Super Easy and Yummy 5-6 ingredient Dinner (my family loves this one!)
1 head of cabbage, chopped
1 onion, chopped or sliced
Smoked sausage
Chicken broth
Cajun seasoning, or your family's favorite seasoning
Cooked Rice

Put chopped cabbage, onions and smoked sausage in about 3 cups chicken broth, or more depending on how much liquid you like. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce temp to low and cook until cabbage and onions are cooked through. Add seasoning and serve over rice. Yum!

"No-Carb" Cheese Crispies
(If you love Parmesan Cheese, you will LOVE these!)

-Shredded Parmesan Cheese (must be shredded)
-real chopped garlic or granulated garlic
-Italian seasoning or your favorite seasoning

Preheat over to 425 degrees. On a cookie sheet, place a "Silpat," baking mat or parchment paper. Place small piles of Parmesan Cheese on cookie sheet, separating the piles. Season with Garlic and other seasoning.
Bake approx. 10-12 minutes. Take off cookie sheet and let cool on cooling rack.
Once cooled, store in air-tight container.

Enjoy! These are de-licious!

***My favorite variation: Mix a some Shredded Parmesan Cheese with some good quality Pesto
(just a little), then bake and enjoy!

Below is a healthier Stir-Fry I like to make and it uses no oil. However, if you want to use oil, 
use only Virgin Coconut Oil, as it is the only oil, that when heated, does not turn into a
 "free-radical" in your body.

Healthier Stir-Fry
1/2 c. Chicken Broth
1/2 onion, chopped
1 T crushed garlic
1-2 cups fajita beef, preferably hormone free
Bok Choy, leaves removed from stems and chopped
4 carrots, shredded
**11.25 oz. pasta, preferably whole wheat
**1 pkg. frozen edamame 
1/2 c. Soy Sauce, or less if concerned with sodium content
1 T. Corn starch
1/2 c. water
1/4-1/2 t. Ginger, optional

In Wok, on Medium-High heat, saute onion in Chicken Broth until translucent. (**In another sauce pan, while making the stir-fry, cook the frozen edamame with the pasta, according to the pasta package directions). Add garlic and stir. Add beef and carrots and stir-fry a few minutes until carrots are soft and beef is heated through. Add Soy Sauce. Using a fork or wisk, stir the cornstarch into the water until there are no lumps, then add to Stir-Fry. Last, add Bok Choy and cook 3 min. only. (Do not cook the Bok Choy leaves any longer or they will get mushy). Stir in cooked and drained Pasta and Edamame. Enjoy! 
One friend of mine said she is unwilling to give up boxed Macaroni and Cheese for her family. Here is a great recipe for homemade Macaroni and Cheese! It's so much better than boxed! Plus, it's rewarding to know you made your own! Try this, and let me know how you like it!
If you're not ready for homemade yet, try this for a healthier, yummy boxed Macaroni and Cheese:

"Much healthier Than Boxed Macaroni and Cheese"

2 cups Whole Wheat Macaroni or any whole wheat pasta
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, beaten
3/4 t. salt
16 oz. Chedder or Monterrey Jack Cheese (shredded or grated)
Parmesan Cheese, for sprinkling
*optional: Chopped Kale leaves (no Stems) and/or fresh or frozen chopped brocolli
**optional: ground flaxseed

Preheat oven to 350. Cook Macaroni according to package directions to al-dente (slightly firm, but soft). Mix the other ingredients and pour together into greased dish.  Bake for 45 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese over the top during the last 15 minutes of baking. Enjoy!
*Healthier version...add frozen brocoli (or frozen, chopped spinach, or Kale) to the boiling water for the pasta. 
**For an even healthier version, sprinkle a little ground flaxseed over it before putting in the oven.
***Optional for large family or company: Can triple the pasta, double cottage cheese, sour cream, salt and cheese

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Here is a recipe my friend Wendy gave me. She brought these delicious beans to us after we had our 11th child, Abigail. These are the closest beans to homemade "Ranch-Style Beans" I've had...they have a wonderful flavor...and they're good for you! :o) Thanks Wendy!

"Ranch Style" Pinto Beans 
3 c. dry pinto beans
7 c. water for cooking
2 1/4 t. salt
3/4 t. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
2 t. cumin
3 T. oil (preferably Virgin Coconut Oil...this is the healthiest oil to cook with, when heated)
Toss it all in the crockpot 
and cook on low over nite.