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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 24th, 2014adminSides, Summer, Vegetables

    What a great flavor ! The orange gives these tomatoes a great fresh flavor. Try on your favorite heirloom or farmer’s market tomatoes for a great side dish so low in calories, but so big in flavor !

    Citrus Tomatoes

    Citrus Tomatoes

    2 servings
    36 calories per serving

    2 T fresh squeezed orange juice
    1 ½ t orange zest
    1 ½ t lime zest
    1 T lime juice
    Dash if kosher salt
    Dash of Tabasco sauce
    2 small tomatoes, sliced
    1 t fresh chives, sliced

    Mix together all except tomatoes and chives. Plate tomatoes and drizzle with dressing. Then sprinkle with chives.

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    September 17th, 2013adminSides, Vegetables

    Get the pre-washed, pre-trimmed beans and your prep time is literally 1 minute. Using kosher salt can really make a difference in recipes and it does in this one. Kosher salt is a much larger crystal (much like sea salt) and instead of melting into the food, it kind of stays on the surface giving you a much bigger burst of the salt flavor – I think it works really well with green beans.

    Roasted Green Beans

    Roasted Green Beans

    4 servings
    42 calories per serving

    1 pound fresh green beans
    1/2 T olive oil
    1 t balsamic vinegar
    2 t minced fresh basil
    Kosher salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Mix together green beans, oil, vinegar and basil. Place on a non-stick baking sheet in one layer and roast for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    April 22nd, 2013adminAppetizers, Sides, Vegetables

    These little crustless tarts make a great side dish to lunch or dinner. Very cheesy, very chic :)

    Spinach Tart

    Spinach Tart

    8 servings
    124 calories per serving (serving=2 tarts)

    16 oz. frozen spinach
    3 egg whites
    12 oz. 2 % cottage cheese
    1 c shredded part skim mozzarella
    1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
    1/4 t black pepper
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put spinach in a colander and rinse with hot water until thawed. Using your hand or the back of a spoon, press it down firmly to drain all the water out of it. Mix egg whites, cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese and then add spinach and mix well. Spoon mixture into 16 muffin / cupcake cups sprayed with Pam. Bake 35 minutes.

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    November 20th, 2012adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Sides

    Potatoes, cheese and sour cream – they are just meant to go together ! The little bit of baking gives the potatoes a nice crispy crust and this is a great side to anything – especially a grilled meat such as Grilled Chili Rubbed Sirloin.

    Mashed Potato Bake

    Mashed Potato Bake

    3 servings
    185 calories per serving

    24 oz. potatoes, peeled and quartered (you can use the frozen Oreida Steam and Mash here for a quick alternative)
    2 oz. low fat cream cheese, cubed
    1/4 c low fat sour cream
    1 T skim milk
    1/2 t onion powder
    1/2 t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    Pam
    ICBINB spray (I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil them reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Mash the potatoes and add the rest of the ingredients then place in a 13×9 baking dish sprayed with Pam. Spray with a few spritzes of ICBINB. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

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    April 9th, 2012adminSides, Vegetables

    Sometimes ‘simple’ is the best way. And these are certainly simple to prep, yet they taste anything but simple !

    Roasted Brussel Sprouts

    Roasted Brussel Sprouts

    4 servings
    52 calories per serving

    4 c Brussel sprouts with the tops and outer leaves trimmed
    Pam
    2 t oil
    1/4 c kosher salt
    1/4 t black pepper
    2 T grated parmesan cheese

    Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place Brussel sprouts in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Drizzle the oil over the sprouts and toss. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast 30 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.

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    April 7th, 2012adminpasta, Sides

    The lemon and lemon zest are what make this dish so special – it is unexpected paired with pasta but once you taste it, you definitely want more. And in my opinion, orzo is one of the best pastas out there – I love it in side dishes, in soups, in casseroles, any way it is served :)

    Tomatoes and Orzo

    Tomatoes and Orzo

    5 servings
    202 calories per serving

    1 c uncooked orzo
    1 can diced tomatoes, drained
    1 T oil
    1 T lemon zest
    1 T lemon juice
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 t pepper

    Cook orzo 9-11 minutes in boiling water. Drain and combine with the rest of the ingredients.

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    March 30th, 2012adminDessert, Sides, Snacks

    This is one of those dishes that has everyone at the table making yummy noises :) The cinnamon and cardamom are a FANTASTIC addition to the grapes. And the yogurt is really just a way to get the spices to stick to the fruit. The gingery goodness of the cardamom really makes this dish so be sure to add it in. Serve it as a dessert, a snack or a side dish.

    Grape Salad

    Grape Salad

    4 servings
    70 calories per serving

    ¼ c low fat vanilla yogurt
    1/8 t cinnamon
    1/8 t cardamom
    1 c seedless green grapes halved lengthwise
    1 c seedless red grapes halved lengthwise

    Combine yogurt, cinnamon and cardamom – then mix in grapes and toss to coat. Cover and chill.

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    March 20th, 2012adminMUFAs, Salads, Sides, Summer

    Get those MUFAs into your diet to help with your weight loss ! Avocado is a great way to achieve this.

    Simple Avocado Salad

    Simple Avocado Salad

    1 serving
    165 calories per serving

    ½ c sliced avocado
    1 T low fat Zesty Italian Dressing

    Mix it all up and serve next to soup or a light sandwich.

    Whether you’re slicing avocados for sandwiches, salads or snacks, it’s nice to have pretty slices rather than gouged out chunks. Avocados are not the easiest things to work with – but they are well worth the work! Nothing tastes quite like an avocado. And there is now a kitchen tool out there that takes all the hard work out of it. Just slice your avocado in half, remove the pit, and then use the tool to do the rest. I made a quick video so you can see how they work.

    And here is a link to buy one on Amazon !

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    February 22nd, 2012adminSalads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    The saltiness of the kalamata olives makes this salad very tasty !

    Tomato Salad with Olives

    Tomato Salad with Olives

    6 servings
    60 calories per serving

    2 lb. grape tomatoes, halved
    1/4 c mixed olives (I use a mixture of black and kalamata)
    Zest of one lemon
    2 T olive oil
    Kosher salt
    Pepper

    Mix all the ingredients and let sit ½ hour for the flavors to mingle.

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    February 12th, 2012adminSides, Vegetables

    This one is a great side dish. It’s tasty and something a little different than usual. You might even get the kids to eat zucchini :)

    Zucchini Fritters

    Zucchini Fritters

    4 servings
    155 calories per serving (serving = 2 fritters)

    2 c shredded zucchini (use a cheese grater – the same size you would use to shred cheddar cheese)
    1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
    1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese (not grated, shredded)
    1/3 c shredded onion
    1/4 c Egg Beaters
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1/4 t black pepper
    2 t oil, divided

    Combine the first 7 ingredients. Heat 1 t oil. Spoon 1/2 of mix by quarter cupfuls into pan. Press down a bit with the back of a spoon to make sure each fritter holds together well. Cook 2 minutes each side. Repeat with the second batch.

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