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Recipes I've Shared:

SOS: Miraculous Macaroni & Cheese

Easy mac & cheese dish-- hearty enough for a main dish. This requires NO pre-boiling of noodles, so while it bakes a long time, the prep work is super fast.

Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

Crock Pot recipe adapted from 365 crock pot blog

Crock Pot Mongolian Beef

For crock pot-- modified a bit from 365crockpot blog.

EW: Date Rice Krispy Squares

Adapted from a recipe in Eating Well magazine-- I reduced sugar, added some nuts, and simplified the process by making squares.

The next time I test this out I will likely further reduce the sugar b/c even these were too sweet.

Rice Cooker Rice Pudding

Quick and easy to throw together

Whole Wheat Multigrain (Bread Machine)

Variation of a recipe from another user on sparkpeople-- makes a 1.5 lb. loaf.

Salsa Chicken Easy Crock

Creamy, quick to toss together, great over rice.

CL: Turkey Chili with Chipotle & Chocolate

Adapted from Cooking Light, December 2007-- Spicy, smokey, and warm-- perfect cold weather food.

Barley & Black Bean Burritos

Throw it in the crock pot and it's spicy, tasty, makes several servings, and is ready to go!


Very Good (9 ratings)
White Bean & Ground Turkey Chipotle Chili

Quick to toss together-- very high in protein and very satisfying on a cold night.

Butternut Ravioli Stew

If you've prepared the squash in advance, the rest of the soup comes together quickly. Great fall flavors, and due to the squash, it has that "bright orange" color that kids love. The light cream cheese adds a cheesy taste, and it both has the squash taste, *and* a bit of a taste of macaroni & cheese.


Very Good (1 rating)
Pumpkin Souffle

Great tasting, and the cream cheese adds a bit of


Very Good (1 rating)
Pumpkin & White Bean Soup

Quick and easy for Fall

Corn Bread

Adapted from a WW recipe-- this uses creamed corn and buttermilk to create a moist, slightly sweet corn bread.

CL: Black Eyed Pea Stew

Lightened up comfort food--easily adaptable to vegetarian. Serve with cornbread for the full effect.

Sour Cream Taco Bake

Quick to throw together-- vegetarian-- good for those who don't normally "like" vegetarian entrees


Incredible! (1 rating)
Tuscan Pork w/ White Beans

Delicious crock pot recipe-- fresh sage, fennel, and garlic make this whole dish smell lovely, and it is a great way to get in lots of good protein and fiber in one hearty entree.

Polenta Lasagna

Somewhat make-ahead. Family will love this, and it's a good intro to meatless meals where no one will miss the meat!


Very Good (1 rating)
Jamaican Jerk Chicken

When the tropical fruit appears and you want to do something totally different... This is a bit spicy, which we love. Can also be (easily) modified for grilling-- simply grill the chicken w/ the rub, and serve with the fruit and veggies grilled as sides.


Very Good (3 ratings)
Quick and Easy Strawberry Cobbler

Throw together in moments-- works with a variety of other fruits in much the same way. A quick way to use fruit to make a relatively healthy dessert with pantry staples.

SD: Turkey and Rice Strata

Based off of a recipe from the book, Saving Dinner (by Leanne Ely) this recipe can easily be doubled, and the non-dairy ingredients split into two. Then the other half can be frozen and later thawed-- to make another meal. We buy the 1.25 lb. packages of ground turkey breast and use that to make 2 batches of this recipe. This is one most kids like as well.


Very Good (1 rating)
SD: Chicken Fajita Orzo

Based off a recipe from Saving Dinner (by Leanne Ely) this is a tasty, not too spicy, but flavorful pasta dish.


Very Good (3 ratings)
Bran & Cranberry Muffins

Based off of another recipe for Raisin & Bran muffins, these muffins have whole grains, healthy fats, and are tasty too!

CL Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

Tweaked version of blueberry muffins from Cooking Light. These come together quickly, and are perfect for using summer blueberries.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns

These are a good splurge or for a crowd. They aren't super-light, but they have real ingredients, and are much healthier. (Adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grains Cookbook)

Red, Gold, Black, and Green Chili

A great veggie chili *or* a filling for burritos. (Modified from a Moosewood recipe)

Honolulu Skillet Beans

Adapted from a Moosewood Collective recipe, these are basically a version of baked beans with flair. Filling enough to be a main course with a sweet potato on the side and a green salad.

Whole Grain Fudge Brownies

Delicious, fudgy brownies made w/ whole grains

Chicken Pasta Salad w/ Green Beans

Light summer pasta salad-- perfect for lunch

Crispy (and Lean!) Mexican Pizza

Quick dinner-- more satisfying than it appears


Very Good (2 ratings)
Ginger Pound Cake

This makes a lovely bundt cake that is a great dessert to share. It's great as is, or you can serve w/ a bit of whipped topping, sorbet, or a fruit sauce would also be light and good. For those not used to the ginger, it can add a bit of a kick, but my family loves the flavor. If you can find crystallized ginger in bulk bins near you, you will save a bundle. The toughest part is grating the ginger-- otherwise the cake comes together fairly easily. I tried this recipe as is the first time, but I imagine you could cut the butter in half and sub in some applesauce without massively compromising texture.


Incredible! (1 rating)
Hominy Soup-- Posole

This soup is great with homemade bread-- rich with fresh seasonings, and comes together in a snap. Most of the cooking is just unattended simmering one the ingredients are toghether


Very Good (1 rating)
Italian Potato Torta

Inexpensive ingredients combine to make a delicious-- and filling-- dinner for 4. This is also kid-friendly-- the potatoes make a base for the tomatoes and mozzarella that are very comfort-foody, while being healthy. This is lighter if you use whole wheat pastry flour in the recipe instead of regular whole wheat flour. We also leave the peels on the potatoes (it's faster that way, and more nutritious), but if you prefer the texture, you can always peel the potatoes first.

Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Lightened up version of the classic

Lemon Pudding Cake

Individual servings, separates into layers as you bake-- tart lemon pudding on the bottom and a spongy cake on the top.

Mel's Beef Stew

Delish-- Cooks for a long time. Better if you simmer the beef the day before, and then the next day cook in the veggies so the flavors meld.


Very Good (58 ratings)
Moroccan Chicken & Lentils

Quick, tasty crock pot recipe ready for something with the seasoning to match a take-out craving, but with none of the effort or fat!

Pastitsio

Greek-Style Baked Pasta Casserole


Incredible! (3 ratings)
Quick Whole Wheat Molasses Bread

Quick, rich bread to go with soups

Sandy's Red Beans & Rice

From 60 Days of Low-Fat Meals