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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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    I'm so very pleased to announce the 400 Calorie or Less App and eBooks ! The eBooks are now available for the Nook and the Kindle. There are 4 eBooks and they each host 40+ recipes to help you lose weight while eating the foods you love and ...

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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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    May 21st, 2013adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    A special parmesan butter atop a fresh grilled piece of corn just spells S U M M E R !!

    Grilled Corn

    Grilled Corn

    4 servings
    200 calories per serving

    4 ears of corn, husked and cleaned
    ¼ c butter, softened
    2 T parmesan cheese
    2 t basil, chopped
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Shuck corn and clean it well. Wrap in foil and grill 15-20 minutes or until tender.

    Grilled Corn

    Grilled Corn

    Mix butter, cheese and parsley. When corn is done, open foil and place a pat of butter on the corn. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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    March 21st, 2013adminDinner, Sides

    Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with potatoes and cabbage. It makes an excellent side dish. And it’s a perfect way to use up left over cabbage and potatoes !

    Irish Colcannon

    Irish Colcannon

    10 servings
    115 calories per serving

    1 1/2 lb. potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and quartered
    3 slices bacon, chopped
    1 small onion, chopped
    1/2 c water
    4 c cabbage, thinly sliced
    2 T butter
    1/2 c skim milk, warmed
    Salt to taste

    Put potatoes in a large Dutch oven and add enough cold water to cover the potatoes then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Heat a skillet and cook bacon then remove it from pan and drain. Add onions to skillet and cook 4 minutes. Add water and stir to loosen the bits stuck to the pan then add cabbage, cover and cook 7 minutes until water is evaporated. Mash drained potatoes with butter and milk then add the cabbage mix and salt and mix well.

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    December 2nd, 2012adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    Creamy, cheesy, savory spinach – a perfect side dish to a light fish meal.

    Spinach Au Gratin

    Spinach Au Gratin

    6 servings
    200 calories per serving

    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    6 slices pre-cooked bacon, finely chopped
    15 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, cubed
    15 Ritz Crackers, coarsely crushed
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    1 T butter, melted
    Pam

    Preheat broiler. Spray pan with Pam and add onion. Cook 5 minutes adding a couple of tablespoons of hot water along the way if needed to keep the onions moist. Add bacon and cook 3 minutes. Add spinach and cook 3 minutes to wilt the spinach then remove from heat and add cream cheese being sure to mix well. Turn into a casserole dish sprayed with Pam. Mix crackers, parmesan and butter and sprinkle over the casserole. Broil 2 minutes to brown the crackers.

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    October 3rd, 2012admincrock pot, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    Feel free to mix this up as much as you want – use only one type of Chex if you only like one….don’t like peanuts, leave them out and put in more pretzels – - make it your own and make it often ! :)

    Homemade Chex Party Mix (Crock Pot)

    Homemade Chex Party Mix (Crock Pot)

    24 servings
    155 calories per serving

    6 T butter, melted
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    1 t garlic powder
    1 ½ t Lawry’s seasoned salt
    3 c Corn Chex cereal
    3 c Rice Chex cereal
    3 c Wheat Chex cereal
    1 c peanuts
    1 c mini pretzels
    1 c bagel chips broken into small pieces (or melba toasts)

    Mix butter, Worcestershire, garlic, and salt. Gradually stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well to evenly coat. Cook uncovered on low 3-4 hours stirring every 30 minutes.

    If you don’t have a crock pot, you can bake these at 275 degrees for 1 hour, turning and stirring every 15 minutes.

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    July 23rd, 2012adminDinner, Summer, turkey

    What a great grilled dish – the onions get so nice and caramelized and that gives everything tons of flavor.

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    4 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1/3 c finely chopped onion
    3 T buttery spread
    ¾ c apple juice
    1/3 c red vinegar
    2 T honey
    1 T steak sauce
    1 t salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 lb Italian turkey sausage
    2 small onions, quartered
    8 medium large fresh mushroom caps
    Pam

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Cook onion in butter until tender then mix in apple juice, vinegar, honey, steak sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

    Boil enough water to cover sausages and add sausage to pot and cover. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until cooked through. During the last 5 minutes throw in the onion wedges. Cool for a bit then slice into 2 inch pieces. Heat grill and spray a grill pan with Pam.

    Place all sausage, onions and mushrooms in a bowl and put in half the sauce and toss to coat. Place this mix in a hot grill basket and grill 10 minutes stirring frequently. Baste with the other ½ of the sauce and continue cooking 2 minutes longer.

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    June 28th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    You usually don’t think of cucumbers in a hot dish, but they make a perfect sautéed side, much like you would sauté zucchini.

