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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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    April 23rd, 2013adminAppetizers, Lunch, Mediterranean

    This is a terrific, easy to make appetizer with the wonderful flavors of Greece just shining bright. The feta cheese, lemon, cucumbers and olives are a perfect topping to the toast triangles. Fancy tasting without a ton of work !

    Greek Cucumber Toasts

    Greek Cucumber Toasts

    4 servings
    158 calories per serving

    4 slices light whole wheat bread, crusts removed and cut diagonally into triangles
    4 t olive oil
    3 oz. low fat feta cheese
    1/2 t lemon juice + a few squirts extra
    Kosher salt
    Coarse pepper
    1 small English cucumber, halved and then thinly sliced crosswise on the diagonal into 8 slices
    4 pitted kalamata olives, sliced

    Preheat oven or toaster oven to 450 degrees. Brush the bread pieces with the oil and bake until they are golden, about 5 minutes. Mash up the feta and mix with oil and ½ t lemon then add salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mix over the toast points and to with a slice of cucumber. Garnish with olives and then spritz with lemon juice and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

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    December 30th, 2012adminAppetizers, crock pot, Lunch, turkey

    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 !!

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    Sausage and Bean Stew (Crock Pot)

    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    2 t oil
    3 t garlic, minced
    4 2 oz. turkey sausages (any flavor you like, I used Italian hot) cut into chunks
    1 c water
    1 c chicken broth
    2 19 oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    4 c baby spinach
    1/2 t black pepper
    1/4 t crushed red pepper
    1/8 t salt
    ½ t garlic powder
    2 T lemon juice
    6 T shredded provolone cheese
    6 1 oz. slices French bread

    Heat oil and cook sausage until almost done. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add water, broth to crock pot then add spinach. Add salt and pepper and garlic powder. Add beans and then add sausage and garlic and any pan drippings to the top. Cook on low 3 hours. Add the splash of lemon during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Serve with Cheese Toasts. To make toasts, sprinkle bread slices with cheese and broil 2 minutes to melt cheese.

    If you don’t have a crock pot, you can do this stove top is a soup pot – after cooking the sausage and combining all the ingredients, simmer on very low for 1 hour.

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    January 14th, 2012adminBreakfast, Lunch, pork, Sandwiches

    Heavy, filling and a great sandwich for a cold and blustery day. I think it works just as well as a breakfast sandwich as it does a lunch sandwich !

    Ham and Bean Sandwich

    Ham and Bean Sandwich

    1 serving
    250 calories per serving

    ¼ c Egg Beaters
    2 slices whole wheat toast
    4 T white beans, mashed with salt and pepper and 1 t water and heated in the microwave one minute
    4 slices very thin, lean baked deli ham
    1 slice Kraft Singles cheese (American or cheddar)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Heat skillet and spray with Pam. Scramble egg beaters or make a little circle out of them so they stay on the bread nicely.

    Here’s a quick video to show you how to prep the eggs:

    When toast is done, spread one piece with beans. Then add ham, cheese, warm eggs and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and top with the final piece of bread.

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    April 25th, 2011adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    The ginger in this recipe is a nice unexpected flavor that makes it just perfect. This works just as well with regular bread and with a quick dip rather than chilling over night.

    Spiced French Toast

    Spiced French Toast

    2 servings
    352 calories per serving (1 serving = 3 slices)

    2 eggs
    2 egg whites
    ¾ c skim milk
    1 T sugar
    1 T molasses
    ¼ t ground ginger
    ¼ t ground allspice
    1/8 t salt
    6 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
    2 t butter

    Mix eggs, whites, milk, sugar, molasses, ginger, allspice and salt. Place bread in a 13×9 baking sheet and out the egg mix over it and refrigerate overnight. Heat butter on a griddle and cool bread 3 minutes each side.

