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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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    July 4th, 2014adminLunch, Salads, Summer

    I’m not a big salad lover. That is always a tough part of ‘dieting’ for me. But once in a while I actually crave a big bowl of greens. Adding bacon and croutons makes this one a winner.

    BLT Salad

    BLT Salad

    1 serving
    280 calories per serving

    3 c chopped romaine lettuce
    6 slices turkey bacon
    1 c halved grape tomatoes
    1 slice 45 calorie bread
    2 T dressing (70 calorie)

    Toast bread and let it sit to harden (about 5 minutes) and then cut into cubes. Cook bacon according to instructions. When cool, crumble up. Put lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl. Top with bacon and croutons. Drizzle with dressing.

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    July 4th, 2013adminDinner, Salads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    This just has ‘summer’ written all over it. Use garden fresh or farmer’s market fresh veggies for the best flavors :)

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    8 servings
    90 calories per serving

    1 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into pieces
    2 lb. beefsteak tomatoes, seeded and cut into ½ inch wedges
    5 T balsamic vinegar
    3 t minced garlic clove
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 anchovy fillet, minced
    3 T oil

    Boil green beans 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add tomatoes. Whisk vinegar, anchovy and oil and add to beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    April 28th, 2013adminLunch, MUFAs, Salads, turkey, Vegetables

    Cobb salads are a perfect lunch. They are packed with protein and give you the energy to get through the afternoon without any ‘3 o’clock sleepies’.

    Turkey Cobb

    Turkey Cobb

    8 servings
    200 calories per serving

    12 c mixed salad greens
    6 oz. thin deli sliced roasted turkey breast, cut into strips
    1 chopped avocado
    1 ½ c grape tomatoes, halved
    8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    3 hard boiled eggs cut into wedges
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    8 oz. light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

    Place greens on a platter and then lay other ingredients in strips across the top. Place dressing on top of individual portions.

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    April 7th, 2013adminSalads, Sides, Vegetables

    This recipe gives you a really nice creamy dressing since you use mayo instead of eggs and oil. If you like it with a lot of bite, add extra anchovy.

    Creamy Caesar Salad

    Creamy Caesar Salad

    8 servings
    88 calories per serving

    ½ c grated parmesan cheese
    ½ c fat free mayo
    ¼ c lemon juice
    2 t anchovy paste
    2 t Worcestershire sauce
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t dry mustard
    5 large cloves garlic, minced
    8 oz. fresh bread cut into cubes
    4 head romaine lettuce in bite size pieces

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine 1.2 c water with cheese, mayo, lemon juice, anchovy paste, Worcestershire, pepper, mustard and garlic. Whisk well and set aside. Place bread pieces on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes to toast them. When done combine croutons and romaine and then dress and serve immediately.

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    December 10th, 2012adminLunch, Salads, Tex Mex

    This is simple to make and you can even pack it up to go as it travels well. All the southwest flavors mingle nicely and it’s a refreshing lunch salad. If you don’t like Ranch dressing, substitute any other low fat or no fat dressing.

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    Southwest Ranch Salad

    4 servings
    380 calories per serving

    4 c mixed salad greens
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    10 oz. frozen corn, thawed and drained
    1 large red pepper, chopped
    4 medium tomatoes, chopped
    1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
    ½ c low fat ranch dressing
    2 T cilantro, chopped

    Arrange greens on plates and top with beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Top with dressing and cilantro.

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    September 28th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Salads, Tex Mex, Vegetables

    Chop up all your veggies and fixings and lay them out on a platter in rows. It’s a beautiful presentation and everyone can grab exactly what they want for their salad. The dressing for this one is so simple and so low cal, but it tastes divine !

    Tex Mex Cobb

    Tex Mex Cobb

    10 servings
    291 calories per serving

    20 oz. mixed greens (Spring mix, baby greens, etc.)
    12 oz. seasoned chicken breast strips (Perdue Shortcuts work great here)
    4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 c low fat shredded cheese
    12 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
    2 small avocados, sliced
    2 c grape tomatoes, halved
    2 ribs of celery, sliced
    2/3 c fat free ranch dressing
    1/3 cup chunky salsa
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Over a large platter with the greens then arrange chicken, eggs, beans, cheese, bacon, avocados and tomatoes in rows and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix the salsa and dressing and pour over platter.

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    June 25th, 2012adminDinner, Mediterranean, Salads, Sides

    This is all the good stuff out of the salad and leaves the lettuce behind. Crisp, refreshing and a great summer salad.

    Mediterranean Salad

    Mediterranean Salad

    8 servings
    109 calories per serving

    2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
    1 green pepper chopped coarsely
    1 red or 1 yellow pepper chopped coarsely
    1 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, and chopped coarsely
    ½ of a small cucumber, peeled, seeded and julienned
    1/2 c fat free Italian dressing
    2 T chopped basil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    3 low fat mozzarella sticks, sliced into small rounds

    Mix all together and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

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    June 19th, 2012adminSalads

    The horseradish really does come through in this dressing. I can see this doing equally as well on a chilled seafood salad, but I used it on greens and it really made for a zesty, spicy salad.

    Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette

    Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette

    6 servings
    129 calories per serving

    2 T tomato paste
    1 small lemon, juiced
    2 T prepared horseradish
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    1/3 c olive oil
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t celery seed
    ¼ t sugar
    1 t or more black pepper
    Tabasco sauce, to taste

    Mix all and chill for at least an hour.

