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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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    February 29th, 2012adminDinner, Fish, Kid Friendly

    This is one of the simplest things to do – but it tastes sooooo good ! You can use raw or cooked shrimp – just adjust your cooking time to not overdo. Serve with Spanish Rice for a perfect meal.

    BBQ Shrimp

    BBQ Shrimp

    4 servings
    150 calories per serving

    1 lb. cleaned medium shrimp with tails on
    ½ c BBQ sauce
    Pam

    Preheat grill or broiler. Spray grill or baking sheet with Pam and add shrimp. Brush shrimp with sauce and cook 2 minutes each side or until shrimp are done.

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    February 27th, 2012adminDinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, Kid Friendly, pasta

    Thank you, thank you, thank you @ FiberGourmet ! This lasagna comes in at just 325 calories per serving because of your noodles !!! There is just no way to get close to a regular lasagna for under 400 calories – - until now ! The portion size is huge, the meal very, very tasty and I don’t even have to wait for ‘cheat day’.

    Authentic Lasagna

    Authentic Lasagna

    6 servings
    325 calories per serving

    ¾ lb. lean ground turkey
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    ¼ c parsley
    28 oz. can diced tomatoes with their juice
    14/5 oz. cam stewed tomatoes with their juice and tomatoes chopped up
    8 oz. cam tomato sauce
    6 oz. can tomato paste
    2 t oregano flakes
    1 t basil flakes
    ¼ t pepper
    ½ t salt
    1 t onion powder
    ½ t garlic powder
    2 c no fat cottage cheese
    ½ c grated parmesan
    15 oz. no fat ricotta cheese
    12 oz. FiberGourmet Lasagna Noodles (no boil noodles)
    2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
    Fresh herbs – basil, parsley
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a pan with Pam and cook turkey until almost done – make sure to crumble it as you cook it. Then add garlic and cook another few minutes. Add 2 T parsley, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder then cook on low heat 45 minutes.

    Mix 2 T parsley with the cottage cheese, parmesan and ricotta and stir well. Spread ¾ c tomato sauce in a 13×9 pan. Arrange a layer of noodles over the mix and then top with half the cheese mix, another 2 c of the tomato mix, and 2/3 c of the mozzarella. Repeat layers and then top with a final layer of noodles and put the remaining sauce over the top. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour. Then sprinkle with the rest of the mozzarella and bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs

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    February 24th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    Velvety. Smooth. Rich. Creamy Rice !

    Creamy Rice

    Creamy Rice

    8 servings
    170 calories per serving

    1 small onion, chopped
    1/4 c fat free Zesty Italian Dressing
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
    14.5 oz. vegetable broth
    1 c frozen peas
    2 c instant white rice, uncooked
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 t grated lemon zest
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/4 c parmesan cheese

    Heat a skillet and add dressing – heat 30 seconds. Then add onions and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Then add mushrooms and cook another 4 minutes or until tender. Add broth and peas and bring to a boil then stir in rice and cream cheese and cover. Remove from heat and let stand for 8 minutes then stir in zest, salt and pepper and parmesan.

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    February 23rd, 2012adminDinner, turkey

    4 oz. of turkey breast without any skin is only 153 calories – so if you’re looking for some larger portions or a pairing with a rich side dish, this is the way to go.

    Pan Fried Turkey Cutlets Smothered in Onions

    Pan Fried Turkey Cutlets Smothered in Onions

    4 servings
    163 calories per serving

    1 lb. turkey cutlets
    1 medium onion, in thin slices
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Onion powder to taste
    Pam

    Spray skillet with Pam and cook onions 5-7 minutes. Move onions to the side and place turkey cutlets in pan. Season and cook 3-4 minutes. Flip and re-season and place onion slices on top. Cook another 3-4 minutes or until cooked throughout. Total time will depend on the thickness of the cutlets. I often use the scallopine cutlets that are nice and thin and cook quickly.

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    February 22nd, 2012adminSalads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    The saltiness of the kalamata olives makes this salad very tasty !

    Tomato Salad with Olives

    Tomato Salad with Olives

    6 servings
    60 calories per serving

    2 lb. grape tomatoes, halved
    1/4 c mixed olives (I use a mixture of black and kalamata)
    Zest of one lemon
    2 T olive oil
    Kosher salt
    Pepper

    Mix all the ingredients and let sit ½ hour for the flavors to mingle.

