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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (October 1-October 7)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Happy October! My favorite month and also my birthday week!! And just a few days and Skinnytaste One and Done Cookbook will be arriving to everyone’s door if you pre-ordered! And […]

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Maple Pecan Banana Muffins

Moist and delicious Maple Pecan Banana Muffins, so good you won’t believe they are light! These banana nut muffins are slightly adapted from my low fat banana nut bread recipe. Here I wanted to use pecans, pure maple syrup and some maple sugar I purchased, but if you don’t have maple sugar any sugar would […]

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Potato Leek Soup

Cozy and comforting, Potato Leek Soup combines potatoes, leeks and broth for a simple homemade soup the whole family will love! This is the kind of soup that is so simple to make yet tastes like you really know your way around the kitchen. I grew up loving this classic soup as a kid, and […]

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Houston’s Grilled Chicken Kale Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette

Houston’s (Lightened-Up) Kale Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette is satisfying, made with a combo of grilled chicken, kale, cabbage, carrots, peanuts, scallions, cilantro and mint tossed in a light peanut-sesame dressing. Kale Salad is perfect for fall, my two favorites are this Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad, and this Harvest Kale Salad, this peanut version is […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (October 8-October 14)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Today is my birthday, I woke up to my 8 year old bringing me coffee in bed, does it get better that that? I […]

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Chicken Salad with Avocado

This quick and easy chicken salad is made with the breast meat of a Rotisserie chicken, avocados, fresh tomatoes, basil and lemon juice. Whole30 friendly and a great way to enjoy those end-of-summer garden tomatoes. Made with just a few ingredients, and it’s also low-carb, gluten-free and Keto. Although I am really excited about the […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (September 17-September 23)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Hoping everyone on the east coast stays safe! Tomorrow I will be sharing a FREE 40-page bonus pack for anyone who pre-orders my new cookbook Skinnytaste One and Done, so look […]

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Skinnytaste One and Done: Get a Free 40-Page Bonus Pack including a 4-Week Dinner Plan Plus 3 New Bonus Recipes with Pre-Order

I’m beyond exciting that in just a few short weeks my new cookbook Skinnytaste One and Done will finally be hitting bookstores!! This week, as an added bonus (and a thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered the book), if you buy Skinnytaste One and Done from your retailer of choice, you will get access […]

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Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach

Pasta in a decadent creamy, homemade, butternut squash pasta sauce, with no cream! The spicy chicken sausage and sage is the perfect compliment, this pasta dish is filling and comforting on a chilly night. We also love this meatless Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Sauce, which inspired this recipe. And with the addition of shaved […]

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Cinnamon Apple Crisp

This easy, Cinnamon Apple Crisp is perfect for fall, lightly sweetened with raisins and honey with a crisp, oat topping. If you went apple picking and need ideas, this recipe is simple and won’t set you back to many calories. For more recipes with apples, you may also like Apple Cobbler, Slow Cooker Apple Butter, […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (September 24-September 30)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Guys, only a few weeks before my new cookbook, Skinnytaste One and Done comes out!! If you pre-ordered, don’t forget to fill this form out download the 40-page bonus pack today […]

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Crock Pot Applesauce

Homemade apple sauce doesn’t get easier than using your slow cooker!! Crock Pot Applesauce Nothing beats homemade apple sauce, making it in the crock pot is easy and your house will smell divine while the apples and cinnamon simmer all day long. The hardest part about making this sauce is peeling the apples (which is […]

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Always Delicious

In Always Delicious, the cookbook companion to Always Hungry?, Dr. David Ludwig teamed up with Chef Dawn Ludwig to create over 175 delicious and easy-to-make dishes. Featuring  “luscious high fat ingredients, savory proteins, and natural carbohydrates,” these recipes focus on quality ingredients designed to help “conquer cravings, retrain your fat cells, and keep the weight off permanently.” Interested in … Continue reading "Always Delicious"

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How Meat Is Cooked May Affect Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

You may have heard that grilling and barbecuing meats may create cancer-causing substances. You may have also heard that eating a lot of red meat—especially processed meats—may be linked to certain cancers. Now, new research suggests a possible connection between high-heat meat cooking and type 2 diabetes. The study, published in Diabetes Care by researchers from … Continue reading "How Meat Is Cooked May Affect Risk of Type 2 Diabetes"

