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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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    August 29th, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Snacks, Summer

    The first batch of these did not quite hit the spot. With a little tweaking, the recipe has become a great chilly treat for a hot summer day. I usually make them two tiered with halves of both the cantaloupe and honeydew melons.

    Melon Pops

    Melon Pops

    6 servings (8 oz. pops)
    59 calories per serving

    2 c diced honeydew melon
    1/3 c plain nonfat yogurt
    Juice of 1 lime
    Grated zest of 1 lime
    1 T honey
    1 T Splenda

    Mix 2 c of melon with yogurt, lime juice, honey, Splenda and zest and blend until smooth. Fill the pop molds, insert sticks and freeze at least 6 hours.

    Canteloupe – As a variation, replace honeydew with cantaloupe.

    You may want to make both variations and make a layered melon pop. If you do this, freeze the first ‘layer’ for 1 hour – then add the second and insert the sticks and freeze at least 6 hours.

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    August 27th, 2014adminSalads, Sides, Summer

    Very refreshing – very summery…it’s the perfect side to any grilled meat.

    Kidney Bean Salad

    Kidney Bean Salad

    8 servings
    150 calories per serving

    2 15 oz. cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (1 can red and one can white makes a nice salad)
    10 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 ½ small cans mandarin oranges, drained and rinsed well
    1 medium green pepper, chopped
    6 green onions, sliced
    ½ c light zesty Italian dressing
    ¼ c sliced almonds

    Mix beans, tomatoes, oranges, peppers and onions. Add dressing and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Sprinkle with almonds before serving.

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    August 26th, 2014adminchicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    What a great flavor ! The honey mop at the end of the grilling makes for a perfectly sweet yet spicy chicken leg.

    Grilled Honey BBQ Chicken Legs

    Grilled Honey BBQ Chicken Legs

    5 servings
    207 calories per serving

    2 t garlic powder
    2 t chili powder
    2 t salt
    1 t cumin
    1 t paprika
    1 t red pepper flakes
    5 medium chicken legs (about 3 oz. each)
    6 T honey
    2 t cider vinegar
    1 t barbeque sauce
    High heat grill spray

    Heat grill and spray with cooking spray. Mix all the spices in a large bowl and add the chicken. Mix around pressing the spices into the chicken so they stick much like a dry rub. Grill chicken 18 minutes. Mix honey and vinegar and mop half of it over the legs with a brush. Cook one minute. Flip legs and mop with the rest of the honey mix. Cook one final minute and then serve immediately.

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    August 24th, 2014adminDinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    So simple yet so good – this is a great meal to serve when zucchini are in season. Remember to use a grill basket for regular kabob recipes – it takes out so much of the work and you’ll find the food cooks more evenly.

    Grilled Chicken and Zucchini

    Grilled Chicken and Zucchini

    6 servings
    187 calories per serving

    1 c parsley, chopped
    2 T chopped almonds, toasted
    2 T chopped chives
    ½ t grated lemon zest
    3 T lemon juice
    1 T oil
    ½ t oregano flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 ½ lb. bones skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
    4 zucchini cut into thick slices
    1 t red pepper flakes
    Pam

    Heat grill. Mix parsley, almonds, chives, lemon zest, lemon, oil, garlic and some salt and pepper. This will be a salsa to serve with the dish. Spray a grill basket with high heat Pam and grill chicken and zucchini 8 minutes or until done. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes half way through the cooking process. Serve with the prepared salsa.

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    August 22nd, 2014adminAsian, Dinner, Kid Friendly, pork, Summer

    This is a nice light dinner that doesn’t skimp on the taste. The vegetables really keep their flavor when you cook them lightly like this. If you don’t have a grill, you can always broil this for 8-10 minutes and get great results. The splash of vinegar at the end helps to enhance all the flavors in the dish.

    Grill Basket Asian Pork

    Grill Basket Asian Pork

    4 servings
    243 calories per serving

    12 oz. pork loin cut into bite sized pieces
    4 c mix of broccoli florets, pea pods, halved mushrooms, red bell pepper strips
    2 T oil
    1 t Thai seasoning
    ¼ c green onions, sliced
    1 t toasted sesame seeds
    Splash of rice vinegar
    Pam

    Heat grill. Toss meat and 1 T oil. Mix veggies and 1 T oil and seasoning.

    Spray grill basket with Pam and heat. Add meat and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add veggies and cook 6 minutes or until meat is done. Stir in a splash of vinegar. Serve topped with seeds and green onions.

