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Meatballs & Sour Cream

My mom used to make this recipe. Of course, she did it with a gazillion meatballs (always frozen), full-fat sour cream (lots of it), and normal high-sodium beef broth. My version is marginally better, although it does still use the frozen meatballs -- note, you can make it better still by doing your own meatballs!

This is meant to go on top of rice, noodles, or some other carb source. It's not "healthy", but it's also not horrible as long as you don't gorge on it.

Simple Homemade Yogurt

I got a yogurt maker, and opted to use a pre-existing Greek yogurt culture (aka a store-bought yogurt) as a starter for a batch. This recipe tracks the calories of this very simple yogurt! Note: this recipe requires a yogurt maker. There are alternate ways of making yogurt which don't require one; do research if you want to do a non-yogurt-maker version.

Pasta Sauce 1/7/2014

Just a basic pasta sauce to use for tracking purposes.

Summer Garden Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade spaghetti sauce using tomatoes and bell pepper from my garden, along with a bunch of other ingredients! This is only "poultry" because it uses chicken broth. Using vegetable broth would make it fully vegan!

Apple, Currant, Avocado and Pecan Salad

I love this salad. It's not the lowest-calorie option out there, but it's full of tasty goodness, and it's easy to make... and best of all, it's different from the majority of salads that are out there.

Easy Whole-Berry Cranberry-Mandarin Sauce

This is a super-easy cranberry sauce that's low-calorie and high on flavor... which is pretty impressive for only having 4 ingredients.

Guy Fawkes Spaghetti Sauce

Okay, so I just really wanted a red and bloody mess. This is it. It's full of vegetables and meat and goes amazing on almost any pasta. It practically eats like a meal itself.

Simple Spinach & Cheese Flatbread Pizza

I crave pizza a lot. This is a reasonably good substitute made with whole-wheat lavash and baked until golden brown and delicious. :)

Beef Stroganoff Topper (no noodles!)

This does NOT contain the noodles, rice, or whatever you're going to put it on top of! But it does have the rest of the stroganoff ingredients! :)


Incredible! (1 rating)
Simple Pumpkin Soup

I love pumpkin, especially in the fall. This recipe can be made year-round with canned pumpkin, though, which means it's always available!

Chicken & White Bean Soup

From Eating Well magazine, Feb/March 2005.

Salmon Chowder

From Eating Well magazine, September/October 2009.

Minestrone with Endive & Pepperoni

From Eating Well magazine, September/October 2009.

Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque

From Eating Well magazine, September/October 2009.

Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

From Eating Well magazine, September/October 2009.

Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl

From Eating Well magazine, April/May 2005.

Sweet & Sour Beef-Cabbage Soup

A recipe from the September/October 2009 "Eating Well" magazine.

Chile Verde Chili with Chicken

I wanted something that was akin to a white chili, but without the added fat. It's still sodium-heavy (I'm trying to figure out how to fix that!), but it's closer.

Lower-Sodium Beef and Vegetable 3-Cheese Lasagna

I've been craving lasagna. While this isn't the lowest-calorie option out there, it's crammed with vegetables and is surprisingly low on sodium for having multiple cheeses in it!

Banh Mi Salad Toppings

I love the Vietnamese sandwich known as Banh Mi -- but I honestly can't EAT them often. Oh, they're wonderful, they're delicious, and... they have an awful lot of bread.

But the meat and the daikon-carrot slaw that they put on top taste phenomenal on top of salad greens!

Sunrise Salad

This tangy salad features fruit and nuts as the key ingredients, and uses orange juice as the base for the dressing.

Green Apple Salsa

This is a very tasty green apple salsa - great for people who are tired of tomatoes and still want something with a little kick!

Tilapia Ceviche

I love ceviche. It's a fresh, easy-to-make Mexican dish that's packed with flavor and is so, so very good! Mine doesn't use shrimp (although you can certainly add shrimp, just double the soaking time), so it's safe for those with shellfish allergies, too! Tastes good as a salad topper, in a wrap, or simply alone as its own salad, and it's a great appetizer for parties.

Cucumber-Tomato Salad in Garlic-Yogurt Dressing

It's a nice summery dish, this -- surprisingly filling and very tasty. Use within 24 hours!

