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Mom's Chicken Dressing

My DH grew up in rural Alabama. This is one of his favorites that his Mom made a lot. We lost her in January, and I have been missing this. With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought I would give it a try. It comes pretty close, and no one even noticed the cauliflower I snuck in it. I hope she doesn't come back to haunt me. LOL

Crystal's Penne Primavera with Turkey

You could add more veggies and leave the turkey out if you like. The turkey adds 75 calories per serving, and almost a gram of fat, so adjust accordingly.

Sugarfree Pumpkin Brownies

At 130 calories and 1 gram of sugar for a normal sized brownie, rather than a tiny bite of brownie, these are a treasure.

Cyndi's Alfredo Penne

This is the basic recipe, about 500 calories per serving. BUT lots of room to switch out for low and no fat items, so, have at it.

Holy Crap that's GOOD Salad

My friend gave me this recipe, and I will tell you what, you can interchange all sorts of things with this and it will be awesome. Sub out the broccoli for cauliflower, or part cauliflower and some carrots. You can use ANY shredded cheese, and use low or fat free if you like to reduce calories. Use turkey bacon, or bacon bits if you want. I was trying to go as low carb as possible, so I used real mayo, but obviously, sub that out too if you are going low fat. Omit the liquid sweetener and add brown sugar if you want. My friend adds chopped onions, but I didn't have any. I could seriously eat the entire bowl of this.

Cyndi's Low Carb Crockpot Chili

Good crockpot meal for a cold day. Use whatever color bell peppers you like, I use yellow and orange. Ground beef is fine, but will add calories. Turkey cutlets can be subbed for the steak to reduce calories and fat. I use two kinds of meat to add flavor and texture.

Cyndi's Sugar Free Spicy Pineapple & Sweet Pepper Spread

My DH is diabetic and loves jams...loves spicy, too. We were gifted with a jar of Harry & David Sweet Red Pepper Spread, which we ate, but is A. NOT sugar free and B. Not available anymore.

So I have been messing around with this to recreate it. It's hot, so add the cayenne 1 tsp at a time and see if you need less. I used red, yellow & orange peppers, which turned out really pretty, but mostly cuz we both hate green ones with a passion. Green & red would be pretty for Christmas gifts though. Also, this was twice as much as I intended to make, because my DH brought so many peppers home. It can easily be halved.

Here's info on canning in general: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/usda
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Here's info on boiling water canners: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/uga/
using_bw_canners.html

Cyndi's Mini Chicken Tostadas

Fun as an appetizer or with a salad for dinner. I made the serving size one, cuz then you can base how many to have on whether it's a couple at a party or 10 for dinner. Low calorie and low fat.

Faux Potato Salad

Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb...HIGH awesomeness. My DH and I love potato salad...but can't eat that much starch due to Diabetes. I tend to sub cauliflower for potatoes in many things, but this was a leap. Still? It's very good. People in my family who hate vegetables will eat this.

SF Low Fat Mini Cheesecakes

A rework of an SP recipe.

Cyndi's Baked Tomato Italiano

The original variation I did to Alton Brown's baked tomato sauce recipe. I wasn't struck by the sauce, it was good and very thick, but I couldn't stop my DH from eating the baked tomatoes before I even had a chance to blend it into sauce! So, I sprinkled some cheese on and browned them and tahdah! Some things we do with these is have them on salad, or on toasted English muffins as a pizza substitute. I have also sprinkled with taco meat and low fat cheddar for a Mexican dish and stuffed them with lil meatballs and covered them with chopped up chicken and mozzarella cheese. You can do whatever you like...really. And sooo good for you.

Cyndi's Baked Tomato Mexicana

A really yummy variation of my baked tomato recipe...so good. Really. If you are having a craving for Mexican food? Here's the deal. Baking the tomatoes is what takes so long. I usually put them in and then workout or do laundry. The turkey can be done well before and held in the fridge...I use leftovers from taco salad at lunch.

Low Fat Sugar Free Tarter Sauce

My DH, diabetic...and we are trying to lose weight...soooooo. We make our own, because in the jar is just so bad for you.

