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Sugar-Free Fat-Free Cocoa Mix

Serving is 3 Tablespoons per 6-ounce cup

Fluffy Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip

Serving is about 2 Tablespoons. Serve with fruit slices, vanilla wafers, or graham crackers.

Easy Black Bean Burgers

Any kind or combination of beans can be used for this recipe. Plain bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning can be substituted for the Italian seasoned bread crumbs. The cooked burgers hold together well, and are easily frozen for reheating at a later time. Eat them with all the fixings you'd enjoy with any hamburger.

Spaghetti Casserole

Bake in 9X13 pan. 12 servings.

Brown Rice Summer Salad

This is a versatile salad. Add or swap out vegetables, meat, or cheese to your taste.

Banana Watermelon Smoothie / 1 serving = 1 cup

Makes a full blender. Seven 1-cup servings per recipe. Individual servings can be frozen. Thaw in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir before drinking. It's like drinking a milkshake.

Doctored-Up, Slimmed-Down Cheesecake

This starts with a boxed cheesecake mix, with additional ingredients to make it taste more homemade. Add your own toppings at dessert time.

Christy's Barbecue Beef

Each serving is 1/2 cup. It's easy to double this recipe and freeze the extra.

Oatmeal Fruit Nut Power Cookies

Cannellini beans provide protein in this delicious and satisfying cookie. You can substitute any of dried fruits or nuts with what you have on hand.

Cake Mix Bar Cookies

This makes a nice soft cookie. When transferring the dough from the mixing bowl to the baking pan and then spreading it out, the dough will stick less if you spray the bowl scraper with pan spray.

Yellow Corn Grits Polenta

Prepared only with water and salt.

Rice and Beans with Ham

This is especially good if a ham bone with remaining meat is pressure cooked until the meat easily shreds from the bone. The broth is chilled so the fat can be removed, before adding to the recipe.

You can add to this recipe as you wish--onion, bell pepper, hot peppers, corn, etc.

Prep time is short, because I have already cooked large quantities of rice and also beans in advance and have frozen them for later use.

Spinach and Black Beans with Dried Tomato

This would be good served with rice or bulgur, and sprinkled with grated cheese.

Cranberry Orange Raisin Bread-1/2 inch slice

This is one of our Christmas treats, versatile and good with breakfast, on a dessert tray, or as snack with hot drinks or eggnog. It can be cut into smaller pieces for appetizers or dessert trays.

Chicken Spinach Pita Pockets

This is adapted from AllRecipes. I used Toufayan whole wheat pita rounds and fat-free Greek yogurt. 1 serving is half a pita with 1/2 cup chicken spinach filling. This is adapted from AllRecipes. Very filling!

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

If the fruit is partially frozen, it is more like a milkshake. This is a good post-workout drink.

Whole Wheat Raisin Bran Muffins--1 muffin serving

This is a big batch recipe, and these muffins freeze well.

Meat Loaf--1/6 of Loaf

This recipe is just the starting point for many variations. I have added finely chopped green pepper, celery, and tomato. Ketchup, salsa, or barbecue sauce can be used for the tomato juice. Experiment with herbs and spices. Use your imagination.

Simple Peach Cobbler

Self-rising flour can be substituted for the plain flour, salt, and baking powder. Any kind of milk can be used instead of skim milk.

Serving Size: Shown as "1 serving". Adjust your personal entry to show 1/4 or 1/6 serving.

Very Good (3 ratings)
Basic Dinner Salad--1 main or 2 side salads

This salad is the base for adding anything else you want.

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

When made with partially frozen fruit, this is almost like a milkshake.

Easy Granola Bars

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until just moist. Press hard and compactly into an 8x8 inch baking pan (using plastic over your hand makes this easier).
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Cut into bars or squares. Or you can break into chunks for cereal.
16 servings--2-inch x 2-inch bar

Low Fat, No Sugar Swiss Mocha Mix

I found this recipe at, and substituted Splenda and sugar free, fat free pudding mix to make a less caloric version.

Two-Step Pound Cake

This recipe which originally appeared in Southern Living magazine, called for six eggs. I have had better success with eight. Evaporated milk can be substituted for whole milk. Other flavorings can be substituted for vanilla, but not over 3 teaspoons total. This is a family favorite.

Very Good (2 ratings)
Whole Wheat Buttermilk Bread for Bread Machine--1/2 inch slice

You can substitute one cup of nine-grain or any other grain mix for one cup of the whole wheat flour. The mixing, rising and baking time will vary according to your own bread machine. It will take longer than the 55 minutes shown as prep and baking time.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread-1/2 inch slice

Recipe is from the original Southern Living Cooking Light cookbook. The original directions said to bake 1 hour. That is too long for my oven. Start checking for done-ness after 30 minutes.

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