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Recipes I've Shared:

Lara's Chicken and Bean Slow-Cooker Stew (Crockpot)

This is a great dish for winter, or in spring when it's still cool outside. Serve with warm rolls or crusty bread for sopping up the "gravy"

Lara's Splenda Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

A little twist on the Splenda Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies - these add chocolate chips instead of raisins.

You can substitute lots of things to reduce the calories and fat in these:

Swap egg beaters for the eggs.
Swap applesauce (or use benecol or take control) for the butter.

You can also add more spices... either more cinnamon (I did that), nutmeg, ginger, or allspice. Part of what makes oatmeal cookies great is the flavor!

Lara's Chunky Guacamole

This recipe is SO easy... you can make it smoother by putting everything into a food processor or blender instead of mixing it into a bowl, but either way you get that creamy avocado flavor, veggie goodness, and a great addition to sandwiches (instead of mayo), salads, tacos or burritos! (Yes, and a great dip, too - just make sure you eat it with sliced veggies instead of tortilla chips!)

Splenda Chocolate Chip Cookies - All Splenda

I made these using all Splenda sugars, instead of the original Splenda recipe which calls for regular brown sugar.

Also switched out the butter for light butter (not margarine). You can switch out 2 eggs for 1/2 cup of egg beaters if you like, and you can also use 1 cup white flour and half a cup wheat flour if you like.

Results are cake-like cookies. Not like you might be used to, but wonderful none the less!

Lara's Easy Turkey Chili

I make this CONSTANTLY. I love this stuff! It's even greater the next day. It's high in sodium, so if you're watching that, take out the worcestershire and the seasonings (use fresh instead of powdered).

The Splenda cuts the acidity of the tomatoes - it's a taste thing for me.

Make sure you rinse the beans well - which will also cut some of the sodium. The recipe doesn't really let me edit that part, so either rinse very well or use dry beans from the start.

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Quick and easy veggie pasta dish! My friend sent me this when I told him I was going to start cooking more at home.

I prefer to use Barilla Plus pasta - it's lower in carbs and has added protein and fiber.

I also prefer fresh baby spinach, as opposed to regular spinach, and baby portabella to regular mushrooms. Though I'm sure you can use whichever you prefer and I'm sure it won't change the nutritional info much if at all.

Mushroom Casserole

This isn't exactly "diet food" but it's really great, and paired with some seasoned steamed veggies and/or low-fat fish or seafood, it makes a great meal.

You can prepare the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate. Just save the margarine pieces and Asiago until right before baking.

Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

These are my absolute favorite way to make burritos. This recipe makes four, very filling burritos.

I know they're high in sodium - it's because of the taco seasoning, for the most part. If you want to lower the sodium, use your own mixture of garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder. It's pretty much the same thing!

This recipe is also very high in dietary fiber - 11g per serving! You can add more by using whole wheat tortillas instead of flour ones. You can lower the total carbs by not using tortillas at all, and just eating out of a bowl!

Recipe Collections I've Shared:

Veggie & Bean Recipes with a Twist