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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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    November 27th, 2013adminDinner, Kid Friendly, turkey

    This is so creamy and full of nutty flavor from the wild rice. It’s a great dish and a perfect way to use up left over turkey.

    Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

    Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

    5 servings
    370 calories per serving

    4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
    1 lb. cooked turkey breast cut into bite sized pieces
    1 c carrots, julienned
    1/2 c onion, chopped finely
    1/2 c celery, sliced
    1 c raw wild rice
    1 can low fat cream of chicken soup
    2 1/2 c water
    2 T soy sauce
    1/2 t marjoram flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a skillet with Pam and cook bacon until almost crisp then add turkey, carrots, onion and celery and cook 3 minutes or until turkey is heated. Cook rice according to package instructions. Mix rice and turkey then add soup, water, soy and spices and place in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Cover and bake half hour.

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    April 1st, 2013adminDinner, Lunch

    A whole quarter of this casserole is yours for under 400 calories ! And it is so very flavorful. I used to do a version of this with a can of cream soup as well, but let me tell you, you don’t even miss it and without the extra calories, there’s a big old portion with my name on it :)

    Trim the serving size by ½ and you have a great side dish or appetizer for just 195 calories.

    Spinach, Ham and Rice Casserole

    Spinach, Ham and Rice Casserole

    4 servings
    390 calories per serving

    2 10 oz. packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
    2 c cooked brown or white rice
    2/3 c skim milk
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    1 c grated low fat cheddar cheese (or parmesan, or gruyere, or swiss – whatever low fat cheese you like)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 T oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    ½ c fat free chicken broth
    ½ pound lean ham, chopped

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix spinach, rice, milk, eggs, ¾ c cheese, salt and pepper. Heat oil in a skillet and cook onion with salt and pepper until onion begins to brown, about 8-10 minutes. During the last 2 minutes, add the garlic, then add broth and cook 4-5 minutes or so then add ham and cook until warm. Combine the 2 mixes and place in a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese and bake uncovered ½ hour.

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    September 19th, 2012adminCajun, chicken, crock pot, Dinner

    A taste of Louisiana without all the work of a typical jambalaya. This is a really good version that is so easy to make ! It is homey and filling and flavorful and all the things a good jambalaya should be (even MUSHY is a good characteristic in a jambalaya and my daughter days this one is mushy). Serve with some extra tabasco on the side for people like me :)

    Chicken Jambalaya

    Chicken Jambalaya

    6 servings
    370 calories per serving

    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
    1 c chicken broth
    2 c vegetable broth
    ¾ c water
    1 ½ c raw brown rice
    4 oz. low fat turkey sausage cut into slices
    ½ c celery, thinly sliced
    Leaves from the top of the celery ribs
    ½ c onion, chopped
    ½ c green bell pepper, chopped
    2 t Cajun seasoning
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    ¼ t hot pepper sauce
    1 bay leaf
    Salt to taste
    14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
    Pam

    Spray a skillet with Pam and on medium high heat, cook chicken and sausage until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Place in crock along with all the other ingredients. Cover and cook on high 5 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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    June 7th, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, pork

    Very orangey – very authentic – very, very good !


    Orange Pork and Broccoli

    Orange Pork and Broccoli


    4 servings
    314 calories per serving


    3/4 lb. pork loin cut into thin strips
    2 T red wine or beef broth
    1 T soy sauce
    1 T cornstarch
    3/4 t salt
    1/4 t black pepper
    1 T dark sesame oil
    2 c broccoli florets
    1 orange bell pepper, cut into strips
    1 1/2 t grated peeled fresh ginger
    1/4 c orange juice
    1/4 c hoisin sauce (available in the Asian section at your food market)
    2 T honey
    2 c hot cooked brown rice

    Mix pork, wine, soy, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat the oil in a skillet on high heat. Add broccoli and pepper and stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the pork and stir until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the finer and cook 1 minute longer. Add the juice, hoisin sauce and honey and cook until pork is done and sauce is thickened some, about 3 minutes. Serve with the hot cooked rice on the side.

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    May 31st, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, Sides

    Can you say YUMMY?!?!?! This is such a great QUICK and EASY recipe, yet the results taste like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours. This is an ample serving. You could easily just have half a serving for a side and still have room in your calories for some fish or chicken on the side.

    Rice and Beans

    Rice and Beans

    4 servings
    400 calories per serving

    1 ½ c chopped green peppers
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 T oil
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 ¼ c water
    2 c Minute brown rice
    ¼ c cilantro chopped
    1 c low far shredded cheese (cheddar, Colby or Monterey Jack)

    In a large skillet on high heat, heat the oil and cook the peppers and garlic 2 minutes then add tomatoes, beans and water. Bring to a boil and stir in rice and reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer 5 minutes then remove from heat and stir in cilantro and top with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes, covered.

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    March 22nd, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    A quick, quick side that makes a meal special. Serve next to blackened fish or chicken for a great southern inspired meal.

    Louisiana Gumbo Side

    Louisiana Gumbo Side

    3 servings
    135 calories per serving

    1 can Campbell’s Light Chicken Gumbo Soup
    1 c water
    1/8 t garlic powder
    1/8 t onion powder
    1 1/4 cups instant white rice
    5 drops tabasco sauce

    Mix soup, water and spices and bring to a boil. Add the rice and remove pan from heat and cover it. Let stand 5 minutes. Add tabasco and mix well. Serve immediately.

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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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    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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    January 18th, 2012adminDinner, Sides

    This turns out a creamy, delicious side dish that goes great with beef, chicken, pork or fish. The ranch dressing gives it a nice tang and an unexpected flavor.

    Broccoli and Rice

    Broccoli and Rice

    8 servings
    113 calories per serving

    1 c Minute brown rice, uncooked
    1 c fat free chicken broth
    1 ½ c frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained (or you can use fresh)
    2/3 c shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
    1/4 c light ranch dressing
    ½ c egg beaters
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fix rice according to package instructions but use broth instead of water. Cool rice a bit and add in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon the mix into a casserole dish sprayed with Pam and bake 25 minutes or until browned.

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