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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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    November 30th, 2011admincrock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, pork

    This tenderloin comes out juicy and tender after cooking all day. There is nothing quite as convenient as a crock pot ! The onion soup mix holds all the flavor you need to make this a family favorite.

    Crock Pot Pork Loin

    Crock Pot Pork Loin

    6 servings
    291 calories per serving

    2 lb. pork tenderloin
    1 oz. envelope dry onion soup mix
    1 c water
    3/4 c red or white cooking wine
    3 T garlic, minced
    3 T soy sauce
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place meat in crock and sprinkle with the soup mix. Add water, wine and soy and turn the meat to coat it. Spread garlic on top of roast and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook on high 4 hours or low 7-8 hours. If you like the top to be brown, broil for a few minutes before slicing.

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    November 28th, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    I like when you can take a healthy vegetable and disguise it enough that you can get a picky kids to eat it :) This one has enough cheese and crumbly topping to make it disappear !

    Broccoli AuGratin

    Broccoli AuGratin

    8 servings
    120 calories per serving

    3 c water
    2 c baby carrots, cut in half
    4 c broccoli florets (very small pieces)
    10 whole wheat Ritz crackers, crushed
    3 T grated parmesan cheese
    1 T butter, melted
    4 oz. light Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    2 oz. light cream cheese

    Preheat broiler. Boil water and add carrots. Simmer for 8 minutes then add broccoli and simmer another 3 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl.

    Microwave Velveeta and cream cheese on high 1 minute then stir and cook another 30 seconds or until completely melted. Pour on top of veggies. Mix crackers and parm and butter and sprinkle on top of the veggies and cheese and place under broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown the crumbs.

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

    Turkey with a zesty cheese sauce is the perfect lunch !

    Turkey Panini

    Turkey Panini

    4 servings
    272 calories per serving

    3 T lowfat mayonnaise
    2 T nonfat plain yogurt
    2 T shredded (not grated) Parmesan cheese
    2 T chopped basil
    1 t lemon juice
    Pepper to taste
    8 slices light whole wheat bread
    8 oz. thinly sliced deli turkey
    8 slices tomato
    2 t canola oil
    ICBINB spray

    Mix mayo, yogurt, cheese, basil, lemon juice and pepper. Spread 2 t of the mixture on each slice of bread and then fill the sandwiches with turkey and tomato. Heat 1 t oil in a large nonstick pan and put in 2 sandwiches. Use a Panini press to weight down the sandwiches. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Spray the top with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray and then flip the sandwich and cook until the second side is golden. Repeat with the 2 remaining sandwiches.

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    November 26th, 2011adminAppetizers

    Just the right amount of garlic in a great savory dip that is perfect for any occasion.

    Roasted Garlic Dip

    Roasted Garlic Dip

    4 servings
    155 calories per serving

    2 whole garlic heads
    4 T mayonnaise
    5 T plain Greek yogurt
    1 t mustard
    1 T olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Separate the garlic cloves from the whole head, peel them and place in a baking dish and mix with the oil and salt. Cover with foil and bake / roast 30-40 minutes (or until very tender) and then let cool 5 minutes. Mash garlic with a fork then combine with the rest of the ingredients. Cover and chill. Sprinkle with black pepper just before serving.

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    November 25th, 2011adminchicken, crock pot, Dinner

    I love being able to throw together a meal in the morning and not think about it again until it’s time to put it on the table. Chicken Marrakesh is a great dish with the subtle flavors of cuisine from Morocco.

    Chicken Marrakesh (Crock Pot)

    Chicken Marrakesh (Crock Pot)

    8 servings
    290 calories per serving

    1 onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
    2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
    15 oz. can chick peas, drained and rinsed
    2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
    1 t ground cumin
    1 t ground turmeric
    1/4 t ground cinnamon
    1 t black pepper
    2 t parsley flakes
    Salt to taste
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes

    Place the onion, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, chick peas, and chicken into a slow cooker. Stir herbs into tomatoes then pour tomatoes over and stir well. Cover and cook on high 5 hours or low 8-9 hours.

