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Waldorf-ish Salad with Vanilla Yogurt

I created this recipe out of odds and ends in my refrigerator when I realized I didn't have celery to make the traditional version.

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

These pancakes are very tasty and will keep you full for hours.

Debbie's Almost Vegetarian Pizza

If you are looking for "Real" pizza, look somewhere else, but if you want a great tasting low-calorie pizza, then you have come to the right place. The biggest benefit is that you can have 2-3 slices without breaking the calorie bank.

Crab Stuffed Shells

This is a wonderful dish that is stuffed with flavor yet easy to prepare. The sweet taste of crab is enhanced by ricotta & Parmesan cheeses. Add to that a drizzle of sweet tomato sauce and a sprinkle of basil to get a delicious mix of flavorsl.

Asian Tuna Burgers

Canned tuna is used, along with Asian-inspired sauces to make a tasty burger (or patty)

Tzatziki (Homemade Greek yogurt dip)

This is a luscious blend of yogurt, cucumber & garlic that is a great compliments to savory Greek dishes, like Keftethes (meatballs) and Gyro's.

Keftethes (Greek Meatballs)

Keftethes (keh-FTEH-thes) are savory Greek meatballs that are served as an appetizer or main dish. The traditional recipe calls for frying the meatballs, but I've found that this baked version is quite good and a bit healthier.

For the tastiest meatballs, prepare the ground meat mixture earlier in the day and allow it to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour. This allows the flavors to really meld.

Chicken Marsala

Pounding the chicken before cooking renders them thin and terrifically tender. Deglazing the pan with the Marsala wine and stock after cooking the chicken creates a quick, rich sauce.

Red Pepper, Tomato & Cauliflower Soup

This is a very vegetable laden soup that can be served hot or cold. It can be adapted to be vegetarian or vegan.

I serve this with a little hummus and a few homemade tortilla chips on the side with a piece of fruit.

Black Bean Salad

Black beans are high in both fiber and protein, which helps stabilize blood sugar and curb hunger pangs. Fiber can also help lower cholesterol.

Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup

I modified this recipe from one I found on-line.
ENJOY!

Butternut Squash Ravioli

I had seen similar recipes before, but I just winged it with this recipe. It was delish. ENJOY!

Baked Eggplant

I was looking through some vintage recipes trying to find some different ways to make eggplant, when I came across this one. The recipe tastes so much like bread stuffing you won't believe it's really eggplant (and neither will anyone else). It was a big hit.

ENJOY!

Onion, Tomato & Cucumber Salad

I made this up out of bits & pieces in my frig

Moroccan Fish Tagine

This is basically a fish stew, but made with lots of yummy spices and served over couscous.

Fresh Strawberry Vinegarette

Fast, easy & fresh salad dressing and you can change the fruit to make whatever flavor would go best with you meal. Peach, orange and apple are yummy too.

Ramekin Egg Casseroles

I made these up out of leftovers in my fridge. It would be easy to substitute and vegetables for the broccoli, peppers & onions and any meat for the bacon. Even sweet potato would be a good substitute for the white potato. Whatever changes you make, if you use the quantities shown in this recipe, the nutritional info won't change that much (if at all). ENJOY!

Spinach Cheese Pie

I got this recipe from a friend, who modified the original recipe just a bit. This one has no lemon and I LOVE it. It also is GREAT re-heated.

Fish Cakes

Makes 8 fish cakes about 4.6 oz each (uncooked weight)

Jiffy Tuna "Pie"

This recipe is similar to the Bisquick "Impossible Pie" recipes, except that I came up with this combination myself. ENJOY!

Celery Salad with Blue Cheese & Walnuts

I have never been a real raw celery fan because to me it has a kind of bitter taste, so I almost didn't try this recipe. Boy, am I glad I decided to be adventurous and try it anyway. It has become one of our favorite salads. There is something about the dressing that takes all bitter out. Enjoy!

