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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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    March 6th, 2014adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly

    Fruit salad with a kiss of lime and honey. This is a great fruit combination – the sweet mango, crunchy jicama, tart pomegranate and citrus are a perfect taste treat. So very healthy, make a batch and eat off it for a few days !

    Winter Fruit Salad

    Winter Fruit Salad

    8 serving
    118 calories per serving

    1/2 c pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate)
    1/2 c julienned jicama (if you do not have this substitute apple)
    2 medium ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into thin slices
    2 tangerines or clementines, peeled and sectioned
    2 blood oranges, peeled and sectioned (sub red grapefruit or navel oranges if you cannot find blood oranges)
    1 pear, thinly sliced
    2 T fresh lime juice
    2 T honey
    1/4 t ground red pepper
    1/8 t coarse sea salt

    Mix the fruits and toss gently. Combine honey, lime, salt and pepper and pour over fruit. Serve room temperature or chilled.

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    November 21st, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Where do I begin? Sweet angel food cake? No, that was good, but that’s not the start. Luscious homemade whipped cream? No, as decadent as that was, it’s not the start of the story. The best, best part of this was the strawberry mix – - combing the balsamic and sugar along with the berries enhanced the flavor so much that it was like eating strawberries to the 10th power. It was just wonderful ! When you combined that flavor with the whipped cream and cake, this was just the most perfect dessert. I think it was way better than regular Strawberry Shortcake !

    At only 160 calories, there is plenty of room to add some chocolate sauce – I’ll have to try that next time :)

    Strawberry Shortcake

    Strawberry Shortcake

    4 servings
    160 calories per serving

    4 2 ½ inch thick slices Angel Food Cake (prepared)
    1 pint strawberries, sliced
    ½ T balsamic vinegar
    1 T sugar
    ¼ c heavy cream
    ¼ t vanilla

    Mix berries with vinegar and ½ T sugar and let sit. Combine cream, vanilla and ½ T sugar and beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Top each slice of cake with cream and strawberries.

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    September 22nd, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These are sooooo easy to put together. Serve warm from the oven and you’ll have the family waiting in line for the sweet goodness of these perfect sweet rolls.

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    8 servings
    160 calories per serving

    1 can low fat refrigerated dinner rolls or biscuits
    1/3 c apricot – pineapple preserves (or any flavor preserves that you like)
    2 t sugar
    ¼ t cinnamon
    ¼ c sliced almonds
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 inch round cake pan or a deep dish pie plate with Pam. Separate dough into individual rolls and place in pan – I do a circle around the edge with 8 rolls and 2 in the center. Starting ¼ inch in from the edges cut a deep X into the top of each roll then open slightly by pulling the dough toward the edges. Fill each with 2 t of the preserves. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle with almonds and bake ½ hour or until golden. Serve warm.

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    July 20th, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This tastes like a lemonade stand in a slice of pie ! It is so refreshing and delicious. Instead of the second pie, I used the extra filling to make homemade ice pops.

    Raspberry Lemonade Pie

    Raspberry Lemonade Pie

    16 servings (2 pies)
    198 calories per serving

    1 ½ c boiling water
    .3 oz. package lemon Jello (sugar free)
    4 oz. cream cheese, softened
    6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
    8 oz. cool whip, thawed
    1 c raspberries
    2 low fat graham crusts

    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 crusts then refrigerate at least 4 hours. It will be very thin at this stage – after it is refrigerated it will thicken up a lot. You can also freeze this and simply thaw ½ hour or so before serving. Garnish with a few leftover raspberries.

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    June 24th, 2013adminDessert, Summer

    This is sooooo refreshing. Between the tart lemon, the sweet tea and the cold, cold temperature, you’ll turn down the heat in any room when you serve this summery dessert.

    Tea and Lemon Sorbet

    Tea and Lemon Sorbet

    8 servings
    68 calories per serving

    2 c boiling water
    4 Earl Grey tea bags
    1/2 cup sugar
    ¾ c fresh lemon juice
    1 c ice water

    Boil 2 c of water and then steep the tea bags for 6-8 minutes. Remove bags and stir in sugar. Add lemon and 1 c ice water then chill 2 hours. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze. When done, place in a container and freeze one hour before serving. If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can make this mixture into ice pops using molds or into a granita by following these instructions:
    Place a metal bowl in the freezer to chill. Combine ingredients and pour into the bowl and place in the freezer for 30 – 60 minutes. When ice crystals form on the edges, stir with a fork being sure to pull away all the frozen pieces around the edges and freeze another 2-3 hours stirring every ½ hour. Best to serve right after the initial freeze time, but if you let it sit overnight, be sure to defrost for 15 minutes or so before serving.

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    June 3rd, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    I recently got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. BEST THING EVER ! I love making pops but hate the wait time. Now I have ‘em in 7-9 minutes :) This is one of the recipes I pulled from the Zoku book – of course, I’ve tweaked many of the recipes to suit my own tastes, bring down calories, and to get creative with the pops, but some are in their original goodness.

