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Chicken Cacciatore #2 (1 breast per person serving)

I tried making this using breasts only as it is difficult to figure out portion sizes using a whole chicken. I only eat the breast when I make this anyway.

Smoothie: Blueberry

I like to make smoothies with almond milk rather than plain yogurt because the yogurt is sour and requires more sweetener. Also, if someone has issues with dairy, the almond milk may be a better choice.

Quinoa with vegetables (about 1 1/2 cups/serving)

I like this as a change from rice & vegetable.

Dip: Baked Artichoke by Tastefully Simple (1/4 c)

I made this using fat free Philadelphia cheese to help with calories.

Lentil soup base

I needed something to add to other soups to make them more fiber rich, so I came up with this base.

Egg scramble with vegetables & ham (1 1/2 c servings)

We make this for Sunday brunch as my husband loves to cook it.

Pudding: Jell-O Pistachio pudding/read pistachios (1/2 c)

I made this with Almond milk because it has less calories and more calcium.

Soup, Brown Rice & Mushroom (1 cup)

The original recipe called for Wind & Brown Rice, but if you can't get that, whole grain brown rice works, too. It also called for Shitake mushrooms which I did not have access to, so I substituted white mushrooms. It can also be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable stock for chicken stock.

Breakfast Quinoa

This is really filling and a good source of protein. It can be eaten hot or cold.

Shrimp Scampi (home made)

I used easy to find ingredients as we live in a rural area and don't have large specialty groceries for some hard to find ingredients

Chocolate Pumpkin Brownie

I saw this online, but don't remember where. It is so easy to make I could memorize it without trouble.

Chicken Vegetable Soup (1 cup)

I adapted this from Cinch recipe called Garlicky Barley Vegetable Chicken Soup as I could not get the exact ingredients at a local small town store.

Quinoa Pilaf

I got this off the box of Ancient Harvest Quinoa. It is very good. Sometimes I change the seasoning to make a little different taste. For example, I like Cumin so I add that instead of oregano. I might also leave out the Almonds for a change.

Cake: Black Walnut Chiffon

My mom made chiffon cakes for special occasions. These were light like an angelfood cake, but had more calories since you use oil and egg yolks. I haven't seen these kinds of cakes listed and wanted to share this.

Vegetables: grilled potato, red bell pepper, asparagus

We like this combination in the spring when asparagus are fresh. Of course you could use any kinds of vegetable you like to grill.

pie: pumpkin

To lower the fat and/or sugar content try to find low calorie brand of sweetened, condensed milk.
I also used fresh cooked pumpkin from the garden and drained as much water out as I could. If you use fresh cooked pumpkin you may need to add a tbl of flour or cornstarch to the mixture.

Soup: Barley & Lentil (8 one cup servings)

I found several soup recipes that used lentils and made up my own combination from the things I like in soup.

Muffins, Whole Wheat, Bran & blueberries (1 reg.)

I tried to add more fiber to a Bran & Blueberry muffin recipe. I made 9 regular sized muffins. This amount of batter could have made 6 large muffins if you have the larger pans.
Mine came out pretty moist so baking times may need to be adjusted.

Pizza, homemade vegetable & cheese

We find this really good and more filling than at the pizza place as we put a lot more vegetable on it.

B-B-Q Rib rub for 6 to 8 pounds of ribs

The original recipe said for 3 pounds but I only used about 1/2 of this rub for 4 lbs of ribs. I do not know the original owner of this recipe.

Chicken Cacciatore from Tastefully Simple mix

This is very good, but you can get more than 6 one cup servings that the box says.

Shrimp Scampi

This is very simple to make.

Soup: Vegetable (with meat) homemade (about 6 gal.)

At the end of the summer we often use fresh vegetables from our garden to make soup by the bulk for freezing and enjoy it all winter.