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    February 21st, 2012adminBreakfast, Lunch, Sandwiches

    Either as a breakfast or a lunch, this egg sandwich is fabulous. It matches savory egg yolk with crisp spinach and creamy cheese and satisfies the soul :)

    Egg and Spinach Muffin

    Egg and Spinach Muffin

    1 serving
    245 calories per serving

    1 t butter
    1 egg
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 English muffin, split and toasted
    1/4 c baby spinach leaves
    1 wedge light Laughing Cow cheese (original Swiss or Garlic Herb flavored)

    Melt butter and cook egg 2 minutes each side or until desired doneness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread cheese on toasted muffins, add egg and spinach and make a sandwich.

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    February 20th, 2012adminAsian, Salads, Vegetables

    This tastes as good as any ginger dressing you get at any Asian restaurant (usually served at Hibatchi places). Whip some up and if you don’t have any spinach around, place on any leafy greens.

    Spinach with Ginger Dressing

    Spinach with Ginger Dressing

    3 servings
    173 calories per serving

    2 T minced onion
    3 T peanut oil
    2 T distilled white vinegar
    1 1/2 T finely grated fresh ginger
    1T ketchup
    1 T soy sauce
    1/4 t minced garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    5 oz spinach
    1 small carrot, grated
    1/2 medium red bell pepper, very thinly sliced

    Combine onion, oil, vinegar, ginger, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Process until combined. Toss spinach, carrot and bell pepper with the dressing in a large bowl until evenly coated.

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    February 19th, 2012adminchicken, Lunch, Soups

    By adding pesto to the broth, you end up with a soup that is so tasty and delicious ! It really makes an ordinary chicken broth something very special.

    Chicken and Pesto Soup

    Chicken and Pesto Soup


    5 servings
    235 calories per serving

    2 teaspoons oil
    1/2 cup carrot , julienned or shredded
    8 oz. leftover cooked chicken
    1 large clove garlic, minced
    5 cups chicken broth
    1 1/2 t oregano flakes
    4 oz. baby spinach, coarsely chopped
    15 oz. can chick peas, rinsed and drained
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 T prepared pesto (available in the refrigerator section of your market)

    Heat oil in soup pan and add carrot and chicken and heat for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add broth, oregano, salt and pepper and heat 2 minutes. Add spinach and chick peas and cook 3 minutes. Add the pesto sauce and cook 5 minutes so all flavors blend.

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    February 16th, 2012adminDessert

    Rustic and homey – these pumpkin bars with pepitas are a great dessert for those who like desserts a little less sweet.

    Pumpkin Dessert Bars

    Pumpkin Dessert Bars

    8 servings
    264 calories per serving

    ½ c whole wheat flour
    1 c rolled oats
    ½ t baking soda
    ½ t cinnamon
    ½ t allspice
    ¼ t salt
    ½ c canned pure pumpkin
    1 egg
    ¼ c canola oil
    1 t vanilla
    ¼ c sugar
    ¼ c raw,. shelled pumpkin seeds (Pepitas)
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 square baking pan with Pam. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Whisk together pumpkin. egg, oil, vanilla and sugar then stir pumpkin mix into the flour mix and stir in pumpkin seeds. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and then cut into 8 bars. Wrap bars individually and store in the refrigerator.

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    February 15th, 2012adminLunch, Sandwiches

    This makes a great brunch or lunch. The flavors mingle very nicely and the sharp flavor from the swiss cheese adds a nice flair to this sandwich.

    Open Faced Bacon Melts

    Open Faced Bacon Melts

    1 serving
    330 calories per serving

    1 light English Muffin (100 calories)
    Mustard
    2 thin slices Canadian Bacon
    1 slice tomato
    2 basil leaves
    2 slices light Swiss cheese (80 cals per slice)
    8 spritzes ICBINB Spray

    Spray muffin with ICBINB Spray and then spread with a little mustard. Add bacon, basil and tomato and then place on a pan in your toaster oven and heat through. Finally top with cheese and heat until it is melted.

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