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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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    February 28th, 2011adminDinner, Italian, Kid Friendly, Lunch, pasta, Sides

    To me, there is nothing more heavenly on my tongue than a melting morsel of brie. Now add in that I am a carb hound and cannot live without pasta…follow me to Pasta and Brie courtesy of Baltimore International College School of Culinary Arts. This recipe is PERFECT !! It combines 2 of my most favorite things in the world. I don’t know who at the Baltimore International College School of Culinary Arts came up with this recipe, but it outranks any pasta and cheese recipe that I have ever tried. It is true heaven.

    Along with the perfect brie flavor, the fresh herbs and pine nuts are just a flavor explosion. This is definitely one of those meals that will impress…and it’s not hard to put together at all.

    I tweaked their version just a bit to bring this in under 400 calories. It’s a bit high on the calorie count, so serve as a side to a light piece of fish – or have it for lunch. The portion size is definitely enough for a filling lunch and you won’t forget the cheesy brie goodness.

    PASTA AND BRIE (BALTIMORE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    PASTA AND BRIE (BALTIMORE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE)

    Baltimore International College School of Culinary Arts has many, many recipes for you to try out (just go to the menu option ‘Programs” and then you will see a link to the recipes. And if you know someone with a passion for food looking for formal schooling, pass along the link. So make sure to visit – just click the banner below :)

    4 servings
    387 calories per serving

    4 oz. brie (I removed the coating but you don’t have to)
    1 T olive oil
    3 T chicken broth
    15 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
    2 t minced garlic
    1 T chopped parley
    4 basil leaves, sliced thinly
    1 oz. pine nuts, toasted
    Salt and pepper to taste
    6 oz. FiberGourmet pasta (penne, rotini or short fettuccine) – without FiberGourmet, you have to add 80 calories per ounce of pasta)

    Heat oil and broth and add in the tomatoes. Add in the garlic, parsley, basil, nuts, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Stir brie into tomato mix and mix well to melt then pour it over the pasta and serve immediately.

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    February 27th, 2011adminAsian, crock pot, Lunch, Soups, turkey

    Meals that you start in the morning and then come home to much later are so convenient ! This soup has that great all day simmer flavor. And like many soups, it is so versatile – - have some extra peas this week, throw them in. Have vegetable broth, but not chicken broth, switch it out. Have chicken instead of turkey…no problem ! Make this one your own !

    Asian Turkey Soup

    Asian Turkey Soup

    6 servings
    166 calories per serving

    28 oz. chicken broth
    1 ½ c water
    1 lb. turkey breast or boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
    2 c sliced mushrooms
    2 medium carrots cut into short thin strips
    ½ c chopped onion
    2 T soy sauce
    2 T grated fresh ginger
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 ½ c sliced bok choy
    1 c instant brown rice
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 T Asian hot garlic chili sauce (optional – stir it in at the beginning stages if you like a spicy soup)

    In a 4 qt. crock pot mix turkey, broth, mushrooms, water, carrots, onions, soy, ginger and garlic (and optional chili sauce). Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4 hours. If cooking on low, turn to high heat after 7-8 hours and stir in bok choy and raw rice. Cover and cook 15 minutes more.

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    February 26th, 2011adminLunch, Sandwiches, Vegetables

    When you’re in the mood for a spicy patty on a bun try a veggie patty instead of meat once in a while. Black bean burgers have always been a favorite of mine – now I have an alternate….garbanzo burgers. At only 56 calories, add a 100 calorie bun and have two :)

    Garbanzo Burgers

    Garbanzo Burgers

    4 servings
    56 calories per serving

    1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans (also called chick peas or cece beans), rinsed and drained
    1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
    1 carrot, grated
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 red chile pepper, seeded and minced
    2 T chopped cilantro
    1 T tahini paste (a sesame seed paste much like peanut butter is a peanut paste)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Place garbanzos, peppers, carrots, garlic, red chile pepper, cilantro, tahini, salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until ingredients are mixed evenly. If the mix is too dry, add a few drops of water. Refrigerate the mix 1.2 hour or more.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam. Make 4 burgers out of the bean mix and place on sheet. Bake 20 minutes, flip and cook another 10 minutes. You can also fry these in a medium skillet sprayed with Pam.

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    February 25th, 2011adminDinner, pork

    The orange flavor in this dish is subtle and this is a perfectly easy way to make a great pork dish. The brine solution definitely tenderizes and flavors the pork so don’t skip that step !

    Orange Galzed Pork

    Orange Glazed Pork

    6 servings
    263 calories per serving

    ½ c kosher salt
    ½ c sugar
    2 1 lb. pork tenderloins, trimmed
    ½ c orange juice concentrate, thawed
    3 large cloves garlic, minced
    2 t Italian dressing

    Dissolve the salt and sugar in a bowl with 4 cups of water and add the meat and let stand 45 minutes. Then rinse the meat and pat dry. Heat a grill. Place the orange juice concentrate in a pan and on low heat cook until it is reduced by half them mix in the dressing and garlic and brush over the pork. Cook the pork about 7 minutes per side or until well seared and done throughout.

