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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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    May 28th, 2013adminDinner, Lunch, Sides, Summer

    At only 160 calories, make this one often ! The lite buttermilk, lemon and wine is a nice change from your typical mayo and vinegar dressing. The flavor is right on and this will definitely satisfy your potato salad craving.

    Light Potato Salad

    Light Potato Salad

    12 servings
    160 calories per serving

    4 lb. small red potatoes, quartered
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ¼ c dry white wine
    4 T lemon juice
    ½ c low fat buttermilk
    ¼ c low fat mayo
    1 T Dijon mustard
    1 c packed basil leaves sliced very thin
    Cilantro for garnish

    Add cold water to potatoes to cover them by 2 inches, cover and bring to a boil then add 1 t salt, recover and reduce heat to medium low and cook 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Add wine and 1 T lemon juice them toss and cool to room temperature.

    Whisk buttermilk, mayo, mustard, ¼ t salt, pepper and 3 T lemon juice. Blend well and then toss with potatoes and basil.

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    February 2nd, 2013adminSoups, Vegetables

    Simple does not always mean plain. This is a simple soup of just a few ingredients, but it turns out a restaurant class meal – classic flavor and perfectly mild spicing.

    Celery Root Soup

    Celery Root Soup

    4 servings
    180 calories per serving

    2 T butter
    1 c thinly sliced leek
    1/2 c carrot, finely chopped
    2 T white wine
    3 c peeled and cubed celery root (about 3/4 pound)
    3 c chicken broth
    1 c water
    1/2 t coarse salt
    1/2 t black pepper
    1 3/4 c cooked wild rice
    2 T fresh chives, chopped finely

    Melt butter in soup pot. Add leek and carrot then cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook another 5 minutes or until tender. Add wine, celery root, broth, 1 c water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then cover and cook 10 minutes. Place 1 c soup mix in a blender and blend until smooth then add back to soup pan and add rice. Cook 15 minutes. Garnish with chives just before serving.

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    March 28th, 2012adminDinner, Fish, Summer

    Verde is ‘green’ in Spanish and this dish is VERY green. The processed parsley and green onions put a great color on these shrimp. This is one of those restaurant worthy dishes – and it only takes minutes to prep ! Cut out the bread and you cut out tons of calories here – shrimp are very low cal !!

    Shrimp with Verde Sauce

    Shrimp with Verde Sauce



    6 servings
    350 calories per serving

    3 ½ T oil
    6 garlic cloves
    1 c chopped green onions
    1 c chopped flat leaf parsley
    ½ t salt
    ½ t pepper
    ¼ t red pepper flakes
    2 ¼ lb. large shrimp, cleaned and peeled
    1/3 c dry white wine or chicken broth
    6 oz. French bread in thin slices (more than ½ MB bread tub – 26 slices)

    Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place oil and garlic in food processor and process until garlic is fine then add onions and parsley and process again. Place in a bowl and add salt and peppers. Add shrimp and mix to coat. Place in a shallow roasting pan and add wine. Bake 7 – 10 minutes or until done. If the shrimp are not in a single layer, you may want to stir halfway through to ensure even cooking. Serve with bread for dipping in extra sauce.

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    February 2nd, 2012adminDinner, Fish

    Rustic and earthy is the way I would describe this dish. The pepitas, capers and tomatoes just make this dish what it is – very special. This would be a great meal to make for guests.

    Tilapia with Pepitas

    Tilapia with Pepitas

    4 servings
    180 calories per serving

    2 T pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
    4 4-ounce tilapia fillets
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 T oil
    2 T lemon juice
    1/2 c dry white wine
    1 T butter
    1 1/2 T capers, drained and rinsed
    1 c grape tomatoes, cut in half
    1/4 c chopped basil
    Pam

    Toast the pepitas very briefly (do not let them brown) in a hot skillet. Remove and set aside. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper and spray a baking sheet with Pam. Broil fish 3-4 minutes.. Heat oil and butter on medium heat and saute tomatoes and capers 2 minutes. Add lemon and wine and simmer 1 minute. Add fish (browned side up) and baste with sauce. Remove fish to a plate. Add basil, pepitas, salt and pepper to pan and saute 30 seconds. Spoon over fish and serve immediately.

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    November 23rd, 2011adminDinner

    This is great served on top of any simple grilled beef, chicken, pork or fish but I personally think the sweetness of the red peppers pairs the best with a simple roasted chicken.

    Roasted Pepper Sauce

    Roasted Pepper Sauce

    6 ¼ c servings
    46 calories per serving

    4 medium red bell peppers, washed, cored, cut in half and seeded
    1 ½ c no fat chicken broth
    ½ c white wine
    1 T chopped basil
    2 T margarine
    ¼ t salt

    Preheat broiler and place peppers skin side up on a baking sheet lined with foil. Cook 15 minutes or until blackened. Cover and let cool 15 minutes. The skins should now peel off easily. Blend peppers, broth and wine until smooth and then place in a saucepan with the basil. Bring to a boil and the reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Then add margarine and salt and stir until melted. Cover and keep warm. You can also refrigerate this and just reheat individual portions in the microwave.

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    September 3rd, 2011adminAsian, Dinner, Fish

    The ginger and lime flavors were very subtle in this dish – you can definitely dial them up if you want a more robust dish. But the subtlety was very nice and when combined with the great scallop flavor, this made a great seafood dish. The rich sauce made with butter and cream is soooo lovely !

    Ginger Lime Scallops

    Ginger Lime Scallops

    6 servings
    224 calories per serving

    1/2 c dry white wine
    1/2 c unsalted chicken broth
    2 T minced shallots
    1 t grated fresh ginger
    1/4 t grated lime peel
    1 1/2 lb. scallops
    1/4 c unsalted butter
    1/4 c whipping cream
    Pam

    Mix wine, broth, shallots, ginger, and lime peel in a skillet and boil uncovered until reduced by half. Stir in cream and boil until reduced to 3/4 c. Over medium heat add butter and incorporate into sauce. Keep warm. Rinse scallops and pat dry.. Spray scallops and another skillet with Pam. Saute scallops 7 to 10 minutes or until done. Pour sauce onto a warm platter lay scallops in sauce. Serve with optional brown rice (add 120 calories for each ½ c rice).
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    November 12th, 2010adminchicken, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Soups

    The broth for this soup is just perfect – it is satisfyingly creamy without being too much. The veggies are just enough. And the rice makes it really stick with you. It is a great lunch soup and reheats well. Be sure to not skip the wine and lemon juice – just the little bits make a big difference in the taste of the broth !

    Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

    Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

    6 servings
    218 calories per serving

    ½ c chopped carrot
    1/3 c finely chopped onion
    1/3 c chopped celery
    2 T butter
    ¼ c flour
    6 c chicken broth
    2 c cooked rice
    1 c cubed cooked chicken
    ½ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    1/8 t garlic powder
    1 c 2 % milk
    2 T lemon juice
    1 T white wine

    Saute the carrot, onion and celery in the butter until tender then mix in flour and gradually stir in the broth. Mix in rice, chicken, salt, pepper and garlic powder and bring to a boil the reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in the milk, lemon juice and wine and cook 5 minutes or until heated through.

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