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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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    May 20th, 2011adminAppetizers, Vegetables

    How come the ‘Veggie Tales’ song is stuck in my head now? LOL This one seems a little weird, but the final product is great. The ranch flavor comes through proud and strong and mixes so well with the veggies. Serve as a healthy appetizer or as a side next to a dinner portion of meat or fish.

    Veggie Squares

    Veggie Squares

    12 servings
    104 calories per serving (1 serving = 2 pieces
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    8 oz. tube crescent rolls
    3 oz. fat free cream cheese, softened
    ½ c low fat buttermilk ranch dressing
    4 c raw veggies (cauliflower, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli)
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam and press crescent roll dough into pan to form a crust. Bake 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool 15 minutes. Combine cheese and dressing and spread over crust. Place the veggies over the top, cut into 24 squares and serve immediately.

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    May 4th, 2011adminLunch, Sandwiches

    Cheesy, quick and easy – and very different with some alfalfa sprouts thrown on for good measure !

    Open Faced Warm Mozz Sandwiches

    Open Faced Warm Mozz Sandwiches

    4 servings
    185 calories per serving

    4 slices 45 calorie whole wheat bread, toasted
    4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
    1 medium tomato, sliced
    5 oz. alfalfa sprouts
    1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread toast with cream cheese and then layer on tomato and sprouts. Top with mozz and bake 8 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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    April 9th, 2011adminBreakfast

    Talk about decadent and delicious !! This breakfast dish will give you legendary ‘short order cook’ status ! The bananas and cream cheese make a perfect middle to the grilled raisin bread.

    Grilled Banana French Toast

    Grilled Banana French Toast

    8 servings
    206 calories per serving

    8 slices 80 calories cinnamon raisin bread
    2 medium bananas, in slices
    1 c skim milk
    4 oz. cream cheese, softened
    3/4 c egg beaters
    1/3 c Splenda
    3 T flour
    2 t vanilla
    Powdered sugar (optional)
    Pam

    Spray skillet with Pam and heat well. Mix milk, cheese, eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla with a mixer until. Take 4 slices of bread and spread with cream cheese then add banana slices and top with the remaining bread. Gently dip into the egg mix and then place on pan and cook 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes. Cut in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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    March 18th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Rich, decadent, creamy goodness – this has a great cream cheese / cheesecake flavor while screaming CHOCOLATE !! It makes a great special occasion dessert.

    Chocolate Cheesecake

    Chocolate Cheesecake

    10 servings
    265 calories per serving

    1 Oreo crust
    1 c nonfat cottage cheese
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    12 oz. Nefchatel (low fat cream cheese) at room temperature
    1 c sugar
    ½ c unsweetened cocoa
    ¼ c flour
    1 t vanilla
    ¾ c powdered sugar
    ¾ c nonfat sour cream

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a blender or food processor, mix cottage cheese and eggs until smooth. In another beat cream cheese and sugar with a mixer until smooth and then add the cottage cheese mix, cocoa, flour and vanilla. When smooth pour into the prepared pan. Bake 60-65 minutes or until set. Cool 15 minutes and then cover and chill 4 hours. Just before serving, combine the sour cream and powdered sugar and spread over the top of the cake.

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    January 26th, 2011adminKid Friendly, Snacks

    Light on the caramel, heavy on the yummy cream cheese – - and a great dip for any fruit. I serve with apples. (1 large apple = 116 calories)

    Caramel Dip

    Caramel Dip

    12 servings
    102 calories per serving (1 serving = 2 T)

    8 oz. low fat cream cheese
    ½ c caramel ice cream topping
    ½ c marshmallow fluff

    Mix cream cheese and caramel then add marshmallow. Microwave 1 minute at 50% power, mix, then microwave in 15 second intervals until warm throughout (usually takes another 30 seconds total).

    Serve with apple slices or other fruit.

