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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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    June 30th, 2011adminDinner, Italian, Kid Friendly, pasta, turkey

    Spaghetti. Sausage. ‘Nuff said ! :)

    Spaghetti with Sausage

    Spaghetti with Sausage

    4 servings
    380 calories per serving

    8 oz. hot Italian turkey sausage
    8 oz. FiberGourmet spaghetti (if you use regular spaghetti, you have to add 80 calories per serving)
    28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    2 T oil
    1/2 t red pepper flakes
    5 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 t kosher salt
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ t basil flakes
    ½ t oregano flakes
    1/4 c basil, chopped
    2 oz. shaved Parmesan cheese

    Preheat broiler and cook sausage 5 minutes per side or until completely cooked. Slice sausage into ¼ inch thick pieces and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and broil another 2 minutes to get them nice and brown. Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat oil in a skillet and add pepper and garlic and sauté then add tomatoes, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and onion powder and cook 5-7 minutes. Add sausage and cook another 5 minutes. Garnish with cheese and basil.

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    June 29th, 2011adminAppetizers, Lunch

    Want a great quick lunch or a perfect appetizer? Try one that you are seeing at all the lunch cafes – a goat cheese pita pizza. This one adds and mushroom and tomatoes for an out of this world flavor.

    Pita Rounds with Mushrooms and Cheese

    Pita Rounds with Mushrooms and Cheese

    4 servings
    283 calories per serving

    1 1/2 t minced garlic
    1 t oil
    4 6-inch pita breads (I love the Sahara Pitas)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    6 oz. portobello mushrooms
    2 medium tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
    1/3 c goat cheese
    1/2 c chopped fresh basil

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the garlic and oil and then brush over the pitas. Add tomato slices and mushrooms then sprinkle with the cheese then with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with basil when done cooking.

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    June 28th, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, pork, Summer

    Great chops grilled to perfection ! The Hawaiian marinade is world class.

    Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops

    Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops

    4 servings
    219 calories per serving

    2 lb. bone in pork chops (4 chops)
    3 oz. pineapple juice
    3 T soy sauce
    4 T water
    ½ t pepper
    ½ t ground mustard seed
    2 t minced garlic

    Prepare marinade and let pork chops marinate for at least ½ hour. Heat grill and cook pork chops until done.

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    June 27th, 2011adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches, turkey

    Hot turkey and gravy out of the oven are good enough along – but add in bacon and cheese and you definitely have a winner ! I can’t believe this is only 293 calories – it tastes so decadent.

    Turkey Melt

    Turkey Melt

    4 servings
    293 calories per serving

    8 slices wheat bread (45 calories per slice or less) toasted
    1 lb. sliced cooked turkey
    1/2 c water
    1 c condensed low fat Cream of Mushroom soup
    1 c shredded low fat sharp cheddar cheese
    8 slices lightly cooked turkey bacon

    Preheat broiler. Lay toast on a baking sheet and distribute turkey slices among bread. Mix water and soup and heat thoroughly. Spoon heated soup over turkey and sprinkle with the cheese and then top with bacon. Broil 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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    June 26th, 2011adminbeef, Dinner, Mediterranean

    Steak cooked to perfection with added Mediterranean flavors of lemon, garlic, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. What a meal !

    Garlicky Mediterranean Skillet

    Garlicky Mediterranean Skillet

    4 servings
    253 calories per serving

    2 lean rib eye steaks (8 oz. each) (or similar cut)
    1 ½ t oregano flakes
    1 t basil flakes
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    1 T oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    4 cloves garlic each cut in quarters
    2 T crumbled feta cheese
    1 T lemon juice
    1 T chopped pitted kalamata olives

    When preparing steaks stovetop, I like to use a cast iron pan – I find it distributes heat the best and puts a nice sear on the outside of the meat. Sprinkle both sides of the steak with the oregano, basil, salt and pepper and rub into the meat. Heat oil in a skillet and cook garlic quarters 1 minute. Then add minced garlic and cook another minute then add the steaks and cook 8-10 minutes each side or until desired doneness. Remove from heat and sprinkle with lemon juice and garnish with feta and olives. Cut each steak in half before serving.

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    June 25th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Sweet, chewy, yummy Butterscotch Bars that the whole family will love !

