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Recipes I've Shared:

Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker Apple Cake

If you have a Deep Covered Baker from Pampered Chef you will love this quick recipe. Your pantry should never be without cans of Apple Pie Filling & a cake mix...just in case company stops by!


Incredible! (1 rating)
Whole Wheat Spaghetti w/Brown Butter and Mizithra Cheese

Just like the Old Spaghetti Factory without the wait. This is so easy that you can enjoy it at home any day of the week. It is a tad bit lighter, but still a treat. It is also super easy on your pocketbook.


Incredible! (3 ratings)
Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting

This fun spin on a classic supper is easy to make and kid-friendly.

French Onion Portabella Burger

A tasty alternative to a juicy beefy burger.


Very Good (5 ratings)
Waffle Fry Bacon Burger Bites

This little bite-size burger is a fun appetizer for any get-together. They look neat, taste great and are very kid-friendly too!

Sangria! Sangria!

It will sneak up on you fast, so feel free to add a little extra diet sprite to your glass!!!

Carrot Cranberry Salad

A quick and simple salad.

Agave Oatmeal w/ Dates & Apples

I recently fell in love with McDonald's Maple & Fruit Oatmeal. This is my home version...which I've made vegan by using almond milk. My version also has less calories, less fat, less sodium, less carbs, less cholesterol, more protein, more fiber AND tastes super fantastic.

Cranberry Apple Relish

This relish is great along side of roasted pork, chicken or turkey. Even my kiddos love it!!!


Incredible! (1 rating)
Frozen Jello Grapes

This is great to have in the freezer and when you randomly walk to the fridge those couple times a day...just grab a few of these to satisfy yourself until the next meal. Also, great for when you get the muchies at work.

Slow Cooker Red Beans w/ Brown Rice

This southern classic can easily be turned into a Vegetarian meal by omitting the turkey sausage and using vegetable broth. You can also use water in place of the broth to lower the sodium content. For you meat lovers, you can subsitute a different type of protein as you wish.


Very Good (1 rating)
Italian Shredded Chicken

Calling all busy moms!!! Just like Italian Beef this chicken is a super easy meal to prepare. Great for weeknight meals and leftovers.

Imitation Crab Salad

This salad is great served by itself on a bed of lettuce, with crackers, on top of sliced english cucumbers, or in a whole wheat hot dog bun as a "lobster roll".

However, my favorite use of this salad is as an "ingredient" in a few of my other recipes. Check out my recipe box on how I use it in my Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms or my Crustless Seafood Microwaved Quiche.


Very Good (57 ratings)
Soothing Asian Lettuce Wraps (Unchained Recipe Contest)

Y-U-M-M-Y........one of my favorites at PF Chang's....the Soothing Chicken Lettuce Wraps!!! I've made them here with extra lean turkey, but you could easily substitute ground chicken or tofu for the turkey and add any vegetables of your choice. This recipe will leave you saying...."PF who???"

Zuppa Tuscana (Light Version)

This light version of this Olive Garden soup saves 320 calories, 28 grams of fat, and 11 grams of carbohydrates from the original recipe. It is packed full of flavors and allows you that bowl full of comfort while staying on track with your new years resolution. Enjoy!

Chicken Parmesan

WOW...the taste will blow you away!!! Try out different flavors of triscuits too!! You can also just eat the "Fried" Chicken without parmesaning it. :-) :-)

Turkey Taco Tamalito Pie

This recipe was an idea that came to me after having a mexican pie at my friend Ashly's house. She used a pie crust and layered it with most of the same ingredients listed here. It was delicious!!! For some reason though I wanted a different type of crust. My love for sweet corn tomalito came into mind....and I got to work....creating the perfect crust for this easy mexican pie.


Very Good (1 rating)
Spicy Clear Vegetable Broth

The spice comes from a jalapeno, so feel free to leave that out and this broth would no longer be spicy.

The key to having a clear (instead of cloudy) broth is to not allow the broth to come to a boil. It should slowly come up to a simmer, but NEVER a rolling boil...and...in order to have that beautiful golden colored broth you must leave that yellow onion whole and do not peel the paper-like skin.

Enjoy in soups or any recipe that calls for broth. It freezes nicely too.

NOTE: I would assume this actually has zero calories considering that you are not consuming the actual vegetables.


Very Good (79 ratings)
Iced Coffee (Unchained Recipe Contest)

Faster, cheaper and just as rich and delicious but so much more healthy than the restaurant versions. Try substituting the unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze almond milk for a chocolately treat.


Very Good (2 ratings)
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto & Mozzarella Turkey Burgers

While this burger tastes like a meatball sub, it's far lighter and healthier. With only four ingredients, this 20-minute meal is sure to be a family favorite.

