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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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    August 8th, 2014adminDrinks, fruit, Kid Friendly, Summer

    For a great fruity, frosty treat, why not whip up a frozen strawberry daiquiri? They are simple to do and kids just love them. For the grown ups, leave out the Equal and add an ounce of Rum (but, remember, this will raise the calorie count!)

    Frosty Daiquiris

    Frosty Daiquiris

    2 servings
    90 calories per serving

    2 c fresh strawberries
    ¼ c frozen limeade concentrate
    1 c crushed ice
    2 packet Equal
    2 t rum extract

    Combine all in a blender and serve. Garnish glasses with strawberries.

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    June 15th, 2014adminDrinks, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Mojitos are a GREAT summer drink. They are basically a lime and mint flavored drink – most often served with rum. But kids love the flavor, so make a batch of virgin mojitos without the rum – not only will the kids love them, but without the rum, the calorie count is seriously low. So get lotsa limes, lotsa mint and get ready to smile.

    Virgin Mojitos

    Virgin Mojitos

    1 serving (12 oz.)
    20 calories per serving

    6 mint leaves
    1 T Splenda or Equal
    Juice of one lime
    12 oz. can diet lemon lime side
    Garnish with fresh mint and lime slices

    Mull mint leaves and Splenda at the bottom of the glass with the handle of a wooden spoon. Add lime juice and stir. Pour in soda and stir well. Garnish with lime slices and extra mint.

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    March 19th, 2013adminDrinks, Summer

    Refreshingly sweet with a spicy ginger flavor – this is a great drink !

    Ginger Tea

    Ginger Tea

    8 servings
    73 calories per serving

    8 c water, divided
    1/4 c minced ginger
    1/4 c honey
    1/4 c molasses
    3/4 c lemon juice
    1/4 c cider vinegar
    4 c seltzer
    Lemon slices for garnish

    Mix 3 c water and ginger and boil 2 minutes. Then remove from heat and let sit 20 minutes. Strain the mix through a fine strainer into a large pitcher. Add honey, molasses, lemon juice and vinegar and mix until all dissolved. Add 6 c water then chill overnight. As you serve, mix tea with ½ c seltzer and garnish each glass with a lemon slice.

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    March 29th, 2012adminDessert, Drinks, Snacks, Summer

    What a great afternoon pick-me-up! Sweet, chocolately, just the right amount of coffee, and nice and cold. (Much like a Wendy’s Frosty)

    Frosty Mocha Drink

    Frosty Mocha Drink

    4 servings
    118 calories per serving

    1 ½ c skim milk
    1/3 c chocolate syrup
    2 T instant malted milk powder
    2 T instant coffee
    3 ½ c ice cubes

    Combine milk, syrup, malted milk and coffee in a blender. Then add ice in a couple batches blending in between each batch and then serve immediately.

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    December 3rd, 2011adminDrinks, FiberGourmet, Kid Friendly, pasta, Sides

    Add a layer of healthy spinach, use low fat cheese and FiberGourmet pasta and quickly you have a healthy alternative and a fan favorite :)

    Baked Mac and Cheese

    Baked Mac and Cheese

    4 servings
    366 calories per serving

    3 T breadcrumbs
    1 t oil
    ½ t paprika
    20 oz. frozen spinach, thawed
    1 3/4 c skim milk, divided
    3 T flour
    2 c shredded low fat extra sharp Cheddar cheese
    1 c low fat cottage cheese
    1/8 t nutmeg
    Salt and pepper to taste
    8 ounces FiberGourmet penne or elbow pasta
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with Pam. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika. Squeeze out spinach in a colander so it is very dry. Mix ¼ c milk with flour. Heat 1 ½ c milk until steaming and them whisk in the rest of the milk and continue whisking until it is thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar until melted. Then stir in cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook pasta about 4 minutes (do not cook all the way or it will be too mushy after it bakes). Mix pasta and cheese and place half of it in the baking dish. Then add the spinach and top with the rest of the pasta. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mix and then bake 30 minutes or until golden.

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    October 12th, 2011adminDrinks

    Festive, fruity, summery and a great drink for entertaining.

    Sparky Sangria

    Sparky Sangria

    10 servings
    155 calories per serving

    1 c cherries, sliced off the pit or pitted and sliced
    1 c blueberries
    1 c raspberries
    1 c strawberries, sliced
    1 nectarine, chopped
    2 c apricot nectar
    750 ml bottle white or red wine
    2 c lemon lime seltzer

    Add fruit to nectar and chill an hour or more. Add wine and seltzer just before serving.

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    August 20th, 2011adminDrinks, Sides

    This is very different from your typical mac salad ! Instead of pasta, this recipe uses rice and adds some nice fresh Spring veggies. What a great dish to serve at your next barbecue !

    Spring Rice and Veggie Salad

    Spring Rice and Veggie Salad

    8 servings
    150 calories per serving

    4 c cooked minute rice (white or brown) – after cooking , cool to room temperature
    1 c halved grape tomatoes
    1 c fresh asparagus spears (cut into 1 inch pieces), boiled 3 minutes then rinsed in cold water
    3/4 cup light mayo
    1 T Dijon mustard
    1 T chopped parsley
    Juice of one lemon
    Grated zest of one lemon
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients well and serve. (you could also chill this and then serve – but I like it best room temperature)

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    March 11th, 2011adminDrinks

    I find chai tea so soothing and relaxing. This is a way to prepare it with just simple ingredients you have at home rather than using a special chai mix.

    Sweet Chai Tea

    Sweet Chai Tea

    1 serving
    53 calories per serving

    ½ c hot brewed sweet orange tea (I used orange blossom white tea, so the cup of tea is very light in color)
    ½ c very warm skim milk
    1 T Equal spoonful
    ¼ t vanilla
    1/8 t ground cloves

    Combine all in a coffee mug and stir well. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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    January 12th, 2011adminDrinks, Kid Friendly, pork

    For those that like a little sweet with their savory, this is a great quick pork dish. The meat comes out nice and tender and the caramelized glaze is quite good ! Try Serving with Mushroom and Zucchini Orzo.

    Caramelized Pork

    Caramelized Pork

    4 servings
    200 calories per serving

    1 lb. pork tenderloin cut into 1 inch slices
    2 t canola oil
    2 cloves garlic minced
    2 T brown sugar
    1 T orange juice
    1 T molasses
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper

    Flatten the pork slices to ½ inch thick each (place between pieces of plastic wrap and pound with the bottom of a heavy skillet). Brown the pork in oil on medium high heat and then remove from the pan and keep warm. Saute the garlic in the same skillet for 30 seconds and then stir in the brown sugar, OJ, molasses, salt and pepper then return the pork to the pan and cook 4 minutes.

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    November 21st, 2010adminAsian, beef, Drinks, Kid Friendly

    Simple, versatile dinner that is ready in no time and tastes like a million bucks. You could easily substitute chicken or pork and leftover meats would be great to use here. You can also sub in any frozen veggie mix.

    Beef Ramen Bowl

    Beef Ramen Bowl

    4 servings
    255 calories per serving

    1 lb. beef sirloin cut into thin strips
    2 c water
    3 oz. Asian or Beef flavor ramen noodle mix
    1 lb. fresh stir fry veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red peppers)
    ¼ c soy sauce
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and cook beef 5 minutes or until browned then remove from skillet and keep warm. Boil stir in veggies and heat to boiling and continue to cook 4 minutes or until veggies are a bit tender. Stir in seasoning packet and broken up noodles and continue cooking 3 minutes. Finally add soy and then add beef and heat through.

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