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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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    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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    July 16th, 2014adminSalads, Summer, Vegetables

    This is another one of those really versatile salads – you can add into this bits of pieces of all the little leftover bits of veggies in your frig without really changing the calorie count all that much. This is great next to a sandwich or sometimes I have it all on its own with a few Triscuits next to it and call it a meal !

    Chickpea Salad

    Chickpea Salad

    4 servings
    286 calories per serving

    2 14 oz. cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
    1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
    4 radishes diced small
    1 green pepper diced small
    ½ c chopped parsley
    1 T lemon juice
    1 T vinegar
    1 T oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ¼ t celery salt

    Combine beans and all veggies and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

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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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    March 19th, 2013adminDrinks, Summer

    Refreshingly sweet with a spicy ginger flavor – this is a great drink !

    Ginger Tea

    Ginger Tea

    8 servings
    73 calories per serving

    8 c water, divided
    1/4 c minced ginger
    1/4 c honey
    1/4 c molasses
    3/4 c lemon juice
    1/4 c cider vinegar
    4 c seltzer
    Lemon slices for garnish

    Mix 3 c water and ginger and boil 2 minutes. Then remove from heat and let sit 20 minutes. Strain the mix through a fine strainer into a large pitcher. Add honey, molasses, lemon juice and vinegar and mix until all dissolved. Add 6 c water then chill overnight. As you serve, mix tea with ½ c seltzer and garnish each glass with a lemon slice.

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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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    July 5th, 2012adminAsian, chicken, Kid Friendly, Summer

    This sweet and tangy Asian sauce is the perfect summer BBQ meal. The sweet honey chars just a bit and makes these legs super flavorful. Try serving with Asian Sesame Slaw for a perfect meal.

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    Asian Grilled Chicken

    4 servings
    240 calories per serving

    8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skinned
    High Heat Pam
    3 T apple cider vinegar
    3 T soy sauce
    4 T honey
    2 T chopped parsley
    2 t minced ginger
    Pepper to taste

    Par boil the chicken legs for 15 minutes so you don’t have to keep them on the grill too long and they don’t dry out. Preheat grill and spray with high heat Pam. Brush half the sauce on chicken legs and grill 15 minute or until done throughout. Put the remainder of the sauce in the microwave and cook 1 minute (make sure it comes to a boil). Mop the legs with the rest of the sauce when they come off the grill.

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    June 25th, 2012adminbeef, Dinner, Mexican, Summer

    Chimichurri sauce is a great condiment – super low cal, but bursting with flavor. Served atop this already super savory steak, you can’t go wrong.

    Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

    Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

    6 servings
    322 calories per serving

    Meat and rub:
    3 boneless beef chuck flat iron steaks, ¾ inch thick – use sirloin steaks
    1 t Kosher salt
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t ground cumin
    ½ t chili powder
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t cayenne pepper

    Sauce:
    1 c cilantro leaves
    1 c flat leaf parsley
    ¼ c white vinegar
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ t Kosher salt
    ½ t red pepper flakes
    ¼ c olive oil

    Place meat on a baking pan. Mix together the meat rub spices and sprinkle on both sides of the meat then rub it in and cover with plastic and chill 1 hour.

    Mix the chimichurri ingredients other than the oil in a blender or food processor then slowly add oil as mixture is blending. Heat grill and cook meat 5-6 minutes each side or until desired doneness. Serve with sauce.

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    June 18th, 2012adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    By mixing the cream and the vinegar, you are almost making your own ‘sour’ cream. This is a very rich tasting dressing for the cucs and it is a nice side dish to serve with chicken or fish dishes.

    Cucs in Cream Sauce

    Cucs in Cream Sauce


    2 servings
    70 calories per serving

    2 medium cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
    2 t salt
    2 T heavy cream
    2 t vinegar
    ¼ t salt
    1/8 t pepper

    Mix cucs with salt and let stand 1 hour in a colander. Drain and pat dry. Mix cream, vinegar, salt and pepper and add cucs. Chilll 3-4 hours.

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    May 29th, 2012adminAppetizers

    The addition of the low fat cream cheese makes for a very creamy filling for these deviled eggs – you won’t even miss the mayo. 1 egg is more filling that you would think. Have next to a lunch salad and you’ll feel full for the whole afternoon !

    Deviled Eggs with Cream Cheese

    Deviled Eggs with Cream Cheese

    12 servings
    120 cal per serving (1 whole egg)

    12 hard boiled eggs
    4 oz. low fat cream cheese, room temperature
    3 T light mayo
    2 t dijon mustard
    2 t white vinegar
    1/2 t sugar
    1/4 t paprika
    salt and pepper to taste

    Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks to a bowl. Mix yolks with all the rest of the ingredients other than the paprika. “Stuff” eggs with spoonfuls of filling or “Pipe” filling into eggs with a ziploc bag made into a pastry bag. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving.

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    April 21st, 2012adminAsian, Dinner, Sides, Vegetables

    This ginger dressing rivals those served at Japanese steakhouse. Make a batch up and use it on salads and even atop fresh tomatoes as a great side dish to any meal.

    Tomatoes with Ginger Dressing

    Tomatoes with Ginger Dressing

    3 servings
    167calories per serving

    2 T minced onion
    3 T peanut oil
    2 T distilled white vinegar
    1 1/2 T finely grated fresh ginger
    1T ketchup
    1 T soy sauce
    1/4 t minced garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced thinly

    Combine onion, oil, vinegar, ginger, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Process until combined. Lay tomato slices on a platter and drizzle with dressing.

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