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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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    May 31st, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, Sides

    Can you say YUMMY?!?!?! This is such a great QUICK and EASY recipe, yet the results taste like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours. This is an ample serving. You could easily just have half a serving for a side and still have room in your calories for some fish or chicken on the side.

    Rice and Beans

    Rice and Beans

    4 servings
    400 calories per serving

    1 ½ c chopped green peppers
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 T oil
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 ¼ c water
    2 c Minute brown rice
    ¼ c cilantro chopped
    1 c low far shredded cheese (cheddar, Colby or Monterey Jack)

    In a large skillet on high heat, heat the oil and cook the peppers and garlic 2 minutes then add tomatoes, beans and water. Bring to a boil and stir in rice and reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer 5 minutes then remove from heat and stir in cilantro and top with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes, covered.

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    May 30th, 2012adminchicken, Dinner, Summer

    Just enough spice, just enough glaze – this is a great grilled chicken.

    Spicy Hot Glazed Chicken

    Spicy Hot Glazed Chicken


    4 servings
    361 calories per serving

    3 T honey
    3 T soy sauce
    1 t grated lime zest
    3 T lime juice
    1 t red pepper flakes
    ½ t hot chili garlic sauce (available in the Asian section of your market)
    4 5 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts

    Mix honey, soy, lime zest and juice, and red pepper in a zip loc bag. Add chicken, seal and refrigerate for 2-12 hours. Preheat grill and spray with high heat cooking spray and cook chicken 5 minutes each side or to desired doneness.

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    May 29th, 2012adminAppetizers

    The addition of the low fat cream cheese makes for a very creamy filling for these deviled eggs – you won’t even miss the mayo. 1 egg is more filling that you would think. Have next to a lunch salad and you’ll feel full for the whole afternoon !

    Deviled Eggs with Cream Cheese

    Deviled Eggs with Cream Cheese

    12 servings
    120 cal per serving (1 whole egg)

    12 hard boiled eggs
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, room temperature
    3 T light mayo
    2 t dijon mustard
    2 t white vinegar
    1/2 t sugar
    1/4 t paprika
    salt and pepper to taste

    Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks to a bowl. Mix yolks with all the rest of the ingredients other than the paprika. “Stuff” eggs with spoonfuls of filling or “Pipe” filling into eggs with a ziploc bag made into a pastry bag. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving.

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    May 25th, 2012adminDinner, FiberGourmet, pasta, Vegetables

    I am betting you can smell this cooking from all the way over there ! The parmesan and cheddar cheeses blend to perfection and the pasta…well, it just feeds the soul. The portion size will be cut down dramatically to come in at 400 calories if it were not for the FiberGourmet pasta.

    Veggie Mac and Cheese

    Veggie Mac and Cheese

    4 servings
    399 calories per serving

    10 oz. Fiber Gourmet Penne pasta
    2 t oil
    1 9 oz. yellow summer squash halved lengthwise and sliced thinly
    1 9 oz. bag frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
    4 scallions sliced thinly
    1 bottled roasted red peppers, rinsed and diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 T flour
    2 ½ c skim milk
    ¾ t salt
    1 c grated no fat cheddar cheese
    ¼ c parmesan cheese
    Pam

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat and add squash, scallion, artichokes, peppers and garlic. Cook 7 minutes. Add flour and stir well and then gradually add milk. Add salt and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add the hot veggies and sauce to the pasta along with the cheddar cheese and mix well and turn into an 11×7 baking pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake ½ hour or until hot and crusty.

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    May 23rd, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, turkey

    Whip this up in a flash – save and bake later or bake right away for a super Mexican inspired dinner. Serve with some sliced avocado for a special treat.

    Taco Pie

    Taco Pie

    6 servings
    296 calories per serving

    1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
    2 t dried onion
    1 Tbsp. taco seasoning (more if you like your meat zesty and flavorful)
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained well
    12 oz. frozen corn, thawed and drained
    4 La Tortilla Factory low carb tortilla wraps (only 80 calories each!)
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    1/4 c light sour cream

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown meat with dried onions and taco seasoning then add tomatoes and corn and cook 5 minutes. Spoon 1 1/2 c of the mix into a 2 quart square or round casserole dish. Spread out and then top with 2 tortillas. Add the rest of the meat mix and 1/2 c of cheese. Add 2 more tortillas and the rest of the cheese and cover and bake 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes.

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    May 20th, 2012adminAppetizers, chicken, Dinner

    This is a DELICIOUS meal ! Serve them up alone as an appetizer, with a small salad for lunch, or with a few sides for a great dinner. The recipes packs a punch of flavor and anyone in your family who likes buffalo wings will love this. The sauce is really what makes the dish in my mind !

    Buffalo Meatballs

    Buffalo Meatballs

    6 servings
    6 meatballs per serving
    177 calories per serving

    1 lb ground chicken
    1/4 c Egg Beaters
    1/2 c minced celery
    1/2 c breadcrumbs
    1/3 c Frank’s Buffalo Sauce (or your favorite brand)
    salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 t oregano
    1/2 t garlic powder
    1/2 t onion powder
    Pam
    2 T butter
    2 T flour
    1 c chicken or beef stock
    1/4 c Frank’s Buffalo Sauce (or your favorite brand)

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix meat, egg beaters, breadcrumbs, 1/3 c sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. Spray a baking sheet with Pam. Make 36 small cocktail sized meatballs and place on a baking sheet with the sides all touching (this helps retain moisture in the meatballs as they cook). Bake 15-20 minutes or until done. While they are cooking melt butter in a small saucepan and then add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring the entire time. Add stock and simmer 3 minutes. Add 1/4 c buffalo sauce, salt and pepper and simmer 1 minute. Serve this sauce over the meatballs or on the side as a dipping sauce.

