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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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    April 21st, 2013adminAppetizers, Cajun, Lunch, Sandwiches

    This is a sandwich that makes your mouth happy :) The combination of the Cajun flavoring on the chicken along with the roasted red pepper and pepperoncini is just perfect. This one is a sure crowd pleaser and cut into strips, would make a great appetizer.

    Grilled Cajun Chicken Sandwiches

    Grilled Cajun Chicken Sandwiches

    1 serving
    330 calories per serving

    2 slices Italian bread
    1 ½ t light mayonnaise
    6 slices Cajun spiced deli chicken breast (if unavailable, sprinkle roasted deli chicken with some Cajun seasoning)
    3 strips jarred roasted red peppers
    1 small pepperoncini pepper sliced
    1 no fat cheese slice (Kraft Singles are nice and creamy!)
    2 t lite Italian dressing

    Brush the outside of the sandwich with the dressing and cook in a skillet 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Spread mayo on bread and then add all the ingredients.

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    September 19th, 2012adminCajun, chicken, crock pot, Dinner

    A taste of Louisiana without all the work of a typical jambalaya. This is a really good version that is so easy to make ! It is homey and filling and flavorful and all the things a good jambalaya should be (even MUSHY is a good characteristic in a jambalaya and my daughter days this one is mushy). Serve with some extra tabasco on the side for people like me :)

    Chicken Jambalaya

    Chicken Jambalaya

    6 servings
    370 calories per serving

    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
    1 c chicken broth
    2 c vegetable broth
    ¾ c water
    1 ½ c raw brown rice
    4 oz. low fat turkey sausage cut into slices
    ½ c celery, thinly sliced
    Leaves from the top of the celery ribs
    ½ c onion, chopped
    ½ c green bell pepper, chopped
    2 t Cajun seasoning
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    ¼ t hot pepper sauce
    1 bay leaf
    Salt to taste
    14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and on medium high heat, cook chicken and sausage until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Place in crock along with all the other ingredients. Cover and cook on high 5 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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    June 23rd, 2012adminCajun, Dinner, Fish, Summer

    Make this as spicy as you like by adding more Cajun seasoning. We like it hot, hot, hot ! This one takes over every tastebud in your mouth !

    Grill Basket Cajun Shrimp

    Grill Basket Cajun Shrimp

    4 servings
    243 calories per serving

    1 lb. shrimp, peeled and cleaned
    4 c mix of sliced onion, yellow bell peppers, green bell peppers
    2 T oil
    1 T Cajun seasoning
    1 t garlic powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Lime wedges
    Pam

    Heat grill. Toss shrimp and 1 T oil. Mix veggies and 1 T oil and seasoning.

    Spray grill basket with Pam and heat. Add shrimp and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add veggies and cook 6 minutes or until shrimp is done. Stir in juice of one lime. Serve topped with parsley.

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    December 10th, 2011adminCajun, Dinner, Fish

    The coating on the fish is so zesty and perfectly balanced that you don’t want to stop eating this. And at only 150 calories per serving, you CAN keep going ! Very satisfying with a big, bold flavor.

    Louisiana White Fish

    Louisiana White Fish

    4 servings
    150 calories per serving

    2 t oil
    2 t Dijon mustard
    ½ t salt
    ½ t cajun spice (or more depending on your tastebuds)
    4 6 oz. 1 inch thick fillets of cod, tilapia or other whitefish
    Pam
    1 T fresh lemon juice

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix oil, mustard, salt and spice and brush onto fish fillets. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with Pam. Place fish on sheet and bake 20 minutes or until fish flakes and is done. Sprinkle lemon
    juice on fish and serve immediately.

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    November 1st, 2010adminbeef, Cajun, Dinner

    The Fibergourmet Cajun fettuccine really makes this dish all it is – the flavor is subtle yet delicious. Adding in some other layers of spice make this one a real winner !

    Bayou Beef and Fettuccine

    Bayou Beef and Fettuccine

    4 servings
    275 calories per serving

    10 oz. FiberGourmet Cajun flavored fettuccine noodles
    Pam
    1 c frozen stir fry pepper and onions
    1 lb. thinly sliced beef
    14.5 oz. canned diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
    1 t garlic powder
    ¼ t pepper
    ½ t salt
    ½ t Cajun seasoning
    Fresh basil leaves, chopped

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Sprinkle meet with Cajun seasoning. Heat skillet and spray with Pam and cook meat 5 minutes then stir in peppers and onions and cook 3-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Then mix in tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper and cook 2 minutes. Stir in pasta and cook 2 minutes to heat through. Garnish with basil.

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    February 14th, 2010adminCajun, chicken, Dinner

    Simply Louisiana – that is the best way to describe this dish. If you don’t like okra, skip it – maybe add some green bell peppers instead. But if you want it authentic, be sure to add in the okra.

    Bayou Chicken

    Bayou Chicken

    4 servings
    234 calories per serving

    2 T flour
    1 1/4 t Cajun seasoning
    3/4 lb. chicken tenders
    2 t canola oil
    1 1/2 c corn
    1 1/2 c frozen okra, thawed
    2 plum tomatoes, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 c fat free half and half
    1/4 t salt
    Pepper
    3 scallions, sliced

    Combine flour and 1/2 t Cajun seasoning in a zip loc bag and drop in the chicken. Seal the bag and shake well to coat all the chicken pieces. Heat 1 1/2 t oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook about 3 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the rest of the oil to the pan and then add the corn, okra, tomato and garlic and cook 3-4 minutes. Add the half and half and the rest of the Cajun seasoning and simmer 1-2 minutes longer. Return the chicken to the pan and heat through. Sprinkle with scallions just before serving.

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    December 31st, 2009adminCajun, Dinner, Fish

    Very spicy. Very low calories. Very high in protein. All good things :)

    This one is truly not for the feint of heart – the Cajun spice definitely leaves your mouth burning and I always pair this with something that will help cool it down; a spinach salad, fresh cranberry relish, citrus slices, etc.

    Cajun Seafood Mix

    Cajun Seafood Mix

    4 servings
    80 calories per serving

    16 large raw shrimp, peeled and cleaned
    12 large raw scallops, cleaned
    Cajun seasoning mix (available at all food markets)
    Parsley for garnish
    Pam

    Place a good amount of Cajun seasoning in a bowl and dredge each piece of fish to full coat it. Alternately, you can place the spice in a zip love bag with the fish and shake, shake, shake until all are coated. But I find you get a thicker coating with the dredging method.

    Heat a pan on medium high heat. Remove from heat and spray with Pam. Return to heat and place scallops and in the pan. Typically large scallops are cooked 7-9 minutes total, but I like mine more well done so I go 11-13 minutes (about 6 minutes per side). You can be sure they are done by poking them – if they are soft and squishy, they are not done. You need them to have a little bounce and be firm – then they are done.

    The shrimp will cook in 7-9 minutes, so place in the pan just before you are ready for the scallops to be flipped. Shrimp are done when they are pink and firm. Remove to a plate and garnish with parsley before serving.

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