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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 6th, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    I recently got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. BEST THING EVER ! I love making pops but hate the wait time. Now I have ‘em in 7-9 minutes :) This is one of the recipes I pulled from the Zoku book – of course, I’ve tweaked many of the recipes to suit my own tastes, bring down calories, and to get creative with the pops, but some are in their original goodness.

    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 :)

    I recently got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker.  BEST THING EVER !  I love making pops but hate the wait time.  Now I have ‘em in 7-9 minutes :)  This is one of the recipes I pulled from the Zoku book – of course, I’ve tweaked many of the recipes  to suit my own tastes, bring down calories, and to get creative with the pops, but some are in their original goodness.

    Zoku Quick Pop Maker

    6 servings
    265 calories per serving

    1 c water
    2 1/3 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I used ghiradelli bittersweet morsels)
    1/3 c sugar
    1 pinch salt
    1/3 c skim milk
    1 T fat free half and half
    ½ c very thin banana slices
    6 T Magic Shell chocolate shell for ice cream
    3 T chopped peanuts

    In a saucepan whisk chocolate, sugar, water and salt and cook until completely melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes in the fridge and then whish in the milk and half and half. Then return to the fridge and cool completely (about ½ hour).

    Working in 2 batches – Place bananas on the sides of the maker molds then pour in the mix. In 7-9 minutes you’ll have creamy, fudgy goodness with a bit of banana thrown in for interest :)

    If you are using traditional molds, you can suspend the bananas by filling the molds half way. Freezing a bit, then adding the bananas and the rest of the mix. Or you can just let the drop to the bottom – it will still taste dandy ! Freeze 6 hours.

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    September 22nd, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These are sooooo easy to put together. Serve warm from the oven and you’ll have the family waiting in line for the sweet goodness of these perfect sweet rolls.

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    8 servings
    160 calories per serving

    1 can low fat refrigerated dinner rolls or biscuits
    1/3 c apricot – pineapple preserves (or any flavor preserves that you like)
    2 t sugar
    ¼ t cinnamon
    ¼ c sliced almonds
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 inch round cake pan or a deep dish pie plate with Pam. Separate dough into individual rolls and place in pan – I do a circle around the edge with 8 rolls and 2 in the center. Starting ¼ inch in from the edges cut a deep X into the top of each roll then open slightly by pulling the dough toward the edges. Fill each with 2 t of the preserves. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle with almonds and bake ½ hour or until golden. Serve warm.

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    December 3rd, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    I made 4, 3 of us ate one each and then fought over the 4th :) They are that good !! Make sure you use a nice creamy vanilla yogurt; one that tastes like ice cream. I love Turkey Hill brand. This is just one of those perfect desserts !

    Nilla Parfait

    Nilla Parfait

    4 servings
    270 calories per serving

    2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt, softened (I like Turkey Hill brand)
    8 Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed well
    1 1/2 bananas, sliced
    1/4 c chopped toasted pecans

    In small dessert cups or parfait glasses or even in wine glasses, layer ingredients and then freeze at least half an hour. Here are the layers:

    Yogurt
    Banana
    Nuts
    Yogurt
    Banana
    Nilla crumbs
    Nuts
    1 slice of banana for garnish

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    October 3rd, 2012admincrock pot, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    Feel free to mix this up as much as you want – use only one type of Chex if you only like one….don’t like peanuts, leave them out and put in more pretzels – - make it your own and make it often ! :)

    Homemade Chex Party Mix (Crock Pot)

    Homemade Chex Party Mix (Crock Pot)

    24 servings
    155 calories per serving

    6 T butter, melted
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    1 t garlic powder
    1 ½ t Lawry’s seasoned salt
    3 c Corn Chex cereal
    3 c Rice Chex cereal
    3 c Wheat Chex cereal
    1 c peanuts
    1 c mini pretzels
    1 c bagel chips broken into small pieces (or melba toasts)

    Mix butter, Worcestershire, garlic, and salt. Gradually stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well to evenly coat. Cook uncovered on low 3-4 hours stirring every 30 minutes.

    If you don’t have a crock pot, you can bake these at 275 degrees for 1 hour, turning and stirring every 15 minutes.

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    March 31st, 2012adminLunch, Sandwiches

    A Waldorf salad has apples and nuts and celery and is mixed with mayo. Here I recreate it but in sandwich form and serve it atop lean turkey slices. So good !!

    Waldorf Sandwich

    Waldorf Sandwich

    1 serving
    396 calories per serving

    100 calorie English muffin, toasted
    1/2 small apple sliced
    ¼ c chopped walnuts
    ¼ c thin celery slices
    1 T non fat mayonnaise
    4 slices thin deli sliced lean turkey (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    2 lettuce leaves

    Spread bread with mayo. Make sandwich with turkey and apples. Sprinkle with walnuts and celery slices. Top with lettuce.