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    July 20th, 2014adminbeef, Dinner, Summer, Tex Mex

    The rub on this leaves a mildly spicy coating on the meat – none of the individual flavors stands out by itself – they all mingle and create a great flavor that leaves you coming back for more.

    Chili Rubbed Steak

    Chili Rubbed Steak

    6 servings
    290 calories per serving

    2 t caraway seeds
    2 t cumin seeds
    ½ t coriander seeds
    2 T tomato sauce
    1 T red chili paste
    1 T olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 ¾ t chili powder
    2 lb. boneless beef sirloin
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper

    In a skillet mix the 3 seeds and cook on medium high for 3 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, being sure to stir constantly then cool completely. Using a coffee grinder, pulse seeds to a fine powder and then combine with tomato sauce, chili paste, oil, garlic and chili powder, salt and pepper. Spread the spice mix over and refrigerate 2 – 4 hours. Grill meat 20 minutes or to desired doneness. Remove from heat, tent with foil and let sit 10 minutes before slicing.

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    July 8th, 2014adminDessert, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This is one of those good old fashioned tasting desserts. So refreshing, so simple. This mildly tart sorbet is great served with seasonal berries.

    Buttermilk Sorbet

    Buttermilk Sorbet

    4 servings
    206 calories per serving

    2 c low fat buttermilk
    1/4 c sugar
    1/4 c light corn syrup

    3 c mix of seasonal berries (I used sliced strawberries and blueberries)

    Mix buttermilk, ¼ c sugar and corn syrup and place in an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. Freeze for an hour or until firm then place in serving bowls and cover with fresh berries.

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    June 28th, 2014adminDessert, MUFAs, Summer

    This is not your run of the mill ice cream ! It is filled with MUFA, is sweet and tasty, and will definitely turn heads ! Give it a try next time you are ready to make some ice cream.

    Avocado Ice Cream

    Avocado Ice Cream

    8 servings
    224 calories per serving

    1 ½ c avocado puree (about 3 avocados worth)
    1 ½ c water
    1 1/3 c sugar
    ¼ c lime juice
    1/3 c tequila
    Lime zest garnish

    Puree avocado and add water, sugar, lime juice and tequila and pulse until well combined. Refrigerate the mix from 1 hour to overnight. Place in ice cream maker and freeze according to instructions. Garnish with lime zest.

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    June 25th, 2014adminDessert, fruit, Kid Friendly, Summer

    So extremely yummy and so easy to put together – you buy a prepared angel food cake, mix up an orange juice syrup and add some fruit – feel free to mix it up and use whatever is the freshest at your market. This week I added fresh blackberries !

    Angel Food Cake and Fruit

    Angel Food Cake and Fruit

    8 servings
    205 calories per serving

    1 small angel food cake
    1 cup orange juice
    1 orange, peeled and cut into slices and then cut in quarters (or one small can mandarin oranges, drained and rinsed lightly)
    1/3 c Splenda
    1 T plus 1 t cornstarch
    1 large banana, sliced
    2 kiwis, peeled and cut into pieces

    Mix OJ, Splenda and cornstarch and blend to dissolve cornstarch. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and thicken the sauce cooking a few minutes. When done, stir in the bananas and kiwi and stir to coat. Add oranges and mix then serve the fruit mix over cake.

    Add some Cool Whip Lite for a great indulgent dessert.

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    June 22nd, 2014adminbeef, chicken, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Summer

    By using a grill basket, you can get the great grilled flavor with just about anything, even small pieces of meat and veggies. Some would do these as kabobs, but I find them too tedious to put together and then some of them always fall off the skewers and into the grill. Get a grill basket and you can do all sorts of things without any lost pieces :)

    Stir-Fry on the Grill

    Stir-Fry on the Grill

    6 servings
    283 calories, per serving

    2 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces
    1 lb. beef cubes (lean)
    2 baby eggplant, sliced
    1 onion, sliced
    1 red pepper, sliced
    ½ head of broccoli cut into florets
    ½ head of cauliflower cut into florets
    ½ c steak house marinade
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 t onion powder
    ½ t garlic powder.
    Pam

    Place the meat and chicken in a Ziploc and add the marinade. Mush it all around to coat all the meat and then place in the frig and let marinate 2 hours. Place the veggies in a bowl and sprinkle with the spices. Heat the grill and a grill basket. Spray the basket with high heat Pam and add the veggies. Cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes. Move the veggies to one side of the basket and add the meat to the other side. Cook 6 minutes or until chicken is done. Mix all together and server immediately.

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