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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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    March 31st, 2010adminDinner, Sides

    If you can resist the urge to stir these, the outsides get so nice and crispy ! Combine that with the soft and fluffy insides and it’s quite a taste treat. The dry mustard gives these an unexpected flavor – very subtle but still noticeable.

    Home Fries

    Home Fries

    6 servings
    122 calories per serving

    1 T oil
    1 ½ lb. small red potatoes cooked and quartered (to cook, boil in unsalted water 15 minutes or until tender)
    2 medium shallots, chopped
    1 t paprika
    ½ t parsley flakes
    ½ t dry mustard
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ t pepper

    In a large skillet heat oil on medium high heat. Add potatoes and cook on one side 3-4 minutes. Resist the urge to stir :) If you let them sit, they will get a nice brown ‘skin’ and taste so much better ! Turn potatoes, add shallots and cook another 4 minutes or so. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Saute 1-2 minutes or until potatoes are completely done.

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    March 31st, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This is a very dense cake – almost more like a brownie consistency. But no matter the consistency – it’s CHOCOLATE ! Served with a nice spritz of whipped cream, it hit the spot.

    Mocha Bundt

    Mocha Bundt

    16 servings
    250 calories per serving

    3 1/2 c cake flour
    2/3 c cocoa powder
    3 T dry milk powder
    1 3/4 t baking powder
    1/2 t salt
    7 T margarine, softened
    3/4 c Splenda
    1/3 c Splenda brown sugar blend
    3 large eggs
    2 large egg whites
    1 1/2 c low fat buttermilk
    3/4 c strong brewed coffee
    Pam
    Whipped Cream for garnish

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with Pam. Sift flour, cocoa, milk, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl beat margarine and both sugars until mixed and then beat in eggs and egg whites one at a time beating 1 minute after each egg. Combine buttermilk and coffee in a cup. Beat 1/3 if the flour mix into the margarine mix on low speed and then beat in half of the coffee mix and continue beating until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat and then pour batter into pan and smooth the top. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes and then on a wire rack until completely cool. Serve with whipped cream.

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    March 30th, 2010adminAppetizers, Italian, Lunch, Vegetables

    This is a nice change from having a regular salad next to your meal – I sometimes put it out as an appetizer or even add a few breadsticks and make a lunch of it :) By cooking the veggies and leaving them in the ‘brine’ you get a giardiniera flavor, though not as strong since it sits for just a few hours before serving.

    Cold Antipasto

    Cold Antipasto

    4 servings
    149 calories per serving

    1 c vegetable broth
    ½ c dry white wine
    ½ t oregano flakes
    ¼ t crushed red pepper flakes
    1 lb. carrots, sliced on the diagonal
    2 c cauliflower florets
    ¼ lb. green beans, sliced in half on the diagonal
    ½ c pickled pepperoncini peppers
    ¼ c white vinegar
    1 t oil
    ½ t salt
    ½ c cubed mozzarella cheese (part skim)

    In a large skillet bring the broth, wine, oregano and red pepper flakes to a simmer and then add the carrots. Cover and cook 6 minutes. Add the cauliflower and beans and return to simmer and cook 8 minutes more. Put the veggies and liquid in a bowl and stir in the pepperoncini, vinegar, oil and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Just before serving, plate the veggies along with the cheese.

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    March 30th, 2010adminchicken, Dinner, Italian, Kid Friendly

    Quick and simple to do, yet a really flavorful way to serve chicken. Serve with a salad and a small baked potato for a great meal.

    Parmesan Chicken

    Parmesan Chicken



    4 servings
    206 calories per serving

    1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
    1/2 t garlic powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 b/s breasts – Perdue Perfect Portion 5 oz each (150 calories each)

    Mix cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Moisten chicken with water and place in baking dish. Sprinkle cheese mix evenly across chicken. Broil 6-8 minutes. Let sit a few minutes before serving.

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    March 29th, 2010adminAppetizers, Italian, Lunch, Snacks, Vegetables

    These were just fabulous ! The big cheese flavor makes you forget that you have a zucchini under there instead of a crust. And using tomato paste instead of sauce really makes for a rich flavor. You get a whole zucchini’s worth for just 90 calories !!

    Zucchini Pizzas

    Zucchini Pizzas

    36 pizzas
    90 calories per serving (1 serving = 12 pieces)

    3 medium zucchinis each sliced into 12 pieces
    6 oz. can tomato paste
    36 thin slices 1 inch square part skim mozzarella cheese
    1/3 c parmesan cheese
    Mixed Italian herbs (oregano, basil, parsley)

    Preheat broiler. Parboil zucchini slices 1-2 minutes and then drain on paper towels. Place on a baking sheet and top each piece with 1 t tomato paste and one slice cheese. Then top with ½ t parmesan and herbs. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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    March 29th, 2010adminDinner, pork

    A classic combination with just a little twist – the apples in the stuffing add a bit more overall crunch to the dish making this a definite keeper recipe. Make sure you use pork chops that are on the thicker side so they don’t dry out.