Parmesan-Butternut Squash Gratin

Crispy bread crumbs add a bit of crunch to tender slices of butternut squash seasoned with garlic and Parmesan.

Enjoy!

Hamburger Dish Delicious

This is a recipe of my siser-in-laws back from our college days when we had to make 2 dimes last like a quarter. It has been a favorite comfort food ever since.

Enjoy!

Tomato Bean Soup

The basic soup is very hearty and satisfying, but you can kick it up a notch by adding hot dog pieces and croutons for more protien and crunch.

Enjoy!

Curried Carrot Raisin Salad

This is a slight twist on an old favorite. We love it in a pita or wrap. It is great by itself as a veggie sandwich, but it is also really good paired up with sliced turkey or chicken.


Very Good (2 ratings)
Tomato Pasta/Pizza Sauce (from fresh home-canned tomatoes)

Another one of my "clean out the cupboards" creations.

This can be used as a pasta sauce, a pizza sauce or in recipes like Chicken Parmesean or Lazagna.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

I have too many jars of stuff in my refrigerator and pantry, so my current project is to come up with ways to use it all up.

One of today's creations is a basic sauce for pasta, but I bet it would be good on chicken too. It is also very colorful and pretty.

Scones

This recipe is modified from the www.joyofcooking.com by Stephanie Jaworski. The comments say it is very versatile and the scones freeze well.

Fresh Salad "Summer Rolls" with Herb Vinaigrette

I went to a cooking class earlier this summer (2009) and the instructor taught us this twist on the Thai Spring Rolls.

There is a bit of prep work but it tastes great and makes a lovely presentation on the plate. Try it sometime.

Enjoy!


Incredible! (1 rating)
Bohemian Sweet and Sour Cabbage

For my husband's birthday I wanted to do something special. He loves German food so I made sausage, perogies and this recipe for sweet & sour cabbage (which I found on RecipeZarr).

Here is what the posting author wrote:
This recipe is so old it could be considered "antique." It was my grandmother's recipe. When I prepared it, I was an adult but it definitely rang childhood memory bells. I did remember this delicious taste. My grandmother wrote out this recipe as I am reproducing it and on the recipe she noted that this dish is good with roast pork or pork chops, dumplings and applesauce. An excellent meal from Central Europe! (Bread dumplings are now available in the freezer section of the supermarket.)

Enjoy!

Banana, Pecan & Chocolate Cookies

I wanted to find another way to use ripe leftover bananas. My husband love cookies, so I found this recipe on Simply Recipes.

The bananas make these cookes very moist, and who doesn't like nuts & chocolate?


Very Good (1 rating)
Pistachio Encrusted Salmon

I came up with this simple, easy recipe when my pantry was low and I fashinoned it after the macadamia encrusted version we had in Hawaii. We loved it and I hope you will too.

Enjoy!

NOTE: You can change this recipe to suit what you have on hand by substituting any type of fish or any type of nuts.

Cranberry Chicken

I friend of mine made this recipe for us and it was so fantastic I just had to post it. I mean this was so good we wanted to put our faces in the dish and lick up every last morsel. It's that yummy.

This dish is a little high in calories, so you will need to plan well to include it in your daily totals- but it will be worth the effort.

Enjoy!

Cajun Black Beans with Sausage, Rice & Corn

I found (and adapted) this recipe from one I found on BettyCrocker.com

Enjoy!

Lemon Poppy Seed Crisps (cookies)

I found this recipe on a package of Martha White Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mix and I just had to try them. Well, to quote Rachel Raye, "Yummo"!

Enjoy!

Tomato Pepper Tart

I modified this recipe from one I found at lhj.com and the picture shown here is from their web site, using tomatoes only. I thought that was way to boring, so I cranked up the flavor a notch.

