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January 31, 2016

Chocolate Mint Parfaits

Great presentation and easy to make by using instant pudding and frozen whipped topping.

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January 27, 2016

Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a Mexican favorite. They can be made with chicken, beef or even vegetables. This recipe uses chicken, low fat sour cream and cheese to create a healthier version.
I also have a recipe for Chorizo Enchiladas.

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January 22, 2016

BBQ Chicken with a Sensational BBQ Sauce

This spicy, rich BBQ sauce will wake up your taste buds. The ingredients might surprise you but you won't be disappointed. I served it over chicken but it would also be good over pork or beef.

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November 21, 2015

Artichoke Heart and Tomato Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

Artichokes are grown primarily in California. They are the bud of a large plant from the thistle family. They are delicious eaten fresh but are also available canned. This recipe uses canned artichokes but you can use fresh if you want to cook them.

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November 20, 2015

Pumpken Custards

Try these little delicious Pumpkin Custards for a light pumpkin pie in a dish. The best part is that there are only 103 calories per serving.

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November 08, 2015

Smoothered Pepper Steak

This recipe uses frozen bell peppers to save time but when in season fresh peppers should be used. It takes a little longer to prepare but worth the effort. Use green, yellow and red bell peppers and add a small sliced onion too.

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Pumpkin Spice Pork Chops with Butternut Squash

I was skeptical about pumpkin and pork chops but believe me this recipe is a keeper.

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November 06, 2015

Parsley Shrimp Skewers

Serve shrimp for dinner tonight. It is a delicious, smart, and quick way to get a good meal on the table after a hard day at the office.
Serve over fresh spinach with an orange vinaigrette.
See my suggestions for making this your own.

Serve with a lightly oaked Chardonnay

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October 29, 2015

Curried Cauliflower and Green bean salad with Lemon yogurt

Roasting vegetables enhances the flavors by concentrating their natural sugars. You will be amazed. If you don't like cauliflower try this recipe to possibly change your mind.

You'll love it so much you'll want more so I adjusted the recipe to make extra vegetables to use as a side later in the week. Simply remove half of the vegetables and refrigerate before adding the curry. You can later add any seasoning you want to them. I tried a squeeze of lemon juice and a little pepper and they were great.

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October 24, 2015

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard Thyme Sauce

Dijon mustard adds flavor and serves as a thickening agent to help create a smooth, rich sauce.

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October 16, 2015

Lemony Grilled Shrimp Salad

This is a recipe from Cooking Light. It is fast and simple and delicious.

Purchase shrimp that smell fresh like the ocean. Any size shrimp will work. Sometimes the smaller ones have more flavor because they usually come from colder water.

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September 16, 2015

Quinoa Burgers

This recipe came from Eating Well. I wanted a burger recipe that used quinoa because it is a complete protein grain, meaning it contains all essential amino acids including albumin. It is also lower in fats and carbohydrates than most grains.

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September 04, 2015

Cherry Tomato salad

Use tomatoes in season for the best results. When out of season, it is often possible to find good cherry tomatoes. They will work very well in this recipe.

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September 03, 2015

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Marsala Wine

Pork chops can be tricky to cook. So to avoid drying them out, cook them slowly with a watchful eye. The sauce will provide a bit of a smoky flavor. Marsala is a fortified wine that usually comes sweet or dry. Choose the dry wine for this dish.

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August 17, 2015

Jalapeno Encrusted Cod

Cod is a very mild salt water white fish that can be as large as 100 pounds. If properly prepared, the jalapeno peppers will provide great flavor and won't overpower the delicate flavor of the fish.

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August 14, 2015

Pan Seared Beef Tips in a Red Wine Sauce

Cutting the beef into bite sized pieces creates a fast and easy meal. The red wine and broth add a rich flavor to the meat. The beef tips can be used in so many ways; on top of your favorite salad greens, in a delicious sandwich wrap or serve over pasta.

I also like to serve as an appetizer with a good bottle of red wine.

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August 12, 2015

Pancakes with Orange Sauce

One serving(one pancake) with sauce only has about 233 calories but you will think you are having something much more decadent.

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Cream Cheese Stuffed Raisin Bread

A very simple, healthy and yummy way to start the day. Or turn it into a dessert by adding strawberry or apricot jam.

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Fruit Parfaits

Start the day with a healthy choice that is fun to make and good to eat.

Just double the ingredients to make two or triple for 3.

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August 03, 2015

Fresh Fruit with Mint

Fruit salad makes a wonderful side dish for pork or fish. It can be served on a bed of salad greens or over rice. It could also be served as a light and healthy dessert.
Try it with Five Herbed Encrusted Pork Tenderloin

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July 30, 2015

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Wiser Style

I modified the traditional Fettuccini Alfredo recipe mainly because I never really liked the thick, heavy version. This one has less calories and fat and the fresh herbs enhance the flavors making it a wiser choice.

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June 09, 2015

Broccoli with Almonds and Red Pepper

Easy, Delicious Broccoli Recipe. Thanks Penny for sharing

Who would have thought broccoli could be so delicious? A burst of red pepper and crunchy almonds add spice to this scrumptious side dish or wholesome snack.

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March 24, 2013

Stone Ground Grit Casserole with Provolone and Portobello

This recipe can be served at brunch or as a side dish.

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April 23, 2011

Romaine Caesar Salad

This popular salad was first made in 1924 by Italian chef Caesar Cardini at his restaurant in Tijuana Mexico. As coincidently the first time I had Caesar salad was in Mexico while on vacation. It was prepared right at the table and what a show that was.

A "real" Caesar salad has salad greens that are tossed with a garlic vinaigrette with grated Parmesan cheese and anchovies.

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November 28, 2010

Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry & Goat Cheese Spread or Apples

What to do with all that Turkey! True you can always make a sandwich but you don’t have to settle for just any ordinary sandwich. Make it with a cranberry and Goat cheese spread.

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