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Mini German Pancakes

Like the German Pancakes made in a 9x13 pan, but mini for easy serving, made in a regular sized muffin tin. No butter added, just sprayed the pans to cut fat.


This is great meatball recipe to serve with BBQ sauce or marinara sauce or in the original sweet and sour sauce. Look for Sweet and Sour Meatball Recipe.

Easy Baked Beans

"Almost" homemade beans with a good flavor.

Homemade Granola--1/2 c serving size

Recipe I used on May 7. Didn't use as much oil as called for (only used 1/2 cup instead of 1 1/2 cups). Granola is a bit chewing instead of crunchy. I think I need to increase to oil to at least 1 cup next time. I could probably cut the sugar down a bit though. I definitely want to try to find some unsweetened coconut though.

Baked Oatmeal--for two--cooked in microwave

The Amish Baked Oatmeal recipe that is so tasty, modified a bit to lower calories and be a quick cooking recipe in the microwave.

Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Muffins

A tasty muffin filled with healthy goodness like whole wheat flour, oats, pureed white beans and pumpkin! Make a HUGE batch and freeze them for breakfast or snacks.

Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookies

This is a cookie in a jar recipe! Taste good and makes a good gift too!

Sweet 'n Spicy Saute

Super quick, tasty main dish! Features tomato flavor, sausage and a sweet kick!

PB Apple Dip

Made this up one day when my kids were despartate for an after school snack! It was a huge hit. It's a tasty, high protein snack too. Perfect for after school or the afternoon slump! Dip apples, carrots, or celery in it. My picky kids think I'm feeding them something super sugary! Great way to use up the yogurt before it goes bad!

Also try using a little jam, instead of the honey! PBJ Dip!

Evil Chicken

From the book Devil's Food Cake by Josi Kilpack

I cut the chili powder from 3 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon

Red Onion Dressing

Dressing from a craisin salad recipe. Love it on lots of different salads.

Butterhorn Rolls

A light dinner roll that is easy to make and pretty to serve. I learned to make these rolls first because they look good. You roll them up in to a crescent shape.

Butterscotch Butterballs (20 rolls)

Sticky sweet roll oozing with a butterscotch-carmely topping. Great for breakfast when you have company and a lot to do in the morning, because you put it together the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. It cooks while you get ready for the day!

Ham and Cheddar Chowder

This is one of my families favorite chowders. It has been a huge it at pot lucks and church parties too. I have substituted a bottle of real bacon bits for the ham also. I usually make this with the end of a spiral sliced ham that is leftover from Easter or Christmas dinner.

You can easily cut the calories by cutting down the cheese. I've used shard cheddar and only used one cup with excellent results. I have also used turkey ham, which is very lean. I used turkey ham when I entered this.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Golden Pancakes

Wheat free pancake! Sugar free too! I got this recipe from Stacey Lytle when we were doing a Great in 8 challenge.

She says: For your fruit for the morning, add fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc. If you really need syrup, the best for you is Pure Maple Syrup. Delicious Way to Start your Day!

I also like 1/2 a banana mixed with 3/4 cup of berries--yummy! Another great substitute for syrup is non-fat yogurt. I like vanilla or a berry yogurt.

Incredible! (2 ratings)
Easy Pumpkin Cookies

Three ingredients to yummy cookies without oil or eggs!

Whole Wheat Bread

Easy and dependable recipe for whole wheat bread. Beautiful texture and taste. Only takes 20 minutes to rise and 40 minutes to bake!

Christmas Morning French Toast

Put this French Toast together the day or night before so it can soak in the fridge. Pop it in the oven in the morning for a tasty breakfast after opening presents!

Very Good (19 ratings)
Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Meatballs in a pineapple sweet and sour sauce. Best served over rice.

Maple Nutmeg Pumpkin Rolls

A dinner roll with the spicy fall auroma from the nutmeg and maple syrup. The pumpkin adds a gentle flavor and beautiful orange color to the dough. This is not a sweet roll--it is a dinner roll.

Brown Sugar Muffins

This recipe is from, but I substitute applesauce for the 1/2 cup of melted butter. They don't get a nice round muffin top on them, but they taste really good.

Chicken Taco Filling

Easy to make in a skillet with spices from the cupboard!

Stuffed French Bread

French bread stuffed with a cheesy hamburger filling. Quick and easy dinner!

Sweet Root Soup

Sweet potato and butternut squash soup with a bit of curry.
I haven't tried it yet, but soon! Copied recipe from a magazine (?) at the doctor's office.

Holiday Pasta Salad

Make with rainbow rotini pasta--or even better is a Christmas Tree shaped pasta found in specialty shops. The red and greens are very festive. I use Best Foods Canola Mayonnaise which is half the calories of regular mayo--you could go fat free or olive oil mayo too. I'd like to try it with plain yogurt, but haven't yet.

Oatmeal Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Huge cookies made with oat and white flour.

