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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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    September 30th, 2011adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly

    What a great tangy yet mild sauce – it makes the chicken tenders simply splendid !!

    Lemon Glazed Chicken

    Lemon Glazed Chicken

    4 servings
    210 calories per serving

    1 ½ lb. chicken cutlets or tenders
    ½ t salt
    ½ t pepper
    3 T lemon juice
    Pam
    8 oz. sliced mushrooms
    2 garlic cloves minced
    ½ c fat free chicken broth
    2 T chopped parsley
    1 t cornstarch
    ¼ c water

    Season chicken with salt and pepper and 2 T lemon juice then place in a heated skillet that has been sprayed with Pam and cook 5-6 minutes each site or until browned then remove from pan and keep warm. Add mushrooms and garlic to pan and cook 4 minutes then add the rest of the juice, the broth, and the parsley. Mix 1 t cornstarch with ¼ c cold water and add to the mix. Simmer and stir to thicken sauce and then return chicken to the pan. Cook 3-5 minutes or until heated through.

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    September 29th, 2011adminLunch, Mediterranean, Salads, Sandwiches, Vegetables

    It’s a salad in a pita ! And a mighty good one at that !

    Veggie Pitas

    Veggie Pitas

    4 servings
    260 calories per serving

    2 T oil
    1 T vinegar
    1 t grated lemon zest
    1 t oregano flakes
    ¼ t garlic powder
    ¼ t onion powder
    Salt to taste
    1/8 t cayenne pepper
    ¾ c chopped romaine lettuce
    ½ c finely chopped tomato
    ½ c finely chopped English cucumber
    ¼ c chopped black olives
    ¼ c crumbled low fat feta cheese
    4 6 inch pita pockets, sliced

    Mix oil, vinegar, zest, oregano, garlic and cayenne. Add in all the rest of the ingredients and mix well then spoon mix into pita breads.

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    September 28th, 2011adminLunch, Salads

    Serve this one on top of a bed of your favorite greens for a super lunch salad.

    Black Bean and Feta Salad

    Black Bean and Feta Salad

    6 servings
    230 calories per serving

    2 15 oz. cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
    2 T fresh basil, chopped
    4 oz. low fat crumbled feta with garlic and herbs
    2 T oil
    1 T lemon juice
    ¼ t black pepper

    Mix all together and cover and chill for several hours.

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    September 26th, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, pork

    Brining makes things so very moist and flavorful – and this is no exception. Super easy method that turns out perfect results time and again !

    Brined Pork Loin

    Brined Pork Loin


    8 servings
    251 calories per serving

    8 c cold water
    1/2 c kosher salt
    2 1 lb. pork tenderloins, trimmed
    1 T olive oil
    1/2 t black pepper

    Combine water and salt in a 13×9 glass baking dish and add pork. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, turning halfway through. Heat grill. Drain pork and pat it dry then brush with oil and sprinkle with pepper. Grill ½ hour or until desired doneness. Let stand 1 minutes before slicing.

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    September 24th, 2011adminfruit, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    The addition of the tea actually makes this less sweet and you’ll find it’s a great snack or even a great side dish to a fish or chicken dinner.

    Tea and Honey Oranges

    Tea and Honey Oranges

    4 servings
    63 calories per serving

    2 c mandarin orange pieces (if using canned, make sure to rinse the oranges off and drain)
    1/2 c hot black tea
    2 T honey
    Pinch of ground cardamom

    Mix all together and serve at room temperature or chilled.

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    September 23rd, 2011adminDinner, Fish

    This is a quick dish that is nothing but good ! Orzo, one of my favorite pastas + super low cal shrimp + a lemony garlic sauce. Super yummy !

    Garlic Shrimp with Orzo

    Garlic Shrimp with Orzo

    4 servings
    383 calories per serving

    1 c whole wheat orzo
    2 T chopped parsley
    Salt and pepper to taste
    6 teaspoons butter, divided
    1 1/2 lb. frozen shrimp (peeled and cooked)
    1 T minced garlic
    2 T lemon juice
    Zest of one lemon

    Cook orzo according to package instructions, drain and then add parsley, 2 t butter, salt and pepper. Melt 4 t butter in skillet and add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Then add shrimp with a bit of salt and pepper. Work in batches if you pan is not large enough. Cook until shrimp is heated through. Add lemon juice at the very end of the heating. Add lemon zest to orzo. Serve shrimp over orzo.

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    September 22nd, 2011adminLunch, Mexican, MUFAs

    Creamy goodness all wrapped up in a yummy tortilla. Get your MUFA for the day and smile while you do it ;) This tastes much like yummy guacamole; just a bit milder, but perfect for a lunch tortilla.

    Avocado Tacos

    Avocado Tacos

    6 servings
    290 calories per serving

    12 6 inch tortillas
    3 avocados, mashed
    1/4 t garlic salt
    ¾ c chopped cilantro
    Pepper to taste
    A few drops of Tabasco sauce
    12 tomato slices
    Lime juice

    Mix avocados, garlic, pepper, Tabasco and cilantro. Spread the mixture in each tortilla and add 2 tomato slices. Squirt with lime, fold and eat.

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    September 21st, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    What a great side dish – the sweetness of the corn really shines though and makes this a tasty treat that the whole family will love. It’s like a savory pancake with corn and herbs.

    Corn Cakes

    Corn Cakes

    5 servings (2 cakes each)
    180 calories per serving

    1/2 c white whole wheat flour
    1/2 c skim milk
    2 large eggs
    2 T oil
    1/2 t baking powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 c frozen corn, thawed
    ¼ c chopped basil and parsley
    Pam

    Whish together flour, eggs, milk, 1 T oil, salt, pepper and baking powder. Add in corn and basil. Working in batches, brush skillet with a bit of oil and spray with Pam and heat to medium high. Using a ¼ c measuring cup, pour batter into cakes about 3 inches wide leaving room in between so you can flip them easily. Cook 2 minutes then flip and cook another 2 minutes.

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    September 18th, 2011adminAppetizers, Kid Friendly, Mediterranean, Snacks

    Great on their own, great with dips, great next to salads – these are so versatile and you can spice them up pretty much however you wish !

    Pita Chips

    Pita Chips



    48 chips
    43 calories per serving (1 serving = 16 chips)

    1 t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ t oregano flakes
    ½ t basil flakes
    ½ t parsley flakes
    2 t paprika
    4 6-inch pita breads cut in half like a sandwich
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine seasonings and set aside. Cut each pita half into 6 wedges and spray both sides with Pam and sprinkle seasoning mix on the pitas and bake 12 minutes or until golden. Turn once halfway through cooking and cool before serving.

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