Turkey Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

These little poppers are great to take to your next gathering. The spicy pepper, the creamy cheese and the crispy bacon make this appetizer a winner every time!

I've seen versions with just the jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon, but for only a few extra calories I decided to step it up a knotch. Enjoy!

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Cupcakes are all the rage....and this cupcake is one classy cupcake!!! Serve one of these portion controlled desserts at your next Italian dinner party and your guests will be talking about them for days. Enjoy!

Tomato & Basil Cream Sauce Turkey Burger

This was inspired by my love for leftover meatloaf sandwiches and a Tomato Basil Cream Sauce I make for spaghetti and meatballs. I thought why not put them together and voila' :-)

Warm Asian Noodle Salad

This warm asian inspired side dish could easily be turned into a main dish by adding a protein such as cooked chicken or shrimp.

BLT (Basil, Lemon & Tomato) Quick Barley Salad

This is a quick fresh and filling salad that can be served cold, room temperature or warm. For more protein try adding cooked beans or diced cooked chicken.


Very Good (4 ratings)
White Bean & Spinach Soup

Fast, easy, comforting and healthy!!! I love this soup!!!

Mediterranean Meatloaf Sandwich

This sandwich is like a Greek Salad on a bun!!!

Classic Hummus (with other variations listed)

Take this basic recipe for hummus and add other flavors with roasted garlic, grilled vegetables, or fresh herbs.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

This recipe makes four thin crust pizza crusts each serving 4 people or if you prefer thicker crust just double the nutritional value and make two thick crusts instead.

Rolled into a ball and placed into a plastic freezer storage bags it freezes easily and can be kept in the fridge overnight. If frozen just lay out on your counter top in the morning and by the time you come home in the evening your dough is ready and waiting to be rolled out and topped.

No more excuses for paying to much money for greasy pizza.


Incredible! (2 ratings)
Cran-Cherry Pecan "Lara" Bars

Cherry Pie Lara Bars are one of my favorites, but at almost $1.50 per bar and with the ingredients listed as dates, almonds & unsweetened cherries - I thought to myself...hmmm...couldn't I just make these.....the answer...YES...and here is the recipe. Which by the way saves me 89 cents per bar! WOW!

This recipe is easy to adapt with other dried fruits so feel free to play around with some of your favorite flavors!!! Add unsweetened coconut, a dash of cinnamon or cocoa powder....whatever your healthy heart desires. Enjoy!


Very Good (20 ratings)
Skinny Margarita

Save HUNDREDS of calories with this margarita. Try out different flavors of powdered drink mix too!


Very Good (19 ratings)
Turkey Garlic & Herb Cheese Burger

This burger gives you the satisfaction of having your "mayo" and cheese by using a wedge of the Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb spread on the 100% Whole Wheat Arnold Select Sandwhich Thins. The thick slice of tomato, crunchy lettuce, protein from the burger and the whole grains in the bun will fill your belly and put a smile on your face.

Turkey Gyros

This recipe is adapted from the Pampered Chef 29 minutes to Dinner cookbook. They really do taste like the real thing....give them a try and you will be hooked.

Cabbage Fat Burning Soup - "The Orginal"

This is the original, tried and true recipe. Many alterations could be made to this soup, and it would be just as healthy and delicious. Feel free to play around with it. Freezer friendly too!!!

Potato Leek Soup

Fast, easy and delicious. Great served with a grilled cheese for dunking. :-)

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

This hearty vegetarian friendly soup is packed with protein, fiber and healthy carbohydrates. I like to serve mine with a warm piece of crusty bread for dipping.


Very Good (13 ratings)
Grilled Eggplant

Eggplant is perfect for the grill. Just a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Yummy!!! My favorite use of grilled eggplant is on a sandwhich. A grilled veggie sandwhich is about as good as it gets!!

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

This recipes uses my Crab & Shrimp Salad as a stuffing for the whole mushroom caps. I love serving this beside a perfectly grilled steak.

I normally use the stems of whole mushrooms in my Crustless Microwaved Seafood Quiche.

Fat Free Salsa Vinaigrette

Just like popular restaurant....you will love this!!!


Very Good (1 rating)
Magic Bullet Guacamole

It not a gimmick....I love my little magic bullet. This quick topping for my taco salad is a winner! You can also have it with tortilla chips or fresh veggies as a "good fat" heart healthy snack.

Crustless Microwaved Seafood Quiche

This quiche uses my Crab & Shrimp Salad along with the mushroom stems from my Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms to make this classy grab and go breakfast.


Very Good (1 rating)
Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake Ever (Light Version)

A lighter version of the original. This cake is a great alternative. Not only have over 300 calories and 24 grams of fat been cut from this recipe it is also much better than having a whole cake sitting around your kitchen.

