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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 9th, 2014adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Sandwiches, Summer

    This is flavorful and as good as you’ll find at any restaurant…I think even better ! It’s what a gourmet burger should be. The sautéed spinach and cheese are heaven. Eat yours without any toppings or add some Dijon or a slice of lettuce and tomato.

    Spinach Burgers

    Spinach Burgers

    8 servings
    310 calories per serving

    10 oz. baby spinach
    2 lb. lean ground beef
    1/2 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
    Salt and pepper to taste
    8 small Portugese rolls
    Pam

    Preheat grill. Spray a skillet with Pam and heat. Add garlic and sauté 1 minutes. Add spinach and 1 T Worcestershire and cook until spinach is wilted down. Remove from skillet and chop (I find kitchen shears work great here) the cool to room temperature or cooler. Mix beef, cooked spinach, salt, pepper and 1 T Worcestershire. Make 8 burgers and grill to desired doneness.

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    March 3rd, 2014adminchicken, Dinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, pasta

    Some meals are just extra special and this is definitely one of them ! The perfect portion of pasta, chicken and veggies all covered in a scrumptious sauce and layers of cheese. You just can’t go wrong !

    Chicken Florentine Casserole

    Chicken Florentine Casserole

    4 servings
    270 calories per serving

    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
    2 T flour
    8 oz. FiberGourmet penne pasta (without FiberGourmet, you have to add 80 calories per serving)
    2 T low fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing
    1 c chicken broth
    2 oz. light cream cheese, cubed
    10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and drained well (press it down in a sieve to get a lot of water out)
    1 c shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
    3 T grated parmesan
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat dressing in a skillet. Mix chicken with flour and add to skillet and cook 3-4 minutes or until browned. Add broth and cream cheese and cook until cheese is melted. Add the spinach, garlic powder, salt and pepper and heat 1 minute. Remove from heat. Mix drained pasta with skillet mixture and spoon half of it into a 2 quart casserole dish. Top with ½ the mozzarella then add the rest of the chicken mix. Finally top with the remaining mozzarella and the parmesan. Bake 20 minutes to heat through and melt the cheese.

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    January 27th, 2014adminItalian, Lunch, pork, Soups

    Minestrone meets Stracciatella in this soup full of beans, spinach, cheese and yummy sausage ! To make this a dinner serving instead, just add some pasta or rice to bring it up to 400 calories.

    Sausage Soup

    Sausage Soup

    4 servings
    264 calories per serving

    10 oz. sweet sausage
    Pam
    1 c chopped shallot (onion will do if you do not have shallots)
    2 t minced garlic
    ½ c water
    15 oz. cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
    24 oz. can fat free chicken broth
    2 c baby spinach
    1 T fresh basil or parsley, chopped
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Remove casing from sausage (or buy it without the casing). Spray pan with Pam and cook sausage on high heat until brown stirring to break up the pieces well. Add shallot and garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Stir in water, beans, tomatoes, broth, salt and pepper and cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook 4 minutes or until it has thickened up a little bit. Remove from heat and stir in spinach and basil and then place in bowls and sprinkle with cheese.

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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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    April 1st, 2013adminDinner, Lunch

    A whole quarter of this casserole is yours for under 400 calories ! And it is so very flavorful. I used to do a version of this with a can of cream soup as well, but let me tell you, you don’t even miss it and without the extra calories, there’s a big old portion with my name on it :)

    Trim the serving size by ½ and you have a great side dish or appetizer for just 195 calories.

    Spinach, Ham and Rice Casserole

    Spinach, Ham and Rice Casserole

    4 servings
    390 calories per serving

    2 10 oz. packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
    2 c cooked brown or white rice
    2/3 c skim milk
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    1 c grated low fat cheddar cheese (or parmesan, or gruyere, or swiss – whatever low fat cheese you like)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 T oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    ½ c fat free chicken broth
    ½ pound lean ham, chopped

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix spinach, rice, milk, eggs, ¾ c cheese, salt and pepper. Heat oil in a skillet and cook onion with salt and pepper until onion begins to brown, about 8-10 minutes. During the last 2 minutes, add the garlic, then add broth and cook 4-5 minutes or so then add ham and cook until warm. Combine the 2 mixes and place in a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese and bake uncovered ½ hour.

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    March 8th, 2013adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This recipe will make even the most finicky eater a spinach lover. The dish is light and fluffy with loads of cheesy flavor – the spinach flavor is definitely mellowed.

