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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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Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Parmesan

Roasted spaghetti squash with bacon and Parmesan cheese is a great way to top spaghetti squash for an easy, tasty, low-carb side dish. Although there are several methods to cook spaghetti squash, my favorite way to make it is roasted. To roast the squash, I cut it on half lengthwise, remove the seeds and cook […]

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Makeover Spinach Gratin

This easy makeover Spinach Gratin is creamy and decadent, with a hint of nutmeg baked in the oven topped with melted cheese for a must at your Holiday table! I bring this to my mom’s every year for Thanksgiving because everyone loves it! Much lighter than a traditional gratin, low-carb and easy to make! This […]

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Carne Asada Steak Salad

This Carne Asada steak salad is made with everything I love – juicy steak, pico de gallo, Monterey Jack cheese and guacamole. Inspired by my favorite taco salad, it’s quick, tasty, low-carb and high in protein which fills you up and leaves you satisfied. I have partnered with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner to share […]

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Maple Soy Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash are delicious on their own, but adding bacon and a maple soy glaze makes them over-the-top delicious! Made all on one sheet pan, you can double or triple this recipe to feed a crowd by adding more sheet pans. Brussels and butternut are a match made in heaven. Add […]

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Spiralized Winter Veggie Gratin

Spiralized Winter Veggie Gratin is the perfect holiday gluten-free side dish! Made with spiralized vegetable gratin is made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, and parsnips and topped with a white sauce and Gruyere cheese. How to prep this gratin ahead: This dish can be prepped a day or two ahead, everything from spiralizing the […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 100)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 100).  Wow! Week 100!! Thanksgiving we always go to my Moms and everyone brings something. I am bringing a few sides, and looking forward to the leftovers! Meal planning is a great way to get organized before heading to the supermarket to get ready for the week! My breakfast is usually something quick like eggs with fruit, a smoothie or […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 101)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 101). Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, I had a great time with family but I am also happy to get back into a normal routine. Here’s a few favorites I’ve been craving. Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 101) Monday: Puerto Rican Beans with rice and egg Tuesday: Pressure Cooker Stewed Chicken […]

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Portobello Shepherd’s Pie

This fast and fresh vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie made with Portobello mushroom, carrots, peas, corn, and onions, all topped with leftover Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes, is the perfect after-Holiday fix. I’m excited to share this guest post from my friend Heather K. Jones. She’s a dietitian and the nutrition expert for The Skinnytaste Cookbook and Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, please […]

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Mexican Pinto Beans with Queso (Frijoles con Todo)

Mexican Pinto Beans made from scratch in the pressure cooker topped with tomatoes, cilantro, avocado and my favorite part, the cheese! Serve as soup or a side. Sponsored by Capital One Growing up in a half Latin home with a Colombian mom, homemade beans made from scratch were a staple. Lazy Sundays Mom would have a big pot of […]

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What’s New in Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, 2017

In 2001, the first edition of Dr. Walter Willett’s Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating made its debut in bookstores, nestled among dozens of weight loss “how-to’s.” Not to be outshined by other flashy titles, it stood out as a non-diet, straightforward guide on what to eat (and … Continue reading "What’s New in Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, 2017"

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Sauteed brussels sprouts are delicious when shredded and sautéed with pancetta (or bacon), garlic and oil. If you don’t think you like Brussels sprouts, I challenge you to try these! Lightly pan fried until crisp and slightly browned on the edges, this is my favorite way to cook and eat them! I love when people […]

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Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are so much lighter than traditional mashed potatoes, and taste so good! How to make creamy mashed potatoes without adding too much fat? I like to use Yukon Gold potatoes, they have a buttery texture and golden color. When the potatoes are still warm, I drain them and add a […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 99)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 99). It’s finally getting cold here in New York, we basically skipped Fall! If you’re planning a Friendsgiving in the next week or two, I have lots of Thanksgiving recipes here. The Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy is perfect if you want to feed a smaller crowd and it’s very […]

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Easy No-Cook Salsa Recipe

Get the chips ready for this quick and easy No-Cook Restaurant-Style Salsa recipe! In less than five minutes, you will have a delicious, healthy appetizer or snack everyone will love. It’s bright, fresh and perfect for parties! When I make pico de gallo I always use fresh tomatoes, but when I want a restaurant style […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 97)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 97). Hoping it’s cooler next week because I’m craving comfort food as you can see! Pictured below is The Skinnytaste Meal Planner where I plan my dinners for the week (you can of course use any meal planner). Meal planning is a great way to get organized before heading to the supermarket to get ready for […]

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Instant Pot Garlicky Cuban Pork

This Cuban pulled pork is made with tender shredded pork, marinated in garlic, cumin, grapefruit and lime and cooked in the pressure cooker is perfect to serve over a bed of rice, cauliflower rice or with tortillas and salsa and avocados for taco night. I got my hands on Melissa Clark’s new book Dinner in […]

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Air Fryer French Fries

Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil! Making them in the oven shaves fat and calories off, without sacrificing taste. Since buying my air-fryer (affiliate link), I’ve been keeping it on my counter and playing around with it. Of course, I HAD to test out fries, and they […]

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French Bread Pizza Mummies

These EASY French bread pizzas are perfect for your next Halloween party, for kids or adults! Just 4 ingredients and about 15 minutes to make! As a kid I loved coming home from school and making myself a French bread pizza, probably one of the first things I taught myself to make. I still make […]

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Quick Beef Chili Recipe (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

I love this quick and easy beef chili made with black beans, tomatoes, homemade chili spices and beer. This chili pleases all the palates in my house – not too spicy (although you can kick it up if you wish), loaded with flavor, and ready in less than 30 minutes. I have partnered with Beef. […]

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Italian Style

These savory stuffed sweet potatoes are topped with Italian flavors such as marinara sauce and cheese. A quick and easy healthy vegetarian dish. Roasted sweet potatoes are so versatile and can be topped with so many toppings to make it a meal. If you don’t want the slow method of roasting sweet potatoes, you can […]

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Gratin are the perfect Holiday side dish! The brussels sprouts are roasted until crisp, then topped with a light cheese sauce made with Gruyere and parmesan, and baked until brown and bubbling. If you are as obsessed with brussels sprouts as I am, you’ll love these. How do you cook Brussels Sprouts? There […]

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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.