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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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    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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    August 6th, 2014adminSides, Summer, Vegetables

    Cooking the potatoes and peppers in a foil packet basically steams them and they come out a wonderful consistency and packed with flavor. Serve alongside 3 oz. of broiled steak or a 4 oz. chicken cutlet for a meal balanced with protein, veggies and that all mighty carb that keeps you feeling more full :)

    Foiled O'Brien

    Foiled O'Brien

    4 servings
    155 calories per serving

    1 lb. red potatoes, washed and sliced thinly
    2 c red bell pepper slices
    2 c yellow bell pepper slices
    6 T sliced shallot (regular onion will work here too)
    Pam
    2 cloves garlic, mashed
    3 T chopped parsley
    ½ t onion powder
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take 4 sheets of aluminum foil, each about 12 inches by 12 inches (about 1 inch longer and 4 inches wider than a sheet of paper) and place them on a flat surface. Spray each with a little bit of Pam. Divide the potatoes, peppers and shallots evenly among the foil sheets. Sprinkle with the minced garlic, parsley, onion powder, salt and pepper.

    Create a packet out of each by folding the foil sides up to make a tent and folding the edges over 2 times – then take each side and fold (roll) over twice and seal firmly so that the packet will say sealed keeping all the steam inside.

    Place packets on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake ½ hour to 45 minutes. Open packets and transfer contents to plates. Be careful opening packets as they will be full of steam.

    For more instructions folding, Reynold’s says:
    For each foil packet, bring up the two sides of the foil and double fold with about 1-inch wide folds. Leave room for heat circulation inside the packet as the food cooks. Double fold each end to form the foil packet.

    And the Scouts site has a nice diagram.

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    July 16th, 2014adminSalads, Summer, Vegetables

    This is another one of those really versatile salads – you can add into this bits of pieces of all the little leftover bits of veggies in your frig without really changing the calorie count all that much. This is great next to a sandwich or sometimes I have it all on its own with a few Triscuits next to it and call it a meal !

    Chickpea Salad

    Chickpea Salad

    4 servings
    286 calories per serving

    2 14 oz. cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
    1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
    4 radishes diced small
    1 green pepper diced small
    ½ c chopped parsley
    1 T lemon juice
    1 T vinegar
    1 T oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ¼ t celery salt

    Combine beans and all veggies and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

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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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    July 5th, 2012adminAsian, chicken, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This sweet and tangy Asian sauce is the perfect summer BBQ meal. The sweet honey chars just a bit and makes these legs super flavorful. Try serving with Asian Sesame Slaw for a perfect meal.

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    4 servings
    240 calories per serving

    8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skinned
    High Heat Pam
    3 T apple cider vinegar
    3 T soy sauce
    4 T honey
    2 T chopped parsley
    2 t minced ginger
    Pepper to taste

    Par boil the chicken legs for 15 minutes so you don’t have to keep them on the grill too long and they don’t dry out. Preheat grill and spray with high heat Pam. Brush half the sauce on chicken legs and grill 15 minute or until done throughout. Put the remainder of the sauce in the microwave and cook 1 minute (make sure it comes to a boil). Mop the legs with the rest of the sauce when they come off the grill.

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    June 28th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    You usually don’t think of cucumbers in a hot dish, but they make a perfect sautéed side, much like you would sauté zucchini.

    Sauteed Cucs

    Sauteed Cucs

    4 servings
    82 caloriess per serving

    1 medium cucumber
    1 T butter
    1/4 t salt
    Chopped parsley

    Peel cucumber, cut in half, remove seeds and slice, sprinkle with salt. Melt butter in a skillet and sauté cucs 3 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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    June 25th, 2012adminbeef, Dinner, Mexican, Summer

    Chimichurri sauce is a great condiment – super low cal, but bursting with flavor. Served atop this already super savory steak, you can’t go wrong.

    Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

    Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

    6 servings
    322 calories per serving

    Meat and rub:
    3 boneless beef chuck flat iron steaks, ¾ inch thick – use sirloin steaks
    1 t Kosher salt
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t ground cumin
    ½ t chili powder
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t cayenne pepper

    Sauce:
    1 c cilantro leaves
    1 c flat leaf parsley
    ¼ c white vinegar
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t red pepper flakes
    ¼ c olive oil

    Place meat on a baking pan. Mix together the meat rub spices and sprinkle on both sides of the meat then rub it in and cover with plastic and chill 1 hour.

    Mix the chimichurri ingredients other than the oil in a blender or food processor then slowly add oil as mixture is blending. Heat grill and cook meat 5-6 minutes each side or until desired doneness. Serve with sauce.

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    June 5th, 2012adminDinner, Sides

    This tastes much like a German potato salad since it does not use mayo. But instead of vinegar, this one uses fresh lemon and tons of great fresh herbs to make a bright, fresh potato salad that is a sure hit !

    Lemony New Potato Salad

    Lemony New Potato Salad

    6 servings
    207 calories per serving

    1 ½ lb. small new potatoes, sliced ½ inch thick
    2 t lemon zest
    ¼ c lemon juice
    Kosher salt and ground pepper
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh herbs, such as a combination of chives, parsley, and basil
    2 T oil

    Steam potatoes 15-20 minutes or until tender. Mix lemon zest, lemon, salt and pepper and pour over cooked potatoes. Refrigerate 1 hour. Mix herbs and oil and mix into cooled potatoes. Chill for an hour or more so flavors mingle. Stir again just before serving.

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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 28th, 2012adminDinner, Fish, Summer

    Verde is ‘green’ in Spanish and this dish is VERY green. The processed parsley and green onions put a great color on these shrimp. This is one of those restaurant worthy dishes – and it only takes minutes to prep ! Cut out the bread and you cut out tons of calories here – shrimp are very low cal !!

    Shrimp with Verde Sauce

    Shrimp with Verde Sauce



    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    3 ½ T oil
    6 garlic cloves
    1 c chopped green onions
    1 c chopped flat leaf parsley
    ½ t salt
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t red pepper flakes
    2 ¼ lb. large shrimp, cleaned and peeled
    1/3 c dry white wine or chicken broth
    6 oz. French bread in thin slices (more than ½ MB bread tub – 26 slices)

    Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place oil and garlic in food processor and process until garlic is fine then add onions and parsley and process again. Place in a bowl and add salt and peppers. Add shrimp and mix to coat. Place in a shallow roasting pan and add wine. Bake 7 – 10 minutes or until done. If the shrimp are not in a single layer, you may want to stir halfway through to ensure even cooking. Serve with bread for dipping in extra sauce.

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    February 13th, 2012adminDinner, Italian, Kid Friendly, Sides

    So rich, so creamy, so flavorful – this risotto is perfect next to anything.

    Risi e Bisi (Rice and Peas)

    Risi e Bisi (Rice and Peas)

    6 servings
    231 calories per serving

    5 cups chicken stock
    1 sprig of thyme
    1 bay leaf
    2 springs of parsley
    2 T oil
    1 onion, chopped
    1/2 celery stalk, chopped
    2 strips bacon, chopped
    1 c raw arborio rice
    2 c frozen peas
    1 T butter
    2 T chopped parsley
    3/4 c grated parmesan
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place stock and fresh herbs in a soup pot and bring to a boil then reduce heat and keep at a simmer. Saute onion, celery and bacon 5 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat then cook 1 minute. Remove herbs from stock and add 1/2 c of stock to rice mix and stir constantly so stock is absorbed. Add another 1/2 c and cook until stock is absorbed. Then add peas. Continue to add stock 1/2 c at a time and cook until absorbed until rice is tender and the mix is a little thinner than risotto. When done, stir in parsley, butter and parmesan and serve immediately.

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