    You can make any of these recipes in traditional pop makers – each pop here is 2 oz. so adjust accordingly. And if you love pops like me, then do yourself a favor and get a Zoku :)

    I recently got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker.  BEST THING EVER !  I love making pops but hate the wait time.  Now I have ‘em in 7-9 minutes :)  This is one of the recipes I pulled from the Zoku book – of course, I’ve tweaked many of the recipes  to suit my own tastes, bring down calories, and to get creative with the pops, but some are in their original goodness.

    Zoku Quick Pop Maker

    6 servings
    265 calories per serving

    1 c water
    2 1/3 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I used ghiradelli bittersweet morsels)
    1/3 c sugar
    1 pinch salt
    1/3 c skim milk
    1 T fat free half and half
    ½ c very thin banana slices
    6 T Magic Shell chocolate shell for ice cream
    3 T chopped peanuts

    In a saucepan whisk chocolate, sugar, water and salt and cook until completely melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes in the fridge and then whish in the milk and half and half. Then return to the fridge and cool completely (about ½ hour).

    Working in 2 batches – Place bananas on the sides of the maker molds then pour in the mix. In 7-9 minutes you’ll have creamy, fudgy goodness with a bit of banana thrown in for interest :)

    If you are using traditional molds, you can suspend the bananas by filling the molds half way. Freezing a bit, then adding the bananas and the rest of the mix. Or you can just let the drop to the bottom – it will still taste dandy ! Freeze 6 hours.

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    May 10th, 2013adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This is so completely and utterly delicious ! You won’t even miss the CREAM in this ice ‘cream’. The yogurt and sugar make a great, sweet and creamy base and then the minced up frozen strawberries just take over and you have an explosion of flavor with each bite. This is an award winner. And at 70 calories per serving – soooooooooooo guilt free !

    Strawberry Ice 'Cream'

    Strawberry Ice 'Cream'

    4 servings
    70 calories per serving

    1 lb. frozen strawberries
    1 c 2 % plain Greek yogurt
    ¼ c sugar
    ½ t vanilla extract

    In food processor pulse 1 c frozen berries until finely chopped and then transfer to a metal bowl (a metal bowl will get colder quicker in the freezer). Process yogurt, sugar, vanilla and the rest of the berries – move to metal bowl and stir with the other strawberries. Cover and freeze 1 hour (do not let get too hard).

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    April 4th, 2013adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These whip up in no time and are so versatile – you can use any flavor jello and any flavor fruit – - just make sure it’s frozen fruit. The frozen fruit is what makes the jello firm up in no time flat. I did this with raspberries and the dessert was just amazing tasting !

    Fruit Parfaits

    Fruit Parfaits

    4 servings
    85 calories per serving

    3/4 c boiling water
    1 c Cool Whip, thawed
    .3 oz. package flavored sugar free jello, raspberry or strawberry flavor
    2 c frozen raspberries or strawberries

    Add water to jello and stir 2 minutes to dissolve then stir in 2 c frozen fruit until jello starts to thicken. Add ½ c of the mix to the Cool Whip and whisk to blend then spoon into dessert cups and cover with the rest of the jello mix. Refrigerate 15 minutes.

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    March 23rd, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Decadent, Delicious, Moist, and just the right amount of peanut butter. These just could not have been any better !!

    Peanut Butter Cupcakes

    Peanut Butter Cupcakes

    30 cupcakes
    235 calories per serving

    1 package super moist yellow cake mix
    1 ½ c water
    ¼ c vegetable oil
    3 eggs
    ¾ c creamy peanut butter
    1 tub ready to spread chocolate frosting
    ¼ c creamy peanut butter
    1/3 c chopped peanuts

    Heat oven to 350 degrees . Line muffin cups with paper liners. Beat cake mix, water, oil, eggs and ¾ c peanut butter on low 30 seconds and then on medium 2 minutes. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter and bake 20-25 minutes. Cool completely. Stir together frosting and ¼ c peanut butter and frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with peanuts.

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    December 21st, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    I love desserts that are quick and easy – there’s nothing like opening a box, melting and drizzling, and ending up with a dessert that makes your mouth water for more ! These are a cross between a cookie and a candy and at only 87 calories per serving, I like them even better :)

    Nilla Deluxe

    Nilla Deluxe


    18 servings
    87 calories per serving (2 treats)

    18 Nilla Wafers
    8 caramel candies
    1 square Baker’s semi sweet chocolate
    18 pecan halves

    Place cookies flat side up in a single layer. Microwave caramels to melt, stiffing frequently. Let stand 5 minutes. Melt chocolate. Spoon 1/2 t caramel on to each cookie then top with a nut and drizzle with chocolate.

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