    Add some celery and carrot stix and some low fat blue cheese dressing on the side. You won’t miss the mess of wings with this healthy option that is just as good !

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    May 18th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    These are just FANTASTIC ! Forget about regular stuffing next Thanksgiving – I am going to make these ahead of time and simply reheat in the oven while the turkey is being carved. These are simply delicious !

    Stuffin' Muffins

    Stuffin' Muffins

    10 servings
    209 calories per serving

    1/4 c butter
    3/4 c celery, chopped fine
    1/4 c carrots, chopped fine
    1 1/2 c water
    6 oz. Stovetop stuffing mix
    1/3 c Craisins or raisins
    1/4 c chopped walnuts
    1 1/2 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup egg beaters
    Pam

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with Pam. In a skillet, melt butter and cook celery and carrot 5-6 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil them remove from heat and stir in stuffing mix, craisins and nuts then add 1 cup of cheese and the egg beaters and mix well. Spoon into 10 muffin cups and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese then back 10 minutes to melt cheese.

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    May 17th, 2012adminProduct Reviews

    Bella Sun Luci is a premium brand of Mooney Farms in Chico, Calilfornia. The company has been family owned and operated and their dedication to value and quality shines through in their products !
    Sun Dried Tomatoes

    I have used sun dried tomatoes in many of my dishes – I love the flavor of them. Sometimes I find certain brands are just a little too sweet for my liking. Bella Sun Luci products are just perfect to me – they are sweet, but not overly sweet. All the sweet goodness you expect from a sun dried tomato is there, but without the sweet aftertaste that you get from some other products. To me, this makes them just PERFECT.

    You can use sun dried tomatoes in sooooo many ways. I often put them on a sandwich. Add a few and you’ll find no need for mayo or mustard – the POW of flavor from the tomatoes is all you need. Try their herbed julienne cut or even their tomato halves. They are packed with lycopene and other good healthful things – but more importantly, they are packed with flavor. Flavor you won’t forget and flavor you will find yourself craving !!

    Sun Dried Tomatoes

    Sun Dried Tomatoes

    As well as sandwiches, try the julienne cut in pasta salads of all types. Just cook pasta, add the tomatoes, artichoke hearts, some sliced prosciutto, some diced kalamata olives and sprinkle with some feta cheese for a great salad that goes well next to just about anything.

    By far my most favorite product from Bella Sun Luci that I tried was their Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. This is TO DIE FOR !! The complexity of flavor was astounding. There was just the right amount of tomato mixed with just the right amount of pesto and this has now become a staple in my pantry !! First I made some crostini and ate it pure and simple on the bread (with just a slight dusting of grated parmesan cheese on top). Delicious !

    Sun Dried Tomatoes

    Sun Dried Tomatoes

    Then I sauteed some onions and peppers and added a few tablespoons in right at the end of the cooking period. Can you say FLAVOR ? Now I can’t wait to try it mixed into a soup broth. Take any chicken or fish soup that has a chicken or vegetable broth. Stir in just a tablespoon or two…see what I mean !?! Utterly delicious!

    Be sure to keep your eye out for my review of their new marinades, Carne Asada and Basque Norte. Mooney Farms certainly has my vote for delicious products and you’ll want to make sure you try these products soon – my local market carries many of their items and I’m sure yours does as well ! If not, you can always head over to the website and order there.

    Looking for some more recipes that use sun dried tomatoes? Check out these recipes that I’ve posted:

    Tilapia Puttanesca
    Rotini with Ham
    Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes
    Couscous with Sun Dried Tomatoes
    Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Soup

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    May 14th, 2012adminAppetizers, Italian, Vegetables

    This whips up in 5 minutes and is a great appetizer or snack. If you like artichokes, you will love this dip !

    Artichoke Dip

    Artichoke Dip

    4 servings
    41 calories per serving

    8 oz canned artichoke hearts
    2 clove garlic
    1 t cumin
    2 t olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place the artichokes in a food processor with the garlic and cumin and oil. Process to a smooth paste then season with salt and pepper.

    Serve with store bought or homemade pita chips.

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    May 13th, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Creamy vanilla goodness with sweet ripe cherries – it doesn’t get any better …oh wait, it does – there’s an oreo pie crust ! You have to make this one ! This is my Mom’s newest favorite dessert :)

    Cherry Cream Pie

    Cherry Cream Pie

    8 servings
    182 calories per serving

    3 c frozen vanilla yogurt, softened (I love Turkey Hill brand)
    1 1/4 c sliced pitted fresh cherries
    1 prepared Oreo cookie pie crust
    2 tablespoons Cool Whip

    Make sure yogurt is good and melty and then stir in cherries. Turn all into the pie crust and freeze at least 3 hours. If desired, garnish with Cool Whip and some extra cherries.

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