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This is a deliciously rich sauce to top veggies and rice with chicken or fish.
It's basically the one on the box, but it's a good fall-back recipe for a week's worth of cheap lunches or a solid dinner for the family.
No italian dressing, chipotle mayo on the side (use 1tbsp)
All rolled into one compact meal, serve these with a side of fresh veggies and you're good to go!
Like dense pancakes, these cakes can take anything you want to put in them - fruit, nuts, chocolate chips. Totally delicious and packed with protein and whole grains.
The addition of peanut butter enhances the nutty flavour of the quinoa and takes away the sometimes bitter flavour that many people don't enjoy.
I make these all the time. They are so filling and SO delicious.
Great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
I enjoy food pockets. They're perfect to take along for lunch, they come in their own wrapping, and they're super cute. So this was an attempt at putting some of my favorite flavours in pocket form.
Everything but the kitchen sink. I love it when happy accidents happen. I wanted to try the sweet cornbread with Jiffy Mix and Yellow Cake Mix, had some old bananas to use up, threw in some cranberries, and didn't have milk, so used vanilla almond milk. Baking Win! YUMMO!
Found this recipe on Cooks.com after looking for ways other than banana bread to use up over-ripened bananas. Made it only slightly healthier than the original - but these are darn good.
The taste is all there, but this version is better for you than the Chicago favorite!
Not kidding, this dish is SPICY. But smokey and delicious too!
Straight-up off the website - with a little less sugar, a change in cooking time and Heart Smart Bisquick for a little "better for you" beer biscuit.
A healthier and tastier treat than the one on the stick. Great game-day appetizer!
3 ingredients. Woah.
There are ways to make this lighter (switch ground turkey for beef, lose the avocados, use light cheese) but frankly, it's SO good it's worth the extra calories. Loaded with fiber and all kinds of stuff to keep you going for hours, it's all you need to eat for dinner!
Pesto is SO easy to make (when you have a food processor) and tastes so amazing, I have no idea why I haven't tried it before. You don't need basil & pinenuts - any green and nut combo will work!
Made these for Superbowl and they were a hit!
Given that honey is the only essential ingredient in power bars to hold everything together, everything else in this bar is totally customizable. Excellent!
Crescent rolls work really well as a quick pizza dough. Roll onto a baking sheet, top with favorites, bake for 10-15 min and you're done!
Just messing around with some different ingredients to spice up the standard meatball!
Really delicious in place of jam on toast.
A savory version of my Banana Bread Breakfast Bake - this one is made with gluten free quinoa flakes. Same staying power with whole grains, protein and a healthy amount of fat to start your day.
A totally yummy breakfast casserole that you can make ahead and reheat for weekday mornings! A great way (like any banana bread recipe) to use up those mushy bananas!
This is an incredible breakfast dish with staying power. Good amount of complex carbs, lots of protein and high in potassium. You won't be craving lunch for a long time!
Just another something I threw together. This is great served over rice with broccoli for some extra veggies!
Warning - these are a TON of work and require a cake ball maker, but are worth every second when you get 100 of them and they're only about 60 calories a piece. Woohoo!
This is another recipe from Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" Crockpot book. And yes, this is ridiculously good.
Another one for the crockpot! This is a great variation on potato & leek soup with more complex flavours.
A hearty meal casserole that satisfies! Trade ground turkey for beef in this recipe to cut a few calories and grams of fat, but I love the real deal.
All your favorite Polish recipe ingredients - stir fry style.
Delicata winter squash is used in this recipe with pumpkin ravioli, kale and the traditional favorites. Packs a PUNCH of good-for-you nutrients.
Both Delicata and eggplant can be cooked with the skin on. Delicata's skin is so soft you can eat it with the squash as it cooks to the same consistency. Eggplant skin is a matter of preference, but it adds a nice consistency and colour to the plate. Makes for a very pretty dish.
Decadence, without all the guilt!
Who doesn't like cheesecake? This is a light version of a delicious favorite.