Whole Wheat cinnamon, raisin bread

I tried to come up with a simple raisin bread and tried this.
The calories are high, I think. But I don't cut my slices too thick and get more slices than the box says, to cut back.

homemade grasshopper drink for 1

Sometimes a glass of wine just isn't what I want but these can be pretty heavy on the calories unless substitutes are used.

Creamy Fruit Salad 1 cup servings)

I got tired of eating the fruit and yogurt seperately, so I combined them for something different.

Burritos, Enchalada Style

This is not low calorie. You can lower the calories by using fat free cheese and changing the beef to ground turkey. This brings the calories down to about 583.8, 29 g fat, 130 mg Cholesterol, 41.5g protein.

Turkey Nacho Skillet Dinner

This is a hearty dish on a cold night. This will make 6 one cup servings.

Easiest Cookies Ever--Red Velvet

Just by using any flavor of boxed cake mix and adding extra ingredients you can produce some tasty cookies. Of course this will change the calories depending on what is added. For this recipe no additional ingredients besides the base were added to give you some idea of what a basic cookie would be like.


Incredible! (3 ratings)
Easy Red Velvet cookies

These are great for Christmas or for those that like the flavor of Red Velvet cake, but not all the calories.

Stewed potatoes

I figure one potato per person. When cooked down this might be about 1/2 cup per serving. All depends on how much you let it cook down.

Cherry-Banana De-Light

This is a good side dish or dessert as well as a snack when you have to give in to your sweet tooth but watching sugar intake. It also helps get in fruit.

Waffle, Buttermilk one (7 inch)

These are really good. You could substitute 1/2 the white flour with whole wheat to make it healthier.

Chocolate Chip cookies

This is an old fashioned recipe. Most people don't use Crisco any more, but this was for a special project that needed many doz. of cookies. It is surprising that one cookie is only 112 calories. (But the fat content is not healthy.)


Very Good (5 ratings)
Stir fried vegetables & Shrimp (about 4 1-cup servings)

This is good for using up all those garden vegetables that are low in calories but high in vitamins.

Stewed Rhubarb (1/2 cup serving)

This can be eaten as a topping for ice cream or alone.


Very Good (1 rating)
Apple Butter

This will make about 24 1/2 cup servings (or 112 cal). If eaten as a jelly or jam would be eaten the calorie count would go down to about 96 1/8 cups which is close to 2 tbs. (or 28 cal)

Spaghetti sauce with meat & mushrooms

This is how we do homemade sauce. We try not to use a full pound of ground chuck, so this varies each time.

Chicken & Salsa Tortilla (homemade)

This can be a light lunch if you only eat one or a dinner if you eat both.

Heart Healthy Pancake (one 4 inch)

If you like the texture of whole wheat, this is pretty good with your favorite jelly or jam.

Oatmeal Scotchies

I have changed this from the Quaker recipe to make it a little more healthy. If you choose to use Splenda, you could reduce calories and carbs further.

Fried apples with Cheese

This can be eaten as a snack or a main dish for a light meal.

Mango Salsa

Great side dish for any meat or fish.

Peach Jet smoothie

It is hard to find this Jet brand, but it is used by specialty shops. It is made by Kerry Food & Beverage and is said to be organic.

Peach Spritzer

Cooling, vitamin drink

Simple Fried Rice

This can be used as a side dish with any meal.

Brown Rice Royal

great tasting side dish

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Great homemade dish for any occassion

Homemade Stir Fry Veg.

Low cal optional to restaurant style.
Small amount for 2 people to share.

Fruit Salsa

Great with ice cream, simple unfrosted cake, and Cinnamon Tortilla chips

Cucumber spread

Good on crackers with salads or as a sandwich spread.


Incredible! (1 rating)
German Potato Salad

Good summer potato salad to take on picnics.

Creamy Cucumbers by Judy

This a good way to use up cucumbers for a summer picnic.


Very Good (2 ratings)
5 Bean Salad

This is similar to 3 Bean Salad, but gives more variety.



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