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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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    July 1st, 2011adminDinner, Lunch, pasta, Sides

    When you add in a lot of veggies to bulk up mac salad, you can really bring down the calorie count and this one is so creamy !

    Low Fat Mac Salad

    Low Fat Mac Salad

    16 servings
    121 calories per serving

    8 oz. multi grain pasta, uncooked
    3 c small broccoli florets
    1 red or green pepper, chopped
    1 c low fat mayo (I like using the olive oil one!)
    1/4 c low fat sour cream
    2 T Dijon mustard
    1 T red vinegar
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 hard boiled eggs, chopped

    Cook pasta according to package instructions and add the veggies into the water during the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and then drain well. Add mayo, sour cream, vinegar, salt and pepper, and mustard and stir well then add eggs. Chill at least 3 hours so the flavors mingle.

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    May 10th, 2011adminchicken, Dinner

    There are so many good things in this casserole – and all the flavors mesh incredibly well. The mellow swiss cheese is the perfect cheese for this recipe.

    Arugula and Chicken Sausage

    Arugula and Chicken Sausage

    6 servings
    252 calories per serving

    1 cup Egg Beaters
    4 large eggs
    1 c skim milk
    2 T Dijon mustard
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ c fresh basil, sliced
    4 c wheat bread cut into 1 inch cubes
    5 c chopped arugula
    ¾ c canned artichoke hearts, chopped
    1 c cooked chicken sausage, sliced thin
    ¾ c shredded swiss cheese
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with Pam. Rinse the arugula and then place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Fold back one edge leaving just a bit of an open slit. Cook 2-3 minutes to wilt the arugula then drain well and squeeze out extra water.

    Whisk egg whites, Egg Beaters and milk then add Dijon, salt, pepper and basil and stir well. Mix together bread cubes with the arugula, sausage and artichokes. Pour in the egg mix and toss well. Place in baking dish and cover with foil then bake 45 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and continue baking 20 minutes UNCOVERED. Cool for 15 minutes.

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    April 26th, 2011adminLunch, Salads

    Edamame are just baby soybeans – they are tender, sweet, and you often see them served at Japanese restaurants. I like to buy frozen ones and keep them on hand for different recipes. Salads are a great way to serve them :)

    Turkey, Black Bean and Edamame Salad

    Turkey, Black Bean and Edamame Salad

    4 servings
    390 calories per serving

    2 c cubed smoked turkey
    15.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
    14 oz. can corn
    1 c shelled edamame cooked according to package instructions
    1 red bell pepper, chopped
    ¼ c chopped cilantro
    1 T minced garlic clove
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 T oil
    2 T cider vinegar
    1 t Dijon mustard
    4 c field greens

    Mix the turkey, beans, corn, edamame, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk oil, vinegar and mustard and pour over the turkey mix and season with salt and pepper. Place mixture over the lettuce and serve immediately.

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    April 21st, 2011adminchicken, Lunch

    This was on of the most excellent lunch salads I have had in a long time ! The curry flavor is just divine, the meal is filling, and it will be a lunch to remember !

    Chicken Couscous Salad

    Chicken Couscous Salad

    2 servings
    343 calories per serving

    1 ¼ c chicken broth
    1 c (6 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breast cut into thin strips
    3 t curry powder
    ½ c whole wheat couscous
    ½ c diced red bell peppers
    ½ c chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    ¼ c scallions, sliced
    ¼ c cilantro, chopped
    1 T Dijon mustard
    ¼ t kosher salt
    1 c lettuce leaves
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced

    Bring broth to a boil. Cook chicken in broth 5 minutes or until cooked through and then remove to a plate and toss with 1 t curry. Bring broth back to boil and add couscous. Remove pan from heat, cover and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff couscous and place in a bowl with peppers, beans, scallions, and cilantro. Then add the mustard, remaining curry and salt. Put lettuce and tomato slices on plates and top with the chicken curry mix. Can be served cold or warm.

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    January 24th, 2011adminchicken, Lunch, Sandwiches

    The mustard and Cajun flavoring give this sandwich a nice zing. It would taste just as good served cold, but grilled is good too !

    Grilled Chicken Sandwich

    Grilled Chicken Sandwich

    1 serving
    250 calories per serving

    2 slices 45 calorie whole wheat bread
    1 tsp. dijon mustard
    6 slices shaved deli chicken breast, Cajun flavored
    2 slices tomato
    1 slice Fat Free Kraft Singles Cheese
    ICBINB
    Pam

    Make sandwiches. Spray skillet with Pam and heat. Spray outside of each slice of bread with 5 spritzes of ICBINB Spray. Grill 3 minutes each side.

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    April 28th, 2010adminDinner, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    This dressing was a super change from the ordinary vinegar dressing – the Dijon gave just enough tang to make the dish interesting without overpowering the flavor of the tomatoes. I am looking forward to farmer’s market tomatoes !

    Marinated Tomatoes

    Marinated Tomatoes

    8 servings
    60 calories per serving

    Dressing:
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 T chopped oregano
    2 T oil
    1 T Dijon mustard
    ½ t salt
    ½ t pepper
    ½ t onion powder

    Salad:
    1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
    1 pint yellow pear tomatoes, halved
    1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

    Combine all dressing ingredients and toss with tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour so flavors mix.

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    February 3rd, 2010adminSalads, Sides

    A sophisticated blend of endive, watercress and apple that cures boring salads !

    Apple Salad

    Apple Salad

    4 servings
    132 calories per serving

    Dressing:
    2 T oil
    1 T cider vinegar
    1 t sugar free maple syrup
    2 t Dijon mustard
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Salad:
    2 heads endive
    1 bunch watercress
    4 stalks celery
    1 apple

    Mix dressing. Core and slice endive. Remove thick stems from watercress. Slice celery and apple thinly. Mix together and add dressing. Add 2 T crumbled goat cheese for only 40 calories more.

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