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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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    December 30th, 2012adminAppetizers, crock pot, Lunch, turkey

    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 !!

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    2 t oil
    3 t garlic, minced
    4 2 oz. turkey sausages (any flavor you like, I used Italian hot) cut into chunks
    1 c water
    1 c chicken broth
    2 19 oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    4 c baby spinach
    1/2 t black pepper
    1/4 t crushed red pepper
    1/8 t salt
    ½ t garlic powder
    2 T lemon juice
    6 T shredded provolone cheese
    6 1 oz. slices French bread

    Heat oil and cook sausage until almost done. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add water, broth to crock pot then add spinach. Add salt and pepper and garlic powder. Add beans and then add sausage and garlic and any pan drippings to the top. Cook on low 3 hours. Add the splash of lemon during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Serve with Cheese Toasts. To make toasts, sprinkle bread slices with cheese and broil 2 minutes to melt cheese.

    If you don’t have a crock pot, you can do this stove top is a soup pot – after cooking the sausage and combining all the ingredients, simmer on very low for 1 hour.

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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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    April 18th, 2011adminLunch, pork, Sandwiches

    Placing these in the oven for 10 minutes transforms these from good sandwiches to GREAT sandwiches. All the flavors combine so nicely and the garlic and pepper give it just a little bite. These are definitely in my top 10 sandwiches !

    Ham and Provolone Melt

    Ham and Provolone Melt

    1 serving
    357 calories per serving

    1 Arnold Sandwich Thin bun
    4 slices thin sliced deli ham (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    1 slice low fat provolone cheese
    1 T olive oil
    ½ clove garlic, minced
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 slice tomato
    ½ green pepper in thin slices

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mid together garlic, oil, salt and pepper. Place ham, peppers and tomato on bun. Drizzle with garlic and oil mix and top with cheese. Wrap sandwich in foil and bake 10 minutes.

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    December 18th, 2010adminItalian, Lunch, Sandwiches

    This is a hearty sandwich – lots of meat, a great cheese and a nice filling roll. If you pack it for lunch, just pack the dressing separate and drizzle on last second.

    Italian Combo

    Italian Combo

    1 serving
    378 calories per serving

    1 club roll (club rolls are small sub/hero rolls)
    4 thin slices deli ham (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    15 slices turkey pepperoni
    1 slice low fat provolone cheese
    Chopped lettuce or a leaf of romaine lettuce
    2 thin tomato slices
    1 T fat free balsamic vinaigrette

    Put all ingredients on roll and drizzle dressing over the top.

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    October 29th, 2010adminAppetizers, Italian, Lunch, Vegetables

    Serve 4 rounds per person for lunch or lighten it up and serve one round as an appetizer for only 42 calories !

    But I bet you can’t eat just one ! :)

    Eggplant Tomato Rounds

    Eggplant Tomato Rounds

    4 servings
    165 calories per serving (4 rounds)

    2 small eggplants, peeled and cut into 8 slices each
    2 T oil
    ½ t salt
    ⅛ t pepper
    ½ t garlic powder
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced
    ½ t basil flakes
    ½ t oregano flakes
    ½ cup low fat provolone cheese, shredded

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush both sides of each eggplant round with oil and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper then bake 5 minutes per side. Please a slice of tomato on each round and sprinkle with oregano and basil. Divide cheese among the rounds and bake 5 minute to melt the cheese.

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    July 21st, 2010adminAppetizers, Italian, Sides, Snacks

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    This is a great side and also a great quick appetizer. The melted cheese and pesto make such a nice accompaniment to the sweet red pepper.

    Provolone and Peppers

    Provolone and Peppers

    8 servings
    65 calories per serving

    2 small red bell peppers
    1 T oil
    2 T basil pesto
    2 oz. provolone cheese in 8 slices

    Quarter peppers and remove seeds. Brush outsides with oil. Fill insides with pesto and cheese. Heat grill. Grill peppers 5-7 minutes or until cheese is softened. You can also broil these for a few minutes if you do not have a grill.

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    June 11th, 2010adminItalian, Lunch, Sandwiches

    Any grilled cheese sandwich is a winner in my book and this one is no exception – and here the sweet roasted peppers are a nice contrast to the provolone.

    Grilled Provolone and Peppers

    Grilled Provolone and Peppers

    2 servings
    200 calories per serving

    4 slices 45 calorie bread (Pepperidge Farm Light Multi Grain)
    4 slices low fat provolone (sliced thin)
    2 roasted red bell peppers, drained, rinsed and dried – and cut into strips
    Pam
    ICBINB Spray

    Make sandwiches and spray the outsides with the butter flavored spray. Heat a skillet to medium high and spray with Pam. Cook each side 2-3 minute or until browned and the cheese is all melted.

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    May 5th, 2010adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches

    A big meaty, juicy, tasty sandwich just doesn’t seem like it can fit into a 400 calorie per meal diet – but it does ! And this one is sooooo tasty. Bacon, avocado, mayonnaise, dill, meat, cheese – you just can’t go wrong !!

    Toasted Clubs

    Toasted Clubs

    2 servings
    328 calories per serving

    2 T fat free mayo
    ¼ t dill weed
    1/2 t lemon juice
    1/8 t pepper
    4 slices whole wheat toast
    4 slices thin deli roast beef
    4 slices thin deli ham
    2 slices low fat provolone or swiss cheese
    2 lettuce leaves
    2 tomato slices
    2 bacon strips cooked and crumbled
    ¼ c alfalfa sprouts
    ¼ c avocado sliced

    Combine mayo, dill, juice and pepper and spread over the toast. Add the sandwich meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and bacon and the top with the avocado slices.

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    February 26th, 2010adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches, turkey

    Turning a regular sandwich into a Panini makes it much more special – and all you are doing is grilling it up and pressing it a bit to melt down all the contents really well. A have a Panini pan that goes right on the stovetop – I also have a George Foreman type grill, but I like doing it stovetop better.

    Turkey Paninis

    Turkey Paninis

    4 servings
    257 calories per serving

    2 T fat free mayo
    4 t pesto (get the prepared version from the refrigerator section of your grocer)
    8 1 oz. slices sourdough bread
    8 oz. deli turkey (low fat Sara Lee or Hormel prepackaged works great here)
    2 oz. thinly sliced provolone cheese
    8 slices tomato
    Pam
    I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray

    Combine mayo and pesto and spread 1 T on each of 4 slices of bread. Top each slice with turkey, 1.2 oz. cheese, 2 tomato slices and the rest of the bread. Preheat grill pan and spray with Pam. Spray each sandwich with a few spritzes of the ICBINB Spray and add sandwiches and cook 3 minutes per side.

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