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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 2nd, 2011adminBreakfast, Dessert, fruit, Kid Friendly

    Sometimes it’s the simplest things – and that is the case of this ‘recipe’. By adding a dusting of powdered sugar to already sweet fruit, you get a super taste sensation that the kids will gobble up. Try serving with some yogurt for a great breakfast.

    Cantaloupe and Strawberries

    Cantaloupe and Strawberries

    4 servings
    92 calories per serving

    2 c strawberries, hulled and sliced
    2 T powdered sugar
    1 cantaloupe, seeds removed and cut into chunks or made into balls

    Place fruit on a plate and sprinkle with sugar.

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    August 28th, 2011adminAsian, Dinner, fruit, pork

    Use tart plums if you don’t want this dish to be too sweet. Fruity yet savory and plums just go so well in fruited dishes !

    Pork and Plums

    Pork and Plums

    4 servings
    287 calories per serving

    1 T oil
    1 lb. pork tenderloin cut into thin, short strips
    1 T plus 1 ½ t cornstarch
    1 carrot thinly sliced on the diagonal
    3 scallions, thinly sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 lb. plums cut into ½ inch slices
    1 c chicken broth
    2 T plum jam
    1 T cider vinegar
    1 T soy sauce
    ½ t ground ginger

    Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Mix pork with 1 T cornstarch and rub it in. A good way to do this is place both in a Ziploc bag, seal and then mush it around repeatedly. Cook the meat 5 minutes and then transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and cook the carrot, scallions and garlic for 1 minute and then add the plums and cook for another 5 minutes or until they start to get soft.

    Whisk broth, jam, vinegar, soy, ginger and the rest of the cornstarch and pour into the pan and bring to a boil and cook 1 minute then lower the heat and place the pork back in the pan and cool 3 minutes or until all is heated.

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    August 26th, 2011adminDessert, Dinner, fruit, Kid Friendly, Sides, Summer

    This is a great side to ham and other pork dishes. It’s sweet, but not too sweet and the grilling brings out all the great pineapple flavor – it’s pineapple to the 10th degree ! :)

    Grilled Pineapple

    Grilled Pineapple

    4 servings (2 slices per serving)
    123 calories per serving

    1 small fresh pineapple, peeled and cored – about 8 slices
    (most supermarkets have fresh pineapple already peeled and sliced available in the produce section near the fruit salads)
    Cinnamon

    Heat grill or a grill pan on medium. Spray with Pam. Heat pineapple in the grill until light brown, about 10-15 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with cinnamon so it ‘melts’ in.

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    May 14th, 2011adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly

    This makes a really different dessert – instead of just pudding or just fruit – you have a creamy pudding-ish base with tons of yummy fruit thrown in. Very refreshing and very different !

    Fruit and Cream

    Fruit and Cream

    16 servings
    96 calories per serving

    20 oz. can pineapple chunks in juice (not syrup), drained
    15.25 oz. can sliced peaches in juice, drained
    11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
    4 apples, peeled and diced
    1 ½ c skim milk
    1/3 c orange juice concentrate
    1 oz. package sugar free vanilla instant pudding mix
    ¾ c fat free sour cream

    Mix fruit in a bowl. Whisk milk with pudding and orange juice for 2 minutes them mix in sour cream. Fold into fruit then cover and refrigerate.

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    April 14th, 2011adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly

    It doesn’t get much simpler and this is one of those recipes that is really versatile – use any canned fruit or even some apples and you get a great warm, homey dessert in no time.

    Fruit Crisp

    Fruit Crisp

    6 servings
    280 calories per serving

    2 15 oz. cans peaches in juice, drained
    5 graham crackers, coarsely crushed (1 c)
    1/3 c flour
    3 T brown sugar
    ½ t cinnamon
    ¼ c cold margarine or butter, cut up into pieces
    2 c low fat vanilla yogurt

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spread peaches in a 8 inch square baking dish. Mix crumbs, flour, sugar, cinnamon and then using a pastry blender, cut in butter until the mix is the consistency of coarse crumbs then sprinkle them over the peaches and bake 25-30 minutes then cool slightly and serve with yogurt.

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    March 20th, 2011adminBreakfast, fruit, Kid Friendly

    Eat this for breakfast, as a side dish, as a snack – it’s so healthful and sooooo good. I am very picky about my citrus – I don’t like to eat any of the membrane – just the sweet, succulent fruit. So I cut it in this method that many restaurants and chefs use…

    Citrus Salad

    Citrus Salad

    2 servings
    94 calories per serving

    1 large grapefruit cut into sections
    1 medium orange cut into sections
    1 blood orange cut into sections

    Mix all together and serve. This will last several days in the refrigerator.

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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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    January 23rd, 2011adminDessert

    You either love scones or hate them – I am a lover :) This is a great recipe that turns out a delicious fruit and nut scone. The cranberries are just sweet enough without making these too, too sweet. And the pistachios are a nice change from the typical walnuts or pecans found in baked goods.

    Cranberry Nut Scones

    Cranberry Nut Scones

    14 servings
    187 calories per serving

    3 c flour
    1 1/2 t cream of tartar
    3/4 t baking soda
    1/2 t salt
    2 T orange zest
    6 T butter
    1/3 c Splenda
    3/4 c skim milk
    1/2 c dried cranberries
    1/2 c chopped pistachios (no salt)
    Pam
    Some extra water if dough is too dry.

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam. Combine flour, tartar, baking soda, salt and zest in a large bowl and cut in butter with a pastry blender ( a hand held tool available at all kitchen goods stores) or pulse in a food processor.

    Once crumbly, add Splenda and milk and stir just until moistened. Add cranberries and nuts and pat dough to a 3/4 inch thick circle on a lightly floured surface. If dough is too dry, add a few tablespoons of water but not too much – this is a very dry dough. Use a 2 1/2 round biscuit cutter to make scones (or any other shape – just adjust calories accordingly). Place on baking sheet and cook 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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    December 24th, 2010adminDessert

    Healthy, sweet, frozen, different – these make a great snack ! Try serving with a little cookie pressed into the top.

    Fruit and Creamsicles

    Fruit and Creamsicles

    12 servings
    94 calories per serving

    ¼ c walnuts
    2 ripe bananas
    2 c non fat sour cream
    8 oz. can unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained well
    1/3 c mini marshmallows
    ¼ c sugar
    1 t vanilla

    Pulse walnuts in a blender to chop finely. Add bananas and pulse to blend then add cream, pineapple, marshmallows, sugar and vanilla and pulse to mix. Spoon ¼ c in each of 12 muffin cups and freeze 2 hours them remove and serve (I use silicone muffin cups).

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    November 18th, 2010adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    So sweet, so yummy, so good ! This is a great dessert and a great snack. Looking for even lower calories, then use sugar free preserves. Use any flavor or combination on flavors you like :)

    Fruit and Graham Bars

    Fruit and Graham Bars

    24 servings
    95 calories per serving

    2/3 c flour
    2 c Golden Grahams cereal, crushed
    ½ c brown sugar
    ½ t cinnamon
    1/3 c melted margarine
    2/3 c apricot preserves

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, cereal, sugar and cinnamon then stir in butter. Reserve ¾ c of the mix and press the rest of it into the bottom of a square 8×8 baking pan. Spread preserves over and then sprinkle with the rest of the cereal mix. Bake 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 15 minutes and then cut.

    Fruit and Graham Bars

    Fruit and Graham Bars

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