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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 5th, 2014adminAsian, chicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    Throw away those kabob skewers and get a grill basket – it makes cooking small pieces of things on the grill a snap ! Just cut it up, marinate and then throw in the grill basket. It’s like stir frying on the grill and you get a great even cook on all the bits.

    Teriyaki Grill Basket

    Teriyaki Grill Basket

    6 servings
    244 calories per serving

    1/3 c soy sauce
    2 T vegetable oil
    1 T brown sugar
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 t ground ginger
    1 t seasoned salt
    Pepper to taste
    1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
    12 whole fresh mushrooms
    1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
    1 large onion, cut into wedges
    12 cherry tomatoes
    Pam

    Mix soy, oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, pepper and salt. Place chicken pieces in a Ziploc bag and pour over the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. During the last hour, add the veggies to the bag. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with high heat Pam. Cook veggies and chicken until chicken is done.

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    November 27th, 2013adminDinner, Kid Friendly, turkey

    This is so creamy and full of nutty flavor from the wild rice. It’s a great dish and a perfect way to use up left over turkey.

    Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

    Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

    5 servings
    370 calories per serving

    4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
    1 lb. cooked turkey breast cut into bite sized pieces
    1 c carrots, julienned
    1/2 c onion, chopped finely
    1/2 c celery, sliced
    1 c raw wild rice
    1 can low fat cream of chicken soup
    2 1/2 c water
    2 T soy sauce
    1/2 t marjoram flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a skillet with Pam and cook bacon until almost crisp then add turkey, carrots, onion and celery and cook 3 minutes or until turkey is heated. Cook rice according to package instructions. Mix rice and turkey then add soup, water, soy and spices and place in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Cover and bake half hour.

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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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    July 5th, 2012adminAsian, chicken, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This sweet and tangy Asian sauce is the perfect summer BBQ meal. The sweet honey chars just a bit and makes these legs super flavorful. Try serving with Asian Sesame Slaw for a perfect meal.

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    4 servings
    240 calories per serving

    8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skinned
    High Heat Pam
    3 T apple cider vinegar
    3 T soy sauce
    4 T honey
    2 T chopped parsley
    2 t minced ginger
    Pepper to taste

    Par boil the chicken legs for 15 minutes so you don’t have to keep them on the grill too long and they don’t dry out. Preheat grill and spray with high heat Pam. Brush half the sauce on chicken legs and grill 15 minute or until done throughout. Put the remainder of the sauce in the microwave and cook 1 minute (make sure it comes to a boil). Mop the legs with the rest of the sauce when they come off the grill.

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    May 30th, 2012adminchicken, Dinner, Summer

    Just enough spice, just enough glaze – this is a great grilled chicken.

    Spicy Hot Glazed Chicken

    Spicy Hot Glazed Chicken


    4 servings
    361 calories per serving

    3 T honey
    3 T soy sauce
    1 t grated lime zest
    3 T lime juice
    1 t red pepper flakes
    ½ t hot chili garlic sauce (available in the Asian section of your market)
    4 5 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts

    Mix honey, soy, lime zest and juice, and red pepper in a zip loc bag. Add chicken, seal and refrigerate for 2-12 hours. Preheat grill and spray with high heat cooking spray and cook chicken 5 minutes each side or to desired doneness.

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    April 21st, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This ginger dressing rivals those served at Japanese steakhouse. Make a batch up and use it on salads and even atop fresh tomatoes as a great side dish to any meal.

    Tomatoes with Ginger Dressing

    Tomatoes with Ginger Dressing

    3 servings
    167calories per serving

    2 T minced onion
    3 T peanut oil
    2 T distilled white vinegar
    1 1/2 T finely grated fresh ginger
    1T ketchup
    1 T soy sauce
    1/4 t minced garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced thinly

    Combine onion, oil, vinegar, ginger, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Process until combined. Lay tomato slices on a platter and drizzle with dressing.

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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 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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