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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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    Get the '400 Calories or Less' App and eBooks now !

    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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    March 29th, 2013adminHoliday Meals, Uncategorized

    Having guests over for Easter? Attending a potluck or an event where you need to bring a dish? Then take a look at some of the perfect Easter dishes from 400 Calories or Less !

    I typically make holidays my ‘Cheat Day’ for the week, but I don’t go wild – I just don’t watch quite as close as I normally do. With my low cal dishes, you can have an appetizer, soup, your meal and dessert for less than some single slices of cake (think Cheesecake Factory). So put your apron and get makin’ some Easter goodies :)

    My Easter Meal Recommendation:

    Appetizers:
    Stuffed Mushrooms
    Zucchini Pizzas
    Spinach Tarts

    Soup:
    Lemon Soup

    Dinner:
    Baked Ham
    Steamed Potatoes with Garlic Sauce
    Lemony Green Beans

    Dessert:
    Chocolate Bark
    Banana Cake

    The mushrooms can be prepped ahead of time and cooked when the guest arrive. Same with the zucchini pizzas. The spinach tarts can be prepared AND cooked the day ahead – they reheat great in the microwave or oven.

    The soup can be prepared ahead and kept warm in a crock pot set to the ‘warm’ setting.

    The ham can go in the oven early, taken out while you cook the appetizers and placed back in to finish up the cooking. And the potatoes can be done ahead and you keep them warm in a crock or reheat at the last minute. Keep the steamer out and reuse it to do the beans. The beans should be done at the last minute – but it is just a steaming and quick mix with the other ingredients before you bring them to the table.

    The 2 desserts can be prepared the day before.

    Happy Easter and Happy Cooking !

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    December 9th, 2010adminHoliday Meals

    The holidays are a time to splurge…especially when it comes to food. But splurging does not necessarily mean going off the deep end ;) Here is a suggested meal plan that will give you a complete meal for under 1000 calories. Most SINGLE entrees are that high or more in calories – but here I give you a complete meal !! From soup to nuts, you can have soup, an appetizer, a main meal, 2 sides and 2 desserts for only 992 calories ! You just can’t beat that.

    I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.

    Here are links to the recipes :)

    Spinach Soup with Wontons
    Stuffed Mushrooms

    Baked Ham
    Anchovy and Bibb Lettuce
    Au Gratin Potatoes

    Champagne Fruit
    Apple Raisin Sour Cream Pie

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    November 8th, 2010adminHoliday Meals

    What do you think about a ‘soup to nuts’ Thanksgiving dinner for under 1000 calories ?? It makes me happy, happy, happy to know I can eat a FULL meal for much less than ONE typical entree dish. This meal includes soup, an appetizer, a main dish, 2 sides and 2 different desserts….all for 962 calories per serving. Now that makes me give thanks !!

    I wish you all a wonderful holiday !!

    Thanksgiving Meal

    Thanksgiving Meal

    Here are links to the recipes:

    Corn Chowder

    Spinach and Cheese Squares

    Turkey and Stuffing
    Lemony Green Beans
    Pom Cranberry Relish

    Pumpkin Cobbler
    Chocolate Bark

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    August 23rd, 2010adminHoliday Meals, Summer

    I figured you might be getting together your plans for Labor Day and looking for some great summer recipes – over the next week I’ll be re-posting some of my favorites from the past couple of months. These are great dishes for BBQ’s and picnics. If you are looking for more ideas, be sure to click the SUMMER category in the list over on the right side of the page !

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