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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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    Get the '400 Calories or Less' App and eBooks now !

    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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    June 8th, 2014adminDinner, Lunch, Sides, Summer

    At only 160 calories, make this one often ! The lite buttermilk, lemon and wine is a nice change from your typical mayo and vinegar dressing. The flavor is right on and this will definitely satisfy your potato salad craving.

    Light Potato Salad

    Light Potato Salad

    12 servings
    160 calories per serving

    4 lb. small red potatoes, quartered
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ c dry white wine
    4 T lemon juice
    ½ c low fat buttermilk
    ¼ c low fat mayo
    1 T Dijon mustard
    1 c packed basil leaves sliced very thin
    Cilantro for garnish

    Add cold water to potatoes to cover them by 2 inches, cover and bring to a boil then add 1 t salt, recover and reduce heat to medium low and cook 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Add wine and 1 T lemon juice them toss and cool to room temperature.

    Whisk buttermilk, mayo, mustard, ¼ t salt, pepper and 3 T lemon juice. Blend well and then toss with potatoes and basil.

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    June 7th, 2014adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Simple grilled chicken made super special with the addition of a creamy pesto sauce. This is lightened up quite a bit compared to plain pesto and the sour cream and yogurt make a great cream base for the pesto flavor to shine. Serve this one next time you are grilling with friends. The pesto sauce can be made hours ahead and left in the refrigerator.

    Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pesto Sauce

    Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pesto Sauce


    4 servings
    298 calories per serving

    4 5 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
    Pam
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    4 T plain low fat Greek yogurt
    4 T fat free sour cream
    2 T prepared pesto (available in the refrigerated section of your grocer)

    Heat grill and spray with high heat Pam. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Grill chicken 4 minutes per side or until done. Meanwhile combine yogurt, sour cream and pesto. Spread pesto sauce on plate and serve chicken atop it.

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    June 6th, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    I recently got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. BEST THING EVER ! I love making pops but hate the wait time. Now I have ‘em in 7-9 minutes :) This is one of the recipes I pulled from the Zoku book – of course, I’ve tweaked many of the recipes to suit my own tastes, bring down calories, and to get creative with the pops, but some are in their original goodness.

    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 :)

    I recently got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker.  BEST THING EVER !  I love making pops but hate the wait time.  Now I have ‘em in 7-9 minutes :)  This is one of the recipes I pulled from the Zoku book – of course, I’ve tweaked many of the recipes  to suit my own tastes, bring down calories, and to get creative with the pops, but some are in their original goodness.

    Zoku Quick Pop Maker

    6 servings
    265 calories per serving

    1 c water
    2 1/3 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I used ghiradelli bittersweet morsels)
    1/3 c sugar
    1 pinch salt
    1/3 c skim milk
    1 T fat free half and half
    ½ c very thin banana slices
    6 T Magic Shell chocolate shell for ice cream
    3 T chopped peanuts

    In a saucepan whisk chocolate, sugar, water and salt and cook until completely melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes in the fridge and then whish in the milk and half and half. Then return to the fridge and cool completely (about ½ hour).

    Working in 2 batches – Place bananas on the sides of the maker molds then pour in the mix. In 7-9 minutes you’ll have creamy, fudgy goodness with a bit of banana thrown in for interest :)

    If you are using traditional molds, you can suspend the bananas by filling the molds half way. Freezing a bit, then adding the bananas and the rest of the mix. Or you can just let the drop to the bottom – it will still taste dandy ! Freeze 6 hours.

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    June 5th, 2014adminAsian, chicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Throw away those kabob skewers and get a grill basket – it makes cooking small pieces of things on the grill a snap ! Just cut it up, marinate and then throw in the grill basket. It’s like stir frying on the grill and you get a great even cook on all the bits.

    Teriyaki Grill Basket

    Teriyaki Grill Basket

    6 servings
    244 calories per serving

    1/3 c soy sauce
    2 T vegetable oil
    1 T brown sugar
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 t ground ginger
    1 t seasoned salt
    Pepper to taste
    1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
    12 whole fresh mushrooms
    1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
    1 large onion, cut into wedges
    12 cherry tomatoes
    Pam

    Mix soy, oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, pepper and salt. Place chicken pieces in a Ziploc bag and pour over the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. During the last hour, add the veggies to the bag. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with high heat Pam. Cook veggies and chicken until chicken is done.

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    June 4th, 2014adminDessert, Summer

    This is sooooo refreshing. Between the tart lemon, the sweet tea and the cold, cold temperature, you’ll turn down the heat in any room when you serve this summery dessert.

    Tea and Lemon Sorbet

    Tea and Lemon Sorbet

    8 servings
    68 calories per serving

    2 c boiling water
    4 Earl Grey tea bags
    1/2 cup sugar
    ¾ c fresh lemon juice
    1 c ice water

    Boil 2 c of water and then steep the tea bags for 6-8 minutes. Remove bags and stir in sugar. Add lemon and 1 c ice water then chill 2 hours. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze. When done, place in a container and freeze one hour before serving. If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can make this mixture into ice pops using molds or into a granita by following these instructions:
    Place a metal bowl in the freezer to chill. Combine ingredients and pour into the bowl and place in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes. When ice crystals form on the edges, stir with a fork being sure to pull away all the frozen pieces around the edges and freeze another 2-3 hours stirring every ½ hour. Best to serve right after the initial freeze time, but if you let it sit overnight, be sure to defrost for 15 minutes or so before serving.