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Chopped Wedge Salad

Classic wedge salad meets chopped salad in this easy side salad dish made with lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese and chives with a light, Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing. I love a good wedge salad, but I find myself chopping it up so I can get all the elements on my fork at the same time, […]

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Ahi Poke Bowl

With marinated tuna, brown rice, avocado, cucumber, mango, macadamias and scallions, this Hawaiian style quick Ahi Poke Bowl is perfect for hot summer nights. I love Poke bowls and often make them when I crave sushi! A few favorite dishes that satisfy my sushi cravings are Shoyu Ahi Poke, California Shrimp Stacks and California Spicy […]

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Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Baked Stuffed Chicken

What happens when you combine Baked Jalapeño Poppers with chicken?? Oh yeah baby!! Cheesy stuffed chicken breast stuffed with diced jalapeño, cream cheese, cheddar jack cheese, scallions and bacon! Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Chicken Serve it with fiesta lime rice, cilantro lime rice or a two bean salad or black bean cucumber salad on the side […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (September 3-September 9)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Happy September! It’s warm here in NY, and I am hoping it stays that way for a while because this summer girl right here is not ready for cold weather. However […]

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Tomato Salad

Ripe, end-of-summer garden tomatoes make the best, juiciest tomato salad, perfect served with a rustic loaf of bread! Tomato Salad This is my husband Tommy’s favorite summer meal, especially on those nights it’s too hot to cook. We get a loaf of crusty bread, sometimes we even toast it and rub a raw garlic clove […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (September 10-September 16)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Is it too soon for pumpkin? Not in my opinion! This week I added some Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins to the meal plan as well as some fall favorites like […]

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Zucchini Chicken Enchilada Roll Ups

These Zucchini Chicken Enchilada Roll Ups are filled seasoned shredded chicken, topped with enchilada sauce and cheese. Delicious, and perfect for Keto, gluten-free or low-carb diets. Who says eating low-carb is boring! These rolls are inspired by my Zucchini Rollatini (one of my favorite low-carb dishes!) only with a Mexican spin! We love zucchini all […]

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Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

This easy, homemade, baked mac and cheese recipe adds broccoli to the mix, a great way to sneak veggies in a kid’s favorite dish! It’s also lightened up, so less calories than traditional mac and cheese. Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Macaroni and cheese is total comfort food, I make many variations, some I love […]

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Bento Box Turkey Club Roll Ups

Your kids will love these Turkey Club Roll Ups packed in their bento style lunchbox! It’s back-to-school season, which means getting back into routines, especially for meals. I’ve partnered with ALDI to create a school lunch even most adults would crave! ALDI has all of the healthy and affordable essentials that will help parents and […]

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Greek Mac and Cheese

Greek Mac and Cheese, a healthy twist on a comfort food classic made in a creamy cheese sauce with whole wheat pasta, tomatoes, spinach, olives and Feta cheese. As we get closer to Fall, mornings and nights get cooler, I start craving more comfort food dishes. This mac and cheese puts a healthy, Greek spin […]

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Zucchini and Feta Fritters

Zucchini and Feta Fritters, a fabulous summer side dish to make great use of in-season zucchini and mint. These fritters would pair perfectly with anything you grill such as steaks, chicken or fish along with some homemade Tzatziki sauce, for dipping. Made with whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour mix, these healthy zucchini fritters are […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (August 20-August 26)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. August is always so bittersweet for me. It’s my oldest daughter’s birthday month, but also the end of my favorite season, with back to school routines approaching, and cooler days and […]

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Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Angel hair pasta tossed with summer zucchini and tomatoes fresh from the garden. The perfect meatless meal you’ll be craving again and again. Serve this with plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano! I love combining spiralized zucchini with pasta, it’s a great way to lighten a pasta dish, and you’re still getting real pasta which I often […]

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Greek Chickpea Salad

Greek Chickpea Salad, made with chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, olives and Feta is perfect to make ahead, for lunch for the week! If you’ve been following my free meal plans, you probably know I’ve been incorporating more meal prep recipes in them, recipes you can make once that can be served for the week. […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (Aug 27-Sept 2)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. The last week of August is always bittersweet. I love the summer, but I also love the Fall. New month means new goals, cooler temps, comfort food like One Pot Cheesy […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (July 30-Aug 5)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Hope everyone is having a great weekend, if you have any suggestions for recipes you want to see next week, let me know! I included the famous Bagel Recipe and Chickpea […]

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