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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 5th, 2014adminAsian, chicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Throw away those kabob skewers and get a grill basket – it makes cooking small pieces of things on the grill a snap ! Just cut it up, marinate and then throw in the grill basket. It’s like stir frying on the grill and you get a great even cook on all the bits.

    Teriyaki Grill Basket

    Teriyaki Grill Basket

    6 servings
    244 calories per serving

    1/3 c soy sauce
    2 T vegetable oil
    1 T brown sugar
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 t ground ginger
    1 t seasoned salt
    Pepper to taste
    1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
    12 whole fresh mushrooms
    1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
    1 large onion, cut into wedges
    12 cherry tomatoes
    Pam

    Mix soy, oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, pepper and salt. Place chicken pieces in a Ziploc bag and pour over the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. During the last hour, add the veggies to the bag. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with high heat Pam. Cook veggies and chicken until chicken is done.

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    November 14th, 2013adminAsian, crock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, pork

    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.

    Chinese Pulled Pork

    Chinese Pulled Pork

    8 servings
    227 calories per serving

    1/4 c soy sauce
    1/4 c hoisin sauce
    3 T ketchup
    3 T honey
    2 t minced garlic
    2 t grated fresh ginger
    1 t dark sesame oil
    1/2 t five-spice powder
    2 lb. boneless pork roast, trimmed
    1/2 c chicken broth

    Mix soy, Hoisin, ketchup, honey, garlic, ginger, oil and five spice and place in a zip loc bag. Add roast and mush it around so the spice adheres to the roast. Place in refrigerator for 3 – 24 hours. When ready to cook, place in crock and cook on low 8 hours. Remove roast and cover to keep warm. Place broth in croc, re-cover and cook another 1./2 hour or until sauce thickens. Shred pork and serve with extra sauce.

    If you do not have Chinese 5 spice, here’s a quick recipe so you can make it yourself:

    Mix all of this in a spice grinder and then use the appropriate amount in your recipe:

    1 T peppercorns
    1 T cloves
    1 t anise seed or 1 T star anise
    1 T fennel seeds
    1 T cinnamon

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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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    April 11th, 2013adminAsian, Dinner, Kid Friendly, pork

    Authentic and delicious. This Asian meal is memorable, brilliant and I want more NOW ! :)

    Pork Chop Suey

    Pork Chop Suey

    4 servings
    280 calories per serving

    1 c chicken broth
    3 T soy sauce
    2 T molasses
    1/4 t pepper
    5 ts cornstarch
    2 T oil, divided
    1 lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut into strips
    1 medium onion, sliced thinly
    1 medium red or green bell pepper, sliced thinly
    3 c bean sprouts (fresh or canned from the asian section of your market)
    1 T minced fresh ginger

    Mix broth, soy, molasses and pepper. Take 2 T of the mix and stir in cornstarch and set aside. Heat 1 T oil in a non stick skillet and cook pork. Cook 5 minutes to brown it and then place in a bowl and set aside. Add 1 T oil to the skillet and cook onion 3 minutes then add the pepper and cook another 3 minutes. Add bean sprouts and ginger and cook another 3 minutes then add the broth and bring to a boil. Cook 4 minutes and then add cornstarch mix and pork and cook 2-3 minutes to thicken sauce and finish up the pork.

    For just 130 calories, add ½ c of chow mein noodles to the side.

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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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    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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    July 5th, 2012adminAsian, chicken, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This sweet and tangy Asian sauce is the perfect summer BBQ meal. The sweet honey chars just a bit and makes these legs super flavorful. Try serving with Asian Sesame Slaw for a perfect meal.

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    4 servings
    240 calories per serving

    8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skinned
    High Heat Pam
    3 T apple cider vinegar
    3 T soy sauce
    4 T honey
    2 T chopped parsley
    2 t minced ginger
    Pepper to taste

    Par boil the chicken legs for 15 minutes so you don’t have to keep them on the grill too long and they don’t dry out. Preheat grill and spray with high heat Pam. Brush half the sauce on chicken legs and grill 15 minute or until done throughout. Put the remainder of the sauce in the microwave and cook 1 minute (make sure it comes to a boil). Mop the legs with the rest of the sauce when they come off the grill.

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    June 7th, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, pork

    Very orangey – very authentic – very, very good !


    Orange Pork and Broccoli

    Orange Pork and Broccoli


    4 servings
    314 calories per serving


    3/4 lb. pork loin cut into thin strips
    2 T red wine or beef broth
    1 T soy sauce
    1 T cornstarch
    3/4 t salt
    1/4 t black pepper
    1 T dark sesame oil
    2 c broccoli florets
    1 orange bell pepper, cut into strips
    1 1/2 t grated peeled fresh ginger
    1/4 c orange juice
    1/4 c hoisin sauce (available in the Asian section at your food market)
    2 T honey
    2 c hot cooked brown rice

    Mix pork, wine, soy, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat the oil in a skillet on high heat. Add broccoli and pepper and stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the pork and stir until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the finer and cook 1 minute longer. Add the juice, hoisin sauce and honey and cook until pork is done and sauce is thickened some, about 3 minutes. Serve with the hot cooked rice on the side.

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    April 26th, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This is a great low cal side and is perfect alongside an Asian inspired dish. If you can’t find fresh bean sprouts, the canned ones work just fine here !

    Bean Sprout Stir Fry

    Bean Sprout Stir Fry

    4 servings
    81 calories per serving

    4 cups mung bean sprouts
    ½ c scallions, sliced
    6 t ginger root, minced
    2 T garlic, sliced
    ½ t salt
    1 t pepper
    1 T oil

    Heat oil and stir fry ginger and garlic for 1 minute then add sprouts, scallions, salt and pepper. Continue to cook 2-3 minutes then serve.

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    April 21st, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This ginger dressing rivals those served at Japanese steakhouse. Make a batch up and use it on salads and even atop fresh tomatoes as a great side dish to any meal.

    Tomatoes with Ginger Dressing

    Tomatoes with Ginger Dressing

    3 servings
    167calories per serving

    2 T minced onion
    3 T peanut oil
    2 T distilled white vinegar
    1 1/2 T finely grated fresh ginger
    1T ketchup
    1 T soy sauce
    1/4 t minced garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced thinly

    Combine onion, oil, vinegar, ginger, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Process until combined. Lay tomato slices on a platter and drizzle with dressing.

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