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Very Good (1 rating)
Spanish Rice

Green chiles take this easy rice dish south of the border in no time.

Vegetarian Baked Ziti

skinnied up version of an old favorite. This tastes decadent for half the calories.

Enchilada Casserole with Veggie Crumbles

This Texas style casserole tastes as big as the great out west - with tons of flavor and protein, Partner. Veggie crumbles keep this quick and easy one dish meal on the down and skinny.

Potato and Lentil Curry

Bold and nutritious, this soup always shines.

Coleslaw with apples

This is always a hit at gatherings, and easy to throw together.

Pasta Limone Light

Ready in 20 minutes

White Bean and Chile Quesadilla

Just minutes from fridge to table. This is my kind of fast food.

Raspberry Compote

Ready in minutes, this tangy and sweet compote is a great companion to ice cream, cheesecake, hot oatmeal - or a warm brownie. I also like to freeze it in an ice cube tray and add it to sparkling cider or club soda.

Lemon Coconut Bars

Luscious Lemon Heaven! Billowing soft, sweet and lemony tart. Always the first to go at bake sales and pot luck parties.

Buffalo Tempeh Bites

All vegan, all buffalo, oh my!

Red Beans and Rice Light

A Cajun treasure, lightened up with the addition of fresh green beans.

Peanut Noodle Salad (Spicy)

Great pool party crowd pleaser. This one's got quite a nice kick from the ginger and Sriracha sauce. All the fresh veggies keep this pasta salad fresh and light.

Curried Potato and Red Bean Soup

Vegetarian Indian flavor in a simple everyday soup.

Jalapeno popper dip with black beans

All the bite and creamy texture of jalapeno poppers at a fraction of the calories. This is a crowd pleaser at pot lucks by the pool.

Garlic and Lime Penne with broccoli

Easy and deliziosa! I love the burst of flavor you get by roasting broccoli and fresh lemons. Not enough time, though, or no fresh lemons? Never fear - a surprising splash of lime juice brings this dish to the top of your "ready in no time" recipe list.

Mustard Vinaigrette

Lighter take on a French classic dressing. Easy and fresh.

Coleslaw with Pineapple and mango

Memorial Day spectacular - hit of the barbecue!

Chicken & Green Bean Casserole Light

Easy to make and full of flavor - a summer favorite for dinner on the porch on a warm Nebraska evening. Half the calories and fat compared to the fully leaded version I grew up with.

French Potato Salad

French potato salad is lighter than the mayonnaise-based version I grew up with. Made with a mustard vinaigrette dressing, this classic recipe is very similar to what I ate in Calais when I was in France.

Spanish Chicken Tartlets

One of my appetizer go-to recipes. Always a crowd-pleaser.

French Sour Dough Garlic Cheese Bread

All the amazing melted gooey-ness at 185 calories a serving.
Time to enjoy! Great with chili or your favorite salad.

Curried Cauliflower Soup

If you can open a can, chop an onion, and dice a vegetable, you can enjoy authentic Indian flavor in half an hour.

Brown Rice and Broccoli Pilaf

Easy to prepare, fresh tasting - sprinkle a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of lite soy sauce over the top to serve.

Thai Coleslaw

great late night snack - lots of tart, law cal

Chicken Breast Stew

This is my husband Tom's specialty

Rich with Peppers onion corn

This goes with everything. Light and flavorful.

Chicken enchilada casserole

Just the basics, done right.

Runza Lite

Memories are made of this.

Lima Bean Soup

Hearty and satisfying, the Creole flavoring in this low fat, low sodium vegetarian soup always hits the spot.

Lentil soup with carrots and tomato

Coriander, turmeric and cinnamon hit the spot in the vegetarian classic.

Thin Crust Cheese Bread (1/6) 3 pcs

better than store bought, lower cal


homemade is so much better.

Very Good (1 rating)
rice with Broccoli Onion and Peppers

Instant hit at our house.

Roasted Cauliflower with Onion and Bacon

this is easy and out of this world delish.

Broccoli Primavera

Primavera means "in the style of springtime." Or, almost fresh. These veggies are a match made in taste heaven.

Meatballs in Green Sauce

Just the smell of this cooking drives my family insane. Light, with a hint of heat.

Papas Con Frijoles

Straight from our table in South Texas to you.

Potato and Sausage Stew

My husband's latest creation. Really tasty.

