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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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    June 16th, 2014adminchicken, 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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    June 8th, 2014adminDinner, Lunch, Sides, Summer

    At only 160 calories, make this one often ! The lite buttermilk, lemon and wine is a nice change from your typical mayo and vinegar dressing. The flavor is right on and this will definitely satisfy your potato salad craving.

    Light Potato Salad

    Light Potato Salad

    12 servings
    160 calories per serving

    4 lb. small red potatoes, quartered
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ c dry white wine
    4 T lemon juice
    ½ c low fat buttermilk
    ¼ c low fat mayo
    1 T Dijon mustard
    1 c packed basil leaves sliced very thin
    Cilantro for garnish

    Add cold water to potatoes to cover them by 2 inches, cover and bring to a boil then add 1 t salt, recover and reduce heat to medium low and cook 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Add wine and 1 T lemon juice them toss and cool to room temperature.

    Whisk buttermilk, mayo, mustard, ¼ t salt, pepper and 3 T lemon juice. Blend well and then toss with potatoes and basil.

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    August 9th, 2013adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Mexican

    Sometimes you are just in the mood for ‘junk food’ for lunch. This junk food favorite gets pretty healthy when you bake your own chips and add healthy toppings. So go for it !!

    Lunch Nachos

    Lunch Nachos

    6 servings
    344 calories per serving

    12 6 inch corn tortillas, quartered
    Pam
    1 T oil
    2 t ground cumin
    1 ½ t chili powder
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    30 oz. pinto beans, undrained
    1 c crumbled queso fresco or shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1 c chunky salsa
    1 c diced avocado
    6 T chopped cilantro
    Salt to taste

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with Pam. Sprinkle tortilla quarters with salt and ½ t chili powder and bake 8 minutes or until crisp. Work in batches. Heat oil and add cumin, 1 t chili powder and garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add pinto beans and bring to a boil stirring frequently. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes then partially mash beans. Place 8 chips per plate and spoon bean mix over the chops. Top with cheese and microwave 30 seconds to melt cheese. Add salsa and avocado and garnish with cilantro.

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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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    June 14th, 2013adminLunch, Mexican, Sandwiches

    Looking for something a little spicy and a little different? This will definitely perk up your lunch ! The poblano pepper makes a great grilled sandwich – coupled with the bean and salsa mash, you barely want anything else – even the cheese becomes secondary (and that is often IMPOSSIBLE).

    Poblano Grilled Cheese

    Poblano Grilled Cheese

    4 servings
    305 calories per serving

    4 poblano peppers
    14 oz. can pinto beans
    3 T salsa
    1/8 t salt
    ½ c shredded low fat Cheddar cheese
    2 T low fat plain yogurt
    2 T chopped cilantro
    8 slices 45 calorie per slice whole wheat bread
    ICBINB Spray

    Place peppers in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave 4 minutes to soften. Let sit covered until cool. Mix beans with salsa and salt and mash most of them to form a paste. Mix cheese with yogurt and cilantro. Heat a Panini maker or indoor grill with a press. Spread the bean mix on 4 slices of bread and then top with the cheese mix. Split the peppers in half and remove the seeds then place peppers over the cheese and finish the sandwich. Spray both sides of the sandwiches with 5-6 squirts of ICBINB spray. Grill until golden brown.

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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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    December 10th, 2012adminLunch, Salads, Tex Mex

    This is simple to make and you can even pack it up to go as it travels well. All the southwest flavors mingle nicely and it’s a refreshing lunch salad. If you don’t like Ranch dressing, substitute any other low fat or no fat dressing.

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    4 servings
    380 calories per serving

    4 c mixed salad greens
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    10 oz. frozen corn, thawed and drained
    1 large red pepper, chopped
    4 medium tomatoes, chopped
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    ½ c low fat ranch dressing
    2 T cilantro, chopped

    Arrange greens on plates and top with beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Top with dressing and cilantro.

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    October 29th, 2012admincrock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, pork

    This turns out a dish much like pork carnitas, but with a bit more juice so you can enjoy it as a stew. Serve it piping hot and enjoy !

    Mexican Pork Stew (Crock Pot)

    Mexican Pork Stew (Crock Pot)

    8 servings
    252 calories per serving

    3 lb. pork loin
    1 1/2 c salsa verde
    1 3/4 c chicken broth
    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    1 t ground cumin
    Salt and pepper to taste
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained well
    1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro, divided
    1/2 c low fat sour cream

    Trim meat and cut into 2 inch chunks and place in crock pot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a saucepan mix salsa, broth, onion, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil then pour it into the crock pot. Add tomatoes and mix. Cover and cool 6-7 hours or until meat is very tender. Transfer meat to a bowl and keep warm. Pour the sauce an veggies into a skillet and cook for 15-20 minutes to thicken sauce. Add in pork and ¼ c cilantro and heat through. Garnish each dish with sour cream and cilantro.

    To make this without a crock pot, preheat oven to 350 degrees and place pork, salsa, broth, onion, cumin, salt, pepper, tomatoes and ¼ c cilantro in a large baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake 2 ½ hours. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro.

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    October 12th, 2012adminchicken, Lunch, Sandwiches

    Sometimes a sandwich just hits the spots and this one is not your boring old sandwich ! Chicken in fajita seasoning combined with a tangy sauce and arugula is taste treat you’ll be craving after you sample this one !

    Chicken and Arugula Sandwich

    Chicken and Arugula Sandwich

    4 servings
    303 calories per serving

    2 t oil
    6 oz. chicken tenders (Perdue Shortcuts work great here)
    1 T fajita seasoning
    ¼ c light mayonnaise
    3 T chopped cilantro
    1 t grated lime zest
    1 T lime juice
    4 Arnold Bagel Thins (110 calories each) or Arnold Select Thins
    1 tomato, thinly sliced
    1 ½ c baby arugula

    Sprinkle chicken with fajita seasoning and cook 3 minutes per side or until done. Cut into thin slices. Mix mayo, cilantro, lime zest and lime juice and spread on cut sides of bread. Place chicken on bread and add tomato and arugula then cover with the top of the bread and cut into 4 wedges.

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    June 25th, 2012adminbeef, Dinner, Mexican, Summer

    Chimichurri sauce is a great condiment – super low cal, but bursting with flavor. Served atop this already super savory steak, you can’t go wrong.

    Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

    Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

    6 servings
    322 calories per serving

    Meat and rub:
    3 boneless beef chuck flat iron steaks, ¾ inch thick – use sirloin steaks
    1 t Kosher salt
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t ground cumin
    ½ t chili powder
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t cayenne pepper

    Sauce:
    1 c cilantro leaves
    1 c flat leaf parsley
    ¼ c white vinegar
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t red pepper flakes
    ¼ c olive oil

    Place meat on a baking pan. Mix together the meat rub spices and sprinkle on both sides of the meat then rub it in and cover with plastic and chill 1 hour.

    Mix the chimichurri ingredients other than the oil in a blender or food processor then slowly add oil as mixture is blending. Heat grill and cook meat 5-6 minutes each side or until desired doneness. Serve with sauce.

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