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    June 3rd, 2014adminDinner, Kid Friendly, pork, Sandwiches, Summer

    Sweet sauce, succulent pork – what a great slider this makes ! It’s easy to do the pork ahead of time and keep warm – so this is a great dish for entertaining.

    Grilled Pork Sliders

    Grilled Pork Sliders

    4 servings
    362 calories per serving

    1/2 c BBQ sauce (use your favorite)
    2 T dark rum
    2 T honey
    1 lb. pork tenderloin, fat trimmed
    8 slider buns

    Heat grill. Mix sauce, rum and honey and bring to a boil down for a couple of minutes. Use half of the sauce to baste the pork while you grill it 20 minutes or until done. Let pork stand for 5-10 minutes and then slice thinly.

    Place slices on buns and add some of the reserved sauce. Optionally add some caramelized onions for a super savory sandwich.

    To caramelize onions, heat 1 T oil in a skillet and then cook onions 5 minutes on high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking 20 minutes or until golden brown. You may need to add hot water a tablespoon at a time to keep them from drying out. When done, season with salt and pepper.

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    June 2nd, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This tastes like a lemonade stand in a slice of pie ! It is so refreshing and delicious. Instead of the second pie, I used the extra filling to make homemade ice pops.

    Raspberry Lemonade Pie

    Raspberry Lemonade Pie

    16 servings (2 pies)
    198 calories per serving

    1 ½ c boiling water
    .3 oz. package lemon Jello (sugar free)
    4 oz. cream cheese, softened
    6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
    8 oz. cool whip, thawed
    1 c raspberries
    2 low fat graham crusts

    Add boiling water to jello and stir 2 minutes to dissolve completely. Cool a bit and then add in the lemonade. Beat cream cheese until creamy and then gradually add jello mix. Stir in cool whip and berries and pour into crusts then refrigerate at least 4 hours. It will be very thin at this stage – after it is refrigerated it will thicken up a lot. You can also freeze this and simply thaw ½ hour or so before serving. Garnish with a few leftover raspberries.

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    June 1st, 2014adminDinner, Fish, Summer

    A nice ‘beefy’ tuna steak on the grill is one of those great summer treats. The leftovers make a GREAT tuna salad – just add a little low fat mayo and some diced up pickles or celery.

    Chili Garlic Tuna

    Chili Garlic Tuna


    4 servings
    335 calories per serving

    2 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ t crushed red pepper
    4 tuna steaks – 8 oz. each
    2 t Chili Garlic sauce (found in the Asian section of your market)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 t oil
    Lime zest as garnish
    Lime juice

    Heat the grill or preheat the broiler. Combine garlic, pepper flakes, chili garlic sauce and salt. Make several small slits in the tuna steaks and insert the garlic mix into the slits. Then rub the oil on the steaks and sprinkle with salt and pepper and grill or broil 3 – 5 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Squirt with a bit of lime juice and sprinkle with lime zest and serve.

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    March 7th, 2014adminDinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, Kid Friendly, pasta

    This recipe makes up a wonderfully flavorful sauce – anything with bacon is good in my book !

    Spaghetti Carbonara

    Spaghetti Carbonara

    2 servings
    300 calories per serving

    4 ounces uncooked FiberGourmet spaghetti
    1/2 cup skim milk
    3 T grated Parmesan cheese
    1 T chopped parsley
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam
    1/3 c chopped pancetta or thick cut bacon (about 1 1/2 ounces)
    1/4 c finely chopped onion
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 large egg

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain reserving ¼ c of the cooking water. Mix milk, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Heat a skillet and spray with Pam then sauté pancetta 3 minutes. Add onions and garlic and continue cooking another 5 minutes until onion is browned. Reduce heat to medium low and add milk mix and spaghetti to the pan. Whisk egg in a bowl and add the reserved cooking liquid stirring constantly so egg does not start to cook. Gradually add to pan stirring constantly and cook 4 minutes on low until sauce is thick.

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    March 6th, 2014adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly

    Fruit salad with a kiss of lime and honey. This is a great fruit combination – the sweet mango, crunchy jicama, tart pomegranate and citrus are a perfect taste treat. So very healthy, make a batch and eat off it for a few days !

    Winter Fruit Salad

    Winter Fruit Salad

    8 serving
    118 calories per serving

    1/2 c pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate)
    1/2 c julienned jicama (if you do not have this substitute apple)
    2 medium ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into thin slices
    2 tangerines or clementines, peeled and sectioned
    2 blood oranges, peeled and sectioned (sub red grapefruit or navel oranges if you cannot find blood oranges)
    1 pear, thinly sliced
    2 T fresh lime juice
    2 T honey
    1/4 t ground red pepper
    1/8 t coarse sea salt

    Mix the fruits and toss gently. Combine honey, lime, salt and pepper and pour over fruit. Serve room temperature or chilled.

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