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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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    June 15th, 2010adminAppetizers, Lunch, Mexican, Snacks

    Just made this one again after a few months – - it is still just as delicious :)

    Appetizer, lunch, snack – no matter how you serve them, these are a crowd pleaser. I used a nice spicy salsa so that these had a little punch to them and they are definitely on my list of things to make again SOON :) If there is an ingredient you don’t like, just leave it off the ‘pizza’ – it won’t hurt a thing !

    Nacho Pizzas

    Nacho Pizzas

    5 servings (2 pizzas each)
    270 calories per serving

    1 can refrigerated biscuit dough
    3 T black bean dip
    1/3 c thick salsa (or petite cut diced canned tomatoes)
    2 T canned chopped green chilies
    2 scallions, chopped
    2 T sliced black olives
    ¾ c shredded low fat cheddar cheese

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out each biscuit into a 5 inch circle and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Top with bean dip, salsa, chilies, onions and olives. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 12-15 minutes or until crust is brown and cheese is melted.

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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 22nd, 2010adminBreakfast, Snacks

    Cooking the bananas first brings out all the sweetness – so when you add in the tangy Greek yogurt, the 2 offset each other and you get a wonderful tasting breakfast or snack. The honey and nuts make a perfect topping.

    Bananas with Yogurt and Honey

    Bananas with Yogurt and Honey

    4 servings
    240 calories per serving

    2 ripe bananas, peeled
    2 ¼ c plain Greek yogurt
    2 T honey
    2 T chopped almonds or walnuts

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the bananas in foil and bake 20 minutes then cool completely. Place banana in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add yogurt and gently fold then spoon into cups and sprinkle with nuts and drizzle with honey.

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    May 5th, 2010adminSnacks

    Pop Chips are these amazingly good chips that are popped (much like popcorn) rather than fried or baked. They are low cal, healthy and delicious and I am so hooked ! And there is nothing like a good onion dip – people always want my recipe for this one and can’t believe it is so simple. (It’s great with chips, pretzels, cut up bell pepper strips, celery)

    Pop Chips and Dip

    Pop Chips and Dip

    1 serving
    170 calories per serving

    1 100 calorie bag of Pop Chips
    6 T low fat sour cream
    2 t dry onion soup mix

    For dip mix 3 T low fat sour cream with 2 t dry onion soup mix.

    Pop Chips – an awesome snack coming in at only 100 calories for a nice portion bag.

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    April 24th, 2010adminAppetizers, Snacks

    This is a nice change up to serving cottage cheese with fruit – instead add a little cheese, dill and onion powder and you have a nice savory dip for crackers, veggies or pita chips.

    Cottage Cheese Dip

    Cottage Cheese Dip

    ½ c
    75 calories per serving (1 serving = 2 T)

    ½ c low fat cottage cheese
    2 T shredded cheddar cheese
    ¼ t dillweed
    1/8 t salt
    ¼ t onion powder

    Mash the cottage cheese with a fork and add cheddar and spices. Stir well and serve with veggies or crackers.

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    April 23rd, 2010adminAppetizers, Sides, Snacks

    I make these so often that I just had to repost – - this last time I used olive oil and simply sprinkled with sea salt and they were just divine !

    These flatbreads are so versatile. They make a great side, or a great snack or even a great appetizer. Try different spice combinations – olive oil and parmesan cheese, or olive oil and cayenne pepper and garlic powder for a zesty taste treat. To make a sweet version, sprinkle with a mixture of Splenda brown sugar and cinnamon.

    Homemade Flat Breads

    Homemade Flat Breads

    4 servings
    80 calories per serving
    1 serving = 3 flat breads

    1 1/2 t kosher salt
    1 t poppy seeds
    1 t sesame seeds
    1 1/2 t sesame oil (you can sub olive oil)
    1 1/2 t water
    12 wonton wrappers

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay wontons flat without overlapping on a cookie tray. Mix oil and water and brush over wontons. Sprinkle with salt and seeds. Bake 5 minutes or until crisp.

