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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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    May 18th, 2010adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    Oven fries can get very dry – but with a few tricks, they are delicious and you won’t even be missing your fried fries. First, use some chicken or vegetable broth to give the potatoes some moisture. You can even add a little extra during the cooking process to keep the potatoes moist. And then at the very end, spray with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray for a buttery flavor and much added moisture.

    Garlicky Oven Fries

    Garlicky Oven Fries

    4 servings
    139 calories per serving

    ½ c chicken broth
    1 t garlic powder
    1/8 t pepper
    4 medium baking potatoes, scrubbed, and cut lengthwise into shoestring potato size
    Pam
    ICBINB Spray
    Kosher salt

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine broth, garlic powder and pepper and add potatoes and toss. Spray baking sheet and arrange potatoes in a single layer and bake 40 minutes or until crisp and golden. Stir several times during the baking process. If you want them a little browner, broil for 2-3 minutes at the end of the cooking process. When you remove them from the oven, spray with ICBINB Spray and sprinkle with salt.

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    April 20th, 2010adminAppetizers, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Snacks

    These are very filling and make a great snack, appetizer or even a side to a low cal fish dish. You can always dress them up with more ‘stuff’ and just each one to keep the calorie count down – they are very filling, so one should do as a side. Tye adding some cooked crumbled turkey bacon, or some extra low fat cheddar cheese…maybe even some caramelized onions !

    Potato Skins

    Potato Skins

    4 servings
    262 calories per serving

    4 large potatoes (8 oz. each)
    2 t oil
    ¼ c parmesan cheese
    ½ c skim milk
    3 T low fat cream cheese
    ¾ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    3 T low fat sour cream
    3 T sliced scallions

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash the potatoes and prick them with a fork. Microwave on high 10 minutes, then turn and microwave another 5 minutes. Let cook a bit and then slice in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the flash keep the skins intact. Place the skins on a cookie sheet and brush with the oil and sprinkle with 2 t of the parmesan cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until golden. Meantime mix the rest of the parmesan with the potato, milk, cream cheese, salt and pepper. When skins are toasty, fill with the potato mix and bake another 7-9 minutes or until hot throughout. Dollop with sour cream and sprinkle with scallion just before serving.

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    April 5th, 2010adminKid Friendly, Sides, Vegetables

    A baked potato sounds simple enough but one not done right is bad…and one done good is just GREAT! What makes a good potato? A nice crispy salted skin and fluffy, perfectly cooked insides ! After many years of trying a dozen methods here is the one I like best…

    Baked Potato

    Baked Potato

    2 servings
    160 calories per serving

    2 medium baking potatoes
    Salt
    Molly McButter or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray
    Chives

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash potatoes and poke several times with a fork. Salt the outside of the potatoes if you plan on eating the skins. Place in a microwave and oven safe dish and microwave on full power 7 minutes. Take dish from microwave and place in oven and cook 15 -30 minutes as you prep the rest of your dinner. If you have something else in the oven that needs it to be a little lower or higher temperature, no worries – the potatoes will be fine at the alternate temperature.

    If you are using larger sized potatoes, increase the microwave time a few minutes.

    Split potatoes and prepare with ICBINB spray and sprinkle with salt and chives. Another great low cal topping for potatoes is salsa – - for just 40 calories you can load a 1/2 cup on top of your potato !

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    March 9th, 2010adminInstructional, Summer, Videos

    Let’s face it – peeling potatoes is a drag ! Well, I came across these instructions on the internet and let me tell you, they work like a charm. The peels just pulled off the boiled potatoes in no time ! Usually if you peel them ahead of time, the outsides get all mushy and mealy and peeling them afterward with a peeler or knife is time consuming at best.

    Here is a video instructional showing you how to do it:

    Basically, you just score the potatoes the whole way around with a sharp knife (about 1/4 inch deep) and drop them into boiling water for 15 minutes. Take them out and place into an ice bath (ice cubes mixed with cold water) and mix around for 15 seconds. Then take them out of the ice water and apply a little squeezing pressure and the peels come right off !

    The only thing I would do different than the video is cook the potatoes a little longer – they were not quite done yet in the middle. If I was going to cube them up for hash browns or further cooking after being sliced or cubed, this would be fine. But they were too undercooked to use for potato salad – I would boil another 5-7 minutes for that. Hope you use this method for easier potato prep in the future !

