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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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    June 23rd, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks, Summer

    What a great ice pop ! Sweet and flavorful and so refreshing. Pops make a great snack or dessert.

    Sun Tea Pops

    Sun Tea Pops

    6 servings (8 oz. pops)
    44 calories per serving

    1 c Splenda
    2 peaches cut into wedges (skins still on)
    1 lime, peeled and sliced
    1 lemon, peeled, seeded and sliced
    6 mint leaves
    8 tea bags – orange pekoe black tea (this is just your standard Lipton, etc. tea bag)
    2 c water
    2 c cold water

    Bring water to simmer in a sauce pan and dissolve Splenda – when all dissolved remove from heat and stir in 2 c cold water and then let sit 10 minutes. Pour sugar water into a glass bowl and add peaches, lemons, limes and mint then add the tea bags, cover and place out in the sun for 3-5 hours to get a nice sun brewed tea. Remove tea bags and divide mint and peaches into molds then pour in the tea (discard the lemon and lime), insert sticks and freeze 6 hours.

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    June 19th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This tastes just like a Peanut Butter Silk pie that a restaurant around here used to serve. When the restaurant closed, we all mourned the loss of the pie ! But now I’ve found just the right mixture of ingredients to reproduce it ! It’s a little high in calorie count for a dessert, but it is sooooooooooooo worth it, so save it for a splurge day and dig in :)

    Peanut Butter Fudge Pie

    Peanut Butter Fudge Pie

    8 servings
    380 calories per serving

    8 oz. cream cheese, softened
    ½ c sugar
    ¼ c creamy peanut butter
    2 c cool whip, thawed
    1 oreo pie crust
    ¼ c hot fudge topping, warmed

    Beat cream cheese with sugar and peanut butter and then whisk in cool whip. Spoon into crust and drizzle with topping and gently swirl with a knife. Refrigerate 4 hours.

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    June 15th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    There is nothing quite as decadent as chocolate. Make it fudgy by adding in marshmellows and evaporated milk, and it is just sinful ! If you don’t like coconut, leave it off – if you want different nuts, go for it. But don’t skip this recipe – this is a real winner !

    Coconut Fudgies

    Coconut Fudgies

    32 servings
    240 calories per serving

    1 c butter, divided
    14 Honey Grahams, finely crushed
    1 c sugar
    5 oz. evaporated milk
    10.5 oz. package mini marshmellows
    12 squares Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    1 c chopped walnuts
    1 c coconut, toasted
    Pam

    Line a 13×9 pan with aluminum foil making sure it folds up over the ends so you can use it to lift out the dessert later. Spray the foil with Pam. Melt ¾ c butter and mix in the crumbs then press into the bottom of the pan to make a crust. Bring the rest of the butter, sugar, milk and marshmellows to boil, stirring constantly then add chocolate and stir until melted. Pour over the crust and top with the nuts and coconut then refrigerate 2 hours.

    (To toast the coconut, simply place it in a hot skillet and stir frequently until it gets brown and toasty)

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    June 13th, 2010adminKid Friendly, Summer

    These really taste like you are sipping a root beer float – but they also cool you off on a hot summer day.

    Root Beet Float Pops

    Root Beet Float Pops

    6 servings (6 oz. pops)
    67 calories per serving

    12 oz. diet root beer, very cold (so it foams less)
    6 maraschino cherries, stems removed
    1 ¼ c lite vanilla ice cream, left out for 10-15 minutes so it gets melty and easy to work with

    Pour an inch worth of root beer in each mold spooning off any foam that develops then drop in a cherry. Freeze one hour. Divide ice cream amount molds and freeze for an hour. Add the rest of the root beer spooning off any foam, insert sticks and freeze at least 5 hours.

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    June 12th, 2010adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Definitely serve this one warm with some vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream – it’s a great dessert that bakes up quickly and tastes so homey.

    Peach Cobbler

    Peach Cobbler

    8 servings
    190 calories per serving

    5 c sliced frozen peaches
    1/3 c maple syrup
    1/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
    2 T MINUTE Tapioca
    1 T lemon juice
    1/2 t cinnamon
    1/4 t nutmeg
    1 c Bisquick
    2 T sugar
    ¼ – 1/2 c milk
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix peaches with syrup, brown sugar, tapioca, lemon juice and cook on medium heat until it comes to a boil then pour into 9 inch square baking pan. Stir Bisquick, sugar and milk until soft dough forms then drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto hot fruit. Optionally sprinkle with a little more cinnamon then bake 28 – 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

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    June 9th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Product Reviews

    The good folks at PlentifulPantry sent me a couple of their dessert mixes to try and here is the second installment….Chidester Farms Blondies with Maple Sauce. The mix makes is sooooo simple to whip up a batch in no time and the blondies were very good – but what made this dessert GREAT is the maple sauce !! IT was rich and sweet without going overboard. It is a perfect sauce – I want to buy it and put in on EVERYTHING :)

    Blondies and Maple Sauce

    Blondies and Maple Sauce

    The big box comes with enough ingredients to make 2 batches – 2 batches would fit in a 9×13 baking dish while 1 fits nicely in an 8×8 baking dish. This is as simple as putting together a cake mix – - simple, simple, simple . And the blondies….oh they just melt in your mouth !

