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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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    July 20th, 2014adminbeef, Dinner, Summer, Tex Mex

    The rub on this leaves a mildly spicy coating on the meat – none of the individual flavors stands out by itself – they all mingle and create a great flavor that leaves you coming back for more.

    Chili Rubbed Steak

    Chili Rubbed Steak

    6 servings
    290 calories per serving

    2 t caraway seeds
    2 t cumin seeds
    ½ t coriander seeds
    2 T tomato sauce
    1 T red chili paste
    1 T olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 ¾ t chili powder
    2 lb. boneless beef sirloin
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper

    In a skillet mix the 3 seeds and cook on medium high for 3 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, being sure to stir constantly then cool completely. Using a coffee grinder, pulse seeds to a fine powder and then combine with tomato sauce, chili paste, oil, garlic and chili powder, salt and pepper. Spread the spice mix over and refrigerate 2 – 4 hours. Grill meat 20 minutes or to desired doneness. Remove from heat, tent with foil and let sit 10 minutes before slicing.

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    June 22nd, 2014adminbeef, chicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    By using a grill basket, you can get the great grilled flavor with just about anything, even small pieces of meat and veggies. Some would do these as kabobs, but I find them too tedious to put together and then some of them always fall off the skewers and into the grill. Get a grill basket and you can do all sorts of things without any lost pieces :)

    Stir-Fry on the Grill

    Stir-Fry on the Grill

    6 servings
    283 calories, per serving

    2 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces
    1 lb. beef cubes (lean)
    2 baby eggplant, sliced
    1 onion, sliced
    1 red pepper, sliced
    ½ head of broccoli cut into florets
    ½ head of cauliflower cut into florets
    ½ c steak house marinade
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 t onion powder
    ½ t garlic powder.
    Pam

    Place the meat and chicken in a Ziploc and add the marinade. Mush it all around to coat all the meat and then place in the frig and let marinate 2 hours. Place the veggies in a bowl and sprinkle with the spices. Heat the grill and a grill basket. Spray the basket with high heat Pam and add the veggies. Cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes. Move the veggies to one side of the basket and add the meat to the other side. Cook 6 minutes or until chicken is done. Mix all together and server immediately.

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    June 9th, 2014adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Sandwiches, Summer

    This is flavorful and as good as you’ll find at any restaurant…I think even better ! It’s what a gourmet burger should be. The sautéed spinach and cheese are heaven. Eat yours without any toppings or add some Dijon or a slice of lettuce and tomato.

    Spinach Burgers

    Spinach Burgers

    8 servings
    310 calories per serving

    10 oz. baby spinach
    2 lb. lean ground beef
    1/2 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
    Salt and pepper to taste
    8 small Portugese rolls
    Pam

    Preheat grill. Spray a skillet with Pam and heat. Add garlic and sauté 1 minutes. Add spinach and 1 T Worcestershire and cook until spinach is wilted down. Remove from skillet and chop (I find kitchen shears work great here) the cool to room temperature or cooler. Mix beef, cooked spinach, salt, pepper and 1 T Worcestershire. Make 8 burgers and grill to desired doneness.

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    March 6th, 2014admincrock pot, Dinner, Italian

    I am very passionate about my sauce ! My Italian Grandma and Mom taught me well :) I have been making my own since I was 16 and over the years developed a recipe that is LOVED and CRAVED by many. That recipe included cooking sausage and meatballs in the sauce – and that gives it a very rich flavor. But it also adds calories. So in my quest to keep things lower cal, I’ve been trying a few batches of sauce without meat and this one is really, really good. It comes quite close to my regular recipe !

    I’ve added beef bouillon to make up for some of the lost flavor from the meat, I’ve added roasted garlic which gives a great depth of flavor (much different than dropping in raw or sautéed garlic) and I make sure to use tomato paste. Tomato paste is to tomatoes what lemonade concentrate is to lemonade – - it is highly concentrated and adds a different flavor than any other tomato product out there. And finally I add 2 secret ingredients – shhhhhhh ! Fennel and anise seeds add the flavor you would get if you cooked sausage in the sauce. It is the finishing touch that so many sauces are missing. You only get the slightest hint of taste of the seeds in the finished product. But let me tell you, without them, the sauce is just not the same.

    If you’ve never tried sauce before – try !! This one starts from canned products, not raw tomatoes – so it is NOT labor intensive. And even a bad batch of homemade is better than a jar of Ragu ;) It’s what makes a pasta meal special, so do it up !

