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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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    July 24th, 2014adminSides, Summer, Vegetables

    What a great flavor ! The orange gives these tomatoes a great fresh flavor. Try on your favorite heirloom or farmer’s market tomatoes for a great side dish so low in calories, but so big in flavor !

    Citrus Tomatoes

    Citrus Tomatoes

    2 servings
    36 calories per serving

    2 T fresh squeezed orange juice
    1 ½ t orange zest
    1 ½ t lime zest
    1 T lime juice
    Dash if kosher salt
    Dash of Tabasco sauce
    2 small tomatoes, sliced
    1 t fresh chives, sliced

    Mix together all except tomatoes and chives. Plate tomatoes and drizzle with dressing. Then sprinkle with chives.

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    July 4th, 2014adminLunch, Salads, Summer

    I’m not a big salad lover. That is always a tough part of ‘dieting’ for me. But once in a while I actually crave a big bowl of greens. Adding bacon and croutons makes this one a winner.

    BLT Salad

    BLT Salad

    1 serving
    280 calories per serving

    3 c chopped romaine lettuce
    6 slices turkey bacon
    1 c halved grape tomatoes
    1 slice 45 calorie bread
    2 T dressing (70 calorie)

    Toast bread and let it sit to harden (about 5 minutes) and then cut into cubes. Cook bacon according to instructions. When cool, crumble up. Put lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl. Top with bacon and croutons. Drizzle with dressing.

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    June 18th, 2014adminAppetizers, Fish, Lunch, Summer

    What a wonderful appetizer or lunch ! The marinade makes the shrimp nice and spicy. And the sauce is a great deviation from the typical ketchup and horseradish mixture…this one uses tomatoes and has a much fresher taste. Try dipping your avocado slices in the sauce too – the flavors go together perfectly.

    8 servings
    238 calories per serving

    Warm Shrimp Cocktail

    Warm Shrimp Cocktail

    Cocktail Sauce
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    3 T cilantro
    2 T lime juice
    1 T prepared horseradish
    1 T Worcestershire sauce
    ¼ t Kosher salt
    ¼ t pepper
    (you can make this a day ahead)

    Shrimp
    24 fresh clean jumbo shrimp with tails on (if desired)
    3 T lime juice
    3 T chili sauce
    1 clove garlic, minced
    ½ t Kosher salt
    1/8 t pepper

    4 ripe avocados, sliced

    Prepare sauce and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Place shrimp in a zip loc bag with the juice, sauce and garlic and place in the refrigerator 1 hour. Heat grill and spray a grill basket with Pam. Drain shrimp and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 7-8 minutes or until done. Serve with cocktail sauce and sliced avocados.

    If you don’t have a grill, you can broil or pan fry the shrimp.

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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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    July 4th, 2013adminDinner, Salads, Sides, Summer, Vegetables

    This just has ‘summer’ written all over it. Use garden fresh or farmer’s market fresh veggies for the best flavors :)

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    Green Beans and Tomatoes

    8 servings
    90 calories per serving

    1 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into pieces
    2 lb. beefsteak tomatoes, seeded and cut into ½ inch wedges
    5 T balsamic vinegar
    3 t minced garlic clove
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 anchovy fillet, minced
    3 T oil

    Boil green beans 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add tomatoes. Whisk vinegar, anchovy and oil and add to beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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    May 20th, 2013adminDinner, Lunch, pork, Soups, Tex Mex

    Tender pork, spicy broth – the flavor is just fantastic ! If you don’t enjoy spice, just remove the jalapeno and you will still end up with a great tasting pork soup.

    Southwest Pork Soup

    Southwest Pork Soup

    4 servings
    325 calories per serving

    Pam
    1 c onion, chopped
    2/3 c green bell pepper, chopped
    1 c chopped mushrooms
    1 T minced garlic
    1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
    1 lb. pork tenderloin in bite sized pieces
    2 c chicken broth
    2 c beef broth
    1 c water
    2 t chili powder
    1 t ground cumin
    1/2 t salt
    1/4 t pepper
    15 oz. kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    2 T cilantro, chopped
    1 c avocado, diced

    Heat a non stick soup pot then spray with Pam. Add onion and cook 5-6 minutes adding a bit of hot water if necessary to keep onions moist. Add pepper, mushrooms, garlic and jalapenos and cook another 3 minutes then add pork and cook another 10 minutes. Add broth, water, spices, beans and tomatoes and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Spoon into bowls and top with avocado pieces.

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    May 16th, 2013adminDinner, Lunch, Mediterranean, Sandwiches

    Greek food is so flavorful and fresh tasting. And many of the dishes are surprisingly simple to make. Using store bought tzatziki here is a time saver, but if you want to make it from scratch, it’s pretty easy. It’s just a mixture of plain Greek yogurt, garlic and cucumber pieces. You can skip the tzatziki if you don’t like it, then just substitute some hummus to add in more moisture.

