Dec 30, 2010

Top 20 Skinny Recipes from 2010




At the end of each year, I have a bit of "down time" to reflect on the past twelve months and think about the new year ahead. What a busy year this has been for me!

During these past 12 months my oldest daughter traveled to Europe, got a part-time job, went college hunting and got acceptance letters! I can't tell you how proud she makes me watching her mature into a young lady. And as this was all happening, my newborn, who just turned one experienced huge milestones each month, from cooing, to crawling, eating solids, standing, talking and now just about walking.

And somehow through this all, I managed to find the time to continue posting recipes. I just want to express how grateful and humbly thankful I am for the support of all of you, who faithfully follow my blog, leave comments, share your recipes, and spread the word. You all keep me motivated to do what I do.

I asked my facebook and twitter followers to share their favorite recipes from 2010, and the response was overwhelming so I narrowed it down to 20. Here they are in no particular order...


Top 20 Skinny Recipes from 2010

  1. Asian Glazed Drumsticks
  2. Barbacoa Beef
  3. Cilantro Lime Shrimp
  4. Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Creamy Green Chile Sauce
  5. Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp
  6. Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce
  7. Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame Lime Sauce
  8. Filipino Chicken Adobo
  9. Shepard's Pie Lightened Up
  10. Chicken Ropa Vieja
  11. Chicken Enchiladas
  12. Spinach Lasagna Rolls
  13. Skinny Italian Spinach Meatballs
  14. Spinach Manicotti
  15. Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic
  16. Skinny Taco Dip
  17. Skinny Tzatziki
  18. Pumpkin Pie Dip
  19. Sweet Potato Pie
  20. Strawberry Squares

If you have a favorite not listed here, leave a comment. Wishing you all a healthy, happy New Year!!

64 comments :

  1. The slow cooker apple butter... oh my, that apple butter. My husband and I made 12 jars of it for Christmas gifts (that is 4 batches), and everyone raves over how good it is, how it doesn't taste diet at all. One elderly gentleman that we gave a jar to said that it tasted like the apple butter his mama used to make 60+ years ago.

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  2. Cannot wait to try these in 2011! Happy New Year Gina!

    -ChicDoneCheap

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  3. My SUPER favorite is the Asian Meatballs!!

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  4. Oh just going through this list makes me so hungry! One of our favorites here is your Stuff Spinach Shells my kids ask for it at least once a week :) ((HUGS)) to you and thank you for sharing such an amazing blog!

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  5. I am happy to say I have made and tried most of this list! :) those cherry/strawberry squares top my blog of pages most viewed since I started it in October...I would have never thought! haha

    Happy New Year to you Gina!!! and thanks for sharing your amazing recipes and being my inspiration!

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  6. Happy New Years to you and yours. In 2010, I'm grateful for finding you and your site. Without you, my weightloss journey would have been a diaster ... Thank you so much for sharing.

    Maria

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  7. I got hungry making this list too!!

    Ifer- Yes, that apple butter is yummy!! The pumpkin butter is equally good!

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  8. mmm thanks for sharing all these recipes! Love it!

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  9. Happy New Year to you Gina!

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  10. My favorite was your creamy grape dessert! It was SOOO good, and perfect for the summer!

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  11. Congratulations to your daughter. My children are in their twenties, but I remember the day they left for college. It was a happy time and sad too. This is a wonderful list of recipes to try. Enjoy your new year. Sounds like you'll be busy!

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  12. This is a great list. The shrimp look yummy!

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  13. Great list of recipes! Would you consider linking it up to the countdown to 2011 at my blog?

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  14. Slow cooker minestrone (with a little chicken sausage added). *LOVE*

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  15. Thanks for all the recipes in 2010, I hardly make anything else! I look forward to 2011!

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  16. You have so many fantastic recipes, I don't think I could pick just one or two favorites. Thanks so much for your amazing site, I look forward to many more of your recipes, photos and ideas in 2011!!

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  17. Wow, you have a newborn and a almost college aged daughter?? Glad they are all doing so well!!

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  18. Gina-I stumbled upon your website the day after I joined weight watchers and it has been a big help in my weight loss. I have tried several recipes with no complaints from the family. They never knew they were eating healthy meals.
    My daughter even ate the spinach in the baked ziti without knowing what she was eating. If you ask her she will tell you she hates spinach! Thanks again and Have a safe and Happy New Year!!

