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Chicken and rice stew

Too thick to call it soup, but it tastes good! I know the sodium is very high; I didn't have any low sodium bouillon. I'm guessing at the number of servings - we ate one each at 1.5 cups last night and there is a lot left!

Chicken and Rice Florentine

What to make with what's in the house....

Tuna and Lentil Stuffed Peppers

I wanted to do something different with the lovely stuffed peppers we're getting these days and this is what turned up. The filling needs doctoring with spices of your choice - we used oregano and garlic powder, which i didn't put in the recipe. I think dill and lemon juice would be great!

Spicy Blackened Tilapia

I found this recipe online, originally from aquaticcommunity.com. I had to add some olive oil to get it to cook without sticking, but switched the white bread for rice (would have used brown if we had any) and reduced the salt content significantly. Once the spice blend is mixed, it's a simple recipe. Absolutely DO heat the skillet on high until the oil begins to smoke. The recipe said leave it on high, but I had no trouble reducing it to medium high after adding the fish to the pan.

Grilled Turkey Melt

Warning - this is NOT a low-sodium recipe in any way, shape or form! It's probably not even to be considered healthy, but sometimes the pocketbook rules - it's cheap to make!

Vegetarian Potato Hash

It's a thin week - we have several kinds of vegetables in the house but not much in the way of meat. This is my attempt at a vegetarian dinner with what we have in the house. Those who are not strict vegetarians might like a poached egg on top.

Budget Goulash

We are stretching every penny as far as we can. This makes 8 servings, even for hungry folk.

Chicken and Peppers Rotini

Modified from a Kraft recipe

Nanny's Penuche Candy

My grandmother made this every year for the holidays - hope I remembered it right!


Incredible! (2 ratings)
Crock Pot Catalina Cranberry Chicken

It takes us way too long to use up a bottle of salad dressing, so I went looking for one to use up the Catalina we opened (before DH insists it's expired and we have to throw it out! LOL!) This is a crock pot version of one I found at Kraft.

Basic Won Ton Chips

Craving chips and dip? Try these instead! You can also add any spices you want - onion powder or garlic powder both work great. I imagine oregano might as well, or if you're in the mood for sweet instead of salty, maybe a little finely ground cinnamon sugar would be just the ticket! I brought two batches of these to Easter dinner last spring, with a bowl of homemade hummus to dip them in. There were none to bring back home!

Macaroni with tomato soup

This was a Lenten standard for us growing up. It is still a nice cost-effective recipe for anyone going for a couple meatless meals a week. Using low-sodium/healthy request soup will make it still healthier. Top with a little Parmesan cheese and serve with a salad, if you want to. We like it all by itself.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Vegetable Soup

My throat kept getting scratchier all day, and a coworker was downing her canned chicken noodle soup for lunch today for HER cold, but DH and I are trying to get a grip on sodium, and we love our veggies, so this is my recipe.

Pasta e Fagioli

I've tried several minestrone or pasta fagioli recipes. I found this one online and lightened it up by using smoked chicken and less olive oil than the original. I also doubled the number of servings, after really looking at how much this is going to make!

Tuna Melt Bread Pudding

I adapted this recipe from my favorite grocery store's quarterly recipe magazine. It actually came out about 100 calories lighter than I expected! It's a very nice change from tuna noodle casserole.

Grilled Stuffed Potatoes

Looking for a side dish to do on the grill, with ingredients I already have on hand. I found this at GrilledVegetableRecipe.com and lightened it up with low fat sour cream and mozzerella.

Baked Ham and Cheese Lasagna Rolls

This sounded like such an obvious combination to me, I was surprised to not find it already calculated here on Spark. I will confess right here, I have not made these yet. I just put the recipe together in my head. If it needs tweaking after I've made it, I'll come back and tell you! If not, enjoy!

Ramen Eggs

Modified from my mom's Million Recipes CD. Makes a great brunch, or dinner if you serve a side of some kind of veggies.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad - no sugar

My friend gave me this recipe but when I was making in we decided we liked it very tart - with no sugar, but none of the recipes here were made that way, so I had to add mine to the list!

Best Ever Fried Egg Sandwich

I saw the basis for this in a cooking magazine, coming in at 560 calories! This is my version, topping out at 320. That may still sound like a lot, but the fats in the avocado are good fats, so enjoy!

Crock Pot Gingersnap Chicken

This came out higher in calories than I had hoped, but I actually think it's less because you skin the legs and thighs, and there's no way to figure those calories that are taken out. But it is good!

Crock Pot Pork and Veggies

Looking for something different to put in the Crock Pot, came across this recipe and changed some of the ingredients to our favorite veggies. I would imagine you could put just about any vegetables in it.


Very Good (1 rating)
Breakfast (for dinner) Crock Pot Casserole

Got this from the crock pot lady (Stephanie O'Dea) and was going to see if I could lighten it up some. Then I started with pretty much the ingredients she had and was very pleasantly surprised to see that it comes in under 300 calories per serving!