Mexican-Style Crockpot Pulled Pork

I use this on top of rice or salad for a good meal option. Also works well in sandwiches or as a taco filling. This recipe makes a LOT, so be ready for that!

Sweet Beef Curry

I like curries. I like them a lot. While this is healthier than some, it's still not all that healthy. But oh, is it tasty. Use it sparingly!

Light Chicken Chow Mein

I used to get a heavily-veggied version of this as a kid, skip the chow mein noodles, and eat the leftovers cold out of the fridge. So I recreated it!

Chickpea Curry

I was looking for a good recipe for a mild curry. It took some work, and I'm still tweaking it, but here's what I've got so far.

"Sweet" Salad

This is an unusual, but flavorful and lightly-sweet salad -- and it is its own dressing!

Irish coffee (decaf)

Okay, since I feel the regular urge for one of these, I had to post it. (Add some calories if you top it with whipped cream, of course.)

Low-cal Stroganoff on Yolk-Free Noodles

I have been fiending for beef stroganoff, but the typical ingredients (sour cream, egg noodles, etc) make it difficult to make. So, this is my lower-calorie take. It is still not completely low-calorie, but it's a lot better!

Also, please note that this recipe is based off the ingredient quantities I actually used. Caloric variations occur, especially when using different brands of broth/noodles.

I wrote the recipe as a four-serving recipe. That may have been overly generous. (See 'tips' below.)

Wonton Soup 12/7/2011

A basic wonton soup with storebought mini-wontons, enough for two people to have a nice big bowlful. Mmm, yum.

Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

While not the most healthy dish on the planet, I've removed some of the sodium content by using half fresh tomatoes, half canned. I removed a LOT of cheese from the standard dish, opting for a single slice on top of each pepper.

One serving is one pepper. Be forewarned!


Very Good (1 rating)
Japanese Miso Ramen Broth

I am a huge fan of ramen. I am -not- a huge fan of the seasoning packets that -come- with the ramen, though. After having had real, Japanese ramen, it's hard to stomach those blah packet-flavors, and they're so, so salty. And thus, this is one ramen broth recipe I'd found (and have heavily modified) to make one of the huge bowls of Japanese-style miso-flavored ramen that I love so well.

NOTE: This does -not- include the calories for the noodles themselves! You can use basic packaged ramen noodles, or soba noodles, rice noodles... basically, anything you prefer to use is good. Or you can leave them out entirely. The choice is up to you!

Autumn Harvest Soup

I have a bad habit of going 'mmm, this sounds good' at the produce market, and I come home with all kinds of stuff. Sometimes it all works beautifully together... like it did for this surprisingly low-calorie, low-sodium, low-fat. high-potassium soup.

Mild Chicken & Veggie Soup

This is a good base for a soup, or it's a good simple and quick soup on its own right. You can toss in more ingredients if you want to, but add the calories that go with it! It is, for a soup, EXTREMELY low sodium and low-calorie, so if you want to add things like chicken meatballs/dry noodles/etc to it, it isn't going to be overpowering.


Very Good (3 ratings)
Basic tuna salad for sandwiches/salads

This is a very basic tuna salad to use for sandwiches or to top a green salad. Milk replaces part of the mayo to reduce the fat and sodium content slightly. We like a lot of green onion, but you can add more celery to give it body and 'crunch' if you want.

California Waldorf Salad

My aunt made a salad very much like this for holidays, although she uses currants instead of cranberries (hard to find where I'm at), and I'm still trying to master her 'dressing'. Either way, it tastes fantastic.

Spinach, Mushroom and Feta Mini-Frittatas

This concept is based off of Coach Nicole's Mini Vegetable Frittatas, except that I use mini-muffin pans to make a smaller-size serving, and different ingredients. It's good! These are great to make up in advance and then have for a quick breakfast-on-the-go, too.


Very Good (5 ratings)
Basic chicken salad for sandwiches/salads

This is just a very basic chicken salad for topping off greens or slapping between a couple slices of bread. It's a basic recipe which, in the past, I've done with much more mayo - the milk thins out the mayo and helps spread the flavor out in this variation. Adding dried cranberries or chopped nuts makes it even better, but doing that, one should remove the relish and add a little more milk (maybe up it to 3 tablespoons of milk). This is a -big- recipe because it keeps for many days in a sealed container.



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