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Recipes I've Shared:

Lemon Cupcake Ice Cream

Sweet and lightly tart, this dessert tastes just like a lemon cupcake.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread

This bread is so delicious and smells heavenly as it bakes. If you prefer, substitute whole wheat flour for the buckwheat and oat flours.

Pumpkin Buckwheat Pancakes

Source: Healing Gourmet: Eat to Fight Cancer, 2006 by Simin Liu and Kathy McManus

Sneaky Guacamole

Guacamole is so yummy and delicious, but it can be very high in calories. This recipe tastes fantastic, and has only 72 calories per tablespoon, a gram of protein and nearly 3 grams of fiber.

Sneaky Lemon Cake

When I make cole slaw, I shred carrots, radishes, zucchini, cabbage and jicama (and add some thin apples slices.) Before I add the dressing, I throw some of the veggies and fruit into a lemon cake mix. The result is a moist, delicious cake, with no hint of vegetable flavor at all! Low in fat and calories, this recipe is a winner. I bake it in an infrared cooker, but you can get the same result in an oven, although you will have to watch the cake to see when it is done as the time may vary. Substitute other vegetables, if you prefer, as long as the amount of vegetables equals 2 to 2.5 cups.

129 Calorie Sneaky Chocolate Cake

This cake is moist and delicious, and full of vitamins! Hidden in the cake are tons of veggies, and the recipe requires no oil. It cooks up in 20 minutes in a skillet or slow cooker, so there is no need to heat up the kitchen to make it.

Chocolate Veggie Slow Cooker Cake

This recipe delicious, low in fat and higher than most cakes in vitamins, protein and fiber. No oil is necessary to make the texture moist. Slow cooker sizes and temperatures vary, so keep an eye on it the first time you make it so that you will know exactly how much time it takes to bake in your own appliance.

Chocolate Creme Brulee

This recipe is adapted from a similar recipe on the Food Network. Our version tastes just as yummy, but has less than half the calories and fat per serving.

Broccoli Casserole

This recipe has been altered from Alton Brown's recipe on The Food Network.

Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots & Onion

This delicious pot roast has a dash of cardamom, which brings ou the flavor of the meat and makes a rich au jus sauce for the potatoes.

Lean Scandinavian Beef Stroganoff

Delicious beef stroganoff with a Scandinavian twist. Yummy and good for you, too! Low in fat, low in calories, high in protein and calcium.

Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash

This recipe was modified from Barefoot Contessa's version, which called for 12 TBSP of butter and heavy cream. This version tastes just as delicious, with less fat and calories. Recipe creates two pies, and serves 16.

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

This recipe is similar to Deen's recipe for Hash Brown Casserole, with less fat, fewer calories, and more fiber. This dish is best if refrigerated overnight before cooking and serving. It can be frozen prior to cooking for later use.

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

This rice compares in flavor to Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice, but has 3X the fiber and fewer calories per serving.

Top with healthy taco ingredients to create a lean Naked Burritio.

"Not Yo' Grandma's" Banana Pudding

A delicious alternative to Paula Deen's decadent "Not Yo' Mama's" recipe, which has 522 calories per serving (ours has 214 calories.) This treat tastes great even without the Chessman cookies (leaving them off saves you 40 calories per serving.) Make this dessert for company ahead of time...just leave the cookies off until the last minute so they don't turn soggy!

Double Chocolate Cranberry High Fiber Cookies

These cookies are delicious, easy to make and are high in fiber.

Double Chocolate High Fiber Cookies

These cookies are so satisfying, and are high in dietary fiber.

Cheesecake Factory White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Light

This cheesecake has less than half of the calories of the original version. It is easy to make and will impress your friends!


Very Good (2 ratings)
Southern Strawberry Pretzel Light Dessert

This lighter Southern favorite dessert tastes just as good as its more fattening counterpart and is refreshing on a hot day. Serve with mint iced tea for a refreshing summer treat, or with hot cocoa on a cold, winter day. So good and so light, you might want a second slice!

