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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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    March 1st, 2014admincrock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, pork

    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.

    Easy Pork Carnitas

    Easy Pork Carnitas

    4 servings
    208 calories per serving

    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 ½ lb. boneless pork shoulder roast
    2 bay leaves
    2 cups chicken broth
    1 lime cut into wedges

    Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon in a bowl. Rub spice mix into the pork.. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and add the broth then put the pork on top. Cover and cook on low about 10 hours, turning half way through. Remove and let cool then use 2 forks to shred the meat. Use the left over liquid to moisten the meat. Plate and squirt each portion with a bit of lime just before serving. I like to serve this on a flour tortilla with some avocado slices (not included in calorie count above – add 210 calories for a flour tortilla and 2 -3 slices avocado)

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    August 9th, 2013adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Mexican

    Sometimes you are just in the mood for ‘junk food’ for lunch. This junk food favorite gets pretty healthy when you bake your own chips and add healthy toppings. So go for it !!

    Lunch Nachos

    Lunch Nachos

    6 servings
    344 calories per serving

    12 6 inch corn tortillas, quartered
    Pam
    1 T oil
    2 t ground cumin
    1 ½ t chili powder
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    30 oz. pinto beans, undrained
    1 c crumbled queso fresco or shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1 c chunky salsa
    1 c diced avocado
    6 T chopped cilantro
    Salt to taste

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with Pam. Sprinkle tortilla quarters with salt and ½ t chili powder and bake 8 minutes or until crisp. Work in batches. Heat oil and add cumin, 1 t chili powder and garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add pinto beans and bring to a boil stirring frequently. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes then partially mash beans. Place 8 chips per plate and spoon bean mix over the chops. Top with cheese and microwave 30 seconds to melt cheese. Add salsa and avocado and garnish with cilantro.

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    June 14th, 2013adminLunch, Mexican, Sandwiches

    Looking for something a little spicy and a little different? This will definitely perk up your lunch ! The poblano pepper makes a great grilled sandwich – coupled with the bean and salsa mash, you barely want anything else – even the cheese becomes secondary (and that is often IMPOSSIBLE).

    Poblano Grilled Cheese

    Poblano Grilled Cheese

    4 servings
    305 calories per serving

    4 poblano peppers
    14 oz. can pinto beans
    3 T salsa
    1/8 t salt
    ½ c shredded low fat Cheddar cheese
    2 T low fat plain yogurt
    2 T chopped cilantro
    8 slices 45 calorie per slice whole wheat bread
    ICBINB Spray

    Place peppers in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave 4 minutes to soften. Let sit covered until cool. Mix beans with salsa and salt and mash most of them to form a paste. Mix cheese with yogurt and cilantro. Heat a Panini maker or indoor grill with a press. Spread the bean mix on 4 slices of bread and then top with the cheese mix. Split the peppers in half and remove the seeds then place peppers over the cheese and finish the sandwich. Spray both sides of the sandwiches with 5-6 squirts of ICBINB spray. Grill until golden brown.

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    April 24th, 2013adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican

    Using a pressure cooker to cook the meat means you get a super, super tender shredded meat which is just perfect for a steak burrito. This is an exceptionally good meal. Serve with some avocado slices, no fat sour cream and salsa for even more flavor.

    BBQ Burritos

    BBQ Burritos

    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1 lb. London broil or other lean sirloin steak
    6 flour tortillas (80 calorie Smart and Delicious)
    1 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 medium tomato, chopped
    1 medium avocado, chopped
    ¾ c barbecue sauce
    Pam

    Marinade – mix together
    1 5.5 oz. can spicy V-8 juice
    2 T lime juice
    1 T oil
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t black pepper
    ½ t ground cumin
    ½ t chili powder

    Pierce beef with a fork several times. Mix marinade and place in a zip loc – add the beef and coat well and then refrigerate 8-24 hours. Pressure cook mat for 1 hours. (you can also crock pot this for 8-10 hours). Let rest 5 minutes and then using 2 forks, shred the meat. Mix in a bit of the left over juices. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (don’t mistakenly set it on BROIL like I did and then burn the holy heck out of your first batch! Thanks for help with the recon mission, Lisa ! LOL) Microwave tortillas 30 seconds or so to warm them slightly. Place beef, cheese, onion, and tomato in each wrap and fold all four sides. Place folded side down in a baking pan sprayed with Pam. Brush with barbecue sauce and bake 4-6 minutes. Serve with a slice of avocado on the top. Optionally add sour cream and salsa for even more flavor.

