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3/16/14 8:02 P

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You are welcome. Just winding down from a busy day. Supposed to rain and storms tomorrow so I will be staying in Supposed to go to TOPS tomorrow night and plan on it if not storming

Have a great evening, and a good night's rest.

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3/16/14 7:51 P

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Thank you Marsha, I "copied & pasted" it to my personal email site so I can file it.


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Well, it says Healthy Recipes to share, and this isn't exactly healthy, but I will share it as I was asked to. :)

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

4 slices bacon
4 tablespoons butter (I used I Can't Believe It's Not Butter)
1 head green cabbage, coarsely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 can corned beef

Cook bacon in large pot over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside. Melt the butter in the pot with the bacon grease. Add the cabbage, stirring well to coat the cabbage in fat. Add about 1/3 cup water., and salt and pepper to taste. Cover pot with lid, and cook over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the bacon into small pieces.

Remove the lid from the pot, and scatter chunks of corned beef and chopped bacon over top of the cabbage. I add a cup of sliced, peeled carrots, 1/2 cup of chopped onion, and about 12 small Honey potatoes cut in quarters. Cover and cook until desired doneness.

Check and make sure there is enough liquid, if needed add a small amount of water.

Hope you enjoy.
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3/15/14 7:24 P

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Mary, I had rum in my afternoon coffee today, but will try this plain. It will be yummy, in the tummy! emoticon

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3/15/14 9:23 A

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Gloria, Niki make lots of veg ones, some sound good others emoticon but they may be good.




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Don't kid, Mary . . . do it!
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Yes Chris, this seemed like an appropriate time to put the green smoothie on. I've never tried them with vegetables, always just fruit. If you make it, let me know how you like it? Without Mary's rum will be okay too!
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mmmm Gloria that sounds great.
A little spash of rum added LOL just kidding


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3/14/14 5:05 P

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This is perfect Gloria! Thank you! emoticon

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Green Smoothie Recipe (just in time for St Patrick's Day!)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: Makes 2 servings.

Ingredients
1 medium ripe banana
1 cup of fresh, canned, or frozen pineapple
3 large handfuls of fresh spinach (washed)
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
6 oz. water

Method
Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

* * If you use canned pineapple, you can add the juice, too, for a sweeter tasting smoothie.

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I saw that, Mary! I am so glad you posted this, as I have no idea how to do a link. emoticon

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This is a link to so many KALE recipes, some I am going to try.

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1/5/14 7:33 A

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1 avocado
2 eggs
crumbled bacon

cut avocado in half, scoop out enough to hold 1 egg in each half
top with crumbled bacon.

bake for 15 minutes, at 425 degrees. Make sure you stabilize halves so egg does not spill out.

add salt and pepper, if needed.

packed with protein and good fats.

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This is a good soup to make any time. Good for a meal or have a cup of it for a snack. It's filling and nutritious.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 quarts (8 cups) low-salt vegetable or chicken stock or broth
1 can (28 ounces) whole, crushed or diced tomatoes, undrained (I use diced)
2 cups water
1 small head cabbage, thinly sliced or chopped
1/2 tsp hot red pepper sauce (optional)

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil, then onion, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in carrot, garlic, and bell pepper; cook until tender.
Add stock, tomatoes, water, and cabbage, simmer uncovered 20 minutes or till cabbage is cooked.
Season to taste with hot sauce and salt & pepper if desired!

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Deluxe Pineapple Meatloaf from Cooking Light

1(8 oz) can unsweetened, crushed pineapple, undrained
3 T reduced calorie catsup...divided
1 pound ground chuck, turkey, pork or veal.
2 slices whole wheat bread, crumbled
2 eggs, beaten
1 small onion, minced
1 t prepared horseradish
1 t soy sauce
Drain pineapple, reserving 2 T of juice. Add 1 T catsup to reserved juice, mixing well; set aside
COmbine drained pineapple, remaining 2 T catsup and next 6 ingredients.
SHape into an 8x 5 inch loaf on a rack, in broiler pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with reserved pineapple juice mixture. Bake 15 more minutes.
6 servings at 207 calories per serving.

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10/23/12 3:09 P

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Halloween Snack Mix Recipe

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients
6 cups caramel corn
2 cups salted cashews or peanuts
1-1/2 cups candy corn
1/3 cup raisins
Directions
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2 quarts.

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 cup) equals 529 calories, 23 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 354 mg sodium, 76 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein.

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Thank you, Gloria! I was hoping you would post this. Can't wait to try this!

