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Beef and Mushroom Ragu with Spaghetti Squash

I swapped traditional pasta for roasted spaghetti squash to enjoy this cozy and delicious Beef and Mushroom Ragu served with a dallop of ricotta and grated Pecorino Romano –  you won’t miss the pasta! This dish is totally satisfying, without being too heavy. I made this for my family and everyone loved it! It makes […]

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Top 25 Most Popular Skinnytaste Recipes 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday week! We were away in Pennsylvania and we all got sick at the same time, so I’m a little late this year compiling my “Best Of” list for 2017. These are the most visited recipes posted in 2017 according to google analytics. My favorite time of the year, […]

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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Making homemade Chicken Nuggets in the air-fryer is so much healthier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and so easy to make. Made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then air fried until golden and crisp. These also happen to be egg-free, so they are also great for kids with […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan January 1 – 7

To help you jump start your goals for 2018, I am sharing another free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire week as well as a shopping list! This is just a guide, you should aim for around 1500 calories* a day. I’ve left plenty of wiggle room for you to […]

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Slow Cooker Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew

Slow Cooker Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew with warm flavors from cumin, coriander and cinnamon is the perfect winter stew you’ll eat all season long.  Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew with Fresh Spinach mixed in just before serving is a delicious and filling dish you can enjoy with almost no effort. You can […]

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Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese

This easy, cheesy baked spaghetti squash is a healthier take on mac and cheese! It’s cheesy, loaded with vegetables and feels like comfort food, without the calories and carbs. I was craving something cheesy, without all the carbs from macaroni and came up with this dish back in 2003. I basically swapped the pasta from […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (January 8-January 14)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. Includes calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Points. To help you jump start your goals for 2018, I am sharing another free 7-day flexible meal plan (you can see my previous meal plans here)! This is just a guide, with […]

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Easy Bagel Recipe

This easy homemade bagel recipe is made from scratch with just five (5) ingredients – flour, Greek yogurt, egg white, baking powder and salt! No yeast, no boiling, no fancy mixer. Bake them in the oven or in the air-fryer! Easy Bagel Recipe I’m totally obsessed with these bagels!! I’ve been busy testing them out […]

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Pollo in Potacchio (Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Rosemary)

Pollo in Potacchio is an Italian braised chicken dish made with tomatoes, rosemary and garlic. The chicken cooks until it’s fork tender, which is great served with pasta, noodles, spaghetti squash or polenta. Pollo in Potacchio An inexpensive dish the whole family will love! Can be made in the Dutch oven, slow cooker or Instant […]

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Easy Shredded Harrisa Chicken

These easy Harissa chicken recipe can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) and can be served so many different ways! Made with just two ingredients – jarred Harissa and chicken plus some spices! Easy Shredded Harrisa Chicken I love it with rice, chickpeas or cauliflower rice (pictured above) plus cucumbers […]

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More than cooking, Teaching Kitchens as learning labs for life skills

With dramatic increases in obesity and diabetes, the search is on for innovative strategies to change the paths of those living with, or at risk for developing these and other lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In conjunction with good medical guidance, holistic strategies are needed that will improve the way people eat, move, and think. Dr. David … Continue reading "More than cooking, Teaching Kitchens as learning labs for life skills"

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 103)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 103). Hope everyone’s having a great weekend! I spent my week updating all the recipes on my site for the new Weight Watcher Freestyle Plan. I’ve got everything updated from 2017 until 2011. I am working my way through 2008 and hoping to have them all done by the end of […]

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Crispy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy sweet potato fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil! Making them in the air fryer is so much healthier than frying, and reduces the fat and calories, without sacrificing taste. Since buying my air-fryer (affiliate link), I’ve been keeping it on my counter and using it everyday. You may […]

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Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup has everything you love about stuffed peppers in a hardy bowl of soup! I love soup weather and the convenience of a making a big pot of soup that can be served for several meals. This soup is a fan favorite and always a huge hit with everyone in my house, including […]

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Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Apricot-Dijon Glaze

This is the EASIEST Slow Cooker Spiral Ham recipe, just two-ingredients plus the ham! Perfect for the Holidays, and it won’t take up space in your oven. Spiral Ham is by far the easiest Holiday addition to any table because it’s already cooked when you buy it, so all you have to do is make […]

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New Skinnytaste Meal Planner (Updated + Revised) and a FREE 7 Day Meal Plan

I’m super excited to share the completely updated and revised Skinnytaste Meal Planner, Revised Edition a 52-week, daily meal planner to help you jump start your health goals by getting organized. Based on everyone’s feedback about improving the previous Meal Planner, this revised planner was improved based on your comments! (pre-order only until 12/19), Available […]

