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Recipes I've Shared:

“Crack” Salmon

So good it’s as addictive as crack!

5:2 Fast Day Lunch Salad

Use this recipe for fast days - less than 200 calories!

Ground Beef Sautee

Use with eggs for a high protein breakfast, or mix with cabbage for a complete, low carb dinner.

Jorge Cruise Avocado Grilled Cheese

From Happy Hormones, Slim Belly program

Spicy Corn Cakes

From Jorge Cruise's Happy Hormones, Slim Belly program

Jorge Cruise Breakfast Lasagna

From Happy Hormones, Slim Belly program

Jorge Cruise Mashed Cauliflower

From Happy Hormones, Slim Belly program. Yum!

Zingy Olive Meatloaf

From Jorge Cruise's Happy Hormones, Slim Belly Program

Savory Stuffed Peppers

From Jorge Cruise's Happy Hormones, Slim Belly program

Sweet Delight Pudding

From Jorge Cruise's Happy Hormones, Slim Belly program

Chicken w/Golden Mushroom Soup & Green Beans

Gluten intolerant version (NOTE: there is a little wheat flour in the Golden Mushroom soup)

Cream of Chicken w/Mushrooms and Orzo

Cooking the mushrooms before adding them adds so much flavor! You could substitute egg noodles, potatoes or rice for Orzo.

Chicken w/Yellow Peppers & Portobella Mushrooms

Tried this last night & it was yummy. I may add garlic next time.

Stir Fry Chicken in Ginger Garlic Sauce

I tried this with a bottle of sauce I bought at The Anderson's and it was really yummy!

Shrimp Pasta Salad

I've made this for years with tuna and any kind of vegies I find in the refrigerator. This was really good with the small, frozen shrimp from Kroger.

Chicken with Creamy Dijon Herb Sauce

Saw this recipe in the paper and thought I'd try it tonight. We'll see!

Chicken with Vidalia Onions & Wine

I made this recipe out of ingredients I had on hand one night and it was delicious! My husband is getting quite complimentary on my cooking.

Pat's Slow-Cooker Lasagna

I took my basic lasagna recipe that I've made for years and modified it. This one cuts down considerable on the number of noodles and substitutes Italian Seasoned ground turkey for ground Italian sausage.

Chicken & Melted Onions

After reading "Under the Tuscan Sun", I began to make the "melted onions" that the author wrote about. Basically cook vidalia onion slices in butter over very low heat for about an hour or so This recipe adds chicken, orzo & green beans to the mix. Now I need to cut down the fat & calories!

Chili w/beans & corn

My family says this is, hands down, the best chili ever... and it takes about 30 minutes to make!

Beef Burgundy (Everyday Gourmet)

I produced a series of cooking videos in the early 1980's featuring a woman from Florida who was called "The Everyday Gourmet". Her recipes are the best and I make them to this day! Can't say this is real healthy. One of these days I'll do a lighter version of this... but it sure is yummy!

Light Corn Casserole

This recipe came from Cooking Light Magazine. Yum!

Honey Baked Ham Navy Bean Soup

I made up this recipe to use up the ham bone left over from Thanksgiving, and it turned out really, really good!

Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo (Revised)

I tried the Chef Meg's Makeover version but it was kind of bland so I added a few ingredients. Now it's quite tasty!

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

I made this up out of ingredients on hand this morning. It was delicious! Serve over rice with a little sour cream on top.

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

This is pretty close to the Chicken & Wild Rice soup you can get at Panera Bread... and very easy to make.

Slow Cooker Ham & Scalloped Potatoes (Revised)

I added a little more cheese to this recipe and substituted cream of mushroom soup for cream of celery. Yum!

Baked Chicken

Also good with Parmesan Cheese.

Hershey's Fudge

My mom used to make this fudge all the time when I was a kid, but she never had a candy thermometer so it either turned into sticky fudge "soup" or she cooked it too long and it was hard and granulated. I actually thought fudge was supposed to be hard! The first time I tasted the "real" kind, I hated it and still do. I had a hankering for this last week... and I DO have a candy thermometer. The secret is to cook it just a little too long!

Very Good (2 ratings)
Citrus Cheesecake w/Low Fat Dairy & Splenda

This is an adaptation of the Citrus Cheesecake recipe substituting low-fat for non-fat dairy ingredients and Splenda for the sugar.

Stir Fry Chicken & Vegies

I adapted this from another Sparkspeople recipe. Very flavorful!

Grown-Up Applesauce

This recipe came from a good friend of mine. It is very delicious!

Incredible! (2 ratings)
Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake

I found this recipe in Cooking Light magazine years ago and it is a favorite!

Caramel Braised Vietmese Chicken

My son found this recipe in the newspaper and it is truly delicious. Be warned, however, that when you pour the fish sauce in, it STINKS!! You'll think you can't possibly eat it. But try it anyway. Tastes like a dream.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Chicken with Melted Onions

The secret is to cook the onions over very low heat in the butter for about 15-20 minutes; make sure they don't brown!

Copper Penny Carrots

One of my friends makes this and it is a delicious cold summer treat!

Very Good (6 ratings)
Baked Chicken Leg Quarters w/Roasted Potatoes

I just pulled this together from ingredients on hand tonight and it smells heavenly! I thought I bought chicken breasts... surprise!

Chicken with Vidalia Onions & Peppers

I modified another recipe to add sweet red and yellow peppers; this was delicious!

Vietnamese-Style Caramel-Braised Chicken

My son cut this out of the paper and we were determined to try it. I'll warn you that fish sauce really stinks and we had serious doubts about how it was going to turn out... until we tasted it. Even my picky husband was practically licking the plate! Serve with rice.