Beer Bread with Onions and Rosemary

I wanted something new to go with our lentil soup for supper and this recipe caught my attention in the quarterly book put out by a regional grocery store. I didn't have enough white flour to make their version, nor did I actually have a bottle of lager in the house, so I modified it to meet what I had. It came out lighter in the long run too!

Slum Gullion (Okay - scalloped poultry)

My grandmother always called it Slum Gullion - no clue where that came from or what it means, but there it is! It can be made with either chicken or turkey. I sparked it using chicken because that's what I'm going to have left over! VERY simple recipe.

Walnut Rosemary Crusted Chicken

I read that it would be good to add more healthy nuts to our diet, so I tried this. Inspired by Hannaford Markets "Fresh" magazine.

Slow cooker bacon ranch chicken - lighter version

I have to give credit to KIMMYKIM3883 for this recipe, but since I screwed it up I had to recalculate it! The whole thing had been in the crock pot for almost three hours when I realized I had left out the cream of chicken soup her recipe had called for! I also only had 1 tablespoon of bacon bits on hand. Too late, we ate it anyway, and it was still good! So, I guess you could say this is a lighter version, but I didn't intend it that way when I started!

Pesto Chicken and Sweet Potato Layered Slow Cooker Dinner

It's my day off! I wanted to slow cook some chicken, so went looking. This was on the Crock Pot Lady's blog, so I modified it a little (to match what I had in the house) and sparked it. Steph loves to share too, so enjoy!


Very Good (4 ratings)
Santa Snacks

These entered my life from the inside of a Land O' Lakes butter carton when I was probably about seven. Most people now know them as Magic Cookie Bars, but I retained the name my family has always known them by. We never used coconut because I'm allergic to it. I'm sure it could be vastly lightened up by using fat-free graham crackers and sweetened condensed milk, but I'm posting it the way I've made it for years, and will leave the lightening up to others who haven't known it full fat the way I do! I've listed it at 16 servings for an 8x8 baking pan. Can't believe we used to cut it in just 9!


Incredible! (2 ratings)
Holiday Shrimp Salad

I made this a couple years ago for Thanksgiving and my family has been asking for it again ever since. So I made it for this year's Thanksgiving get-together, but I lightened it up some. I could have bought fat-free or lower-fat mayo too, but it was out of my price range this week! :(

I know it sounds like a really weird combination of ingredients, but it comes out very good!

Marinated Rotisserie Roast Beef

Okay. I played with my rotisserie with a chicken a few weeks ago. Today we're doing a small roast beef. Here's the plan.

P.S. Don't panic - the prep time includes marinating the beef.


Incredible! (1 rating)
Angel Hair with Slow Cooker Lentil Sauce

I was looking for something to slow cook on my day off and came across this recipe, which I just happen to have all the ingredients for! I've "sparkified" it slightly from the original to lighten it up.


Very Good (2 ratings)
My "Secret" Meatballs and Sauce

After nearly a year, I'm still in the process of Sparking some of my standard recipes. Here is my son's favorite, and it stayed under 300 calories per serving! (Pasta is NOT figured in) I always make a huge batch and freeze in dinner-sized portions - I find it more economical that way, both in dollars and time.


Very Good (12 ratings)
Greek-style baked chicken breasts

Chicken from the freezer, everything else from the cupboard.

Shredded Roast Beef and Bean Burritos

Cooked too much pot roast? Try this!

Crock Pot Roast Beef w/Root Vegetables and Chianti

My "tradition" of roast beef, with some added nutritional value from adding more vegetables. Rutabagas look and sound weird to people, but they're easy to cook in this recipe, and VERY high in potassium!

Leftover Creamy Company Crock Pot Chicken, orientalized

What to do with too much leftover chicken recipe? Decided to try making a leftover oriental style stew sort of thing out of it.

Spinach Egg Bake

Need veggies? Try this for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!
I lightened this up from another recipe, and reduced the sodium, just by changing the cheese. Also made the serving size smaller, as 8 eggs plus everything else should make more than the original 6 servings, at least in my house!

Basic Dill Chicken Salad

All the basic recipes I looked at call for sweet relish, which I'm not overly fond of. I prefer it with dill. Obviously it would be lightened up with light or fat-free salad dressing, but even as it is, it's pretty good for the calorie price.

Creamy Company Crock Pot Chicken

I adapted this from a slow cooker cookbook, to lighten it up and try to lower the sodium. The recipe calculator only offered one listing for the asparagus soup, but I'm trying to find a lower-sodium one to use. It also only listed it as prepared and it's not, so I don't know if that would change the calories at all.

Elephant Ear Sandwich

A college-days favorite, simple and filling for breakfast or a fast lunch.

Laurie's bacon and cheese omelet

Mostly I just built this to get the calories for my lunch one day, but decided to keep it "for posterity." It's pretty high in almost everything, but very nice for a once-in-a-while treat.

Curried Double Pea Salad

We didn't feel like cooking potatoes or macaroni to make a salad to go with our half subs, so we came up with this out of the cupboard instead. Not bad for a quick throw together!


