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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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    September 15th, 2010adminDinner, Salads, Sides, Vegetables

    Great served hot – and equally as good served chilled. This side salad has a great taste and is very easy to prepare!

    Citrus Salad

    Citrus Salad

    4 servings
    280 calories per serving

    2 c Minute brown rice, uncooked
    6 oz. baby spinach leaves
    11 oz. can mandarin oranges
    ½ c light Catalina dressing

    Cook rice according to package instructions. Place in a bowl and add spinach and oranges then toss with dressing t coat.

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    September 2nd, 2010adminKid Friendly, Snacks

    This dip would be equally as good used as a salad dressing (even though it is nice and thick). But as a dip for vegetables, it makes the perfect healthy snack.

    Lo Cal Ranch Dip

    Lo Cal Ranch Dip

    2 cups
    87 calories per serving (1 serving=3 T)

    1 c light mayonnaise
    2 T lemon juice
    2 T chopped parsley
    2 T chopped green onion
    1 packet Equal
    1 T dry ranch salad dressing mix
    1 T Dijon mustard
    1 ½ t minced garlic
    ¼ t salt
    ¾ c buttermilk

    Combine mayo, juice, parsley, onion, Equal, mustard, garlic, ranch mix and salt and whisk well. Then whisk in buttermilk and cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve with veggies.

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    August 30th, 2010adminchicken, Lunch, Salads

    Lunch salads don’t have to be the same boring thing day in and day out. This one has marinated grilled chicken and artichokes giving it a great Italian flavor.

    Chicken Salad with Artichokes

    Chicken Salad with Artichokes

    2 servings
    390 calories per serving

    ½ c lite Italian dressing
    ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
    2 c torn arugula
    2 c torn romaine leaves or other greens
    14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts
    2 plum tomatoes, cut into wedges
    ½ c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    4 fresh basil leaves cut into strips

    Pour ¼ c dressing over chicken and refrigerate ½ hour. Heat grill and cook chicken 6-8 minutes each side or until done then cut into strips. Combine arugula and lettuce and top with artichokes, chicken, tomatoes, cheese, basil and the rest of the dressing.

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    August 14th, 2010adminLunch, Mexican, Salads

    Nutritious, full of fiber, satisfying, filling, extremely portable – this is a great lunch salad.

    Black Bean and Corn Salad

    Black Bean and Corn Salad

    4 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1 c frozen corn
    ½ c French dressing
    2 t chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
    4 c chopped romaine lettuce
    2 c grape tomatoes, halved
    ¼ c sliced green onions
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    ½ c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1 c coarsely chopped blue tortilla chips
    ¼ c chopped cilantro

    Cook corn according to package directions then drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Combine dressing with chipotle chilies. Combine corn, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans and cheese then add dressing and mix well. Garnish with chips and cilantro.

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    August 1st, 2010adminDinner, Salads, Sides

    This dressing has a nice rich flavor – almost like that of the old Axelrod onion dip that I can’t find in stores any more. It’s very oniony and has just the right amount of spices. This also makes a great dip for veggies.

    Creamy Herb Salad Dressing

    Creamy Herb Salad Dressing

    Makes 1 ¼ cups
    2 T = 19 calories – very low cal for a salad dressing !

    ½ c plain low fat yogurt
    ½ c nonfat sour cream
    1 green onion, minced
    2 T minced fresh parsley
    1 t lemon pepper
    ½ t honey
    ¼ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Whip together yogurt and sour cream. Stir in the rest and refrigerate to chill well.

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    May 31st, 2010adminSalads

    This tangy, savory dressing really hits the spot over field greens. And you’re certainly not going to find a bottled dressing weighing it at only 18 calories per tablespoon. So whip some up and pour it on…thick ! :)

    Homemade French Dressing

    Homemade French Dressing

    Makes 1 ¼ c
    18 calories per T

    ¾ c water
    2 t cornstarch
    ¼ c lemon juice
    ¼ c ketchup
    2 T oil
    1 t Worcestershire sauce
    ¾ t salt
    ¼ t paprika
    ¼ t pepper
    ¼ t dry mustard
    ¼ t Equal or Splenda

    Mix water and cornstarch in a pan and bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat and cook 5 minutes or until thick and clear. Remove from heat and let cool. When cool add the rest of the ingredients and beat until smooth. Cover and refrigerate. Shake well before using.

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    May 20th, 2010adminSalads

    One problem with salad is that I love it SWIMMING in dressing. And even low cal and low fat dressing really pack on the calories when you put on as much as I like to. So this is the first of a series of cornstarch based salad dressings I make – the cornstarch helps thicken the dressing so you barely miss the oil. And at only 3 calories per tablespoonful, I can really pour it on :)

    Celery Seed Dressing

    Celery Seed Dressing

    Makes 1 c
    3 calories per T

    1 T cornstarch
    1 t sugar
    1 t paprika
    1 t celery seed
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ t dry mustard
    2 t salt
    1 c water
    ¼ c vinegar

    In a sauce pan mix the first 7 ingredients then gradually stir in the water and vinegar and quickly bring to a boil stirring constantly. Allow mix to thicken then cool and keep in the refrigerator. Shake well before using.

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    April 14th, 2010adminSalads, Sides

    The brie gives a nice flavor and texture to the dressing – nothing with brie can ever be bad ! ;)

    Salad with Warm Brie Dressing

    Salad with Warm Brie Dressing

    4 servings
    75 calories

    2 heads Boston or Green Leaf lettuce, torn into small pieces
    1 oz. brie or brie spread
    ½ c fat free Italian dressing (or any other vinegar based fat free dressing)

    Place lettuce on individual plates. Cube the cheese. Microwave dressing 30 seconds or until thoroughly heated, then stir in cheese until melted and pour over lettuce.

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    April 8th, 2010adminchicken, Lunch, Salads

    Cobb Salads are one of my favorites – there are always lots of good substantial ingredients so you get filled up and the bacon flavor always permeates all the other ingredients. The goat cheese is a nice addition that you usually don’t find in a cobb salad.

    Chicken Cobb Salad

    Chicken Cobb Salad

    3 servings
    325 calories per serving

    4 1/2 c shredded romaine lettuce
    1 ¼ c cooked, shredded boneless skinless chicken (Perdue Shortcuts work great here)
    2 hard boiled egg (yolks removed and whites chopped up)
    1 tomato, chopped
    2 T low fat crumbed goat cheese
    2 slices turkey bacon, cooked, cooled and crumbled
    ½ avocado, diced
    3 T chopped green onions
    ½ c fat free ranch dressing

    Divide the lettuce on plates, arrange an even amount of each of the ingredients onto each plate and drizzle with dressing.

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    April 1st, 2010adminSalads, Sides, Vegetables

    Simple, simple, simple – and a great side salad to just about any meal !

    Artichoke and Tomato Salad

    Artichoke and Tomato Salad

    4 servings
    73 calories per serving

    14 oz. can artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
    1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/34 c chopped parsley
    ¼ c fat free Italian dressing

    Mix all ingredients and toss to coat.

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