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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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    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 30th, 2012adminAppetizers, crock pot, Lunch, turkey

    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 !!

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    2 t oil
    3 t garlic, minced
    4 2 oz. turkey sausages (any flavor you like, I used Italian hot) cut into chunks
    1 c water
    1 c chicken broth
    2 19 oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    4 c baby spinach
    1/2 t black pepper
    1/4 t crushed red pepper
    1/8 t salt
    ½ t garlic powder
    2 T lemon juice
    6 T shredded provolone cheese
    6 1 oz. slices French bread

    Heat oil and cook sausage until almost done. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add water, broth to crock pot then add spinach. Add salt and pepper and garlic powder. Add beans and then add sausage and garlic and any pan drippings to the top. Cook on low 3 hours. Add the splash of lemon during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Serve with Cheese Toasts. To make toasts, sprinkle bread slices with cheese and broil 2 minutes to melt cheese.

    If you don’t have a crock pot, you can do this stove top is a soup pot – after cooking the sausage and combining all the ingredients, simmer on very low for 1 hour.

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    December 21st, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    I love desserts that are quick and easy – there’s nothing like opening a box, melting and drizzling, and ending up with a dessert that makes your mouth water for more ! These are a cross between a cookie and a candy and at only 87 calories per serving, I like them even better :)

    Nilla Deluxe

    Nilla Deluxe


    18 servings
    87 calories per serving (2 treats)

    18 Nilla Wafers
    8 caramel candies
    1 square Baker’s semi sweet chocolate
    18 pecan halves

    Place cookies flat side up in a single layer. Microwave caramels to melt, stiffing frequently. Let stand 5 minutes. Melt chocolate. Spoon 1/2 t caramel on to each cookie then top with a nut and drizzle with chocolate.

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    December 14th, 2012adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Soups

    I just love meatball soup and when you use the frozen prepared meatballs, it takes all the hard work out of it. Just heat up some broth, add meatballs and some veggies and you have a great complete meal. Here is one of my favorite ways to serve.

    Meatball and Escarole Soup

    Meatball and Escarole Soup

    4 servings
    315 calories per serving

    24 frozen cocktail meatballs
    8 c chicken broth
    1 6.5 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
    4 c cleaned and torn escarole leaves
    1 c shredded or julienned carrot
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 t garlic powder
    1 T dry minced onion
    ½ t oregano flakes
    ½ t parsley flakes

    Mix all together and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes.

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    December 11th, 2012adminAsian, chicken, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Soups

    I love making wontons – you fill them with just about anything and drop in broth and they make a great meal. But this one goes far beyond – the flavors of the ginger, lemon and vegetables mingle so beautifully ! You’ll want to make this one again and again.

    Chicken Wontons in Broth

    Chicken Wontons in Broth

    6 servings
    395 calories per serving

    7 cups fat free broth (chicken, beef or a mixture of both)
    4 c water
    3 T soy sauce
    1 T lemon juice
    24 wonton wrappers
    1 large shallot, finely chopped
    ½ pound ground chicken
    ¾ c bok choy, finely chopped
    ½ c finely chopped mushrooms
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 T soy sauce
    1 t garlic powder
    2 t minced fresh ginger
    2 t grated lemon rind
    1 t dark sesame oil
    Dash of hot sauce

    Prepare wontons (see below). Bring broth to a boil. Add 3 T soy, salt and pepper. Add wontons and cook 3 minutes or until done. Add lemon juice right at the end.

    Wonton preparation:
    Spray pan with Pam and cook shallot 3 minutes. Add water if it starts to get dry. Add ground meat and cook until done. Make sure you break it up into little pieces as it cooks. Let cool. Add in bok choy, mushrooms, soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger, lemon zest, sesame oil, and hot sauce. Fill wontons (click below for a short video tutorial if you are not familiar with wonton preparation).

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    December 10th, 2012adminLunch, Salads, Tex Mex

    This is simple to make and you can even pack it up to go as it travels well. All the southwest flavors mingle nicely and it’s a refreshing lunch salad. If you don’t like Ranch dressing, substitute any other low fat or no fat dressing.

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    4 servings
    380 calories per serving

    4 c mixed salad greens
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    10 oz. frozen corn, thawed and drained
    1 large red pepper, chopped
    4 medium tomatoes, chopped
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    ½ c low fat ranch dressing
    2 T cilantro, chopped

    Arrange greens on plates and top with beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Top with dressing and cilantro.

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    December 7th, 2012adminbeef, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches

    This is your classic French dip with a twist – you add some sauteed peppers and onions to make an already good sandwich just GREAT ! You will find yourself making this one again and again !

    French Dip Sandwich

    French Dip Sandwich

    4 servings
    278 calories per serving

    1 jar au jus gravy
    32 slices thin sliced deli roast beef (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    4 small Club rolls
    1 small onion, sliced
    1 bell pepper, sliced
    Pam

    Saute onion and pepper in a pan sprayed with Pam. Add a tablespoon of water at a time if needed to keep moist. Cook until veggies are tender, about 7 minutes. In a skillet heat the gravy and add the roast beef to heat it through. Place meat on rolls and top with peppers and onions. Serve with dipping sauce.

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    December 3rd, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    I made 4, 3 of us ate one each and then fought over the 4th :) They are that good !! Make sure you use a nice creamy vanilla yogurt; one that tastes like ice cream. I love Turkey Hill brand. This is just one of those perfect desserts !

    Nilla Parfait

    Nilla Parfait

    4 servings
    270 calories per serving

    2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt, softened (I like Turkey Hill brand)
    8 Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed well
    1 1/2 bananas, sliced
    1/4 c chopped toasted pecans

    In small dessert cups or parfait glasses or even in wine glasses, layer ingredients and then freeze at least half an hour. Here are the layers:

    Yogurt
    Banana
    Nuts
    Yogurt
    Banana
    Nilla crumbs
    Nuts
    1 slice of banana for garnish

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    December 2nd, 2012adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    Creamy, cheesy, savory spinach – a perfect side dish to a light fish meal.

    Spinach Au Gratin

    Spinach Au Gratin

    6 servings
    200 calories per serving

    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    6 slices pre-cooked bacon, finely chopped
    15 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, cubed
    15 Ritz Crackers, coarsely crushed
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    1 T butter, melted
    Pam

    Preheat broiler. Spray pan with Pam and add onion. Cook 5 minutes adding a couple of tablespoons of hot water along the way if needed to keep the onions moist. Add bacon and cook 3 minutes. Add spinach and cook 3 minutes to wilt the spinach then remove from heat and add cream cheese being sure to mix well. Turn into a casserole dish sprayed with Pam. Mix crackers, parmesan and butter and sprinkle over the casserole. Broil 2 minutes to brown the crackers.

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