Cyndi's Spicy Sweet n' Sour Chicken

This is made with Brown Sugar Spenda Blend, because my DH is diabetic. If you choose to make it with plain brown sugar, just adjust the amount up to taste [brown sugar Splenda is way sweeter than regular], probably about 4 packed tsp, which only adds about 10 calories per serving. And I used red and yellow peppers, only because we don't like green here. So, again, you pick.


Very Good (2 ratings)
Cyndi's Turkey Stuffed Tomatoes

I was just goofing...and these turned out awesome. Yum.

Cyndi's Campari Tomato Penne

This is my take on the Cheesecake Factory's Tomato Basil pasta...hungry for it, but not for the salt and calories that take me a week to undo.

Cyndi's Almost Ranch Potato Topper/Salad dressing

I use this in place of piling a ton of sour cream and butter on my baked potato. It's not perfect, but way better than what I used to use. I am sure there are tweaks that can be done to make it more calorie friendly, but this is where I started. Pretty darn good.

Cyndi's Apple Dip

OMG Sooooo good.


Incredible! (1 rating)
Cyndi's Potato Corn Chowder

Great for colds. I use the crockpot. I use all pre-prepared, because this is made when I am sick and feeling lousy. Pre-shredded potatoes, not patties or tots, prechopped onions and corn from the frozen section, canned milk and broth. Ground pepper. Clears your sinuses and warms your belly.

Cyndi's Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

Awesome, colorful...and even I was surprised how low calorie, healthy take on chili.

I used frozen corn to cut down on salt, as well as rinsing the beans and using no salt added tomatoes. So the sodium count in this recipe is actually lower than what is listed.

Just a hint of pumpkin pie, but not sweet, and a little heat...but really a nice rich dish.

Cyndi's 5 ingredient crockpot veggie soup

I have a 12 cup crockpot and this fills it, so a serving is a cup. I eat two.

Butternut Squash Corn Chowder

Just throwing leftovers and things that sounded good into the crockpot. Turned out gooood.


Incredible! (1 rating)
Cyndi's Awesome Easy Shrimp Cocktail

Low Carb and so good!

Cyndi's Cucumber, Mango & Pepper Salad

Nice cold chunky salad for summer. Pic shows this recipe with Tomato, Pepper & Chicken Penne.

Cyndi's Tomato, Pepper & Chicken Penne

Pic shows this recipe and Cucumber, Mango & Pepper Salad.

Cyndi's Corn, Ham & Cauliflower Crockpot Chowder

I love corn chowder, but my husband can't eat all the potatoes, flour, etc. So after reading over all the other recipes, I wondered if this might work. I tried it, subbing the cauliflower instead of the potatoes and using some of it as part of the base. It tuned out a teeny bit thinner than "real"...but it is really flavorful and yummy.

Cyndi's Chicken Crockpot Stew

This is based on lots of recipes, but I could find nothing that fit what I wanted and what I had. Sort of a chili/stew/thick soup. Over noodles, rice or in a bowl. Garnish with FF sour cream, cheese or salsa. Nice for cold day.

Cyndi's Accidental Crockpot Soup

Soooooo good, completely on accident. It won't be next time I make it.

Cauliflower & Ham Bake

I love cauliflower...and cheese. Ham adds a bit of flavor and protein. You can sub chicken and light cheese for an even lighter meal. Have one cup with a salad, or two cups if your hungrier.

Cyndi's Chili Chicken

A little beans, a lotta flavor...very easy, moist and yummy.

Cyndi's Chicken Fingers

Calorie counts might be heavy on this, because I didn't end up using all of the egg beaters or the breading...

Add it to a salad with light dressing for a great filling meal.

Cyndi's Crustless Baby Quiche

I'm not big on breakfast foods, so lots of times I will mix up this or my twice baked Cauliflower recipe and have individual servings ready to go in the fridge. One minute in the micro and you have a hot yummy anytime. Makes a great side dish too. You can use other veggies, of course...these are my favs.

