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Recipes I've Shared:

VT's Garden Salad

A colorful salad loaded with vegetables.

VT's Cabbage "Rolls" - Lazy Style

Our family loves the tast of cabbage rolls, but I don't like to take the time to tediously roll each one. I developed this recipe based on my mother-in-law's.

VT's Banana Nut Bulgur Breakfast

I saw a recipe similar to this and modified it. This was my first purchase of bulgur and I'm trying to find new ways to use it, with it's nutty flavor and texture. My husband and I thought it was very tasty - now I'll find out the calorie count!

Other fruits could be substituted. I try to eat whole foods, so did not use a sugary substitute. That would probably taste fine as well.

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VT's Bulgur and Brown Rice Loaf

This is a basic recipe that I just tried. I found that by changing the seasonings the flavor is entirely different. The choice is up to you, either way, you'll have a nice, moist loaf! The basic recipe is here and is part of my family's quest for healthier food.

VT's Veggie and Ham Primavera

This recipe came from a magazine and I wanted to know how many calories are in it. My family loved it however, I will probably experiment to modify the buttery sauce so that it is lower in calories. Lots of colors and a great variety of veggies! I chopped all the veggies ahead of time so that the dinner time prep was quite easy.

VT's Mediterranean Salad

This is a Taste of Home recipe. I varied it a little to suit my family's taste. I used leaf lettuce stragiht from our garden, left out lemon and added more pistachios. My husband thought it was bland, so we're trying to figure out how to improve it for next time.

VT's Pasta salad, veggies with kickin' seasoning

A twist on our family's stand by. The kickin' chicken (from Sam's Club) seasoning adds some punch! I served it with a large grilled portabella mushroom.

VT's Potato Salad

Our family's classic - how many calories?

VT's Chili, Traditional

The family's stand-by version. I generally use chili powder instead of a packet to reduce sodium. When available, I use low-sodium canned tomatoes.

VT's Lima Bean Soup

Trying to get more potassium. This is a simple variation. Probably garlic would be a nice addition, and perhaps some tomato.

VT's Zucchini Crispies

A tasty way to eat zucchini. Our family devoured them!

Tips: I ran out of bread crumbs so substituted crushed croutons. Also, I use pie plates for dredging the zucchini since there's room to easily coat and move the pieces. Tongs were quicker to flip the pieces than using a spatula.

VT's Cruciferous Veggie Stir Fry

Created from what I have on hand in the fridge.

VT's Pasta Salad

A cool dish for warm weather.

Stir Fry - Low Sodium

The ginger really stands out in the low-sodium recipe. This is a variation of a recipe from

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Banana Vanilla Yogurt Parfait

A delightful dessert.

VT's Spinach Balls

A family favorite. I modified it by using turkey bacon and low-sodium Stove Top stuffing mix.
We always make them ahead and freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. We eat these treats at Christmas and Easter.

Cabbage and Mushrooms

A recipe with favorite Polish vegetables - cabbage and mushrooms. Delicious!

Creamy Chicken Salad with Bacon

A hearty salad that is also very tasty. Whenever possible, I use low-sodium products. I used regular mayo. Although canned chunk chicken is available, I chose to use individually frozen breasts and cut them my self. The salad's taste is well worth the time spent chopping.

My daughter found this recipe in her company's magazine.

Amish Chicken Mushroom Casserole

A simple, yummy dish. It's a family favorite. I used whole wheat noodles, no-fat low-sodium broth, 1 1/2 large frozen chicken breasts and a sprinkle of garlic powder. My husband spiced it up with some red peppers.

Babka with Cinnamon

A traditional Polish Easter food that is a cake-like bread. It is considered The Bread of Life for baskets of blessed food.

Cinnamon is a non-traditional flavor. Plain or lemon are more common.

Recipe source: Faith magazine

VT's Vegetable Lasagna

Great low-cal dinner filled with vegetables our family likes. Tofu is substituted for cottage cheese.

Salsa, Jen's Black Bean

A pretty bean "salsa" without tomatoes.

Chicken dinner in a slow cooker

This is a variation on a recipe that called from Lipton dry onion soup mix. It still needs more flavor. I added chicken seasoning, salt, and pepper. Still, something is missing. After 10 hours the carrots still had quite a bit of firmness to them.

Steak and Peppers

A quick dish to prepare. I found this recipe on the label which was on the meat.

Spinach Salad with Tuna

A healthy salad loaded with bold flavors - based on a recipe from Martha Stewart. I liked it more than my husband did.

VT's Curried Chicken Stir Fry with Rice Noodles

I created this recipe to meet the taste of my family. This is a healthier version of the one I first created which used more oil and two Banquet chicken patties instead of the chicken breast. Makes very generous servings.

VT's Sausage Chowder

Our family's favorite for cold, wintry days.

Quick tip: I used frozen potatoes which have been diced for hash browns. I also use frozen corn.

VT's Chicken Tortilla Bake

This is hearty and delicious!

White Chocolate, Macadamia, Cherry Cookies

A pretty gourmet cookie. Makes a great gift.

Mushroom Beef Barley Soup

A delicious savory soup that's lower in sodium.

Recipe Collections I've Shared:

VT's cookbook
VT Mediterranean