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Oatmeal Mix (recipe from The SparkPeople Cookbook)

6 cups old-fashioned oats (I used my regular Quick oats)
3/4 cup flaxseeds, ground
3 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

1 - Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a zip-top plastic bag or tightly covered container. Store in the refrigerator.

2 - When ready to cook, bring 3/4 cup water to boil on the stove or in the microwave. Place 3/4 cup of the oatmeal mix in a bowl, pour the boiling water over, stir, and let stand for 5 minutes.

**Add more water if you prefer thinner oats, or use half milk and half water for richer oats, and a boost of protein.

**This mix will keep for up to a month in the refrigerator (store it there because the flaxseeds and walnuts can go rancid quickly)

**To cook the oatmeal, start with equal amounts of water and oatmeal mix then adjust the amount of water to achieve the texture you prefer. You can adjust the amount of cinnamon or swap in another spice, based on your preferences.

Makes 12 servings
3/4 cup dry (1 1/2 cups cooked) per serving

Per serving: 329 calories; 15.3 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.2 mg sodium; 44.9 g total carbs; 8.8 mg dietary fiber; 8.9 g protein

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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup veg. oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp salt

Cream sugar and oil together. Beat at slow speed adding the eggs one at a time. Add pumpkin and dry ingredients, mix well. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan . Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until bread tests done.

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Wow there are a lot of great looking recipes here I am going to try quite a few! emoticon

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This is a good way to use up any leftover rice you may have or as I do . . . I cook up a big pot then freeze it in 1 cup portions, all ready to use in a jiffy!

STOVE TOP RICE PUDDING

2 cups cooked rice
3 cups milk
1/2 cup white sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Combine rice, milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and stir in the vanilla and raisins.
Cook, uncovered, until just about all of the milk is absorbed (around 30 minutes, depending on how absorbent your rice is)
Stir in cinnamon and/or nutmeg, if using.
Serve warm or chilled.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.

**can add an extra 1/2 cup of milk if rice seems unusually firm or dry, to make it creamier

**we love raisins in our pudding so I use 1 cup of raisins

Enjoy!

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Thank you Chris, this does sound good to me, yum!
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Tomato pie...

one 9" baked pie crust
as many tomatoes as you wish....slice, salt , let sit for 15 minutes, squeeze out the liquid.
In the mean time, caramelize two onions, in olive oil, for about 20, minutes, with salt pepper and a dash of balsamic vinegar.
Put tomatoes in pie shell, top with caramelized onions
sprinkle with dried basil, or any other herb you like.
Next, mix 1/4 cup any cheese, like Parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar, gruyer, ricotta, or whatever, with 1/4 cup mayo(light)
spoon on top and spread.
Bake at 350, for 20-30 minutes, or until top turns golden brown. Good hot or cold.

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Sunshine fruit parfaits

1/2 cup cool whip-lite 1 large orange, peeled, seeded and sectioned
1/4 cup flaked coconut 1 large banana, sliced
2 tablespoons,frozen orange juice 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
thawed and undiluted fresh mint leaves
Combine cool whip, coconut and orange juice concentrate in a small bowl, stir well, set aside.
Combine banana, orange, pineapple, toss lightly.
Spoon alternate layers of fruit mixture and orange juice mixture, into 4 parfait glasses.
Garnish with mint. 133 calories, each.

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Creamy Fruit Dip

Ingredients
8 oz low fat cream cheese
6 oz sugar free, fat free vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp Splenda

Directions
Soften cream cheese in large mixing bowl.
Beat on medium speed with mixer, gradually add yogurt, vanlla extract, and Splenda.
Whip on high until light and fluffy.
Use as a dip for your choice of fruit such as peaches, melon,apple slices, or pears.

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Zucchini salad

3 young zucchini (about 1 pound)
3 scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill weed
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey

Wash and dice zucchini very finely. Place in salad bowl with scallions, dill, parsley and oregano.
Combine the rest of ingredients and pour over zucchini.
toss to mix and chill 30 minutes, before serving.

A great way to use those garden veggies and herbs!

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Thanks for this recipe Fluff, it really sounds great! I usually make a Smoothie for my cold drink but it wouldn't be a morning wake-up fix like your recipe is!
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I've been a morning Pepsi-holic for more years than I can count. About a month ago I decided to give it up and find a new cold beverage for my morning wake-up fix. Something that was more "natural" that I could feel better about drinking.

