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Can't Live Without 'Em Dinners!

These are all of my recipes for the meals I just won't do without -- either they're uber-healthy and delicious and therefore must-haves, OR they're the "sinful" foods I've learned to revamp. Enjoy!!

(35 Recipes) Created by BTVMADS

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An earthy, simple, filling stew perfect for a winter's night. It also happens to be loaded with 8 grams of fiber, 23 grams of protein, 20% of your daily iron and calcium needs, and over 100% of your daily Vitamin A and C needs! Serve with a crusty roll and a grating of low fat cheddar!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 33.3g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 8.3g | Protein: 27.1g | Calories: 336.9
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This recipe is hearty, filling, satisfying southern-style comfort food. It's nearly impossible to believe that THIS MUCH food can have such a reasonable calorie count!!

For a veggie, brussels sprouts or collards would be perfect!

Caveat: This meal can be finished fairly quickly, but you do need to be able to watch over several dishes at once.

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 41.3g | Fat: 10.2g | Fiber: 6.3g | Protein: 26.6g | Calories: 335.4
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Cookbook creator says: Quite possibly one of the greatest inventions known to man.

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 32.1g | Fat: 11.7g | Fiber: 5.8g | Protein: 24.9g | Calories: 318.8
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When we think of potatoes au gratin, we think of the sinfully gooey, creamy, cheesey, comforting dish, right? Well, this one keeps all of those things but ups the nutrition ante with anti-oxidant and fiber-loaded sweet and blue potatoes. I've also replaced the cream with a thickened milk bechemel, and kept just a smidgen of the cheese.

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 26.6g | Fat: 8.9g | Fiber: 3.2g | Protein: 10g | Calories: 224.3
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This recipe sounds big, and it IS. But fight the temptation to cut it in half -- instead, wrap the leftovers in plastic/foil, freeze them, and you've got delicious burritos for lunchboxes! And what better midday fuel is there? With 12.5 grams of fiber and 20.5 grams of protein, these burritos will keep you going till dinner time.

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 39.4g | Fat: 7.5g | Fiber: 12.6g | Protein: 20.4g | Calories: 266.4
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Cookbook creator says: This is a quick, super hearty side dish that matches perfectly with pork chops, chicken sausages, or even a dinner omlette!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 32.5g | Fat: 13.8g | Fiber: 5.7g | Protein: 4.5g | Calories: 260.4
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I got this recipe from a NECI Chef today. Absolutely delicious!!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 8.4g | Fat: 6.3g | Fiber: 3.3g | Protein: 6.1g | Calories: 125.9
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Cookbook creator says: This recipe should be enjoyed in high summer, when fresh, locally grown tomatoes are readily available and at their flavorful peak. Grocery store tomatoes need not apply!!!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 16.4g | Fat: 9.7g | Fiber: 1.2g | Protein: 9.4g | Calories: 190.3
Very Good 4.0/5
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Autumn just makes me crave warm, creamy dishes, winter squashes, and aromatic seasonings. This dish has all of those!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 30.1g | Fat: 8.1g | Fiber: 6.1g | Protein: 21.8g | Calories: 286.6
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This is the real deal! No canned soups or pre-fab gravies loaded with preservatives and sodium, no dough-boy breads full of trans fats -- just wholesome chicken, vegetables, and pastry crust!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 20.3g | Fat: 6.8g | Fiber: 2.6g | Protein: 21g | Calories: 228.1
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If you thought Italian food was all about tomatoes and pasta, think again. This dish is the ultimate in Italian comfort food!

I found this recipe on Cookstr; it was created by Laura Werlin.

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 32.4g | Fat: 10.7g | Fiber: 0.6g | Protein: 18.2g | Calories: 303.2
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This one-pot dish is full of fresh vegetables, herbs, and strong yet light flavors. What a wonderful meal for a Spring dinner or potluck!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 45.5g | Fat: 7.1g | Fiber: 10g | Protein: 13.4g | Calories: 290.7
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This is a super-simple dish that always impresses my guests. The timing can be tricky, but it's so worth it for the amazing flavors!
Plus, this recipe takes advantage of Vermont's farmer's markets in several ways -- peas, onions, and local chevre are all available in mid-summer here. And if you serve it with a salad or local greens, you've got a Farmer's Market Feast!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 44.6g | Fat: 7.9g | Fiber: 6.4g | Protein: 12.9g | Calories: 297.2
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I love serving this recipe for a special occasion because it's quick and easy to prepare and always WOWs guests. Plus, it's a great way to enjoy Italian food without pasta!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 5.2g | Fat: 6.1g | Fiber: 0.8g | Protein: 27.5g | Calories: 194.8
O.K. 2.0/5
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This is a delicious way to enjoy the range of flavors in onions, and a refreshing departure from the usual French Onion or Potato Leek soups. This has a creamy, rich consistency without the cream!

Submitted by BTVMADS

Carbs: 21.1g | Fat: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Protein: 3.7g | Calories: 165.6
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