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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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    April 30th, 2012adminLunch, Mediterranean, Sandwiches

    There’s lots of flavor packed into this sandwich ! It makes an excellent brunch or lunch meal.

    Greek Lunch Sandwich

    Greek Lunch Sandwich

    4 servings
    146 calories per serving

    4 Light English Muffins
    1/4 c hummus
    1/4 English cucumber sliced into 28 thin slices
    1/4 c crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
    8 thin slices of tomato
    4 lettuce leaves

    Toast muffin lightly and spread with 1 T hummus. Add cucumber, cheese and tomato. Top with lettuce.

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    April 29th, 2012adminAppetizers, beef, Kid Friendly, Mexican

    A great appetizer – easy to make, smothered in heavenly salsa verde, easy to keep warm in a crock pot, and good to the last bite.

    Mexican Meatballs

    Mexican Meatballs

    12 servings
    159 calories per serving (4 meatballs)

    1 1/4 c salsa verde
    1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
    1 egg
    3/4 c finely crushed tortilla chips
    1/2 c minced green onions
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix 3/4 c salsa verde, beef, tortilla chips and onions. Make into 48 meatballs and place on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Bake 15 minutes or until done. Serve with the rest of the salsa verde. Once baked, I usually place in a crock pot and cover with the rest of the salsa verde and this becomes a great party dish that can be kept on low heat to keep warm.

    Mexican Meatballs

    Mexican Meatballs

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    April 28th, 2012adminchicken, crock pot, Dinner, Italian, Kid Friendly

    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.

    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    6 servings
    380 calories per serving

    2 carrots, sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
    1 medium fennel bulb, chopped
    19 oz. cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 t garlic powder
    1 3/4 c chicken broth
    2 c water
    9 oz. refrigerated tortellini
    1 c baby spinach leaves
    2 green onions, sliced
    1 t basil flakes
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    Pam

    Spray crock pot with Pam. Layer carrots, garlic, chicken, fennel and beans then add broth, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours. Sit in pasta, spinach, onions and basil then cover and cook on HIGH 20 minutes. Spoon into bowls and garnish with cheese.

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    April 27th, 2012adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    Warmed tomatoes are so flavorful – the heat just sweetens them and intensifies the already great taste. Add a little pesto and you get a divine side dish that can be served next to anything.

    Roasted Pesto Tomatoes

    Roasted Pesto Tomatoes

    4 servings
    142 calories per serving

    12 plum tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
    1 T oil
    1/4 t salt
    1/8 t red pepper flakes
    1/4 c pesto

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with Pam. Mix the tomatoes with oil, salt, pesto and the pepper flakes and place on baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes and serve immediately.

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    April 26th, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This is a great low cal side and is perfect alongside an Asian inspired dish. If you can’t find fresh bean sprouts, the canned ones work just fine here !

    Bean Sprout Stir Fry

    Bean Sprout Stir Fry

    4 servings
    81 calories per serving

    4 cups mung bean sprouts
    ½ c scallions, sliced
    6 t ginger root, minced
    2 T garlic, sliced
    ½ t salt
    1 t pepper
    1 T oil

    Heat oil and stir fry ginger and garlic for 1 minute then add sprouts, scallions, salt and pepper. Continue to cook 2-3 minutes then serve.

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    April 24th, 2012adminProduct Reviews, Snacks

    We all know how hard it can be to find prepared foods and snacks that are good for us. Well, Lifestyle Foods has some awesome products that solve that problem – all are healthy options, and all are prepared and ready to grab out of the fridge making them just as convenient as grabbing those cookies or that full of fat hot pocket from the freezer – - healthy eating just got a lot easier !

    Apples

    The food is available online (http://www.lifestylefoods.com) where you can mix and match and create your own personalized pack of snacks. Or if you are in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania area, you can find the products in 7-11, Sheetz, and Royal Farms locations throughout New Jersey, in a few Hudson News locations including JFK Airport, and most Giant locations across Pennsylvania. There are soups, salads, snack packs, breakfasts, stand along snacks – more than enough choices to keep the pickiest of eaters happy.

    Look at these low calorie counts !
    Apple Wedges – 30 calories
    Shred Snack – Chicken strips and cheddar cheese cubes – 175 calories
    Essential Snack – Mini bagel with cream cheese, hard boiled egg, apple wedges – 200 calories
    Manhattan Snack – Hummus, pita bread, carrots, cheddar cheese – 240 calories
    Hollywood Snack – Honey wheat pretzels, apple wedges, grapes, cheddar cheese – 200 calories
    Glam Snack – Apple wedges, grapes, almonds – 150 calories
    Mac Snack – Mac and cheese cubes, grapes – 110 calories
    Obsessed Snack – Greek yogurt and honey graham sticks – 150 calories

    Head on over to Lifestyle Foods (http://www.lifestylefoods.com) and grab some snack foods that are guilt free !