    Basil Garlic Marinara Sauce

    Basil Garlic Marinara Sauce

    12 servings
    58 calories per serving

    8 cloves roasted garlic, minced
    2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
    1 6 oz. can tomato paste
    ¾ c water
    1 T oil
    2 t basil flakes
    6 basil leaves, torn into small pieces
    1 t oregano flakes
    ½ t red pepper flakes
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ t whole anise seeds
    1 t whole fennel seeds
    2 packets or 2 cubes beef bouillon
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ c parmesan cheese

    Mix all ingredients in a crock pot, cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours.

    You can also put this in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes or simmer stove top for 2-3 hours.

    The length of time does make a different – the sauce tastes much richer when simmered for hours than a quick sauce (which have their place in some recipes, but don’t equal a traditional slowly simmered sauce).


    Freeze your extra portions and next time it’s pasta night, just defrost in the frig over night and quickly reheat in a sauce pan.

    Let me know how you like it ! :)

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    November 23rd, 2013adminbeef, crock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Soups

    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 20 minutes you’ll have a healthy soup ready to go. Serve with some low fat biscuits or some Cheesy Spirals.

    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    Hamburger Soup (Crock Pot)

    6 servings
    260 calories per serving

    1 lb. extra lean ground beef
    1 medium onion, chopped coarsely
    1 stalk celery in slices
    1 package Lipton dry Beef Mushroom soup mix
    14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
    6 c water
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    1 t onion powder
    1/2 t garlic powder
    2 c frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
    1 c uncooked fine egg noodles

    Brown ground beef and drain thoroughly. Combine all ingredients except the noodles and frozen veggies in the crock pot, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. 20 minutes before serving add thawed veggies and noodles and mix well. Increase heat to high, recover and cook another 20 minutes.

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    April 29th, 2013adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    So savory and sooooo tasty ! Cooking the onion right in the burgers is a nice touch and there is sooooo much flavor from the grilled onion.

    Grilled Onion Burgers

    Grilled Onion Burgers

    4 servings
    320 calories per serving

    1 large onion
    1 lb. extra lean ground beef
    1 ½ t garlic powder
    4 slices low fat Swiss cheese
    2 t oil
    4 slices thick, hearty bread, toasted
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Peel onion and cut off 4 ¼ inch thick slices. Shape meat into patties and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder and then press one onion slice into each burger and shape meat around the onion so it is even with the meat. Place burger onion side down on a hot grill and cook 5 minutes. Flip burger and cook another 5 minutes. Top with cheese during the last minute of grilling.

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    April 24th, 2013adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican

    Using a pressure cooker to cook the meat means you get a super, super tender shredded meat which is just perfect for a steak burrito. This is an exceptionally good meal. Serve with some avocado slices, no fat sour cream and salsa for even more flavor.

    BBQ Burritos

    BBQ Burritos

    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1 lb. London broil or other lean sirloin steak
    6 flour tortillas (80 calorie Smart and Delicious)
    1 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 medium tomato, chopped
    1 medium avocado, chopped
    ¾ c barbecue sauce
    Pam

    Marinade – mix together
    1 5.5 oz. can spicy V-8 juice
    2 T lime juice
    1 T oil
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t black pepper
    ½ t ground cumin
    ½ t chili powder

    Pierce beef with a fork several times. Mix marinade and place in a zip loc – add the beef and coat well and then refrigerate 8-24 hours. Pressure cook mat for 1 hours. (you can also crock pot this for 8-10 hours). Let rest 5 minutes and then using 2 forks, shred the meat. Mix in a bit of the left over juices. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (don’t mistakenly set it on BROIL like I did and then burn the holy heck out of your first batch! Thanks for help with the recon mission, Lisa ! LOL) Microwave tortillas 30 seconds or so to warm them slightly. Place beef, cheese, onion, and tomato in each wrap and fold all four sides. Place folded side down in a baking pan sprayed with Pam. Brush with barbecue sauce and bake 4-6 minutes. Serve with a slice of avocado on the top. Optionally add sour cream and salsa for even more flavor.

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    March 27th, 2013adminbeef, Dinner, Fish, Kid Friendly

    Surf and term usually includes a large portion of meat and a lobster tail dripping in butter. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, try a Skinny Surf and Turf with a lean piece of filet mignon and some Lemon Shrimp. Just as good, much lower fat, and a perfect celebration meal.

    Skinny Surf and Turf

    Skinny Surf and Turf

    2 servings
    346 calories per serving

    2 4 oz. filet mignons
    Garlic powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Spray

    Add 2 servings of LEMON SHRIMP for the perfect ‘surf’ !

    Preheat grill. Sprinkle meat with garlic, salt and pepper. Grill a couple of minutes each side or until desired temperature. When done, spritz with ICBINB Spray.

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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 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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