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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 5th, 2014adminDinner, FiberGourmet, pasta, Vegetables

    I am betting you can smell this cooking from all the way over there ! The parmesan and cheddar cheeses blend to perfection and the pasta…well, it just feeds the soul. The portion size will be cut down dramatically to come in at 400 calories if it were not for the FiberGourmet pasta.

    Veggie Mac and Cheese

    Veggie Mac and Cheese

    4 servings
    399 calories per serving

    10 oz. Fiber Gourmet Penne pasta
    2 t oil
    1 9 oz. yellow summer squash halved lengthwise and sliced thinly
    1 9 oz. bag frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
    4 scallions sliced thinly
    1 bottled roasted red peppers, rinsed and diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 T flour
    2 ½ c skim milk
    ¾ t salt
    1 c grated no fat cheddar cheese
    ¼ c parmesan cheese
    Pam

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat and add squash, scallion, artichokes, peppers and garlic. Cook 7 minutes. Add flour and stir well and then gradually add milk. Add salt and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add the hot veggies and sauce to the pasta along with the cheddar cheese and mix well and turn into an 11×7 baking pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake ½ hour or until hot and crusty.

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    March 7th, 2014adminDinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, Kid Friendly, pasta

    This recipe makes up a wonderfully flavorful sauce – anything with bacon is good in my book !

    Spaghetti Carbonara

    Spaghetti Carbonara

    2 servings
    300 calories per serving

    4 ounces uncooked FiberGourmet spaghetti
    1/2 cup skim milk
    3 T grated Parmesan cheese
    1 T chopped parsley
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam
    1/3 c chopped pancetta or thick cut bacon (about 1 1/2 ounces)
    1/4 c finely chopped onion
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 large egg

    Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain reserving ¼ c of the cooking water. Mix milk, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Heat a skillet and spray with Pam then sauté pancetta 3 minutes. Add onions and garlic and continue cooking another 5 minutes until onion is browned. Reduce heat to medium low and add milk mix and spaghetti to the pan. Whisk egg in a bowl and add the reserved cooking liquid stirring constantly so egg does not start to cook. Gradually add to pan stirring constantly and cook 4 minutes on low until sauce is thick.

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    May 1st, 2013adminAppetizers, Snacks

    So easy to make – this takes just a few minutes. And the results are SUPER ! There will be lots of yummy noises as your group eats this one up. Serve with low cal crackers.

    Broccoli Cheddar Dip

    Broccoli Cheddar Dip

    18 servings
    72 calories per serving

    10 oz. package frozen broccoli
    8 oz. Cabot low fat sharp cheddar, grated
    4 oz. cream cheese
    2 T milk
    1 t Tabasco sauce
    1/2 t pepper

    Microwave broccoli in a partially covered dish 8-10 minutes. Add cheddar, cream cheese, tabasco and pepper. Recover and microwave 1-2 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Stir until smooth. Serve immediately with crackers.

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    March 13th, 2013adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches

    A Monte Cristo Sandwich is dipped in egg and fried – this version adds LOTS of gooey Gruyere cheese (the kind you find on top of French Onion Soup). If you prefer a milder cheese, switch to Swiss or cheddar.

    Monte Cristo Sandwich

    Monte Cristo Sandwich

    4 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1 T Dijon mustard
    1 T fat free mayonnaise
    8 slices Italian bread (1 oz. each) I recommend that you get a kitchen scale – it takes out the guess work !!
    6 oz. deli ham, thinly sliced
    1 c shredded Gruyere cheese (substitute Swiss or cheddar or jack if you don’t like Gruyere)
    1/4 t black pepper
    1/2 c Egg Beaters
    1/4 c skim milk
    Pam

    Combine mustard and mayo. Spread each of 8 slices with an even amount of the mix. Then layer 4 slices each with ham and cheese. Sprinkle evenly with pepper and cover with other 4 pieces of bread. Combine eggs and milk. Dip both side of each sandwich in the mix. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and spray with Pam. Cook sandwiches 3 minutes each side or until lightly brown.

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    March 7th, 2013adminFish, Lunch, Soups

    What a splendid soup ! Subtle fish flavor, remarkably good broth, and just the perfect lunch on a cold, blustery day. Fish chowders made with delicate white fish are such a nice change from clam chowders. They are definitely milder and the consistency is just right.

