Sep 29, 2014

Skinny Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars

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These bars are moist and chewy, moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips – perfect Fall dessert!

These cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips. The topping is a simple, light cream cheese frosting drizzled with chocolate – so good!

I played around with my Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars and loved how they turned out. They have just the right amount of pumpkin spice for my taste, but if you really love those spices you could add a bit more. If you want to make these ahead, you can bake the cookie bar a day ahead and make the frosting, then assemble the day you're ready to serve them.


Sep 24, 2014

Buffalo Chicken and Bean Chili

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This is chili with a buffalo chicken twist! So easy to make and SOOOO good – perfect for game watching or any night of the week!

And the best part is it doesn't need to simmer all day. This is ready in about 40 minutes, and most of that time is unattended. To thicken the chili and give you that texture like it's been simmering for hours, I added refried pinto beans to the mix which always works like a charm!

I like to serve mine with a handful of chips like Beanitos which are made from white beans, but any baked chip is great and of course, some carrot sticks and celery on the side. Hope you enjoy!



Sep 22, 2014

Crock Pot Sazon Pork Chops with Peppers, Olives and Potato

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Seasoned with Latin spices and slow cooked in a flavorful sauce!

These pork chops are seasoned with Latin spices and slow cooked in a flavorful sauce with tomatoes, olives, peppers and potatoes. They literally fall of the bone when they come out of the slow cooker!
I love to serve them with just a little brown rice on the side, but totally optional!


My house was a little divided on this recipe. My husband thought it was good but not great, but my oldest daughter Karina thought it was AMAZING as she put it. I really liked this a lot too, and it was my first time making pork chops in the slow cooker believe it or not but won't be my last.

I weighed the pork off the bone and got 4 oz cooked, so that is how I calculated these since they are not always the same size and the bones vary in size. If you go with boneless chops, that about 5 oz raw for each one.

Sep 21, 2014

Maple Pecan Banana Muffins

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Delicious, low-fat banana muffins sweetened with pure maple syrup and topped with crushed pecans.

Moist and delicious banana muffins sweetened with pure maple syrup and topped with crushed pecans – so good you won't believe they are light!

This week has been a crazy week, for those of you who missed it I was on QVC Wednesday selling The Skinnytaste Cookbook!



Here's a link to the video if you want to see it. (I never realized I talked so much with my hands until playing this back!) I was a little nervous, but honestly David is such a great host, he made it so easy. After that I flew to Pittsburgh to visit the Delallo family (I will share more about that later this week) but it feels so good to be back home in the kitchen cooking and sharing recipes.

Madison, my youngest LOVES banana muffins, so whenever I have ripe bananas on my counter I always like to bake a batch for her. Whatever we don't eat that day is usually her breakfast the next day. In my house, these go pretty quick, but if you live alone, you can individually wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them for a later day, then pop them in the microwave – they taste just like you first baked them.

These 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 work. What I love about making these banana muffins is that they come out so moist, and I only use 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole batch!


Sep 16, 2014

Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Sweet Plantains

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These sweet plantains are baked in the oven and then stuffed with a savory turkey picadillo filling and topped with cheese – pretty hard to resist! Similar to a Puerto Rican Pastelón which is really more of a plantain lasagna, instead these are made as individual boats which are easy to make, filling and perfect as a main dish.

If you're not very familiar with plantains, they are similar to bananas only they need to be cooked. Green plantains are usually meant for salty chips or tostones, but when the plantains are very ripe, almost black, that's when they are at their sweetest! That's what you want here, not yellow because they won't be sweet and soft enough. They should be soft and the skin almost black (see photo below in the directions).

The recipe calls for 6, but as you see here I made the full amount of picadillo and only baked two, and froze the meat for another day. So if you are worried this makes too much, you can easily make what you need and freeze the rest. Hope you enjoy!


Sep 13, 2014

Applesauce Nut Bread

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Moist cinnamon apple bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It's so moist and delicious, you won't believe it's low fat!

I'm going apple picking tomorrow upstate New York and I am totally planning on making my crock pot applesauce and this awesome applesauce bread so I thought I would revive this from the archives for anyone else out there who might also be apple picking. The scent of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven all morning makes my kitchen smell like Fall.


You can also make this with store bought apple sauce, but it is so much better with homemade so if you have lots of apples, I highly recommend you do so. I've made this with and without the apple chunks, but I love the extra sweetness and moistness the chunks add to the bread, I highly recommend them. Be sure to dice them small so they cook through.