Spicy Taco Meat (Ground Beef Filling for 6)

Homemade taco meat without using a seasoning package from the store! Love to use it just like this on crunchy tacos. For burritos add a can of refried beans---mmm! Easy!

Very Good (3 ratings)
Soft Zucchini Bread w/ applesauce no oil

Same recipe, but made with unsweetened applesauce instead of oil. Makes the fat go way down! I'm experiementing with the sugars to see what we like best and the oil/applesauce ratio to see if it matters to us.

Very Good (1 rating)
Poppyseed Chicken

A rich chicken casserole using boiled chicken or leftover chicken or turkey works too.

Chicken Parmesana

Crispy coated chicken smothered in a marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Lemonade Chicken--8 servings

Tasty summer chicken dish! For variety, use one green, one red, and one yellow pepper, or use on small summer squash, cut into slices for one of the peppers.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes with stuff from around the house. The leaner the burger the less calories--turkey burger works good too.

Frito Salad

A mostly vegetable salad, tossed with tangy Catalina dressing and crunchy Fritos. Yummy!

Potato Salad

A lower calorie potato salad when using a lower calorie mayonnaise. I use Best Food's Canola mayonnaise. It taste great and doesn't have soy oil in it that my husband is allergic to.

Huge recipe and I cut it in half from the original!

Broccoli Delight Salad

Potluck Favorite! The dressing is half of the original recipe I was given. It is really wet with the original amount.

Sometimes I make this with half cauliflower and half broccoli. I usually double it for a potluck salad.

Cheeseburger Soup

Tasty soup for the cold days of winter! Make a great pot luck soup. Can make and take in a crock pot to keep warm. It is always a big hit with the ladies at luncheons. Because it has so little meat in it is an inexpensive soup to make too.

Tacos in Pasta Shells

This is a fun recipe to serve! It is a bit different than plain old tacos or plain old pasta! I serve it with chips and salsa and a green salad.

Incredible! (4 ratings)
Caesar Chicken

Another tasty way to bread chicken!

Chinese Hamburger-10 servings

This is a casserole I grew up with. It sounds weird, but I always liked it. To make lower-fat, use leaner ground beef or turkey and low fat soups. I did cut the beef down from 1 lb to 1/2 lb and added 1 cup of cooked wheat berries instead.

Very Good (2 ratings)
Italiano Parmesan Chicken

I got the recipe from my sister in law. It is her family's favorite chicken. My boys love it too. If you really like garlic you might want to increase the amount. One of my boys (husband really) doesn't care for it so I just sneak in a little bit.

Ritz Chicken

This is a tasty comfort food. Serve over rice or noodles. It is not a healthy meal, by any means, but it is great to take as a casserole to a friend or family that could use some comfort.

Blonde Brownies

A non-chocolate treat for my husband who is allergic to chocolate (I know-how tragic!). They have a taste that reminds me of caramel or butterscotch with out actually being either. The texture is similar to a gooey brownie. I calculated the recipe with canola oil, but the original recipe calls for 1/2 c. margarine. I would imagine butter to be the best tasting though--with the brown sugar it would add to the caramely taste of the recipe.

Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes

This uses whole wheat kernels which you grind in your blender as you make the pancakes. A fabulous whole grains recipe with maximum nutrients since the wheat is freshly ground losing no nutritional value! You could make it with just egg whites to save some calories and cholesterol also, but I calculated it with whole eggs. My boys all love these pancakes with jam or syrup and even plain!

Very Good (31 ratings)
Easy Muffin Mix and Muffins

A super easy mix to put together and store so you can make muffins easily and for very low cost and calories! I make the mix about once a month and then store it in a big #10 can (the size of a large coffee can) with a lid. On top of the lid I put the directions for making the muffins so that even my children can put them together.

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Simple soup to put together that is low in calories (116 per cup) and not salty like canned soups! Can substitute ground beef for more beans if you'd like to make it vegetarian. My husband likes to add a few sprinkles of grated cheddar cheese on top.


After years of looking for a fabulous, not too dry, not too sweet cornbread, I finally tried this recipe from a church cookbook. We love it. It is moist and just a bit sweet. It is just as good a day old as it is straight out of the oven. I think using real butter is part of why this recipe is so good. This recipe is for a 9 x 13 pan, but can easily be cut in half for and 8 x 8 pan. The recipe calls for buttermilk, however I use a scant cup of milk with 1 tsp of white vinegar per cup.

Thayne's Favorite Gooey Brownies

A brownie from scratch that is easy to whip up. For extra chocolatey brownies add chocolate chips to the batter.

Very Good (2 ratings)
Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chocolate chip cookies to make. They feel a little healthier because they have whole grain oatmeal in them. I love them because they bake up nice and soft.

Cheesy Brat Stew

A stew that is simple and quick to make and pleases most people. It is a comfort food at my house.