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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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    September 22nd, 2013adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These are sooooo easy to put together. Serve warm from the oven and you’ll have the family waiting in line for the sweet goodness of these perfect sweet rolls.

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    Apricot Sweet Rolls

    8 servings
    160 calories per serving

    1 can low fat refrigerated dinner rolls or biscuits
    1/3 c apricot – pineapple preserves (or any flavor preserves that you like)
    2 t sugar
    ¼ t cinnamon
    ¼ c sliced almonds
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 inch round cake pan or a deep dish pie plate with Pam. Separate dough into individual rolls and place in pan – I do a circle around the edge with 8 rolls and 2 in the center. Starting ¼ inch in from the edges cut a deep X into the top of each roll then open slightly by pulling the dough toward the edges. Fill each with 2 t of the preserves. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle with almonds and bake ½ hour or until golden. Serve warm.

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    April 4th, 2013adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    These whip up in no time and are so versatile – you can use any flavor jello and any flavor fruit – - just make sure it’s frozen fruit. The frozen fruit is what makes the jello firm up in no time flat. I did this with raspberries and the dessert was just amazing tasting !

    Fruit Parfaits

    Fruit Parfaits

    4 servings
    85 calories per serving

    3/4 c boiling water
    1 c Cool Whip, thawed
    .3 oz. package flavored sugar free jello, raspberry or strawberry flavor
    2 c frozen raspberries or strawberries

    Add water to jello and stir 2 minutes to dissolve then stir in 2 c frozen fruit until jello starts to thicken. Add ½ c of the mix to the Cool Whip and whisk to blend then spoon into dessert cups and cover with the rest of the jello mix. Refrigerate 15 minutes.

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    November 19th, 2012adminDinner, fruit, Kid Friendly, Sides, Snacks

    There are some sides that you just make over and over again. This is one of them. At only 50 calories per serving, this also makes a great snack. And it is soooo good for you !

    Fresh Cranberry Relish

    Fresh Cranberry Relish


    8 servings
    50 calories per 1/2 c serving

    Forget Ocean Spray jellied cranberries around the holidays! Instead try this fresh salad that is simple to prepare and a great crowd pleaser.

    1 bag cranberries
    3/4 c Splenda
    2 granny smith apples, cored and in quarters
    1 seedless oranges (peel and all !), in quarters

    Rinse the cranberries and pick out any bad ones. Place in a food processor and process until they are in small pieces. Remove to a bowl. Place apples in processor and blend until small pieces. Remove to bowl with cranberries. Place oranges in processor and process until all skin is in small pieces. Remove to bowl with cranberries and apples. Add Splenda and mix well. Refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavors blend.

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    October 3rd, 2012admincrock pot, Kid Friendly, Snacks

    Feel free to mix this up as much as you want – use only one type of Chex if you only like one….don’t like peanuts, leave them out and put in more pretzels – - make it your own and make it often ! :)

    Homemade Chex Party Mix (Crock Pot)

    Homemade Chex Party Mix (Crock Pot)

    24 servings
    155 calories per serving

    6 T butter, melted
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    1 t garlic powder
    1 ½ t Lawry’s seasoned salt
    3 c Corn Chex cereal
    3 c Rice Chex cereal
    3 c Wheat Chex cereal
    1 c peanuts
    1 c mini pretzels
    1 c bagel chips broken into small pieces (or melba toasts)

    Mix butter, Worcestershire, garlic, and salt. Gradually stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well to evenly coat. Cook uncovered on low 3-4 hours stirring every 30 minutes.

    If you don’t have a crock pot, you can bake these at 275 degrees for 1 hour, turning and stirring every 15 minutes.

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    August 6th, 2012adminAppetizers, Italian, Snacks, Summer

    This is best with fresh mozzarella (it is WIDELY available at regular and gourmet markets as well as cheese shops) and fresh garden tomatoes.

    Mozzarella and Tomato with Balsamic Vinegar

    Mozzarella and Tomato with Balsamic Vinegar

    4 servings
    177 calories per serving

    4 2 oz. slices of mozzarella cheese
    4 large tomato slices
    4 basil leaves
    4 T balsamic vinegar
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Place cheese on plate and top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then top with basil leaves and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

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    May 10th, 2012adminSnacks

    What a great way to make boring popcorn into something you just can’t put down ! And at only 149 calories – - eat up ! :) Popcorn is filling and full of fiber and a great snack food to keep around the house.

    Spicy Popcorn

    Spicy Popcorn

    6 servings
    149 calories per serving

    3.5 oz. bag of plain microwave popcorn
    2 T buttery spread
    2 T spicy brown mustard
    2 t chili powder
    2 t hot pepper sauce

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pop popcorn according to package instructions. In a large bowl combine margarine, mustard, chili powder and hot pepper sauce. Microwave 45 seconds or until butter is melted then stir well and add popcorn and mix well to coat. Turn into a baking pan and bake 10 minutes or until popcorn browns a little. Cool completely before serving.

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    March 25th, 2012adminAppetizers, Snacks

    These make a great snack while watching TV – pick away without guilt! Put a few bowls out at parties and watch everyone try and figure out what the heck they are eating :)

    Roasted Chickpeas

    Roasted Chickpeas

    8 servings
    29 calories per serving

    2 c canned chick peas, drained and rinsed (I used a can of tri-color chick peas)
    1 t oil
    Coarse salt

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss peas and oil and spread on a baking sheet and bake 40 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt. Cool before serving.

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    March 3rd, 2012adminAppetizers, Snacks

    This tastes much like the spinach dip you often find in a hollowed out bread bowl – but this one adds many more veggies and is a much healthier and lower cal option.

    Spinach and Ranch Snack

    Spinach and Ranch Snack

    18 servings
    170 calories per serving (2 T dip and 15-17 crackers)

    1 c low fat sour cream
    ¼ c light ranch dressing
    10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
    1 shredded carrot
    ½ c finely chopped yellow bell peppers
    Wheat Thins or Triscuits

    Mix sour cream and dressing then stir in veggies.

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    January 22nd, 2012adminSnacks

    Pepitas are raw, shelled pumpkin seeds. Roast with a bit of salt and butter for a GREAT snack.

    Roasted Pepitas

    Roasted Pepitas

    6 servings
    83 calories per serving

    1 1/2 c raw whole pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
    2 t butter, melted
    Kosher salt to taste

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Toss seeds with butter and place on a large cookie sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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    January 2nd, 2012adminMUFAs, Snacks

    The whole kitchen smelled just glorious as these were roasting. The orange flavor is very subtle, the chipotle just hot enough and these disappeared very quickly !

    Chipotle Nuts

    Chipotle Nuts

    Makes 2 ½ cups – 1 serving = 2 tablespoons
    91 calories per serving

    1 T grated orange rind
    1 T orange juice
    1 egg white
    2 c mixed nuts (pecan halves, whole almonds, walnuts, whatever you have around the house!)
    1 T brown sugar
    1 T Kosher salt
    1/2 t ground chipotle chile pepper
    Pam
    1/2 c sweetened dried cranberries
    1 t Kosher salt

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix orange rind, orange juice and egg then stir in nuts. Mix sugar, salt and pepper and add to the nuts and mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet spray with Pam and bake 1 hours stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with another teaspoon of salt and mix then cool. When cool, mix in the cranberries.

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