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Recipes I've Shared:

Apple Crisp

Simple apple crisp recipe with basic ingredients.

Nutty Squash Bread

It's your basic zucchini loaf recipe, trimmed down to include pumpkin and other good-for-you ingredients. Beats Starbucks in calories per slice!

Coconut Almond Kale Chips

Remember the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds"? Yeah...

Coconut Cashew Curry Sauce

This is a deliciously rich sauce to top veggies and rice with chicken or fish.

Stove Top Casserole

It's basically the one on the box, but it's a good fall-back recipe for a week's worth of cheap lunches or a solid dinner for the family.

Costello's Turkey Lite

No italian dressing, chipotle mayo on the side (use 1tbsp)

Cheesy Meatloaf Meatballs

All rolled into one compact meal, serve these with a side of fresh veggies and you're good to go!

Nutty Quinoa Breakfast Cakes

Like dense pancakes, these cakes can take anything you want to put in them - fruit, nuts, chocolate chips. Totally delicious and packed with protein and whole grains.

The addition of peanut butter enhances the nutty flavour of the quinoa and takes away the sometimes bitter flavour that many people don't enjoy.

Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

I make these all the time. They are so filling and SO delicious.

Very Good (5 ratings)
Slow Cooker Turkey Noodle Casserole

Great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

Incredible! (1 rating)
Greek Bao

I enjoy food pockets. They're perfect to take along for lunch, they come in their own wrapping, and they're super cute. So this was an attempt at putting some of my favorite flavours in pocket form.

Sweet Banana Cranberry Cornbread Cake

Everything but the kitchen sink. I love it when happy accidents happen. I wanted to try the sweet cornbread with Jiffy Mix and Yellow Cake Mix, had some old bananas to use up, threw in some cranberries, and didn't have milk, so used vanilla almond milk. Baking Win! YUMMO!

Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies

Found this recipe on after looking for ways other than banana bread to use up over-ripened bananas. Made it only slightly healthier than the original - but these are darn good.

"Italian Beef" Chicken Sandwiches

The taste is all there, but this version is better for you than the Chicago favorite!

Spicy Chipotle Beef Pasta

Not kidding, this dish is SPICY. But smokey and delicious too!

Paula Dean's Beer Biscuits

Straight-up off the website - with a little less sugar, a change in cooking time and Heart Smart Bisquick for a little "better for you" beer biscuit.

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

A healthier and tastier treat than the one on the stick. Great game-day appetizer!

Nutella 2-Bite Brownies

3 ingredients. Woah.

Taco Lasagna

There are ways to make this lighter (switch ground turkey for beef, lose the avocados, use light cheese) but frankly, it's SO good it's worth the extra calories. Loaded with fiber and all kinds of stuff to keep you going for hours, it's all you need to eat for dinner!

Spinach, Kale & Walnut Pesto

Pesto is SO easy to make (when you have a food processor) and tastes so amazing, I have no idea why I haven't tried it before. You don't need basil & pinenuts - any green and nut combo will work!

Incredible! (1 rating)
Breaded Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Made these for Superbowl and they were a hit!

High Protein Chocolate Oatmeal Power Bars

Given that honey is the only essential ingredient in power bars to hold everything together, everything else in this bar is totally customizable. Excellent!

Turkey, Tomato & Feta Crescent Roll Bake

Crescent rolls work really well as a quick pizza dough. Roll onto a baking sheet, top with favorites, bake for 10-15 min and you're done!

Guacamole Meatballs

Just messing around with some different ingredients to spice up the standard meatball!

Pomegranate Compote

Really delicious in place of jam on toast.

Whole Grain Bacon & Mushroom Breakfast Bake

A savory version of my Banana Bread Breakfast Bake - this one is made with gluten free quinoa flakes. Same staying power with whole grains, protein and a healthy amount of fat to start your day.

Very Good (1 rating)
Oatmeal Banana Bread Breakfast Bake

A totally yummy breakfast casserole that you can make ahead and reheat for weekday mornings! A great way (like any banana bread recipe) to use up those mushy bananas!

This is an incredible breakfast dish with staying power. Good amount of complex carbs, lots of protein and high in potassium. You won't be craving lunch for a long time!

Thai Marmalade Tenderloin Roast

Just another something I threw together. This is great served over rice with broccoli for some extra veggies!

Grasshopper Cake Bon-Bons

Warning - these are a TON of work and require a cake ball maker, but are worth every second when you get 100 of them and they're only about 60 calories a piece. Woohoo!

Brown Sugar Chicken

This is another recipe from Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" Crockpot book. And yes, this is ridiculously good.

Roasted Root Veggie Soup

Another one for the crockpot! This is a great variation on potato & leek soup with more complex flavours.

Very Good (40 ratings)
Chili Beef Polenta Bake

A hearty meal casserole that satisfies! Trade ground turkey for beef in this recipe to cut a few calories and grams of fat, but I love the real deal.