St Cloud Sauerkraut and Sausage

My husband's version of his German mother's recipe. I've seen similar recipes on the food channel that get way more complicated. This one is simple and has great, straightforward flavor. Turkey kielbasa never tasted so good.

Mustard Hash w/Ground Turkey Breast

Don't let the mild mannered appearance fool you. This low calorie, healthy skillet supper has a sweet ol' Carolina kick.

Meatloaf - Lean Ground Turkey Breast Meatloaf

Tasty and light. This is the classic meatloaf Mom used to make, with lean ground Turkey instead of hamburger. The Italian dressing adds flavor and binds everything so no need for an egg.

Pasta Provencal with Onions and Carrots

Pasta with mushrooms in white wine butter sauce, with carrots and onion. The light butter and no yolk egg noodles keep this decadent-tasting dish light and healthy.

Creamy Summer Vegetable Soup

This soup combines the heart of summer flavor - corn, peas, green beans, onions, carrots, potatoes and celery - in a creamy soup.

Cucumber Salad with Peanut Dressing

Taste of Thai the easy way. Yum. Maintains flavor in larger quantities. Always a hit at picnics.

White Bean and Spinach Soup with Roasted Garlic

A Venetian river cruise down the Po river. In a bowl.

Mexican Hash Browns

ground turkey breast, green chiles and cheese - ole!

Potato & Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Yummy, satisfying - and lightened up! What could be better in a creamy potato soup?

Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup

The secret to true Italian flavor is in the spice blend. Try this combination of fresh veggies with cannellini and pinto beans for its thick creamy texture and rich Tuscany taste. It's protein packed and heart healthy.

cilantro lime sauce

Goes great with fish or chicken tacos, or as a dipping sauce with chips or veggies.

Potatoes and Onion Pan Fried

This lightened version of pan fried potatoes cuts the fat and calories of traditional pan fried potatoes by 75%. Enjoy.

Chicken Fried Rice (brown rice)

Quick and tasty. Fresh green onion and red bell pepper tip this into the "fresh taste tummy yummy" scale at our house.

Asparagus and Tomato Balsamic

Super easy and nice for company or every day.

Pulled Chicken Broiled on a Bun (B&B Pulled Chicken)

Just enough spicy horseradish and rooster sauce to have a nice kick.

Ginger Orange Chicken

This is the best ginger chicken I've ever had, anywhere. Define restaurant quality flavor is great for entertaining but quick enough for every day.

Very Good (2 ratings)
Black Bean and Corn Salsa

The trick to a great salsa is the combination of flavors. Here, the green chilies and lime juice add kick to the quickest side dish ever.

margarita mix - better than store bought

Just follow 3 simple steps and enjoy.

Stouffer's light mac and cheese

This dramatically cuts the calories and fat per serving, but retains all the delicious flavor. Still not a low fat dish, but much improved.

Colcannon Casserole

This combines the traditional flavor of an Irish classic with the lean protein of ground turkey breast into a tasty one dish wonder.

Fried Rice with Chicken

A simple fried rice with chicken recipe to use as a base. Add eggs and/or veggies to create your own asian inspired masterpiece. This is a low sodium, low fat recipe.

Potato Bean Stew

Favorite winter fare.

pollo y papa fajitas

We eat this fiesta favorite without a tortilla. This meal is light and satisfying.

Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Soup

Roasted cauliflower adds a nutty flavor and creamy texture to this healthy cold weather crowd pleaser.

Devil's Food Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Oh so good. Nothing light about it, but what a treat.

Barbecue Chicken Flatbread

A little sweet, a little spicy - this hearty flatbread is loaded with flavor and is always huge crowd pleaser.

Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans

Nutty and delicious, with the perfect combo of crunch and texture. This recipe is a must have holiday favorite.

chicken noodle casserole lite

Lighter version of the family classic.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Regale

Combines two of my husbands favorite desserts - pumpkin pie and cheesecake.

Dal with Cauliflower and Peas

Just began cooking Indian dishes at home a few years ago. This has been a hit with everyone, including friends from Punjab. This pleasing lentil dish cooks up spicy, so cut the dry spices to 1 tsp each for a more mild flavor.

Chicken and Rice

Combining the white and brown rice gives a rich nutty flavor that is set off by the crunchy carrots and lively sauce.

