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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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    September 22nd, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These are sooooo easy to put together. Serve warm from the oven and you’ll have the family waiting in line for the sweet goodness of these perfect sweet rolls.

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    8 servings
    160 calories per serving

    1 can low fat refrigerated dinner rolls or biscuits
    1/3 c apricot – pineapple preserves (or any flavor preserves that you like)
    2 t sugar
    ¼ t cinnamon
    ¼ c sliced almonds
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 inch round cake pan or a deep dish pie plate with Pam. Separate dough into individual rolls and place in pan – I do a circle around the edge with 8 rolls and 2 in the center. Starting ¼ inch in from the edges cut a deep X into the top of each roll then open slightly by pulling the dough toward the edges. Fill each with 2 t of the preserves. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle with almonds and bake ½ hour or until golden. Serve warm.

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    September 17th, 2013adminSides, Vegetables

    Get the pre-washed, pre-trimmed beans and your prep time is literally 1 minute. Using kosher salt can really make a difference in recipes and it does in this one. Kosher salt is a much larger crystal (much like sea salt) and instead of melting into the food, it kind of stays on the surface giving you a much bigger burst of the salt flavor – I think it works really well with green beans.

    Roasted Green Beans

    Roasted Green Beans

    4 servings
    42 calories per serving

    1 pound fresh green beans
    1/2 T olive oil
    1 t balsamic vinegar
    2 t minced fresh basil
    Kosher salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Mix together green beans, oil, vinegar and basil. Place on a non-stick baking sheet in one layer and roast for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    August 9th, 2013adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Mexican

    Sometimes you are just in the mood for ‘junk food’ for lunch. This junk food favorite gets pretty healthy when you bake your own chips and add healthy toppings. So go for it !!

    Lunch Nachos

    Lunch Nachos

    6 servings
    344 calories per serving

    12 6 inch corn tortillas, quartered
    Pam
    1 T oil
    2 t ground cumin
    1 ½ t chili powder
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    30 oz. pinto beans, undrained
    1 c crumbled queso fresco or shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1 c chunky salsa
    1 c diced avocado
    6 T chopped cilantro
    Salt to taste

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with Pam. Sprinkle tortilla quarters with salt and ½ t chili powder and bake 8 minutes or until crisp. Work in batches. Heat oil and add cumin, 1 t chili powder and garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add pinto beans and bring to a boil stirring frequently. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes then partially mash beans. Place 8 chips per plate and spoon bean mix over the chops. Top with cheese and microwave 30 seconds to melt cheese. Add salsa and avocado and garnish with cilantro.

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    July 26th, 2013adminAppetizers, Dinner, Italian, Kid Friendly, Sides

    Here’s another one of those appetizers that also makes a great dinner side – these are great served next to a hearty bowl of minestrone soup.

    Mini Calzones

    Mini Calzones


    24 servings
    50 calories per serving

    1 11 oz. can soft breadsticks
    1/2 t garlic powder
    1/2 c shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
    6 slices very thin deli ham, each rolled and cut into 4 pieces
    ¼ t oregano flakes
    2 T grated parmesan cheese

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Let dough come to room temperature then unroll it and separate into 12 sticks then cut each in half making 2 short sticks. Flatten each piece of dough to about a 2 inch wide piece. Sprinkle all the dough pieces with garlic powder. Place 1 t mozzarella cheese in the center. Fold ham and place over the cheese making sure to leave a border so you will be able to seal the calzones. Fold the dough over and pinch the edges to seal and make a little pocket. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the parm and oregano. Bake 15 minute or until golden brown.

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    July 4th, 2013adminDinner, Salads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    This just has ‘summer’ written all over it. Use garden fresh or farmer’s market fresh veggies for the best flavors :)

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    8 servings
    90 calories per serving

    1 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into pieces
    2 lb. beefsteak tomatoes, seeded and cut into ½ inch wedges
    5 T balsamic vinegar
    3 t minced garlic clove
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 anchovy fillet, minced
    3 T oil

    Boil green beans 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add tomatoes. Whisk vinegar, anchovy and oil and add to beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    June 15th, 2013adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This has WOW flavor ! Serve this next to any Asian inspired dish (Asian Grilled Chicken comes to mind) for a great salad that takes over every tastebud in your mouth !

    Asian Sesame Slaw

    Asian Sesame Slaw

    8 servings
    60 calories per serving

    1/3 c Miracle Whip light
    2 T KRAFT Light Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing (I use this dressing in hot and cold dishes)
    3 T lime juice
    6 cups finely shredded cabbage (get the Dole pre-shredded to save a lot of time)
    1 c snow peas, julienned
    1 carrot, coarsely grated (not necessary if you use the Dole cabbage that has carrot in it already)
    2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
    1/4 c chopped cilantro
    1 T minced ginger
    2 T sesame seeds, toasted
    Touch of salt

    To toast sesame seeds, place in a hot skillet and sauté for a couple of minutes until they turn golden and are aromatic. Mix lime, Miracle Whip and Sesame dressing well and pour over the rest of the ingredients (except the sesame seeds). Mix well. Chill at least 2 hours. Sprinkle with seeds just before serving.

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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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    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 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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