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    April 9th, 2011adminBreakfast

    Talk about decadent and delicious !! This breakfast dish will give you legendary ‘short order cook’ status ! The bananas and cream cheese make a perfect middle to the grilled raisin bread.

    Grilled Banana French Toast

    Grilled Banana French Toast

    8 servings
    206 calories per serving

    8 slices 80 calories cinnamon raisin bread
    2 medium bananas, in slices
    1 c skim milk
    4 oz. cream cheese, softened
    3/4 c egg beaters
    1/3 c Splenda
    3 T flour
    2 t vanilla
    Powdered sugar (optional)
    Pam

    Spray skillet with Pam and heat well. Mix milk, cheese, eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla with a mixer until. Take 4 slices of bread and spread with cream cheese then add banana slices and top with the remaining bread. Gently dip into the egg mix and then place on pan and cook 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes. Cut in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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    November 16th, 2010adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    The cream cheese melts nicely on the toast and is a great base for the sweet pear and maple syrup. The nuts are just the icing. What a superb breakfast treat !

    Toast with Nuts and Pears

    Toast with Nuts and Pears

    1 serving
    190 calories per serving

    1 slice whole wheat bread
    1 T low fat cream cheese
    1/4 of a pear
    1 t maple syrup
    1 T chopped walnut pieces

    Slice pear very thin. Toast the bread and spread with cream cheese. Layer on the pear slices and then sprinkle with nuts and syrup.

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    September 19th, 2010adminBreakfast

    Traditional Egg in a Hole is served in a hollowed out piece of toast – - this one uses nutritious veggies and places the whole thing on top of a slice of toast. The side salad is a great flavor boost.

    Egg in a Hole

    Egg in a Hole

    4 servings
    189 calories per serving

    2 t oil
    1 green bell pepper cut into 4 rings ½ inch thick
    4 large eggs
    Salt and pepper
    2 t parmesan cheese
    4 slices whole wheat bread (45 calories each)
    8 c mixed salad greens

    In a large skillet heat 1 t oil and add peppers then crack eggs into each pepper hole and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes or until egg whites are mostly set. Flip gently and cook another minute then sprinkle with cheese and place each on a slice of toast. Mix greens with 1 t oil, salt and pepper and serve next to the eggs.

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    May 25th, 2010adminBreakfast, Kid Friendly

    When you are on a 400 calorie a meal plan, you don’t have to shy away from breakfast. In fact, you can have quite a plate of food for only 265 calories !!! That even leaves room for more toast or eggs or sausage – but, believe me, this plateful is quite filling just like it is :)

    Eggs and Sausage Breakfast

    Eggs and Sausage Breakfast

    1 serving
    265 calories per serving

    Plate includes:
    2 turkey sausage patties cooked according to package instructions (100 calories)

    1 slice wheat toast (45 calorie per slice bread) with 1 T buttery spread (45 calorie pet T)

    1/2 c egg beaters scrambled (spray pan with Pam) and during the last minute of cooking, add 1 Laughing Cow light cheese wedge that has been cut into little cubes (it will melt pretty fast)

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    May 5th, 2010adminKid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches

    A big meaty, juicy, tasty sandwich just doesn’t seem like it can fit into a 400 calorie per meal diet – but it does ! And this one is sooooo tasty. Bacon, avocado, mayonnaise, dill, meat, cheese – you just can’t go wrong !!

    Toasted Clubs

    Toasted Clubs

    2 servings
    328 calories per serving

    2 T fat free mayo
    ¼ t dill weed
    1/2 t lemon juice
    1/8 t pepper
    4 slices whole wheat toast
    4 slices thin deli roast beef
    4 slices thin deli ham
    2 slices low fat provolone or swiss cheese
    2 lettuce leaves
    2 tomato slices
    2 bacon strips cooked and crumbled
    ¼ c alfalfa sprouts
    ¼ c avocado sliced

    Combine mayo, dill, juice and pepper and spread over the toast. Add the sandwich meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and bacon and the top with the avocado slices.

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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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