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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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    July 13th, 2014adminchicken, Lunch, Sandwiches, Summer

    I’ve been making this chicken salad since the 80’s when a friend shared her recipe with me. Before then, I definitely was not a fan of the thought of apples and chicken together. But ever since that first bite all those years ago, I have never made traditional chicken salad again without apples ! If you’ve never tried, give it a shot !

    Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    4 servings
    290 calories per serving

    12 oz. cooked boneless skinless chicken breast, in small chunks (Perdue Shortcuts work great here)
    1 granny smith apple, diced small
    2 t lemon juice
    ¼ c low fat mayo
    8 slices 45 calorie per slice wheat bread
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients and let sit in refrigerator at least 1 hour so flavors combine well. Make sandwiches and enjoy !

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    July 11th, 2014adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Summertime is time for barbecue chicken ! I like to parboil mine so that it does not get all dried out on the grill. And then I slather it with sauce :)

    Barbecue Chicken

    Barbecue Chicken

    4 servings
    271 calories per serving

    4 skinless split breasts (5 oz. each)
    4 oz. barbecue sauce

    Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer chicken for 30 minutes to partially cook them. Remove to a plate and then place on heated grill, slather with sauce, and cook another 15 minutes or until done. Flip and rebaste with sauce several times during the grilling process.

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    July 8th, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This is one of those good old fashioned tasting desserts. So refreshing, so simple. This mildly tart sorbet is great served with seasonal berries.

    Buttermilk Sorbet

    Buttermilk Sorbet

    4 servings
    206 calories per serving

    2 c low fat buttermilk
    1/4 c sugar
    1/4 c light corn syrup

    3 c mix of seasonal berries (I used sliced strawberries and blueberries)

    Mix buttermilk, ¼ c sugar and corn syrup and place in an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. Freeze for an hour or until firm then place in serving bowls and cover with fresh berries.

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    July 4th, 2014adminLunch, Salads, Summer

    I’m not a big salad lover. That is always a tough part of ‘dieting’ for me. But once in a while I actually crave a big bowl of greens. Adding bacon and croutons makes this one a winner.

    BLT Salad

    BLT Salad

    1 serving
    280 calories per serving

    3 c chopped romaine lettuce
    6 slices turkey bacon
    1 c halved grape tomatoes
    1 slice 45 calorie bread
    2 T dressing (70 calorie)

    Toast bread and let it sit to harden (about 5 minutes) and then cut into cubes. Cook bacon according to instructions. When cool, crumble up. Put lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl. Top with bacon and croutons. Drizzle with dressing.

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    July 1st, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks, Summer

    You can use the popsicle ‘molds’ you get at the store, or even more fun is placing the mix in Dixie cups, adding a stick, and then peeling away the cup just before serving. Simple, simple to do and a very tasty evening treat. At only 82 calories per creamy pudding pop, I might just have one every night :)

    Bananasicles

    Bananasicles

    7 servings
    82 calories per serving

    3.4 oz. package of instant banana pudding mix
    2 c skim milk
    1 banana cut into small pieces
    7 T sugar free chocolate syrup (the type you use to make chocolate milk)

    Place 1 T of chocolate syrup into the bottom of each cup. Combine pudding and milk until thick then stir in banana pieces and divide mix into 3 oz. paper cups. Cover with foil and poke through popsicle sticks and freeze 3 hours. Peel away cup to serve.

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    June 28th, 2014adminDessert, 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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    June 25th, 2014adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Summer

    So extremely yummy and so easy to put together – you buy a prepared angel food cake, mix up an orange juice syrup and add some fruit – feel free to mix it up and use whatever is the freshest at your market. This week I added fresh blackberries !

    Angel Food Cake and Fruit

    Angel Food Cake and Fruit

    8 servings
    205 calories per serving

    1 small angel food cake
    1 cup orange juice
    1 orange, peeled and cut into slices and then cut in quarters (or one small can mandarin oranges, drained and rinsed lightly)
    1/3 c Splenda
    1 T plus 1 t cornstarch
    1 large banana, sliced
    2 kiwis, peeled and cut into pieces

    Mix OJ, Splenda and cornstarch and blend to dissolve cornstarch. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and thicken the sauce cooking a few minutes. When done, stir in the bananas and kiwi and stir to coat. Add oranges and mix then serve the fruit mix over cake.

    Add some Cool Whip Lite for a great indulgent dessert.

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    June 22nd, 2014adminbeef, 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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    June 18th, 2014adminAppetizers, 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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    June 16th, 2014adminchicken, Dinner, Summer

    You know the drill – toss the skewers and throw this in a grill basket ! But I still call it a “Kabob” recipe so you can visualize it :) The yogurt sauce is JUST PERFECT in this recipe. Serve with some cous cous on the side.

    Curry Lime Chicken Kabobs

    Curry Lime Chicken Kabobs

    4 servings
    261 calories per serving

    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
    ½ c plain yogurt
    ¼ c chopped cilantro
    1 t grated lime zest
    2 T lime juice
    2 T oil
    1 T honey
    1 T Dijon mustard
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ t curry powder
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    2 green bell peppers cut into 1 inch pieces
    1 zucchini in ½ inch slices
    10 grape tomatoes
    Pam

    For the marinade, mix yogurt, cilantro, lime peel and juice, oil, honey, mustard, garlic, curry, salt and pepper. Place chicken in a zip loc and pour in the marinade and refrigerate 4-24 hours. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with Pam. Cook 15 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring occasionally so that all sides of the meat and veggies get browned.

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