Feb 12, 2016

Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins

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Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins – an easy, make ahead breakfast for the week.

These easy, mini baked omelets are perfect to make ahead for the week.

These muffins are inspired by my recent vacation to Beaches in Ochos Rios Jamaica. Every morning I would get an omelet with fresh fruit. The chef at the omelet station had all his ingredients prepped and quickly whipped up hundreds of omelets each morning to order. I used some of my favorite omelet ingredients but you can switch it up and add whatever you like or have on hand.

Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins – an easy, make ahead breakfast for the week.

If you want to make these for Valentine's Day, you can bake them in heart shaped muffin tins.

Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins – an easy, make ahead breakfast for the week.


Feb 9, 2016

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

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Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables – an easy meal-in-one! Smart Points: 8 Calories: 401



Chicken and vegetables seasoned with sage, rosemary and balsamic vinegar, then baked in the oven. A delicious healthy meal-in-one.

Adapted from my friend Julia of Julia's Healthy Italian. She's a mom of four small kids, with a full time career and an amazing cook. I shared this a few years ago, but since I've made some minor changes to the original recipe. This is an easy weeknight dish, with quick easy prep. If you want to add a grain to the side, quinoa would be great. For easy clean up you can line the tins with foil.


Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables – an easy meal-in-one! Smart Points: 8 Calories: 401


Feb 3, 2016

Baked Sweet Potato Skins

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Baked Sweet Potato Skins – loaded with black refried beans, salsa and cheese. Gluten-free and vegetarian. Smart Points: 5 Calories: 150.5

Superbowl is right around the corner which can only mean one thing… appetizers galore! Even if you’re not watching the game, sometimes it’s just fun to make a meal out of appetizers and dips and wine when you’re with a group of friends. Life doesn't get better!

These sweet potato skins are somewhat healthy, loaded with black refried beans, salsa and cheese. They also happen to be gluten-free and vegetarian for those of you with dietary restrictions. To find smaller sweet potatoes like the ones used here, it's best to buy them in a bag which usually come smaller than the ones sold single.

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

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Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks – Made lighter with part-skim mozzarella then coated with crispy seasoned breadcrumbs and baked (not fried!) until hot and golden. Weight Watchers Smart Points: 3  Calories: 87

Hot mozzarella sticks –  I can't think of a more popular finger food for both kids and adults alike. My oldest daughter Karina LOVES them and these never disappoint! Made lighter with part-skim mozzarella then coated with crispy seasoned breadcrumbs and baked (not fried!) until hot and golden. Serve them with my quick marinara sauce and you have yourself an appetizer everyone will love!

I've revived these from the archives as Superbowl is approaching, these would be a great appetizer. Baking them as opposed to frying and using part skim cheese doesn't effect how good these are. The cheese still melts, see for yourself!

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks – Made lighter with part-skim mozzarella then coated with crispy seasoned breadcrumbs and baked (not fried!) until hot and golden. Weight Watchers Smart Points: 3  Calories: 87

Of course, you'll want to serve them hot right out of the oven, because like any cheese, as they cool they harden fast.

It actually took me several attempts to get these perfect. I played around with different brands of light string cheese to see which yielded the best results. The winner was Sargento part-skim, low-sodium. Although it's not the cheese with the least amount of fat compared to some other brands, it had the best flavor and wasn't as salty as I found some brands to be.

These are freezer friendly, in fact these MUST be frozen before you bake them or you will have one big cheesy mess in your oven so it's best to make them at least a day ahead! The good news is you can bread them all ahead of time then place them on a tray with wax paper and freeze them until you are ready to bake. I then transfer them to ziplock bags, so any time I want to bake a few I just pop them in the oven! I serve them with my marinara sauce or dipping, enjoy!

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks – Made lighter with part-skim mozzarella then coated with crispy seasoned breadcrumbs and baked (not fried!) until hot and golden. Weight Watchers Smart Points: 3  Calories: 87

Feb 2, 2016

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce

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Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce

Love the colors in these FRESH homemade Vietnamese style spring rolls! They are simple to make at home and can be filled with any type of protein and veggies you like. Typically they are also filled with glass noodles, but I left them out (not a fan) and used more veggies instead.

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce – Love the colors in these FRESH homemade Vietnamese style spring rolls! Weight Watchers Smart Points: 4 • Calories: 138 per roll with sauce


The peanut dipping sauce is the real star of the show –  to-die-for! To save time, I bought beautiful cooked shrimp from costco and pre-shredded carrots. The only tricky part is wrapping the rice paper, but after you do one, you get the hang of it (lots of you-tube videos out there). This makes a great appetizer or you can even have a few for lunch.

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce – LOVE the colors in these FRESH homemade Vietnamese style spring rolls! Weight Watchers Smart Points: 4 • Calories: 138 per roll with sauce



Jan 31, 2016

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 15)

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Happy weekend! Sharing week 15 of my weekly dinner plans. I use The Skinnytaste Meal Planner picture below to plan my dinners for the week.

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 15)

A 52-week meal plannerfood tracker and exercise tracker in oneI've included the Smart Points next to the recipes since I am currently on Weight Watchers. Also, if you have The Skinnytaste Cookbook, and currently on Weight Watchers, I have all the Smart Points listed here for your convenience.

If you're new here you can see the older plans below. Meal planning is a great way to get organized before heading to the supermarket to get ready for the week! My breakfast is usually something quick like eggs with fruit, a smoothie or avocado toast. We're a family of four, so if a recipe serves more, it's either packed up for everyone's lunch or eaten the next day as leftovers. If you would like to see some of the previous week's dinner plans, click here.


Monday: Mushroom Stroganoff (Meatless Monday!)
9 Smart Points

Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Rice
11
Smart Points Total

Wednesday: Spiralized Shanghai Beef and Broccoli 

(I used spiralized broccoli stems, look for thick stems)
7 Smart Points

Thursday: Beef Tomato and Acini di Pepe Soup (huge hit in my house!)

with crusty whole wheat bread (5SP + 2 SP 1 oz bread)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Away!