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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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    October 31st, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    This creamy corn dish has a sweet, mild flavor – one the whole family will enjoy. Though the ingredients sounds very Thai inspired, the flavors are mild and you can pair this with anything.

    Coconut Corn

    Coconut Corn

    4 servings
    148 calories per serving

    2 c frozen corn, thawed
    1 c lite coconut milk
    1/4 t salt
    2 T chopped cilantro
    1 T lime juice
    ½ t red pepper flakes

    Mix corn, milk and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until milk has mostly evaporated. Stir in cilantro, lime and red pepper.

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    October 30th, 2011adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    Cooking the garlic in the dressing gives this dish a great flavor, so full of garlic, but the flavor is not biting, it is mellow and perfect.

    Veggies and Noodles

    Veggies and Noodles

    4 servings
    105 calories per serving

    2 large zucchini
    2 large carrots, peeled
    1 c egg noodles
    1/4 cup light Italian dressing
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 c shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Peel zucchini and carrots into long ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Cook noodles according to package instructions and add veggie ribbons to the boiling water the last minute. Drain and return to pot.

    Saute garlic and dressing 2 minutes and then pour over the noodles and veggies and sauté 2 minutes to heat through. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

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    October 29th, 2011adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This is so lemony and so refreshing – a perfect cauliflower dish !

    Lemon Cauliflower

    Lemon Cauliflower

    6 servings
    82 calories per serving

    1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets
    2 lemons
    2 T oil
    2 T chopped basil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Steam cauliflower 4-6 minutes. Remove skin from a lemon and then cut out the segments without any membrane
    (LINK FROM CITURS SALAD)./ Make sure you work over a bowl so you catch all the juice. Then squeeze the leftover membranes into the bowl to get out all the remaining juice. Chop the segments and add to the juice. Add oil, basil, salt and pepper. Stir in steamed cauliflower and serve.

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    October 28th, 2011adminDinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, pasta

    The earthiness of the spinach and the WOW flavor of the sun dried tomatoes really combine to make this a memorable pasta dish. This is a special one, for sure !

    Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes

    Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes

    4 servings
    321 calories per serving

    1 c chicken broth
    12 dehydrated sun dried tomatoes
    8 oz. FiberGourmet penne
    2 T pine nuts, toasted
    1 T oil
    1/4t red pepper flakes
    1 clove garlic, minced
    4 c baby spinach, chopped
    1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

    To toast nuts, place in a hot skillet and sauté for a few minutes until toasty brown and aromatic then set them aside. Bring the broth to a boil then add the tomatoes and let soak for 15 minutes to rehydrate them. Keep the broth and remove the tomatoes and chop coarsely. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Heat oil in a skillet and add oil and red pepper and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the spinach, salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes then add the broth and tomatoes and cook 2 minutes. Pour broth mix over pasta and sprinkle with ¼ c cheese. Mix well. Plate and top with pine nuts and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

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    October 27th, 2011adminchicken, Lunch, Soups

    A quick soup that tastes like its been simmering for hours. Great fresh flavors and only 121 calories per serving !

    Ginger Chicken Soup

    Ginger Chicken Soup

    2 servings
    121 calories per serving

    4 tsp. minced fresh ginger
    1 c Perdue Shortcuts chicken cut into bite sized pieces (or make your own by sautéing a boneless skinless breast and then cutting it up into small pieces)
    1 c green pepper slices (sliced very thin)
    ¼ c sliced scallions
    1 c chicken broth
    1 c beef broth
    ½ c water
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t onion powder
    Optional red pepper flakes if you like it spicy

    Combine all in a small pan and cook for 15 minutes.

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    October 26th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Uncategorized

    Rich, creamy and very flavorful. The family won’t even know they are eating healthy cottage cheese ! So much healthier than sugar laden puddings, ice creams, etc.

