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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 16th, 2014adminSalads, Summer, Vegetables

    This is another one of those really versatile salads – you can add into this bits of pieces of all the little leftover bits of veggies in your frig without really changing the calorie count all that much. This is great next to a sandwich or sometimes I have it all on its own with a few Triscuits next to it and call it a meal !

    Chickpea Salad

    Chickpea Salad

    4 servings
    286 calories per serving

    2 14 oz. cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
    1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
    4 radishes diced small
    1 green pepper diced small
    ½ c chopped parsley
    1 T lemon juice
    1 T vinegar
    1 T oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ¼ t celery salt

    Combine beans and all veggies and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

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    November 27th, 2013adminDinner, Kid Friendly, turkey

    This is so creamy and full of nutty flavor from the wild rice. It’s a great dish and a perfect way to use up left over turkey.

    Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

    Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

    5 servings
    370 calories per serving

    4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
    1 lb. cooked turkey breast cut into bite sized pieces
    1 c carrots, julienned
    1/2 c onion, chopped finely
    1/2 c celery, sliced
    1 c raw wild rice
    1 can low fat cream of chicken soup
    2 1/2 c water
    2 T soy sauce
    1/2 t marjoram flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a skillet with Pam and cook bacon until almost crisp then add turkey, carrots, onion and celery and cook 3 minutes or until turkey is heated. Cook rice according to package instructions. Mix rice and turkey then add soup, water, soy and spices and place in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Cover and bake half hour.

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    November 26th, 2013adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Soups, turkey

    Another super quick soup that tastes like it’s been simmering for hours, but it’s just a ½ hour meal. Try using Perdue Shortcuts turkey strips if you don’t have any leftover turkey on hand.

    Turkey Noodle Soup

    Turkey Noodle Soup

    2 servings
    156 calories per serving

    2 c water
    ¾ c cooked cubed turkey breast
    1 rib celery, sliced
    Leaves from top of celery
    2 cloves garlic minced
    Salt to taste
    1/8 t marjoram flakes
    1/8 t pepper
    1 bay leaf
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ c canned diced potatoes
    ¼ c frozen peas and carrots mix
    ¼ c yolk free egg noodles
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    Mix water, turkey, celery, onion, garlic, salt, onion powder, marjoram, pepper and bay leaf and bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Then mix in the potatoes, peas and noodles. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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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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    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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    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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    September 28th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Salads, Tex Mex, Vegetables

    Chop up all your veggies and fixings and lay them out on a platter in rows. It’s a beautiful presentation and everyone can grab exactly what they want for their salad. The dressing for this one is so simple and so low cal, but it tastes divine !

    Tex Mex Cobb

    Tex Mex Cobb

    10 servings
    291 calories per serving

    20 oz. mixed greens (Spring mix, baby greens, etc.)
    12 oz. seasoned chicken breast strips (Perdue Shortcuts work great here)
    4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 c low fat shredded cheese
    12 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
    2 small avocados, sliced
    2 c grape tomatoes, halved
    2 ribs of celery, sliced
    2/3 c fat free ranch dressing
    1/3 cup chunky salsa
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Over a large platter with the greens then arrange chicken, eggs, beans, cheese, bacon, avocados and tomatoes in rows and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix the salsa and dressing and pour over platter.

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    September 19th, 2012adminCajun, chicken, crock pot, Dinner

    A taste of Louisiana without all the work of a typical jambalaya. This is a really good version that is so easy to make ! It is homey and filling and flavorful and all the things a good jambalaya should be (even MUSHY is a good characteristic in a jambalaya and my daughter days this one is mushy). Serve with some extra tabasco on the side for people like me :)

    Chicken Jambalaya

    Chicken Jambalaya

    6 servings
    370 calories per serving

    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
    1 c chicken broth
    2 c vegetable broth
    ¾ c water
    1 ½ c raw brown rice
    4 oz. low fat turkey sausage cut into slices
    ½ c celery, thinly sliced
    Leaves from the top of the celery ribs
    ½ c onion, chopped
    ½ c green bell pepper, chopped
    2 t Cajun seasoning
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    ¼ t hot pepper sauce
    1 bay leaf
    Salt to taste
    14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and on medium high heat, cook chicken and sausage until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Place in crock along with all the other ingredients. Cover and cook on high 5 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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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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    May 18th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    These are just FANTASTIC ! Forget about regular stuffing next Thanksgiving – I am going to make these ahead of time and simply reheat in the oven while the turkey is being carved. These are simply delicious !

    Stuffin' Muffins

    Stuffin' Muffins

    10 servings
    209 calories per serving

    1/4 c butter
    3/4 c celery, chopped fine
    1/4 c carrots, chopped fine
    1 1/2 c water
    6 oz. Stovetop stuffing mix
    1/3 c Craisins or raisins
    1/4 c chopped walnuts
    1 1/2 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup egg beaters
    Pam

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with Pam. In a skillet, melt butter and cook celery and carrot 5-6 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil them remove from heat and stir in stuffing mix, craisins and nuts then add 1 cup of cheese and the egg beaters and mix well. Spoon into 10 muffin cups and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese then back 10 minutes to melt cheese.

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