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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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    May 31st, 2011adminchicken, Lunch, Salads

    I love orzo and it is great in cold pasta salads. The goat cheese really melts in from all the lemon and it gives the whole dish a great flavor. Very satisfying !!

    Chicken and Pasta Salad

    Chicken and Pasta Salad

    4 servings
    275 calories per serving

    ¾ c orzo
    ¼ t grated lemon zest
    3 T lemon juice
    1 T oil
    ½ t Kosher salt
    1 t minced garlic clove
    ¼ t pepper
    1 c shredded grilled boneless skinless chicken breast (Perdue Shortcuts work great here !)
    ½ c cubed English cucumber
    ½ c chopped red bell pepper
    ½ c sliced scallions
    ½ c crumbled goat cheese

    Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process and cool it down. Mix lemon zest, juice, oil, salt, garlic and pepper and mix with the orzo. Add chicken, cucumber, peppers, and onions. Garnish with goat cheese and serve.

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    May 30th, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    The natural ‘sugariness’ of the corn and the addition of a little bit of sugar make this a very sweet dish. It was just great served next to a mild flavored broiled pork chop. If you prefer less sweet, just leave out the sugar and this will still turn out a great side dish !

    Corn and Broccoli

    Corn and Broccoli

    6 servings
    133 calories per serving

    15 oz. can creamed corn
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    2 t sugar
    2 T flour
    1 t salt
    ½ c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    10 oz. package frozen broccoli, thawed and drained

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine corn, eggs, sugar, flour and salt and then fold in cheese and broccoli and place in a baking dish and bake 1 hour.

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    May 29th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Even though I make these pops in a Zoku maker, you can make any of these recipes in traditional pop makers – each pop here is 2 oz. so adjust accordingly. And if you love pops like me, then do yourself a favor and get a Zoku :) Their recipes turn out fantastic pops – I often skinny them up a bit, but I mostly use their measurements and basic recipe and am always pleased with the results. Though the original recipe does not call for it, I always add a couple of drops of green food coloring – it just tastes more minty if it’s green – hehehe

    Mint Chip Pops

    Mint Chip Pops

    6 servings
    159 calories per serving

    1 ½ c skim milk
    3 T simple syrup (heat equal amounts sugar and water until sugar is all dissolved – cool)
    1 t peppermint extract
    ½ t vanilla extract
    Pinch salt
    ¼ c semi sweet chocolate chips
    6 T magic shell (available in the ice cream section of your market)
    A few drops of green food coloring (optional)

    Whisk together the first 5 ingredients. If you want to chocolate chips in the pops (this method only pertains to pops made in a Zoku) dip the chips in the mint base then using tweezers, place the walls of the mold. Then pour in the mint base and freeze completely (7-9 minutes in the Zoku, 6 hours in the freezer). If desired, add the quick shell by brushing on or watering down a bit and then dipping the pops into the shell – I usually leave mine bare :)

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    May 27th, 2011adminSalads, Sides, Vegetables

    Always a great side – such a nice change from a regular green salad !

    Cucumber Tomato Salad

    Cucumber Tomato Salad

    4 servings
    70 calories per serving

    4 small tomatoes, thinly sliced
    2 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
    1 small red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
    ½ c lite Zesty Italian dressing

    Arrange all veggies on a plate and drizzle with the dressing.

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    May 25th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly, MUFAs

    At 118 calories per cookie, these are a bit high cal, but they are so rich and so delicious that 2 definitely satisfy your sweets craving. A large portion of the calories is due to the walnuts in the recipe, but these are GREAT calories full of MUFA. So don’t feel too bad ;) Serve with a nice Low Fat Latte for a great dessert.

    Chocolate Drizzle Cookies

    Chocolate Drizzle Cookies

    30 servings
    118 calories per serving

    5 T unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 c sugar
    1 large egg
    1 t vanilla
    1 oz. bittersweet baking chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
    1 1/3 c flour
    1/3 c walnuts, finely chopped
    30 walnut halves
    Chocolate Glaze (see below)

    Beat butter on high 2 minutes or until smooth. Add sugar and beat until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and then stir in melted chocolate. Finally stir in flour and chopped nuts then cover and chill 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and shape dough into 30 balls about 1 inch big and place on cookie sheets. Press a walnut half into each and bake 10-12 minutes and then cool completely. When cool, drizzle chocolate glaze on cookies and let sit until glaze is set.