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    December 21st, 2010adminchicken, Dinner, FiberGourmet, Kid Friendly, pasta

    This is a great ‘all in one’ dish – a casserole that is one part mac and cheese and one part chicken and broccoli – scrumptious !

    Chicken and Pasta Bake

    Chicken and Pasta Bake

    4 servings
    320 calories per serving

    1 ½ c small FiberGourmet pasta (rotini, elbows, etc.)
    3 c broccoli florets
    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
    ½ c fat free chicken broth
    2 oz. low fat cream cheese
    1 c low fat shredded mozzarella cheese
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and cook in a skillet sprayed with Pam 3 -5minutes then stir in broth and simmer 5 minutes. Add cream cheese and reduce heat to low and cook 1 minute to melt cheese then stir in ½ c mozzarella. Cook pasta according to package instructions putting broccoli in the same pot during the last minute of cooking. Combine drained pasta with chicken mix and place in a medium baking dish and bake 15minutes then sprinkle with the rest of the mozzarella and the parmesan and bake another 3 minutes.

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    November 16th, 2010adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    The cream cheese melts nicely on the toast and is a great base for the sweet pear and maple syrup. The nuts are just the icing. What a superb breakfast treat !

    Toast with Nuts and Pears

    Toast with Nuts and Pears

    1 serving
    190 calories per serving

    1 slice whole wheat bread
    1 T low fat cream cheese
    1/4 of a pear
    1 t maple syrup
    1 T chopped walnut pieces

    Slice pear very thin. Toast the bread and spread with cream cheese. Layer on the pear slices and then sprinkle with nuts and syrup.

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    August 28th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This is like a pudding pop with strawberries – very rich, very creamy and very delicious !

    Strawberry Dream

    Strawberry Dream

    18 servings
    254 calories per serving

    8 oz. cream cheese, softened
    1 c skim milk
    1.5 oz. package sugar free vanilla instant pudding
    1-1/2 c thawed cool whip
    20 Nilla Wafers, coarsely broken
    1 c sliced fresh strawberries (save some for tops of desserts)
    1/2 c strawberry ice cream topping (or strawberry jam)

    Beat cream cheese until creamy and gradually beat in milk. Add pudding and beat 2 minutes (it will be quite thick) then stir in cool whip and berries. Swirl in topping. Divide cookies among 18 cupcake liners (I use silicone ones) then spoon in the strawberry mix, garnish the tops with extra berries and freeze 4 hours. Let sit out 10 minutes before eating.

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    August 18th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This tastes like a lemonade stand – utterly delicious ! The original recipe I had was for a pie, but the filling is just great in a homemade ice pop. How refreshing – tart and sweet at the same time just like a great lemonade !!

    Raspberry Lemonade Pops

    Raspberry Lemonade Pops

    16 pops
    110 calories per serving

    1 ½ c boiling water
    .3 oz. package lemon Jello
    4 oz. cream cheese, softened
    6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
    8 oz. cool whip, thawed
    1 c raspberries

    Add boiling water to jello and stir 2 minutes to dissolve completely. Cool a bit and then add in the lemonade. Beat cream cheese until creamy and then gradually add jello mix. Stir in cool whip and berries and pour into ice pop molds then freeze at least 4 hours.

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    August 16th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This was a very sweet pie perfect for a hot summer day. I added lots of extra raspberries as a garnish and it really hit the spot !

    Raspberry Lemon Cream Pie

    Raspberry Lemon Cream Pie

    8 servings
    230 calories per serving

    8 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened
    1 small package instant lemon pudding
    1 c skim milk
    2 t grated lemon zest
    2 c Cool Whip, thawed and divided
    ¼ c raspberry preserves
    Low fat graham crust
    1 c raspberries + extras for garnish

    Beat cream cheese, pudding, milk and lemon with electric beater and then gently stir in 1 c Cool Whip. Spoon preserves on bottom of crust and cover with the pudding mix. Top with the rest of the Cool Whip and the raspberries. Refrigerate 4 hours. Garnish each slice with extra berries.

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