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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 22nd, 2010adminDessert, Drinks, Summer

    Instead of a latte, try a shake when the weather gets warmer. This one is so super refreshing – kinda like lemon sherbert, but not quite !

    Lemon Shake

    Lemon Shake

    1 serving
    160 calories per serving

    8 oz. lemon chiffon yogurt (or just regular lemon flavor)
    2 T nonfat dry milk
    3 T lemon juice
    8 ice cubes

    Place all in a blender and blend until smooth.

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    April 7th, 2010adminDinner, Mediterranean, pork

    ‘Souvlaki’ is a Greek preparation of meat, usually skewered, and marinated in a lemon based sauce. Rather than the traditional side of tzatziki, this one has a side of a yogurt / tahini mix that ends up tasting like a cross between tzatziki and hummus. It was all quite delicious !

    Pork Souvlaki

    Pork Souvlaki

    4 servings
    279 calories per serving

    1 lb. pork shoulder cut into ¾ inch cubes
    3 T oil
    ¼ c plus 2 T fresh lemon juice
    Lemon wedges for serving
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    2 T chopped fresh oregano
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 T plain Greek yogurt
    ¼ c tahini
    1-2 T water

    Combine pork, oil and 2 T lemon juice with garlic and oregano then season with salt and pepper. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 1-8 hours. Whisk yogurt, ¼ c lemon juice, tahini and 1-2 T water – enough to make the consistency like that of heavy cream. Heat a pan to high heat and cook pork until brown on all sides, about 12 minutes. If the pork releases too much moisture, make sure to dry out the pan a little by blotting with a couple of paper towels – if you don’t the meat won’t brown up and get all the tasty bits on the edges. Serve with yogurt sauce and lemon wedges.

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    March 25th, 2010adminSalads, Sides

    The avocado is unexpected and that makes it twice as good ! Mixed with the lemon and yogurt, this makes a very light yet creamy dressing.

    Mixed Greens with Avocado Dressing

    Mixed Greens with Avocado Dressing

    4 servings
    106 calories per serving

    1 avocado, cut into chunks
    ¼ c plain low fat yogurt
    ½ t grated lemon zest
    1 T lemon juice
    1 T water
    ½ t salt
    4 c sliced romaine lettuce
    4 c watercress or endive

    In a blender mix the avocado chunks, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and 1 T water until smooth. Put dressing in a bowl and add greens and mix well.

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    February 17th, 2010adminLunch, Salads

    Very creamy and very yogurty – this is a very refreshing salad. The curry flavor is subtle – if you like more curry flavor, just up it to 2 t or more.

    Chickpea Salad with Yogurt Curry Dressing

    Chickpea Salad with Yogurt Curry Dressing

    6 servings
    337 calories per serving

    Dressing:
    1/3 c chopped cilantro
    2 T oil
    1 T lemon juice
    1 ½ t curry powder
    ¾ t salt
    ½ t minced garlic
    ¼ t black pepper
    8 oz. plain fat free yogurt

    Salad:
    2 c finely shredded carrot
    1 ½ c thinly sliced yellow bell pepper
    1 ½ c chopped plum tomato
    ¼ c finely chopped red onion
    15.5 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    12 c chopped romaine lettuce

    Combine dressing ingredients and whisk to mix well. Combine salad ingredients and mix with ½ c dressing. Split salad between 6 plates and drizzle with 1 T more dressing each.

    Try serving with a half of a toasted pita or a few packaged pita chips.

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    December 24th, 2009adminSnacks

    I have a set of ‘GO TO’ snacks so that when I am hungry, I don’t dig into something that will tip the calorie scale for the day. Make a list, keep them around the house, keep them front and center on your snack shelves !

    Almonds – raw, unsalted – - great for also getting in your good fats for the day
    Sunflower seeds – high on the calorie scale but if you eat them individually, you’ll be tired by time you come to the end of 1/4 cup :)
    Low fat string cheese – only 50-70 calories per stick and very satisfying
    Turkey Pepperoni – pair it up with the string cheese !
    Fiber One 50 calorie cups of yogurt
    Pretzels
    Celery sticks – cut them up on Sunday and keep them in a container ready to go all week (dip in Tzatziki) or eat with a Light Laughing Cow cheese
    Light Laughing Cow cheese wedge – only 35 calories – WOW!
    Pop Chips – these AWESOME 100 calorie chips are real potatoes, they are just popped instead of fried or baked. They come in many flavors and you can get them in single serve bags and the come out to less than a dollar a bag

    Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips – eaten a few at a time, a tablespoon or 2 can keep you busy for a while
    Jax (cheese doodles) – lots of curls for 130 calories
    Ricola chewy breath mints – very minty – and after mint, I don’t want anything else for a while
    Coffee – not a snack when it is just coffee, but by the time I am done with flavorings and toppings, it is more like a low cal dessert :) I will get a few of these recipes up soon

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