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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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    March 11th, 2013adminAsian, beef, Dinner

    This dish is a FAVORITE of mine when I go to Asian restaurants. Now I’ve recreated it at home ! I’ve added some more veggies that you usually get in the restaurant dish and it makes it a nice complete meal. This tastes so authentic and so delicious !

    Beef Chow Fun

    Beef Chow Fun

    4 servings
    385 calories per serving

    8 oz. rice noodles (pad thai work great – the wider the better, but whatever you can find !)
    1/2 c beef broth
    4 teaspoons black bean garlic sauce (available in the Asian section of your market)
    1 T soy sauce
    2 t brown sugar
    2 t cornstarch
    4 t peanut oil
    1 teaspoon minced ginger
    1 small onion, thinly sliced
    5 ½ c sliced and cut stir fry veggies (snow pea pods, carrots, broccoli, celery) (if using frozen, thaw them)
    1/2 c water, divided
    8 ounces sirloin steak, cut into thin slices
    ¼ c douchi (fermented black beans available at your local Asian market)

    Prepare noodles according to package instructions then rinse in cold water and drain and set aside. Mix Sherry, sauces, sugar and cornstarch and set aside. Heat 2 t oil in a non stick skillet and cook ginger 30 seconds. Add onion and cook 5 minutes or until softened up a bit then add the rest of the veggies plus ¼ c water. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until the veggies are softened a bit. Add the veggies to the noodles and wipe out your pan. Add 2 t oil to the pan and cook steak 3-4 minutes to brown it then add in the cornstarch and cook 2 minutes to thicken the sauce. Now add the veggies and noodles to the pan with ¼ c water and the fermented black beans. Heat through for about 2-3 minutes and serve immediately.

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    March 8th, 2013adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This recipe will make even the most finicky eater a spinach lover. The dish is light and fluffy with loads of cheesy flavor – the spinach flavor is definitely mellowed.

    Spinach Souffle

    Spinach Souffle

    8 servings
    149 calories per serving

    1/2 c chopped onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 T margarine, melted
    8 oz. low fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    8 oz. low fat cottage cheese
    salt and pepper to taste
    3/4 c egg beaters
    20 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and well drained
    1/4 t paprika
    1/8 t nutmeg
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt margarine and cook onion and garlic for 6 minutes. Remove to a bowl and add cream cheese, cottage cheese, salt and pepper and beat with a mixer. Add the egg beaters 1/4 cup at a time mixing well in between and then mix in the spinach. Spray a 9 inch baking dish with Pam and place the spinach mix in the dish and sprinkle with the paprika and nutmeg then cover and back 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 15 minutes.

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    March 7th, 2013adminFish, Lunch, Soups

    What a splendid soup ! Subtle fish flavor, remarkably good broth, and just the perfect lunch on a cold, blustery day. Fish chowders made with delicate white fish are such a nice change from clam chowders. They are definitely milder and the consistency is just right.

    Fish and Potato Chowder

    Fish and Potato Chowder

    4 servings
    307 calories

    2 slices bacon
    3 c red potato, diced (or I used canned diced potatoes)
    1 c chopped onion
    3 T flour
    16 oz. clam juice
    2 c skim milk
    1 T chopped thyme (or 1 t thyme flakes)
    ½ t salt
    1/2 t pepper
    1 t onion powder
    12 oz. skinless halibut fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces (or other firm white fish)
    2 T chopped parsley

    Cook bacon in soup pot until crisp them remove, cool and crumble. Reserve 1 T of the drippings in the pan and add potato and onion and cook 5 minutes. Then add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add clam juice and bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender (less time is needed if you use canned potatoes). Add milk and simmer (do not boil). Add spices and fish and cook 3 minutes or until fish is done. Stir in parsley at the very end and garnish bowls with crumbled bacon.

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    February 2nd, 2013adminSoups, Vegetables

    Simple does not always mean plain. This is a simple soup of just a few ingredients, but it turns out a restaurant class meal – classic flavor and perfectly mild spicing.

    Celery Root Soup

    Celery Root Soup

    4 servings
    180 calories per serving

    2 T butter
    1 c thinly sliced leek
    1/2 c carrot, finely chopped
    2 T white wine
    3 c peeled and cubed celery root (about 3/4 pound)
    3 c chicken broth
    1 c water
    1/2 t coarse salt
    1/2 t black pepper
    1 3/4 c cooked wild rice
    2 T fresh chives, chopped finely

    Melt butter in soup pot. Add leek and carrot then cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook another 5 minutes or until tender. Add wine, celery root, broth, 1 c water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then cover and cook 10 minutes. Place 1 c soup mix in a blender and blend until smooth then add back to soup pan and add rice. Cook 15 minutes. Garnish with chives just before serving.

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    December 30th, 2012adminAppetizers, crock pot, Lunch, turkey

    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 !!