Chicken Salad

Mustard chicken salad

Ground Turkey Hash

Simple family dinner comes together in half an hour.

green rice with beans and turkey sausage

"Green rice (arroz verde) is tempting Mexican fare made by cooking green chiles, stock and herbs into a rice pilaf. The recipe is super quick, using chicken stock and salsa verde to add a rich and tangy back flavor.

Easy Turkey Picadillo

Sometimes taking a few recipe shortcuts will get you a great tasting meal in no time flat.

Dublin Coddle

An old Irish pub favorite made with smoked turkey sausage.

Cheesy Potatoes O'Brien

Our family's favorite brunch dish.

Pasta e fagioli con pollo

Add some light white chicken breast to pasta and beans for a tasty Italian treat.

Sloppy Tom Skillet Dinner

Sloppy Joe's low fat cousin - Sloppy Tom - mixes it up with potatoes for a family pleasing skillet meal.

Chicken and Potato Salsa Verde

Just four key ingredients - You'll never go back to plain chicken and potatoes after you taste this quick and simple recipe.

Cauliflower and Peppers with Peas

This colorful combination of flavors is as attractive as it is tasty. Serving size is for main course portion, but it makes a great side dish too. Always a hit at pot lucks.

Eggstra Light Egg Salad on Rye

Dijon mustard, celery and green onion lighten up this classic favorite.

Potato Soldiers

Stand up and accept the rave reviews you will get for these tasty spuds.

No Mayo Coleslaw

Always a hit in the summer.

Hashbrown Fritatta

The secret to the perfect fritatta is to cook it at the right temperature for the full time allowed without lifting or turning.


Fresh peppers and onions add a taste of supper to a light cabbage with turkey sausage soup. Quick and easy.

Bean and Cheese Nachos

Not fancy, just fantastic.

Oriental Cole Slaw

There are a lot of good oriental cole slaw recipes available, but this is my favorite. Very low cal, great flavor.

Best Mashed Potatoes

Treat you spuds with a little respect and you won't be disappointed. It only takes a few extra minutes to guarantee light and fluffy mashed potatoes every time.

Chicken and Rice Salsa Verde

No matter the season, it's always time to think green. Green beans and tangy salsa verde liven up the traditional chicken and rice casserole.

Runza Pasta Casserole

Living now on Florida's Gulf Coast, I often crave the heavenly taste of an original runza from Lincoln, Nebraska. The addition of celery and bell pepper ups the freshness level in this casserole and lightens the calories. Best of all is that zunza goodness - without the bun.

Butterscotch cheesecake pie

Picnic favorite at our house.

Hot dog! Caseerole

Everything and the kitchen vegetables went into this "hot pasta salad" 30 years ago - and it's still a hit. This time with hot dogs.

Refried Beans and Rice

Everyday lunch in Belize. I've used nutritional information from packaged ingredients from the states to recreate one of my favorite everyday meals in Belize.

Tuscany Vegetable Bean Soup II

The combination of spices in this soup make it "Tuscan," and the crushed tomato base adds an extra note of "delizioso." I make this soup all year round, just changing out the vegetables to match the season and what I have on hand from the garden. See my Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup with Sausage recipe for another crowd pleaser.

Green Chile Potato and Egg Taco

I fell in love with breakfast tacos living in South Texas. Available at fine Mexican restaurants and hole-in-the wall doughnut shops alike, these were always a treat, especially with freshly made tortillas. This recipe will take your taste buds to Tejas!

Green Rice and Beans

Lighten and brighten your lunch today. A complete vegetarian meal in one pan, with 9 grams of protein.

Turkey Breast Meat Loaf

Juicy and tender with a sweet-spicy kick.

Very Good (1 rating)
Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

Hearty Italian fare without the fuss. The canned chicken breast has a nice, light texture that sets this dish apart.

Crab Fondue

That's crab fondue, with cheese, not cheese fondue with crab. This is spicy hot and crabby.

salad bar

as good as it gets

chili w/ground turkey breast

4 kinds of peppers and 4 kinds of beans, with a dash of cinnamon - that's the secret to the great taste of this low fat chili.

Holiday Rocket Sauce

My son and I invented this one holiday season when he was a boy. He named it. It's got a nice southwestern kick.

Tagliatelle salsiccia e pisselli

Pasta with sausage and peas. Cauliflower adds some nice texture and lowers the calories per serving. This is authentic Italian flavor without the fat or guilt of heavy sauces.