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  19. Glad to see the Spinach Manicotti made the list. As a young woman, who never had an interest in cooking, your site has taught me that cooking can be fun and enjoyable...and I am not bad at it! I made the manicotti a few weeks ago for my parents, and they raved about it so much that it was actually requested for Christmas dinner. It was a hit! Thanks for all you do!

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  20. The Pasta and Bean Soup! I pureed everything before I added the pasta, and it was a creamy, yummy soup during this awfully cold Missouri winter. Your blog ROCKS!!

    PS: We're trying the Santa Fe Chicken and the Pork with Mushrooms and Shallots this week. I <3 mushrooms. :)

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  21. Okay I want to make all 20 right now! Happy New Year Gina! xoxo

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  22. I am so ready to do some skinny meal planning. Need to get back into weight loss mode! Your site is very inspiring...I just love all the recipes and I have made many of them several times. Thank you! Happy New Year!

    Beth

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  23. Thanks so much for linking up! I'm excited to check out some of the recipes I missed over the last year.

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  24. Wow!! Those recipes look amazing!!

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  25. What a great idea! Thank you SO much for listing your top 20...and I have to agree, the asian drumsticks is definitely your best work! I've loved EVERY recipe of yours that I've tried, and I can't wait to make some more! I can't believe you've found the time to post so many great recipes this yr - with all of your important family events going on! Also - thank you SO much for still including the "old" WW points, as I do not plan on switching - the old way has worked so great for me already! Thank you thank you THANK YOU for making my diet SO much simplier!

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  26. The very best place for skinny recipes! I've linked this up to our friday's favorites... and I've listed my top 10.
    Happy New Year!

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  27. We're having the spinach manicotti tomorrow night for New Year's Eve. Then chocolate crepes for dessert!

    Thanks!

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  28. Oh I love this list. It is my goal in 2011 to expand my list of recipes and this is my starting point. thank you

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  29. What a great idea! Thank you SO much for listing your top 20 dishes.Thanks for all you do!Glad they are all doing so well!!

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  30. Thank you for planning my next four weeks of dinners....I've tried some of these, but there are several I haven't. I love your website.

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  31. I'm on WW UK, and use your recipes all the time - gorgeous and don't in any way taste 'diet'. Addicted to the split pea with ham soup at the minute, and just about to make the curried coconut BNS soup.

    A healthy, happy 2011
    x

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  32. Gina, you rock!!! I use your recipes all the time. I have lost 25 lbls since May and intend to keep going until I get to goal. Your recipes help immensely. thanks so much! Happy New Year! I also have a daughter getting ready to go to college in the fall...but no newborn! You go girl!

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  33. Ms Journalist12/31/10, 7:15 AM

    Gina, what a great idea!!! This is exciting because I get to see what others really love and give them a try. Your food tastes real and I don't feel bad serving my "diet" food because everybody loves your recipes!

    Here's to a great 2011!!!

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  34. I had no idea what to do tonight for new years. Perfect timing for this list! I think I'll try the lasagna rolls. My mom always rolls them, much easier to serve, but the spinach is a delicious twist. I haven't made much from your site though I always salivate over the new recipes in my inbox. The zucchini casserole is a keeper!

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  35. Your recipes are yummy and healthy! A few nights ago I made the broccoli, potato and cheddar soup- Huge hit! My husband is a picky eater and he has loved every recipe I've used of yours! A few of our favorites are the soup, lighter baked mac and cheese, spinach lasange, chicken divan (spelling?), crockpot santa fe chicken...

    Yesterday at work, coworkers asked what I was eating because it smelled so good- it was your broccoli, potato and cheddar soup! I think I got them hooked on your site too! :)

    Thank you!!!

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  36. Thank you, Gina, for the delicious recipes you post on your blog! My husband and I started using your recipes each night for dinner August 1 and by Thanksgiving, we had each lost 20 lbs.! The biggest miracle of all is that he hasn't complained about a single dinner in that time! Happy New Year to your family and keep on posting!

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  37. Gina, wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011 filled with much laughter & love.

    Personally, I cannot thank you enough for all that you do on your site, creating new recipes, calculating points.. This is a lot of work and a takes up a lot of your time and I'm truly grateful and very appreciative. I've lost 45lbs and you are a big reason for this.

    From the bottom of my heart - thank you.
    Lisa

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  38. My all time favorite recipe from this list is the Turkey Asian meatballs!! DH LOVES these as well and even asked me to make them again for his birthday.

    Gina, your recipes are SO awesome, and I can't thank you enough. I've been "watching" my calories since December 3rd and have lost 7.2 pounds this month! Even with all the holidays, I still used your light recipes and lost! Incredible!!!