A modified version of the Starbucks cake with added fruit and less sugar/chocolate.
All the good stuff in a quick and simple biscuit!
It is what it says it is....and it is DELICIOUS. A bit high calorie, but worth it.
The Mother of all loaded-Waldorfs
Another delicious Indian dish from my beau - lightened up with skim milk and lots of veggies!
I love fennel. And with onions and apples, you can't go wrong.
I found these beautiful, huge, mushrooms at the grocery store and decided I needed to do something with them. Here's what happened.
I made this up. But, they're kind of awesome - if I do say so myself.
Stolen from "Love From The Oven" - you could save some calories and make these with the Sugar Free Reese's Minis - but I prefer the real deal.
Take Out Fake Out! Top with fresh lemon slices and serve over rice!
Just something I threw together to top some pork chops. Yum!
Friday Night Dinner - the man and the ingredients arrived in my kitchen. An hour later and the smell in my house is ridiculously awesome. This is what he made...
A throw together meal that is really good and really good for you
Got this recipe from Eating Well Magazine. Adapted an already healthy recipe by removing the oil and salt (there's already enough in the cheese) and adding a couple of extra spices for flavour. You could top with salsa or fresh tomatoes if you'd like!
Take Out Fake Out! In the Crockpot of course.
Creamy, hearty, cheesy, delicious Mac & Cheese that isn't going to break the calorie bank. Adapted from a number of different recipes including Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" and Runner's World Magazine.
Definitely one of my favorite WW recipes from back in the day. Totally light - doesn't taste light.
These are my new favorite "chips" - forget about potatoes!
Another recipe from Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" - but I didn't have the heart to put a whole block of cream cheese in it (light or not) so I used Greek Yogurt to make it even lighter!
From the "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" book by Stephanie O'Dea - made spicier by me :) The added peppers and thai chili paste gives this dish a nice heat to compliment the peanut butter.
Favorite meal on a cold day back from the ski hill!
Chef Meg's recipe for Sweet Potato Tarts with pumpkin instead and in larger muffin tins
Crockpot recipe adapted from Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow"
Adapted from Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" - addition of potato kugel is my own.
You can do this without the kugel mix - use 2 potatoes diced in the stew in lieu of.
Adapted from "Happy Heart Recipes" by Heather Williams, RD.
Recipe adapted from my FAVORITE crockpot cookbook by Stephanie O'Dea - Make It Fast, Cook It Slow
This is my youth in a pie pan. Mom makes this EVERY year at Christmas, and it is SO delicious!
My Christmas Morning Favorite!
Starting with a thick pumpkin soup base and adding turkey and rice makes this a deliciously different take on classic chili recipes.
This is one of my FAVORITE childhood recipes from my mom. She makes it with ham hocks and split yellow peas - you can do it either way. Perfect on a cold day in the crock pot
A variation on Chef Meg's Pumpkin Soup with ingredients I had on hand and adapted for the crock pot.
This recipe is adapted from the cookbook "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" by Stephanie O'Day, whom I LOVE. She's a crockpot genius. Why bother with the oven method when this one is So. Darn. Good.?
Comfort food...without a ton of calories
Most of my crockpot recipes are like this: I have chicken, I have other stuff, I throw it in the pot and cook it and hope I like it. I usually do. This one is particularly good and hearty.
Vegetarian Adaptation from a Runner's World recipe.
Sweet, savory and fresh pasta all rolled in to one? Can't get much better than this! And for a lot of "no-no" items in one dish, it tastes like you're getting away with something!
Great to make ahead of time for breakfasts on the go!
Cleaning out the fridge and cupboard meal!
I had beets, sweet potatoes and a butternut squash hanging out in my cupboard leftover from the winter stock. I decided to cook them up and see what kind of a summer salad recipe I could make from them. This ended up being quite good chilled, but you could also eat it warm.
Easy to make with pancake mix and instant oatmeal - just add water & bake!