Stacked Bean and Cheese Tostadas

Plain and simple and hits the spot.

chicken wild rice soup

Not like grandma's chicken soup

Autumn Bean Soup

the tomatillo sauce gives a flavorful base.

Chicken Fried Rice with Broccoli

I make two versions of chicken fried rice. This one with white rice has eggs and white onion. The other version with brown rice has fresh red bell pepper and green onion. Try them both and let me know what you think.

Very Good (4 ratings)
ground turkey taco salad by Ceirde

Try this summer favorite all year long

Very Good (1 rating)
White Bean Soup

Simple and quick, with a classic Mediterranean blend of flavors and textures. This is my go to soup year round.

cheese omlet

simple Sunday fare

Green Chile Salsa Verde

Nothing says fresh and sunny like salsa verde.

Ceirde's Salsa Verde

Nothing says sunny and bright like salsa verde!

green chili

Gotta love the taste of tomatillos and green chiles in your chili.

Potato Cauliflower Curry

Fresh and festive, fast and easy!

Ras El Hanout (Moroccan Seasoning Blend)

This flavor combination is addictive and great on everything from rice or couscous to chicken, fish, lamb - and even popcorn!

lemon couscous with chickpeas

Lively and luscious - fast and easy Moroccan favorite.

Jasmati Rice and Beans

Yes, Virginia, knock-your-socks-off rice and beans can be low fat.

turkey burgers

Grilled up on a stove top grill pan, these little beauties take 8 minutes to cook. Outside barbecue taste straight from your kitchen.

cole slaw blend (1 cup)

It's easy to lighten up the great flavor of Publix coleslaw by mixing in some shredded coleslaw veggies.

Very Good (2 ratings)
peanut noodles

Perfect blend of Asian flavors boasts both low fat and low sodium content.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Cajun Light Jambalaya

All the flavor, half the fat

cheese enchilada casserole

Fat free cottage cheese retains the big cheese flavor but ditches the extra fat and calories.

bean and carrot soup

The generous seasoning of this light soup makes it full bodied and pleasing.

xlean turkey chili

the secret's in the spices

pasta e fagioli

Northern Italy is famous for it's beans and fresh produce. Try this simple vegetarian recipe that serves up the flavor of Pisa in every bite. Ready in less than 20 minutes.

Spicy Greek Yogurt Cole Slaw

dynamite cole slaw is the hit of the bbq every time

black bean enchilada casserole

10 layers of Mexican yum!

wild rice soup (vegetarian)

Is it the Southern Comfort or the Krusteaz that does the magic? Engaging taste and velvety texture - may just be the best wild rice soup you ever had.

Potato and Sausage Skillet

Browned potatoes with onion and sausage is a classic comfort food everywhere from South America to Ireland and Italy. It was also a weekend staple growing up in our house in the USA heartland. This recipe is light with flavor-boosting green chilies - with a quarter of the calories. All the great taste of classic fried potatoes that won't bust your belt.

Enchilada Casserole w/ ground turkey breast

This mouth watering Mexican casserole uses fat free sour cream to keep all that ole flavor on the down and skinny. Truly the best enchilada casserole recipe I've ever tried.

Orzo with beans and vegetables

Risotto like orzo with white beans, broccoli, carrots and sautéed mushrooms.

Cabbage Soup

The vinegary, peppery flavor really livens up this low cal soup. It's nicknamed 2-4-6 soup - 2 cups, 4 cups or 6 cups of all the main ingredients. Just 125 calories for a large 2-cup serving.

spinach vinaigrette salad

Protein packed and flavorful

St Paddys Top Over Shepherds Pie

Upside down shepherd's pie is easy, quick, and great tasting

Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy and satisfying, this hash brown casserole has lean ground turkey breast and green beans to lighten the calories and up the yum.

crock pot turkey and bean soup

Colorful, hearty, healthy and tasty at 99 calories a serving.

Lean Ground Turkey Burgers

Outdoor barbeque flavor, indoors

Hot Pasta Chicken Salad

A low fat, colorful summer meal.

fat free tartar sauce (Ceirde)

simple and yummy with the mild, distinctly acidic taste only horseradish and cream of tartar can achieve.

Turkey and Potato Taco

This crunchy, fresh take on tacos reminds me of the South Texas potato tacos we used to enjoy in Corpus Christi - with the extra crunch of fresh onions, peppers and celery. These are a favorite at our house.

turkey and potato taco filling

This zesty taco filling is a family favorite.