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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 17th, 2013adminAsian, chicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Throw away those kabob skewers and get a grill basket – it makes cooking small pieces of things on the grill a snap ! Just cut it up, marinate and then throw in the grill basket. It’s like stir frying on the grill and you get a great even cook on all the bits.

    Teriyaki Grill Basket

    Teriyaki Grill Basket

    6 servings
    244 calories per serving

    1/3 c soy sauce
    2 T vegetable oil
    1 T brown sugar
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 t ground ginger
    1 t seasoned salt
    Pepper to taste
    1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
    12 whole fresh mushrooms
    1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
    1 large onion, cut into wedges
    12 cherry tomatoes
    Pam

    Mix soy, oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, pepper and salt. Place chicken pieces in a Ziploc bag and pour over the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. During the last hour, add the veggies to the bag. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with high heat Pam. Cook veggies and chicken until chicken is done.

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    May 20th, 2013adminDinner, Lunch, pork, Soups, Tex Mex

    Tender pork, spicy broth – the flavor is just fantastic ! If you don’t enjoy spice, just remove the jalapeno and you will still end up with a great tasting pork soup.

    Southwest Pork Soup

    Southwest Pork Soup

    4 servings
    325 calories per serving

    Pam
    1 c onion, chopped
    2/3 c green bell pepper, chopped
    1 c chopped mushrooms
    1 T minced garlic
    1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
    1 lb. pork tenderloin in bite sized pieces
    2 c chicken broth
    2 c beef broth
    1 c water
    2 t chili powder
    1 t ground cumin
    1/2 t salt
    1/4 t pepper
    15 oz. kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    2 T cilantro, chopped
    1 c avocado, diced

    Heat a non stick soup pot then spray with Pam. Add onion and cook 5-6 minutes adding a bit of hot water if necessary to keep onions moist. Add pepper, mushrooms, garlic and jalapenos and cook another 3 minutes then add pork and cook another 10 minutes. Add broth, water, spices, beans and tomatoes and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Spoon into bowls and top with avocado pieces.

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    December 14th, 2012adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Soups

    I just love meatball soup and when you use the frozen prepared meatballs, it takes all the hard work out of it. Just heat up some broth, add meatballs and some veggies and you have a great complete meal. Here is one of my favorite ways to serve.

    Meatball and Escarole Soup

    Meatball and Escarole Soup

    4 servings
    315 calories per serving

    24 frozen cocktail meatballs
    8 c chicken broth
    1 6.5 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
    4 c cleaned and torn escarole leaves
    1 c shredded or julienned carrot
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 t garlic powder
    1 T dry minced onion
    ½ t oregano flakes
    ½ t parsley flakes

    Mix all together and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes.

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    June 11th, 2012adminLunch, Sandwiches, turkey

    Grilled Portobello mushrooms make any sandwich a winner in my book. The turkey and cheddar are just the supporting cast here – the mushrooms are really the stars :)

    Turkey Sandwich Deluxe

    Turkey Sandwich Deluxe

    1 serving
    365 calories per serving

    1 T low fat mayo mixed with ¼ t minced horseradish
    1 small club roll
    1 slice cheddar cheese
    6 slices lean and thin deli turkey breast (Oscar Mayer has great lean deli meats pre-packaged and ready to go)
    1/2 c sliced grilled portobello mushrooms

    Spread mayo mix on buns. Fill up the sandwich and enjoy !

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    March 14th, 2012adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly

    This is a very satisfying and enjoyable meal. The gravy is very tasty and there are just enough noodles to really make this dish not seem too ‘dietish’. Serve with Roasted Green Beans for a great complete meal.

    Steak with Mushroom Gravy

    Steak with Mushroom Gravy

    4 servings
    344 calories per serving

    2 c raw egg noodles
    Pam
    1 lb. sirloin steak or filet mignon cut into bite sized pieces
    1 T butter
    2 T thinly sliced shallots
    8 oz. sliced mushrooms
    1 T minced garlic
    1 T low sodium soy sauce
    3 T flour
    1 1/2 c fat free beef broth
    1/2 t pepper
    1/2 t salt

    Cook noodles according to package directions and keep warm. Heat a large skillet on medium high and then spray with Pam. Add steak and cook 5-8 minutes to brown all sides. Remove from pan, cover, and keep warm. Melt butter in pan and cook shallots and mushrooms 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook a minute longer. Stir in soy and then sprinkle with flour. Cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add broth a bit at a time. Add salt and pepper and bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Return beef to pan and cook another 2-3 minutes.

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    March 6th, 2012adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly

    What’s not to like in a dinner or chicken, mushrooms, shallots and herbs?! This is a great meal and if you have leftovers, cut up the chicken and place in broth with the mushrooms and shallots – you end up with a great soup !