    Spinach Souffle

    Spinach Souffle

    8 servings
    149 calories per serving

    1/2 c chopped onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 T margarine, melted
    8 oz. low fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    8 oz. low fat cottage cheese
    salt and pepper to taste
    3/4 c egg beaters
    20 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and well drained
    1/4 t paprika
    1/8 t nutmeg
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt margarine and cook onion and garlic for 6 minutes. Remove to a bowl and add cream cheese, cottage cheese, salt and pepper and beat with a mixer. Add the egg beaters 1/4 cup at a time mixing well in between and then mix in the spinach. Spray a 9 inch baking dish with Pam and place the spinach mix in the dish and sprinkle with the paprika and nutmeg then cover and back 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 15 minutes.

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    December 2nd, 2012adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    Creamy, cheesy, savory spinach – a perfect side dish to a light fish meal.

    Spinach Au Gratin

    Spinach Au Gratin

    6 servings
    200 calories per serving

    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    6 slices pre-cooked bacon, finely chopped
    15 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, cubed
    15 Ritz Crackers, coarsely crushed
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    1 T butter, melted
    Pam

    Preheat broiler. Spray pan with Pam and add onion. Cook 5 minutes adding a couple of tablespoons of hot water along the way if needed to keep the onions moist. Add bacon and cook 3 minutes. Add spinach and cook 3 minutes to wilt the spinach then remove from heat and add cream cheese being sure to mix well. Turn into a casserole dish sprayed with Pam. Mix crackers, parmesan and butter and sprinkle over the casserole. Broil 2 minutes to brown the crackers.

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    April 28th, 2012adminchicken, crock pot, Dinner, Italian, Kid Friendly

    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.

    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    Chicken Tortellini Stew (Crock Pot)

    6 servings
    380 calories per serving

    2 carrots, sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
    1 medium fennel bulb, chopped
    19 oz. cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 t garlic powder
    1 3/4 c chicken broth
    2 c water
    9 oz. refrigerated tortellini
    1 c baby spinach leaves
    2 green onions, sliced
    1 t basil flakes
    2 T grated parmesan cheese
    Pam

    Spray crock pot with Pam. Layer carrots, garlic, chicken, fennel and beans then add broth, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours. Sit in pasta, spinach, onions and basil then cover and cook on HIGH 20 minutes. Spoon into bowls and garnish with cheese.

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    April 23rd, 2012adminDinner, pork

    This is a fantastic dish – the feta cheese brings a nice flavor and makes the dish much more special. It’s a great balanced meal in a bowl – all your protein, veggies and carbs all in one nice package.

    Pork and Orzo

    Pork and Orzo

    6 servings
    373 calories per serving

    1 ½ lb. pork tenderloin
    1 t coarsely ground pepper
    2 T oil
    ½ t Kitchen Bouquet (flavoring in the gravy or spice section of your market)
    3 qt. water
    1 ¼ c orzo
    ¼ t salt
    6 oz. baby spinach
    1 c grape tomatoes, halved
    ¾ c reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled
    Lemon juice

    Rub pepper into meat and cut into bite sized pieces then cook in oil over medium heat for 10 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in Kitchen Bouquet and stir well. Cook pasta for 9 minutes in boiling water and then stir in spinach and cook a minute longer. Add tomatoes to the pork and cook 1 minute then add the drained orzo and finally add the feta cheese. Just before serving, splash with some fresh lemon juice.

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    March 15th, 2012adminAppetizers

    These little cups from heaven are the perfect appetizer ! Take a awesome spinach artichoke dip and put it in a little wonton cup and you have a whole new recipe. You don’t need calorie laden dippers to scoop the dip, so you end up with only 60 calories per cup – you just can’t go wrong there !!

    Spinach Artichoke Cups

    Spinach Artichoke Cups

    24 servings
    60 calories per serving

    24 won ton wrappers
    14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
    1 c low fat shredded mozzarella cheese
    10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and squeezed dry in a colander
    1/3 c light mayo
    1/3 cc grated parmesan cheese
    1/4 c finely chopped red or green peppers
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with Pam and place 1 wrapper in each cup with the edges extending beyond the cut. Place muffin tins on a cookie sheet so you can easily grab them from the oven. Bake 5 minutes then remove from oven. Mix all the rest of the ingredients and fill the cups then bake 15 minutes or until heated through.

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