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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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    December 31st, 2011adminDessert

    A little gooey, a little chocolately, and a whole lotta fun to eat ! This toffee made with matza is very good.

    Toffee Matza

    Toffee Matza

    30 servings
    135 calories per serving

    4 1/2 sheets matza
    1 c margarine
    1 c dark brown granulated sugar
    8 ounces chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×9 baking dish and cover the bottom of the dish with matzas (breaking up pieces to fit exactly) and make layers to use up all the matzas. Heat margarine and sugar until bubbly, about 3 minutes. Pour over the matzas and bake about 15 minutes or until the top is thickened and bubbly. Sprinkle with chips right when it comes out of the oven and then let sit for 5 minutes. Spread the chocolate and then cool completely and break into pieces. This can be a bit tough since once it hardens up, it gets very brittle. I usually don’t cool it quite all the way and take large pieces out onto a clean flat surface and then make it into smaller bits from there.

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    December 29th, 2011adminLunch, MUFAs, Sandwiches, turkey

    Guacamole is the perfect sandwich spread – anywhere you would add some avocado slices, think about using some guac instead. There is a prepared one that is just fantastic – Wholly Guacamole. It is super fresh tasting and available in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. The guac adds great flavor, moistness, and a healthful amount of MUFAs for your diet :)

    Turkey Sandwich with Guac

    Turkey Sandwich with Guac


    1 serving
    210 calories per serving

    2 slices light wheat brad (40 calories each)
    6 slices thin deli sliced turkey breast (Hillshire Farms thin sliced is great !)
    2 slices tomato
    2 T Wholly Guacamole

    Spread guac on bread then add turkey and tomato. Enjoy !

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    December 27th, 2011adminAsian, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Soups

    This is more like an asian noodle bowl with a bit of broth than it is a soup with some noodles. It is filling and scrumptious.

    Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

    Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

    4 servings
    290 calories per serving

    1 T oil
    1 T minced garlic
    1 T bottled or fresh grated ginger
    1 t lemon pepper seasoning
    2 c water
    28 oz. chicken broth
    1 lb. chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces (Perdue Shortcuts or leftover chicken pieces work great here !)
    4 oz. uncooked fine (spaghetti-like) asian rice noodles (I use Japanaese Somen rice noodles)
    1/4 c cilantro, chopped
    1 T lime juice
    1 t lemon zest
    1/2 t salt
    1.4 t pepper
    2 scallions, thinly sliced

    Heat oil and sauté ginger, garlic and lemon pepper 3 minutes. Then add water and broth and bring to a boil. Add chicken, zest and pasta and cook 4 minutes then remove from heat and stir in cilantro, juice, salt, pepper and scallions. Let stand 5 minutes for flavors to mingle. If you like it spicy, add 1 t of hot chili and garlic sauce (available in the Asian section of your market).

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    December 26th, 2011adminDinner, Sides

    This is a great healthy side salad that is sure to please. It’s nice to find *different* sides and this is definitely one of them !

    Barley Salad

    Barley Salad

    6 servings
    189 calories per serving

    3/4 c barley, uncooked
    1 ½ c frozen corn, thawed and roasted
    1 small green pepper, chopped
    1/2 c zesty fat free Italian dressing
    1/4 c chopped cilantro
    2 T lime juice
    Pam

    Preheat broiler. To roast corn, spray a baking sheet with Pam and place corn on sheet. Broil 3-4 minutes or until it begins to blacken. Cook barley as directed. Spray a baking dish with Pam and roast corn 5-10 minutes or until starting to blacken. Let cool. Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate one hour so flavors mingle.

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    December 23rd, 2011adminchicken, Dinner

    Add a quick mustard sauce to chicken before baking and you end up with a zesty dinner in no time at all !

    Deviled Chicken

    Deviled Chicken

    4 servings
    244 calories per serving

    4 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts (Perdue Perfect Portions work great here !)
    1/2 t pepper
    1/4 t salt
    Pam
    2 T spicy brown mustard
    1/2 t ground red pepper
    ½ c bread crumbs
    I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and place on a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Bake 15 minutes. Brush chicken with mustard and sprinkle with red pepper. Sprinkle with crumbs and press a bit so they stick well. Spritz with ICBINB Spray and return to oven for 10 minutes or until chicken is done

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    December 22nd, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Smores – sweet, delicious and they bring out the kid in you – here we do it all without the camp fire !