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    May 12th, 2012adminDinner, Salads, Sides, Vegetables

    Simple yet special with the addition of the cheese and sunflower seeds. Serve this up and watch it disappear !

    Broccoli Tomato Side Salad

    Broccoli Tomato Side Salad

    8 servings
    108 calories per serving

    6 c broccoli florets, chopped coarsely
    1 c grape tomatoes, halved
    1 c shredded low fat cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
    2 T sunflower seeds
    ½ c light vinaigrette dressing
    1 T Splenda
    2 t Dijon mustard

    Mix broccoli, tomatoes, cheese, and seeds. Mix dressing, Splenda and mustard and then mix with veggies.

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    April 19th, 2012adminProduct Reviews, Salads, Snacks, Soups

    We all know how hard it can be to find prepared foods and snacks that are good for us. Well, Lifestyle Foods has some awesome products that solve that problem – all are healthy options, and all are prepared and ready to grab out of the fridge making them just as convenient as grabbing those cookies or that full of fat hot pocket from the freezer – - healthy eating just got a lot easier ! Lifestyle Foods With so many options (and all of them tasting GREAT), you could live off these little meals and snacks. And that is precisely what I’ve done for a few days as I’ve been taste testing and reviewing all the different options. My goodness, there are so many things to choose from and one tastes better than the next. They definitely get a thumbs up rating from me !

    The food is available online ( where you can mix and match and create your own personalized pack of snacks. Or if you are in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania area, you can find the products in 7-11, Sheetz, and Royal Farms locations throughout New Jersey, in a few Hudson News locations including JFK Airport, and most Giant locations across Pennsylvania. There are soups, salads, snack packs, breakfasts, stand along snacks – more than enough choices to keep the pickiest of eaters happy.

    I would love to see this product line on shelves in every food store, in every convenience store, and in all colleges across the nation – how great it would be if college students all had easy access to prepared foods that they can eat on the run or place in their dorm refrigerators for easy access to healthy snacks.

    The quality is stupendous, the taste is great, the combinations are well thought out, the packaging is minimal (which is an added bonus in my mind!) and the calorie count is way low. Add a piece of fruit and some nuts as a dessert to one of the salads and you have a complete meal. Or instead of 2 slices of pizza next meal, have one slice and one of these quick salads next to it. Eating healthier is so much easier when great options are a few steps away and READY TO EAT.

    Below you’ll see a list of all the products I’ve tried and some misc. comments – even if you don’t have time to read the info, please do yourself and your family a favor and grab some of these items. When they are there in the fridge ready to eat, you will find that you grab them. I have, my husband has, my teenage daughter has – and we all feel better because of it !


    The soups are fresh and tasty and if they were packaged separately, I would be buying them up ! They do not taste like Campbells’s canned soup – they are fresh and scrumptious. The salad dressings appear to be low fat options and more than enough is provided, even for dressing hogs like me.

    My favorite here is the Tomato Basil soup – oh my goodness ! Just a little chunky; actually the perfect texture. Super taste.

    The only thing here is I would recommend NOT using the cardboard as the microwave stand – if it opens up after you grab the soup, you could end up with hot soup all over the place :( And you certainly don’t want to waste even a spoonful of the yummy soup !

    Chicken Noodle+ Caesar – 120 calories

    Vegetable and Garden – 90 calories

    Tomato Basil and Garden – 120 calories


    The salad dressings appear to be low fat options and more than enough is provided, even for dressing hogs like me. The dressings are very flavorful.

    The chicken salad is white meat only and for only 190 calories you are FULL when you are done – the portioning is fantastic. The tuna salad is equally as fresh and quality tuna is definitely used. The chicken in the cobb salad has a nice little kick to it – this could actually use a little more lettuce for all the add ins and dressing you get.

    Taco Salad – 160 calories

    Caesar with Chicken – 220 calories

    Garden with Italian – 80 calories

    Garden with Ranch – 120 calories

    BLT with Ranch – 200 calories

    Tuna Salad and Romaine – 210 calories

    Chicken Salad and Romaine – 190 calories

    Cobb with Ranch – 220 calories


    All the apple wedges are crisp and fresh without any flavor of the agent used to keep them from browning (ascorbic acid).

    Veggies are sweet, cheese is mild and fresh, dips are zesty – great snack attack packs.

    Apple Wedges – 30 calories

    Shred Snack – Chicken strips and cheddar cheese cubes – 175 calories

    Essential Snack – Mini bagel with cream cheese, hard boiled egg, apple wedges – 200 calories

    Manhattan Snack – Hummus, pita bread, carrots, cheddar cheese – 240 calories

    Hollywood Snack – Honey wheat pretzels, apple wedges, grapes, cheddar cheese – 200 calories

    Glam Snack – Apple wedges, grapes, almonds – 150 calories

    Mac Snack – Mac and cheese cubes, grapes – 110 calories

    Obsessed Snack – Greek yogurt and honey graham sticks – 150 calories


    The oatmeal was so hearty and such a grand portion ! I might add a little honey or nuts to make it even better. But this is a great little package even as is.

    Awake Snack – Granola, apples, grapes, trail mix – 170 calories

    Oatmeal and Apple – Whole apple, steel cut oatmeal (with turbinado sugar and raisins to add in)- 230 calories

    Lifestyle Foods ( have snacks and mini meals to satisfy your sweet tooth or your craving for savory food – they have it all. They provide nutritious, ready to eat, delicious snacks that compliment a healthy lifestyle.

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