Based on Ree Drummond's/Pioneer Woman's recipe...reduced to something more manageable than the gallons she keeps on hand:

2 ounces Regular Coffee (or 4 if you want all the caffeine but I'm trying to cut back)
2 ounces Decaf Coffee
2 Quarts Water
Sweetened Condensed Milk (to sweeten and flavor)
Milk (I use skim/fat free)

Dump the coffee grounds in a large pitcher and add water. Stir until all the grounds are wet. Let sit over night. Using a strainer or colander lined with coffee filters, drain the liquid from the grounds in to another pitcher. Discard grounds or add to compost, garden or house plants.

Add 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk to a large glass. Add a splash of milk, stir to dissolve the sweetened condensed milk. Add ice then enough coffee to almost fill the glass. Stir again and top with another splash of milk. Play around with the mix to find your sweet spot but that's what works for me. Store remaining coffee and sweetened condensed milk in fridge.

The coffee is very concentrated and this amount lasts me pretty close to two weeks at one glass per day.

The sweetened condensed milk gives it a wonderful velveety feel and also adds Potassium, Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Calcium and Phosphorous without all the fake stuff that comes in the Pepsi can.

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CHOCOLATE BANANA PARFAIT

Ingredients:
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O Chocolate Fat Free Instant Pudding
2 cups cold skim milk
2 bananas, sliced
3/4 cup thawed Cool Whip Light Whipped Topping, divided


BEAT pudding mix and milk with whisk 2 min.

SPOON half the pudding evenly into 4 dessert glasses. Cover with layers of bananas and 1/2 cup COOL WHIP; top with remaining pudding and COOL WHIP.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour.

*Tips:
Prepare using Cool Whip 95% Fat Free Whipped Topping.
Parfaits can be made ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving.

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GARDEN PASTA SALAD

INGREDIENTS
2 cups whole-wheat rotini, (6 ounces)
1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar, or lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup diced yellow or red bell pepper, (1 small)
1 cup grated carrots, (2-4 carrots)
1/2 cup chopped scallions, (4 scallions)
1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
1/3 cup slivered fresh basil


PREPARATION
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and refresh under cold running water.
Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, oil, vinegar (or lemon juice), garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, scallions, olives and basil; toss to coat well.

TIPS & NOTES
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

NUTRITION
Per serving: 205 calories; 9 g fat ( 2 g sat , 5 g mono ); 1 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 4 g fiber; 291 mg sodium; 269 mg potassium..

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat (mono)

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TROPICAL YOGURT

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients
2 cups (16 ounces) reduced-fat plain yogurt
1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon grated lime peel

Directions
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Chill until serving. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts 1/2 cup equals 121 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 86 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat-free milk, 1/2 fruit



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Chicken and barley soup
Serves 6

Barley is a whole, high-fibre grain packed with nutritional value. This recipe freezes well.

Ingredients

1 tsp (5 mL) olive oil
1 cup (250 mL) diced onion
1 cup (250 mL) diced celery
2 cups (500 mL) diced carrot
1 clove garlic
½ lb (250 g) chicken breast chopped into bite-sized pieces (about 1 large breast)
½ tsp (2 mL) oregano
½ cup (125 mL) barley, rinsed
* 2 cups (500 mL) 25% sodium-reduced chicken broth
4 cups (1 L) water
½ tsp (2 mL) black pepper
Directions

In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, celery and carrots until onions are soft. About 10 minutes.
Add garlic and chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink inside.
Add oregano, barley, stock and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 hour.
Season with black pepper and serve.
Nutritional information per serving
(¾ cup / 175 mL)

Calories: 143
Protein: 11 g
Total fat: 2 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Dietary cholesterol: 22 mg
Carbohydrate: 21 g
Dietary fibre: 3 g
Sodium: 183 mg
Potassium: 395 mg



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perfect for the memorial day weekend! Getting into the 90s! thanks, Gloria!

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ORANGE LEMONADE

Ingredients
1-3/4 cups sugar
2-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cups lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
1-1/2 cups orange juice (about 5 oranges)
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
Water

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Cool.
Add juices and peel to cooled sugar syrup. Cover and let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Strain syrup; cover and refrigerate.
To serve, fill glasses or pitcher with equal amounts of fruit syrup and water. Add ice and serve. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 cup) equals 136 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.



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Wow! How easy is that, Gloria! I'm going to try it!

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For those who love pickles but don't want the salt . . . these are salt-free!

PICKLES!

What you will need:
2-3 large cucumbers
Apple cider vinegar
Mason Jar
Cut the ends off the cucumbers and slice into long pickle like slices.

Place the pickles into the mason jar and pour the apple cider vinegar in until it reaches the very top of the jar. Fasten the lid on tightly and place in the fridge. Wait about three days for the apple cider vinegar to infuse into the cucumbers and your pickles will be ready!


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I often like scrambled eggs . . . without the fuss! Easy recipe for doing them in the microwave suits me.

Coffee Cup Scramble

1 egg
1 Tbs water
1/4 C chopped mushrooms
1 thin slice ham diced, optional
Shredded cheese of choice, optional

Spray inside mug with Pam. Whip egg and mix with Mushrooms and ham add a bit of seasoning (salt & pepper). Place in microwave and cook for 30 seconds, stir and cook another 30 to 45 seconds, don't not overcook . . . top with cheese and eat.

**I usually spray a microwavable bowl with Pam spray and use it instead of a coffee cup.



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MMM. Yummy. This recipe sounds so great Gloria. I'll have to try this out soon. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wow! This looks like one I will be trying out soon!!!

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1-2-3 Cake

You simply assemble as follows:

1 box Angel Food cake mix
1 box any flavor cake mix
2 T. Water

Directions:

Using a large plastic bowl with a tightly fitting lid or a large zip lock bag, combine the two boxes of cake mix stirring or shaking well.

For each individual serving, take out 3 tbsp of the cake mixture and mix it with 2 tbsp of water in a small microwave safe container. I used a small coffee mug. Microwave on high for 1 minute. You now have your own instant individual cake and it is warm and inviting. You can top with a dollop of fruit or whipped topping if you like.

Try various flavors of cake mix but it must always be combined with an Angel Food mix.

Keep the mix tightly sealed in an airtight container until used and remember: This recipe is called 1-2-3 Cake because all you need to remember is 3 T.mix, 2 T. Water, and 1 minute in the microwave.

**the Angel Food cake mix keeps this cake light in calories!

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Sounds very good, Gloria!

Here is one to try, also.

Rotisserie Chicken Pitas

4 pocketless pitas
3 cups rotisserie chicken, sliced or cubed ( so convenient, in the store!)
1 cup roasted peppers, chopped
1 cucumber diced
1 chopped tomato
lettuce mix
low cal salad dressing

Warm pitas in oven or microwave, slightly
combine other ingredients except salad dressing and fill, with room to fold over.
Then drizzle with dressing, fold and enjoy!

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Chicken Dinner over Rice

Use the amounts of each ingredients that suits how many servings you want.

1) - skinless, boneless, chicken breasts cut up into 1-inch pieces
2) - broccoli, broken up into bite size flowerets
3) - VH Sauce, your choice of flavor
4) - cooking oil

Brown the cut up chicken in some oil for about 10 minutes, turning to coat/brown all sides
Put the broccoli in with the chicken, put lid on the pan and cook at medium heat for about 10 minutes
Take off lid, pour on some VH Sauce, put lid back on, lower heat and cook for maybe another 5 to 10 minutes to heat it through

Serve over cooked rice or with boiled potatoes

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Smoothie

1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 small banana, cut up

Put all in blender and blend till smooth.

**this is a healthy drink and really good. I sometimes put different strawberries instead of the blueberries and have even used frozen mixed berries

**it's a filling drink so it makes a good meal supplement or can it make for a snack

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I got this recipe from the Heart & Stroke Foundation so you know it's got to be healthy. Made it last night and it is GOOD!


Italian Sausge, Red Peppers, Mushroom and Rigatoni

Ingredients:
1 lb (500 g) hot Italian sausage
1 lb (500 g) rigatoni, penne or corkscrew pasta
1 tsp (5 mL) canola or olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 sweet red peppers, cut in chunks
2 cups (500 mL) thickly sliced mushrooms
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
2 tsp (10 mL) dried basil
2 tsp (10 mL) dried oregano
Freshly ground pepper
½ cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parsley, dill or basil
2 tbsp (25 mL) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink in centre, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well; cut into thin round slices.
Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until tender but firm; drain and return to pot.
In nonstick pan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, red peppers and mushrooms; cook, stirring often for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil and oregano; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add cooked sausage, and pepper to taste. Pour over pasta; toss to mix. Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan; toss again. Pass extra Parmesan at the table.
Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 396 calories, 17 g protein, 13 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 23 mg cholesterol, 53 g carbohydrate, 624 mg sodium, 522 mg potassium

*I used the penne because that's the pasta I like . . . you can "tweak" this recipe if you don't like the spices, garlic, 'hot' sausage, etc.

