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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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    July 1st, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks, Summer

    You can use the popsicle ‘molds’ you get at the store, or even more fun is placing the mix in Dixie cups, adding a stick, and then peeling away the cup just before serving. Simple, simple to do and a very tasty evening treat. At only 82 calories per creamy pudding pop, I might just have one every night :)

    Bananasicles

    Bananasicles

    7 servings
    82 calories per serving

    3.4 oz. package of instant banana pudding mix
    2 c skim milk
    1 banana cut into small pieces
    7 T sugar free chocolate syrup (the type you use to make chocolate milk)

    Place 1 T of chocolate syrup into the bottom of each cup. Combine pudding and milk until thick then stir in banana pieces and divide mix into 3 oz. paper cups. Cover with foil and poke through popsicle sticks and freeze 3 hours. Peel away cup to serve.

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    September 22nd, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These are sooooo easy to put together. Serve warm from the oven and you’ll have the family waiting in line for the sweet goodness of these perfect sweet rolls.

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    8 servings
    160 calories per serving

    1 can low fat refrigerated dinner rolls or biscuits
    1/3 c apricot – pineapple preserves (or any flavor preserves that you like)
    2 t sugar
    ¼ t cinnamon
    ¼ c sliced almonds
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 inch round cake pan or a deep dish pie plate with Pam. Separate dough into individual rolls and place in pan – I do a circle around the edge with 8 rolls and 2 in the center. Starting ¼ inch in from the edges cut a deep X into the top of each roll then open slightly by pulling the dough toward the edges. Fill each with 2 t of the preserves. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle with almonds and bake ½ hour or until golden. Serve warm.

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    May 1st, 2013adminAppetizers, Snacks

    So easy to make – this takes just a few minutes. And the results are SUPER ! There will be lots of yummy noises as your group eats this one up. Serve with low cal crackers.

    Broccoli Cheddar Dip

    Broccoli Cheddar Dip

    18 servings
    72 calories per serving

    10 oz. package frozen broccoli
    8 oz. Cabot low fat sharp cheddar, grated
    4 oz. cream cheese
    2 T milk
    1 t Tabasco sauce
    1/2 t pepper

    Microwave broccoli in a partially covered dish 8-10 minutes. Add cheddar, cream cheese, tabasco and pepper. Recover and microwave 1-2 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Stir until smooth. Serve immediately with crackers.

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    April 4th, 2013adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These whip up in no time and are so versatile – you can use any flavor jello and any flavor fruit – - just make sure it’s frozen fruit. The frozen fruit is what makes the jello firm up in no time flat. I did this with raspberries and the dessert was just amazing tasting !

    Fruit Parfaits

    Fruit Parfaits

    4 servings
    85 calories per serving

    3/4 c boiling water
    1 c Cool Whip, thawed
    .3 oz. package flavored sugar free jello, raspberry or strawberry flavor
    2 c frozen raspberries or strawberries

    Add water to jello and stir 2 minutes to dissolve then stir in 2 c frozen fruit until jello starts to thicken. Add ½ c of the mix to the Cool Whip and whisk to blend then spoon into dessert cups and cover with the rest of the jello mix. Refrigerate 15 minutes.

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    November 19th, 2012adminDinner, fruit, Kid Friendly, Sides, Snacks

    There are some sides that you just make over and over again. This is one of them. At only 50 calories per serving, this also makes a great snack. And it is soooo good for you !

    Fresh Cranberry Relish

    Fresh Cranberry Relish


    8 servings
    50 calories per 1/2 c serving

    Forget Ocean Spray jellied cranberries around the holidays! Instead try this fresh salad that is simple to prepare and a great crowd pleaser.

    1 bag cranberries
    3/4 c Splenda
    2 granny smith apples, cored and in quarters
    1 seedless oranges (peel and all !), in quarters

    Rinse the cranberries and pick out any bad ones. Place in a food processor and process until they are in small pieces. Remove to a bowl. Place apples in processor and blend until small pieces. Remove to bowl with cranberries. Place oranges in processor and process until all skin is in small pieces. Remove to bowl with cranberries and apples. Add Splenda and mix well. Refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavors blend.

