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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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    I'm so very pleased to announce the 400 Calorie or Less App and eBooks ! The eBooks are now available for the Nook and the Kindle. There are 4 eBooks and they each host 40+ recipes to help you lose weight while eating the foods you love and ...

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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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    May 1st, 2010adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    Take the whole frying hassle out of French toast preparation – and add some great apples and nuts along the way. This was a really easy way to prep a great breakfast. Add some extra maple syrup over the top to give it even more flavor !

    Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

    Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

    4 servings
    280 calories per serving

    ½ c Egg Beaters
    2 egg whites
    ¾ c skim milk
    1 T Splenda
    ½ t vanilla extract
    ½ t cinnamon
    8 slices cinnamon raisin bread (80 calories per slice) cut in half diagonally
    1 t buttery spread
    1 T maple syrup
    2 apples sliced thinly
    4 T sliced almonds
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with Pam. Whisk Egg Beaters, egg whites, milk, splenda, vanilla and cinnamon then pour into pan and top with the bread slices. Flip the bread over once to it gets a little coating on each side. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes then remove foil and bake another 8-10 minutes. Melt butter in skillet and add syrup, then apples. Cover and cook on low heat 10 minutes or until apples are soft then uncover and cook 1 minute to dry up the mix a little. Serve bread with the apple mixture over top and sprinkle with nuts.

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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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    March 31st, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This is a very dense cake – almost more like a brownie consistency. But no matter the consistency – it’s CHOCOLATE ! Served with a nice spritz of whipped cream, it hit the spot.

    Mocha Bundt

    Mocha Bundt

    16 servings
    250 calories per serving

    3 1/2 c cake flour
    2/3 c cocoa powder
    3 T dry milk powder
    1 3/4 t baking powder
    1/2 t salt
    7 T margarine, softened
    3/4 c Splenda
    1/3 c Splenda brown sugar blend
    3 large eggs
    2 large egg whites
    1 1/2 c low fat buttermilk
    3/4 c strong brewed coffee
    Pam
    Whipped Cream for garnish

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with Pam. Sift flour, cocoa, milk, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl beat margarine and both sugars until mixed and then beat in eggs and egg whites one at a time beating 1 minute after each egg. Combine buttermilk and coffee in a cup. Beat 1/3 if the flour mix into the margarine mix on low speed and then beat in half of the coffee mix and continue beating until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat and then pour batter into pan and smooth the top. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes and then on a wire rack until completely cool. Serve with whipped cream.

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    March 5th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This was so incredibly delicious ! The cake is moist, the frosting is decadent – and at only 120 calories per serving, it is pretty much guilt free!

    Banana Cake

    Banana Cake

    24 servings
    120 calories per serving

    Cake
    1 2/3 c flour
    1 t baking powder
    1 t baking soda
    1/4 t salt
    1 1/2 c mashed ripe bananas
    1 1/3 c skim milk
    2 T pineapple juice
    2 large eggs
    3/4 c Splenda
    6 T butter, melted
    2 t vanilla extract
    Pam

    Frosting
    16 oz. fat free cream cheese, at room temperature
    1/2 c light butter, at room temperature
    1/3 c Splenda
    2 t vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13×9 pan with Pam. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. Mix bananas, milk and juice and set aside. Beat eggs and Splenda at high speed for 4 minutes and then add melted butter, and vanilla extract and beat at medium a minute longer. Alternately add flour mix and banana mix and beat at low speed just until blended being sure not to over mix. Put the batter in the pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan. To prepare the frosting, beat the cheese and butter until creamy then gradually add Splenda and beat on medium. Mix in vanilla and then spread over a cooled cake. Chill 30 minutes and then cut into squares. Try serving with a few slices of fresh banana on the side.

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    February 27th, 2010adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    A sweet alternative to cinnamon toast – this one is quick to make and wonderful tasting.

