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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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    April 30th, 2011adminDessert

    Biscotti is a very hard and crumbly Italian cookie that is perfect next to a cup of coffee. This one has such great chocolate and almond flavor !

    Chocolate Biscotti

    Chocolate Biscotti

    24 cookies
    154 calories per serving

    3 c flour
    ½ c unsweetened cocoa
    2 t baking powder
    ½ t salt
    1 c sugar
    2/3 c margarine, at room temperature
    ¾ c Egg Beaters
    1 t almond extract
    ½ c whole blanched almonds, toasted and chopped
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. With an electric mixer beat sugar and margarine until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and extract and beat well then gradually add in the flour mix mixing by hand. Dough will be very dry – don’t worry ! Then stir in almonds. On a baking sheet sprayed lightly with Pam form dough into 2 logs and bake 25-30 minutes and then cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Add a few nuts to the top of the logs for extra almondy goodness. Using a serrated knife slice each log on the diagonal into 12 slices each 1 inch thick and place cut sides up back on the baking sheet and bake another 12-15 minutes per side or until crisp. Cool completely on wire rack.

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    April 29th, 2011adminDinner, Fish

    Delicious ! Tilapia is one of my most favorite dinner dishes – it’s low cal and light but tasty and so versatile. In this piccata dish, the fillets sauté up perfectly and the sauce is great.

    Tilapia Piccata with Spinach

    Tilapia Piccata with Spinach

    4 servings
    322 calories per serving

    2 c brown minute rice
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 6 oz. tilapia fillets
    2 T flour
    2 t oil
    1/3 c dry white wine
    2 T lemon juice
    2 T butter
    4 c baby spinach

    Cook rice according to package instructions, then sprinkle with salt and pepper and keep warm.

    Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper then dredge in flour and cook in hot oil 2 minutes each side or until done. Add wine and lemon to pan and cook a minute longer then add butter and stir until it melts. Remove fish (and any sauce) from pan and then add spinach and saute until wilted, about 1 minute. Put rice on plates and top with spinach, fish and sauce.

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    April 28th, 2011adminLunch, pork, Sandwiches

    Rich, buttery, zesty, tangy – this one is a real treat for your mouth !

    Ham and Swiss with Tangy Sauce

    Ham and Swiss with Tangy Sauce

    1 serving
    355 calories per serving

    1 small club roll
    8 slices thin deli sliced lean ham (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    1 slice low fat swiss cheese
    1 t butter
    1 T sliced scallions
    1/8 t pepper
    1 t Dijon mustard
    1 t horseradish

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, mustard, pepper, horseradish and scallions. Brush butter mix onto the insides of both sides of the roll. Add ham and cheese to roll. Wrap in foil and bake 15 minutes.

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    April 27th, 2011adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly

    Make this casserole and watch it disappear ! The is good old all American food and it feeds a crowd !

    Beef and Broccoli Casserole

    Beef and Broccoli Casserole

    8 servings
    351 calories per serving

    24 oz. broccoli, cut into small florets (about 6 cups)
    2 T oil
    1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    1 t garlic powder
    1 t onion powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 c skim milk
    1/3 c cornstarch
    2 c shredded low fat sharp Cheddar cheese
    1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
    4 c frozen hash browns or precooked shredded potatoes
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1/2 t pepper
    Pam
    1/4 t paprika

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix broccoli florets with 1 T oil and toss to coat them lay on a baking sheet and cook 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Heat 1 T oil in a skillet and add onion and sauté 3 minutes then add beef and cook 10 minutes or until beef is browned. Be sure to break up the clumps of beef as it cooks. Add Worchestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and spoon into a 9×13 baking dish then top with the broccoli.

    Whikh milk and starch and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Cook until bubbly and thick, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add in cheese, salt and turmeric. Pour over the beef and broccoli.

    Mix potatoes, egg, salt and pepper and spoon over casserole. Spray the top with a bit of Pam so it will brown nicely and bake 45 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.

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    April 26th, 2011adminLunch, Salads

    Edamame are just baby soybeans – they are tender, sweet, and you often see them served at Japanese restaurants. I like to buy frozen ones and keep them on hand for different recipes. Salads are a great way to serve them :)

    Turkey, Black Bean and Edamame Salad

    Turkey, Black Bean and Edamame Salad

    4 servings
    390 calories per serving

    2 c cubed smoked turkey
    15.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
    14 oz. can corn
    1 c shelled edamame cooked according to package instructions
    1 red bell pepper, chopped
    ¼ c chopped cilantro
    1 T minced garlic clove
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 T oil
    2 T cider vinegar
    1 t Dijon mustard
    4 c field greens

    Mix the turkey, beans, corn, edamame, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk oil, vinegar and mustard and pour over the turkey mix and season with salt and pepper. Place mixture over the lettuce and serve immediately.

