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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 28th, 2014adminMexican, Salads, Sides, Summer

    Using just citrus means the dressing on this salad is nice and light. So even though you have higher cal avocados and corn, the salad is still a good side dish coming in at just 133 calories per serving. The avocado is what really makes this special – the creaminess blends so nicely with the corn and tomato !

    Corn and Avocado Salad

    Corn and Avocado Salad

    4 servings
    133 calories per serving

    1 small 8.5 ounce can corn
    2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
    1 avocado, diced
    1 T fresh lemon juice
    1 T fresh lime juice
    1 T oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients. Serve alongside many different dishes to bring a little spark and flavor – This is great next to chicken, fish, sandwiches, etc.

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    July 16th, 2014adminSalads, Summer, Vegetables

    This is another one of those really versatile salads – you can add into this bits of pieces of all the little leftover bits of veggies in your frig without really changing the calorie count all that much. This is great next to a sandwich or sometimes I have it all on its own with a few Triscuits next to it and call it a meal !

    Chickpea Salad

    Chickpea Salad

    4 servings
    286 calories per serving

    2 14 oz. cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
    1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
    4 radishes diced small
    1 green pepper diced small
    ½ c chopped parsley
    1 T lemon juice
    1 T vinegar
    1 T oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ¼ t celery salt

    Combine beans and all veggies and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

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    July 4th, 2014adminLunch, Salads, Summer

    I’m not a big salad lover. That is always a tough part of ‘dieting’ for me. But once in a while I actually crave a big bowl of greens. Adding bacon and croutons makes this one a winner.

    BLT Salad

    BLT Salad

    1 serving
    280 calories per serving

    3 c chopped romaine lettuce
    6 slices turkey bacon
    1 c halved grape tomatoes
    1 slice 45 calorie bread
    2 T dressing (70 calorie)

    Toast bread and let it sit to harden (about 5 minutes) and then cut into cubes. Cook bacon according to instructions. When cool, crumble up. Put lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl. Top with bacon and croutons. Drizzle with dressing.

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    July 4th, 2013adminDinner, Salads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    This just has ‘summer’ written all over it. Use garden fresh or farmer’s market fresh veggies for the best flavors :)

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    8 servings
    90 calories per serving

    1 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into pieces
    2 lb. beefsteak tomatoes, seeded and cut into ½ inch wedges
    5 T balsamic vinegar
    3 t minced garlic clove
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 anchovy fillet, minced
    3 T oil

    Boil green beans 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add tomatoes. Whisk vinegar, anchovy and oil and add to beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    April 28th, 2013adminLunch, MUFAs, Salads, turkey, Vegetables

    Cobb salads are a perfect lunch. They are packed with protein and give you the energy to get through the afternoon without any ‘3 o’clock sleepies’.

    Turkey Cobb

    Turkey Cobb

    8 servings
    200 calories per serving

    12 c mixed salad greens
    6 oz. thin deli sliced roasted turkey breast, cut into strips
    1 chopped avocado
    1 ½ c grape tomatoes, halved
    8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    3 hard boiled eggs cut into wedges
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    8 oz. light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

    Place greens on a platter and then lay other ingredients in strips across the top. Place dressing on top of individual portions.

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    April 7th, 2013adminSalads, Sides, Vegetables

    This recipe gives you a really nice creamy dressing since you use mayo instead of eggs and oil. If you like it with a lot of bite, add extra anchovy.

    Creamy Caesar Salad

    Creamy Caesar Salad

    8 servings
    88 calories per serving

    ½ c grated parmesan cheese
    ½ c fat free mayo
    ¼ c lemon juice
    2 t anchovy paste
    2 t Worcestershire sauce
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t dry mustard
    5 large cloves garlic, minced
    8 oz. fresh bread cut into cubes
    4 head romaine lettuce in bite size pieces

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine 1.2 c water with cheese, mayo, lemon juice, anchovy paste, Worcestershire, pepper, mustard and garlic. Whisk well and set aside. Place bread pieces on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes to toast them. When done combine croutons and romaine and then dress and serve immediately.

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    December 10th, 2012adminLunch, Salads, Tex Mex

    This is simple to make and you can even pack it up to go as it travels well. All the southwest flavors mingle nicely and it’s a refreshing lunch salad. If you don’t like Ranch dressing, substitute any other low fat or no fat dressing.

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    4 servings
    380 calories per serving

    4 c mixed salad greens
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    10 oz. frozen corn, thawed and drained
    1 large red pepper, chopped
    4 medium tomatoes, chopped
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    ½ c low fat ranch dressing
    2 T cilantro, chopped

    Arrange greens on plates and top with beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Top with dressing and cilantro.

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    September 28th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Salads, Tex Mex, Vegetables

    Chop up all your veggies and fixings and lay them out on a platter in rows. It’s a beautiful presentation and everyone can grab exactly what they want for their salad. The dressing for this one is so simple and so low cal, but it tastes divine !

    Tex Mex Cobb

    Tex Mex Cobb

    10 servings
    291 calories per serving

    20 oz. mixed greens (Spring mix, baby greens, etc.)
    12 oz. seasoned chicken breast strips (Perdue Shortcuts work great here)
    4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 c low fat shredded cheese
    12 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
    2 small avocados, sliced
    2 c grape tomatoes, halved
    2 ribs of celery, sliced
    2/3 c fat free ranch dressing
    1/3 cup chunky salsa
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Over a large platter with the greens then arrange chicken, eggs, beans, cheese, bacon, avocados and tomatoes in rows and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix the salsa and dressing and pour over platter.

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    June 25th, 2012adminDinner, Mediterranean, Salads, Sides

    This is all the good stuff out of the salad and leaves the lettuce behind. Crisp, refreshing and a great summer salad.

    Mediterranean Salad

    Mediterranean Salad


    8 servings
    109 calories per serving

    2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
    1 green pepper chopped coarsely
    1 red or 1 yellow pepper chopped coarsely
    1 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, and chopped coarsely
    ½ of a small cucumber, peeled, seeded and julienned
    1/2 c fat free Italian dressing
    2 T chopped basil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    3 low fat mozzarella sticks, sliced into small rounds

    Mix all together and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

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    June 19th, 2012adminSalads

    The horseradish really does come through in this dressing. I can see this doing equally as well on a chilled seafood salad, but I used it on greens and it really made for a zesty, spicy salad.

    Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette

    Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette

    6 servings
    129 calories per serving

    2 T tomato paste
    1 small lemon, juiced
    2 T prepared horseradish
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    1/3 c olive oil
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t celery seed
    ¼ t sugar
    1 t or more black pepper
    Tabasco sauce, to taste

    Mix all and chill for at least an hour.

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