I also divided each pastry sheet in half and made 4 tarts. I finished steps 1 & 2 and then let everyone make their own. For me this made 2 servings, but others have a bigger appetite and ate their whole tart. I also had other ingredients (like pepperoni or sausage) available for those that didn't want a veggie tart.

Enjoy!

Red Pepper Spaghetti Florentine

This is my different slant on standard baked spaghetti.

ENJOY!

Chicken Red Pepper Fettucini Alfredo

I came across a recipe for a "light" alfredo sauce. It seemed to me that taking out so much of the tasty, but fattening, ingredients would also dilute the flavor. So I came up with this version to use strong flavors and spices to make a lower fat, but satisfying dish.

You could easily substitute shrimp or crab for the chicken. Be creative and ENJOY!

Meat & Bean Chili with homemade seasonings

I wanted a chili lower in salt so I used homemade seasonings, home canned tomotoes and no salt kidney beans. The seasonings were more that enough to make a full bodied and flavorful chili. It is cooked low and slow to develop the flavors and like most soups and stews, it tastes even better the next day.

This recipes make 13-14 1-cup servings.

Enjoy!


Very Good (3 ratings)
Cheese & Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

This makes about eight stuffed mushrooms, 2 per serving.

Enjoy!

Taco Salad (with meat, beans & cheese)

This recipe makes 6 huge servings, and is a meal in itself. If you want to serve this as a side dish it would make 12-18 servings.

Enjoy!

Leftover Magic: Sesame Ginger Stir Fry

Leftover Magic recipes attempt to show how to use up what you have in the refrigerator, without eating the same meal twice.

This version uses leftover chicken, rice and water chestnuts.

Mary Ann's Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe comes from my friend Mary Ann. I had never had these before because I thought the greeen pepper would be to over powering. I am happy to say I was wrong, because these are delicious.

The recipe is easy to put together and is always a big hit. Just add a salad and some applesauce as side dishes and you have a complete meal.

Enjoy!

Tofu Cheese Souffle'

modifed from "The book of Tofu"

Leftover Magic: Spinach Pepper Salmon Fillets

Leftover Magic recipes attempt to show how to use up what you have in the refrigerator, without eating the same meal twice.

This particular recipe uses leftover salmon pieces and leftover spinach dip, but you could use any type of fish and any type of dip.

Leftover Magic: Refrigerator Strata

Leftover Magic recipes attempt to show how to use up what you have in the refrigerator, without eating the same meal twice.

I make this type of recipe a couple of times a year to clean out the refrigerator of all the leftovers and I use it for any meal. It makes a hearty breakfast or a great lunch or dinner served with a salad or vegetable and a side like cranberry sauce. The calories calculation for this recipe will vary widely based on the actual ingredients you use, but I will show what I used for this calculation. So use up all that good stuff in your frig and don't be afraid to get creative.

Leftover Magic: Baked Chicken & Pasta Primavera

Leftover Magic recipes attempt to show how to use up what you have in the refrigerator, without eating the same meal twice.

This recipe uses leftover chicken. You can use whatever combination of veggies and pasta you have on hand.

Leftover Magic: Sweet & Sour Style Pork

Leftover Magic recipes attempt to show how to use up what you have in the refrigerator, without eating the same meal twice.

This particular recipe uses leftover teriyaki style pork. I used Smithfield Pork Sirloin, but any style will do. Other changes you might want to try are:
-- mandrin oranges & orange juice in place of the pineapple
-- subsitute any of the vegetables for another variety. Try zucchini, green beans, broccoli or eggplant.

Enjoy!

Gnocchi & Beans a la Veggies

This is very filling and a good way to use up leftover veggies. Feel free to substitue your favorites.

Enjoy!

Blueberry Banana Muffins

These muffins are loaded with flavor, very low in fat and very moist. I only make a few at at time because with all of these fresh ingredients they will begin to spoil within a few days. This way my husband and I can control our portions without having to throw any away.

Be sure you spray either the muffin tin or the muffin paper liner with cooking spray before adding the batter, so that they will come out clean when they cool.

