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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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    November 25th, 2013adminDinner, Kid Friendly, turkey

    This was sooooo good – it’s like Thanksgiving dinner without all the work. I use the scallopini cut of turkey cutlets so they are nice and thin and you can cook them up quickly so they don’t get dried out. Add a small green salad on the side and you have a great balanced meal that makes the day feel like a holiday :)

    Turkey and Stuffing

    Turkey and Stuffing

    4 servings
    390 calories per serving

    4 slices fresh turkey breast (3/4 lb.)
    ½ c chopped green pepper
    2 T water
    2 c fat free chicken broth
    12 oz. fat free turkey gravy
    3 c dry cubed seasoned stuffing
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and on medium high heat cook turkey breasts sprinkled with salt and pepper; cook 4 minutes each side or until turkey is golden then remove from skillet and keep warm. Combine pepper and water in pan. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Add gravy, reserving ¼ cup for later use, Add broth to skillet and bring to a boil and then remove skillet from heat. Stir in stuffing and mix well then return turkey to the pan. Cover and let stand 5 minutes and then our extra gravy over the top and serve.

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    June 17th, 2013adminAsian, 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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    May 5th, 2013adminchicken, Dinner, Summer

    You know the drill – toss the skewers and throw this in a grill basket ! But I still call it a “Kabob” recipe so you can visualize it :) The yogurt sauce is JUST PERFECT in this recipe. Serve with some cous cous on the side.

    Curry Lime Chicken Kabobs

    Curry Lime Chicken Kabobs

    4 servings
    261 calories per serving

    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
    ½ c plain yogurt
    ¼ c chopped cilantro
    1 t grated lime zest
    2 T lime juice
    2 T oil
    1 T honey
    1 T Dijon mustard
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ t curry powder
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    2 green bell peppers cut into 1 inch pieces
    1 zucchini in ½ inch slices
    10 grape tomatoes
    Pam

    For the marinade, mix yogurt, cilantro, lime peel and juice, oil, honey, mustard, garlic, curry, salt and pepper. Place chicken in a zip loc and pour in the marinade and refrigerate 4-24 hours. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with Pam. Cook 15 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring occasionally so that all sides of the meat and veggies get browned.

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    April 8th, 2013adminDinner, Fish, Lunch, pasta

    This is one of the pasta salads you will make again and again. The added protein from the tuna makes this a great complete meal, or you can serve as a side to any salad for a great lunch or light dinner.

    Lemony Orzo and Tuna

    Lemony Orzo and Tuna

    6 servings
    256 calories per serving

    3/4 c orzo
    1/2 t grated lemon zest
    3 T lemon juice
    1 T oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 t minced garlic
    ½ t red pepper flakes
    1 c drained and flaked tuna fish
    1/2 c diced English cucumber
    1/2 c chopped red bell pepper
    1/3 c scallions, sliced into thin rings
    1 T sliced basil
    1/2 c crumbled goat cheese

    Cook pasta according to package directions. When done, drain, rinse to stop the cooking process and place in a bowl. Mix lemon zest, oil, garlic, pepper flakes, salt, pepper and mix with the pasta. Add fish, cucumber, pepper and scallions and mix well. Place and sprinkle with cheese and basil.

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    June 25th, 2012adminDinner, Mediterranean, Salads, Sides

    This is all the good stuff out of the salad and leaves the lettuce behind. Crisp, refreshing and a great summer salad.

    Mediterranean Salad

    Mediterranean Salad


    8 servings
    109 calories per serving

    2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
    1 green pepper chopped coarsely
    1 red or 1 yellow pepper chopped coarsely
    1 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, and chopped coarsely
    ½ of a small cucumber, peeled, seeded and julienned
    1/2 c fat free Italian dressing
    2 T chopped basil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    3 low fat mozzarella sticks, sliced into small rounds

    Mix all together and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

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    May 26th, 2012adminSides, Summer, Vegetables

    Cooking the potatoes and peppers in a foil packet basically steams them and they come out a wonderful consistency and packed with flavor. Serve alongside 3 oz. of broiled steak or a 4 oz. chicken cutlet for a meal balanced with protein, veggies and that all mighty carb that keeps you feeling more full :)

    Foiled O'Brien

    Foiled O'Brien

    4 servings
    155 calories per serving

    1 lb. red potatoes, washed and sliced thinly
    2 c red bell pepper slices
    2 c yellow bell pepper slices
    6 T sliced shallot (regular onion will work here too)
    Pam
    2 cloves garlic, mashed
    3 T chopped parsley
    ½ t onion powder
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take 4 sheets of aluminum foil, each about 12 inches by 12 inches (about 1 inch longer and 4 inches wider than a sheet of paper) and place them on a flat surface. Spray each with a little bit of Pam. Divide the potatoes, peppers and shallots evenly among the foil sheets. Sprinkle with the minced garlic, parsley, onion powder, salt and pepper.