Endulge on this dangerously light chocolate cake without feeling the guilt. Enjoy!

Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake Ever (Original Version)

The ORIGINAL Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake Ever........wow......so dangerous I almost don't want to post it on this website. Although, it makes me appreciate my lighter versions even more. :-)

Microwave Chocolate Bread Pudding

Adapted from the original recipe Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake Ever this recipe turned out like the consistensy of a bread pudding. Therefore, I have renamed it

A rich, but light dessert sure to please. Great served with a dollop of light whipped cream and fresh berries.


Very Good (3 ratings)
Biscuit Chicken-N-Dumplings

Honestly......I learned to make chicken-n-dumplings from scratch from my grandfather. I don't think anything can really beat them with all the butter, cream, and home-made egg dumplings. BUT....this version is a good attempt and it's also much faster and more healthy. Therefore it makes them a weeknight friendly meal. The kids also love it.


Very Good (12 ratings)
Italian Turkey Sausage Soup

Wow....Wow....Wow.....lighting fast and so flavorful. Feel free to substitute your favorite pasta or for a low carb version you could just leave it out completely.


Very Good (2 ratings)
Shrimp in a Prosciutto Cream Sauce

This heavenly low carb dish is exactly what you should make when you are craving that rich sophisticated comfort food. You could serve it on top of roasted spaghetti sqaush and I promise you won't miss the pasta at all.

Whole Wheat Pancake Mix (Mix Only)

Be advised the nutrition facts listed are for 1 cup of the MIX ONLY! See the cooking instructions for additional ingredients.

Heart of Greek Chopped Salad

Easy as 1....2...3

The "hearts" of palm and artichoke "hearts" make this salad "hearty" enough to eat as a meal rather than a side salad.

Soothing Chicken Soup

Slow cooked taste in under an hour.

Slow-Cooker White Chili

Note: This is not my recipe. It is from the Dinner Doctor cookbook (ISBN 0-7611-2680-5), but it is by far....THE BEST...white chili I have ever had. Therefore...it must be shared.

Smoked Sausage, Tomatoes & Peppers

Fast & Easy. Serve over brown rice.

Turkey Saltimbocca

Thin turkey cutlets are great for weeknight cooking. This italian recipe wraps the cutlet in flavorful thinly sliced prosciuttio ham and is seasoned with italian dried herbs. Fast and delicious you will reach for this recipe often. Thinly pounded chicken breasts or pork could be substitued, if desired.

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

There is nothing like the first bite of a juicy burger straight off the grill. Well now you can enjoy that same straight off the grill flavor, but in a comforting bowl of soup.


Incredible! (1 rating)
15 minute Great Value Chili

Cheap, fast and easy!!!

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Turning buffalo hot wings into anything other than wings themselves is all the rage. From dips, pizza & now soup this flavorful version of the Buffalo Hot Wing is sure to please your tastebuds while keeping that wasteline slim and trim.

Zuppa Tuscana (Low Carb Version)

This version on the original restaurant soup cuts the carb count by 13 grams and saves a little over 50 calories per serving. Trust me you will NOT even miss the potatoes. This version strictly cuts the carbs, but try my "Light" version for a complete overhaul of healthiness without sacrificing the flavor.

Zuppa Tuscana (Lower Fat Version)

This is my lower fat version of the famous restaurant soup. It is healthy without comprimising the flavor. This version saves 265 calories and 28 grams of fat from the original version.

Hearty Eggplant Soup

A soup full of a depth of flavors and hearty goodness. This is my version of my eggplant lasagna turned into soup.

Best Ever Balsamic Chicken

Elegant enough to serve at your next dinner party and easy enough to make for a quick weeknight meal. Serve with my Tastefully Simple Salsa recipe for even more fantastic flavor!!!

Tastefully Simple - Simple Salsa

Fabulous flavor!! Enjoy as a simple salsa with tortilla chips, great on eggs, or try it served warm with my Balsamic Chicken recipe.

Cinnamon Iced Pumpkin Cookie Cakes

These cake like textured cookies are drizzled with cinnamon icing to give them even more of that comforting fall spice taste and aroma everyone loves.

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Turn to this fast and easy one pot wonder on those cool nights when a warm cup of soup, a good book and a cozy blanket are just what you need.

Caramelized French Onion & Portabella Risotto

The extra time put into making classic risotto is worth the wait. This version uses quick ingredients and pairs nicely with any meat. It is also hearty enough to be served as a meal on it's own. Could easily be converted to a vegetarian recipe.

Tastefully Simple & Light Key Lime Cheesecake

This cheesecake is light and fluffy with just the right amount of key lime flavor.

