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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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    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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    July 23rd, 2012adminDinner, Summer, turkey

    What a great grilled dish – the onions get so nice and caramelized and that gives everything tons of flavor.

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    4 servings
    350 calories per serving

    1/3 c finely chopped onion
    3 T buttery spread
    ¾ c apple juice
    1/3 c red vinegar
    2 T honey
    1 T steak sauce
    1 t salt
    ½ t pepper
    1 lb Italian turkey sausage
    2 small onions, quartered
    8 medium large fresh mushroom caps
    Pam

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Grilled Sausage, Onions and Mushrooms

    Cook onion in butter until tender then mix in apple juice, vinegar, honey, steak sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

    Boil enough water to cover sausages and add sausage to pot and cover. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until cooked through. During the last 5 minutes throw in the onion wedges. Cool for a bit then slice into 2 inch pieces. Heat grill and spray a grill pan with Pam.

    Place all sausage, onions and mushrooms in a bowl and put in half the sauce and toss to coat. Place this mix in a hot grill basket and grill 10 minutes stirring frequently. Baste with the other ½ of the sauce and continue cooking 2 minutes longer.

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    June 30th, 2011adminDinner, Italian, Kid Friendly, pasta, turkey

    Spaghetti. Sausage. ‘Nuff said ! :)

    Spaghetti with Sausage

    Spaghetti with Sausage

    4 servings
    380 calories per serving

    8 oz. hot Italian turkey sausage
    8 oz. FiberGourmet spaghetti (if you use regular spaghetti, you have to add 80 calories per serving)
    28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
    2 T oil
    1/2 t red pepper flakes
    5 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 t kosher salt
    ½ t onion powder
    ½ t basil flakes
    ½ t oregano flakes
    1/4 c basil, chopped
    2 oz. shaved Parmesan cheese

    Preheat broiler and cook sausage 5 minutes per side or until completely cooked. Slice sausage into ¼ inch thick pieces and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and broil another 2 minutes to get them nice and brown. Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat oil in a skillet and add pepper and garlic and sauté then add tomatoes, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and onion powder and cook 5-7 minutes. Add sausage and cook another 5 minutes. Garnish with cheese and basil.

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    January 18th, 2011adminDinner, Lunch, Soups, turkey

    Talk about a satisfying soup ! This one has meat, spice, veggies, cheese and 3 DIFFERENT CARBS! Lentils, rice and tortellini. Oh how good :)

    Sausage and Lentil Soup

    Sausage and Lentil Soup

    13 servings
    275 calories per serving

    20 oz. turkey Italian sausage with casings removed
    13 c water
    1 c chopped carrots
    2 c chopped celery
    ½ c diced green bell pepper
    2 t onion powder
    ¾ t oregano flakes
    1 t garlic powder
    1 t basil flakes
    2 t chicken boullion
    ½ t seasoned salt
    ¼ t pepper
    2 c dried lentils, rinsed
    ½ c dry rice
    22 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
    2 ½ c cheese tortellini (refrigerated)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Crumble the sausage and cook in a skillet until done (keep crumbling as you cook it). In a large soup pan mix water, vegetables and spices then add lentils and rice and bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in tomato sauce, bring to a boil again and add the tortellini and sausage and cook 4 minutes or until tortellini are done. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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    January 16th, 2011adminchicken, Dinner, turkey

    The flavors in this dish remind me of a chicken and sausage casserole that my Mom used to make in the winters. This is a very filling meal – real comfort food ! :)

    Chicken and Sausage

    Chicken and Sausage

    4 servings
    360 calories per serving

    2 t oil
    ½ pound turkey sausage, casing removed and crumbled up
    2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (10 oz. total)
    Kosher salt to taste
    Pepper to taste
    1 onion, diced
    1 lb. potatoes, quartered
    3 ribs celery cut into 1 inch pieces
    1 c chicken broth
    2 T red vinegar
    1 T chopped parsley

    In a Dutch oven or large soup pot, heat oil then add sausage and cook 5 minutes. Remove to plate. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan and cook until golden, about 6 minutes, flipping half way through. Move to plate. Add onion and celery and cook 5 minutes, then add potatoes and season with salt and pepper and cook 15 minutes. Add sausage back to pot and then chicken and broth. Bring to a boil them cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are done. Take off the lid and bring back to a boil and cook until liquid equals only ½ c. Place chicken on a platter and add vinegar and parsley to pot and stir. Then add the rest to the platter with a slotted spoon.

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    September 28th, 2010adminAppetizers, Italian, Snacks

    Great as an appetizer, a snack, a lunch side – and this antipasto does not skimp on the ingredients…olives, sausage, cheese, peppers, oh my ! This is very lemony – if you prefer, you can substitute vinegar for the lemon.

    Lemon Marinated Antipasto

    Lemon Marinated Antipasto

    12 servings
    220 calories per serving

    1 lb. spicy turkey sausage
    1 T oil
    ½ c oil
    2 t grated lemon zest
    ½ c lemon juice
    2 T chopped basil
    ½ t oregano flakes
    1 t parsley flakes
    ½ t basil flakes
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    12 oz. roasted red peppers, drained and cut into small strips
    12 oz. mozzarella cheese cut into cubes
    1 c pitted kalamata olives

    Cook sausage in 1 T oil until done. When cool, cut into slices. Whisk oil, lemon juice and spices with garlic. Layer sausage, pepper strips, cheese and olives in 2 quart size jars and pour over the dressing. Cover and chill 1-2 days. Try to remember to shake the jars a bit each time you open the frig those 1-2 days – that way the lemony marinade coats all the bits of goodness. Let stand at room temp 30 minutes before serving.

    (you don’t need the jars – you can do this in a bowl or even a zip loc bag !)

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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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    April 6th, 2010adminBreakfast, turkey

    Easy to throw together and a very satisfying ‘bready’ dish. So if you’re in the mood for carbs – this is the one ! This makes a nice big try and really could easily be split into 8 servings so it’s a great breakfast for when you have overnight guests.

    Sausage and Cheddar Casserole

    Sausage and Cheddar Casserole

    6 servings
    368 calories per serving

    12 oz. turkey breakfast sausage, crumbled
    2 c 1 % low fat milk
    2 C Egg Beaters
    1 t dry mustard
    ¼ t salt
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t cayenne pepper
    3 large eggs
    16 slices lite wheat bread
    1 c shredded low fat sharp cheddar cheese
    ¼ t paprika
    Pam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large skillet to medium high and spray the pan with Pam the add sausage and cook 5 minutes to brown it. Remove from skillet. Combine milk, egg beaters, mustard, salt, peppers and eggs and whisk until combined well. Take the crusts of the slices of bread and tear the bread into cubes and then mix with the sausage and cheese. Add to the milk mixture and then pour it all into a 9×13 baking dish sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle with paprika and bake 45 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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