    Pork Chops with Apple Stuffing

    Pork Chops with Apple Stuffing

    6 servings
    370 calories per serving

    6 boneless pork chops (about 4 oz. each)
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    1 T oil
    1 small onion, chopped
    2 ribs celery, chopped
    2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
    14.5 oz. chicken broth
    1 can low fat cream of celery soup
    ¼ c white cooking wine
    6 c herb seasoned stuffing cubes
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 13×9 baking dish with Pam. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper and cook in oil in a heated skillet. Brown pork about 3 minutes per side and remove from pan. Add onion and celery to skillet and cook 3 minutes. Add apples and cook another minute. Add broth, soup and wine and stir well then bring to a simmer and remove from heat and stir in stuffing cubes. Pour stuffing into baking dish and then place pork chops on top. Cover tightly with foil and bake 40 minutes or until pork is done.

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    March 28th, 2010adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    The pesto flavoring on these beans is subtle but it definitely gives it enough of a kick for the beans to be tasty and interesting !

    Pesto Green Beans

    Pesto Green Beans

    2 servings
    41 calories per serving

    4 oz. green beans
    1 T pesto (bought in the refrigerator section of your market)

    Steam beans 5-6 minutes or until tender. Toss with pesto.

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    March 28th, 2010adminDinner, Italian, pasta

    Wow – this is a great filling meal for only 220 calories and if you have a low cal side dish, you can up the amount of shells you eat and still stay under 400 calories. The mushrooms and spinach really bulk up the meal and you feel like you are cheating, but you’re not :)

    Stuffed Shells Florentine

    Stuffed Shells Florentine

    8 servings
    220 calories per serving

    1 c coarsely chopped mushrooms
    ½ c chopped onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ t parsley flakes
    ¼ t pepper
    ¼ t salt
    16 oz. fat free cottage cheese
    10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    24 jumbo shells
    15 oz. marinara sauce
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Saute mushrooms, garlic, onion, and seasonings in a skillet sprayed with Pam. Remove from heat and stir in cottage cheese, spinach and eggs. Spoon the mix into the shells. Spread ½ c of sauce into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish and place the shells in the dish. Top with the rest of the sauce and bake 35-40 minutes. You can make these well ahead and keep refrigerated and then just slip into the oven 40 minutes before it’s time to eat – that makes it a great convenient meal and a great one for entertaining.

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    March 27th, 2010adminDinner, Salads, Sides

    I usually have couscous heated but this salad is served cooled or chilled and it is a new and different flavor experience. Couscous is just a tiny pasta, almost like pastina. And you can find it boxed and usually in with the rices and rice mixes at your grocery store. Give it a try for something different !

    (I just noticed that with all my couscous recipes, I photograph it in the same dish…what’s with that? hehehe I guess it’s THE couscous star.)

    Couscous Salad

    Couscous Salad

    4 servings
    131 calories per serving

    1/2 c whole wheat couscous
    1/2 c boiling water
    1 c canned diced tomatoes
    1/2 c diced English cucumber
    1 T fresh oregano, chopped
    1 T fresh parsley, chopped
    1 T fresh basil, chopped
    2 T red wine vinegar
    4 t extra virgin olive oil
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 t freshly ground pepper

    Combine couscous and water in large mixing bowl and let sit until water is absorbed. Mix together vinegar, salt and pepper and oil. When couscous is cool, fluff with a fork and add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Serve as is or chill for a bit before serving.

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    March 26th, 2010adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    French toast with a peanut butter and jam filling – yummy ! You only get ½ of the sandwich for 236 calories, but this is a filling, sweet, satisfying dish and even at half a sandwich, you and your taste buds will be happy :)

    Elvis' French Toast

    Elvis' French Toast

    6 servings
    236 calories per serving

    ¼ c preserves
    6 slices whole wheat bread
    ¼ c creamy peanut butter
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    ¼ c skim milk
    Pam
    1 large banana, sliced
    1 T honey
    1 T orange juice
    1 T dry roasted peanuts, chopped

    Spread preserves over 3 bread slices and peanut butter over the other 3 slices and make sandwiches. Cut the sandwiches diagonally and dip in a mix of milk and eggs. Spray skillet with Pam and on medium high heat cook the sandwiches 2 minutes or so per side. Combine banana slices, honey, juice and peanuts. Plate sandwiches and top with the banana mixture.

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