    Fish and Potato Chowder

    Fish and Potato Chowder

    4 servings
    307 calories

    2 slices bacon
    3 c red potato, diced (or I used canned diced potatoes)
    1 c chopped onion
    3 T flour
    16 oz. clam juice
    2 c skim milk
    1 T chopped thyme (or 1 t thyme flakes)
    ½ t salt
    1/2 t pepper
    1 t onion powder
    12 oz. skinless halibut fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces (or other firm white fish)
    2 T chopped parsley

    Cook bacon in soup pot until crisp them remove, cool and crumble. Reserve 1 T of the drippings in the pan and add potato and onion and cook 5 minutes. Then add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add clam juice and bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender (less time is needed if you use canned potatoes). Add milk and simmer (do not boil). Add spices and fish and cook 3 minutes or until fish is done. Stir in parsley at the very end and garnish bowls with crumbled bacon.

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    November 20th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    Potatoes, cheese and sour cream – they are just meant to go together ! The little bit of baking gives the potatoes a nice crispy crust and this is a great side to anything – especially a grilled meat such as Grilled Chili Rubbed Sirloin.

    Mashed Potato Bake

    Mashed Potato Bake

    3 servings
    185 calories per serving

    24 oz. potatoes, peeled and quartered (you can use the frozen Oreida Steam and Mash here for a quick alternative)
    2 oz. low fat cream cheese, cubed
    1/4 c low fat sour cream
    1 T skim milk
    1/2 t onion powder
    1/2 t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    Pam
    ICBINB spray (I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil them reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Mash the potatoes and add the rest of the ingredients then place in a 13×9 baking dish sprayed with Pam. Spray with a few spritzes of ICBINB. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

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    July 10th, 2012adminDessert, Summer

    Even though I make these pops in a Zoku maker, 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 :) Their recipes turn out fantastic pops – I often skinny them up a bit, but I mostly use their measurements and basic recipe and am always pleased with the results.

    Caramel Latte Pops

    Caramel Latte Pops

    6 servings
    46 calories per serving

    2 c skim milk
    3 shots of espresso, cooled
    2 T caramel sauce

    Whisk together espresso and milk. (if you like a sweet flavor, add some Equal or Splenda). Then pour into the base and freeze completely (7-9 minutes in the Zoku, 6 hours in the freezer). Just before eating, drizzle the pops with caramel syrup.

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    April 13th, 2012adminDinner, Fish

    Poaching fish in milk makes for a delicate and mild fish dish. It is simple to put together and so elegantly perfect.

    Milk Poached Fish

    Milk Poached Fish

    4 servings
    158 calories per serving

    4 5 oz. tilapia filets
    2 bay leaves
    3 T fresh lemon juice
    Chopped parsley
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Skim milk (enough to cover the fish)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place fish in a shallow baking dish. Cover with milk. Season with salt and pepper and add the lemon and bay leaves. Cook fish 20-25 minutes or until done. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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    March 29th, 2012adminDessert, Drinks, Snacks, Summer

    What a great afternoon pick-me-up! Sweet, chocolately, just the right amount of coffee, and nice and cold. (Much like a Wendy’s Frosty)

    Frosty Mocha Drink

    Frosty Mocha Drink

    4 servings
    118 calories per serving

    1 ½ c skim milk
    1/3 c chocolate syrup
    2 T instant malted milk powder
    2 T instant coffee
    3 ½ c ice cubes

    Combine milk, syrup, malted milk and coffee in a blender. Then add ice in a couple batches blending in between each batch and then serve immediately.

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    December 3rd, 2011adminDrinks, FiberGourmet, Kid Friendly, pasta, Sides

    Add a layer of healthy spinach, use low fat cheese and FiberGourmet pasta and quickly you have a healthy alternative and a fan favorite :)

    Baked Mac and Cheese

    Baked Mac and Cheese

    4 servings
    366 calories per serving

    3 T breadcrumbs
    1 t oil
    ½ t paprika
    20 oz. frozen spinach, thawed
    1 3/4 c skim milk, divided
    3 T flour
    2 c shredded low fat extra sharp Cheddar cheese
    1 c low fat cottage cheese
    1/8 t nutmeg
    Salt and pepper to taste
    8 ounces FiberGourmet penne or elbow pasta
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with Pam. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika. Squeeze out spinach in a colander so it is very dry. Mix ¼ c milk with flour. Heat 1 ½ c milk until steaming and them whisk in the rest of the milk and continue whisking until it is thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar until melted. Then stir in cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook pasta about 4 minutes (do not cook all the way or it will be too mushy after it bakes). Mix pasta and cheese and place half of it in the baking dish. Then add the spinach and top with the rest of the pasta. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mix and then bake 30 minutes or until golden.

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