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    January 25th, 2010adminKid Friendly, Mexican, Sides

    Serve this super filling potato with 2 T low fat sour cream for just another 40 calories. Leave out the layer of beans and this one is kid friendly.

    Potato with Mexican Topping

    Potato with Mexican Topping

    1 serving
    226 calories per serving

    6 oz. potato
    2 T shredded fat free cheddar cheese
    10 sprays ICBINB
    1/4 c black beans, drained and rinsed
    1/2 t taco seasoning
    2 T chopped tomatoes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Optional – sour cream

    Pierce the potato several times and microwave 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Cut oval hole in the top (like you would in a pumpkin) taking care not to cut through the whole shell. Scoop out the meat of the potato and place in a bowl. Add butter spray, cheese, salt and pepper, and taco seasoning and stir to mix.

    Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds and stir. Fill the potato shell with a layer of black beans, then the potato mix and microwave another 30 seconds. Sprinkle top with a few reserved beans and the chopped tomatoes. Microwave 2 minutes to heat through or stick in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

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    January 19th, 2010adminKid Friendly, Sides

    A great potato side dish that is a bit different from your regular mashed or baked potatoes. Kids love these – what’s not to love….cheese and potatoes in one great package ! I often add canned green chilies or some steamed chopped up green bell peppers and steamed shredded carrots to give these a little extra flavor and some color.

    Cheesy Potato Balls

    Cheesy Potato Balls

    8 servings
    185 calories per serving (1 serving=3 potato balls)

    1 package Oreida frozen steamed mashed potatoes
    1 T light butter
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 1/2 oz. shredded light cheddar cheese
    1/4 c parmesan cheese
    1 t garlic powder
    Pam
    1 large egg white
    1 1/2 t skim milk
    2 T water
    2/3 c bread crumbs

    Prepare potatoes according to package directions. Mix with butter, salt and pepper. Cool potatoes to room temperature and add cheeses and garlic powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with Pam. Make 24 balls and place on sheet of paper or foil. Mix egg white, water and milk in a small bowl. Put bread crumbs in a bowl. Dip balls in egg and then drop into crumbs to coat – do one at a time. Place on baking sheet and mist tops with more Pam.

    Bake 10 minutes and serve immediately. If you have had the mix refrigerated over 3 hours, you may want to cook 15 minutes to make sure they are heated through.

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    January 4th, 2010adminbeef, Dinner

    There’s nothing like a hot bowl of stew on a cold night. This one is packed with goodness and tastes so very yummy !

    Beef Stew

    Beef Stew

    4 servings
    275 calories per serving

    1 lb. lean steak (sirloin, London broil, filet, etc.) cut into 1 inch cubes
    8 oz. sliced mushrooms
    2 c green beans
    2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
    1 lb. potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes (about 1 very large)
    1 can (14 oz.) fat free beef broth
    1 can (14 oz.) fat free beef gravy
    ¼ t garlic powder
    1/8 t onion powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 t olive oil

    Heat pan to medium high heat and then add oil. When oil is hot, add beef. Sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook beef until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add broth, gravy, and carrots. Bring to a boil. Then cover and cook 45 minutes on low heat. Add potatoes and cook another 30 minutes. Add green beans and cook a final 15 minutes.

    Alternately, you can add all at once and crock pot this meal on low 5-6 hours – but the veggies will not be as crisp.

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    January 4th, 2010adminchicken, Dinner, Soups

    This soup uses up leftovers and is super simple to put together. You can always add extra fresh or dried herbs to make it as spicy as you like. I just sent some of this over to my sick soon to be sister-in-law. Hope it makes her all better :)

    Rustic Chicken Soup

    Rustic Chicken Soup

    6 servings
    202 calories per serving

    3 ½ quarts water
    2 c tomato soup
    6 oz leftover grilled chicken, cut into small cubes
    1 c shredded carrots
    1 c green beans, trimmed
    1 c small potato cubes
    1 c white beans (canned)
    1 onion, sliced
    1 c celery, thinly sliced
    1 c leftover roasted tomatoes or canned diced tomatoes
    ½ c grated parmesan cheese
    2 t dry chicken bouillon powder
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place all in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

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