Posts Tagged ‘Recipe’

5 Easy Savory Dinners

If you have pasta, beans, and a savory meat, then you can make a yummy dinner, quickly. Throw in some greens and it’s healthy too! Read the recipes here.

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As you know, I’m counting calories these days. It’s always a good idea to count calories periodically, even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, so you have some idea how many calories you are eating each day. The truth can be shocking sometimes!

One thing counting calories has taught me (again) is that splurging just a little bit can have big consequences. For example, this past week I went over my alotted calorie count two days because I had a little “treat” and thought “eating this one little thing won’t really matter.” One day I had two Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and another day I had a cupcake. And both days my calorie count was over by the number of calories in those treats (both of which were over 200 calories).

So when I saw this blog post at Eating Well, I wanted to share it with you. I still believe that you have to have “treats” sometimes because life is short and I like sweets! But you should know what you are getting when you eat them. Read the post to learn how to have your cake and eat it too!

P.S. BTW, as you will read, that cupcake can have up to 585 calories!

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I found this post at the EatingWell blogs (my favorite) and really wanted to share it with you. It’s about four common cooking mistakes that we make; I know I make them! I’m not really a stickler for closely following directions (in general, in life) but this post makes it clear that some of those specific rules actually need to be followed closely when we cook. Read up and improve your skills!

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Butternut Mac & Cheese

I found this simple recipe at Sheila’s blog. It’s a great way to make mac & cheese healthier: add veggies. If you have really picky eaters, you could puree the veggies first so that they are less obvious.

The recipe calls for butternut squash only, but I added green peas too. And, as usual, I experimented with the recipe. I wanted to make it even easier because I didn’t want to stand at my stove and mix. Here’s what I did:

  • Cook 8 oz large elbow macaroni according to the directions on the package.
  • Spray 4 1/2 quart casserole dish with olive oil or other non-stick spray
  • Combine the following in the dish:
    • Cooked macaroni
    • 2 T butter cut into squares
    • 1/2 package frozen green peas
    • 1/2 package frozen diced squash
    • 8 oz grated cheese (I used cheddar and romano)
  • Combine in a separate dish
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 2 T flour
    • then pour it over the macaroni mix
  • Sprinkle with paprika
  • Cook in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes (I initially followed the recipe to cook for 20 minutes at 325 degrees, but it wasn’t done), or until the cheese is browned and the milk is creamy on the bottom

I like to throw everything together into one dish and bake it. My version doesn’t require standing over the stove. And while your cheesy, yummy dish is baking, you can clean up the kitchen and move on!

I hope you enjoy it!

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I loved the title so I had to check it out. It’s a low-calorie recipe for deviled eggs, with a lot of great ideas for how to spice them up, yum them up, and make them anything but boring. Enjoy!

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Tweeted Recipes

Below are four recipes that are so simple they were tweeted!

@WhoaMomma: 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, 1 jar salsa. Cook on low in slow cooker 8 hours, serve over rice or in quesadillas.

@mgirlfoodieblog: Couscous Salad-cooked couscous, Italian dressing, fave cheese, thin-sliced onion, diced veggies, toss, eat!

@AtlantaNanny: Squash soup: 2 acorn squash cooked, 6 Granny Smith apples cooked, peeled. Add 8 oz. heavy cream, chicken stock. Puree + simmer.

@LoriBuselt: Marinate a salmon fillet in equal parts soy sauce and maple syrup. Grill. Enjoy.

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Whenever I eat pizza (yes, I eat pizza sometimes), I always want soda. I don’t know if it’s a memory that makes me crave the two together or something about the foods themselves. But whatever it is, I find it hard to enjoy my pizza without a soda. Thing is – I don’t drink soda very often so I never have it in my house. So tonight when I was eating a frozen pizza (Newman’s Uncured Pepperoni; I didn’t feel like cooking), I was out of luck on something satisfactory to drink. Until I thought: I can make my own.

Here’s my “recipe”; I hesitate to call it a recipe because like most things I make, I just add a little of this and a dash of that without measuring. You’ll have to mix it all up to your taste.

– Seltzer
– Lemon & lime juice (fresh squeezed would be great, but I used Nellie’s & Joe’s Key West Lemon Juice and Key West Lime Juice)

Swirl it all together with ice and enjoy!

I admit it’s not sweet, but I like the tartness so that’s okay with me. If you want it sweet, then add stevia (a few calories) or agave nectar (a few more calories).

Try it and let me know what you think!

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Hearty Lentil Stew – Again

I posted this recipe back in October, but I love it so much — and it’s so easy — that I wanted to share it again in case you missed it. It is from my Rival Crock-Pot Incredibly Easy Recipes book:

Makes 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: Low 9-11 hours


1 cup dried lentils, rinsed & sorted

1 pkg (16 oz) frozen green beans, thawed

2 cups cauliflower florets

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup baby carrots, cut into halves crosswise

3 cups (fat-free reduced-sodium) chicken broth (I use regular broth)

2 teaspoons ground cumin

¾ teaspoon ground ginger

1 can (15 ounces) chunky tomato sauce with garlic and herbs

½ cup dry-roasted peanuts (most of the time I don’t have these and don’t
use them)

  1. Place lentils in crock-pot. Top with green
    beans, cauliflower, onion, and carrots.
  2. Combine broth, cumin and ginger in large bowl.
    Mix well. Pour over vegetables in crock pt. Cover. Cook on low 9-11 hours.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce. Cover. Cook on low 10
    minutes. Ladle stew into bowls. Sprinkle peanuts evenly over each serving.

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This recipe sounds easy & yummy! Full disclosure: I haven’t tried it yet. If you do, let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it. http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/recipes/_superfast-one-pot-chili-super-bowl

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Perfect Holiday Punch!

Now that we have a baby in the house, I’m even more about easy than before when it comes to food. I saw this great recipe for Candy Apple Punch on some TV show (can’t remember which show or even which channel). It has only four ingredients and doesn’t even require any measuring.

  • Jug of apple cider
  • Scotch or whisky
  • Champagne
  • Cranberries

Put the cranberries in the freezer. Then mix together the apple cider and the scotch/whisky. Just pour it together until the pitcher is full. Fill champagne glasses 3/4 full with the mix. When you are ready to serve, top with champagne and add the frozen cranberries.

This is not low in calories and it’s not really healthy. But it is yummy and easy and festive. Enjoy!


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