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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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    August 31st, 2011adminDinner, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    Crisp summer veggies with a twist ! The lemon, pepperoni and feta cheese add a nice Greek flair to this dish. If you have garden fresh zucchini, this tastes even better :)

    Summer Squash Deluxe

    Summer Squash Deluxe

    4 servings
    69 calories per serving

    1 medium zucchini
    1 medium yellow squash
    1 medium cucumber
    ½ t salt
    2 T sliced basil
    1 T oil
    1/2 t grated lemon zest
    1 t lemon juice
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 oz. sliced turkey pepperoni
    1/4 c crumbled feta cheese

    Peel the zucchini, cucumber and squash and then using a vegetable peeler, peel off thin strips or ribbons and place in a bowl When you get down to the seeds, discard the remainder. Sprinkle with salt and let sit. Whisk together basil, oil, lemon juice and lemon zest and then add to the zucchini. Heat a skillet and crisp up the turkey pepperoni and then garnish the zucchini with the pepperoni and cheese.

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    August 28th, 2011adminAsian, Dinner, fruit, pork

    Use tart plums if you don’t want this dish to be too sweet. Fruity yet savory and plums just go so well in fruited dishes !

    Pork and Plums

    Pork and Plums

    4 servings
    287 calories per serving

    1 T oil
    1 lb. pork tenderloin cut into thin, short strips
    1 T plus 1 ½ t cornstarch
    1 carrot thinly sliced on the diagonal
    3 scallions, thinly sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 lb. plums cut into ½ inch slices
    1 c chicken broth
    2 T plum jam
    1 T cider vinegar
    1 T soy sauce
    ½ t ground ginger

    Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Mix pork with 1 T cornstarch and rub it in. A good way to do this is place both in a Ziploc bag, seal and then mush it around repeatedly. Cook the meat 5 minutes and then transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and cook the carrot, scallions and garlic for 1 minute and then add the plums and cook for another 5 minutes or until they start to get soft.

    Whisk broth, jam, vinegar, soy, ginger and the rest of the cornstarch and pour into the pan and bring to a boil and cook 1 minute then lower the heat and place the pork back in the pan and cool 3 minutes or until all is heated.

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    August 27th, 2011adminAppetizers, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    What a beautiful aroma as these cook up in the oven – the cheese and spinach make a perfect stuffing for succulent, meaty Portobello mushrooms. Serve as an appetizer or as a dinner side.

    Spinach Stuffed Portobellos

    Spinach Stuffed Portobellos


    4 servings
    181 calories per serving

    4 large portobello mushroom caps
    1 c part skim ricotta cheese
    1 c finely chopped fresh spinach
    1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
    2 T finely chopped kalamata olives
    ½ t oregano flakes
    1/2 t parsley flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with Pam and place mushrooms with the gills facing up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes them take them out and tip each cap to make any juice run out of them. Mix ricotta, spinach, half of the parmesan cheese, olives, herbs, salt and pepper and divide mix among the mushroom caps. Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan on top and then back for another 10 minutes to heat through. Switch to broil and brown the tops just a bit.

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    August 26th, 2011adminDessert, Dinner, fruit, Kid Friendly, Sides, Summer

    This is a great side to ham and other pork dishes. It’s sweet, but not too sweet and the grilling brings out all the great pineapple flavor – it’s pineapple to the 10th degree ! :)

    Grilled Pineapple

    Grilled Pineapple

    4 servings (2 slices per serving)
    123 calories per serving

    1 small fresh pineapple, peeled and cored – about 8 slices
    (most supermarkets have fresh pineapple already peeled and sliced available in the produce section near the fruit salads)
    Cinnamon

    Heat grill or a grill pan on medium. Spray with Pam. Heat pineapple in the grill until light brown, about 10-15 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with cinnamon so it ‘melts’ in.

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    August 25th, 2011adminUncategorized

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    It is easy to get into a bad routine of microwave meals and bad quality, shop-bought food. Some people do not want to make the effort of cooking a meal from scratch. But it can actually be really enjoyable. If you treat it more like a fun, creative activity than a chore which we have to perform, it can be rewarding in many ways.

    Cooking is also something that people can do together. If you enlist the help of the rest of your family, it can become a great bonding exercise. It encourages communication and cooperation in a way that you will all appreciate once the meal is finished.