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    April 25th, 2011adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    The ginger in this recipe is a nice unexpected flavor that makes it just perfect. This works just as well with regular bread and with a quick dip rather than chilling over night.

    Spiced French Toast

    Spiced French Toast

    2 servings
    352 calories per serving (1 serving = 3 slices)

    2 eggs
    2 egg whites
    ¾ c skim milk
    1 T sugar
    1 T molasses
    ¼ t ground ginger
    ¼ t ground allspice
    1/8 t salt
    6 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
    2 t butter

    Mix eggs, whites, milk, sugar, molasses, ginger, allspice and salt. Place bread in a 13×9 baking sheet and out the egg mix over it and refrigerate overnight. Heat butter on a griddle and cool bread 3 minutes each side.

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    April 22nd, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    These potatoes come out so tender and the spritz of citrus at the end gives them a great flavor !

    Potatoes in Foil

    Potatoes in Foil


    4 servings
    167 calories per serving

    1 ½ lb. new potatoes, halved
    4 garlic cloves
    1 T oil
    Kosher salt to taste
    Pepper to taste
    ¼ c cilantro leaves or basil leaves
    Lemon or Lime wedges

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make a large double layer square of foil and place potatoes and garlic on it and drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Close up tightly and grill, rotating packet often, 25 minutes or until done. Before serving, add in cilantro, extra salt and pepper, and spritz with lime.

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    April 21st, 2011adminchicken, Lunch

    This was on of the most excellent lunch salads I have had in a long time ! The curry flavor is just divine, the meal is filling, and it will be a lunch to remember !

    Chicken Couscous Salad

    Chicken Couscous Salad

    2 servings
    343 calories per serving

    1 ¼ c chicken broth
    1 c (6 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breast cut into thin strips
    3 t curry powder
    ½ c whole wheat couscous
    ½ c diced red bell peppers
    ½ c chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    ¼ c scallions, sliced
    ¼ c cilantro, chopped
    1 T Dijon mustard
    ¼ t kosher salt
    1 c lettuce leaves
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced

    Bring broth to a boil. Cook chicken in broth 5 minutes or until cooked through and then remove to a plate and toss with 1 t curry. Bring broth back to boil and add couscous. Remove pan from heat, cover and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff couscous and place in a bowl with peppers, beans, scallions, and cilantro. Then add the mustard, remaining curry and salt. Put lettuce and tomato slices on plates and top with the chicken curry mix. Can be served cold or warm.

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    April 19th, 2011adminDinner, Mediterranean, Salads, Sides, Vegetables

    Some time the best thing about a salad is all the stuff OTHER THAN the lettuce. So this one takes out the lettuce and leaves all the good stuff leaving you with a perfect serving of delicious veggies. If you don’t have Greek vinaigrette around the house, use any vinaigrette and add a splash of lemon and some oregano.

    Greek Veggie Salad

    Greek Veggie Salad

    4 servings
    164 calories per serving

    3 large tomatoes, chopped
    1 medium cucumber sliced
    ½ c kalamata olives
    ½ c low fat Greek vinaigrette dressing
    ¼ c low fat crumbled feta cheese

    Mix veggies and add dressing and toss to mix well.

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    April 18th, 2011adminLunch, Mexican, Soups

    This was so super delicious ! It rivals any restaurant soup out there ! I made it without the cheese and it was so incredibly tasty that you did not miss it at all.

    Salsa Black Bean Soup

    Salsa Black Bean Soup


    4 servings
    213 calories

    1 t oil
    1 T minced garlic
    2 c water
    1/2 t chipotle chile powder or 3 t chipotle sauce
    2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 (8-ounce) bottle salsa
    1 T lime juice
    1/2 c chopped cilantro
    1/2 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese

    Heat oil and sauté garlic 1 minute. Stir in water, chipotle, beans and salsa. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 1 minute. Remove 2 c of the mix and put in a blender and puree. Then put back in the pan and simmer 15 minutes. Then add the juice and cilantro and simmer 3 more minutes. Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

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