Enjoy!

Debbie's Nut Mix

This recipe is a great snack and it is as quck and easy as you can get.
Enjoy!

Big Brownie Oatmeal Drop Cookies

I found this recipe in a old Women's Day Magazine. It sounded like a good way to satisfy a chocolate craving, and it does.

WARNING: If you are a chocolate addict only make this recipe if there are a lot of people to share with (lol).

Enjoy!

Bruschetta Chicken Bake

I found this recipe on the back of a box of Stove Top Stuffing and it has become one of our favorites. It is fast & easy to Enjoy!

Cherry/Berry Crumble

This recipe uses very little processed sugar, fat or salt. It relys on the natural sugars in the fruit, highlighted by the sweetness in the balsamic vinegar. I know it sounds unusual, but it tastes great.
Enjoy!

Zucchini-Sauerkraut Loaf

I found this recipe on a bag of sauerkraut and modified it just a bit to lower the calories and salt. It would make a wonderful vegetarian entree.
Enjoy!

Dijon-Olive Whitefish

This recipe is my own invention. Enjoy!

Spicy Potato Tomato Soup

This is a wonderfully hearty soup. Serve with a salad and a slice of crusty bread for a complete meal.

Creekside Grains Apple Crisp

Creekside Grains is a small local producer of dessert mixes. So far all of their products have been so good. www.creeksidegrains.com

Asian Chicken and Pecan Salad

I found a version of this recipe on Prevention.com, but I made a few changes to make it my own.

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (with home canned veggies)

I use home canned, no-salt added tomatoes and red bell peppers to make this soup, and it is just bursting with flavor. I do add a little salt toward the end, but if you use canned or jarred tomatoes and peppers, the sodium will go way up.


Very Good (2 ratings)
Sweet & Spicy Salmon

Super fast salmon recipe that looks great on the plate and tastes just as good.


Very Good (1 rating)
Peanut Butter Pancakes

I came up with this simple recipe because my husband loves pancakes, but if he doesn't get some protien in the morning he start to feel light headed before lunch time. He also loves peanut butter, so this was an easy, no-brainer.

Pagoda Fruit Crisp

Pretty, healty and tasty.
Enjoy


Incredible! (2 ratings)
Vegetarian Stuffed Eggplant

This makes 4 very hearty servings. Sreve with bread and a salad for a very filling meal.

Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms

This makes a wonderful side dish, but it also makes a great entree. Just add one pound of cooked shrimp or chicken to the orzo, just before adding the sauce and cheese. Yummy!

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I came up with this recipe becasue I had a bunch of leftovers. It transformed them into something new and yummy.

You can make it spicer by increasing the cayenne pepper, the chipolte pepper in adobo sauce or just more mild green chilis. To make it milder, just cut back on these same items.

You can also modify this by using a different meat or protien in place of the chicken. Try using leftover pot roast or steak, or tofu, or beans and maybe even fish & shrimp.

Vegetarian Chili (using Fantastic Foods Chili Mix)

This is a wonderfully spicy chili that is low in fat, high in protien and fiber, and fairly low in carbs. In fact the only drawback is the amount of sodium (if you watch that kind of thing).

Pomegranate-Cranberry Fizzes

I modified this recipe from one I found on my.hearthealthyonline.com ENJOY!

40 Thieves

Yes that's right - 40 garlic cloves, about four heads of garlic! Try to use large, plump. fresh heads. Best-ever chicken guaranteed! After two hours of slow roasting ,the chicken is fragrant and melt-in-the-mouth tender, and the roasted cloves of garlic are a sublime spread on toasted crusty bread. This aromatic provencale dish cooks the garlics to a soft puree that is sweet, nutty and socially acceptable the morning after.


