Crock Pot Favorites
    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 ...

    Get this Recipe

    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 ...

    Get this Recipe

    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 ...

    Get this Recipe

    Get the ’400 Calories or Less’ App and eBooks now !

    Get the '400 Calories or Less' App and eBooks now !

    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 ...

    Get this Recipe

    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 ...

    Get this Recipe

    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 ...

    Get this Recipe

    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 ...

    Get this Recipe

    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 ...

    Get this Recipe

  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    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.

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    May 5th, 2012adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This dish has a subtle yet delicious curry flavoring – it’s perfect next to chicken and fish dinners. If you haven’t tried curry before, but you like cauliflower, this is a great dish to try. It’ll get you hooked on curry, I bet :)

    Curried Cauliflower

    Curried Cauliflower

    8 servings
    100 calories per serving

    1/4 c olive oil
    2 t curry powder
    2 t sugar
    1 t lemon juice
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 c cauliflower florets
    1/3 c slivered or sliced almonds

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix oil, curry, sugar, lemon, salt and pepper than mix in cauliflower. Pour all into a 13×9 baking dish and cover. Bake 15 minutes then stir and add almonds and cook another 10-15 minutes uncovered.

    Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    March 11th, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This chocolate bark is made with matzah crackers and it is just delicious – - and the prep time is only 5 minutes ! This is great to serve as a dessert when you have company. If you don’t like almonds, use any chopped nuts.

    Chocolate Bark

    Chocolate Bark



    8 servings
    109 calories per serving

    2 1 oz. UNSALTED matzah crackers
    1 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate bar chopped up into small pieces (or semisweet chocolate chip morsels)
    2 T toasted chopped almonds

    Place chocolate in microwave and cook on high 1 minute. Stir and cook another 30 seconds. Mix well assuring it is all melted and no chunks are left. Pour over crackers and spread with a spatula until well covered. Sprinkle with almonds and press them into the chocolate so they stick well. Let stand until hardened and then cut into 4 pieces each.

    Make sure you don’t skip the ‘toasting the nuts’ portion of the recipe. It really makes a difference in their flavor and just takes a few minutes – chop your nuts and then place in a dry hot skillet. Stir and continue cooking a few minutes until toasted. You will know they are ready as they will be a little browned and you will start to smell the aroma :)

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    January 2nd, 2012adminMUFAs, Snacks

    The whole kitchen smelled just glorious as these were roasting. The orange flavor is very subtle, the chipotle just hot enough and these disappeared very quickly !

    Chipotle Nuts

    Chipotle Nuts

    Makes 2 ½ cups – 1 serving = 2 tablespoons
    91 calories per serving

    1 T grated orange rind
    1 T orange juice
    1 egg white
    2 c mixed nuts (pecan halves, whole almonds, walnuts, whatever you have around the house!)
    1 T brown sugar
    1 T Kosher salt
    1/2 t ground chipotle chile pepper
    Pam
    1/2 c sweetened dried cranberries
    1 t Kosher salt

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix orange rind, orange juice and egg then stir in nuts. Mix sugar, salt and pepper and add to the nuts and mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet spray with Pam and bake 1 hours stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with another teaspoon of salt and mix then cool. When cool, mix in the cranberries.

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    November 8th, 2011adminchicken, Dinner

    This is one of those ‘all in one dishes’ that I love to make. You can make it ahead of time, refrigerate, and then do the baking right at the very end. Very convenient, very easy, very good !

    Chicken Casserole with Wild Rice

    Chicken Casserole with Wild Rice

    8 servings
    371 calories per serving

    You can make this casserole ahead and refrigerate until you are ready – just bake longer (about an hour) to make sure it heats all the way through.

    2 c water
    1/2 c wild rice
    2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken, cooked (Perdue Shortcuts work great here !) and cut into bit sized pieces
    2 T oil
    3 scallions, chopped
    1 1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
    1 c chicken broth
    1/4 c flour
    2 c skim milk
    1/2 c grated Parmesan
    1/2 c low fat sour cream
    1/3 c chopped parsley
    1 t salt
    1/2 t pepper
    2 c frozen French cut green beans
    1/2 c sliced almonds

    Mix water and rice and bring to a boil then lower to a simmer and cook 35-40 minutes. Drain and reserve. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot and cook mushrooms 12 minutes or so to release all the liquid and allow it to dry up. Add broth and scallions and cook 5 minutes. Sprinkle in flour and stir then add milk and simmer 2 minutes. Add cheese, sour cream parsley, salt and pepper and remove from heat.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with Pam and place the rice in as the bottom layer. Top with chicken and beans then pour over the mushroom sauce and sprinkle with nuts. Cook 30 minutes and let stand a bit to cool before serving.

