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New Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

I’m big on rumaging in the cupboards and fridge to pull together something hearty in a pinch, especially during winter months. I’d been wondering what to do with a 16 oz. bag of frozen mixed bell pepper slices that I’d purchased. Soup always fits the bill, so I went exploring in my kitchen, and came up… Continue reading New Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Recipe Makeover: White Wine Sangria

A refreshing summer cocktail. Someone find me a pitcher. Stat! 🙂 Inspired by Pillsbury.com; modified for optimum PointsPlus™ values. Original Recipe: 7 PointsPlus™ Recipe Makeover*: 3 PointsPlus™ Servings: 12 Prep Time: 10 minutes INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup sugar† (11 pts) 1 cup orange-flavored liqueur  (30 pts)* 1 cup Vodka* (19 pts) 2 medium peaches or nectarines, thinly… Continue reading Recipe Makeover: White Wine Sangria

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Cucumber Shrimp Wheels – Zero PointsPlus!

This recipe yields 32 little bites at 0 PointsPlus™ each!!! Courtesy of: Taste of Home 32 Servings Prep/Total Time: 10 min. Ingredients 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained 1 can (4 ounces) tiny shrimp (deveined), rinsed and drained 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1-1/2… Continue reading Cucumber Shrimp Wheels – Zero PointsPlus!

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White Bean Dip with Pita Chips

This is a Food Network recipe, courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis. She’s one of my go-to sources for fresh, flavorful and easy recipes and this one is no exception. Video: Giada De Laurentiis: White Bean Dip with Pita Chips. Giada’s recipe says that it serves 6, but, to get the points down, I’m pretty sure you can share… Continue reading White Bean Dip with Pita Chips

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Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette

Makes: 6 servings PointsPlus™ Value Per Serving: 8 (or 6*)  [*Busy Crab Note: When I made the recipe, I used a 4 oz. package of diced pancetta. That reduced the PointsPlus value to 6 per serving.] Original recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri and Foodnetwork.com. Ingredients 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3/4 cup chopped red onion 1/2… Continue reading Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter and Cotija

I prepared the butter ahead of time, and wrapped in foil earlier in the day. Took them out of the fridge to come to room temperature about 20 minutes prior to grilling. The Cotija, a salty, feta-like Mexican cheese, compliments the lime and cilantro nicely. Makes: 4 servings PointsPlus™ Value Per Serving: 6-10* [*Busy Crab Note: Depends… Continue reading Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter and Cotija

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A Side of Delicious, Please!

Fourth of July celebrations are the perfect time to get together with family and friends outdoors. Nothing beats a beautiful summer afternoon, good conversation, refreshments in hand, and the smell of barbequed-anything in the air. This year, we celebrated the 4th (and my 41st birthday!) with a simple steak-and-potatoes menu and some fantastic, grilled sides. Click… Continue reading A Side of Delicious, Please!

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