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Leftover Ham Bone Soup with Potatoes and Cabbage

If you’re making a big bone-in ham for the holidays this year, don’t throw away the leftover ham bone once all the meat’s been cut off. It’s a key ingredient in this soup that adds instant flavor with minimal effort! Here I added some vegetables, potatoes and cabbage, there are no beans but you can […]

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Spinach Lasagna Rolls

These EASY Spinach Lasagna Roll ups are totally delicious, perfect for entertaining or serving for weeknight meals. Individual vegetarian lasagnas filled with spinach and cheese are family-friendly, satisfying and perfect for portion control. It’s also a great way to get your kids to eat spinach and no one will miss the meat! Wow, this recipe […]

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Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking! Although I’m personally not a fan of gingerbread cookies, Madison LOVES baking them, decorating them and eating them so I bake them every year. I’ve been using […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan December 25 – 31

To help you jump start your goals for 2018, I am sharing another free 7-day meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire week! Say goodbye to the stress of meal planning and grocery list writing and hello to a week of delicious, pre-planned, well balanced Skinnytaste meals. To make it easy for you, […]

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Houston’s Couscous

This EASY and fresh couscous is so easy and tasty, and it goes with just about everything. You can serve it with fish, chicken, beef, lamb, or pork, or you can serve it as a meat-free and light main dish. Guest post from Skinnytaste dietitian Heather K. Jones, is a healthy dish that the whole […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 102)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 102). Hope everyone had a great week! We decorated the house for Christmas this weekend which really put us in the Spirit! I also kick started the Holidays with my first giveaway, giving away this DeLallo Italian Antipasto Entertaining Collection and the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook! This one ends Monday […]

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Homemade Spinach Manicotti

The secret to the best, irresistible manicotti is to make them from scratch with my easy homemade crespelles, which are basically Italian crepes. These spinach and cheese manicotti are filled with three cheeses – ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan, then topped with homemade sauce. So damn delicious! It’s been quite a while since I made manicotti, […]

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Waffled Vegetable Latkes

These veggie-packed latkes, are not your traditional latkes, they’re made with shredded potatoes and a mix of carrots, zucchini and bell pepper, PLUS they’re cooked in a waffle iron so there’s no need to fry! What to serve with latkes is completely up to you, my favorite is with sour cream, lox, capers and red […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 103)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 103). Hope everyone’s having a great weekend! I spent my week updating all the recipes on my site for the new Weight Watcher Freestyle Plan. I’ve got everything updated from 2017 until 2011. I am working my way through 2008 and hoping to have them all done by the end of […]

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn

This EASY Slow Cooker Chicken dish is cheesy and delicious, made with boneless chicken breast, black beans, corn and salsa topped with melted cheddar cheese. YUM! I seriously died and went to heaven after the first bite of this chicken. It was so good, I am actually making it again for dinner tonight! The chicken […]

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Crispy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy sweet potato fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil! Making them in the air fryer is so much healthier than frying, and reduces the fat and calories, without sacrificing taste. Since buying my air-fryer (affiliate link), I’ve been keeping it on my counter and using it everyday. You may […]

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Removing Trans Fats from Restaurant Menus Associated with Drop in Heart Attacks and Strokes

Does a public health measure such as restricting trans fats from restaurant menus really make a difference? A study published April 12th in JAMA Cardiology nods yes. Between 2007 and 2011, 11 New York State urban counties restricted the use of trans fats in public eateries including restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias, park concessions, and senior meal … Continue reading "Removing Trans Fats from Restaurant Menus Associated with Drop in Heart Attacks and Strokes"

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U.S. Government Eases Sodium and Whole Grain Standards for School Meals

In the U.S., over 30 million students consume at least one meal in school every day. With such broad reach, strong standards for healthy, high-quality food can have a significant impact on the health of the nation’s children. Yet a new proclamation by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture takes a different route, partially rolling back the … Continue reading "U.S. Government Eases Sodium and Whole Grain Standards for School Meals"

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash are tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper for an easy, delicious Fall side dish! It doesn’t get much easier to make, simply place them on a sheet pan and bake until tender and the Brussels are slightly charred on the edges. The best part about this is they […]

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A healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve overall health.

A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, adequate essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories. The requirements for a healthy diet can be met from a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods. A healthy diet supports energy needs and provides for human nutrition without exposure to toxicity or excessive weight gain from consuming excessive amounts. Where lack of calories is not an issue, a properly balanced diet (in addition to exercise) is also thought to be important for lowering health risks, such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer.