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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 14th, 2013adminAsian, crock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, pork

    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.

    Chinese Pulled Pork

    Chinese Pulled Pork

    8 servings
    227 calories per serving

    1/4 c soy sauce
    1/4 c hoisin sauce
    3 T ketchup
    3 T honey
    2 t minced garlic
    2 t grated fresh ginger
    1 t dark sesame oil
    1/2 t five-spice powder
    2 lb. boneless pork roast, trimmed
    1/2 c chicken broth

    Mix soy, Hoisin, ketchup, honey, garlic, ginger, oil and five spice and place in a zip loc bag. Add roast and mush it around so the spice adheres to the roast. Place in refrigerator for 3 – 24 hours. When ready to cook, place in crock and cook on low 8 hours. Remove roast and cover to keep warm. Place broth in croc, re-cover and cook another 1./2 hour or until sauce thickens. Shred pork and serve with extra sauce.

    If you do not have Chinese 5 spice, here’s a quick recipe so you can make it yourself:

    Mix all of this in a spice grinder and then use the appropriate amount in your recipe:

    1 T peppercorns
    1 T cloves
    1 t anise seed or 1 T star anise
    1 T fennel seeds
    1 T cinnamon

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    December 11th, 2012adminAsian, chicken, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Soups

    I love making wontons – you fill them with just about anything and drop in broth and they make a great meal. But this one goes far beyond – the flavors of the ginger, lemon and vegetables mingle so beautifully ! You’ll want to make this one again and again.

    Chicken Wontons in Broth

    Chicken Wontons in Broth

    6 servings
    395 calories per serving

    7 cups fat free broth (chicken, beef or a mixture of both)
    4 c water
    3 T soy sauce
    1 T lemon juice
    24 wonton wrappers
    1 large shallot, finely chopped
    ½ pound ground chicken
    ¾ c bok choy, finely chopped
    ½ c finely chopped mushrooms
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 T soy sauce
    1 t garlic powder
    2 t minced fresh ginger
    2 t grated lemon rind
    1 t dark sesame oil
    Dash of hot sauce

    Prepare wontons (see below). Bring broth to a boil. Add 3 T soy, salt and pepper. Add wontons and cook 3 minutes or until done. Add lemon juice right at the end.

    Wonton preparation:
    Spray pan with Pam and cook shallot 3 minutes. Add water if it starts to get dry. Add ground meat and cook until done. Make sure you break it up into little pieces as it cooks. Let cool. Add in bok choy, mushrooms, soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger, lemon zest, sesame oil, and hot sauce. Fill wontons (click below for a short video tutorial if you are not familiar with wonton preparation).

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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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    April 4th, 2012adminDinner, Fish

    Serve with Ginger Carrots and Steamed Potatoes with Garlic Sauce for an awesome meal :)

    This is a very aromatic meal and the sauce can really be used on any white fish, delicate or firm. I make a little extra sauce and really smother the fish for extra goodness.

    Honey Tilapia

    Honey Tilapia

    4 servings
    230 calories per serving

    Fish:
    1 t oil
    4 6 oz. tilapia filets
    1/2 t salt
    1/4 t pepper

    Sauce:
    2 1/2 T lemon juice
    2 T green onions, chopped
    1 T honey
    1 T soy sauce
    1 t bottled ground fresh ginger
    1/4 t dark sesame oil

    Prepare dressing by placing all ingredients in a bowl and mixing well.

    Heat oil in a non stick skillet on medium high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes each side or until fish is opaque. Top each fillet with 2 T of dressing.

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    March 2nd, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, Fish

    The colors are so vibrant that you can taste this dish with your eyes ! And the flavor was just tremendous !!! I served it with a little brown rice right in the broth and it was a meal that we are still talking about. You definitely have to try this one.

    Poached Fish in Asian Broth

    4 servings
    203 calories per serving

    Broth:
    3 c chicken broth
    2 T sherry or white wine
    2 T soy sauce
    2 slices lemon
    3 thin slices peeled ginger root
    ¼ t cayenne

    Fish:
    1 lb. orange roughy or other thick mild fish fillets
    Extra water if necessary
    6 green onions (green part only) in thin slices
    1 medium red bell pepper in thin slices
    1 rib celery cut in ¼ inch pieces
    ½ t sesame oil
    1 carrot, grated
    Fresh pepper to taste

    In a large non aluminum skillet bring broth ingredients to a boil over high heat. Rinse and dry fish. Reduce heat and place fish in broth. Add water if needed to cover the fish all the way. Simmer for 10 minutes per inch of fish thickness or until fish is done. Remove fish with slotted spoon and place into 4 soup bowls. Boil liquid and add green onions, peppers and celery and cook 3 minutes. Remove and discard lemon and ginger. Take vegetables and place over fish. Stir oil into broth and then pour into bowls. Sprinkle carrot over bowls and season with pepper.