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Your soup sounds like a meal that would hit the spot on these cold days Chris, yum!

I've come across some recipes from the Heart & Stroke Foundation and will put on a couple here when I can. I'm always on the lookout for healthy recipes.

Thank you ladies!

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Here is my lentil/split pea soup, that you have been waiting patiently for, Fay!

Soak split peas or lentils, overnight. Add enough liquid to make 10 cups. Cook covered 21/2 to 3 hours with a ham bone, or 1 T of bacon fat(optional) .
Add and simmer,covered, 30 minutes or until tender:
1/2 cup onions
1 cup chopped celery with leaves
1/2 cup chopped carrots
add:
1 clove garlic
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 tsp. thyme
a dash of cayenne pepper
Remove ham bone
To bind soup, melt:
2 T butter or I can't believe its not butter,
Stir in:
2 T flour
Slowly add a little of the soup mixture. Cook until it boils, then stir in the rest of the soup.
season to taste with salt and pepper.
I like to add spetzle, to my lentil soup.

Good for you and yummy on a cold day!

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I haven't been in here in a while!

Your Hamburger Pie sounds so good Fay, I'm going to copy it and try it one night for my hubby and I . . . it sure sounds good and on a cold night? Yum, yummy

Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Mmmm! Thank you Fay! I can't wait to try this! emoticon

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Chris asked me for my Hamburger Pie recipe. I've been making it for 50 years and have tweeked it along the way, so feel free to do so also. Our kids even requested it and still do.

Lightly brown a medium onion.
Add and cook 1 lb. lean ground beef
(drain fat if needed)
Stir in 1 can tomato soup and
2 cans, drained, green string beans
(I usually use approx. amt. frozen)
Put into casserole dish.

Meanwhile make mashed potatoes for 5
(this supposedly is a 5 serving meal),
adding an egg to the potatoes. Mound them
ontop, or spread over meat mixture.
Bake @ 350 degrees 30 minutes or bubbly.

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

Ingredients:
1 11.5-ounce package milk chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 5-ounce package Ocean Spray® Craisins® Cherry Juice Infused Dried Cranberries
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º F. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.

Pour ¾ cup chocolate chips into a large, uncovered microwave-safe bowl. Set remaining chocolate chips aside. Microwave chocolate chips for 1 ½ to 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is smooth.

Add brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture is creamy and lighter in color (1 minute).

Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute).

Stir in Craisins® and remaining chocolate chips.

Drop by 1-1/2 tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove cookie sheet from oven and top each cookie with 4 or 5 miniature marshmallows. Cool completely on wire racks.

Return cookie sheet to oven and continue baking until cookies and marshmallows are slightly puffed (2 to 3 minutes).

Cool cookies on parchment paper 5 minutes. Remove cookies from cookie sheet; finish cooling on wire rack. Store in covered container.

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Gloria, it wasn't my first place, but the girl's who shared the recipe with me. I am going to make them Christmas Morning.

Edited by: GMASANDIE at: 12/17/2011 (14:58)
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Your breakfast cookies sound good Sandi and they must be delicious to have won 1st place! Congratulations!

I'm looking for an easy dessert for someone else . . . she has to take a dessert for 17 people and is at a loss as to what to take!

Any ideas/recipes???

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Kooky Breakfast Cookies

My mom has made these my entire life and they always bring back memories of childhood. My kids and their friends used to beg me to make them. I submitted them to the local newspaper in a Christmas cookie contest a couple of years ago and won 1st place!

Ingredients
1 c flour, sifted
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 c white or brown sugar
1/2 c crispy bacon crumbles, not artificial bacon bits
1/2 c margarine
1 egg (can use egg substitute)
2 c corn flakes


Directions
1 Mix flour, soda and sugar.
2 Stir in bacon crumbles.
3 Mix in margarine and egg.
4 Stir in cereal. Blend well but do not beat.
5 Drop by tspful on ungreased cookie sheet.
6 Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool slightly before removing.

(I copied this from the Just a Pinch Recipe Club just as it was written . I don't kniow how many it makes, but could easily be doubled. It is far from healthy, but it is Christmas and I think this would make a great Christmas breakfast )

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My goodness, you all have been busy!

Here is one to try...

Sunshine Fruit Parfaits


1/2 cup frozen whipped topping(light) thawed
1/4 cup flaked coconut
2 Tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and diluted
1 large orange, peeled, seeded and sectioned
1 large banana, sliced
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
fresh mint leaves, (optional)

Combine whipped topping, coconut and orange juice concentrate in a small bowl; stir well
and set aside. Combine orange, banana and pineapple; toss lightly.

Spoon alternate layers of fruit mixture and orange juice mixture into 4 parfait glasses.
Garnish with mint, if desired. 4 servings, about 133 calories per serving

Brings the tropics around, even on a cold day!


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Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

This is not exactly healthy, but a favorite of our family, and easy.

1 pkg old fashioned Creme Drops
1 cup of peanut butter
1 Tablespoon of ICBINB

Put in a microwavable bowl, Cook in microwave for 1 minute, take out and stir well, put back in and cook another 30 seconds, stir well and pour in butter sprayed square pan. Let cool and cut in squares. That is it.

Hope you all like it like we do. I take a container to our doctor's office at Christmas. You can use the chucky PB, or Smooth. Our family like the Smooth Creamy PB


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Gloria so good to see you posting, just don't overdo. Take care of yourself. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, a lot of great food. We are back home now, and DH crashed out on the bed when we got in. One thing good was that after we ate, the young ones rollar bladed, and another lady in her 80's walked a long walk.
Hugs and prayers to all. welcome to the newbies, please join in and make yourself at home.
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Marsha, don't forget to put your fudge recipe on here, that would be great with Christmas just around the corner.

And girls . . . please put on any favorite Christmas recipes you have that you'd like to share with us!

Can be decadent as we can make them as gifts for others or keep in the house for guests. Or can be healthy as can be and that will be for me!!

COME ON IN AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS RECIPES PLEASE!!
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I love this and thanks for sharing. I will print it out and make to take some to our Son's for Thanksgiving.
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Thanksgiving Blessings Mix

2 cups Bugles corn snacks
2 cups small pretzel twists
1 cup candy corn
1 cup dried mixed fruit bits, raisins or dried cranberries
1 cup dry roasted peanuts or sunflower seeds
1 cup chocolate M&M brand candies
1 cup chocolate kisses

Using a quart sized wide mouth canning jar, layer ingredients listed above starting with the bugles. Once jar is filled obtain some holiday material and cut out a square for a decorative jar lid, or use ribbon to decorate the lid. Makes about 2-1/2 quarts. Explanation of recipe to go with the mix...

~Bugles are included as they are shaped like a horn of plenty, a symbol of our nations abundance. Pretzels are arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country. Candy corn represents the sacrifices of the pilgrims first winter as food was so scarce they survived on just a few kernals of corn a day. Nuts and sunflower seeds are our promise of a future harvest that one will reap if the seeds are planted and tended with diligence. Dried fruits represent the harvest gifts we obtain from our bountiful land. M&M's represent memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future. Chocolate kisses remind us of the love of family and friends that sweetens our lives~

I would put this mix in small plastic bags with a printed copy of the explanation of the mix, giving each guest one. It would be easy to double or even triple the recipe if you have a crowd.

Edited by: GMASANDIE at: 11/12/2011 (09:32)
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Sandie, that sounds good, thanks for sharing. I will try to figure the points in a slice as I am doing WW.
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This was shared with me. I think it would be good if you need a dessert in donlt have much time....

No Bake Pumpkin Pie

1 can pumpkin
2 cups cool whip
1 - 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 package cheesecake pudding (3oz)
1 9 inch pie crust (ready to eat)

Directions
Combine pumpkin, cool whip and pumpkin pie spice until well mixed. Add dry pudding and continue to mix until thick. Add to pie crust and refrigerate (atleast 2 hours) until ready to serve.



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Gloria, I am definately going to try this. I didn't realize that we had a recipe place.
I will post my easy fudge recipe soon.
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I made two of these last year for Summer to take to work. It is rather rich, so small pieces work well. Real tasty!

CHESS PIE CAKE

1 box cake mix (yellow)
1 egg
1 stick melted butter

Mix and spread in bottom of 9"x13" pan.

Cheese Mixture:

1 (8 oz.) pkg. Philadelphia cream cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1 box powdered sugar

Pour cheese mixture over cake mixture. Bake at 325°F for about 45 minutes or until firm to touch. It will fall like chess pie. Time may take about 10 minutes longer to bake.