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    February 24th, 2011adminLunch, Mediterranean, pork, Sandwiches, turkey

    So much flavor !!! And I just love using cucumber instead of lettuce on a sandwich. This is a great lunch.

    Greek Sub

    Greek Sub

    1 serving
    399 calories per serving

    1 small club roll
    4 slices thin deli sliced lean ham (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    4 slices thin deli sliced lean turkey (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    2 T low fat crumbled feta cheese
    4 thin slices cucumber
    3 kalamata olives, slices (or black olives)
    1 T low fat balsamic vinaigrette
    ¼ t oregano flakes

    Place meats on roll. Top with cucumbers. Combine cheese, olives and dressing and pour over sandwich. Sprinkle with oregano.

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    February 23rd, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This is such a great dessert – so satisfying and definitely guilt free. The Cool Whip topping makes the ice cream sandwiches into something really special. If you don’t like coffee, try adding some vanilla or a flavored extract to the cool whip for some extra flavor.

    Coffee, Vanilla and Chocolate

    Coffee, Vanilla and Chocolate

    6 servings
    225 calories per serving

    1 T instant coffee
    2 t sugar
    2 T hot water
    8 oz. cool whip, thawed
    6 low fat ice cream sandwiches
    3 T shaved chocolate

    Dissolve coffee and sugar in hot water and fold into the cool whip. Arrange ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of an 8 inch square baking pan and spread with cool whip mix. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate, cover and freeze 2 hours.

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    February 21st, 2011adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This is such a hearty vegetable dish ! The potatoes, parsnips and carrots really satisfy. Serve next to just about anything for a great serving of vegetables.

    Vegetable Gratin

    Vegetable Gratin

    4 servings
    251 calories per serving

    Pam
    2 t oil
    1 lb. onions, thinly sliced
    1/3 c skim milk
    1 T cornstarch
    1 c fat free chicken broth
    ¼ t pepper
    Salt to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    1 t parsley flakes
    ¼ t thyme
    1 lb. red potatoes cut in 1 inch chunks
    6 stalks celery, cut in 1 inch chunks
    ½ lb. parsnips, sliced
    ½ lb. carrots, sliced

    Spray skillet with Pam, add oil and heat on medium high. Cook onions 25 minutes to caramelize and brown the onions. Add a tablespoon or more of hot water along the way if the onions start to dry out too much. Whisk milk and cornstarch and add to onion skillet along with broth, pepper and thyme. Heat on medium high heat and boil for 1 minute stirring continuously.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine potatoes, celery, parsnips and carrots. Stir in onion mix and spices/herbs and turn all into a 3 quart baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes then remove cover and bake another 15 minutes, until golden and tender.

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    February 20th, 2011adminDinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, Kid Friendly, pasta

    A dish that many order in a restaurant – but you can do it for so many fewer calories at home…and it tastes great !

    Fettuccine Alfredo

    Fettuccine Alfredo

    5 servings
    340 calories

    12 oz. FiberGourmet fettuccine (I used their tomato flavored fettuccine)
    2 t buttery spread
    1 t oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    ¼ c finely chopped red bell pepper
    ¼ c sliced green onions
    ¼ c chopped parsley
    1 T flour
    12 oz. can fat free evaporated milk
    ½ t basil flakes
    ¼ t oregano flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ c parmesan cheese

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Melt spread and oil in a skillet. Cook garlic on medium high heat for one minute then add pepper, onions, parsley and flour and cook another minute. Gradually add milk and blend and bring to a boil stirring constantly. Cook 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove skillet from heat, stir basil, oregano salt and pepper and then toss with pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.

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    February 19th, 2011adminDinner, Fish

    Quite sweet and definitely tastes of the islands ! This sweet/spicy sauce would do well on any white fish, but I love tilapia !

    Spicy Jamaica Tilapia

    Spicy Jamaica Tilapia

    6 servings
    150 calories per serving

    ¼ c brown sugar
    1 t ground cumin
    1 t red pepper flakes
    6 tilapia fillets, 4 oz. each
    ¼ c lite zesty Italian dressing
    ¼ c lime juice
    ½ c orange juice
    ¼ c chopped cilantro
    2 T chopped mint leaves

    Heat dressing in a skillet on medium high. Combine sugar, pepper and cumin and sprinkle 2 T over one side of the fish and put in skillet sugar side down then sprinkle with the rest of the sugar mix. Cook 5 minutes each side or until done. Remove from pan. Add juices to skillet and heat through then stir in cilantro and mint and spoon over the fish.

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    February 18th, 2011adminpasta, Sides, Vegetables

    I love side dishes the combine a carb with veggies – it’s one less dish to have to prepare. And this one has orzo, which is one of my most favorite small pastas. It’s a perfect side dish !

    Mushroom and Zucchini Orzo

    Mushroom and Zucchini Orzo


    4 servings
    197 calories per serving

    1 c uncooked orzo
    Pam
    1 c mushrooms, chopped
    1 c zucchini, diced
    T butter
    ½ t garlic powder
    1/2 t oregano flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat skillet and spray with Pam. Saute mushrooms and zucchini 6-8 minutes. Mix pasta, mushroom mix, butter and spices.

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