    Cooking also encourages you to be creative, as you do not always have to stick to recipes. That can be part of the fun of it, creating new dishes and tasting them. Sometimes it will go well, and sometimes it won’t, but if you treat it as a learning experience then you will just be amused at the end. And who knows, you may even end up creating something really delicious that you can be proud of.

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    August 25th, 2011adminLunch, turkey

    Think of this as a turkey sandwich without the bread. It is so light, yet super tasty and a great healthy lunch. It packs easily and it’s as easy as putting together a sandwich. You have heard about meatless days – try some carb free days for a boost to your diet.

    Turkey and Cheese Rolls

    Turkey and Cheese Rolls

    1 serving
    95 calories per serving

    6 slices deli thin turkey slices (Hillshire Farms or Oscar Mayer presliced deli meat is great!) – I like to use the cracked pepper turkey for extra flavor.
    1 wedge Light Laughing Cow cheese
    2 iceberg lettuce leaves

    Spread lettuce leaves with cheese. Place turkey in leaves and roll up – secure with a toothpick or if you are packing them, roll with foil to keep fresh.

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    August 24th, 2011adminDinner, Salads, Sides, Vegetables

    The addition of beans makes this salad filling and add extra fiber to your meal. This is a great summer side that hits the spot.

    White Bean and Tomato Salad

    White Bean and Tomato Salad

    4 servings
    167 calories per serving

    1 T white vinegar
    1 T lemon juice
    1 t Dijon mustard
    1 drop Tabasco sauce
    2 t oil
    16 oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed
    2 T chopped basil
    1 T chopped parsley
    1 scallion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    6 cherry tomatoes, halved
    ½ large red bell pepper, finely diced
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Combine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard and Tabasco and whisk while adding the oil. Combine beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, basil, parsley, scallions and garlic. Add the dressing and toss well to coat the cover and refrigerate ½ hour. Just before serving add salt and pepper to taste.

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    August 22nd, 2011adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This one is as versatile as it gets – take any veggies, steam them, and then add the sauce ! The mustard and scallions add a nice dimension to the cheese sauce too :)

    Veggies in Cheese Sauce

    Veggies in Cheese Sauce

    6 servings
    80 calories per serving

    1 lb. broccoli separated into florets
    4 thin carrots peeled and cut lengthwise in half
    4 oz. Velveeta cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 T water
    1 scallion, finely chopped
    1 t dijon mustard

    Place carrots and broccoli in a steamer basket and steam 5 minutes. Mix water and velveeta and microwave 1- 2 minutes or until well blended then add scallions and mustard. Drizzle sauce over vegetables.

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    August 20th, 2011adminDrinks, Sides

    This is very different from your typical mac salad ! Instead of pasta, this recipe uses rice and adds some nice fresh Spring veggies. What a great dish to serve at your next barbecue !

    Spring Rice and Veggie Salad

    Spring Rice and Veggie Salad

    8 servings
    150 calories per serving

    4 c cooked minute rice (white or brown) – after cooking , cool to room temperature
    1 c halved grape tomatoes
    1 c fresh asparagus spears (cut into 1 inch pieces), boiled 3 minutes then rinsed in cold water
    3/4 cup light mayo
    1 T Dijon mustard
    1 T chopped parsley
    Juice of one lemon
    Grated zest of one lemon
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients well and serve. (you could also chill this and then serve – but I like it best room temperature)

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    August 19th, 2011adminDinner, Fish

    The melon salsa is sweet but has a bite (onions + jalapenos) and is a perfect accompaniment to a simply broiled tilapia fillet.

    Tilapia with Melon Salsa

    Tilapia with Melon Salsa

    4 servings
    268 calories per serving

    2/3 c honeydew melon, in very small cubes
    2/3 c cantaloupe, in very small cubes
    1/3 c English cucumber, peeled and diced small
    1/3 c red onion, diced small
    3 T chopped mint
    1 t grated lemon zest
    2 T lime juice
    4 t oil
    1 ½ t minced jalapeno peppers
    ¾ t agave nectar (or honey)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 6 oz. tilapia fillets
    Pam

    Tilapia with Melon Salsa

    Tilapia with Melon Salsa

    Preheat broiler. Mix first 10 ingredients and set aside. Spray baking sheet with Pam and sprinkle tilapia with salt and pepper and broil 3 minutes per side or until done. Serve with melon salsa.

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