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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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    May 12th, 2013adminchicken, Dinner, Italian, Kid Friendly

    For years I used MY standard chicken cacciatore recipe and I was very wary of trying a new one. Let me tell you, this one really fits the bill for a tasty, flavor packed, nutritious version that will quickly become one of your favorites.

    Chicken Cacciatore in a Snap

    Chicken Cacciatore in a Snap

    4 servings
    297 calories per serving

    1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
    1 t oregano flakes
    1/2 t basil flakes
    1/4 t red pepper flakes
    Pam
    2 c sliced mushrooms
    3/4 c chopped bell pepper
    1 1/2 c fat free marinara sauce
    1/4 c water
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 t black pepper
    1/2 c shredded Parmesan cheese
    2 T sliced fresh basil

    Heat a large skillet on medium high and spray with Pam. Add chicken to pan with oregano, basil and red pepper. Saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and pepper and cook 5 minutes. Stir in sauce, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and water and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil. Serve immediately.

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    May 10th, 2013adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This is so completely and utterly delicious ! You won’t even miss the CREAM in this ice ‘cream’. The yogurt and sugar make a great, sweet and creamy base and then the minced up frozen strawberries just take over and you have an explosion of flavor with each bite. This is an award winner. And at 70 calories per serving – soooooooooooo guilt free !

    Strawberry Ice 'Cream'

    Strawberry Ice 'Cream'

    4 servings
    70 calories per serving

    1 lb. frozen strawberries
    1 c 2 % plain Greek yogurt
    ¼ c sugar
    ½ t vanilla extract

    In food processor pulse 1 c frozen berries until finely chopped and then transfer to a metal bowl (a metal bowl will get colder quicker in the freezer). Process yogurt, sugar, vanilla and the rest of the berries – move to metal bowl and stir with the other strawberries. Cover and freeze 1 hour (do not let get too hard).

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    May 6th, 2013adminDrinks, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Mojitos are a GREAT summer drink. They are basically a lime and mint flavored drink – most often served with rum. But kids love the flavor, so make a batch of virgin mojitos without the rum – not only will the kids love them, but without the rum, the calorie count is seriously low. So get lotsa limes, lotsa mint and get ready to smile.

    Virgin Mojitos

    Virgin Mojitos

    1 serving (12 oz.)
    20 calories per serving

    6 mint leaves
    1 T Splenda or Equal
    Juice of one lime
    12 oz. can diet lemon lime side
    Garnish with fresh mint and lime slices

    Mull mint leaves and Splenda at the bottom of the glass with the handle of a wooden spoon. Add lime juice and stir. Pour in soda and stir well. Garnish with lime slices and extra mint.

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    May 5th, 2013adminchicken, 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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    May 1st, 2013adminAppetizers, Snacks

    So easy to make – this takes just a few minutes. And the results are SUPER ! There will be lots of yummy noises as your group eats this one up. Serve with low cal crackers.

    Broccoli Cheddar Dip

    Broccoli Cheddar Dip

    18 servings
    72 calories per serving

    10 oz. package frozen broccoli
    8 oz. Cabot low fat sharp cheddar, grated
    4 oz. cream cheese
    2 T milk
    1 t Tabasco sauce
    1/2 t pepper

    Microwave broccoli in a partially covered dish 8-10 minutes. Add cheddar, cream cheese, tabasco and pepper. Recover and microwave 1-2 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Stir until smooth. Serve immediately with crackers.

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    April 29th, 2013adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    So savory and sooooo tasty ! Cooking the onion right in the burgers is a nice touch and there is sooooo much flavor from the grilled onion.

    Grilled Onion Burgers

    Grilled Onion Burgers

    4 servings
    320 calories per serving

    1 large onion
    1 lb. extra lean ground beef
    1 ½ t garlic powder
    4 slices low fat Swiss cheese
    2 t oil
    4 slices thick, hearty bread, toasted
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Peel onion and cut off 4 ¼ inch thick slices. Shape meat into patties and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder and then press one onion slice into each burger and shape meat around the onion so it is even with the meat. Place burger onion side down on a hot grill and cook 5 minutes. Flip burger and cook another 5 minutes. Top with cheese during the last minute of grilling.

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    April 28th, 2013adminLunch, MUFAs, Salads, turkey, Vegetables

    Cobb salads are a perfect lunch. They are packed with protein and give you the energy to get through the afternoon without any ‘3 o’clock sleepies’.