    Butterscotch Bars

    Butterscotch Bars

    36 servings
    148 calories per serving

    1 c packed brown sugar
    5 T butter, melted
    1 t vanilla extract
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    9 oz. flour
    2 1/2 c quick oats
    1/2 t salt
    1/2 t baking soda
    Pam
    3/4 c fat free sweetened condensed milk
    1 1/4 c butterscotch morsels
    1/2 c finely chopped walnuts, toasted

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and butter with a mixer until light colored and then stir in egg and vanilla. Mix flour, oats, salt and baking soda then add this mix to the sugar mix stirring with a fork until combined. Spray a 13×9 baking dish with Pam and then take 3 c of the oat mix and press it into the pan making a crust. Heat morsels and condensed milk until morsels are all melted and then stir in nuts. Spread this mix over the crust and then sprinkle with the rest of the oat mix. Bake ½ hour or until golden brown. When it comes out of the oven, loosen the edges with a knife and then let cool completely before cutting into bars.

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    June 24th, 2011adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    B A C O N. Bacon makes everything better and this is no exception. So tasty !

    Brussel Sprouts Gratin

    Brussel Sprouts Gratin

    6 servings
    133 calories per serving

    2 slices hickory smoke bacon (or use regular bacon and ad a drop of ‘smoke’ flavor seasoning)
    4 shallots, thinly sliced
    2 lb. brussel sprouts, halved
    1 c water
    ½ t kosher salt
    ¼ t pepper
    Pam
    2 oz bread crumbs
    3 T butter

    Preheat broiler. Cook bacon until crisp then remove from pan, cool and crumble. Add shallots to bacon drippings and sauté 4 minutes. Add sprouts and 1 c water and bring to a boil then cover pan loosely with some foil and continue cooking 6 minutes or until tender. Add salt and pepper and mix. Melt butter in a small pan and add breadcrumbs and some salt and sauté to toast the crumbs. Add bacon crumbles to breadcrumbs. Turn sprouts into a baking dish sprayed with Pam and sprinkle with the breadcrumb mix. Broil 3 minutes.

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    June 22nd, 2011adminKid Friendly, Snacks

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    You can’t get a potato chip fresher than this. In just a couple of minutes you have a perfect snack size serving and they are sooooo good. I don’t even peel the potato first.

    Microwave Chips

    Microwave Chips

    4 servings (1 serving = 12-14 chips)
    141 calories per serving

    1 1/3 lb Yukon gold unpeeled
    2 t oil
    ½ t salt
    Pam

    Slice potatoes super thin (I use a mandolin to do this – just be sure to user the guard !). Mix slices with oil and salt. Spray a glass dish with Pam and spread a single layer of potatoes on the plate. Microwave on high 2-3 minutes or until they start to brown. Turn and microwave until they start to crisp around the edges (another 2 minutes or so). Work in batches. Cool completely.

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    June 21st, 2011adminDinner, Italian, Sides

    This consistently turns out an awesome risotto textured dish yet takes so little time to make ! Be sure to use Arborio rice or it just won’t turn out tasting like risotto.

    Quick Risotto

    Quick Risotto

    4 servings
    179 calories per serving

    1/3 c chopped shallots
    1 T butter
    2/3 c Arborio rice
    2 c water
    1 t chicken bouillon powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 c frozen peas
    ¼ c grated parmesan cheese

    Heat butter and cook shallots until tender. Add rice and cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in water, flavoring, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in peas and let stand covered 5 minutes. If not a creamy texture, add in some water. Finally stir in parmesan cheese.

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    June 20th, 2011adminbeef, Dinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, Kid Friendly, pasta

    Sometimes baking prepared pasta and sauce makes it taste like a whole different meal – and when you add in a layer of decadent cheese, then it really feels special :) This is super easy to do and tastes GREAT !

    Pasta and Beef Bake

    Pasta and Beef Bake

    4 servings
    392 calories

    8 oz. Uncooked FiberGourmet penne or rotini (without using FiberGourmet pasta, you add 80 calories per serving)
    ½ lb. extra lean ground beef
    2 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
    4.5 oz. jar sliced mushrooms, drained
    1 t basil flakes or 1 T fresh basil, chopped
    ½ t oregano flakes
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ t garlic powder
    Red pepper flakes if you like it spicy
    ½ c fat free shredded mozzarella cheese
    Pam

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 inch baking dish with Pam. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Brown ground beef and drain then add tomato sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms herbs and spices and bring to a boil them remove from heat and stir in pasta then turn into the baking dish and cover and bake 15 minutes. Then uncover and sprinkle with cheese and bake another 5-10 minutes.

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