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    February 7th, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This is a great, crisp side dish that can be paired with just about anything. I bet it can even get cabbage by your kids :) Add a teaspoon of chili sauce with garlic (found in the Asian section of your market) to make this a super spicy dish.

    Stir Fried Bok Choy

    Stir Fried Bok Choy

    4 servings
    87 calories per serving

    2 t peanut or olive oil
    10 cloves garlic, minced
    1 T chopped fresh ginger
    ¼ c chicken broth
    ¼ c water
    1 red bell pepper in small ¼ inch squares
    2 carrots halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
    4 c 1 inch strips of bok choy or Napa cabbage
    1 t sugar
    ½ t salt
    2 t sesame oil

    Heat oil in a skillet on medium low heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for one minute then add the broth and ¼ c water and cover and cook for 7 minutes. Add the bell pepper and carrots and cook 1 minute then add the cabbage and mix well. Sprinkle with sugar and salt and cook 5 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Drizzle with the sesame oil (and optional chili and garlic sauce) and serve immediately.

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    February 6th, 2012adminAppetizers, Asian, pork

    These are the perfect little appetizers. You don’t really taste the cream cheese, but it’s there for the onion flavor and to keep the pork moist. These would also be great dropped in hot chicken broth and boiled for 5 minutes or so. Serve a few next to a big green salad with ginger dressing for a nice light dinner.

    Crispy Wontons

    Crispy Wontons


    16 servings (1 serving = 2 wontons)
    120 calories per serving

    8 oz. Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
    1/2 lb. ground pork, cooked, well drained
    1 t minced ginger
    1 t sesame oil
    32 wonton wrappers
    2 t sesame seeds
    2 T soy sauce
    1 T rice wine or water
    1 T water
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix pork, cream cheese, ginger and oil and place 1 T of mix onto each wonton wrapper. Fold into wonton shape (see the video below for easy to follow instructions). Spray a baking sheet with Pam and place wontons on sheet. Brush wontons with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown Then lower oven to 350 and bake another 5 minutes. Mix soy, rice wine and 1 T water and serve with wontons as a dipping sauce. Alternately you can serve with prepared ginger soy sauce.

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    June 3rd, 2011adminAsian, Fish, Lunch, Soups

    Such a great Asian inspired soup ! This makes a great lite lunch and all the veggies and shrimp really fill you up – it’s amazing, but you CAN feel full after just 125 calories !!

    Asian Soup with Shrimp

    Asian Soup with Shrimp

    6 servings
    125 calories per serving

    6 c fat free chicken broth
    1 c water
    1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
    16 oz. package frozen Japanese style vegetable blend
    3/4 lb. peeled and cleaned shrimp
    1/4 c sweet rice wine or water
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t sesame oil
    3 T soy sauce
    2 T lemon juice

    Bring broth, water and ginger to a boil. Remove ginger and discard. Add veggies, shrimp, rice wine, soy sauce, spices and lemon juice. Cook 6-7 minutes and then add the sesame oil and serve immediately.

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    January 4th, 2011adminLunch, Salads

    I’m not a huge fan of tofu, but this is a really good salad. You feel so full, but there is no bloated feeling at all after you eat. This is a good skinny day lunch :) Make sure you use sesame oil – it really gives the tofu a nice flavor.

    Fried Tofu Salad

    Fried Tofu Salad

    4 servings
    312 calories per serving

    14 oz. package water packed firm tofu, drained between paper towels
    2 T sesame oil
    ½ c low fat sesame ginger dressing
    16 oz. package frozen petite peas, thawed
    1 c matchstick carrots
    8 oz. can water chestnuts, drained
    ¼ t pepper
    1 medium head Bibb lettuce, torn (or other greens)
    4 t roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 t chopped lemon basil (or regular basil)

    Press moisture out of tofu and cut into 1 inch cubes. Heat oil and add tofu and cook 5-6 minutes each side or until golden. Season with salt and pepper. Combine with dressing, peas, carrots, chestnuts and pepper and then place on top of lettuce. Garnish with sunflower seeds and basil.

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    November 9th, 2010adminAsian, beef, Dinner

    Ginger and garlic just go together so well. And making a paste of them along with cilantro and sesame oil just adds so much flavor to the already flavorful beef. This is a great quick dish that you will make again and again.

    Ginger Beef

    Ginger Beef

    4 servings
    298 calories per serving

    1/4 c cilantro leaves
    1 garlic clove, minced
    4 quarter size slices peeled fresh ginger
    2 T water
    2 T dark sesame oil
    1 lb. boneless sirloin cut into long slices
    16 cherry tomatoes
    2 small zucchini each in 8 pieces
    2 c cooked brown rice

    Preheat broiler. Spray baking sheet with Pam. Mix cilantro, garlic, ginger, water and oil in a food processor until a paste forms. Place the steak in a bowl and add cilantro paste and mix well. Turn out the meat mix onto the baking sheet and add the tomatoes and zucchini. Broil 3 minutes. Stir well. Broil another 3-4 minutes. Serve with warm brown rice.

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