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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 29th, 2012adminAppetizers

    The addition of the low fat cream cheese makes for a very creamy filling for these deviled eggs – you won’t even miss the mayo. 1 egg is more filling that you would think. Have next to a lunch salad and you’ll feel full for the whole afternoon !

    Deviled Eggs with Cream Cheese

    Deviled Eggs with Cream Cheese

    12 servings
    120 cal per serving (1 whole egg)

    12 hard boiled eggs
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, room temperature
    3 T light mayo
    2 t dijon mustard
    2 t white vinegar
    1/2 t sugar
    1/4 t paprika
    salt and pepper to taste

    Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks to a bowl. Mix yolks with all the rest of the ingredients other than the paprika. “Stuff” eggs with spoonfuls of filling or “Pipe” filling into eggs with a ziploc bag made into a pastry bag. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving.

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    April 18th, 2012adminchicken, Dinner

    This is a very traditional dish that has been skinnied up – but don’t think it’s short on the flavor !

    Chicken Cordon Bleu

    Chicken Cordon Bleu

    4 servings
    275 calories per serving

    4 5 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/3 c shredded Swiss cheese
    2 T low fat cream cheese
    1/4 c breadcrumbs
    1 T chopped parsley
    4 t oil, divided
    1/4 c chopped ham

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Mix swiss and cream cheese. Mix some pepper with the breadcrumbs and parsley then add 2 t oil. Heat 2 t oil in an oven proof skillet and cook the chicken 2-3 minutes per side to brown it. Move chicken to a baking sheet sprayed with Pam and spread with cheese. Sprinkle with ham and breadcrumbs. Bake 7-8 minutes or until done.

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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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    February 24th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    Velvety. Smooth. Rich. Creamy Rice !

    Creamy Rice

    Creamy Rice

    8 servings
    170 calories per serving

    1 small onion, chopped
    1/4 c fat free Zesty Italian Dressing
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
    14.5 oz. vegetable broth
    1 c frozen peas
    2 c instant white rice, uncooked
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 t grated lemon zest
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/4 c parmesan cheese

    Heat a skillet and add dressing – heat 30 seconds. Then add onions and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Then add mushrooms and cook another 4 minutes or until tender. Add broth and peas and bring to a boil then stir in rice and cream cheese and cover. Remove from heat and let stand for 8 minutes then stir in zest, salt and pepper and parmesan.

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    February 6th, 2012adminAppetizers, Asian, pork

    These are the perfect little appetizers. You don’t really taste the cream cheese, but it’s there for the onion flavor and to keep the pork moist. These would also be great dropped in hot chicken broth and boiled for 5 minutes or so. Serve a few next to a big green salad with ginger dressing for a nice light dinner.

    Crispy Wontons

    Crispy Wontons


    16 servings (1 serving = 2 wontons)
    120 calories per serving

    8 oz. Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
    1/2 lb. ground pork, cooked, well drained
    1 t minced ginger
    1 t sesame oil
    32 wonton wrappers
    2 t sesame seeds
    2 T soy sauce
    1 T rice wine or water
    1 T water
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix pork, cream cheese, ginger and oil and place 1 T of mix onto each wonton wrapper. Fold into wonton shape (see the video below for easy to follow instructions). Spray a baking sheet with Pam and place wontons on sheet. Brush wontons with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown Then lower oven to 350 and bake another 5 minutes. Mix soy, rice wine and 1 T water and serve with wontons as a dipping sauce. Alternately you can serve with prepared ginger soy sauce.

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    November 28th, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    I like when you can take a healthy vegetable and disguise it enough that you can get a picky kids to eat it :) This one has enough cheese and crumbly topping to make it disappear !

