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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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    September 21st, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Delightful !! It’s basically a homemade Mound’s Bar but even more delicious ! Add a few nuts if you prefer Almond Joys :) You don’t even miss the chocolate on the bottom – there is more than enough here ! Each bar is a GOOD size.

    Coconut Candy Bars

    Coconut Candy Bars

    8 servings
    203 calories per serving

    1 ¼ c unsweetened coconut
    ½ c skim milk
    2 t unflavored gelatin
    1 t cornstarch
    1 t vanilla
    1/2 c Melted Semisweet Chocolate for drizzling

    Combine ¼ c coconut, milk, gelatin and cornstarch in a blender until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and cook over medium heat until slightly thickened then remove from heat and stir in vanilla and the rest of the coconut. Form into 8 bars and cool completely then drizzle with melted chocolate.

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    September 19th, 2012adminCajun, chicken, crock pot, Dinner

    A taste of Louisiana without all the work of a typical jambalaya. This is a really good version that is so easy to make ! It is homey and filling and flavorful and all the things a good jambalaya should be (even MUSHY is a good characteristic in a jambalaya and my daughter days this one is mushy). Serve with some extra tabasco on the side for people like me :)

    Chicken Jambalaya

    Chicken Jambalaya

    6 servings
    370 calories per serving

    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
    1 c chicken broth
    2 c vegetable broth
    ¾ c water
    1 ½ c raw brown rice
    4 oz. low fat turkey sausage cut into slices
    ½ c celery, thinly sliced
    Leaves from the top of the celery ribs
    ½ c onion, chopped
    ½ c green bell pepper, chopped
    2 t Cajun seasoning
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    ¼ t hot pepper sauce
    1 bay leaf
    Salt to taste
    14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and on medium high heat, cook chicken and sausage until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Place in crock along with all the other ingredients. Cover and cook on high 5 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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    September 17th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    Philadelphia Cream cheese sauces are pretty new – they have several flavors, but I think the Savory Garlic is my favorite. The richness of the cream cheese makes this a this a decadent side.

    Creamy Garlic Noodles

    Creamy Garlic Noodles

    6 servings
    313 calories per serving

    8 oz whole wheat egg noodles
    4 c frozen broccoli florets
    1 1/3 c frozen mixed peas and carrots
    Pam
    6 oz. canned sliced mushrooms
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ c Philadelphia Cooking Crème (Savory Garlic flavor)
    ¼ c fat free evaporated milk

    Thaw frozen vegetables. Spray a skillet with Pam and sauté broccoli, peas and carrots, and mushrooms 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder then mix in the evaporated milk and heat another 2 minutes to heat through.. Cook noodles according to package instructions. When done, drain and stir with cooking crème. Mix in the vegetable sauté and serve immediately.

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    September 14th, 2012adminAppetizers, beef, crock pot

    These are always a hit at parties and they take no time to prepare. Just keep them simmering in a crock all during the party and you’ll see that they disappear pretty quickly. I like to serve them for dinner sometimes – make a salad on the side and you don’t have to wait for a party to enjoy these little stars !

    Cocktail Meatballs (Crock Pot)

    Cocktail Meatballs (Crock Pot)


    6 servings
    247 calories per serving (1 serving = 6 meatballs)

    22 oz. frozen cocktail meatballs
    2 cans fat free beef gravy (sometimes I use one that has onions in it)
    salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder

    Mix gravy and spices. Defrost meatballs in the microwave or in a pan on the stove. Place meatballs in the crock and pour over the gravy. Cover and cook on high until heated through (about one hour). Then move to the low heat setting and you can keep these going another 3 hours while people pick at them.

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    September 12th, 2012adminLunch, Sandwiches

    Gruyere is so tasty – so earthy. This is a great sandwich with quite a bite to it.

    Grilled Mushroom and Gruyere

    Grilled Mushroom and Gruyere

    4 servings
    305 calories per serving

    1 T butter
    8 oz. sliced mushrooms
    4 t Dijon mustard
    8 slices whole wheat bread
    5 oz. spinach leaves
    ¼ c shallots, sliced very thinly
    1 c shredded Gruyere cheese
    Pam
    ICBINB Spray

    Heat butter and sauté shallots 3 minutes then add mushrooms and sauté another 6 minutes. Add up to 2 T of hot water if the mix gets too dry. Spread mustard on bread and add spinach leaves, ¼ c cheese and ¼ of the mushroom and shallot mix. Top with the rest of the bread. Spray a hot skillet with Pam. Spray each side of the sandwich with ICBINB Spray and then cook 2-3 minutes per side or until golden and cheese is melted.

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    September 9th, 2012adminAppetizers, Fish, Lunch, Summer

    What a wonderful appetizer or lunch ! The marinade makes the shrimp nice and spicy. And the sauce is a great deviation from the typical ketchup and horseradish mixture…this one uses tomatoes and has a much fresher taste. Try dipping your avocado slices in the sauce too – the flavors go together perfectly.

    8 servings
    238 calories per serving

    Warm Shrimp Cocktail

    Warm Shrimp Cocktail

    Cocktail Sauce
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    3 T cilantro
    2 T lime juice
    1 T prepared horseradish
    1 T Worcestershire sauce
    ¼ t Kosher salt
    ¼ t pepper
    (you can make this a day ahead)

    Shrimp
    24 fresh clean jumbo shrimp with tails on (if desired)
    3 T lime juice
    3 T chili sauce
    1 clove garlic, minced
    ½ t Kosher salt
    1/8 t pepper

    4 ripe avocados, sliced

    Prepare sauce and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Place shrimp in a zip loc bag with the juice, sauce and garlic and place in the refrigerator 1 hour. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with Pam. Drain shrimp and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 7-8 minutes or until done. Serve with cocktail sauce and sliced avocados.