    Sweet Muffins

    Sweet Muffins



    1 serving
    146 calories per serving

    1 100 calories whole wheat light English muffin
    2 t lite buttery spread
    10 sprays I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
    3/4 t Splenda
    1/2 t cinnamon

    Combine Splenda and cinnamon. Spread muffin halves with butter and sprinkle with the sugar mix then spray each half with the butter spray and place in a toaster oven until warm and sugar is melted.

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    February 27th, 2010adminBreakfast, Dessert

    This one gets prepped and then put in the refrigerator for a couple hours and then baked for about an hour. I find it makes an equally good breakfast as it does a dessert ! This one even had my non-breakfast eating daughter asking, “can I have some of that?” The aroma of cinnamon and apples gets ya every time !

    Apple Cinnamon Bake

    Apple Cinnamon Bake

    8 servings
    150 calories per serving

    1/3 c Splenda
    1 c Egg beaters
    2/3 c skim milk
    3/4 t maple flavor (like vanilla extract, but maple flavored instead)
    8 slices cinnamon raisin bread
    2 c apples, peeled and thinly sliced
    1/4 c low fat cream cheese
    1 T Splenda
    2 T cinnamon
    Pam

    Spray an 8×8 pan with Pam. Blend 1/3 c Splenda, eggs, milk and maple in a bowl. Tear the bread into 2 inch pieces and mix with apples and then stir into the egg mix being sure all the bread soaks up some of the liquid then turn it all into the prepared pan. Cut cream cheese into 10 pieces and place on top of bread and apples. Blend 1 T Splenda and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top the cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake 50-60 minutes or until browned.

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    January 16th, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    I would not classify these with Gramma’s version – much like when you are eating a bran muffin vs. eating a gooey chocolate muffin, you know this cookie is more nutritious than sweet and buttery. But it does have CHOCOLATE…and butter…and is sweet, so it does satisfy the cookie craving !

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    48 servings
    89 calories per serving

    1 ½ c whole wheat flour
    1 t baking soda
    1 t salt
    2 c quick oats
    1 c light butter
    ½ c Splenda brown sugar blend
    1 c Splenda
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    1 ½ t vanilla
    1 c chocolate chips

    Blend butter and sugars until they are creamy. Add egg and vanilla and blend. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. Then by hand, stir in the oats and the chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheets and bake 10-12 minutes. Makes 48 cookies.

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    January 9th, 2010adminDessert

    What’s pumpkin pie without the crust? It’s naked pumpkin pie ! And by removing the crust, you also remove oodles of calories. Serve with a slice of low fat graham cracker if you miss the crunch too much. For 400 calories, you can almost eat the whole pie (Did I say that out loud?) :)

    Naked Pumpkin Pie

    Naked Pumpkin Pie

    8 servings
    66 calories per serving

    15 oz. can of pure pumpkin (NOT the prespiced pumpkin pie mix)
    12 oz can fat free evaporated milk
    ½ c Egg Beaters
    2 ½ t pumpkin pie spice
    ½ c Splenda
    1 ½ t vanilla extract
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a pie plate with Pam. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then pour into the plate. Bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 325 degrees and cook for another 40-45 minutes. Cool completely.

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    January 2nd, 2010adminDessert, Kid Friendly

    This is a much healthier version than my Grandma’s banana bread recipe. But I tell you, it tastes just a good! And one slice is very satisfying. If you remove the chocolate chips from the recipe, you bring it down to 140 calories per serving !

    Banana Bread

    Banana Bread

    8 servings (one loaf cut into 1/8’s)
    175 calories per serving

    1 ¼ c whole wheat flour
    ¼ c flour
    ¾ c Splenda
    1 ½ c mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
    ½ c egg beaters
    ½ c no sugar added applesauce
    2 t baking powder
    1 t vanilla
    ½ t cinnamon
    ½ t salt
    4 T semi sweet chocolate morsels

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flours, Splenda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well. Combine banana, Egg Beaters, applesauce and vanilla. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and with a wooden spoon, stir until just blended. Pour into a loaf pan (ungreased) and bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and then remove from pan.

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