    Create a packet out of each by folding the foil sides up to make a tent and folding the edges over 2 times – then take each side and fold (roll) over twice and seal firmly so that the packet will say sealed keeping all the steam inside.

    Place packets on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake ½ hour to 45 minutes. Open packets and transfer contents to plates. Be careful opening packets as they will be full of steam.

    For more instructions folding, Reynold’s says:
    For each foil packet, bring up the two sides of the foil and double fold with about 1-inch wide folds. Leave room for heat circulation inside the packet as the food cooks. Double fold each end to form the foil packet.

    And the Scouts site has a nice diagram.

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    May 1st, 2012adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    The cheese just melts into the marinade and really coats all the veggies – every bite is so full of flavor :)

    Parmesan Veggies

    Parmesan Veggies

    8 servings
    60 calories per serving

    2 zucchini cut into ½ inch thick slices
    2 yellow squash cut into ½ inch thick slices
    1 red pepper cut into strips
    1 green pepper cut into strips
    1 yellow pepper cut into strips
    1/3 c light Italian dressing
    ¼ c grated parmesan cheese
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and heat to medium high. Add veggies and sauté 5 minutes. Add dressing and cheese and continue cooking 5 minutes or until veggies are desired tenderness (I like mine pretty crisp).

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    April 20th, 2012adminLunch, Mexican, Vegetables, Videos

    This is one of those recipes where you just don’t miss the meat – not one bit ! Roasting the veggies first gives them a great flavor, then you add chili powder, then you add rice simmered with chipotle for the smoky flavor and then you add CHEESE ! This is a satisfying, perfect lunch.

    Vegetable Burritos

    Vegetable Burritos

    4 servings
    380 calories per serving

    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 1/3 c water
    ½ c brown rice
    1 T minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce
    4 bell peppers cut into thin strips
    4 medium carrots thinly sliced
    1 T oil
    1 T chili powder
    6 oz. fresh spinach leaves thinly sliced
    4 10 inch burritos
    ¾ c low fat shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    ½ c salsa (optional)

    Vegetable Burritos

    Vegetable Burritos

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bring water to a boil and add rice and 1 t salt along with the diced chipotle. Cover and cook 45 minutes then remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes. Toss pepper, carrots, oil and chili powder in a baking pan and roast about ½ hour then add spinach and toss. Warm tortillas and add rice, cheese and veggies and wrap. Serve with salsa.

    Here a quick video on how to create a wrap so it does not leak

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    April 16th, 2012adminDinner, FiberGourmet, Fish, Mexican, pasta

    This creamy sauce has a nice little kick from the chipotle pepper – you can kick it up as much as you want ! All the ingredients here mix to perfection and you end up with a winner dinner.

    Shrimp and Pasta with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

    Shrimp and Pasta with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

    4 servings
    371 calories per serving

    10 oz. FiberGourmet fettucine noodles (regular or flavored)
    1 T oil
    1 small onion, peeled and chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 small bell pepper, sliced
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained well
    1 canned chipotle pepper, minced, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the can
    1/2 t cumin
    1 lb. peeled and cleaned shrimp
    2 t lemon juice
    1 1/2 c fat free half and half
    1/4 c chopped cilantro
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven and sauté onion 4-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, peppers, tomatoes and cumin and sauté another 4-5 minutes. Add chipotle, shrimp, lemon and half and half and cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Add salt and pepper and cilantro. Stir in pasta and mix well.

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    April 2nd, 2012adminDinner, Italian, Kid Friendly, Soups

    This is a superb soup – the broth is so rich and full bodied it could almost be used as a tomato sauce if you thickened it up some. The ravioli are a great addition as the cheesiness mixes so well with the tomato based broth. Any cheese pasta would do well here, but the ravioli makes it just a little different and oh so yummy !

    Ravioli Soup

    Ravioli Soup

    4 servings
    274 calories per serving

    1 T olive oil
    2 c frozen bell pepper and onion mix, thawed and diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 t crushed red pepper
    28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
    32 oz. vegetable broth
    1 c hot water
    1 t basil flakes
    1 t oregano flakes
    9 oz. frozen cheese ravioli
    2 c diced zucchini
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Heat oil in a large soup pot and add peppers, onions, garlic and red pepper. Saute for 4 minutes then add tomatoes, broth, water and spice. Bring to a boil and add ravioli and cook 3 minutes less than the package instructions. Add zucchini, return to boil and cook another 3 minutes. Garnish with some parmesan cheese if you would like (not included in calorie count).

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