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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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    April 12th, 2010adminbeef, Dinner, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Sandwiches

    Sometimes nothing can replace the taste of a good old Sloppy, Messy, Ketchupy Sloppy Joe. This recipe has just enough of the sweet along with just enough of the spicy. For under 400 calories, you can’t go wrong !

    Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joes

    4 servings
    330 calories per serving

    1 t oil
    1 onion, chopped finely
    1 green pepper, chopped
    2 cloves garlic minced
    1 lb. extra lean ground beef
    3/4 c ketchup
    1 1/2 T brown sugar blend by Splenda
    2 t Worcestershire sauce
    1 t chili powder
    1 t cumin
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    4 whole wheat burger buns

    Heat oil in skillet and cook onion, pepper and garlic 5 minutes then stir in beef and cook 10 minutes or until no longer pink then add ketchup, sugar, Worcestershire, cumin, salt, pepper and chili powder and cook 4 minutes. Serve on buns.

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    March 25th, 2010adminbeef, Dinner

    What makes a meatloaf ‘porcupine’ ? The addition of rice ! And it also gives the meat a really nice texture and moistness. Try it !

    Porcupine Meatloaf

    Porcupine Meatloaf

    6 servings
    306 calories per serving

    1 can condensed tomato soup
    ½ c thick salsa
    ¼ c water
    1 ½ lb. lean ground beef
    ½ c raw instant white rice
    ¼ c dried onion pieces
    1 T Worcestershire sauce
    ¼ t salt
    ¼ t pepper
    ¼ t garlic powder
    ¼ t onion powder
    ¼ c Egg Beaters

    Combine soup, salsa and water. Combine beef and all the rest of the ingredients plus 1/2 cup of the tomato mix. Shape into an oblong meat loaf and place in the bottom of a crock pot and pour the rest of the tomato mix over the loaf. Cover and cook on low 7-9 hours. Remove from crock and let stand 5 minutes. Slice into 6 slices and spoon the sauce over the slices.

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    March 8th, 2010adminSides

    Just adding a bit of tomato and parsley makes brown rice so much more interesting. And the Worcestershire really adds a nice zing !

    Worcestershire Rice

    Worcestershire Rice

    4 servings
    127 calories per serving

    2 c brown rice, cooked
    1 c finely diced tomatoes (I use canned ones here)
    1 T Worcestershire sauce
    1 T finely chopped parsley
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/4 t garlic powder

    Combine all and serve warm.

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    February 22nd, 2010adminDinner, Sides, Vegetables

    Mushrooms are so low cal – and so delicious ! When you have an extra 50 calories left over in a meal and you want to fill it up with something savory, why not pan fry some Portobello mushroom caps ! It is simple to do and you can easily change up the flavor by substituting different dry and fresh herbs and spices.

    Portobello Mushroom Caps

    Portobello Mushroom Caps



    4 servings
    36 calories per serving

    4 Portobello mushroom caps (4-5 oz. each)
    Pam
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Onion powder
    Garlic powder
    Worcestershire sauce
    Fresh parsley chopped (for garnish)

    Heat a skillet to medium high heat and spray with Pam. Place mushroom caps in pan underside facing down. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder and ½ t of Worcestershire. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip and re-season the same way and continue cooking another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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    February 8th, 2010admincrock pot, Dinner

    It may have no meat, but it does not skimp on the flavor. And at only 240 calories for a heaping serving, it gets my full seal of approval ! The ingredient list is long, but don’t let it fool you – this comes together very quickly.

    No Meat Chili

    No Meat Chili

    5 servings
    240 calories per serving

    1 large 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
    1 15.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (with green chilies or garlic if you like)
    1 small can zesty tomato sauce
    3/4 c black beans
    3/4 c kidney beans
    1 4.25 oz. can jalapeno peppers, rinsed and diced
    1 7 oz. can corn
    1 1/2 c chopped onions
    1 large green bell pepper, chopped
    1 large red bell pepper, chopped
    1 3/4 c chopped celery
    1 13.25 oz. can button mushrooms (each mushroom halved)
    2 T chili powder (or more !)
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1 t Worcestershire sauce
    1 t cumin
    ½ t garlic powder
    ½ t onion powder
    ¾ t oregano flakes
    ¾ t parsley flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Pam

    Put sauce, tomatoes, beans, corn, jalapenos, mushrooms, chili powder and cumin in crock pot. Add chili powder, Worcestershire and cumin and stir well.

    Spray a skillet with Pam and bring to medium high heat. Saute bell peppers, onion, garlic and celery for 5-7 minutes to soften. Add garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, parsley and mix well. Then stir this mix into the crock with the tomato mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on low heat 4-6 hours

    You could skip the step of sauting the pepper and onion mix, but I feel the texture is a whole lot better if you don’t ! If you don’t have a crock pot, you can use a regular pot on the stove, just add the onion mix to the pot with the tomatoes, bring all to a boil, and then simmer partially covered for 1-2 hours.

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