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    April 24th, 2012adminAppetizers, Italian, Vegetables

    This is a great appetizer – breaded eggplant, ricotta and tomato bruschetta. It’s like an inside out eggplant rollatini with a topping of bruschetta and herbs.

    Eggplant with Bruschetta

    Eggplant with Bruschetta

    6 servings
    177 calories per serving

    1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced
    Salt
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ¾ c breadcrumbs
    ¼ c parmesan cheese
    2 T olive oil (save ½ t for tomatoes)
    14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained well
    2 t white vinegar
    1 c fat free ricotta cheese
    Chopped basil

    Slice the eggplant thinly and lay rounds on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and let sit ½ so pull out some of the bitterness. Rinse and pat dry. Mix eggs, salt and pepper. Mix breadcrumbs, garlic and cheese. Heat 1 T oil in skillet. Dip eggplant in egg and then crumbs to coat. Work in batches and cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Add extra oil in between batches. Drain on paper towels. Place on a platter and top each round with some ricotta cheese. Mix tomatoes and vinegar and ½ t oil and divide among eggplant rounds. Garnish with chopped basil.

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    April 23rd, 2012adminDinner, pork

    This is a fantastic dish – the feta cheese brings a nice flavor and makes the dish much more special. It’s a great balanced meal in a bowl – all your protein, veggies and carbs all in one nice package.

    Pork and Orzo

    Pork and Orzo

    6 servings
    373 calories per serving

    1 ½ lb. pork tenderloin
    1 t coarsely ground pepper
    2 T oil
    ½ t Kitchen Bouquet (flavoring in the gravy or spice section of your market)
    3 qt. water
    1 ¼ c orzo
    ¼ t salt
    6 oz. baby spinach
    1 c grape tomatoes, halved
    ¾ c reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled
    Lemon juice

    Rub pepper into meat and cut into bite sized pieces then cook in oil over medium heat for 10 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in Kitchen Bouquet and stir well. Cook pasta for 9 minutes in boiling water and then stir in spinach and cook a minute longer. Add tomatoes to the pork and cook 1 minute then add the drained orzo and finally add the feta cheese. Just before serving, splash with some fresh lemon juice.

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    April 22nd, 2012adminchicken, Dinner

    This is one of my daughter’s favorite dishes and she made it up for me the other night. My goodness, this has to be one of the best things I have EVER eaten. You can taste each individual spice and it’s like heaven on earth.

    Chicken Tikka Masala

    Chicken Tikka Masala


    4 servings
    403 calories per serving

    Marinade:
    1 c plain non fat yogurt
    1 T lemon juice
    2 t ground cumin
    1 t cinnamon
    2 t cayenne pepper
    2 t black pepper
    1 T ginger, minced
    2 t salt
    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken cut into bite size pieces

    Sauce:
    1 T butter
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 jalapeno pepper, sliced and then cut the rounds in half
    2 t ground cumin
    1 ½ t coriander
    ¼ t cardamom
    ¼ t turmeric
    2 t paprika
    ¼ t cayenne
    2 t salt
    4 oz. tomato paste mixed with 4 oz. water
    1 c heavy cream
    ¼ c cilantro, chopped

    Mix all the marinade ingredients except the chicken. Place chicken in a zip loc bag and add the yogurt mix. Mush it around to coat all the chicken and then refrigerate 1 hour to overnight. Preheat grill. Grill chicken in a grill basket 5-6 minutes or until done. (You can also broil 4 minute a side)

    Melt butter and sauté garlic and jalapeno 1 minute then add all the spices, tomato paste mix and cream. Simmer 15 minutes to thicken. Add chicken and simmer 5 minutes to heat through. Garnish with cilantro.

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    April 21st, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This ginger dressing rivals those served at Japanese steakhouse. Make a batch up and use it on salads and even atop fresh tomatoes as a great side dish to any meal.

    Tomatoes with Ginger Dressing

    Tomatoes with Ginger Dressing

    3 servings
    167calories 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
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced thinly

    Combine onion, oil, vinegar, ginger, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Process until combined. Lay tomato slices on a platter and drizzle with dressing.

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