    Greek Chicken Pitas

    Greek Chicken Pitas

    4 servings
    310 calories per serving

    1 lb. chicken tenders
    1 t Greek seasoning (mix of oregano, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika)
    1/2 c tzatkizi
    4 8 inch pita breads
    2 c romaine lettuce, chopped
    2 plum tomatoes, sliced
    1 cucumber, seeded and cut into strips
    1/4 c crumbled feta cheese
    Pam

    Spray a large skillet with Pam. Heat on medium high and add chicken. Sprinkle with the seasoning and cook 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned and done throughout.

    Slice pitas so you will be able to fill the pocket. Add chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta and tzatziki. I often slice the chicken up first so it gets more distributed throughout the sandwich.

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    April 24th, 2013adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican

    Using a pressure cooker to cook the meat means you get a super, super tender shredded meat which is just perfect for a steak burrito. This is an exceptionally good meal. Serve with some avocado slices, no fat sour cream and salsa for even more flavor.

    BBQ Burritos

    BBQ Burritos

    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1 lb. London broil or other lean sirloin steak
    6 flour tortillas (80 calorie Smart and Delicious)
    1 c shredded low fat cheddar cheese
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 medium tomato, chopped
    1 medium avocado, chopped
    ¾ c barbecue sauce
    Pam

    Marinade – mix together
    1 5.5 oz. can spicy V-8 juice
    2 T lime juice
    1 T oil
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t black pepper
    ½ t ground cumin
    ½ t chili powder

    Pierce beef with a fork several times. Mix marinade and place in a zip loc – add the beef and coat well and then refrigerate 8-24 hours. Pressure cook mat for 1 hours. (you can also crock pot this for 8-10 hours). Let rest 5 minutes and then using 2 forks, shred the meat. Mix in a bit of the left over juices. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (don’t mistakenly set it on BROIL like I did and then burn the holy heck out of your first batch! Thanks for help with the recon mission, Lisa ! LOL) Microwave tortillas 30 seconds or so to warm them slightly. Place beef, cheese, onion, and tomato in each wrap and fold all four sides. Place folded side down in a baking pan sprayed with Pam. Brush with barbecue sauce and bake 4-6 minutes. Serve with a slice of avocado on the top. Optionally add sour cream and salsa for even more flavor.

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    March 15th, 2013adminDinner, FiberGourmet, Italian, pasta

    By using FiberGourmet pasta, you really cut down the calorie count here – and with all the added vegetables, this is a very filling meal. Thank you, FiberGourmet !!

    Eggplant Pomodoro over Spaghetti

    Eggplant Pomodoro over Spaghetti

    6 servings
    212 calories per serving

    2 T oil
    1 medium eggplant, cut into small cubes
    2 cloves garlic, minced, 4 plum tomatoes, diced
    1/3 c chopped green or black olives
    2 T white wine vinegar
    Salt and pepper to taste
    12 oz. FiberGourmet Spaghetti
    ¼ c chopped fresh parsley or basil

    Take cubed eggplant and place in a colander. Sprinkle with 1 t salt and mix well. Place a bowl atop the eggplant and weight it with canned goods or something heavy. This helps the bitterness leave the eggplant. Leave like that for ½ hour then rinse well and pat dry. Heat oil in a skillet and cook eggplant 10 minutes then add garlic and cook another minute. Add tomato, vinegar, salt and pepper and cook 10 more minutes. Cook pasta according to package directions and serve with the pomodoro sauce over it.

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    October 29th, 2012admincrock pot, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Mexican, pork

    This turns out a dish much like pork carnitas, but with a bit more juice so you can enjoy it as a stew. Serve it piping hot and enjoy !

    Mexican Pork Stew (Crock Pot)

    Mexican Pork Stew (Crock Pot)

    8 servings
    252 calories per serving

    3 lb. pork loin
    1 1/2 c salsa verde
    1 3/4 c chicken broth
    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    1 t ground cumin
    Salt and pepper to taste
    14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained well
    1/2 c chopped fresh cilantro, divided
    1/2 c low fat sour cream

    Trim meat and cut into 2 inch chunks and place in crock pot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a saucepan mix salsa, broth, onion, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil then pour it into the crock pot. Add tomatoes and mix. Cover and cool 6-7 hours or until meat is very tender. Transfer meat to a bowl and keep warm. Pour the sauce an veggies into a skillet and cook for 15-20 minutes to thicken sauce. Add in pork and ¼ c cilantro and heat through. Garnish each dish with sour cream and cilantro.

    To make this without a crock pot, preheat oven to 350 degrees and place pork, salsa, broth, onion, cumin, salt, pepper, tomatoes and ¼ c cilantro in a large baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake 2 ½ hours. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro.

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