Savory Fall-Apart Sunday Pot Roast with Potatoes & Carrots

This pot roast will remind you of Sundays at Grandma's house. Simmer slowly to create a lean roast that falls apart (no slicing necessary!)

Cardamom gives it a unique flavor. The broth is lean and tasty, perfect to pour over meat and pototoes in place of gravy. Save leftover broth for a delicious soup base.

"Healthified" CPK Barbecue Chicken Pizza

This pizza tastes just a wonderful as the original version, for more than 100 calories less per slice. The cilantro is definitely the secret ingredient. Serve with 136 Calorie Caesar Salad (omitting the chicken) for a complete meal. The recipe can be found at http://recipes.sparkpeople.com
/recipe-
detail.asp?recipe=
607839 . Enjoy!

Simple Broccoli Chicken White Pizza

Not your average pizza, this pie tastes delicious and will set you back only about 200 calories per slice. Serve with 136 Calorie Caesar Salad (omitting the chicken) for a complete meal. The recipe can be found at http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=607839 .


Incredible! (6 ratings)
Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Brownies

Boasting a layer of chewy fudge brownies topped by smooth ganache icing, these rich, decadent brownies will satisfy the taste buds for less than 200 calories each.


Incredible! (3 ratings)
Simple Leftover Hambone, Carrot and Lentil Soup

After serving that Sunday or Easter ham, save the bones to make this hearty and delicious soup. This soup is definitely comfort food, at less than 100 calories per serving.

Fast Beef Curry with Vegetables

Quick Indian curry sauce with an suprise Italian flair! Serve in a bowl over brown rice or whole wheat noodles with a slice of naan bread on the side.

Lemon Chiffon Cheesecake (No Baking Required!)

Light and refreshing, this fluffy lemon treat melts in your mouth! Top with a few fresh raspberries, a few mint leaves and a peak of pressurized whipped cream for an appetizing and colorful presentation (not included in calorie count.)

Exotic Blackberry Lime Gingerini (Mocktail)

This delicious mocktail is so refreshing on a hot day. It pairs well with Asian and Indian foods. I particularly like to serve this drink with spicy Thai food as the flavors are complimentary and the ginger is calming to the digestive system.

Serve in tall iced tea, martini or margarita glasses. Garnish with a stir stick or cocktail fork with a pierced blackberry. Optionally, dip each glass rim in ginger ale or lime juice and granulated sugar. Edge the glasses with a lime wedge and an umbrella for a pretty presentation. Spice up the party by adding 1/2 oz of clear rum or brandy to each glass (not included in calorie count!)

Note: You will need 8-10 limes to prepare this drink. I like to keep a bottle of Sicilia lime juice handy in case limes are not very juicy and I come up short!

Gourmet Healthy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rolls

The presentation of this dish is beautiful, and no one will believe that it's healthy!


Very Good (1 rating)
Scandinavian Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

A new twist on banana muffins with a secret ingredient passed down by my Norwegian grandmother...cardamom spice. These muffins are extra-delicious with 1/2 C of walntuts added to the batter (this adds about 30 calories per serving, but is great way to increase healthy omegas.) Serve plain, or with a thin layer of light cream cheese or Smart Balance spread. Enjoy!

Light, Creamy Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

A revision of my original recipe, the secret ingredient that makes this sauce creamy is Xanthan Gum, which can be purchased online or a health food stores. Xanthan thickens the sauce without adding many calories or changing the taste. Enjoy!


Very Good (4 ratings)
Light, Low-Fat Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Delicious, low in fat, high in protein and calcium.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Moist and delicious, these cupcakes hide a sweet surprise inside!

Roasted Red Pepper Garden Pasta Sauce

This is a delicious sauce that is low in calories and high in nutrients, especially vitamins A & C and Iron. Substitute a sodium-free spahetti sauce base to lower the sodium content. Serve over whole-wheat pasta or spaghetti squash, and add a few chicken strips for protein and pesto or parmesan for added flavor. A great dish with which to experiment, trying different vegetables and side items. Delicious!