One of my breakfast favorites. Bake, freeze the extras to store, pop them in the microwave to reheat and go.
This is really delicious. Too bad I got a little over-creative and ruined my first batch with some red wine vinegar...don't do it! Leave the recipe as-is and it tastes great! A little high in sodium and cholesterol but also high in potassium and vitamins. The cholesterol is from the seafood, so at least it's the good kind!
Chocolate? - Check
Peanut Butter? - Check
Banana? - Check
Low Cal Frozen Treat? - yes please!
To be enjoyed hot or cold. This is a one dish meal that uses leftover sausage and high-potassium mushrooms! This is so good that I devoured the first serving right out of the pot standing in my kitchen.
This one dish wonder salad is literally "loaded" with all the good stuff you love about Mexican food without the grease. Makes a great meal salad and since it's packed with protein & good carbs it keeps you satisfied for a LONG time.
I had pancake mix, I had a can of pumpkin...I decided to try to make muffins. You be the judge!
A slight variation on the typical tuna pasta salad!
A real "throw it together" dinner made from leftovers I had in the fridge.
I came up with the idea for this salad by browsing through some of the great recipes for Memorial Day salads. Fresh ingredients really make this dish - and I love taking "meal" salads for lunch.
Tight on time? This quick breakfast literally takes one minute. Set your stopwatch..and GO!
This is adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe that I got from a friend. I HEART this dip. I make it at least once a month and top everything with it from chicken breasts to vegetables to baked potatoes. YUM! It's a huge hit at parties as well and knowing that I made it I can eat it without guilt!
A real "clean out the cupboard" dish - pick 5 cans of your favorite beans - I used what I had, but you could also sub in garbanzo beans, white beans, navy beans or black-eyed peas to this dish. Also feel free to substitute frozen corn & green beans to limit salt content.
Top with a dollop of sour cream & cheese (optional - not included in calorie count) and serve with fresh cornbread for an awesome "Meatless Monday" dish.
Delicious quick bread that can be made completely organic, low fat & whole wheat! I substituted regular flour for whole wheat flour, used skim milk and skim milk cheese and fresh herbs. You can use whatever herbs you like - original recipe called for chives, sage & tarragon, but I also love basil, thyme and oregano.
This versatile dish can be whipped up quick and then enjoyed in a number of different ways! You can add any veggies you like (peppers, carrots, corn, etc) to round out and bulk up the chili mix. Add spices to taste - chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, pepper, oregano - whatever you have and whatever you like!
This was meant to be apricot chicken, but all I had in the fridge was a bottle of fig jam, so it became fig chicken. It's so good I think you could probably do it with any flavour of jam you please!
Recipes I've Rated:
- Low fat chocolate chip banana bread
- Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
- Jello Pinwheel
- Carrot Pumpkin Bars
- Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Single-Serving California-Style Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin
- Greek Turkey Burger
- Super Speedy Sausage Rolls
- Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup
- Kentucky Hot Brown
- Low-Sodium Breakfast Sausage
- Chocolate energy balls
- Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
- Tilapia in Phyllo Dough
- 95 Calorie Carrot Ginger Muffins
- Warm German Potato Salad (Traditional)
- Angie's Pineapple Cranberry Pork Roast
- Cupcake Meatballs
- Wheaten Bread (Irish Brown Soda Bread)
- Middle Eastern Spiced Ground Pork Kebab
- Chocolate Fondue
Recipe Collections I've Shared:
Just adding recipes I come across that do fun and interesting things with vegetables. That way whenever a potluck comes up I have somewhere to turn for something creative and healthy to bring!
I want to start making my own breads - without a bread maker. My thought is that if I know what's in them - they're healthier for me and I have the option to make them fully organic. Now - just have to keep from eating the whole loaf cause they're so delicious!
Quick meals on the go - most of these things you can make in a muffin tin!
|Hearty Meal Salads
|Make It Again!
These are all Spark Recipes that I've tried and loved. Putting them here so I can find them quickly to make again!