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Two or three of these little wonders and a mound of fresh, mixed greens…the perfect lunch. They also reheat beautifully in the microwave.

And what’s the best thing?  No simple carbs…no bread crumbs, no flour.  Just meat and cheese – make them a perfect high-protein choice.



Vegetable cooking spray
One 8-ounce package white mushrooms
One 8-ounce package turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with nonstick vegetable spray, add 2 tablespoons of water and set aside.

Wipe mushrooms with a paper towel or soft brush and carefully remove stems. Scoop out some of the flesh to make a well in each cap. Finely chop stems and set aside. Sauté the sausage in the olive oil over medium high heat, breaking up with a fork until finely crumbled and almost cooked through; 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, reserved chopped mushroom stems, and parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add salt and pepper to taste and stir in 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese.

Carefully fill each mushroom cap with a heaping 1 to 2 tablespoons of the sausage mixture; mounding and packing slightly, and arrange in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until tops are browned.   Makes five servings of three mushrooms each.

Per Serving: Calories 131; Protein 13 g; Fat 7 g; Carbs 2 g; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 200 mg


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Easy, simple ingredients…high protein, very low carb and figure-friendly.  A moist and delicious turkey burger that will work to keep you full for hours.

(So sorry about the photo – it’s OLD!  But the meal is great!)

I’ve cooked them on a counter-top grill or baked them in the oven.  These make wonderful meatballs, too.

For your family serve them on a whole-grain bun with some corn on the cob smeared with chili butter…(1/2 cube butter, softened – 1/2 teaspoon chili or chipotle powder…stir until combined.)



3 tablespoons yellow mustard
3 tablespoons sugar-free apricot or peach preserves
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 egg
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sage
1/4 cup finely minced celery
2 tablespoons finely minced dried cranberries
1 pound ground turkey
In a small bowl stir together mustard, preserves, butter, and chicken broth. Heat in the microwave until bubbly and set aside.

In a large bowl beat the egg with a fork. Stir in oats, salt, pepper, sage, celery, cranberries, and 1 tablespoon of the glaze mixture. until well mixed. Add the ground turkey and gently mix well. Shape into burgers or meatballs.

If using a George Forman-type grill, brush both sides with glaze during the last minute of grilling. If making in the oven brush both sides with glaze and arrange on a baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink (165 degrees).

If you want to reserve some of the sauce for the buns, pour half of it into another small bowl…this way you can brush the uncooked burgers from one batch and not contaminate the sauce that won’t be cooked. Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving: 133 Cal; 16 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 5 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar; 177 mg Sodium


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A dish full of good for you veggies and high-protein fish – moist flavorful protein and very low in simple carbs.

This dish is easy to put together…while it’s simmering make a pot of rice for your family (use chicken broth for part of the water and throw in some herbs) and toss together a crispy green salad. Dinner’s ready with hardly any fuss.




2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup diced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
One 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, or 2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1 pound Talapia or other firm, white fish, cut into 1-inch pieces (OR shrimp)
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon cornstarch

In a large skillet, cook onion, celery, zucchini, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until tender – about 5 minutes. Stir in undrained tomatoes, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Discard bay leaf. In a small bowl stir together water and cornstarch. Stir cornstarch mixture and fish into tomato mixture. Simmer over low heat 5-7 minutes or until thickened and fish flakes easily with a fork. Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving: 142 Cal; 15 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 8 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 60 mg Sodium

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Never enough variations on this theme…

This one is not spicy, just mellow and sorta sweet with the crispy almonds, and succulent grapes.  The flavors get more pronounced as it rests, so making it ahead is always nice.

Wrapped up in some buttery lettuce leaves or on a whole grain roll for you family, it’s very filling and full of protein.




1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Curry powder (I use the sweet yellow from Penzey’s)

Zest and Juice of half a lime

2 teaspoons sugar-free honey, agave nectar, or honey

Pinch of garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

2 cups diced, cooked rotisserie chicken

1/2 cup quartered grapes

1/4 cup diced red pepper

2 tablespoons sliced almonds

1 stalk celery chopped


In a large bowl combine the mayonnaise, curry powder, lime zest and juice, sugar-free honey, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Stir in the chicken, grapes, red pepper, almonds, and celery. Mix well, cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving: 208 Cal; 23 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 6 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 167mg Sodium

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This soup is creamy, slightly spicy and full of nutritious goodies. With lots of protein and complex carbs, it’s the perfect lunch to pack or an easy week-night meal.

Serve to your family with a crisp green salad and some crusty, warm whole grain rolls.




1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red pepper, diced
1/2 pound Sweet Italian turkey sausage, bulk or if using links, casings removed
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon sage
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Two 15-ounce can Cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and divided
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup fat-free half & half
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

In a stockpot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and red pepper and sauté until onions are tender. Stir in sausage and cook until no longer pink. Add basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Stir in chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

With a fork coarsely mash the beans from one can. Add to broth mixture. Stir in remaining can of beans, spinach, and fat-free half & half. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Makes approx. 8 one-cup servings.

Per Serving: Calories 280; Protein 17 g; Fat 10 g; Carbs 16; Sugar 3 g; Sodium 893 mg

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This has been, by far, my most popular shake recipe.  It’s thick, rich, and  just fabulous!  Perfect for the Autumn time of year…brings your favorite Fall dessert right into your high-protein plan!  Try it hot – or with an espresso shot or instant coffee crystals added – wow.

This has enough calories and is so filling that it’s definitely a ‘meal’, so plan accordingly.  (Disregard the GIANT pile of whipped cream!  I just beautified it for the photo…yeah…that’s it…)




3/4 cup fat free milk OR soy milk OR almond milk
1/4 cup fat-free half & half  (OR skip and use 1 cup milk of choice)
1 rounded scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 rounded cup pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed or frozen…doesn’t matter!
2-3 tablespoons Splenda Granular – to taste
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice  (or 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon each ginger and cloves)
6 ice cubes, optional – I love it without the ice, too…makes it more rich and filling, to me

In a blender combine the milk/soymilk/almondmilk, half & half, protein powder, pumpkin, whipped topping, Splenda, spices, and ice cubes, if using.  Process until smooth and thick.  Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.  Makes one serving.

Per Serving: Calories 300; Protein 35 g; Tot Fat 5 g; NET Carb 20 g; (Fiber 2 g) ; Sugar 6 g; Sodium 279 mg

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These will not last long…take them to a party or a potluck and they will disappear before your eyes!

Handsome little devils, for sure.   High-protein eggs filled with creamy good-for-us avocados…WOW.  Make lots.




(Prepare these not too long before serving, as the avocados may turn dark.)

6 hard boiled eggs
1 medium avocado, diced small
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
Salt to taste

Cut boiled eggs in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out yolks. Mash yolks with a fork. Stir in diced avocados, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture and place on a serving plate. Sprinkle with cayenne or fresh, chopped parsley. Makes 12 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 90; Protein 4 g; Fat 6 g; Carbs 1 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 75 mg

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