Jul 6, 2015

Eggplant "Meatballs"

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Eggplant "Meatballs" – hearty eggplant is one of the best vegetable substitutes to make these luscious, meatless “meatballs”.

Hearty eggplant is one of the best vegetable substitutes to make these luscious, meatless “meatballs”. Whether you serve them as a meatless main course piled on top of zoodles or pasta, or served as an appetizer, these eggplant meatballs are delish!

There's a restaurant in my neighborhood that recently closed down and the eggplant meatballs are the one item on the menu I'll miss the most. Rather than getting upset, I set out to recreate them in my kitchen and I think I succeeded! I shared them with my neighbor and my cousin and they both raved and wanted the recipe. These are great for vegetarians or if you're like me, just looking to incorporate more plant based foods into my diet.


To speed this up, I simmered the "meatballs" in DeLallo's Basil Pomodoro sauce. Coming from a girl who won't use sauce from a jar, DeLallo does it right and is the only one I would use if I wasn't making it from scratch. If you want to make your own sauce, you can use my quick marinara recipe here instead.


Jul 2, 2015

Basil-Cucumber Gin Cooler

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Basil-Cucumber Gin Cooler – if you're looking for a signature cocktail that looks like it jumped right off a spa cuisine menu for under 140 calories, this is it

With the holiday weekend coming, if you're looking for a signature cocktail that looks like it jumped right off a spa cuisine menu for under 140 calories, this is it! Made with muddled cucumbers, basil, lemon juice, gin and a splash of seltzer, it's light and summery and perfect to serve at your next party.

Basil-Cucumber Gin Cooler – if you're looking for a signature cocktail that looks like it jumped right off a spa cuisine menu for under 140 calories, this is it

This cocktail recipe is from a great new book I just got, 150-Calorie Cocktails; All Natural Drinks and Snacks. Filled with lots of great cocktails I plan on trying this summer as well as tips on how to make a low calorie cocktail. Some tips include choosing a lower-proof liquor, skipping store bought syrups and prepared mixes, choosing seltzer over tonic water (did you know tonic water was 90 calories per cup!) and something I often do, adding seltzer to wine to make a spritzer.


Jun 30, 2015

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats – my favorite LOW-CARB summer recipe!

Summer zucchini hollowed out and stuffed with lean Italian chicken sausage, then topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. You guys are going to love these!

With zucchini season in full bloom, I thought I would revive these low-carb favorites from the archives because they are one of my absolute summer favorites!

One boat fills me up, but you can enjoy two and still keep it at around 300 calories. I love Polly-O part-skim mozzarella because it melts beautifully as you can see in the photo. I'm pretty picky about my Italian sausage, but I love al fresco's sweet Italian chicken sausage, you forget it's chicken while you eat it and it's 75% less fat that pork sausage, and it's gluten-free. Hope you enjoy.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats – my favorite LOW-CARB summer recipe!

Jun 29, 2015

Lemon and Ginger Ice Pops

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 Lemon and Ginger Ice Pops – keep cool this summer with these mouth-puckering pops!

Keep cool this summer with these mouth-puckering pops! If you love contrasting sensations of sour, sweet and spicy, you'll love these ice pops. My five year old is a lemon lover and she really enjoyed them, but found the ginger a little too spicy for her palette so next time I make them I may do half without, but my husband loved these and asked me to make them again.


These are slightly adapted from the Ice Pops! Cookbook, lots of fun ideas for the summer in this book. I followed the recipe exact but cut back on the sugar a little. You could honestly sweeten them with whatever you normally use, a blend of sugar and stevia would work too.

To make these pops I used my freezer pop maker from Progressive, it's my favorite but any freezer pop maker will work. Hope you enjoy and keep cool!

Lemon and Ginger Ice Pops – the perfect combination of sour, sweet and spicy!

Jun 28, 2015

Seaside Florida, A Hidden Gem

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I love it when business and pleasure collide and that's exactly how I spent a weekend in Seaside Florida (the popular Northwest Florida beach community that is best known as the location for the film The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey) a few weeks back. 


Jun 27, 2015

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

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Red, White and Blueberry Trifle – a delicious, light dessert, perfect for the summer!

A heavenly mixed berry trifle made with summer fresh blueberries, strawberries, white chocolate pudding, angle foods cake and whipped cream.

This is an oldie, but very popular on Skinnytaste. With the fourth of July coming up next weekend, and all things red white and blue I'm sharing this from the archives.

Using store bought angel foods cake makes this quick and easy to prepare and no need to heat up the kitchen, but you can use a box mix or make it from scratch if you prefer, whatever you decide this will still be fabulous!