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    2 t oil
    3 t garlic, minced
    4 2 oz. turkey sausages (any flavor you like, I used Italian hot) cut into chunks
    1 c water
    1 c chicken broth
    2 19 oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    4 c baby spinach
    1/2 t black pepper
    1/4 t crushed red pepper
    1/8 t salt
    ½ t garlic powder
    2 T lemon juice
    6 T shredded provolone cheese
    6 1 oz. slices French bread

    Heat oil and cook sausage until almost done. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add water, broth to crock pot then add spinach. Add salt and pepper and garlic powder. Add beans and then add sausage and garlic and any pan drippings to the top. Cook on low 3 hours. Add the splash of lemon during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Serve with Cheese Toasts. To make toasts, sprinkle bread slices with cheese and broil 2 minutes to melt cheese.

    If you don’t have a crock pot, you can do this stove top is a soup pot – after cooking the sausage and combining all the ingredients, simmer on very low for 1 hour.

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    December 21st, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    I love desserts that are quick and easy – there’s nothing like opening a box, melting and drizzling, and ending up with a dessert that makes your mouth water for more ! These are a cross between a cookie and a candy and at only 87 calories per serving, I like them even better :)

    Nilla Deluxe

    Nilla Deluxe


    18 servings
    87 calories per serving (2 treats)

    18 Nilla Wafers
    8 caramel candies
    1 square Baker’s semi sweet chocolate
    18 pecan halves

    Place cookies flat side up in a single layer. Microwave caramels to melt, stiffing frequently. Let stand 5 minutes. Melt chocolate. Spoon 1/2 t caramel on to each cookie then top with a nut and drizzle with chocolate.

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    December 14th, 2012adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Soups

    I just love meatball soup and when you use the frozen prepared meatballs, it takes all the hard work out of it. Just heat up some broth, add meatballs and some veggies and you have a great complete meal. Here is one of my favorite ways to serve.

    Meatball and Escarole Soup

    Meatball and Escarole Soup

    4 servings
    315 calories per serving

    24 frozen cocktail meatballs
    8 c chicken broth
    1 6.5 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
    4 c cleaned and torn escarole leaves
    1 c shredded or julienned carrot
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 t garlic powder
    1 T dry minced onion
    ½ t oregano flakes
    ½ t parsley flakes

    Mix all together and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes.

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    December 11th, 2012adminAsian, chicken, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Soups

    I love making wontons – you fill them with just about anything and drop in broth and they make a great meal. But this one goes far beyond – the flavors of the ginger, lemon and vegetables mingle so beautifully ! You’ll want to make this one again and again.

    Chicken Wontons in Broth

    Chicken Wontons in Broth

    6 servings
    395 calories per serving

    7 cups fat free broth (chicken, beef or a mixture of both)
    4 c water
    3 T soy sauce
    1 T lemon juice
    24 wonton wrappers
    1 large shallot, finely chopped
    ½ pound ground chicken
    ¾ c bok choy, finely chopped
    ½ c finely chopped mushrooms
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 T soy sauce
    1 t garlic powder
    2 t minced fresh ginger
    2 t grated lemon rind
    1 t dark sesame oil
    Dash of hot sauce

    Prepare wontons (see below). Bring broth to a boil. Add 3 T soy, salt and pepper. Add wontons and cook 3 minutes or until done. Add lemon juice right at the end.

    Wonton preparation:
    Spray pan with Pam and cook shallot 3 minutes. Add water if it starts to get dry. Add ground meat and cook until done. Make sure you break it up into little pieces as it cooks. Let cool. Add in bok choy, mushrooms, soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger, lemon zest, sesame oil, and hot sauce. Fill wontons (click below for a short video tutorial if you are not familiar with wonton preparation).

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    December 10th, 2012adminLunch, Salads, Tex Mex

    This is simple to make and you can even pack it up to go as it travels well. All the southwest flavors mingle nicely and it’s a refreshing lunch salad. If you don’t like Ranch dressing, substitute any other low fat or no fat dressing.

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    4 servings
    380 calories per serving

    4 c mixed salad greens
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    10 oz. frozen corn, thawed and drained
    1 large red pepper, chopped
    4 medium tomatoes, chopped
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    ½ c low fat ranch dressing
    2 T cilantro, chopped

    Arrange greens on plates and top with beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Top with dressing and cilantro.

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    December 7th, 2012adminbeef, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches

    This is your classic French dip with a twist – you add some sauteed peppers and onions to make an already good sandwich just GREAT ! You will find yourself making this one again and again !

    French Dip Sandwich

    French Dip Sandwich

    4 servings
    278 calories per serving

    1 jar au jus gravy
    32 slices thin sliced deli roast beef (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    4 small Club rolls
    1 small onion, sliced
    1 bell pepper, sliced
    Pam

    Saute onion and pepper in a pan sprayed with Pam. Add a tablespoon of water at a time if needed to keep moist. Cook until veggies are tender, about 7 minutes. In a skillet heat the gravy and add the roast beef to heat it through. Place meat on rolls and top with peppers and onions. Serve with dipping sauce.

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