I copied this recipe from one posted on RecipeZaar.com (thank you user RainbowBrush)


Very Good (1 rating)
Spicy Corn Cakes with Black Beans

My Bootcamp Fitness instructor (Mindy) told me about this recipe and I came home and found it on-line. I modified it a bit more. I hope you like it.

Stuffed Celery

This is a slightly different slant on the traditional cream cheese & celery.

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

This recipe is best made int the summer, when tomatoes are at their natural best.

Thank you to my friend Don Burns for this delicious way to eat your veggies.

Curried Mango Chicken

This spicy-and-sweet recipe blends aromatic curry powder and cayenne pepper with fresh mango and coconut milk for a classic Indian dish.

I modified this recipe from one I found in the May 2009 issue of Reader's Digest.
Enjoy!

Tangy Apricot-Glazed Pork

I modified this recipe from one I found on recipezaar.com
Enjoy!


Very Good (1 rating)
Curried Tofu

I found this recipe on the Cooking Light/My Recipes.com web site.

Garlic Bean Dip

This recipe was sent to me from a relative of mine and it sounded so good I just had to share.

Dip assorted raw vegetables, baked pita chips, dry bread stix or bagel chips. You can even make your own bagel chips by just shaving pieces off a soft bagel and shaking on some type seasoning before slow baking in the oven until they are crispy.

Chicken and White Bean Bruschetta Bake

I modified this recipe from one I found on Pillsbury.com

Crispy Baked Eggplant

This is my own creation. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Mrs. Gannon's Tuna-Cashew Casserole

This is a recipe from my husband's childhood. Mrs. Gannon was a neighbor of his family and she is the woman who gave his mom this recipe. Every since it has been called "Mrs. Gannon's". I have been able to reduce the calories, fat & sodium by using more modern ingredients, but it is still another one of those great, easy comfort food casseroles.

Farfalle with Mushrooms & Spinach

This recipe is fast, filling and super low in fat.

This recipe is modified from Ladies Home Journal- Mar 09

Chicken Chili Burgers

I found this recipe on lhj.com and thought they sounded yummy. These burgers are great for lunch or dinner.

Marinated Steak with Carrots & Herbs in Lettuce

A sophfisticated, yet simple, low calorie meal.

Copper Penny

You'd never guess from the name that this is a veggie salad with disks of carrot- or would you?

This salad is best made a day or two ahead to allow all of the flavors to blend.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

I found this recipe on Ladies Home Journal's web site and it sounded so good. I modifed it a bit and this recipe is my version. Enjoy!

Bean Stew

I can't take credit for this recipe, my brother Greg created it, but if you love beans then this recipe is for you. It has lots of fiber and protien, and you can make like I did or make a vegetarian version. Just substitute soy crumbles and veggie beans for the ground beef and regular baked beans. You can use any kind of beans, but this recipe shows what I used, so adjust the calories as needed. (Amazing note: I checked the calories with ground turkey and it actually went up and the fiber & protien went down- go figure). Serve this stew with a salad for a complete meal. Easy and delicious.

Chicken Florentine Casserole

I found this recipe on-line at www.valleyfresh.com. I lightened up the recipe a bit and here is the result. We had it for dinner tonight and my husband was the first to say that it is was a "keeper".

I served this with steamed snow peas and cranberry sauce. It was yummy.


Very Good (9 ratings)
Easy Ratatouille

Great low-fat, low-carb side dish OR entree

Pistachio Fruit Fluff

A light dessert that is quick, easy and yummy! Enjoy this fluffy pudding for only 127 calories (2 Weight Watcher points), and just a trace of fats.

Salmonettes

A quick and easy way to make Salmon patties

Tangy vegetables

A nice touch to spice up everyday veggies. This recipes uses broccoli and onion, but you could use any combination of veggies to make 5-6 cups (raw).

Moo Shu Beef Lettuce Cups

Very tasty, light meal. Serve with fruit and crusty bread or rolls.

Cucumber Thai Salad

Very zippy salad- The mint & red pepper flakes just make this dish



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