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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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    June 9th, 2014adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Sandwiches, Summer

    This is flavorful and as good as you’ll find at any restaurant…I think even better ! It’s what a gourmet burger should be. The sautéed spinach and cheese are heaven. Eat yours without any toppings or add some Dijon or a slice of lettuce and tomato.

    Spinach Burgers

    Spinach Burgers

    8 servings
    310 calories per serving

    10 oz. baby spinach
    2 lb. lean ground beef
    1/2 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
    Salt and pepper to taste
    8 small Portugese rolls
    Pam

    Preheat grill. Spray a skillet with Pam and heat. Add garlic and sauté 1 minutes. Add spinach and 1 T Worcestershire and cook until spinach is wilted down. Remove from skillet and chop (I find kitchen shears work great here) the cool to room temperature or cooler. Mix beef, cooked spinach, salt, pepper and 1 T Worcestershire. Make 8 burgers and grill to desired doneness.

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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 7th, 2012adminbeef, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches

    This is your classic French dip with a twist – you add some sauteed peppers and onions to make an already good sandwich just GREAT ! You will find yourself making this one again and again !

    French Dip Sandwich

    French Dip Sandwich

    4 servings
    278 calories per serving

    1 jar au jus gravy
    32 slices thin sliced deli roast beef (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
    4 small Club rolls
    1 small onion, sliced
    1 bell pepper, sliced
    Pam

    Saute onion and pepper in a pan sprayed with Pam. Add a tablespoon of water at a time if needed to keep moist. Cook until veggies are tender, about 7 minutes. In a skillet heat the gravy and add the roast beef to heat it through. Place meat on rolls and top with peppers and onions. Serve with dipping sauce.

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    February 3rd, 2011adminLunch, Sandwiches, Vegetables

    The Morningstar Farms sausage links are made out of all veggies – the consistency is not quite there, but the sausage flavor is AWESOME. When placed on a nice big roll and smothered in peppers and onions, you don’t even realize that you are not eating real sausage ! This is a great way to still have one of your favorites but have a guilt free version.

    'Sausage' and Pepper Sandwich

    'Sausage' and Pepper Sandwich

    1 serving
    375 calories per serving

    4 bell peppers, cut into thin strips
    1 large onion, sliced thin
    1 T oil
    Pam
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 t garlic powder
    1/4 t onion powder
    hot water

    1 link Morningstar sausage heated according to package instructions
    1 small club roll

    Place oil in large skillet and heat to medium high. Put onions in pan and saute 5 minutes. Move onions to the side, remove pan from heat and spray skillet with Pam. Return to heat and add peppers to skillet. Let cook down a little and then season with all the spices. After about 5 minutes, lower heat to medium and continue cooking to desired doneness. I like mine pretty soft and let them cook a good 20 minutes. If you do the same, you will likely need to add a couple tablespoons of hot water a couple times during the cooking process so that the veggie stay moist and do not burn.

    Place sausage on roll and top with peppers and onions.

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    December 26th, 2010adminAppetizers, Dinner, Lunch

    These are just AMAZING ! Serve as an appetizer, a lunch, even a dinner with a salad next to them. The sundried tomato flavor mixed with the flavor of the cheese and the mushrooms is just outstanding. The prep is quick and easy and these are just amazing !

    Mini Mushroom Pizza

    Mini Mushroom Pizza

    4 servings
    170 calories per serving

    4 Arnold Sandwich Thins roll (only 100 calories each !)
    4 chopped sundried tomatoes (give them ounces or tablespoons worth)
    1 T oil from the sundried tomatoes
    1 c fat free ricotta cheese
    8 oz. mushrooms, coarsely chopped
    1 c baby spinach leaves
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic power
    Red pepper flakes to taste

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast rolls in toaster. Heat oil in a skillet and cook mushrooms until soft, about 7 minutes. Add salt, pepper, red pepper and garlic powder. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor or chop very finely and stir into ricotta. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread the cheese mix on the rolls and add spinach leaves. Finally add mushroom mix to the top and bake 5-7 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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    June 17th, 2010adminBreakfast, Lunch, Sandwiches

    This is a great take on a bacon and egg sandwich – the addition of the mustard and mayo give it a great extra zing and the watercress adds a great dimension not usually found in a sandwich like this.

    Open Faced Egg and Bacon Sandwich

    Open Faced Egg and Bacon Sandwich

    1 serving
    297 calories per serving

    Bottom half of a hoagie roll
    1 t whole grain mustard
    1 t light mayonnaise
    2 slices bacon, cooked
    1 egg, cooked over easy in a skillet sprayed with Pam
    1 handful watercress, stems removed
    Coarse salt
    Pepper

    Spread roll with mustard and mayo and then layer with bacon, watercress and egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve open faced.

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