serve. This will last several days in the refrigerator.

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