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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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    February 14th, 2014adminDinner, Italian, turkey

    These are more delicious than regular stuffed peppers – the cream sauce mixes in with the meat and rice so beautifully – every ounce is coated and it makes for a super creamy taste sensation.

    Inside Out Stuffed Peppers

    Inside Out Stuffed Peppers

    6 servings
    311 calories per person

    1 lb. lean ground turkey
    2 green peppers, coarsely chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 c cooked brown rice or even use a chicken or beef flavored rice mix for extra flavor
    16 oz. jarred marinara sauce
    1 c shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
    1/4 c cream cheese cooking creme (I used Philadelphia tomato and basil flavor)
    1/4 c chopped basil

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown meat, peppers, salt and pepper in a large skillet. Add in garlic during the last minute of cooking. Drain and add rice, sauce, 1/2 c mozzarella and cream cheese. Mix well and spoon into a 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 c mozzarella and bake 25 minutes.

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    January 27th, 2014adminItalian, Lunch, pork, Soups

    Minestrone meets Stracciatella in this soup full of beans, spinach, cheese and yummy sausage ! To make this a dinner serving instead, just add some pasta or rice to bring it up to 400 calories.

    Sausage Soup

    Sausage Soup

    4 servings
    264 calories per serving

    10 oz. sweet sausage
    Pam
    1 c chopped shallot (onion will do if you do not have shallots)
    2 t minced garlic
    ½ c water
    15 oz. cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
    24 oz. can fat free chicken broth
    2 c baby spinach
    1 T fresh basil or parsley, chopped
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Remove casing from sausage (or buy it without the casing). Spray pan with Pam and cook sausage on high heat until brown stirring to break up the pieces well. Add shallot and garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in water, beans, tomatoes, broth, salt and pepper and cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook 4 minutes or until it has thickened up a little bit. Remove from heat and stir in spinach and basil and then place in bowls and sprinkle with cheese.

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    November 27th, 2013adminDinner, Kid Friendly, turkey

    This is so creamy and full of nutty flavor from the wild rice. It’s a great dish and a perfect way to use up left over turkey.

    Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

    Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

    5 servings
    370 calories per serving

    4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
    1 lb. cooked turkey breast cut into bite sized pieces
    1 c carrots, julienned
    1/2 c onion, chopped finely
    1/2 c celery, sliced
    1 c raw wild rice
    1 can low fat cream of chicken soup
    2 1/2 c water
    2 T soy sauce
    1/2 t marjoram flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a skillet with Pam and cook bacon until almost crisp then add turkey, carrots, onion and celery and cook 3 minutes or until turkey is heated. Cook rice according to package instructions. Mix rice and turkey then add soup, water, soy and spices and place in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Cover and bake half hour.

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    November 26th, 2013adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Soups, turkey

    Another super quick soup that tastes like it’s been simmering for hours, but it’s just a ½ hour meal. Try using Perdue Shortcuts turkey strips if you don’t have any leftover turkey on hand.

    Turkey Noodle Soup

    Turkey Noodle Soup

    2 servings
    156 calories per serving

    2 c water
    ¾ c cooked cubed turkey breast
    1 rib celery, sliced
    Leaves from top of celery
    2 cloves garlic minced
    Salt to taste
    1/8 t marjoram flakes
    1/8 t pepper
    1 bay leaf
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ c canned diced potatoes
    ¼ c frozen peas and carrots mix
    ¼ c yolk free egg noodles
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    Mix water, turkey, celery, onion, garlic, salt, onion powder, marjoram, pepper and bay leaf and bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Then mix in the potatoes, peas and noodles. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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    November 25th, 2013adminDinner, Kid Friendly, turkey

    This was sooooo good – it’s like Thanksgiving dinner without all the work. I use the scallopini cut of turkey cutlets so they are nice and thin and you can cook them up quickly so they don’t get dried out. Add a small green salad on the side and you have a great balanced meal that makes the day feel like a holiday :)

    Turkey and Stuffing

    Turkey and Stuffing

    4 servings
    390 calories per serving

    4 slices fresh turkey breast (3/4 lb.)
    ½ c chopped green pepper
    2 T water
    2 c fat free chicken broth
    12 oz. fat free turkey gravy
    3 c dry cubed seasoned stuffing
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and on medium high heat cook turkey breasts sprinkled with salt and pepper; cook 4 minutes each side or until turkey is golden then remove from skillet and keep warm. Combine pepper and water in pan. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Add gravy, reserving ¼ cup for later use, Add broth to skillet and bring to a boil and then remove skillet from heat. Stir in stuffing and mix well then return turkey to the pan. Cover and let stand 5 minutes and then our extra gravy over the top and serve.

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    November 23rd, 2013adminbeef, crock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Soups

    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 20 minutes you’ll have a healthy soup ready to go. Serve with some low fat biscuits or some Cheesy Spirals.

