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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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    July 23rd, 2012adminDinner, Summer, turkey

    What a great grilled dish – the onions get so nice and caramelized and that gives everything tons of flavor.

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    4 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1/3 c finely chopped onion
    3 T buttery spread
    ¾ c apple juice
    1/3 c red vinegar
    2 T honey
    1 T steak sauce
    1 t salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 lb Italian turkey sausage
    2 small onions, quartered
    8 medium large fresh mushroom caps
    Pam

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Cook onion in butter until tender then mix in apple juice, vinegar, honey, steak sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

    Boil enough water to cover sausages and add sausage to pot and cover. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until cooked through. During the last 5 minutes throw in the onion wedges. Cool for a bit then slice into 2 inch pieces. Heat grill and spray a grill pan with Pam.

    Place all sausage, onions and mushrooms in a bowl and put in half the sauce and toss to coat. Place this mix in a hot grill basket and grill 10 minutes stirring frequently. Baste with the other ½ of the sauce and continue cooking 2 minutes longer.

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    July 19th, 2012adminDessert, MUFAs, Summer

    This is not your run of the mill ice cream ! It is filled with MUFA, is sweet and tasty, and will definitely turn heads ! Give it a try next time you are ready to make some ice cream.

    Avocado Ice Cream

    Avocado Ice Cream

    8 servings
    224 calories per serving

    1 ½ c avocado puree (about 3 avocados worth)
    1 ½ c water
    1 1/3 c sugar
    ¼ c lime juice
    1/3 c tequila
    Lime zest garnish

    Puree avocado and add water, sugar, lime juice and tequila and pulse until well combined. Refrigerate the mix from 1 hour to overnight. Place in ice cream maker and freeze according to instructions. Garnish with lime zest.

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    July 16th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    So simple yet so good – this is a great meal to serve when zucchini are in season. Remember to use a grill basket for regular kabob recipes – it takes out so much of the work and you’ll find the food cooks more evenly.

    Grilled Chicken and Zucchini

    Grilled Chicken and Zucchini

    6 servings
    187 calories per serving

    1 c parsley, chopped
    2 T chopped almonds, toasted
    2 T chopped chives
    ½ t grated lemon zest
    3 T lemon juice
    1 T oil
    ½ t oregano flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 ½ lb. bones skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
    4 zucchini cut into thick slices
    1 t red pepper flakes
    Pam

    Heat grill. Mix parsley, almonds, chives, lemon zest, lemon, oil, garlic and some salt and pepper. This will be a salsa to serve with the dish. Spray a grill basket with high heat Pam and grill chicken and zucchini 8 minutes or until done. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes half way through the cooking process. Serve with the prepared salsa.

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    July 10th, 2012adminDessert, Summer

    Even though I make these pops in a Zoku maker, you can make any of these recipes in traditional pop makers – each pop here is 2 oz. so adjust accordingly. And if you love pops like me, then do yourself a favor and get a Zoku :) Their recipes turn out fantastic pops – I often skinny them up a bit, but I mostly use their measurements and basic recipe and am always pleased with the results.

    Caramel Latte Pops

    Caramel Latte Pops

    6 servings
    46 calories per serving

    2 c skim milk
    3 shots of espresso, cooled
    2 T caramel sauce

    Whisk together espresso and milk. (if you like a sweet flavor, add some Equal or Splenda). Then pour into the base and freeze completely (7-9 minutes in the Zoku, 6 hours in the freezer). Just before eating, drizzle the pops with caramel syrup.

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    July 9th, 2012adminDinner, Mexican, Sides

    Serve this nutritious bean based meal as a lunch with some cut up veggies on the side. Or serve as a dinner side next to Mexican flavored chicken or fish.

    Black Beans and Chilies

    Black Beans and Chilies

    4 servings
    210 calories per serving

    1 t oil
    2 scallions, thinly sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 T chopped green chilies
    2 14.5 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
    2 c water
    ¼ c salsa
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 t shredded low fat cheddar cheese

    Heat oil and cook scallions and garlic 1-2 minutes then add chilies, beans and water and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer ½ hour. Stir in salsa and warm through then season with salt and pepper just before serving. Garnish each serving with 1 t shredded cheese.

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    July 5th, 2012adminAsian, chicken, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This sweet and tangy Asian sauce is the perfect summer BBQ meal. The sweet honey chars just a bit and makes these legs super flavorful. Try serving with Asian Sesame Slaw for a perfect meal.

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    4 servings
    240 calories per serving

    8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skinned
    High Heat Pam
    3 T apple cider vinegar
    3 T soy sauce
    4 T honey
    2 T chopped parsley
    2 t minced ginger
    Pepper to taste

    Par boil the chicken legs for 15 minutes so you don’t have to keep them on the grill too long and they don’t dry out. Preheat grill and spray with high heat Pam. Brush half the sauce on chicken legs and grill 15 minute or until done throughout. Put the remainder of the sauce in the microwave and cook 1 minute (make sure it comes to a boil). Mop the legs with the rest of the sauce when they come off the grill.

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