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(this is good and easy should you need to take a dish or dessert some place and haven'tt much time)

If you want a really moist and easy cake, take any flavor cake mix and mix as directed then add a whole can of the frosting right in with the cake mix. Mix them together well. This is so moist it doesn't need frosting...I made it for Summer to take to work using a German Chocolate cake and a can of coconut pecan frosting. It was awesome...makes a good bundt cake and not overly sweet. I know of someone who used a butter golden yellow cake mix with a can of homestyle cream cheese frosting. You can drizzle a glaze over it but it is not necessary. Or you can lightly sprinkle to top with powdered sugar for looks.There are so many possibilities.


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I think skinless chicken breasts would work fine. There are so many flavors that it wouldn't matter. All I ever use is boneless chicken tenders. (I get them when they are under 2. a pound)

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Your chicken chili recipe sounds delicious Sandie ... do you suppose I could make it with skinless, boneless chicken breasts or would they not be as flavorful?

And ladies, how about some recipes for one or two people? I have some that I'll put on in the next month or so but if you have any, please do put them here. Some of us are alone or just with our hubbies so the smaller recipes are really welcome! We don't always feel like making big batches and freezing them!

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Slow-Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili
What You Need
1 can (15 oz.) dark red kidney beans, rinsed
1 can (15 oz.) light red kidney beans, rinsed
1-1/2 cups Thick 'N Chunky Mild Salsa
1 can (16 oz.) no-salt-added tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
Make It

COMBINE beans, salsa, tomato sauce and chili powder in slow cooker. Top with chicken, onions and corn. (Do not stir.) Cover with lid.

COOK on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours).

STIR before serving. Ladle into bowls. top with cheese.

Serving Suggestion...
For added color and flavor, top individual bowls of chili with Reduced Fat or Light Sour Cream and/or coarsely crushed PREMIUM Saltine Crackers.

Not only is this delicious low-calorie chili easy to make, but it's also a good source of iron from the beans.

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Gloria, I have eaten pumpkin seeds for years, they are so good.

PUMPKIN DIP

1 can pumpkin
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients together, chill & serve with gingersnaps or your favorite cookie or graham crackers.




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[your pumpkin cookies sound so good Sandie]

Keeping with the pumpkin theme . . . . .

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with minerals. After carving your pumpkin, wash and dry the seeds, bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
This makes a very Healthy Snack!

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(this was shared with me a few days ago...sure sounds easy)

Pumpkin Perfect" Oatmeal Cookies

These hearty moist cookies are chewy in texture and golden in color. They are easily made with a convenience cookie mix, substituting the butter with pumpkin and a touch of oil. The pumpkin helps to reduce the fat and cholesterol in this recipe. It also works to maintain the moistness, while creating an attractive and deliciously sweet treat.

Ingredients
1 pkg. (17.5 oz.) oatmeal cookie mix
1/2 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries, raisins or nuts (optional)
Directions
PREHEAT oven to 375º F.

COMBINE cookie mix, pumpkin, oil and egg in large bowl. Stir in dried cranberries, if desired. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, about 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned and set in centers. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store cookies in covered container.

Makes 3 dozen cookies




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Thinking ahead about Autumn and pumpkins!

Pumpkin Mousse

1 1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
1 pkg [1 oz] sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 cup fat-free whipped topping, divided

1) - In a large bowl, whisk milk and dry pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and allspice; fold into pudding. Fold in 1/2 cup whipped topping

2) - Transfer to individual serving dishes. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with remaining whipped topping.

Makes 4 servings
Per serving w/2 tbsp whipped topping = 96 calories; 2 mg cholesterol; 360 mg sodium; 18 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 4 g protein

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Black Forest Trifle

What a great 5-Ingredient Dessert!

Makes about (16) 2/3 cup servings

Ingredients

1 8-oz package no-sugar-added-low-fat chocolate cake mix
1 4-serving package sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups fat-free milk
1 pound fresh pitted dark sweet cherries or one 16-oz package frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries, shaved and well-drained
2 cups frozen fat-free whipped dessert topping, thawed
~ Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
Prepare cake mix according to the package, using an 8-inch square or round cake pan. Cook cake in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cut it into 1-inch pieces.

Prepare pudding mix according to the package, using 2 cups fat-free milk. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes.

Fill half of each 2/3 cup serving glass with a layer of cake cubes, cherries, pudding and whipped topping. Repeat layers. If desired, you can make the full batch in a 3-quart trifle bowl, arranging the layers in the same manner.

Sprinkle with cocoa powder, if desired.