    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    6 servings
    260 calories per serving

    1 lb. extra lean ground beef
    1 medium onion, chopped coarsely
    1 stalk celery in slices
    1 package Lipton dry Beef Mushroom soup mix
    14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
    6 c water
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    1 t onion powder
    1/2 t garlic powder
    2 c frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
    1 c uncooked fine egg noodles

    Brown ground beef and drain thoroughly. Combine all ingredients except the noodles and frozen veggies in the crock pot, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. 20 minutes before serving add thawed veggies and noodles and mix well. Increase heat to high, recover and cook another 20 minutes.

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    November 22nd, 2013admincrock pot, Dinner

    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 makes a big difference in the total package.

    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    10 servings
    280 calories per serving

    1 lb. dried black beans, rinsed
    1 T oil
    1 T mustard seeds
    2 T chili powder
    1 1/2 t cumin seeds
    1/2 t cardamom seeds (or ground cardamom)
    2 medium onions, chopped
    1 lb. sliced mushrooms
    8 oz. jarred salsa verde (medium heat)
    1/4 c water
    4 c vegetable broth
    6 oz. can tomato paste
    ½ t salt
    2 T minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    1 1/4 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1/2 c low fat sour cream
    1/2 c chopped cilantro
    2 limes, cut into wedges

    Place beans in a bowl with 2 quarts of water and soak overnight. Mix oil, mustard seeds, chili powder, cumin and cardamom and place in a hot Dutch oven for 30 seconds to release more flavor then add in onions, mushrooms, tomatillos and water. Cover and cook 7 minutes then uncover and cook 15 minutes to lightly brown the veggies. Then add broth, tomato paste, salt and chipotles and mix. Place beans in a slow cooker and pour over the vegetable mix. Cover and cook on high 6-8 hours. Place into bowls and garnish with sour cream and cilantro and squirt with lime.

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    November 21st, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Where do I begin? Sweet angel food cake? No, that was good, but that’s not the start. Luscious homemade whipped cream? No, as decadent as that was, it’s not the start of the story. The best, best part of this was the strawberry mix – - combing the balsamic and sugar along with the berries enhanced the flavor so much that it was like eating strawberries to the 10th power. It was just wonderful ! When you combined that flavor with the whipped cream and cake, this was just the most perfect dessert. I think it was way better than regular Strawberry Shortcake !

    At only 160 calories, there is plenty of room to add some chocolate sauce – I’ll have to try that next time :)

    Strawberry Shortcake

    Strawberry Shortcake

    4 servings
    160 calories per serving

    4 2 ½ inch thick slices Angel Food Cake (prepared)
    1 pint strawberries, sliced
    ½ T balsamic vinegar
    1 T sugar
    ¼ c heavy cream
    ¼ t vanilla

    Mix berries with vinegar and ½ T sugar and let sit. Combine cream, vanilla and ½ T sugar and beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Top each slice of cake with cream and strawberries.

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    November 17th, 2013adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly

    So easy to prep – and a great meal to do ahead of time and just throw into the oven later. All the creamy soup goodness and stuffing on top makes this one taste anything other than diet.

    Chicken and Stuffing Bake

    Chicken and Stuffing Bake

    6 servings
    399 calories per serving

    6 oz. Stove Top stuffing mix
    1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
    1 can low fat cream of chicken soup
    1/4 c low fat Daisy sour cream (any will do, but I find Daisy the best low fat one on the market)
    16 oz. frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 t garlic powder
    1/2 t onion powder

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Mix chicken, soup, sour cream and vegetables. Place in a 13×9 baking pan and sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.

    You can refrigerate at this stage and then finish later – if you do it this way, increase baking time by 10 minutes.

    Or continue with the prep and cover the casserole with the stuffing. Bake 30 – 40 minutes or until chicken is done. This dish reheats well in the oven or the microwave.

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    November 15th, 2013adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly, MUFAs

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    This is basically a ‘grilled cheese’ of peanut butter and fruit and it is just awesome.

    Grilled PBF

    Grilled PBF

    4 servings
    301 calories per serving

    8 slices whole wheat bread
    ¼ c creamy peanut butter
    1 apple, rinsed, peeled, cored, and sliced
    2 bananas, peeled and cut into about 12 thin slices
    Pam
    ICBINB Spray

    Assemble sandwich with ½ tablespoon of pea¬nut butter on each slice of bread then add two apple slices and six banana slices in the middle of each sandwich.

    Spray both sides of the sandwich with a bit if I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Spray and then fry it up in a skillet sprayed with Pam – - just like a grilled cheese sandwich. You can add some cinnamon to the sandwich when it comes out of the pan for some extra flavor.

    No matter how you put it together, this is a great nutritious breakfast that the kids will LOVE.

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