    Andrea

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  39. The Skinny Italian Spinach Meatballs are DELICIOUS!!! We cooked them, then froze them in 5 meatball portions for quick and easy meals! Would definitely recommend them to anyone. And, if you're not a Spinach person - like myself - don't worry, you can barely taste it!! Thanks Gina!

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  40. Gina, I have made dozens of your recipes and a lot of our favorite are on your top 20. Thai shrimp, manicotti and spinach lasanga rolls are the best and requested frequently. Thanks for such great information on your site too. Good luck in 2011, happy new year to everyone.

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  41. I've made several of your recipes and all have been terrific. The broccolo potato and cheddar soup is on the menu for the coming week. Can't wait to taste it.

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  42. Thanks, Gina, for all of the wonderful recipes! I've tried many of them and they never disappoint. Thanks again! Happy New Year!!

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  43. Gina thanks for a year full of wonderful recipes. Looking forward to more in 2011.

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  44. Love the list! Gives me a place to start -like the cilantro shrimp!!

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  45. Amazing! Thanks for posting this list...off to try something of yours. Looks tasty!

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  46. So glad that the Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp is so high on the list! I loved it, I think it was the first thing I even tried on this site. The Chicken Ropa Vieja, not a fan, but to each her own! Thanks for the great recipes and keep them coming!

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  47. Just came back from a weekend away, thanks for all your comments!

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  48. Thanks for posting this list! Diet starts now. Ok now. I mean now!

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  49. Hi first time i am commenting.. As the new year begins I am in need of advice.. I need to lose 60 lbs and I am thinking about weight watchers?
    I see that all your recipes break it down to Points ...wow..this is great!! is there a program or software that enables you to put in the ingredients and work out the calories/points etc. Do you feel that Weight Watchers is a good choice for me?

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  50. Gina,

    I can't believe that no one has mentioned your AWESOME Banana Pancakes! They are my favorite! I also made your pumpkin butter last week and had RAVE REVIEWS! Thank you so much for your skinny recipes and listing the WW points. I'm at goal, and you're helping me stay there.
    Thank you again,
    Teri.

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  51. OMG, I think I'm in love! Thank you so much for all your hard work and inspiration in making life look soooo delicious! I am besotted and can hardly wait to start eating these recipes. Yummo, this looks like my kind of heaven.

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  52. Excellent end of the year list!

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  53. Jennifer Chandler1/5/11, 7:43 AM

    Great list! I have personally made 6 of these dishes and they are my favorite!! Can't wait to try the others. Thanks again for sharing your recipes.

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  54. I started weightwatchers a couple weeks ago and was on the hunt for meal ideas... I came across your site by googling "low point meals". Boy, am I glad I did! What a find! So far this week I have made the Asian Turkey Meatballs, the Cilantro Lime Shrimp, and the Spinach Lasagna Rolls. All were delicious and easy to make! I have already printed another 10 or so recipes I can't wait to try. My hubby (who is not on a weight loss plan) also loved your recipes. Thanks for giving us so many yummy options and making it easier to plan low point meals!

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  55. I've tried 4 of your top 20 recipes and loved every one of them. I'll have to work my way through the rest of your top 20 list!

    One of my favorite recipes that didn't make your list is your Pollo Sabroso...it's name is SO fitting (Delicious Chicken)! Every time I make this for company they rave about it.

    I love your blog! I also discovered it when I started Weight Watchers and it's a terrific resource...and not just for low point meals..the recipes are just plain tasty!

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  56. Roxann, that's a huge compliment! And I love that chicken too!!

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  57. Just Found your site love it!!!!!

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  58. Hey a friend just told me about your blog because I want to start intentionally cooking healthier and didn't know where to start. It's been great. Since I have a hard time making decisions on what to make and to get out of my box I decided on trying to make your top 20 of 2010. I blogged about my experience. Check it out. http://crystalleblanc.blogspot.com/ Thanks! I want to continue to try your recipes.

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  59. This blog has been such a help to figure out what's for dinner each night. Gina, thanks for all the variety and healthy recipes and my husband thanks you too. Happy New Year!

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  60. Great dish and simple to make!!

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  61. Thank you for inspiring me to eat healthier meals. Keep up the AMAZING job!

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  62. Found this on Pinterest.. Following you now.. Thanks! Looks like some great skinny meals to try

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  63. I like the layout of the chicken one, but I would have to vote for the shrimp picture

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