    Mocha Parfaits

    Mocha Parfaits

    4 servings
    210 calories per serving

    16 oz. low fat cottage cheese
    1/4 c sugar
    1 T cocoa powder
    1 1/2 t instant coffee powder
    2 cups sliced strawberries
    1/2 cup + 2 T Cool Whip Lite
    1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

    Blend cottage cheese, sugar, cocoa and coffee in a blender. Take 1half of the mixture out of the blender and distribute among the 4 parfait cups. Place 2 T Cool Whip in blender and quickly blend. Distribute half the berries in the parfait glasses. Then add the remainder of the mocha mix and the remainder of the berries. Top with Cool Whip and nuts.

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    October 25th, 2011adminDinner, Fish, Kid Friendly

    Simple to do – sweet to eat – yummy succulent shrimp ! At only 84 calories per large serving (aren’t shrimp great?!?!), add a nice pasta or rice side dish.

    Garlic Shrimp

    Garlic Shrimp

    4 servings
    84 calories per serving

    32 large shrimp peeled and cleaned
    8 T plain fat free Greek yogurt
    1 T minced garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ c chopped parsley
    Pam

    Heat a skillet and spray with Pam. Mix yogurt and parsley. Cook shrimp 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook a minute longer or until shrimp are done. Toss shrimp with yogurt sauce.

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    October 21st, 2011admincrock pot, Dinner, turkey

    Decadent tasting due to the creamy mushroom sauce, but low cal, low fat and a perfect weeknight dinner. This one gets filed with my ‘all time favs’ !

    Porcupine Meatballs (Crock Pot)

    Porcupine Meatballs (Crock Pot)

    5 servings
    142 calories per serving

    ¾ lb. lean ground beef or ground turkey
    1 c skim milk
    ½ c raw long grain rice
    1 onion, chopped
    1 c breadcrumbs
    ¼ t pepper
    ½ pack of dry onion soup mix
    1 can low fat cream of mushroom soup
    ½ c skim milk

    Mix meat, 1 c milk, rice, onion, crumbs, soup mix, and pepper. Shape into meatballs and place in crock. Mix soup and ½ c milk and pour over the meatballs. Cover and cook on low 5 hours.

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    October 19th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    When you start out, you think you’re making these for the kids. Then you taste one and forget that, the plate is just for you :) Honestly, these are good enough to serve as dessert at an adult get together. Everyone loves the simplicity and the great banana and chocolate flavor. These disappear very quickly ;)

    Banana Grahams

    Banana Grahams

    1 serving
    94 calories per serving

    1 square reduced fat graham cracker, broken into 2 rectangles
    1/2 t Nutella
    2 slices banana
    1/2 t sweetened shredded coconut

    Break each graham square into 2 rectangles and spread with Nutella. Top with the banana slice and then sprinkle with coconut – watch them disappear !

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    October 18th, 2011adminDinner, Sides

    Savory with just a bit of sweet from the dried cranberries. An earthy dish that is a great vegetarian main dish or a perfect side to a fish or chicken dinner.

    Grilled Mushrooms with Couscous

    Grilled Mushrooms with Couscous

    4 servings
    208 calories per serving

    4 whole Portobello mushrooms
    4 T white balsamic vinegar
    Pam
    ½ c chicken or vegetable broth
    ½ c water
    ¼ t turmeric
    2/3 c couscous
    ¼ c dried cranberries
    ½ t lemon zest
    ¼ t salt
    1 t oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    8 oz. chopped fresh spinach
    2 T water
    1 T margarine
    ½ red bell pepper, finely chopped

    Cut 4 slits in the top of each mushroom about 2 inches long and ½ inch deep. Remove stems and place top facing up in a baking dish. Sprinkle with half the vinegar and spray with Pam. Turn the mushrooms over and sprinkle with the rest of the vinegar. Spray again with Pam. Cover dish with plastic wrap and set aside. Combine broth, water and turmeric in a small pan. Bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes. Stir in the couscous, cranberries, lemon and salt. Remove from heat and cover and let stand 5 minutes or until ready to serve the dish. Heat another saucepan and add oil and then sauté garlic for one minute. Add the greens and 2 T water and cook 3 minutes. Add the margarine and stir in for 30 seconds. Remove from pan and keep warm. Cook mushrooms 3 minutes each side and place stem side up on a serving plate. Spoon the couscous mix on the top and then top with the greens. Sprinkle with bell pepper and serve immediately.

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