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Recipes I've Shared:

Dan's Tuna Melts

Simple tuna melts, no mayo, with lemon pepper and carrots to add a bit of flavor. Great for snacks or a small lunch.

This recipe feeds a family of 5 with three teenagers who eat 2 halves apiece, leaving one half for each parent. Cut the recipe in half for two people; the melts refrigerate and re-warm really well for a couple of days.

To reheat, place in microwave on high for 1 minute (1,000 watt microwaves; reduce time for larger appliances). Or place in a toaster oven for 4 minutes at 350 F; this preserves the crispiness of the muffin half.

You can always eat the remaining yogurt with the melts or save it for later.

Marinara prima vera

Sort of a cross between a straight marinara and a prima vera sauce, this recipe skips the wine from the prima vera.

Note there is some overlap to prep and cooking, so the prep time may be somewhat shorter than you might need, depending upon how you cook this sauce (see the Cooking Instructions for more info).

Vegan Banana Bread with Coconut

I learned this recipe from a friend's mother when I started baking back in 1970 (I was in the 5th grade in 1970). The coconut adds a flavor to the banana bread which can't be beat.

It may seem strange to call "bread" a vegan item... but most breads call for shortening (usually butter) and eggs. By substituting applesauce for the eggs and some non-dairy buttery spread, I removed all animal products.

Vegan tacos

Substitute Boca or other TVP (textured vegetable protein) for ground meat and vegan cheese for dairy, and voila, vegan tacos.

Dan's Ground Turkey and Elbows

This is a modification of another SparkPerson's recipe. That recipe uses only hamburger, white pasta, and canned soup. This one substitutes ground turkey, whole wheat elbows, and tomato sauce respectively, and adds corn and diced tomatoes... on the whole, I think, a bit healthier and certainly lower in sodium. Plus the V8 and vegetables add vitamins and flavor missing from the "vanilla" version.

It's a very quick dinner for when your pantry's empty and you have short notice for dinner.

Dan's Chicken and Cheese

Sort of like chicken parmesan, except using cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

Dan's Whatchagot Soup

While the name comes from a humorous article by Patrick F. McManus, a columnist for Field and Stream Magazine, the recipe itself is all mine. I call it this because it has so many ingredients, and it makes so much more than you need for one meal. See the tips for more information.

Dan's quick low-fat meat sauce

A meat sauce made from stuff in the house

Simply Asia sesame teriyaki with chicken and vegetables

Adding 1.5 pounds of stir-fried chicken, chopped broccoli, and carrots to the contents of the box makes the meal far healthier than just the box contents... and it's ready quickly.

Dan's Quick Chicken Parmesan with whole wheat pasta

This is about as simple as you can get. Take a package of chicken tenders, a bottle of your favorite tomato sauce, two ounces of Parmesan cheese, and half a box of whole wheat pasta. Voila, reasonably health chicken parmesan (except for the sodium, which surprised me, but you can cut that 'way back by using homemade sauce.

Dan's whole wheat pasta with parmesan cheese sauce

Doctoring up a standard bottle of spaghetti sauce with extra tomatoes, spices, and cheese.

Pasta note: use a heavier pasta such as shells, rotini, or penne because the sauce is thick. Spaghetti also works, but angel hair (vermicelli) won't work; it'll turn gooey.

Dan's Shepherd's Pie with Omega-3s

This recipe is modeled after the Ground Turkey Shepherd's Pie recipe from LANDONSMOM0615, which can be found here: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=227359. I made so many substitutions I thought I should add my own version.

Dan's autumn "hamburger" soup with ground turkey

An easy crockpot or stovetop soup; just brown the ground turkey and add it to water and the other ingredients. Simmer an hour, or cook in crockpot on low for eight hours.

This is a healthy soup, with lots of vitamins and minerals, especially potassium and phosphorus. The phosphorus is important because most of us don't get enough.

Dan's easy "hamburger" soup with ground turkey

An easy crockpot or stovetop soup; just brown the ground turkey and add it to water and the other ingredients. Simmer an hour, or cook in crockpot on low for eight hours.

This is a healthy soup, with lots of vitamins and minerals, especially potassium and phosphorus.

Note 1: for a higher vegetable serving use a 1-pound package of vegetables... or substitute fresh ones (takes longer but worth it).

If mixing beef and poultry flavors isn't your style, use low sodium chicken bouillon instead.



Recipe Collections I've Shared:

    Dan's Favorites
    Mostly my recipes, with a few of the better SparkPeople ones added in as I eat them.