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    October 18th, 2012adminAppetizers, Dessert, fruit, Snacks

    Try serving this with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps. This has such a flavor explosion already then you add the kick from the jalapeno and this is a dessert or snack that is near perfection ! Be sure to chop everything very small and very uniform – that is part of what makes this as special as it is.

    Fruit Salsa

    Fruit Salsa

    Makes 3 cups
    1 T = 44 calories

    1 c finely chopped strawberries
    1 orange, peeled and finely chopped
    3 small kiwi, peeled and finely chopped
    8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
    ¼ c finely chopped yellow bell pepper
    1 T lime juice
    1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

    Fruit Salsa

    Fruit Salsa

    Combine all ingredients and cover and chill at least 6 hours.

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    October 3rd, 2012admincrock pot, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    Feel free to mix this up as much as you want – use only one type of Chex if you only like one….don’t like peanuts, leave them out and put in more pretzels – - make it your own and make it often ! :)

    Homemade Chex Party Mix (Crock Pot)

    Homemade Chex Party Mix (Crock Pot)

    24 servings
    155 calories per serving

    6 T butter, melted
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    1 t garlic powder
    1 ½ t Lawry’s seasoned salt
    3 c Corn Chex cereal
    3 c Rice Chex cereal
    3 c Wheat Chex cereal
    1 c peanuts
    1 c mini pretzels
    1 c bagel chips broken into small pieces (or melba toasts)

    Mix butter, Worcestershire, garlic, and salt. Gradually stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well to evenly coat. Cook uncovered on low 3-4 hours stirring every 30 minutes.

    If you don’t have a crock pot, you can bake these at 275 degrees for 1 hour, turning and stirring every 15 minutes.

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    August 6th, 2012adminAppetizers, Italian, Snacks, Summer

    This is best with fresh mozzarella (it is WIDELY available at regular and gourmet markets as well as cheese shops) and fresh garden tomatoes.

    Mozzarella and Tomato with Balsamic Vinegar

    Mozzarella and Tomato with Balsamic Vinegar

    4 servings
    177 calories per serving

    4 2 oz. slices of mozzarella cheese
    4 large tomato slices
    4 basil leaves
    4 T balsamic vinegar
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place cheese on plate and top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then top with basil leaves and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

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    May 10th, 2012adminSnacks

    What a great way to make boring popcorn into something you just can’t put down ! And at only 149 calories – - eat up ! :) Popcorn is filling and full of fiber and a great snack food to keep around the house.

    Spicy Popcorn

    Spicy Popcorn

    6 servings
    149 calories per serving

    3.5 oz. bag of plain microwave popcorn
    2 T buttery spread
    2 T spicy brown mustard
    2 t chili powder
    2 t hot pepper sauce

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pop popcorn according to package instructions. In a large bowl combine margarine, mustard, chili powder and hot pepper sauce. Microwave 45 seconds or until butter is melted then stir well and add popcorn and mix well to coat. Turn into a baking pan and bake 10 minutes or until popcorn browns a little. Cool completely before serving.

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    May 9th, 2012adminLunch, Mexican, Snacks, Uncategorized

    This is such a great snack – and it even makes a great, filling lunch when you pair it with Triscuits.

    Black Bean Dip with Avocado

    Black Bean Dip with Avocado

    4 servings
    270 calories per serving

    1 can black beans, drained, rinsed, and mashed
    1 c chopped avocado
    1 c shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
    4 c baby carrots for dipping

    Place the beans in 4 bowls and coarsely mash. Stir in cheese and avocado. Serve carrots alongside. Add 100 calories worth of Triscuits or your favorite cracker to make it a little more filling and meal sized instead of snack sized.

    And here is a video teaching you how to use an avocado slicer so you can make perfect slices for all your meals !

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