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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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    June 18th, 2014adminAppetizers, Fish, Lunch, Summer

    What a wonderful appetizer or lunch ! The marinade makes the shrimp nice and spicy. And the sauce is a great deviation from the typical ketchup and horseradish mixture…this one uses tomatoes and has a much fresher taste. Try dipping your avocado slices in the sauce too – the flavors go together perfectly.

    8 servings
    238 calories per serving

    Warm Shrimp Cocktail

    Warm Shrimp Cocktail

    Cocktail Sauce
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    3 T cilantro
    2 T lime juice
    1 T prepared horseradish
    1 T Worcestershire sauce
    ¼ t Kosher salt
    ¼ t pepper
    (you can make this a day ahead)

    Shrimp
    24 fresh clean jumbo shrimp with tails on (if desired)
    3 T lime juice
    3 T chili sauce
    1 clove garlic, minced
    ½ t Kosher salt
    1/8 t pepper

    4 ripe avocados, sliced

    Prepare sauce and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Place shrimp in a zip loc bag with the juice, sauce and garlic and place in the refrigerator 1 hour. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with Pam. Drain shrimp and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 7-8 minutes or until done. Serve with cocktail sauce and sliced avocados.

    If you don’t have a grill, you can broil or pan fry the shrimp.

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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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    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 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 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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    April 22nd, 2013adminAppetizers, Sides, Vegetables

    These little crustless tarts make a great side dish to lunch or dinner. Very cheesy, very chic :)

    Spinach Tart

    Spinach Tart

    8 servings
    124 calories per serving (serving=2 tarts)

    16 oz. frozen spinach
    3 egg whites
    12 oz. 2 % cottage cheese
    1 c shredded part skim mozzarella
    1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
    1/4 t black pepper
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put spinach in a colander and rinse with hot water until thawed. Using your hand or the back of a spoon, press it down firmly to drain all the water out of it. Mix egg whites, cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese and then add spinach and mix well. Spoon mixture into 16 muffin / cupcake cups sprayed with Pam. Bake 35 minutes.

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    April 21st, 2013adminAppetizers, Cajun, Lunch, Sandwiches

    This is a sandwich that makes your mouth happy :) The combination of the Cajun flavoring on the chicken along with the roasted red pepper and pepperoncini is just perfect. This one is a sure crowd pleaser and cut into strips, would make a great appetizer.

    Grilled Cajun Chicken Sandwiches

    Grilled Cajun Chicken Sandwiches

    1 serving
    330 calories per serving

    2 slices Italian bread
    1 ½ t light mayonnaise
    6 slices Cajun spiced deli chicken breast (if unavailable, sprinkle roasted deli chicken with some Cajun seasoning)
    3 strips jarred roasted red peppers
    1 small pepperoncini pepper sliced
    1 no fat cheese slice (Kraft Singles are nice and creamy!)
    2 t lite Italian dressing

    Brush the outside of the sandwich with the dressing and cook in a skillet 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Spread mayo on bread and then add all the ingredients.

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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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    November 29th, 2012adminAppetizers, Dinner, Sides

    These make a great side dish to a chicken or fish dinner. Or make a double batch and serve as appetizers at your next get together. Warm and homey without being a heavy dish and these make a really nice presentation – just perfect !

    Zucchini Quiche Cups

    Zucchini Quiche Cups

    12 servings
    115 calories per serving

    2 c zucchini, in small cubes
    2 t olive oil
    Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
    12 slices light wheat bread, crusts removed
    12 grape tomatoes, quartered
    1/2 cup soft low fat cream cheese spread
    ¾ c egg beaters
    1/4 c light cream
    2 T chopped fresh chives
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix zucchini with oil and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper them bake until tender, about 15 minutes. Spray a cupcake tin with Pam. Flatten bread with a rolling pin or the bottom of a heavy pan and cut out a notch in the top so that when you place it in the cucpcake tins, it will wrap around nicely.

    Zucchini Quiche Cups

    Zucchini Quiche Cups

    Then press into the bottom of the cupcake cups. Mix zucchini and tomatoes and spoon into the cups. Beat eggs, cream cheese, cream, chives, salt and pepper. Pour into the cups and bake 15-20 minutes or until they are set.

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    October 18th, 2012adminAppetizers, Dessert, fruit, Snacks

    Try serving this with Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps. This has such a flavor explosion already then you add the kick from the jalapeno and this is a dessert or snack that is near perfection ! Be sure to chop everything very small and very uniform – that is part of what makes this as special as it is.

    Fruit Salsa

    Fruit Salsa

    Makes 3 cups
    1 T = 44 calories

    1 c finely chopped strawberries
    1 orange, peeled and finely chopped
    3 small kiwi, peeled and finely chopped
    8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
    ¼ c finely chopped yellow bell pepper
    1 T lime juice
    1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

    Fruit Salsa

    Fruit Salsa

    Combine all ingredients and cover and chill at least 6 hours.

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