Sugar Free Teriyaki Beef & Snow Peas

My hubby is diabetic, so I don't usually use sugar. You can sub regular brown sugar in this, but the count will be a little different.

Cyndi's Cheesy Ziti

Tastes like lasagna, but easier. Under 350 calories per serving.


Very Good (1 rating)
Cyndi's Tartar Sauce

My hubby can't have regular tartar sauce because of the added sugar/high fructose corn syrup so I make it at home. Super easy, I would never buy it in a jar again. Can be made way lower calorie with light mayo. Mt Olive NSA products can be found at Kroger and Safeway. I actually use French's Horseradish Mustard, but Annie's would work too.


Very Good (14 ratings)
Cyndi's "Twice Baked" Cauliflower

I got this idea from twice baked potatoes. You can cut the calories more than this if you use fat free or low fat dairy products. So good I could eat it every day. Great way to cut the potatoes out of a meal if you need to...

Cyndi's Baked Tilapia

This is an easy, easy recipe. Soooo good.

Cyndi's Sunshine Cake

This is a recipe made with Carbquik, because my husband is diabetic. You can sub a yellow cake mix for the carbquik and this is an awesome recipe. It does change the calorie count some.

Tomato Garlic Penne

Easy, low carb and vegetarian. Use part skim cheese for even lower fat.

Cyndi's Muy Fuego Goulash

Loads of ways to cut the fat and calories in this dish. It's a treat at my house. My size 4 daughter adds loads of cheese on top. Makes me want to smack her. Heh.

Chocolate Banana Shake

This is our favorite here. Great breakfast, fast, easy, yum.

Cyndi's REAL Personal Pizza

This is the closest I have come to actual PIZZA pizza. The caulifower crust is awesome, but not as pick-up-able. The meat crust is kinda like a thin meatloaf with topping...not that there's anything wrong with that. But this...THIS is really like real pizza...but one gives you 4 slices, anyway you want it, and right around 500 calories, depending on what you add for toppings. If you use the low carb pita and not so many veggies, it stays pretty low carb too.

Microwave Low Carb Chocolate Mini Cake

This can serve 2 [or 4 if you're being really good], but it is awesome and fairly low carb considering it really is cake. I was going to add a photo, but it got eaten too quick!

Cyndi's FIREHOT Crockpot Red Beans & Rice

I did this version my 6 qt crockpot, mostly just to let it cook all day. My family likes stuff hot, like SUPER hot, so I use a beef sausage with jalapenos in it, and I sub one can of diced tomatoes for two smaller cans of rotel tomatoes with green chiles in it. Made as listed, this will not be as hot...I don't think. LOL

Cyndi's Cheesy Chicken Bake

I make this in a huge 15x10 glass pan, so I have leftovers for lunches, etc. You can cut the amount of everything in half for a smaller size pan. I also use Dreamfield's because of the increased fiber and lower glycemic effect, as my DH is diabetic. Different pasta will have a different count. I sometimes use different cheeses to mix it up a little...use half pepper jack in place of the mozzarella cheese makes it a spicier dish.

Chicken Red Beans and Brown Rice

Yummy throw together version of a classic.

Fruit Cocktail Shake

I am way too busy and basically lazy...this is very fast, easy, tasty and filling. Plus you get 3.5 servings of fruit! You can sub whatever protein powder you use...

Flexible Chopped Salad

Basic recipe, you can add and delete what you want!


Incredible! (5 ratings)
Cyndi's Awesome Crab Bake

These started as a low carb faux potato dish for thanksgiving. You can have that if you like, by simply leaving out the crab in this recipe. But in our trial run my family said, "Dang...this'd be great with crab in it..." and so...here it is. Leave the bacon out for lent. Have it with a salad and it's a great main dish for under 300 calories and 5 grams of carbs per serving. This is NOT a low fat dish. But you can cut a lot of the fat out by using reduced fat cheese and light sour cream. The picture is of the faux potatoes without the crab, so they will be a tad more full with it.



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