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    October 26th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Uncategorized

    Rich, creamy and very flavorful. The family won’t even know they are eating healthy cottage cheese ! So much healthier than sugar laden puddings, ice creams, etc.

    Mocha Parfaits

    Mocha Parfaits

    4 servings
    210 calories per serving

    16 oz. low fat cottage cheese
    1/4 c sugar
    1 T cocoa powder
    1 1/2 t instant coffee powder
    2 cups sliced strawberries
    1/2 cup + 2 T Cool Whip Lite
    1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

    Blend cottage cheese, sugar, cocoa and coffee in a blender. Take 1half of the mixture out of the blender and distribute among the 4 parfait cups. Place 2 T Cool Whip in blender and quickly blend. Distribute half the berries in the parfait glasses. Then add the remainder of the mocha mix and the remainder of the berries. Top with Cool Whip and nuts.

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    September 21st, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This is like having a banana split, but without the ice cream ! The rich pudding mixed with the whipped cream is just fabulous. Add bananas and nuts, and you have a real winning dessert for just 76 calories per serving ! Go ahead, have 2 servings :)

    Chocolate Banana Parfaits

    Chocolate Banana Parfaits

    6 servings
    76 calories per serving

    1 1.4 oz. package sugar free instant chocolate pudding mix
    1 c Cool Whip, thawed
    1 large banana, thinly sliced
    1 T sliced almonds

    Prepare pudding according to package instructions using skim milk and refrigerate until set. Divide half of the pudding between 6 parfait glasses or goblets. Use half the cool whip to make a thin layer atop the pudding in each glass. Top with a few banana slices and repeat the three layers. Sprinkle with almonds, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    May 11th, 2010adminAsian, Lunch, Salads, Sides

    Though the dish packs some calories, it is all good MUFA calories – olive oil, seeds, nuts. So I go ahead and eat it as a lunch instead of a side. The dressing is just superb – the soy added to the Italian dressing gives it such an Asian flair. And the added crunch from the ramen noodles make this a great salad !

    Asian Salad

    Asian Salad

    12 servings
    260 calories per serving

    1 envelope Good Seasons Italian Salad dressing mix
    1/3 c sugar
    2 T soy sauce
    2 3 oz. Packages of ramen noodles
    2 16 oz. bags of coleslaw blend
    4 green onions, sliced
    ½ c roasted sunflowers
    ½ c sliced almonds

    Prepare salad dressing mix according to package instructions. Stir in sugar and soy. Break noodles and discard seasoning packet. Add coleslaw, onions, seeds and nuts, Mix and add dressing and toss to coat well.

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    May 1st, 2010adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    Take the whole frying hassle out of French toast preparation – and add some great apples and nuts along the way. This was a really easy way to prep a great breakfast. Add some extra maple syrup over the top to give it even more flavor !

    Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

    Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

    4 servings
    280 calories per serving

    ½ c Egg Beaters
    2 egg whites
    ¾ c skim milk
    1 T Splenda
    ½ t vanilla extract
    ½ t cinnamon
    8 slices cinnamon raisin bread (80 calories per slice) cut in half diagonally
    1 t buttery spread
    1 T maple syrup
    2 apples sliced thinly
    4 T sliced almonds
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with Pam. Whisk Egg Beaters, egg whites, milk, splenda, vanilla and cinnamon then pour into pan and top with the bread slices. Flip the bread over once to it gets a little coating on each side. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes then remove foil and bake another 8-10 minutes. Melt butter in skillet and add syrup, then apples. Cover and cook on low heat 10 minutes or until apples are soft then uncover and cook 1 minute to dry up the mix a little. Serve bread with the apple mixture over top and sprinkle with nuts.

    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
  • PRINT THIS POST Bookmark on del.icio.us
    scissors
    March 24th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    These are VERY easy to prepare and yet have a very elegant presentation. They were quite sweet and really satisfied my sugar craving !

    Linzer Bars

    Linzer Bars

    16 servings
    105 calories per serving

    ½ roll refrigerated sugar cookies
    ½ c seedless raspberry preserves
    1 t cornstarch
    ¼ c sliced almonds

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Break up cookie dough and press it evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 8 inch square pan. Bake 15 minutes or until edges are golden. In a saucepan combine preserves and cornstarch and cook over medium heat just until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour preserves over crust and spread to within ¼ inch of the edge and then sprinkle with almonds. Bake another 10 minutes then cool 1 hour before cutting into bars.

    Related Posts with Thumbnails
    Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
    • Page 1 of 2
    • 1
    • 2
    • >
  • « Older Entries