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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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    June 14th, 2013adminLunch, Mexican, Sandwiches

    Looking for something a little spicy and a little different? This will definitely perk up your lunch ! The poblano pepper makes a great grilled sandwich – coupled with the bean and salsa mash, you barely want anything else – even the cheese becomes secondary (and that is often IMPOSSIBLE).

    Poblano Grilled Cheese

    Poblano Grilled Cheese

    4 servings
    305 calories per serving

    4 poblano peppers
    14 oz. can pinto beans
    3 T salsa
    1/8 t salt
    ½ c shredded low fat Cheddar cheese
    2 T low fat plain yogurt
    2 T chopped cilantro
    8 slices 45 calorie per slice whole wheat bread
    ICBINB Spray

    Place peppers in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave 4 minutes to soften. Let sit covered until cool. Mix beans with salsa and salt and mash most of them to form a paste. Mix cheese with yogurt and cilantro. Heat a Panini maker or indoor grill with a press. Spread the bean mix on 4 slices of bread and then top with the cheese mix. Split the peppers in half and remove the seeds then place peppers over the cheese and finish the sandwich. Spray both sides of the sandwiches with 5-6 squirts of ICBINB spray. Grill until golden brown.

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    June 10th, 2013adminDinner, Fish, Summer

    It’s not hard to cook fish – some people shy away because they think it is too complicated. This recipe even does away with the ‘is the fish done?” fear. By cutting it into small cubes it is sure to be done during the 6 minute broil time. And even done simply, fish can taste just amazing !

    Halibut Kebobs

    Halibut Kebobs

    4 servings
    111 calories per serving

    1 lb. halibut steak, about 1 inch thick
    ¼ c fresh lemon juice
    ¼ c oil
    3 medium shallots, thinly sliced
    ¼ t oregano flakes
    ¼ t parsley flakes
    ¼ t garlic powder
    ½ t thyme
    Pam
    ½ large onion cut into chunks
    1 lemon, cut into wedges

    Preheat broiler. Rinse and dry fish and cut off skin. Cut fish into 16 cubes. Mix lemon juice, oil, shallots, herbs, spices and thyme. Add fish and mix well. Cover and marinate ½ hour. Spray baking sheet with Pam. Peel onion into single layers and place on sheet with fish cubes. Broil 3 minutes each side or until fish is done. Garnish with lemon wedges.

    Alternately, you can spray a grill basket with Pam and place the ingredients in there, being careful to stir gently and not break up the fish. Cook approximately 6-8 minutes or until fish is done.

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    June 3rd, 2013adminDessert, 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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    May 31st, 2013adminchicken, 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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    May 28th, 2013adminDinner, 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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    May 25th, 2013adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Sandwiches, Summer

    This is flavorful and as good as you’ll find at any restaurant…I think even better ! It’s what a gourmet burger should be. The sautéed spinach and cheese are heaven. Eat yours without any toppings or add some Dijon or a slice of lettuce and tomato.

    Spinach Burgers

    Spinach Burgers

    8 servings
    310 calories per serving

    10 oz. baby spinach
    2 lb. lean ground beef
    1/2 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
    Salt and pepper to taste
    8 small Portugese rolls
    Pam

    Preheat grill. Spray a skillet with Pam and heat. Add garlic and sauté 1 minutes. Add spinach and 1 T Worcestershire and cook until spinach is wilted down. Remove from skillet and chop (I find kitchen shears work great here) the cool to room temperature or cooler. Mix beef, cooked spinach, salt, pepper and 1 T Worcestershire. Make 8 burgers and grill to desired doneness.

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    May 22nd, 2013adminDinner, Fish

    This pesto sauce is so incredibly flavorful that you will want to put it on everything. Usually pestos have nuts in them – the subtraction of the nuts leaves you with a lighter pesto and this one would go great with so many different dishes.

    White Fish with Lime Basil Pesto

    White Fish with Lime Basil Pesto

    4 servings
    226 calories per serving

    1 c basil leaves
    ¼ c grated parmesan
    ½ t grated lime zest
    2 T lime juice
    1 ½ T oil
    ¼ t salt
    3 garlic cloves, chopped
    4 6 ounce sea bass fillets (or other white fish)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Mix basil, parm, lime juice and zest, oil, garlic and salt in a food processor until very finely chopped.

    Spray a skillet with Pam and cook fish 3-4 minutes per side or until done. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with basil blend.

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    May 21st, 2013adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    A special parmesan butter atop a fresh grilled piece of corn just spells S U M M E R !!

    Grilled Corn

    Grilled Corn

    4 servings
    200 calories per serving

    4 ears of corn, husked and cleaned
    ¼ c butter, softened
    2 T parmesan cheese
    2 t basil, chopped
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Shuck corn and clean it well. Wrap in foil and grill 15-20 minutes or until tender.

    Grilled Corn

    Grilled Corn

    Mix butter, cheese and parsley. When corn is done, open foil and place a pat of butter on the corn. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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    May 20th, 2013adminDinner, Lunch, pork, Soups, Tex Mex

    Tender pork, spicy broth – the flavor is just fantastic ! If you don’t enjoy spice, just remove the jalapeno and you will still end up with a great tasting pork soup.

    Southwest Pork Soup

    Southwest Pork Soup

    4 servings
    325 calories per serving

    Pam
    1 c onion, chopped
    2/3 c green bell pepper, chopped
    1 c chopped mushrooms
    1 T minced garlic
    1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
    1 lb. pork tenderloin in bite sized pieces
    2 c chicken broth
    2 c beef broth
    1 c water
    2 t chili powder
    1 t ground cumin
    1/2 t salt
    1/4 t pepper
    15 oz. kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    2 T cilantro, chopped
    1 c avocado, diced

    Heat a non stick soup pot then spray with Pam. Add onion and cook 5-6 minutes adding a bit of hot water if necessary to keep onions moist. Add pepper, mushrooms, garlic and jalapenos and cook another 3 minutes then add pork and cook another 10 minutes. Add broth, water, spices, beans and tomatoes and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Spoon into bowls and top with avocado pieces.

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    May 16th, 2013adminDinner, Lunch, Mediterranean, Sandwiches

    Greek food is so flavorful and fresh tasting. And many of the dishes are surprisingly simple to make. Using store bought tzatziki here is a time saver, but if you want to make it from scratch, it’s pretty easy. It’s just a mixture of plain Greek yogurt, garlic and cucumber pieces. You can skip the tzatziki if you don’t like it, then just substitute some hummus to add in more moisture.

    Greek Chicken Pitas

    Greek Chicken Pitas

    4 servings
    310 calories per serving

    1 lb. chicken tenders
    1 t Greek seasoning (mix of oregano, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika)
    1/2 c tzatkizi
    4 8 inch pita breads
    2 c romaine lettuce, chopped
    2 plum tomatoes, sliced
    1 cucumber, seeded and cut into strips
    1/4 c crumbled feta cheese
    Pam

    Spray a large skillet with Pam. Heat on medium high and add chicken. Sprinkle with the seasoning and cook 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned and done throughout.

    Slice pitas so you will be able to fill the pocket. Add chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta and tzatziki. I often slice the chicken up first so it gets more distributed throughout the sandwich.

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