Nov 26, 2015

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata


Frittatas are a great way to use up leftovers!

Leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, spinach and Gruyere cheese – trust me, you'll want to save some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving because this breakfast frittata is SOO good!

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata – a great way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving! I am reviving this from the archives for those of you who have leftover turkey!!

When I had the idea of using leftover turkey and sweet potato in a fritatta, I had no idea just how good this would turn out! In fact, I would make turkey again, just to make this frittata. Frittatas are so versatile, you could of course use leftover chicken breast instead, or swap the Gruyere for another cheese, the spinach for kale, etc. This is naturally gluten-free, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a salad on the side. Hope you enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2015

Flourless Chocolate Cake


Flourless Chocolate Cake – Only 136 calories, this EASY 5-ingredient chocolate dessert is DELISH and ready in less than 30 minutes!

Only 136 calories, this EASY 5-ingredient (not counting salt and cooking spray) chocolate dessert is DELISH and ready in less than 30 minutes!

The perfect light chocolate dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, perfect to make when you're entertaining. Made with just a few basic ingredients; chocolate, pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs. The results are a warm, chocolate treat, somewhere in the middle of a cake and souffle. This is best warm out of the oven, although I did reheat one for my daughter later in the microwave a few seconds and she loved it.

You start by melting the chocolate in the microwave in 45 second intervals.

Then you add the whole egg, maple syrup, pumpkin and vanilla and mix well.

Next you whip the egg whites and fold the chocolate in.

Pour it into 4 ounce ramekins and bake them until the rise. Last grab a spoon and dig in (oops, I added a little whipped cream for fun)!

Nov 24, 2015

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Ginger


Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Ginger – an easy, colorful side dish.

An easy side dish that would make a delicious and beautiful addition to your Holiday table!

Madison, my youngest daughter loves raw carrots. She gets them in her lunch box every single day, so when she saw these rainbow carrots in Trader Joe's, she couldn't believe carrots came in so many colors so I had to buy them for her to taste. The colors are just gorgeous, but you can also use orange carrots for this recipe.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Ginger

Nov 23, 2015

Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze


Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

These sweet potatoes are sliced and roasted in the oven, then drizzled with balsamic and topped with parmesan and fresh herbs. They can be enjoyed as a side dish for eight, or as a meatless main for four people.

My husband loves sweet potatoes (loaded with butter) but I prefer mine more on the savory side, such as this. I had this for lunch over some baby greens and felts satisfied, but this would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table if you would like to serve this as a side.

Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

And speaking of Thanksgiving, I know the holidays can be a stressful time. Between traveling, extra calories being consumed and stress of having to take care of so many people, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.

That's why I find it's so important to take care of myself during this time of year. In addition to making healthy and delicious food, I started tracking my points on Weight Watchers again and I hit the gym to work out any stress. It's a guaranteed way to feel great, quickly.

And when I can't make it to the gym, I love to do my friend Erin's at home Shrink Session program. Erin believes that movement in your body creates movement in your life and her workouts are SO MUCH FUN! (Not to mention powerful!) 

She is doing a free week-long Challenge that I do every year and love! She will be giving you short, fun workouts that are designed to lift you up, mind, body and spirit. I can't recommend it enough. You can sign up here!

Nov 22, 2015

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 7)


 Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 7)

Happy Sunday! This is week seven (7) of sharing my weekly dinner plans since launching The Skinnytaste Meal Planner. I've had such positive feedback from all of you that I will be doing this every Sunday.

 Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 7)

A few things I would love to talk about first, if you follow Skinnytaste on Facebook, you may not be seeing my posts thanks to Facebook's algorithm changes. Basically, they want me to pay for you to see what I post. So to be sure you never miss a new recipe, please sign up for my free email or follow me on Instagram (or both)!

I mentioned last week I started tracking my points on Weight Watchers again and it's been going great. They've invited me to be a part of something very special but it's all top secret so I can't talk about it yet... but all good things are coming soon!

I usually do all my food shopping on Sundays, but you can do what works best for you. Leftovers are often eaten the next day if the meal is large or packed up for everyone's lunch. If you would like to see some of the previous weeks, here they are:

Dinner Plan Week 1
Dinner Plan Week 2
Dinner Plan Week 3
Dinner Plan Week 4
Dinner Plan Week 5
Dinner Plan Week 6  

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 7)

Monday: Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes (Meatless Monday!)

Tuesday: Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
This makes a lot, I will freeze the extra for another night.

Wednesday: Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce (I serve this over pasta for Madison)

Thursday: Thanksgiving!! (Going to Mom's & bringing some sides) 

Friday: Turkey Pot Pie Soup with leftover turkey

Saturday: Date Night Out!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 19, 2015

Slow-Cooker Beef and Kabocha Squash Stew


Slow-Cooker Beef and Kabocha Squash Stew

On a cold rainy night, there's nothing like warming up to a bowl of hearty beef stew made in the crock pot with winter squash, Marsala wine and fresh herbs. Serve this with crusty bread and you have yourself a meal.

Slow-Cooker Beef and Kabocha Squash Stew

My kids and I love beef stew, but my husband doesn't so I don't make it as often as I would like. But I got my hands on Giada's new cookbook Happy Cooking and can't ever resist a slow cooker recipe, especially one with winter squash. Although this does require a little prepping, it's worth the extra steps. If you work, you could aways get the first step ready the night before. (FYI my next cookbook is going to have TONS of slow cooker recipes!) I adapted this slightly from her book just cutting down on the olive oil and thought it was wonderful, and so did my kids.

Cutting the squash is probably the most time consuming part of the recipe, here's an easy tip on how to peel squash. If you prefer you can use pre-cut butternut in it's place.