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    November 23rd, 2011adminDinner

    This is great served on top of any simple grilled beef, chicken, pork or fish but I personally think the sweetness of the red peppers pairs the best with a simple roasted chicken.

    Roasted Pepper Sauce

    Roasted Pepper Sauce

    6 ¼ c servings
    46 calories per serving

    4 medium red bell peppers, washed, cored, cut in half and seeded
    1 ½ c no fat chicken broth
    ½ c white wine
    1 T chopped basil
    2 T margarine
    ¼ t salt

    Preheat broiler and place peppers skin side up on a baking sheet lined with foil. Cook 15 minutes or until blackened. Cover and let cool 15 minutes. The skins should now peel off easily. Blend peppers, broth and wine until smooth and then place in a saucepan with the basil. Bring to a boil and the reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Then add margarine and salt and stir until melted. Cover and keep warm. You can also refrigerate this and just reheat individual portions in the microwave.

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    November 22nd, 2011adminAppetizers, Mediterranean

    I can’t stop eating this !! It is just delicious. Serve as a spread on sandwiches, or as an appetizer with melba toasts or some other cracker.

    Olive Tapenade

    Olive Tapenade

    16 servings (1 serving = 2T)
    37 calories per serving

    1 c kalamata olives, pitted
    1 c green olives, pitted
    1 T chopped parsley
    1 t chopped thyme
    1 t grated lemon rind
    ¼ t pepper
    10 oil cured olives, pitted
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 t red pepper flakes

    Place all in a food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. Serve with crackers or pita chips.

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

    This can be eaten as a side, or use in smaller portions as a salsa over the top of broiled fish or chicken. Very savory, very easy to put together and very healthy !

    Corn Salsa

    Corn Salsa

    4 servings
    58 calories per serving

    4 small tomatoes, chopped
    1 c corn kernels (frozen and thawed or fresh)
    ¼ c chopped cilantro
    1 jalapeno or ¼ of a green bell pepper, chopped finely
    ¼ c fat free zesty Italian dressing
    Squirt of lime

    Mix all together and chill at least 1 hour.

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    November 20th, 2011adminDinner, Fish

    Fish smothered in diced veggies. What a great pesto flavor shines through for using so little of it. This was an awesome meal and it is very quick to prepare !

    Quick Whitefish and Vegetables

    Quick Whitefish and Vegetables

    4 servings
    180 calories per serving

    4 4 oz. tilapia or other white fish filets
    1/4 c low fat Italian dressing, divided
    1 T pesto (prepared pesto is available in the refrigerator section at your grocer)
    1 green or red pepper, chopped
    1 zucchini, chopped
    1 c grape tomatoes, halved
    3 T chopped basil or parsley
    Pepper to taste

    Brush fish with half the dressing and sauté 4-5 minutes per side or until done. Remove from pan and keep warm. Add veggies, pesto, pepper and the rest of the dressing and sauté 5-7 minutes or until slightly tender. Garnish with basil or any other fresh herb.

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    November 19th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    How easy was that? Fudge in a snap ! Make up a batch and put it in a pretty container for a great holiday gift !

    Chocobutter Fudge Bars

    Chocobutter Fudge Bars

    25 servings
    140 calories per serving

    1 pkg. (8 squares) Baker’s semisweet chocolate
    3/4 c sweetened condensed milk
    1/2 c cocktail peanuts, chopped
    1 pkg. (6 squares) Baker’s white chocolate
    1/4 c creamy peanut butter

    Microwave semisweet chocolate and milk on high 1 minute. Stir and microwave another minute or until mostly melted. Then stir well and add nuts. Line the bottom of an 8 inch cake pan with foil and spread the mix in the pan. Microwave white chocolate on high 1 minute. Stir and microwave another minute or until mostly melted. Stir until completely melted. Add peanut butter and stir well then spread over the other layer and refrigerate 2 hours. Cut into 25 fudge squares.

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