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    November 11th, 2012adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Mexican

    These cook up quick and are just as good as any restaurant fajitas ! Without all the oil that restaurants use for extra flavor, these come in at only 250 calories per serving including the wrap :)

    Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

    Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

    6 servings
    250 calories per serving

    1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips (Perdue Shortcuts work great here !)
    3/4 c sliced onions
    ¾ c sliced green bell peppers
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t cumin
    ½ c salsa verde (or plain salsa works here too)
    ½ c black beans, drained and rinsed
    6 whole wheat tortillas (fajita size)
    1 ½ c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and cook onions and peppers 10 minutes (add hot water a tablespoon at a time if the onions start to dry out). Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix then add chicken and cumin and cook another 5 minutes or until chicken is almost done (if you are using Perdue Shortcuts, cook just enough to warm chicken). Add salsa and beans and cook another 3 minutes.

    Spoon mix onto one half of each wrap and sprinkle with cheese and fold. Spray a skillet with Pam and cook quesadillas a couple of minutes each side to brown them.

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

    Optionally serve with a bit of no fat sour cream on each.

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    October 29th, 2012admincrock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, pork

    This turns out a dish much like pork carnitas, but with a bit more juice so you can enjoy it as a stew. Serve it piping hot and enjoy !

    Mexican Pork Stew (Crock Pot)

    Mexican Pork Stew (Crock Pot)

    8 servings
    252 calories per serving

    3 lb. pork loin
    1 1/2 c salsa verde
    1 3/4 c chicken broth
    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    1 t ground cumin
    Salt and pepper to taste
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained well
    1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro, divided
    1/2 c low fat sour cream

    Trim meat and cut into 2 inch chunks and place in crock pot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a saucepan mix salsa, broth, onion, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil then pour it into the crock pot. Add tomatoes and mix. Cover and cool 6-7 hours or until meat is very tender. Transfer meat to a bowl and keep warm. Pour the sauce an veggies into a skillet and cook for 15-20 minutes to thicken sauce. Add in pork and ¼ c cilantro and heat through. Garnish each dish with sour cream and cilantro.

    To make this without a crock pot, preheat oven to 350 degrees and place pork, salsa, broth, onion, cumin, salt, pepper, tomatoes and ¼ c cilantro in a large baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake 2 ½ hours. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro.

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    July 9th, 2012adminDinner, Mexican, Sides

    Serve this nutritious bean based meal as a lunch with some cut up veggies on the side. Or serve as a dinner side next to Mexican flavored chicken or fish.

    Black Beans and Chilies

    Black Beans and Chilies

    4 servings
    210 calories per serving

    1 t oil
    2 scallions, thinly sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 T chopped green chilies
    2 14.5 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
    2 c water
    ¼ c salsa
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 t shredded low fat cheddar cheese

    Heat oil and cook scallions and garlic 1-2 minutes then add chilies, beans and water and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer ½ hour. Stir in salsa and warm through then season with salt and pepper just before serving. Garnish each serving with 1 t shredded cheese.

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    June 25th, 2012adminbeef, Dinner, Mexican, Summer

    Chimichurri sauce is a great condiment – super low cal, but bursting with flavor. Served atop this already super savory steak, you can’t go wrong.

    Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

    Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

    6 servings
    322 calories per serving

    Meat and rub:
    3 boneless beef chuck flat iron steaks, ¾ inch thick – use sirloin steaks
    1 t Kosher salt
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t ground cumin
    ½ t chili powder
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t cayenne pepper

    Sauce:
    1 c cilantro leaves
    1 c flat leaf parsley
    ¼ c white vinegar
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t red pepper flakes
    ¼ c olive oil

    Place meat on a baking pan. Mix together the meat rub spices and sprinkle on both sides of the meat then rub it in and cover with plastic and chill 1 hour.

    Mix the chimichurri ingredients other than the oil in a blender or food processor then slowly add oil as mixture is blending. Heat grill and cook meat 5-6 minutes each side or until desired doneness. Serve with sauce.

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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 !

     

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    May 31st, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, Sides

    Can you say YUMMY?!?!?! This is such a great QUICK and EASY recipe, yet the results taste like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours. This is an ample serving. You could easily just have half a serving for a side and still have room in your calories for some fish or chicken on the side.

    Rice and Beans

    Rice and Beans

    4 servings
    400 calories per serving

    1 ½ c chopped green peppers
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 T oil
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 ¼ c water
    2 c Minute brown rice
    ¼ c cilantro chopped
    1 c low far shredded cheese (cheddar, Colby or Monterey Jack)

    In a large skillet on high heat, heat the oil and cook the peppers and garlic 2 minutes then add tomatoes, beans and water. Bring to a boil and stir in rice and reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer 5 minutes then remove from heat and stir in cilantro and top with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes, covered.

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