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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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    September 14th, 2010adminAsian, chicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Product Reviews, Summer

    Teriyaki give the chicken a great glaze that then gets nice and crispy when you put it on the grill. The flavor is simple and that means this dish pairs up well with a myriad of different sides.

    Teriyaki Chicken

    Teriyaki Chicken

    4 servings
    160 calories per serving

    4 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
    1 c teriyaki sauce
    ¼ c lemon juice
    2 t minced garlic
    ¼ t pepper
    2 t sesame oil

    Marinate chicken in all the mixed ingredients in a zip loc bag in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Heat grill and cook the chicken 6 minutes each side or until done.

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    May 29th, 2010adminAppetizers, Italian, Snacks

    This is great served with sliced up veggies or pita chips. It has a nice mellow flavor and makes a great snack or appetizer.

    White Bean and Garlic Dip

    White Bean and Garlic Dip


    8 – ¼ c servings
    71 calories per serving

    10 cloves garlic
    1 19 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    2 T low fat sour cream
    2 T lemon juice
    2 t sesame oil
    ½ t ground coriander
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ c chopped parsley
    1 t paprika

    In a small pot of boiling water cook the garlic for 3 minutes. Drain and reserve 2 T of the cooking liquid. Peel the garlic and in a food processor mix the garlic, reserved cooking liquid and beans and mix until you have a smooth puree. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, oil, coriander and salt and process to blend. Serve sprinkled with parsley and paprika.

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    May 19th, 2010adminAsian, Lunch, Salads, Sides, Vegetables

    Simple, low cal, nutritious and a nice change from your regular green salad!

    Asian Garden Salad

    Asian Garden Salad

    6 servings
    126 calories per serving

    1/3 c thinly sliced scallions
    4 T soy sauce
    3 T water
    2 c boiling water
    1 ½ t sesame oil
    ¼ t garlic powder
    ¼ t red pepper flakes
    1 3 oz. package low fat ramen noodle soup
    2 c boiling water
    2 c fresh pea pods, halved crosswise
    1 c fresh bean sprouts
    1 c sliced mushrooms
    8 oz. can baby corn, drained and halved crosswise
    1 red bell pepper cut into small strips
    3 c shredded Chinese cabbage

    Combine green onions, soy, water, oil, garlic powder and red pepper flakes and set aside. Break up ramen noodles and discard seasoning packet. Add peapods and pour 2 c boiling water over the mix and let stand 1 minute and then drain. Combine noodles, pea pods, bean sprouts, mushrooms, corn and peppers in a bowl. Shake dressing and toss with the noodle mix. Cover and chill 2 – 24 hours. Just before serving add cabbage.

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    May 13th, 2010adminchicken, Dinner

    Satay is a Thai preparation of skewered meat served with a peanut sauce – here I’ve taken away the skewers to make things a bit easier and it doesn’t change the taste of the dish one bit ;)

    Chicken Satay

    Chicken Satay

    8 servings
    132 calories per serving

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 8 oz. each, sliced lengthwise into 6 strips each.
    1 t toasted sesame oil
    1 t low sodium soy sauce
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1/2 t red pepper flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/4 c creamy peanut butter
    2 T rice vinegar
    2 t lime juice
    1 t brown sugar
    Vegetable oil

    Toss chicken with sesame oil, soy, garlic and 1/4 t pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Heat grill pan or skillet on high heat. Work in batches brushing pan with vegetable oil and then cooking chicken until done, 3-4 minutes per side. Serve with dipping sauce.

    Create dipping sauce by mixing peanut butter, vinegar, lime juice, brown sugar, the rest of the pepper flakes and 2-3 T water.

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    January 13th, 2010adminAsian, Dinner, Fish, Kid Friendly

    This sweet shrimp dish is best served with another Asian inspired dish, I choose to pair it with my Homemade Lo Mein. It cooks in just minutes and definitely is kid friendly with the sweet sauce. Just leave out the red pepper flakes if serving to young ones.

    Asian Shrimp

    Asian Shrimp

    4 servings
    239 calories per serving

    1 T dark sesame oil
    2 t minced garlic
    4 scallions, sliced
    1 lb. medium sized shrimp, peeled and cleaned with tails off
    1/4 c water
    2 T soy sauce
    4 t cornstarch
    2 t red pepper flakes
    2 t Splenda brown sugar
    4 t toasted sesame seeds (optional)

    Heat oil on medium high heat. Add garlic and onions and saute for 1 minute. Add shrimp and cool 6 minutes or until shrimp is just about done. While the shrimp cooks, combine water, soy sauce, cornstarch, pepper and sugar. Pour over shrimp in skillet and cook 1-2 minutes or until the sauce thickens up. Remove from heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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