    Sauteed Cucs

    Sauteed Cucs

    4 servings
    82 caloriess per serving

    1 medium cucumber
    1 T butter
    1/4 t salt
    Chopped parsley

    Peel cucumber, cut in half, remove seeds and slice, sprinkle with salt. Melt butter in a skillet and sauté cucs 3 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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    June 4th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Mediterranean, pasta, turkey

    Authentic, delicious, Greek pasta dish – easy to make and a great meal for entertaining or for every day !

    Greek Pastitsio

    Greek Pastitsio

    8 servings
    370 calories per serving

    1 lb. lean ground turkey
    1 small onion, chopped
    24 oz. marinara sauce
    2 T red wine vinegar
    2 T butter
    1 1/2 c skim milk
    1 c strained plain Greek yogurt
    1/4 t nutmeg
    2 c FiberGourmet elbow macaroni, cooked
    1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
    salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown onions in a skillet sprayed with Pam. Add turkey and brown. Drain. Add sauce and vinegar and cook for 15 minutes. Melt butter and add milk. Bring to a boil on medium heat stirring constantly then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in yogurt and nutmeg. Add macaroni, salt and pepper and stir. Spread meat sauce into a 13×9 baking dish and top with macaroni. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 50 minutes.

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    May 20th, 2012adminAppetizers, chicken, Dinner

    This is a DELICIOUS meal ! Serve them up alone as an appetizer, with a small salad for lunch, or with a few sides for a great dinner. The recipes packs a punch of flavor and anyone in your family who likes buffalo wings will love this. The sauce is really what makes the dish in my mind !

    Buffalo Meatballs

    Buffalo Meatballs

    6 servings
    6 meatballs per serving
    177 calories per serving

    1 lb ground chicken
    1/4 c Egg Beaters
    1/2 c minced celery
    1/2 c breadcrumbs
    1/3 c Frank’s Buffalo Sauce (or your favorite brand)
    salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 t oregano
    1/2 t garlic powder
    1/2 t onion powder
    Pam
    2 T butter
    2 T flour
    1 c chicken or beef stock
    1/4 c Frank’s Buffalo Sauce (or your favorite brand)

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix meat, egg beaters, breadcrumbs, 1/3 c sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. Spray a baking sheet with Pam. Make 36 small cocktail sized meatballs and place on a baking sheet with the sides all touching (this helps retain moisture in the meatballs as they cook). Bake 15-20 minutes or until done. While they are cooking melt butter in a small saucepan and then add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring the entire time. Add stock and simmer 3 minutes. Add 1/4 c buffalo sauce, salt and pepper and simmer 1 minute. Serve this sauce over the meatballs or on the side as a dipping sauce.

    Add some celery and carrot stix and some low fat blue cheese dressing on the side. You won’t miss the mess of wings with this healthy option that is just as good !

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    March 23rd, 2012adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    I’m forever on a quest to find new broccoli recipes. This is a nice simple one that makes a great dinner side dish.

    Broccoli and Shallots

    Broccoli and Shallots

    4 servings
    48 calories per serving

    12 oz. broccoli florets
    1 t butter
    1 t oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    3 T minced shallots

    Boil water and cook broccoli for 5-6 minutes then drain. Heat butter and oil and add shallots and sauté for 3 minutes. Add in broccoli, salt, pepper and if you like it spicy, some red pepper flakes.

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    March 5th, 2012adminDessert

    The creamy, decadent topping is what makes this pie super special. This one is just a little sweet and a lot yummy :)

    Sweet Potato Pie Deluxe

    Sweet Potato Pie Deluxe

    12 servings
    287 calories per serving

    1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
    1/3 c skim milk
    145 oz can fat free sweetened condensed milk, divided
    3 T brown sugar
    2 T butter, melted
    3/4 t ground cinnamon, divided
    1/2 t vanilla
    1/4 t salt
    2 eggs
    1 frozen pie crust bottom, thawed (or you can use refrigerated dough)
    1/2 c low fat cream cheese, softened

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap potatoes in foil and bake 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until very tender (you can also jump start these by piercing and microwaving for 5 minutes). Let cool a bit and then scoop out flash and mash. Add milk, 1/4 c condensed milk, brown sugar, butter, 1/2 t cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Mix well then add eggs 1 at a time. Pour into thawed pie crust and bake 45 minutes or until set. Mix the rest of the cinnamon with the cream cheese and beat with a mixer then add 1/2 c plus 2T of the condensed milk and beat on medium. Pour over the pie and let stand 15 minutes then serve.

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