Focaccia Pizza w/Sundried Tomatos & Basil

This is a champagne pizza on a beer budget. Whether served with a beer or a glass of champagne this pizza will be a hit at your next dinner party or weeknight meal.

Cornbread Stuffing Topped Pork Medallions w/ Mushroom Gravy

Serve this with a steamed vegetable such as fresh green beans for a well balanced meal.


Very Good (1 rating)
St. Louis Sparkers "Imos Style" Pizza

Come to St. Louis for my favorite pizza!!! Unfortunately they do not offer their nutrition facts. So....while I would not consider this "healthy" pizza, at least when I am craving Imo's Pizza it's CHEAPER and I know exactly how to plan it into my day.

Enjoy!!!!

Rosemary Balsamic Pot Roast

An excellent meat and potatoes meal. It could easily be made in a crock pot as well.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Fast, easy & delicious. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes....slop-a-sloppy joes!!!!


Very Good (2 ratings)
Italian Turkey Sausage & Tortellini Soup

A hearty, rich, classy, comforting soup can quickly be made for an easy weeknight meal or could be served at an elegant dinner party where your guests will think you simmered it for hours.

Tropical Turkey Burger

Another fabulous burger with only 300 calories!!!! Take your next BBQ to a tropical island. :-)

Berry Banana Smoothie

Fast, easy and delicious. The creamy yogurt really pulls together this fruity smoothie. It's one of my favorite breakfasts.

Beanie Weanie Bacon Casserole

This yummy bean casserole is great to take to a potluck or can even be a quick evening dinner. Very kid friendly too. Packed with protein and fiber your kids won't even realize it's healthy!!! Don't be afraid of the bacon. The center cut bacon has less calories per slice than turkey bacon.

Warm Cranberry Bacon Spinach Salad

Such an impressive salad. It's a BIG salad with lot's of flavor and not a lot of fat and calories. Don't be afraid of the bacon...the center cut bacon is less fat and calories per slice than turkey bacon. So no worries....enjoy!!!

Banana Nut Muffins

Lower fat and calories than other versions.


Very Good (1 rating)
Chocolate Almond Iced Coffee

This tasty twist on iced coffee is flavorful and is a good source of healthy fats!

For a less chocolately, but just as flavorful iced coffee drink try the vanilla almond milk.

Curry Dijon Potato Salad

Potato salad with pizazz and not all the calories. Great for picnics because there is no mayo!!!


Very Good (2 ratings)
Corndog Muffins

Kid friendly. With only 3 ingredients have the kids mix up these delicious and low calorie treats for a quick weeknight dinner.

Vegetarian Enchilada Bean Soup

Quick, Easy & Affordable. With the high gas prices these days many of us are eating at home more. This recipe is affordable and makes lots more gas than you can buy at the pump. :-)


Incredible! (1 rating)
Turkey Pepperoni Garlic Knots

A "peppy" twist to a garlic knot. Serve with a salad for a meal or as an appetizer at your next party. Use part-skim mozzarella to lighten up the rolls even more. Enjoy!


Very Good (2 ratings)
Imitation Crab Salad

I serve this with melba toast or as a "Lobster" Roll inside of a light hotdog bun. Yummy!!!

Mexi Rice-n-Bean's

The protein from the black beans can make this side dish a main meal. You can also add diced chicken for a little extra protein punch!!!

Zippy Apricot Rosemary Chicken

Sweet, spicy, and beautiful. This versatile recipe is gourmet, but suitable for any night of the week.

Healthy "Fried" Ice Cream

This not so "fried" ice cream is good for your wasteline, and gives you the authentic taste of the real thing!!!

Easy Hamburger Vegetable Soup

This is an easy weeknight recipe. Throw it together in less than 10 minutes, let it simmer for 20 and it's ready to serve. Even better the next day!!!!

Pumpernickel Turkey Pastrami Panini w/ Rosemary - Ale Jus

I saw this on Ultimate Recipe Showdown (Food Network) and my mouth was watering!!! I just had to try it, and of course lighten it up a tad. :-)

Find the orginal recipe at:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/reci
pes/pumpernickel-pastrami-panini-with-
rosemary-ale-jus-recipe/index.html

Italian Wedding Soup (Barefoot Contessa)

I saw this on Barefoot Contessa (Food Network) and I just had to make it. I lightened it up a tad bit by not using as much pasta, chicken or breadcrumbs.

For her original recipe check out:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes
/ina-garten/italian-wedding-soup-recip
e/index.html



Recipe Collections I've Shared:

    Mrs Dudley - A Self Proclaimed Soup Lady
    I absolulely LOVE soup. Any flavor you are craving can be easily made into a soup and most of the time can also be done in under 30 minutes. Most soups also freeze very easy which can make those weeknight meals a breeze.