    PB and Chocolate Smores

    PB and Chocolate Smores

    9 servings
    170 calories per serving

    3 T creamy peanut butter
    9 reduced fat Honey Grahams, broken in half to make 18 squares
    3 T hot fudge sauce
    1/2 c mini marshmallows

    Take 9 squares and spread each with 1 t peanut butter, then 1 t fudge then place 3-4 marshmallows on top. Cover with another cracker to make a sandwich.

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place Smores on a baking sheet and cook 9-11 minutes or until chocolate is melted and marshmallow are puffed.

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    December 20th, 2011adminchicken, Lunch, Mediterranean

    Chicken salad is great. Israeli couscous is great. Add the 2 together and you get a perfect portable lunch.

    Chicken Salad with Couscous

    Chicken Salad with Couscous

    4 servings
    345 calories per serving

    1 c uncooked Israeli couscous
    1/4 c chopped kalamata olives
    2 T chopped parsley
    2 T oil
    1 T lemon juice
    1 t grated lemon zest
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 garlic clove, minced
    14 oz. boneless skinless chicken, broiled and cut into slices (Perdue Shortcuts work great here!)

    Cook couscous according to package directions the drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Mix olives, parsley, lemon, oil salt, pepper and olives. Add couscous and chicken and toss.

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    December 17th, 2011adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly

    This is like a cross between a stroganoff and a goulash – very, very good and quite satisfying. The cream sauce is just delicious :)

    Creamy Beef Dinner

    Creamy Beef Dinner

    4 servings
    390 calories per serving

    1 T oil, divided
    1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into strips
    1/2 t pepper
    3 c whole wheat egg noodles, uncooked
    1/4 c Light Zesty Italian Dressing
    2 onions, chopped
    1/2 lb. Portobello mushrooms, sliced
    3 T minced garlic
    1 T paprika
    3/4 c beef broth
    1 c frozen peas
    1/2 c light sour cream
    1 small tomato, chopped

    Heat 1 ½ t oil in a skillet and add beef. Sprinkle with pepper and brown meat 2 minutes. Work in batches with the rest of the meat and oil so as not to overcrowd the pan and make sure meat is patted dry – these 2 things will help make sure it browns nicely. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Heat dressing in skillet and add onions and cook 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic and paprika and cook 12 minutes. Stir in broth and peas and simmer 2 minutes then add meat and cook 5 minutes to heat through. Stir in sour cream at the very end and serve over noodles with the tomato sprinkled over the top.

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    December 16th, 2011adminFish, Lunch, Salads

    Just enough tuna, just enough beans, just enough of everything to make this a great lunch. This travels well as long as you keep it refrigerated. A great, healthy lunch !

    Tuna Antipasto Salad

    Tuna Antipasto Salad

    4 servings
    320 calories per serving

    15 oz. can chick peas, drained and rinsed
    2 cans fancy white tuna packed in water
    1 large red or green bell pepper, finely diced
    ½ c chopped parsley
    1/2 c lemon juice, divided
    4 T olive oil, divided
    Salt and pepper to taste
    8 cups mixed salad greens

    Combine beans, tuna, bell pepper, parsley, 1/4 c lemon juice and 2 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix the rest of the oil and lemon and toss with greens. Plate greens and sprinkle with salt and pepper then top with the tuna mix.

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    December 15th, 2011adminDinner, Fish, Kid Friendly

    Chili / Lime is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Put it on just about anything and you get a smile from me :) Add it to shrimp for a quick dinner that tastes anything but quick !

    Chili Lime Shrimp

    Chili Lime Shrimp

    4 servings
    186 calories per serving

    Pam
    ¾ cup scallions, chopped
    1 ½ lb. raw peeled cleaned shrimp
    1 t chili powder
    2 T lime juice
    2 T buttery spread
    ½ t salt
    1/ t garlic powder

    Heat a skillet and spray it with Pam. Add ½ c scallions and cook 1 minute. Add 1 T hot water if needed to keep the scallions from getting dry. Add shrimp and spices and cook 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in juice and spread. Garnish with the remaining scallions.

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