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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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    March 2nd, 2014adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    This one got its name because we kept asking each other to pass the mashed things. They were so good that I got my husband to eat carrots and my daughter to eat cauliflower ;)

    Mashed Things

    Mashed Things

    2 servings
    200 calories per serving

    1 red potato, peeled and cubed
    1 c small cauliflower florets
    1/2 c baby carrots
    1 c chicken broth
    1 oz. cream cheese, softened
    1 t garlic powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 slice Kraft fat free singles American cheese
    2 T skim milk
    5 squirts ICBINB Spray

    Bring veggies to a boil in the broth. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until veggies are soft. Drain the veggies and place them in a bowl with the cream cheese, cheese, garlic, milk, salt and pepper and beat with a mixer until creamy. If they are too dry, you can add more milk. Spray with the I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter spray just before serving.

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    March 1st, 2014admincrock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, pork

    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.

    Easy Pork Carnitas

    Easy Pork Carnitas

    4 servings
    208 calories per serving

    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 ½ lb. boneless pork shoulder roast
    2 bay leaves
    2 cups chicken broth
    1 lime cut into wedges

    Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon in a bowl. Rub spice mix into the pork.. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and add the broth then put the pork on top. Cover and cook on low about 10 hours, turning half way through. Remove and let cool then use 2 forks to shred the meat. Use the left over liquid to moisten the meat. Plate and squirt each portion with a bit of lime just before serving. I like to serve this on a flour tortilla with some avocado slices (not included in calorie count above – add 210 calories for a flour tortilla and 2 -3 slices avocado)

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    January 27th, 2014adminItalian, Lunch, pork, Soups

    Minestrone meets Stracciatella in this soup full of beans, spinach, cheese and yummy sausage ! To make this a dinner serving instead, just add some pasta or rice to bring it up to 400 calories.

    Sausage Soup

    Sausage Soup

    4 servings
    264 calories per serving

    10 oz. sweet sausage
    Pam
    1 c chopped shallot (onion will do if you do not have shallots)
    2 t minced garlic
    ½ c water
    15 oz. cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
    24 oz. can fat free chicken broth
    2 c baby spinach
    1 T fresh basil or parsley, chopped
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Remove casing from sausage (or buy it without the casing). Spray pan with Pam and cook sausage on high heat until brown stirring to break up the pieces well. Add shallot and garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in water, beans, tomatoes, broth, salt and pepper and cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook 4 minutes or until it has thickened up a little bit. Remove from heat and stir in spinach and basil and then place in bowls and sprinkle with cheese.

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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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    November 22nd, 2013admincrock pot, Dinner

    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 makes a big difference in the total package.

    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    Black Bean Chili (Crock Pot)

    10 servings
    280 calories per serving

    1 lb. dried black beans, rinsed
    1 T oil
    1 T mustard seeds
    2 T chili powder
    1 1/2 t cumin seeds
    1/2 t cardamom seeds (or ground cardamom)
    2 medium onions, chopped
    1 lb. sliced mushrooms
    8 oz. jarred salsa verde (medium heat)
    1/4 c water
    4 c vegetable broth
    6 oz. can tomato paste
    ½ t salt
    2 T minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    1 1/4 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1/2 c low fat sour cream
    1/2 c chopped cilantro
    2 limes, cut into wedges

    Place beans in a bowl with 2 quarts of water and soak overnight. Mix oil, mustard seeds, chili powder, cumin and cardamom and place in a hot Dutch oven for 30 seconds to release more flavor then add in onions, mushrooms, tomatillos and water. Cover and cook 7 minutes then uncover and cook 15 minutes to lightly brown the veggies. Then add broth, tomato paste, salt and chipotles and mix. Place beans in a slow cooker and pour over the vegetable mix. Cover and cook on high 6-8 hours. Place into bowls and garnish with sour cream and cilantro and squirt with lime.

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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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    May 20th, 2013adminDinner, Lunch, pork, Soups, Tex Mex

    Tender pork, spicy broth – the flavor is just fantastic ! If you don’t enjoy spice, just remove the jalapeno and you will still end up with a great tasting pork soup.

    Southwest Pork Soup

    Southwest Pork Soup

    4 servings
    325 calories per serving

    Pam
    1 c onion, chopped
    2/3 c green bell pepper, chopped
    1 c chopped mushrooms
    1 T minced garlic
    1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
    1 lb. pork tenderloin in bite sized pieces
    2 c chicken broth
    2 c beef broth
    1 c water
    2 t chili powder
    1 t ground cumin
    1/2 t salt
    1/4 t pepper
    15 oz. kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    2 T cilantro, chopped
    1 c avocado, diced

    Heat a non stick soup pot then spray with Pam. Add onion and cook 5-6 minutes adding a bit of hot water if necessary to keep onions moist. Add pepper, mushrooms, garlic and jalapenos and cook another 3 minutes then add pork and cook another 10 minutes. Add broth, water, spices, beans and tomatoes and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Spoon into bowls and top with avocado pieces.

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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 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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    February 2nd, 2013adminSoups, Vegetables

    Simple does not always mean plain. This is a simple soup of just a few ingredients, but it turns out a restaurant class meal – classic flavor and perfectly mild spicing.

    Celery Root Soup

    Celery Root Soup

    4 servings
    180 calories per serving

    2 T butter
    1 c thinly sliced leek
    1/2 c carrot, finely chopped
    2 T white wine
    3 c peeled and cubed celery root (about 3/4 pound)
    3 c chicken broth
    1 c water
    1/2 t coarse salt
    1/2 t black pepper
    1 3/4 c cooked wild rice
    2 T fresh chives, chopped finely

    Melt butter in soup pot. Add leek and carrot then cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook another 5 minutes or until tender. Add wine, celery root, broth, 1 c water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then cover and cook 10 minutes. Place 1 c soup mix in a blender and blend until smooth then add back to soup pan and add rice. Cook 15 minutes. Garnish with chives just before serving.

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