Polish Sausage Stir Fry

All your favorite Polish recipe ingredients - stir fry style.

Winter Ratatouille with Pumpkin Ravioli

Delicata winter squash is used in this recipe with pumpkin ravioli, kale and the traditional favorites. Packs a PUNCH of good-for-you nutrients.

Both Delicata and eggplant can be cooked with the skin on. Delicata's skin is so soft you can eat it with the squash as it cooks to the same consistency. Eggplant skin is a matter of preference, but it adds a nice consistency and colour to the plate. Makes for a very pretty dish.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake (Light)

Who doesn't like cheesecake? This is a light version of a delicious favorite.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A modified version of the Starbucks cake with added fruit and less sugar/chocolate.

Very Good (25 ratings)
Cheddar Herb Buttermilk Biscuits

All the good stuff in a quick and simple biscuit!

5 Cheese Tortelloni & Chicken Sausage with Pesto Tomato Sauce

It is what it says it is....and it is DELICIOUS. A bit high calorie, but worth it.

Very Good (26 ratings)
Waldorf Chicken Salad

The Mother of all loaded-Waldorfs

Nikhil's Palak Paneer

Another delicious Indian dish from my beau - lightened up with skim milk and lots of veggies!

Warm Fennel Stirfry

I love fennel. And with onions and apples, you can't go wrong.

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

I found these beautiful, huge, mushrooms at the grocery store and decided I needed to do something with them. Here's what happened.

S'Mores Truffles

I made this up. But, they're kind of awesome - if I do say so myself.

Reese's Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Stolen from "Love From The Oven" - you could save some calories and make these with the Sugar Free Reese's Minis - but I prefer the real deal.

Lemon Chicken

Take Out Fake Out! Top with fresh lemon slices and serve over rice!

Peach Avocado Salsa

Just something I threw together to top some pork chops. Yum!

Nikhil's Homemade Chicken Biriyani

Friday Night Dinner - the man and the ingredients arrived in my kitchen. An hour later and the smell in my house is ridiculously awesome. This is what he made...

Quick Beans and Rice

A throw together meal that is really good and really good for you

Cheesy Polenta & Egg Casserole

Got this recipe from Eating Well Magazine. Adapted an already healthy recipe by removing the oil and salt (there's already enough in the cheese) and adding a couple of extra spices for flavour. You could top with salsa or fresh tomatoes if you'd like!

Chinese Orange Chicken & Broccoli

Take Out Fake Out! In the Crockpot of course.

Sneaky Mac & Cheese

Creamy, hearty, cheesy, delicious Mac & Cheese that isn't going to break the calorie bank. Adapted from a number of different recipes including Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" and Runner's World Magazine.

Weight Watcher Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Definitely one of my favorite WW recipes from back in the day. Totally light - doesn't taste light.

Kale Chips

These are my new favorite "chips" - forget about potatoes!

Cream Cheese Chicken (Lightened)

Another recipe from Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" - but I didn't have the heart to put a whole block of cream cheese in it (light or not) so I used Greek Yogurt to make it even lighter!

Asian Peanut Butter Pork

From the "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" book by Stephanie O'Dea - made spicier by me :) The added peppers and thai chili paste gives this dish a nice heat to compliment the peanut butter.

Mom's Chili

Favorite meal on a cold day back from the ski hill!

Pumpkin Pie Tarts

Chef Meg's recipe for Sweet Potato Tarts with pumpkin instead and in larger muffin tins

Maple-Dijon Chicken

Crockpot recipe adapted from Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow"

Azorean Spiced Beef Stew

Adapted from Stephanie O'Dea's "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" - addition of potato kugel is my own.

You can do this without the kugel mix - use 2 potatoes diced in the stew in lieu of.

Skillet Macaroni and Chili

Adapted from "Happy Heart Recipes" by Heather Williams, RD.

BBQ Pulled Pork

Recipe adapted from my FAVORITE crockpot cookbook by Stephanie O'Dea - Make It Fast, Cook It Slow

Christmas Morning Quiche

This is my youth in a pie pan. Mom makes this EVERY year at Christmas, and it is SO delicious!

Aunt Edith's Welsh Cakes

My Christmas Morning Favorite!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Starting with a thick pumpkin soup base and adding turkey and rice makes this a deliciously different take on classic chili recipes.

Lentil Soup with Ham

This is one of my FAVORITE childhood recipes from my mom. She makes it with ham hocks and split yellow peas - you can do it either way. Perfect on a cold day in the crock pot

Pumpkin Squash Soup

A variation on Chef Meg's Pumpkin Soup with ingredients I had on hand and adapted for the crock pot.

Crockpot Lasagna

This recipe is adapted from the cookbook "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" by Stephanie O'Day, whom I LOVE. She's a crockpot genius. Why bother with the oven method when this one is So. Darn. Good.?

Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings

Comfort food...without a ton of calories

Chicken & Squash Goulash

Most of my crockpot recipes are like this: I have chicken, I have other stuff, I throw it in the pot and cook it and hope I like it. I usually do. This one is particularly good and hearty.

Mexican Lasagna

Vegetarian Adaptation from a Runner's World recipe.

Maple Turkey & Squash Ravioli

Sweet, savory and fresh pasta all rolled in to one? Can't get much better than this! And for a lot of "no-no" items in one dish, it tastes like you're getting away with something!

Bird's Nest

Great to make ahead of time for breakfasts on the go!

Leftover Enchiladas

Cleaning out the fridge and cupboard meal!

Root Veggie Melange

I had beets, sweet potatoes and a butternut squash hanging out in my cupboard leftover from the winter stock. I decided to cook them up and see what kind of a summer salad recipe I could make from them. This ended up being quite good chilled, but you could also eat it warm.

Simple Harvest Oatmeal Pancake Muffins

Easy to make with pancake mix and instant oatmeal - just add water & bake!

Ham & Cheese Muffin Quiches

One of my breakfast favorites. Bake, freeze the extras to store, pop them in the microwave to reheat and go.

Seafood Tortellini Alfredo with Spinach & Feta

This is really delicious. Too bad I got a little over-creative and ruined my first batch with some red wine vinegar...don't do it! Leave the recipe as-is and it tastes great! A little high in sodium and cholesterol but also high in potassium and vitamins. The cholesterol is from the seafood, so at least it's the good kind!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bon Bons

Chocolate? - Check
Peanut Butter? - Check
Banana? - Check
Low Cal Frozen Treat? - yes please!

One Dish Sausage & Mushroom Pizza Pasta Salad

To be enjoyed hot or cold. This is a one dish meal that uses leftover sausage and high-potassium mushrooms! This is so good that I devoured the first serving right out of the pot standing in my kitchen.

Loaded Mexican Fiesta Salad

This one dish wonder salad is literally "loaded" with all the good stuff you love about Mexican food without the grease. Makes a great meal salad and since it's packed with protein & good carbs it keeps you satisfied for a LONG time.

Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins

I had pancake mix, I had a can of pumpkin...I decided to try to make muffins. You be the judge!

Kraft Dinner Tuna Salad

A slight variation on the typical tuna pasta salad!

Tomato & Asparagus Omelette

A real "throw it together" dinner made from leftovers I had in the fridge.

Mediterranean Chicken Tortellini Salad

I came up with the idea for this salad by browsing through some of the great recipes for Memorial Day salads. Fresh ingredients really make this dish - and I love taking "meal" salads for lunch.

Very Good (218 ratings)
One-Minute Microwave Muffin

Tight on time? This quick breakfast literally takes one minute. Set your stopwatch..and GO!

Corn Guacamole

This is adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe that I got from a friend. I HEART this dip. I make it at least once a month and top everything with it from chicken breasts to vegetables to baked potatoes. YUM! It's a huge hit at parties as well and knowing that I made it I can eat it without guilt!

5 Bean Stew

A real "clean out the cupboard" dish - pick 5 cans of your favorite beans - I used what I had, but you could also sub in garbanzo beans, white beans, navy beans or black-eyed peas to this dish. Also feel free to substitute frozen corn & green beans to limit salt content.

Top with a dollop of sour cream & cheese (optional - not included in calorie count) and serve with fresh cornbread for an awesome "Meatless Monday" dish.

Cheddar-Herb Quick Bread (Adapted from Foodland Magazine)

Delicious quick bread that can be made completely organic, low fat & whole wheat! I substituted regular flour for whole wheat flour, used skim milk and skim milk cheese and fresh herbs. You can use whatever herbs you like - original recipe called for chives, sage & tarragon, but I also love basil, thyme and oregano.

Quick Turkey Chili/Sloppy Joe/Nacho Topping

This versatile dish can be whipped up quick and then enjoyed in a number of different ways! You can add any veggies you like (peppers, carrots, corn, etc) to round out and bulk up the chili mix. Add spices to taste - chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, pepper, oregano - whatever you have and whatever you like!

Fruit Jam Chicken

This was meant to be apricot chicken, but all I had in the fridge was a bottle of fig jam, so it became fig chicken. It's so good I think you could probably do it with any flavour of jam you please!

Recipe Collections I've Shared:

Creative Veggies
Just adding recipes I come across that do fun and interesting things with vegetables. That way whenever a potluck comes up I have somewhere to turn for something creative and healthy to bring!
Best Breads
I want to start making my own breads - without a bread maker. My thought is that if I know what's in them - they're healthier for me and I have the option to make them fully organic. Now - just have to keep from eating the whole loaf cause they're so delicious!
Portable Meals
Quick meals on the go - most of these things you can make in a muffin tin!
Hearty Meal Salads
Make It Again!
These are all Spark Recipes that I've tried and loved. Putting them here so I can find them quickly to make again!