    Turkey Cobb

    Turkey Cobb

    8 servings
    200 calories per serving

    12 c mixed salad greens
    6 oz. thin deli sliced roasted turkey breast, cut into strips
    1 chopped avocado
    1 ½ c grape tomatoes, halved
    8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    3 hard boiled eggs cut into wedges
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    8 oz. light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

    Place greens on a platter and then lay other ingredients in strips across the top. Place dressing on top of individual portions.

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    April 26th, 2013adminAppetizers, Italian, Vegetables

    Stuffed artichokes cooked in a pressure cooker are delectable ! They soften up beautifully and the garlic seems to just be infused into the artichoke leaves. This is a great recipe – so flavorful, so classic.

    Stuffed Artichokes (Pressure Cooker)

    Stuffed Artichokes (Pressure Cooker)

    8 servings
    105 calories per serving

    8 large artichokes, trimmed
    ½ c bread crumbs
    ½ c grated parmesan cheese
    ½ c minced garlic
    1 c chicken or vegetable broth
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 lemon

    Everyone trims an artichoke differently – I cut off the stem and then ½ inch from the top. Then I trim all the leaves by nipping off the end. To get the leaves to open up enough to stuff them, I bang the leave side down on the counter a couple of times – then you can use your fingers to pry open the leaves some. Yes, all this work is definitely worth it :)

    Separate leaves slightly so you can drop in the ingredients – each should get bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic.

    Place artichokes in pressure cooker (you can double decker them) and pour over broth. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then squirt with the juice of 1 lemon. Close pressure cooker and bring to pressure and cook 60 minutes. Quick release pressure.

    If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook these stovetop in a dutch oven – simmer for 2 hours or until tender.

    You can make these ahead of time and just reheat in the microwave prior to serving – I actually prefer to do it this way. They just seem to be more flavorful with the second heating.

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    April 24th, 2013adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican

    Using a pressure cooker to cook the meat means you get a super, super tender shredded meat which is just perfect for a steak burrito. This is an exceptionally good meal. Serve with some avocado slices, no fat sour cream and salsa for even more flavor.

    BBQ Burritos

    BBQ Burritos

    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1 lb. London broil or other lean sirloin steak
    6 flour tortillas (80 calorie Smart and Delicious)
    1 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 medium tomato, chopped
    1 medium avocado, chopped
    ¾ c barbecue sauce
    Pam

    Marinade – mix together
    1 5.5 oz. can spicy V-8 juice
    2 T lime juice
    1 T oil
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t black pepper
    ½ t ground cumin
    ½ t chili powder

    Pierce beef with a fork several times. Mix marinade and place in a zip loc – add the beef and coat well and then refrigerate 8-24 hours. Pressure cook mat for 1 hours. (you can also crock pot this for 8-10 hours). Let rest 5 minutes and then using 2 forks, shred the meat. Mix in a bit of the left over juices. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (don’t mistakenly set it on BROIL like I did and then burn the holy heck out of your first batch! Thanks for help with the recon mission, Lisa ! LOL) Microwave tortillas 30 seconds or so to warm them slightly. Place beef, cheese, onion, and tomato in each wrap and fold all four sides. Place folded side down in a baking pan sprayed with Pam. Brush with barbecue sauce and bake 4-6 minutes. Serve with a slice of avocado on the top. Optionally add sour cream and salsa for even more flavor.

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    April 23rd, 2013adminAppetizers, Lunch, Mediterranean

    This is a terrific, easy to make appetizer with the wonderful flavors of Greece just shining bright. The feta cheese, lemon, cucumbers and olives are a perfect topping to the toast triangles. Fancy tasting without a ton of work !

    Greek Cucumber Toasts

    Greek Cucumber Toasts

    4 servings
    158 calories per serving

    4 slices light whole wheat bread, crusts removed and cut diagonally into triangles
    4 t olive oil
    3 oz. low fat feta cheese
    1/2 t lemon juice + a few squirts extra
    Kosher salt
    Coarse pepper
    1 small English cucumber, halved and then thinly sliced crosswise on the diagonal into 8 slices
    4 pitted kalamata olives, sliced

    Preheat oven or toaster oven to 450 degrees. Brush the bread pieces with the oil and bake until they are golden, about 5 minutes. Mash up the feta and mix with oil and ½ t lemon then add salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mix over the toast points and to with a slice of cucumber. Garnish with olives and then spritz with lemon juice and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

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