Homemade Sangria (Pinot Grigio or Non-Alcoholic)

This light, refreshing drink is a lovely treat on a hot evening, and it looks beautiful in a glass pitcher. Substitue 1.5 C extra each of white grape juice and light apple juice to make it a non-alcoholic beverage. Add a cup of strawberry or raspberry flavored sparkling water to create a bubbly spritzer!

Mini Thai Chicken Pizza Appetizers

These unique little appetizers add international flair to your meal. They can also be served as as a meal paired with soup or salad.

Yellow Lentil Stew with Berbere Spice

This delicious lentil stew is packed with fiber, protein and flavor. The Etiopian Berbere spice gives it an international flair! Berbere can be purchased online or at Cost Plus World Market, but if you prefer to make your own, I have included the instructions below.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Pie

Light and fluffy, this pie satisfies a sweet tooth without busing the diet!


Very Good (1 rating)
136 Calorie Chicken Caesar Salad

This fabulous, tangy salad is high in protein and vitamins, and low in calories. Serve as a side dish, or as a meal itself. Yum!

Nutrient-Rich Garden Spaghetti Pasta Sauce

This yummy sauce is low in calories and high in nutrients, especially vitamins A & C and Iron. Substitute a sodium-free spahetti sauce base to lower the sodium content. Serve over whole-wheat pasta, and add a few chicken strips for protein and pesto or parmesan for added flavor. A great dish with which to experiment, trying different vegetables and side items. Delicious!

"Almost Samoas" Light Cookie Bars

If you crave the Girl Scouts' Samoas cookies, this recipe provides an alternative with fewer calories, fat and sugar per serving than the original.

Mimi's Cafe Carrot Raisin Bread Light

This version contains 207 calories per serving (277 if you cut the bread into 9 instead of 12 servings) and 9 g of fat. The original Mimi's recipe packs 481 calories and 27 g of fat. This lighter version is also packed with omega-3's, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and it tastes great! Serve with a meal, as breakfast, or as a dessert with a dollop of light whipped cream (not included in calorie count.)


Incredible! (1 rating)
Low Calorie Chicken Cacciatore

Delicious and sooo good for you! Cooks.com recipe.

"Not Your Mama's" Tuna Noodle Casserole

This tuna casserole is a family favorite of ours. Not your typical tuna casserole, this one is true comfort food! Substitute brocolli for the asparagus, if you prefer. Also tastes great with sliced almonds on top!

Mexican Rice, Black Bean & Spinach Casserole

This tasty dish packs a punch nutritionally and is low in calories.


Very Good (1 rating)
Simple Swiss Steak Pot Roast

This flavorful Swiss style steak is simple to prepare. Leave all day in a crock pot or on the stove, simmering like a pot roast. Low in calories, high in protein and potassium.

Beef Stew in Ethiopian Berebere Sauce

This hearty stew is low in calories, high in protein, and easy to make! Add a dash of Cayenne pepper if you like it spicy! Served traditionally with Injera bread, but also tastes beautiful with brown rice or ladled over spaghetti squash. We buy Berebere at Cost Plus World Market. It can also be purchased online. We have included instructions to make your own Berebere if you are unable to find it. Definitely worth the trouble to make!


Very Good (1 rating)
Acorn Squash with Tex-Mex Stuffing

This hearty side dish includes pine nuts, which are a waist slimming MUFA. As a side dish, halve each half to yield 8 servings. Also yummy all by itself as a complete meatless meal! You can reduce the calorie count if you leave out the cheese or use reduced fat cheese, and it still tastes great!

Baked Apples with Cardamom

This yummy Scandinavian dessert is wonderful after a winter supper. Pairs well with beef and pork. If you prefer, eliminate the cardamom, and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg instead. My children enjoy them when they are stuffed with cinnamon and small red hot candies. Enjoy!