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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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    July 16th, 2014adminchicken, Dinner, Summer

    Most chicken sausages are 140 calories or so per serving making it a great low cal dinner or lunch alternative. They certainly don’t replace pork sausage, but take them for what they are and you won’t be disappointed in their spicy, sausage goodness :) Try serving with Zesty Coleslaw and a small baked potato for a great meal.

    Chicken Sausage

    Chicken Sausage

    1 serving
    140 calories per serving (1 serving = 1 link)

    Heat the grill or a frying pan and cook sausage until done throughout.

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    January 27th, 2014adminItalian, Lunch, pork, Soups

    Minestrone meets Stracciatella in this soup full of beans, spinach, cheese and yummy sausage ! To make this a dinner serving instead, just add some pasta or rice to bring it up to 400 calories.

    Sausage Soup

    Sausage Soup

    4 servings
    264 calories per serving

    10 oz. sweet sausage
    Pam
    1 c chopped shallot (onion will do if you do not have shallots)
    2 t minced garlic
    ½ c water
    15 oz. cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
    24 oz. can fat free chicken broth
    2 c baby spinach
    1 T fresh basil or parsley, chopped
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Remove casing from sausage (or buy it without the casing). Spray pan with Pam and cook sausage on high heat until brown stirring to break up the pieces well. Add shallot and garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in water, beans, tomatoes, broth, salt and pepper and cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook 4 minutes or until it has thickened up a little bit. Remove from heat and stir in spinach and basil and then place in bowls and sprinkle with cheese.

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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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    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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    July 23rd, 2012adminDinner, Summer, turkey

    What a great grilled dish – the onions get so nice and caramelized and that gives everything tons of flavor.

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    4 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1/3 c finely chopped onion
    3 T buttery spread
    ¾ c apple juice
    1/3 c red vinegar
    2 T honey
    1 T steak sauce
    1 t salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 lb Italian turkey sausage
    2 small onions, quartered
    8 medium large fresh mushroom caps
    Pam

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Cook onion in butter until tender then mix in apple juice, vinegar, honey, steak sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

    Boil enough water to cover sausages and add sausage to pot and cover. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until cooked through. During the last 5 minutes throw in the onion wedges. Cool for a bit then slice into 2 inch pieces. Heat grill and spray a grill pan with Pam.

    Place all sausage, onions and mushrooms in a bowl and put in half the sauce and toss to coat. Place this mix in a hot grill basket and grill 10 minutes stirring frequently. Baste with the other ½ of the sauce and continue cooking 2 minutes longer.

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    June 19th, 2011adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly, Mexican

    I love a dish you can make for a hungry breakfast crowd that doesn’t entail you standing at the stove being a short order cook ;) You can put this one together and throw it in the oven then sit and have coffee and chat while it cooks up perfectly. It turns out a flavorful Mexican inspired dish that everyone enjoys !

    Sausage Breakfast Wraps

    Sausage Breakfast Wraps

    10 servings
    277 calories per serving

    1 lb. Italian seasoned turkey sausage, casing removed
    1 medium red bell pepper, diced
    1 small onion, diced
    32 oz. Egg Beaters
    4 oz. can chopped green chiles
    1 t chili powder
    10 flour tortillas, warmed
    1 ¼ c salsa
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook sausage, peppers and onions in a skillet until sausage is done, and then drain on paper towels. Place in a 13×9 baking dish sprayed with Pam. Mix eggs, green chilies and chili powder and pour over the turkey mix. Bake uncovered 30-35 minutes or until set then break up with a spoon. Place 2/3 c of egg mix down the center of each tortilla then wrap up securely.

    Here is a video that will show you how to fold up a wrap securely

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    June 13th, 2011adminDinner, Mexican, Sides

    Chorizo is Mexican sausage much like Kielbasa is Polish sausage and Andouille is Cajun sausage. It is delightfully spicy and lends its rich flavor to any dish you add it to including this great side dish made with beans.

    Chorizo Beans

    Chorizo Beans

    4 servings
    179 calories per serving

    1 t oil
    4 oz. chorizo, halved and thinly sliced
    1 shallot, thinly sliced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    ¾ lb. wax beans or green beans
    ¼ c water
    4 t sherry vinegar
    ½ c chopped parsley
    Kosher salt to taste
    Pepper to taste

    Heat oil and cook chorizo until crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add shallot to pan and cook 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Then add beans and water, reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer 6-8 minutes. Add sausage to pan with vinegar, parsley, salt and pepper.

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    May 10th, 2011adminchicken, Dinner

    There are so many good things in this casserole – and all the flavors mesh incredibly well. The mellow swiss cheese is the perfect cheese for this recipe.

    Arugula and Chicken Sausage

    Arugula and Chicken Sausage

    6 servings
    252 calories per serving

    1 cup Egg Beaters
    4 large eggs
    1 c skim milk
    2 T Dijon mustard
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ c fresh basil, sliced
    4 c wheat bread cut into 1 inch cubes
    5 c chopped arugula
    ¾ c canned artichoke hearts, chopped
    1 c cooked chicken sausage, sliced thin
    ¾ c shredded swiss cheese
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with Pam. Rinse the arugula and then place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Fold back one edge leaving just a bit of an open slit. Cook 2-3 minutes to wilt the arugula then drain well and squeeze out extra water.

    Whisk egg whites, Egg Beaters and milk then add Dijon, salt, pepper and basil and stir well. Mix together bread cubes with the arugula, sausage and artichokes. Pour in the egg mix and toss well. Place in baking dish and cover with foil then bake 45 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and continue baking 20 minutes UNCOVERED. Cool for 15 minutes.

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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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    January 18th, 2011adminDinner, Lunch, Soups, turkey

    Talk about a satisfying soup ! This one has meat, spice, veggies, cheese and 3 DIFFERENT CARBS! Lentils, rice and tortellini. Oh how good :)

    Sausage and Lentil Soup

    Sausage and Lentil Soup

    13 servings
    275 calories per serving

    20 oz. turkey Italian sausage with casings removed
    13 c water
    1 c chopped carrots
    2 c chopped celery
    ½ c diced green bell pepper
    2 t onion powder
    ¾ t oregano flakes
    1 t garlic powder
    1 t basil flakes
    2 t chicken boullion
    ½ t seasoned salt
    ¼ t pepper
    2 c dried lentils, rinsed
    ½ c dry rice
    22 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
    2 ½ c cheese tortellini (refrigerated)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Crumble the sausage and cook in a skillet until done (keep crumbling as you cook it). In a large soup pan mix water, vegetables and spices then add lentils and rice and bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in tomato sauce, bring to a boil again and add the tortellini and sausage and cook 4 minutes or until tortellini are done. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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