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    March 11th, 2012adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This chocolate bark is made with matzah crackers and it is just delicious – - and the prep time is only 5 minutes ! This is great to serve as a dessert when you have company. If you don’t like almonds, use any chopped nuts.

    Chocolate Bark

    Chocolate Bark



    8 servings
    109 calories per serving

    2 1 oz. UNSALTED matzah crackers
    1 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate bar chopped up into small pieces (or semisweet chocolate chip morsels)
    2 T toasted chopped almonds

    Place chocolate in microwave and cook on high 1 minute. Stir and cook another 30 seconds. Mix well assuring it is all melted and no chunks are left. Pour over crackers and spread with a spatula until well covered. Sprinkle with almonds and press them into the chocolate so they stick well. Let stand until hardened and then cut into 4 pieces each.

    Make sure you don’t skip the ‘toasting the nuts’ portion of the recipe. It really makes a difference in their flavor and just takes a few minutes – chop your nuts and then place in a dry hot skillet. Stir and continue cooking a few minutes until toasted. You will know they are ready as they will be a little browned and you will start to smell the aroma :)

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    January 2nd, 2012adminMUFAs, Snacks

    The whole kitchen smelled just glorious as these were roasting. The orange flavor is very subtle, the chipotle just hot enough and these disappeared very quickly !

    Chipotle Nuts

    Chipotle Nuts

    Makes 2 ½ cups – 1 serving = 2 tablespoons
    91 calories per serving

    1 T grated orange rind
    1 T orange juice
    1 egg white
    2 c mixed nuts (pecan halves, whole almonds, walnuts, whatever you have around the house!)
    1 T brown sugar
    1 T Kosher salt
    1/2 t ground chipotle chile pepper
    Pam
    1/2 c sweetened dried cranberries
    1 t Kosher salt

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix orange rind, orange juice and egg then stir in nuts. Mix sugar, salt and pepper and add to the nuts and mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet spray with Pam and bake 1 hours stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with another teaspoon of salt and mix then cool. When cool, mix in the cranberries.

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    November 19th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    How easy was that? Fudge in a snap ! Make up a batch and put it in a pretty container for a great holiday gift !

    Chocobutter Fudge Bars

    Chocobutter Fudge Bars

    25 servings
    140 calories per serving

    1 pkg. (8 squares) Baker’s semisweet chocolate
    3/4 c sweetened condensed milk
    1/2 c cocktail peanuts, chopped
    1 pkg. (6 squares) Baker’s white chocolate
    1/4 c creamy peanut butter

    Microwave semisweet chocolate and milk on high 1 minute. Stir and microwave another minute or until mostly melted. Then stir well and add nuts. Line the bottom of an 8 inch cake pan with foil and spread the mix in the pan. Microwave white chocolate on high 1 minute. Stir and microwave another minute or until mostly melted. Stir until completely melted. Add peanut butter and stir well then spread over the other layer and refrigerate 2 hours. Cut into 25 fudge squares.

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    June 25th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Sweet, chewy, yummy Butterscotch Bars that the whole family will love !

    Butterscotch Bars

    Butterscotch Bars

    36 servings
    148 calories per serving

    1 c packed brown sugar
    5 T butter, melted
    1 t vanilla extract
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    9 oz. flour
    2 1/2 c quick oats
    1/2 t salt
    1/2 t baking soda
    Pam
    3/4 c fat free sweetened condensed milk
    1 1/4 c butterscotch morsels
    1/2 c finely chopped walnuts, toasted

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and butter with a mixer until light colored and then stir in egg and vanilla. Mix flour, oats, salt and baking soda then add this mix to the sugar mix stirring with a fork until combined. Spray a 13×9 baking dish with Pam and then take 3 c of the oat mix and press it into the pan making a crust. Heat morsels and condensed milk until morsels are all melted and then stir in nuts. Spread this mix over the crust and then sprinkle with the rest of the oat mix. Bake ½ hour or until golden brown. When it comes out of the oven, loosen the edges with a knife and then let cool completely before cutting into bars.

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    June 4th, 2011adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    Fudgy layers of chocolate heaven !! First you have a chocolate chip cookie crust – then you add chocolate covered rice chex and peanuts. And as if that were not enough – you add a layer of caramel chocolate fudge to the top. OH SO GOOD !

    Chocolate Caramel Bars

    Chocolate Caramel Bars

    36 servings
    190 calories per serving

    1 roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookies (18 oz.)
    11 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
    18 oz. caramel apple dip
    3 c Rice Chex cereal
    1 c chopped peanuts

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Break up cookie dough and press it into the bottom of an ungreased 13×9 baking dish. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown then cool 15 minutes. In a saucepan heat 1 c chocolate chops and 1 c caramel sauce. On medium heat stir and cook until smooth then remove from heat and stir in cereal and peanuts. Spread the cereal mix over the crust. In the saucepan heat the rest of the chips and caramel and cook until melted. Spread over the cereal mix then refrigerate ½ hour or so then cut into bars.

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