    If you don’t have a grill, you can broil or pan fry the shrimp.

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    September 4th, 2012adminLunch, Vegetables

    You can serve these veggies in bread, on top of a salad, or in a crunchy taco shell. I choose a taco ! Spreading the cheese inside the taco makes for a great bite from start to finish.

    Grilled Veggie Tacos

    Grilled Veggie Tacos

    4 servings (1 serving = 2 tacos)
    230 calories per serving

    Get taco shells and spread the inside with the spread mix – then put in veggies – if more room, add extra chopped lettuce for crunch

    Spread:
    3.5 oz. goat cheese
    ¼ c roasted red peppers
    1 t chopped chives
    1 t liquid from jar of roasted red peppers

    Veggies:
    1 T oil (used in an oil mister, 1 T goes a long way !)
    1 t Kosher salt
    4 large Portobello mushrooms halved
    1 red bell pepper, quartered lengthwise
    1 yellow bell pepper, quartered lengthwise
    1 small eggplant in ¼ inch slices
    4 taco shells
    4 lettuce leaves, chopped
    Pam

    Preheat broiler. Process all the ingredients for the spread in a food processor and then set aside. Spray a baking sheet with Pam and place mushrooms, peppers and eggplant in a single layer on sheet and spray with oil and sprinkle with salt. Broil 8 minutes, turn, then broil another 5 minutes or until tender. Cool for a bit and then slice up. Spread inside of tacos with the cheese mix and then add lettuce and then veggies.

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    August 22nd, 2012adminbeef, chicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    By using a grill basket, you can get the great grilled flavor with just about anything, even small pieces of meat and veggies. Some would do these as kabobs, but I find them too tedious to put together and then some of them always fall off the skewers and into the grill. Get a grill basket and you can do all sorts of things without any lost pieces :)

    Stir-Fry on the Grill

    Stir-Fry on the Grill

    6 servings
    283 calories, per serving

    2 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces
    1 lb. beef cubes (lean)
    2 baby eggplant, sliced
    1 onion, sliced
    1 red pepper, sliced
    ½ head of broccoli cut into florets
    ½ head of cauliflower cut into florets
    ½ c steak house marinade
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 t onion powder
    ½ t garlic powder.
    Pam

    Place the meat and chicken in a Ziploc and add the marinade. Mush it all around to coat all the meat and then place in the frig and let marinate 2 hours. Place the veggies in a bowl and sprinkle with the spices. Heat the grill and a grill basket. Spray the basket with high heat Pam and add the veggies. Cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes. Move the veggies to one side of the basket and add the meat to the other side. Cook 6 minutes or until chicken is done. Mix all together and server immediately.

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    August 13th, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly, 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.

    Neopolitan Pops

    Neopolitan Pops

    6 servings
    113 calories per serving

    Strawberry Layer
    3 ½ oz. hulled and quartered strawberries
    3 T skim milk
    1 T light sour cream
    1 T + 1 t sugar
    1 ½ t vanilla extract
    ½ t heavy cream

    Combine the strawberries and milk in a blender until smooth and then press through a fine mesh sieve so you strain out the seeds – I usually run a spoon back and forth over the berries and that pushes the mix through the sieve pretty good. You should end up with ¼ c plus 3 T of seedless puree. Whisk in the sour cream, sugar, vanilla and cream.

    Vanilla Layer
    ¼ c + 2 T skim milk
    2 ½ T heavy cream
    1 ½ T sugar
    1 ½ t vanilla extract

    Whisk all ingredients until the sugar is dissolved.

    Chocolate Layer
    1/3 c skim milk
    2 ½ T chocolate syrup
    1 T heavy cream
    1 ½ t water
    ¼ t vanilla extract

    Whisk all the ingredients together.

    To make the pops in a Zoku, pour the strawberry layer 1/3 of the way up the mold and let freeze all the way. Then repeat with the vanilla and chocolate layers.

    In traditional molds, freeze each layer at least an hour before adding the next and then freeze the whole thing 6 hours.

    Toast the pecans in a skillet with the butter and sugar. Cook about 3 minutes stirring often. Let nuts cool completely.

    In a saucepan over low heat whisk water and butterscotch morsels and cook until melted, but don’t boil. Cool 10 minutes then stir in the half and half and vanilla and then refrigerate until completely cool, about 20 minutes. Whisk occasionally so that a skin does not form on top of the mixture.

    Working in 2 batches – place approximately 6 pecan halves in each mold and then pour in the butterscotch mixture up to the fill line. In 7-9 minutes you’ll have rich, flavorful pops that rival the experience of butter pecan ice cream 

    If you are using traditional molds, freeze 6 hours.

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    August 6th, 2012adminAppetizers, Italian, Snacks, Summer

    This is best with fresh mozzarella (it is WIDELY available at regular and gourmet markets as well as cheese shops) and fresh garden tomatoes.

    Mozzarella and Tomato with Balsamic Vinegar

    Mozzarella and Tomato with Balsamic Vinegar

    4 servings
    177 calories per serving

    4 2 oz. slices of mozzarella cheese
    4 large tomato slices
    4 basil leaves
    4 T balsamic vinegar
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place cheese on plate and top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then top with basil leaves and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

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