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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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    November 30th, 2010adminBreakfast

    Sometimes you’re just looking for bowl of warmth to fill your belly. I always find that oatmeal is very satisfying and it is very food for you. I think it makes a great snack that will take away the biggest of hunger pangs.

    Maple and Nut Oatmeal

    Maple and Nut Oatmeal


    1 serving
    212 calories for serving

    1 packet instant oatmeal
    2/3 cup skim milk
    1 packet Equal
    1 T maple syrup

    Mix oatmeal and milk and microwave for 60-90 seconds. When done, stir in equal and maple syrup. Enjoy !

    Garnish with some nuts to get your MUFA – 1 T chopped nuts is approximately 85 calories.

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    November 29th, 2010adminKid Friendly, Snacks

    These are just scrumptious ! Another one of those snacks then when left unattended, they just seem to disappear :) A nice healthy alternative for snacking.

    Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

    Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

    9 servings
    98 calories per serving

    5 c popped popcorn
    ¼ c honey
    ¼ c creamy peanut butter

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Put popcorn in a large pan (like a roaster pan) and warm in the oven. In a small pan on medium heat, boil honey 1-2 minutes and then reduce heat and add peanut butter, mixing well. Drizzle the mixture over the popcorn and stir well. Tear off 9 ten inch pieces of wax paper and place a bit more than ½ c of the mix on each sheet then fold the corners up and form the popcorn mix into a ball. Store with the wax paper on the balls at room temperature.

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    November 28th, 2010adminbeef, Lunch, Sandwiches

    A zesty sandwich perfectly portable and wonderfully good !

    Roast Beef and Swiss Sandwich

    Roast Beef and Swiss Sandwich

    1 serving
    326 calories per serving

    1 Arnold Sandwich Thin roll (only 100 calories!)
    4 oz. lean deli roast beef, thinly sliced
    1 slice low fat swiss cheese
    1/3 c spinach leaves
    1 slice red onion
    ½ T horseradish
    ½ T light mayonnaise

    Mix mayo and horseradish and spread on bun then top with meat, cheese, spinach and onion.

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    November 26th, 2010adminDinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, pasta

    This is a great ‘white pasta’ dish – the ricotta, parmesan, spinach and garlic just work so well together. And when you add in the toasted pine nuts, the flavor meter goes off the charts. You definitely have to try this one !!

    Penne with Spinach

    Penne with Spinach

    2 servings
    357 calories per serving

    4 oz. whole wheat penne pasta (if you use FiberGourmet pasta, the calories drop by 60 calories per serving !)
    6 oz. fresh or frozen spinach
    ½ c part skim ricotta cheese
    2 T shredded parmesan cheese
    1 t lemon zest
    ¼ t kosher salt
    ½ t pepper
    2 T toasted pine nuts

    Cook pasta according to package instructions adding frozen spinach to the water the last 2 minutes. If using fresh spinach, put spinach in colander and drain pasta over it. Put pasta in bowl with spinach and stir in cheeses, lemon, salt and pepper. Plate and add pine nut garnish.

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    November 24th, 2010adminProduct Reviews

    Good through the end of the month……25% off your order at Plentiful Pantry !!

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    This is PERFECT timing – Plentiful Pantry has some of THE BEST desserts on the planet. And they are sooooo easy to make. You will be in and out of the kitchen in no time ! And the results are just spectacular. Every Plentiful Pantry dessert I make gets rave reviews. Here are my suggestions for a decadent Thanksgiving dessert trio….

    Pumpkin Cobbler
    Blondies and Maple Sauce
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    All you do is add a few ingredients from home and mix – they take all the hard work out of it. You can literally be done with desserts such as these in only 10 minutes ! That works for me :)

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    November 24th, 2010adminAppetizers, chicken

    Don’t be afraid of pate – if you like liver, you’re going to love this ! This is such a great appetizer dish – people always go crazy for pate ! This one is so simple to prepare and is sooooo tasty. You can make it a day ahead and have it ready to go for a cocktail party.

    Chicken Liver Pate

    Chicken Liver Pate

    1 cup
    79 calories per serving (1 serving = 1 T pate and 2 crackers)

    2 slices bacon
    8 oz. chicken livers
    ½ c chopped onion
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 T milk
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    ¼ t nutmeg
    Crackers or Melba Toast rounds

    Cook bacon until crisp and remove from skillet and reserve 2 T drippings. Crumble bacon. Add chicken livers, onion and garlic to reserved drippings and cook 10-15 minutes or until done then cool slightly. Mix livers, bacon, 2 T milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg in processor. Line a mold with plastic wrap and spoon in mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours. Unmold onto a plate and serve with crackers.

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    November 22nd, 2010adminDinner, Mexican, Sides, Vegetables

    This recipe packs so much flavor into one dish – the milky sauce mixes just perfectly with the cayenne and onion to create a rich vegetable dish that has you coming back for more.

    Spicy Corn and Peppers

    Spicy Corn and Peppers

    6 servings
    127 calories per serving

    2 T butter
    ½ c onion, finely chopped
    1 red bell pepper, chopped
    ¼ t cayenne pepper
    Coarse salt
    16 oz. frozen corn
    ½ c diced tomatoes, drained (canned)
    ½ c whole milk

    Melt butter in a skillet and add onion, pepper, cayenne and 1 t salt. Cook 7-8 minutes or until onion is soft then add the corn and tomatoes and cook 10 minutes. Stir in the milk and then remove from heat and serve.

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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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    November 20th, 2010adminAppetizers

    What a perfect flavor ! This can be served on toast points as an appetizer, or you use can use it as an addition or topping to other foods. The flavor is FANTASTIC !

    Mushroom Shallot Spread

    Mushroom Shallot Spread

    4 servings
    68 calories per serving

    1 lb. coarsely chopped mushrooms
    6 shallots, chopped
    4 cloves garlic, chopped
    3 T oil
    Salt

    Chop the ingredients pretty finely in a food processor to get a nice consistency. Heat oil in a skillet and cook shallots 7 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook until all the water is released from the mushrooms (about 10 minutes) then season with salt and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the water is dried up and the mushrooms are dry (about another 10 minutes. Spread on toast points, use in scrambled eggs, or soup, serve aside grilled steaks – or even try spreading this on rolls and make mini pizzas (recipe to be posted soon !).

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    November 19th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Vanilla ice cream AGAIN? Well – that’s not what you’ll be thinking when you eat this one up ! The crispy, sweet tortillas make a regular dessert a SUPER dessert.

    Cinnamon Tortillas and Ice Cream

    Cinnamon Tortillas and Ice Cream

    6 servings
    248 calories per serving

    2 T sugar
    1 ½ t cinnamon
    3 8 inch fat free flour tortillas cut into 6 wedges each
    1 T butter, melted
    1/3 c caramel topping
    3 c light vanilla ice cream

    Preheat broiler. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Brush butter over both sides of the tortilla wedges and sprinkle with the sugar mix. Broil 1 minute each side.

    Microwave caramel topping 45 seconds. Scoop out ice cream and top with caramel sauce. Serve with cinnamon wedges.

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