I've been making different versions of this recipe for years. You can substitute Sugar Free pudding, leave out the cake, use angel food cake instead or switch out the fruit. You can even pour rum into it for a different variation. All tastes great!

Very Good (2 ratings)
Ludi's Chicken

My mother gave me this recipe that she found in American Lifestyle magazine - very juicy and delicious!

Sweet Potato Praline Casserole

A friend of mine made this for Easter. My family and I have had dreams about it ever since!

Stir Fried Cabbage with Pasta

A friend of mine introduced me to this and it is delicious!

Chicken & Red Pepper Casserole

I totally made this up! Started with one recipe, got creative and it turned out really good. Could probably cut the red pepper back by half, however.

Blueberry Pancakes

I have made this pancake recipe (from the Fannie Farmer cookbook) for 30 years. It is a favorite of my sons, and takes me literally 3 minutes to mix up. Tastes far better than any mix!

Very Good (4 ratings)
Shelley's Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Recalculated

Love this recipe, but I heard the nutrition info was off. Here it is with correct calculations.

Chicken Marengo

This was the first real "recipe" I made when I was first married 30 years ago. It's still a family favorite! This recipe came from the Fannie Farmer cookbook, which is a great, basic cookbook.

Chicken & Onions in Golden Mushroom Sauce

This is one of many variations I've developed to make a quick and tasty dinner with boneless chicken. The secret is to use Seasoned Flour - you can find it in the baking aisle, usually with fried chicken mix.

Chicken Veloute

My mom gave me this recipe a long time ago - it came from Weight Watchers, it's easy to make and delicious!

Very Good (4 ratings)
Parmasan Baked Flounder

Variation on a number of baked flounder recipies I found on SparkPeople.

Macaroni a la Greque

My best friend's family got together and pooled their recipes into a family cookbook. I'm not related, but I scored a copy of the cookbook which is one of the best I've ever had!

Cherry Berry Banana Smoothie

Variation on Fruit Smoothie recipe; VERY yummy!

Roasted Pecans

These are a great way to kick up flavor in a salad or oatmeal. Unfortunately, they also taste really good by themselves or on vanilla ice cream. You can fit them into your food plan, but realize a serving equals 5 pecan halves. Use them SPARINGLY!

Pan Fried Fresh Yellow Fin Tuna

My son and a neighbor just came home from Marathon, FL with some fresh-caught yellow fin tuna. Thought I would try a simple pan fry recipe - I'll let you know how it turns out!

Incredible! (1 rating)
Julia Child's Ratatouille

Straight from the "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" cookbook.

Very Good (2 ratings)
Veal Patties with Gravy

My mom passed this recipe on to me as a meatloaf. I find it is less fattening with a few changes and made as patties.

Taco & Black Bean Tortilla Pie

Adapted from a can of black beans; I added the ground beef. I did substitute ground turkey!

Incredible! (1 rating)
Thai Noodle & Chicken (using pasta)

I tried this recipe from KRISPY7 but did not like the "Miracle Noodles" so I just used spaghetti. It was delicious & very easy!

Mandarin Orange Salad

This was served at my sorority reunion and was delicious with Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

Julie Child's Orange & Almond Spongecake

This is a variation of the Orange Spongecake.

Creme D'Orange (Orange-Butter Filling)

Julia Child recommends using this for the Orange Spongecake as a filling. I am using half the recipe for the filling - it is plenty! Can also be used as a filling for tartlets or cookies. If you add 1 stick of softened butter to 1 cup of icing, it will make a butter cream icing. Not exactly a diet food, though!

Julia Child's Orange Spongecake

I'm making this as a light cake for Easter Sunday dinner. I will fill it with Orange Butter Filling, glaze with Apricot Glaze & dust with chopped almonds.

Braised Boneless Pork Chops w/Fennel & White Beans

This recipe came out of the Columbus Dispatch (Ohio); I have adapted it to bring down the calories. It takes a long time to cook in the oven, but your house will smell like heaven and everyone will be quite impressed because this one is really tasty!

Everyday Gourmet Biscuits

25 years ago, I produced a series of cooking videos. It's how I learned how to cook. I still use the recipes from that series, and they have become family favorites!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

OK, I'll admit it - these are totally decadent. This recipe makes a small amount. Only make them when you are sure other people will finish them off for you. Set aside no more than 2 for yourself (OK, maybe pop another 2 in the freezer for later)... work them into your food plan and enjoy a special treat occasionally!

Pot Roast Like Mom Made It

My mother always made the best pot roast. But because she was dealing with four kids and a hectic life, she would put it on the stove and forget about it, until one of us would hear her shriek, "Oh my God!! Check the pot roast!" Most of the time, we could catch it just in the nick of time before all the broth boiled away. I swore, when I grew up, that I was going to keep the freaking broth topped off and avoid the drama... but as it turns out, that's the secret to phenomenal pot roast!

Turkey Poppy Seed Casserole

This is a delicious recipe that my family has loved for years, and it is really easy to make. It tastes even better the 2nd day.

Creamy Mushroom Chicken Revised

This is a variation on Quick and Easy Creamy Mushroom Chicken; just kicks up the flavor of the chicken a bit.

Recipe Collections I've Shared:

Finally Healthy Cookbook
I'm going to be entering in my favorite healthy recipes into this so I can start tracking the food. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Jorge Cruise
Recipes from the Happy Hormones, Slim Belly Program
Slow Cooker
5:2 Diet Recipes