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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup is not actually named for it's commonplace use in weddings, but rather the opposite.... it seems to have become commonly used because of it's name.
It is actually named 'Minestra Maritata' or marriage soup when translated and was named such because it is a "perfect marriage of flavor" between grains and vegetables (and in most cases meat, but not always).
This version gets both the health benefits of Kale & Spinach. What a winning combo!

Grandma's Gumbo (Healthy Version)

Making a good gumbo is an art, it takes a lot of time and patience, but it is worth it!
This is a recipe I got from my Cajun-French grandmother (nothing better than from the bayou). The only adaptations I have made were to omit the fat from the roux preparations, eliminate the extra salt (with all the natural flavor of this recipe, it really wasn't needed), and to leave out the shrimp (which I do miss, but can't have due to the cholesterol).

My grandma never did use okra, only roux, but if you'd like to add okra, use frozen to prevent slime or deslime prior to using for recipe.

Tuna Salad Stuffed Sweet Red Peppers

Quick & Healthy No-Cook Lunch. (Great for days when you think about giving in to your inner "fast food junkie")

Calzone / Empanada

This is a lower calorie, lower sodium version of "Tex Mex Calzones (Chef Meg's Makeover) Recipe", and uses AZIAS_MOMMY's Whole Wheat Thin Crust Pizza Dough.
I loved the recipe, but needed it to fit my special dietary needs.

Garden Omelet

Yummy breakfast @ only 150 Calories with all the food groups except grain, which is easily cured with a side of whole wheat toast. This omelet is the equivalent of a 2 egg omelet.

Healthier Brownies

At under 100 calories each, there's no need to drill that sweet-tooth with these brownies.

Healthy Blueberry Scone

At under 100 calories this is a scone that won't weigh you down like a Stone!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Scone

At under 100 calories this is a scone that won't weigh you down like a Stone!

Very Good (8 ratings)
Healthy Jambalaya

This Jambalaya is lower on fat and sodium than most others. Due to an oversight, I had not added the tomatoes to the recipe. This has been corrected. The tomatoes used are petite diced with no added salt. If you use other than this you will need to account for the extra sodium.

Very Good (15 ratings)
White bean sauce with spinach & tomatoes over Linguine

This is a variation of a Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user TWINMOM143 - Skillet white beans, spinach, & tomatoes

I personally do not like the texture of beans over pasta, so I turned the beans into a sauce. I also used fresh tomatoes instead of canned.

Multigrain Waffles (or pancakes)

If you're like me, you love pancakes and waffles, but know what a guilty pleasure they can be...
Try this heart healthy low calorie version and see how you can have your waffle and eat it too!

Spiral Spuds

Do you LOVE those spiral spuds they have at fairs, but hate yourself for eating them?
Try these homemade BAKED Spiral Spuds.
I personally use them as a "side" for our dinner rather than as a snack, but you could do either.

Power Breakfast Cookies

This recipe was adapted from "The Sneaky Chef : How to Cheat on Your Man (In the Kitchen)". I use Splenda Blend Brown Sugar, whole wheat flour, and Egg Beaters instead of Eggs to make them even healthier.
These are still deceptively delicious and have no cholesterol!
These are good enough to be a snack or dessert, but healthy enough to be breakfast on the go... and they are healthier than most of those instant breakfast bars you can find at the store!

Yummy Yogurt Sauce

Great on Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Veggies, etc. Instead of high calorie or fatty dips.

Seasoned Chicken & Brown Rice

Though the title isn't overly appetizing, the dish is delicious. Even picky kids like this one.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

An all-in-one dish you don't have to slave over all day to make it taste like you did!

This meal is not exceedingly low in calories, but it does have ALL the food groups in this dish, so you do not need to eat additional food to have a full meal.

My family has some Cajun-French background, so we tend to like things a little spicier than most, adjust seasonings to suit your palate.

Homemade Boneless Buffalo Wings

Want boneless buffalo wings but not at the cost of your health? These are lower in fat and calories than most others. Great for lunch or dinner. Also makes a great addition to your kids sack lunch (if they like a bit of spice).

Cajun Chicken Salad Wrap

This is a low-fat, delicious lunch, that only takes a few moments to make. Great for kids' school lunches too, if you have an insulated lunch bag and maybe reduce the spice some, depending on your child's tastes.

Mulberry Crisp

Let's face it, most desserts are LOADED with calories, and most aren't of the healthy variety... Try this recipe for a nice change of pace. With only 166 calories it is on the "low" end of the dessert scale, not to mention fairly nutritious.

Tuna Pasta Salad

This is a pasta salad that makes an entire meal!

Turkey Stir-Fry

Love stir-fry but wish it were a little more healthy? Try this yummy recipe

Very Good (5 ratings)
Healthier Thanksgiving Turkey

Love the juiciness that the butter over breast technique gives but dont like the added calories and fat? Try this recipe.

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SparkNebraska's Favorite Recipe Picks - TRIED and RECOMMENDED by members of the team! **A tip from Naomi** When baking sweets, use half the sugar and double the vanilla (add 1 tsp if no vanilla is called for). An easy adjustment to cut down the sugar - now THAT's sweet!