Oct 22, 2014

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Prosciutto, Pears and Brie


Roasted stuffed chicken breast is the perfect Fall dish, filled with a savory-sweet stuffing of prosciutto, pears, sage, brie and arugula. It's delicious with a salad on the side, but also can be served with roasted butternut squash or brussels sprouts to make it a meal. It also happens to be naturally gluten-free and low-carb.

I've teamed up with Harry & David with the launch of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, and have some fabulous things planned, so stay tuned! This recipe was created with their Royal Riviera pears exclusively for their blog Field Notes. Please head on over to their blog to see the full recipe.

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Pears and Brie
Servings: 4 • Size: 1/2 stuffed breast • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 233 • Fat: 9 g • Carb: 6 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 31 g • Sugar: 4 g
Sodium: 316 mg • Cholesterol: 97 mg


  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (16 oz total)
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • 2 sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 Royal Riviera® Pear, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 oz Brie, skin removed, divided
  • 1/4 cup baby arugula
  • cooking spray
  • cooking twine

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Oct 21, 2014

Fig Balsamic Roasted Pork Tenderloin


Lean pork tenderloin with a sweet and tangy glaze, and super easy to make!

This is a great, quick and easy pork tenderloin recipe topped with a sweet & tangy glaze. It's super simple to make with just a few ingredients which is perfect for weeknight cooking.

I'm pretty obsessed with Trader Joe's Fig Butter and combined it with some balsamic vinegar to create this glaze. Then I roasted it in the oven for about 25 minutes and served it with these awesome brussels sprouts. If you can't find fig butter, any fruit butter such as apple butter would work great.

Oct 19, 2014

Gluten-Free Lightened Up Banana Nut Bread


This banana bread is moist and delicious, you can't tell it's light or gluten-free!

Low-fat, gluten-free banana nut bread made two-ways! My family went bananas for this!!

My aunt recently started following a gluten-free diet, and my close friend has Celiac, so lately I've been dabbling more with gluten-free baking. I had a large bunch of over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter and decided to experiment taking my favorite Low-fat Banana Nut Bread Recipe and making it gluten-free. Since the recipe makes two loafs (yes you can halve it if you wish) I thought why not use two different gluten-free flours to see which yields the best results. Not having a ton of experience baking gluten-free, and seeing how much fat is usually used in gluten-free baked goods, I wasn't sure how this would turn out, but the results were EXCELLENT!

This was easier than I thought it would be, I was fully prepared to test this a few times but it worked on the first shot, and they were both equally delicious. The bread on the above left photo was made with brown rice flour instead of wheat flour; the bread on the above right photo I swapped the wheat flour for Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour.

I then had my aunt, friends, daughter and husband help me taste test them to see which was better and the results were mixed. My favorite was the Bob's Red Mill, to me it tasted closest to my original recipe. But some of my friends liked the brown rice one better because they liked that it had a cakier texture, something that is difficult to achieve with gluten-free baking. My 4-year old daughter loved them both! So I'll let you decide which way you want to make it, and if you want the original wheat version, here's the link. I gave you the nutritional info for both, with and without the nuts!

Gluten-Free Banana Nut Bread (Bob's Red Mill GF All-Purpose Flour)
Servings: 26 (2 loaves) • Serving Size: 1 slice • Old Pts: 3 • Weight Watchers Points+: 4
Calories: 130 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 24 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 12 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg • Sodium: 106 mg

Without the Nuts - Old Points: 2 • Weight Watchers Points+: 3
Calories: 109 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 24 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 12 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg • Sodium: 106 mg

Gluten-Free Banana Nut Bread (Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour)
Servings: 26 (2 loaves) • Serving Size: 1 slice • Old Pts: 3 • Weight Watchers Points+: 4
Calories: 145 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 28 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 12 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg • Sodium: 108 mg

Without the Nuts – Old Points: 2 • Weight Watchers Points+: 3
Calories: 124 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 12 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg • Sodium: 108 mg


    • 7 ripe medium bananas, mashed
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
    • 2-1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour (all purpose or brown rice)
    • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 4 tbsp butter, softened
    • 1 cup light brown sugar (unpacked)
    • 4 large egg whites
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3 oz (3/4 cup) chopped walnuts
    • baking spray


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8x5 inch nonstick loaf pans with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

Add flour mixture and walnuts (if using), then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into loaf pans and bake on the center rack for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes to bring it to room temperature before slicing.

Oct 15, 2014

Spicy Whole Wheat Linguini with Sausage and Roasted Peppers


A hearty, delicious pasta dish – ready in 30 minutes.

If only you could taste how good this dish is! But since you can't, you're going to have to take my word for it. It's everything I love in a meal and it's all ready in about 30 minutes. 

I love using spicy chicken sausage to give it a little kick, but if you want to make this mild for your family, simply swap it for sweet Italian.

I don't know about you, but for years I tried to like whole wheat pasta and never found a brand that my family would eat. Then last year I discovered DeLallo organic whole wheat pasta and it changed my life. My Italian husband who is pretty picky about his pasta also loves it, and now it's the only brand of whole wheat I will ever use. Their gluten-free pasta is also AMAZING so if you can't eat gluten, you can easily swap it out.

A few weeks ago, a few bloggers including myself got a chance to visit the Delallo Italian Marketplace in Jeanette, PA which was established back in 1954 as a small market and has grown into a large marketplace complete with the largest antipasti bar I've ever seen!

The DeLallo family visits Italy and works closely with the BEST of the best which allows them to import the highest quality pasta, tomatoes, olive oil, etc. If you are ever in that area, you must stop and visit – I was in DeLallo heaven!! Luckily, many of their products can be found in supermarkets across the country and you can also order their products online.

We stayed up the road in their home and cooked together, ate together and of course laughed together. They even made this fun video of our pasta making and some Q & A's – check it out!

Oct 14, 2014

Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey


A simple, delcious Fall dessert.

Baked pears with cinnamon, honey and walnuts – it doesn't get simpler that this!

I had some beautiful ripe Royal Riviera pears on my counter from Harry & David and didn't want to waste them, so I cut them in half, cored them and baked them in the oven this morning. While they baked my kitchen smelled heavenly! They turned out even better than I hoped – I had one for breakfast with a little yogurt, but this would also make a wonderful dessert.

Oct 13, 2014

No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili


A quick and easy chili made with ground turkey, sweet potatoes and spices – the perfect weeknight meal. It has just the right amount of spice to compliment the sweet potatoes without being too spicy for those of you who prefer a milder chili (you can of course bump up the heat if you wish).

This is one of my favorite chili recipes which I came up with last year. Since it's chili weather now I thought I'd revive it from the archives.

I served this with some sweet potato chips which I found in the grocery store and set out some chopped cilantro, scallions, sour cream and cheddar on the side as optional toppings. Because this has no beans, it's perfect for picky eaters (my youngest daughter is not a fan) and it's also gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. This will be a part of my regular rotation, I highly recommend this one… enjoy!!