Per 1/2 Cup Serving: 102 calories, 1g fat, 110mg sodium, 22g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g protein


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emoticon Crock pot Strawberry Dessert

1 can Strawberry pie filling (21 oz)
1 pkg Strawberry cake mix (18 1/4 oz)
1/2 c melted butter or margarine
1/3 c chopped Black walnuts or pecans
Cool Whip

Place pie filling in your crockpot. Combine dry cake mix and butter
(mixture will be crumbly); sprinkle over filling. Sprinkle with
nuts. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hrs. Serve in bowls. Top with
Cool Whip.

This is good as it doesn't require an oven these hot days. It could easily be tweeted using ff cool whip etc.

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Frozen Citrus Slices

Place lemon and lime slices in single layers between waxed paper.

Freeze.

You can drop these frozen slices into water, tea, lemonade.

Refreshing!

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Jello with Applesauce
[a recipe from Phyllis]

1 pkg sugar-free Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
1 cup applesauce [or 3 of those little cups of applesauce]

Dissolve the Jello in the boiling water; add the cold water and mix well.
Stir in the applesauce and let set in the refrigerator.

**can use diet ginger-ale in place of the cold water for zip & tang
**can put 2 Tbsp lite Cool Whip on each serving of Jello

Thank you Phyllis!!

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Refreshing Jello

1 pkg sugar-free orange Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 cup diet ginger-ale
1 can Mandarin oranges, well drained

Dissolve the Jello in the boiling water; stir in the ginger-ale ... this will foam but foam will disappear quickly.

Refrigerate until starting to set; stir in the drained Mandarin oranges and let fully set.

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Yogurt Dessert

1 cup non-fat yogurt [I use vanilla yogurt]
1 heaping tablespoon non-fat, sugar-free instant white chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup raspberries [if using frozen, make sure there is not added sugar]

Directions: mix the yogurt and DRY pudding mix together in a bowl.
Put this mixture in a nice glass dessert dish; top with raspberries.

Makes 1 - 1 cup serving. Recipe can be doubled, tripled, etc.

**your favorite fruit could be substituted for the raspberries

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Dorothy, I'd be happy to . . . I don't have a written recipe so will just write what I do, okay?

For chicken parts [legs/thighs/breasts], I mix flour with paprika and ground pepper in a flat dish or bowl would do. Then I wet each part of chicken, shake off excess water then roll it in this mixture.

Meantime I take a casserole that will fit however many pieces of chicken I plan to bake, I put butter/margarine in the casserole, set it in a 350 degree oven to melt it, take it out of oven and put the chicken in, let it sit a minute then turn the chicken over to coat it with the butter.

Back in the oven for about 30/35 minutes [depending on which parts of chicken you use], or until it is done.

**the paprika gives the chicken a nice brown color plus extra flavor.

Whole chicken, I simply put in roasting pan, little water in pan, lots of ground pepper on chicken [we love pepper!] and bake. Husband prefers plain chicken like this for sandwiches.

Edited by: GLORYB2014 at: 7/13/2011 (09:55)
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Gloria,

Would you share your recipe for baked chicken?

Thanks,
Dorothy


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Gloria, I was just thinking awhile ago that perhaps the team needs a recipe thread. And you had the same thought, thanks. This is so easy...

A dip for fruit

This dip has been around for years. I don't know where it originated. There are only 2 ingredients. It is delicious dip for strawberries or other fresh fruit.

1 - 8 oz. bar of cream cheese (could use ff)
1 - 7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream

Beat the cream cheese till fluffy. Add 1 jar of marshmallow cream and mix well. Serve with fresh fruit.

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Uhmmmmmm!!! Thank you Gloria, that sounds yummy!!!

Carmen
From lovely San Juan, Puerto Rico and loving the beach!!!

There's nothing wrong with using the word "diet". It comes from the Greek word "diaita", meaning way of life. So to lose weight and keep it off we need to change our way of life.



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Pumpkin Pudding

1 (4 serving size) pkg sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 cups skim milk
1/4 cup lite Cool Whip

1) - In a medium bowl combine the dry pudding mix, pumpkin, spice and milk
2) - Mix well using a wire wisk
3) - Pour into 4 dessert dishes
4) - Top each with 1 Tbsp lite Cool Whip
5) - Refrigerate till ready to serve

129 calories - 0.6g fat - 2.5mg cholesterol - 287g sodium - 26.1g carbohydrates - 5.6g fiber - 4.9g protein

This is a great, light dessert, especially nice at Thanksgiving or Christmas but good any time of the year!
Low in calories and high in fiber!

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