Very Good (3 ratings)
Ravioli with Roasted Rainbow Pepper Sauce

I handed my cooking club magazine to DH a couple of days ago when I left for work and told him to pick a recipe for next week. This is the one he chose, and I've modified it a bit to fit our budget better (theirs called for all red peppers!) and get more colors in it.

Mixed Fruit Brunch Compote

My apologies - I don't really know what a compote is! I just like the sound of it. This is sort of a breakfast fruit salad.

Mini baguette eggs

I bought a mini baguette at the store yesterday, intending to have it for dinner, but we forgot about it. Not wanting to lose it, I decided to use for brunch today.


Very Good (1 rating)
Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan - no breading

As usual, my best concoctions are spur-of-the-moment, and happen when some ingredient is about to expire. This is one of those.

Unhealthy (but yummy) Velveeta Omelette

Once every three or four months I get a craving - Velveeta was a comfort food for me years ago, so sometimes I just have to ....

"Healthified" Garlic Shrimp Pasta

From a recipe book I got from eatbetteramerica.

Leftovers Chicken Rotini Soup

How do you use up all the leftovers? Throw them all in one pot and simmer!


Incredible! (1 rating)
Mom's classic meatloaf

First time I've made this since joining Spark, so I had to run it through for the nutrition info. DH loves this version. I usually serve it with a baked potato and either a side veggie or a salad.


Very Good (2 ratings)
Karl's favorite steamed veggie platter

I asked DH what he wanted for his upcoming birthday dinner - this is it! We do mix and match the vegetables at times, but this is a pretty standard mix for us.

Crockpot Bacon-wrapped Cornish Game Hens

Game hens are on sale this week, and I ALWAYS crock on Sundays, but sparkpeople didn't have any crockpot recipes for hens. I got this one from the crockpot lady (crockpot365.blogspot.com) who, I'm sure, won't mind me sparking it for values. YummY!

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Goulash

The original recipe of this looked good, but by the time I was done with it, it seems to be enough of a different animal to repost. I would prefer to make it with fresh mushrooms, but I didn't have any. That will cut some of the sodium.

Tuna broccoli salad

Horrors! I only had 350 calories for dinner, and nothing in the house that fit without work. So I worked! This came out pretty good. The original idea was to wrap it in lettuce leaves, but turns out what I thought was lettuce in a produce bag in the fridge, was actually green onions. So I just ate the salad. Yumm!

Crock pot lasagna

this is sctaylor's recipe from the love to cook team. Hope you don't mind me plugging it in, sc. 8 servings is exactly right for this recipe. We have a 6.5 quart round crockpot, so cut it pie-shaped. I agree with the person who said the added salt was unnecessary, so I'm removing it. It is very good without it. Using no-salt added tomato products, I hope, will cut the sodium even more - I'll amend again next time I try it!

Lemon-Dill-Dijon Brussels Sprouts

Went looking for Brussels sprouts recipes to make for hubby for our anniversary. This combines a couple different ones. It was very good - our original 4 serving designation didn't hold - we ate them all between the two of us!

crock pot barbecued pork

This turned out very nicely. We will probably make it again soon.

Tuscan Garlicky Bean Soup - low sodium adaptation

We love this soup! But we make it without putting any salt in it, so I wanted to recalculate the recipe to show the difference.

Dhal with vegetable topping

I went looking for a fairly mild recipe for an upset tummy day. This looked pretty safe, except maybe for the red pepper flakes and a whole onion, so I decided to give it a try.

Tasty low-calorie egg salad

We needed some protein added to our day, but not too many calories, so I put this together. Hubby loved it. We put it in whole wheat pita with kale garnish.


Very Good (4 ratings)
Healthy Bean & Vegetable Crockpot Stew

***PLEASE NOTE*** if you looked at this recipe before, I have changed some things - we added more veggies, and our cooker had everything done long before the original time settings, so be aware.

Crock pot steak dinner

Dental problems have limited our ability to enjoy a good steak. This helps immensely! There's plenty of the vegetables left for another use, too, that's why the six serving designation

Chicken Spanish rice (from leftovers)

I HATE throwing food away! This recipe was the result of cleaning leftovers out of the fridge! Several Sparkrecipes will be reference, but they're out there to find.

Beans and beet salad

What goes good with mashed potatoes for dinner? Quick bean salad!

Tuna-rice patties

If you've tried the tuna rice stuffed peppers, you'll recognize the base here! It's leftover stuffing, sauteed in olive oil till golden brown. I'm serving it with Garlic-Spiked Broccoli and Mushrooms with Rosemary.

Tuna-rice stuffed peppers

Some of my best concoctions come from simply trying not to lose ingredients because I bought too many, or too early. This is one of those: Cook the pepper before it's too old!

Paprika Schnitzel

Hubby is of German extraction and I don't cook this for him often enough, but here it is, not the lowest cal recipe on the block but very good nonetheless! I use a specialty store Hungarian paprika, but the regular stuff will work too.



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