    Glaze:
    Melt 1 oz. sweet baking chocolate and 1 T butter then add ¼ t vanilla, 1 c powdered sugar and 2 T skim milk.

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    May 24th, 2011adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    Another great dish where your veggies and your starch are all together in one place. This whips up quickly and is a great side to chicken and fish dishes.

    6 servings
    226 calories per serving

    2 c hot cooked rice
    ¾ c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    ½ c egg beaters
    ¾ t garlic salt

    10 oz. package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
    4 oz. chopped mushrooms
    ½ c chopped green bell pepper
    ½ medium onion, chopped
    1 c egg beaters
    ½ c skim milk
    ½ t onion salt
    ½ t pepper
    ½ t salt
    4 oz. shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the first 4 ingredients and press into the bottom of a 2 quart baking dish sprayed with Pam. Steam the broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper and onion for 5 minutes. Mix egg, milk, onion salt and pepper and stir into the veggies and pour it all over the rice crust. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

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    May 22nd, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly

    Take regular old store bought pierogi and turn them into a meal fit for a king ! The cheese sauce on top of these is out of this world good when mixed with the potato and cheese pierogi filling.

    Baked Pierogi

    Baked Pierogi

    4 servings
    281 calories per serving

    1 16 oz. package or frozen pierogies
    Pam
    2 lean bacon slices, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    3 oz. low fat cream cheese
    ½ c chicken broth
    ½ c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    ¼ c sliced scallions
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pierogies in a bowl and cover with hot water to defrost. Drain well. Spray 9×13 pan with Pam and add pierogies. Heat a skillet and cook the bacon the remove and set aside (crumble it when it is cool enough). Add garlic to pan and sauté 30 seconds then add cream cheese and cook 1 minute. Whisk in broth and then pour over the pierogies. Add the cheese on top and bake 20 minutes or until heated. When done, sprinkle with bacon, scallions, salt and pepper.

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    May 21st, 2011adminLunch, Sandwiches

    This sandwich has so much flavor going on ! Artichokes, roasted peppers, ham, turkey – oh my !

    Combo Sandwich with Chokes

    Combo Sandwich with Chokes

    1 serving
    249 calories per serving

    1 Arnold Select Thin rolls (100 calories)
    4 thin slices deli ham (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    4 thin slices deli turkey (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    1 slice Kraft fat free cheese
    2 T chopped marinated artichokes
    2 T chopped marinated Italian peppers
    ¼ c baby arugula leaves
    1 T low fat mayo

    Toast bread (if desired) then spread on the mayo. Top with meats and cheese, then the artichokes, peppers and arugula.

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    May 20th, 2011adminAppetizers, Vegetables

    How come the ‘Veggie Tales’ song is stuck in my head now? LOL This one seems a little weird, but the final product is great. The ranch flavor comes through proud and strong and mixes so well with the veggies. Serve as a healthy appetizer or as a side next to a dinner portion of meat or fish.

    Veggie Squares

    Veggie Squares

    12 servings
    104 calories per serving (1 serving = 2 pieces
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    8 oz. tube crescent rolls
    3 oz. fat free cream cheese, softened
    ½ c low fat buttermilk ranch dressing
    4 c raw veggies (cauliflower, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli)
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam and press crescent roll dough into pan to form a crust. Bake 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool 15 minutes. Combine cheese and dressing and spread over crust. Place the veggies over the top, cut into 24 squares and serve immediately.

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    May 19th, 2011adminUncategorized

    Second to cooking, my favorite thing is geeking out with my iOS apps. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you have to check out a great app that brings the 2 together – - Farmers Market Finder. In the free version you get all the listings for California markets. In the paid version, called USA Farm Fresh, you get listings in all states. Just visit the iTunes store or head on over to the developer’s site to download it now.

    This is a great way to find some new markets and to get all the details you need on markets you may already know (directions, contact information, etc.). Just let the app use its locator to find you and then it will list all the close by markets. Each listing includes contact information and a visual representation of what you will find at the market (fruit, veggies, poultry, bakery goods, plants, flowers, etc.)

    You can browse listings, search, locate markets on a map and you can save all your favorites. I love that I can be on the road anywhere and do a quick search and find great new markets that I may not have even known about. There’s no better way to find the freshest foods available than to head out to your local farmer’s markets. See you there ! :)

    Get the app on iTunes or at the developer site.

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