    Mushroom Herb Chicken

    Mushroom Herb Chicken

    4 servings
    226 calories per serving

    4 6 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts (if not very thin cutlets, pound them down)
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 t pepper
    Pam
    3 large shallots, thinly sliced
    8 oz. sliced mushrooms
    1/3 c dry sherry or chicken broth
    1 t marjoram flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet and spray with Pam. Cook chicken 6-7 minutes per side or until browned. Remove chicken and spray with Pam again. Add shallots and cook 3 minutes adding a tablespoon full of hot water if they start to dry out. Add mushrooms, sherry and marjoram, then add back chicken and cook until chicken is fully cooked.

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    February 24th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    Velvety. Smooth. Rich. Creamy Rice !

    Creamy Rice

    Creamy Rice

    8 servings
    170 calories per serving

    1 small onion, chopped
    1/4 c fat free Zesty Italian Dressing
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
    14.5 oz. vegetable broth
    1 c frozen peas
    2 c instant white rice, uncooked
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 t grated lemon zest
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/4 c parmesan cheese

    Heat a skillet and add dressing – heat 30 seconds. Then add onions and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Then add mushrooms and cook another 4 minutes or until tender. Add broth and peas and bring to a boil then stir in rice and cream cheese and cover. Remove from heat and let stand for 8 minutes then stir in zest, salt and pepper and parmesan.

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    February 14th, 2012adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly

    Quick and easy yet tasty and healthy !

    Spanish Chicken

    Spanish Chicken

    2 servings
    207 calories per serving

    2/3 c finely chopped onions
    ¼ c sliced mushrooms
    1 ¼ c cubed cooked chicken breast (Perdue Shortcuts work great here)
    ½ 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
    ½ c cooked rice
    ½ c tomato juice
    ½ c chicken broth
    1/3 c frozen peas
    1/4 t tarragon flakes
    1/4 t rosemary
    Pinch of pepper
    Pam
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute onion and mushrooms in a pan sprayed with Pam. Cook 4-5 minutes then place in a 1 quart baking dish and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and bake 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

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    January 19th, 2012admincrock pot, Dinner, Italian

    The layer of pesto mixed with spinach and mushrooms adds an incredible layer of flavor and also bulks up the recipe with more nutrition. This is a FANTASTIC lasagna recipe – lots of cheese, lots of flavor and the perfect comfort food.

    Pesto Lasagna (Crock Pot)

    Pesto Lasagna (Crock Pot)

    8 servings
    395 calories per serving

    4 c spinach, chopped coarsely
    3 T water
    2 c sliced mushrooms
    1/2 c prepared low fat pesto
    3/4 c shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
    3/4 c shredded provolone cheese
    15 oz. fat free ricotta cheese
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    3/4 c grated parmesan cheese
    25 oz. bottle marinara sauce
    8 oz. tomato sauce
    Salt and pepper
    ½ t garlic powder
    Pam
    9 oz. (12 noodles) no bake lasagna noodles
    1/4 c packed basil leaves, chopped

    Place spinach in a glass bowl with 3 T water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave 3 minutes to wilt. Squeeze it dry in a colander then mix with mushrooms and pesto. Mix mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, ¼ c of parmesan and egg. Mix marinara sauce and tomato sauce with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spray an oval crock pot with Pam. Place 1 c sauce in the bottom then place 3 noodles on top covering the bottom of the pan. Add 1 c of cheese and 1 c of spinach. Then start the layers again – - add sauce, noodles, then cheese and spinach. Finally end with a layer of noodles and spread the rest of the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with ½ c of parmesan and basil. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours.

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    December 17th, 2011adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly

    This is like a cross between a stroganoff and a goulash – very, very good and quite satisfying. The cream sauce is just delicious :)

    Creamy Beef Dinner

    Creamy Beef Dinner

    4 servings
    390 calories per serving

    1 T oil, divided
    1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into strips
    1/2 t pepper
    3 c whole wheat egg noodles, uncooked
    1/4 c Light Zesty Italian Dressing
    2 onions, chopped
    1/2 lb. Portobello mushrooms, sliced
    3 T minced garlic
    1 T paprika
    3/4 c beef broth
    1 c frozen peas
    1/2 c light sour cream
    1 small tomato, chopped

    Heat 1 ½ t oil in a skillet and add beef. Sprinkle with pepper and brown meat 2 minutes. Work in batches with the rest of the meat and oil so as not to overcrowd the pan and make sure meat is patted dry – these 2 things will help make sure it browns nicely. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Heat dressing in skillet and add onions and cook 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic and paprika and cook 12 minutes. Stir in broth and peas and simmer 2 minutes then add meat and cook 5 minutes to heat through. Stir in sour cream at the very end and serve over noodles with the tomato sprinkled over the top.

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