    Blondies and Maple Sauce mix

    Blondies and Maple Sauce mix

    As well as the mix, you will need a few ingredients:
    ¼ c water
    1/3 c vegetable oil
    2 eggs

    1 batch yields 12 servings
    250 calories per serving

    Just follow the package instructions and then sit by the oven and wait – because you want to dig into these as quick as humanly possible !

    Try serving with some lite vanilla ice cream or some whipped topping.

    Be sure to visit PlentifulPantry and check out their products – they have a whole bunch of ‘partially prepped’ products that get you out of the kitchen faster without skimping on quality. This is also available this month at Costco – so be sure to get some and put the sauce in your coffee, on your morning cereal, in your granola – and even on the blondies :)

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    June 5th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Product Reviews

    The good folks at PlentifulPantry sent me a couple of their dessert mixes to try and here is the first installment….Chidester Farms Key Lime Cheesecake Bars.

    Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

    Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

    The big box comes with enough ingredients to make 2 batches – 2 batches would fit in a 9×13 baking dish while 1 fits nicely in an 8×8 baking dish. These are amazingly easy to put together and the results are outstanding – the bars definitely taste completely homemade. I had doubts about a chocolate crust with a citrus dessert, but it was a perfect accompaniment.

    As well as the mix, you will need a few ingredients:
    1 c hot water
    2 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese
    6 T butter

    1 batch yields 16 servings
    120 calories per serving

    Just follow the package instructions and in an hour you will have delightfully rich cheesecake bars with just the right amount of lime flavoring.

    Be sure to visit PlentifulPantry and check out their products – they have a whole bunch of ‘partially prepped’ products that get you out of the kitchen faster without skimping on quality.

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    June 5th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Always a hit – Always enjoyed – and so very simple to make ! After I cut them up, I wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze in single portions.

    Frozen Grasshoppers

    Frozen Grasshoppers

    16 servings
    260 calories per serving

    28 Oreo cookies
    1 ½ qt. mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
    8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
    1 square grated semi sweet chocolate

    Line a 13×9 pan with foil extending the foul over the sides of the pan. Crush 20 cookies (I put them in a zip loc bag and pound with the bottom of a mug – but using a food processor or blender works well too) and sprinkle crumbs into the pan. Spread ice cream over crumbs and then top with cool whip and chocolate then freeze 3 hours. Before serving, let sit out 15 minutes to soften a bit. Serve each piece with ½ a cookie on top.

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    May 26th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    I’ve been making this recipe for years, and my Mom for years before that. It is always a great summer time treat that even yogurt non-likes find tempting and delicious. Sometimes I take the filling and make ice pops out of it rather than placing in a pie crust. No matter how you slice it, you will love this pie !

    Yogurt Pie

    Yogurt Pie

    8 servings
    200 calories per serving

    1 prepared low fat graham crust
    20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained well
    8 oz. tub Cool Whip lite, thawed
    6 oz. non fat lemon yogurt (don’t substitute – you need the lemon flavor to bring some tang to the pie)
    6 oz. non fat yogurt – any flavor
    Some fruit for garnish

    Mix all ingredients and place in the pie crust. Cover and freeze at least 5 hours. Defrost 10-15 minutes before serving. If the pie has been frozen longer than over night, you may need to defrost 20 -25 minutes before serving.

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    May 20th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Light and refreshing is the best way to describe this elegant and tempting cake. This is an easy to make dessert that tastes like you spent hours preparing, but it only take a bit of time to put it together :)

    Pineapple and Orange Dream Cake

    Pineapple and Orange Dream Cake


    16 servings
    212 calories per serving

    CAKE:
    1 box yellow cake mix
    ¼ c applesauce
    4 eggs
    1 11 oz. can mandarin oranges (including the juice)

    FROSTING:
    8 oz. cool whip lite
    1 3.4 oz. package instant vanilla pudding
    1 15.5 oz. can crushed pineapple in juice (not syrup), mostly drained

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix all the cake ingredients until moist then beat by hand 2 minutes. The oranges will all break up – that is fine. Spray a 13×9 pan with Pam and pour in the batter and cook 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. Mix together all frosting ingredients and spread on the cake. Store cake in the frig.

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