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    April 20th, 2010adminAppetizers, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Sides, Snacks

    These are very filling and make a great snack, appetizer or even a side to a low cal fish dish. You can always dress them up with more ‘stuff’ and just each one to keep the calorie count down – they are very filling, so one should do as a side. Tye adding some cooked crumbled turkey bacon, or some extra low fat cheddar cheese…maybe even some caramelized onions !

    Potato Skins

    Potato Skins

    4 servings
    262 calories per serving

    4 large potatoes (8 oz. each)
    2 t oil
    ¼ c parmesan cheese
    ½ c skim milk
    3 T low fat cream cheese
    ¾ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    3 T low fat sour cream
    3 T sliced scallions

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash the potatoes and prick them with a fork. Microwave on high 10 minutes, then turn and microwave another 5 minutes. Let cook a bit and then slice in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the flash keep the skins intact. Place the skins on a cookie sheet and brush with the oil and sprinkle with 2 t of the parmesan cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until golden. Meantime mix the rest of the parmesan with the potato, milk, cream cheese, salt and pepper. When skins are toasty, fill with the potato mix and bake another 7-9 minutes or until hot throughout. Dollop with sour cream and sprinkle with scallion just before serving.

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    April 7th, 2010adminAppetizers, Kid Friendly, Sides, Snacks

    Don’t let the fact that there is not a lot of cheese in these dissuade you – these are so very good and the fragrance of them under your nose while you are biting in makes them all the more better. Great as an appetizer or a snack or a side, these cheesy bread puffs are awesome !

    Cheesy Spirals

    Cheesy Spirals

    8 servings
    70 calories per serving

    4 oz. can of low fat crescent rolls
    ¼ c chopped green onions
    1/8 t garlic powder
    ¼ c shredded low fat cheddar cheese

    Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove dough from can but do not unroll it. Cut into 8 slices and place slices on an ungreased cookie sheet and place all the ingredients on top of the rolls and press down lightly. Bake 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.

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    March 18th, 2010adminAppetizers, Italian, Lunch, Snacks

    These are INCREDIBLY good – each piece in and of itself is good, and all put together, it makes an awesome appetizer, lunch or snack ! The balsamic dressing on the eggplant and zucchini make this very special and I recommend you don’t skip that step.

    Open Face Eggplant Melt

    Open Face Eggplant Melt

    4 servings
    260 calories per serving

    1/2 lb. eggplant cut into 8 slices
    1 medium zucchini sliced lengthwise into 8 long slices
    1/3 c low fat balsamic vinegar dressing
    4 ¾ inch thick slices of Italian bread
    3 T low fat mayo
    ½ t basil flakes
    Pepper to taste
    1 tomato cut into 8 slices
    3 slices part skim ricotta each cut into 4 strips
    Pam

    Spray a cookie sheet with Pam and preheat broiler. Place eggplant and zucchini slices on sheet and brush with half of the dressing then broil 5 minutes, turn, brush with the rest of the dressing, and broil another 5-7 minutes. Place bread slices on a cookie sheet and broil 1-2 minutes to lightly toast. Combine mayo, basil and pepper and spread on bread. Top each piece of bread with 2 eggplant slices, 2 zucchini slices, 2 tomato slices and 3 strips of cheese and broil 1-2 minutes. If the bread you use is not large enough to support 2 pieces of eggplant, zucchini and tomato, cut it down to 1 and lay the cheese across lengthwise rather than crosswise.

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    March 10th, 2010adminSalads, Sides, Snacks, Summer, Vegetables

    A simple dish with a simple combination of flavors that can be paired with anything. And at only 18 calories per serving, it is insanely low in calories. I always wondered if celery really was a negative calorie food..hmmmm???

    Celery Parsley Salad

    Celery Parsley Salad

    4 servings
    18 calories per serving

    4 celery stalks sliced thin
    ¼ c packed parsley leaves
    1 ½ t sherry vinegar
    1 t oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Combine all in a bowl and mix well.

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