    Broccoli AuGratin

    Broccoli AuGratin

    8 servings
    120 calories per serving

    3 c water
    2 c baby carrots, cut in half
    4 c broccoli florets (very small pieces)
    10 whole wheat Ritz crackers, crushed
    3 T grated parmesan cheese
    1 T butter, melted
    4 oz. light Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    2 oz. light cream cheese

    Preheat broiler. Boil water and add carrots. Simmer for 8 minutes then add broccoli and simmer another 3 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl.

    Microwave Velveeta and cream cheese on high 1 minute then stir and cook another 30 seconds or until completely melted. Pour on top of veggies. Mix crackers and parm and butter and sprinkle on top of the veggies and cheese and place under broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown the crumbs.

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    October 7th, 2011adminAppetizers, Lunch, pork

    These are a great quick appetizer but they also make a great lunch ! Add in any herbs you like to the cream cheese.

    Appetizer Rolls

    Appetizer Rolls

    1 serving
    43 calories per serving

    2 slices turkey lunchmeat (thin sliced, lean – Hillshire Farms prepackaged lean meats are great)
    2 slices lean ham lunchmeat (thin sliced, lean – Hillshire Farms prepackaged lean meats are great)
    2 t non fat cream cheese
    Chopped herbs (basil, parsley, dill)

    Add herbs to cream cheese and spread on ham slices. Top each ham slice with a turkey slice. Roll up like a jelly roll and slice into pinwheels . Refrigerate up to 3 hours or serve immediately.

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    October 1st, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    A perfect side – so simple, yet so special. These will disappear as quick as you can make them !

    Parmesan Rolls

    Parmesan Rolls

    16 servings
    139 calories per serving (1 piece)

    4 oz. low fat cream cheese at room temperature
    1/2 c low fat parmesan cheese
    2 cans low fat crescent rolls
    ¼ c chopped parsley

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cream cheese and ¾ c of parmesan cheese until well mixed. Separate crescent rolls and spread 1 1/2 T cream cheese mix onto the dough and roll as directed on the package Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with the remaining parm. Bake 15 minutes

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    July 11th, 2011adminchicken, Dinner

    Adding cheese and fresh herbs transforms regular chicken thighs into a restaurant worthy dish. You can really change these up by just adding different herbs to the cream cheese. I always use fresh herbs for a crisp, fresh flavor. But dried herbs will do in a pinch !

    Chicken Stuffed with Garlic Cream Cheese

    Chicken Stuffed with Garlic Cream Cheese


    6 servings
    247 calories per serving

    6 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken thighs
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    12 t fat free cream cheese
    7 basil leaves, chopped
    Pam
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat small skillet and add Pam. Saute garlic 2 minutes. Add garlic and basil to cream cheese. Chicken thighs are usually folded over in the package. If they are not, or if you are using chicken breasts instead, then you will need to make a deep slit in the meat so that later you can stuff them. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and place in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Cool 35 minutes. Remove and carefully place 2 t of the cream cheese mix in the pocket (either the folded over section or the slit that you cut). Put chicken back in the over and bake another 5 minutes or until done throughout. Cool 5 minutes then serve.

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    May 22nd, 2011adminDinner, Kid Friendly

    Take regular old store bought pierogi and turn them into a meal fit for a king ! The cheese sauce on top of these is out of this world good when mixed with the potato and cheese pierogi filling.

    Baked Pierogi

    Baked Pierogi

    4 servings
    281 calories per serving

    1 16 oz. package or frozen pierogies
    Pam
    2 lean bacon slices, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    3 oz. low fat cream cheese
    ½ c chicken broth
    ½ c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    ¼ c sliced scallions
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pierogies in a bowl and cover with hot water to defrost. Drain well. Spray 9×13 pan with Pam and add pierogies. Heat a skillet and cook the bacon the remove and set aside (crumble it when it is cool enough). Add garlic to pan and sauté 30 seconds then add cream cheese and cook 1 minute. Whisk in broth and then pour over the pierogies. Add the cheese on top and bake 20 minutes or until heated. When done, sprinkle with bacon, scallions, salt and pepper.

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