Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Sweet Plantains

These sweet plantains are baked in the oven and then stuffed with a savory turkey picadillo filling and topped with cheese – pretty hard to resist! Similar to a Puerto Rican Pastelón which is really more of a plantain lasagna, instead these are made as individual boats which are easy to make, filling and perfect as a main dish.

If you’re not very familiar with plantains, they are similar to bananas only they need to be cooked. Green plantains are usually meant for salty chips or tostones, but when the plantains are very ripe, almost black, that’s when they are at their sweetest! That’s what you want here, not yellow because they won’t be sweet and soft enough. They should be soft and the skin almost black (see photo below in the directions).

The recipe calls for 6, but as you see here I made the full amount of picadillo and only baked two, and froze the meat for another day. So if you are worried this makes too much, you can easily make what you need and freeze the rest. Hope you enjoy!

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15 Sep 2014
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Applesauce Nut Bread

Moist cinnamon apple bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It’s so moist and delicious, you won’t believe it’s low fat!

I’m going apple picking tomorrow upstate New York and I am totally planning on making my crock pot applesauce and this awesome applesauce bread so I thought I would revive this from the archives for anyone else out there who might also be apple picking. The scent of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven all morning makes my kitchen smell like Fall.

You can also make this with store bought apple sauce, but it is so much better with homemade so if you have lots of apples, I highly recommend you do so. I’ve made this with and without the apple chunks, but I love the extra sweetness and moistness the chunks add to the bread, I highly recommend them. Be sure to dice them small so they cook through.

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12 Sep 2014
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Skinny Garlic Parmesan Fries

These delicious fries are baked in the oven with garlic, a little olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper, then sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan and parsley – to die for!

Inspired by a night out with friends, my girlfriend ordered something very similar although fully fried and I couldn’t stop eating them – I knew I had to make them at home!

Yesterday I set out to see if I can recreate them, and luckily I had a houseful of people who helped me taste test them. BIG HIT with everyone in my house!! You don’t miss the fact that they are not fried at all, and the garlic smells amazing while it’s baking in the oven. I listed them here as 1 serving which is basically one potato per person, but you could share them if you were serving them as a side.

I made two batches and baked them on two baking sheets because the key to making them crisp is to make sure they all lay flay on the baking sheet, you don’t want to crowd the pan.

To cut them, I used my mandolin and sliced them into 1/4-inch thick slices. Then I took a knife and sliced them into 1/4 inch thin strips. If you cut them thicker you’ll have to adjust the cooking time. Next time I may try my paderno slicer and see how they work out spiralized.

And for those of you who are scared of potatoes, I just want to remind you potatoes are good for you! They are rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium, which are all listed as shortfall nutrients in the American diet. Plus, they are naturally gluten free and part of a clean eating diet!

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09 Sep 2014
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The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Get a 19-Page Bonus Pack, a 4-Week Dinner Plan Plus 3 New Bonus Recipes with Pre-Order

It’s hard to believe in only a few weeks The Skinnytaste Cookbook will be hitting the bookstores – I’m beyond excited!! And have I mentioned how grateful I am for all your support?

Well this week, as an added bonus (and a thank you to all of you who have already pre-ordered the book!), if you pre-order The Skinnytaste Cookbook BEFORE September 30th, I will send you a FREE 19-page bonus pack with a 4-week dinner plan, a weekly shopping list, an early look at a few of the recipes from the book plus 3 new exclusive recipes that do not live on skinnytaste.com or in the cookbook:

Slow Cooker Harissa Chicken Tacos  (my new favorite taco!)
Lemon Basil Skillet Chicken 
(so quick and easy!)
Roasted Pork Loin with Garlic, Dijon, and Herbs
(succulent and delicious)

Here’s a sample of the first week’s shopping list:

All you have to do is pre-order the book from your retailer of choice (see links here) and send your proof of purchase to skinnytaste@penguinrandomhouse.com

If you already sent your proof of purchase the first time around, no need to do anything! You will automatically get this emailed to you this week!!

07 Sep 2014
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50 Light and Healthy Soup Recipes

Easy, delicious and low in calories!

Here’s a great roundup of 50 easy, healthy, low-calorie soup recipes made with real food!

Fall is fast approaching and you know what that means…we’re looking for more comforting food to make for our family.  And what’s more comforting than a bowl of soup? Here’s a roundup of some of my most popular soup recipes, most of them are freezer friendly and make great leftovers! Enjoy!

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup the BEST Minestrone soup recipe you’ll ever try!

Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup is an easy, kid-friendly soup and a great way to warm up on a cold winter night. One large bowl is under 300 calories and very satisfying…

This delicious Chicken and Lentil Soup is perfect for warming your belly on chilly fall evenings. What’s more, it’s easy to make, economical and very satisfying…

Dad’s Creamy Cauliflower Soup is EASYonly 5 ingredients! You’ll have yourself a warm, delicious bowl of soup that is so light you can serve this as a first course for dinner or with a half sandwich for lunch…

Creamy Corn Soup with Queso Fresco and Cilantro doesn’t use any cream, instead it’s simmered in low fat milk and thickened with a potato.  Once pureed it’s thick, velvety AND delicious…

Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup is creamy, rich, light and perfect for cooler fall days…

If you love a slow cooker recipe that requires no pre-cooking, then you’ll love this Crock Pot Picante Chicken and Black Bean Soup…

My favorite way to use up leftover ham or a ham bone is with this Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

The beauty of this Chicken, Shitake and Mushroom Wild Rice Soup is you don’t need all the cream. Rice is a natural thickener for soups and it actually gets thicker the longer it sits…

As pumpkin season approaches, this Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup is the perfect first course for any meal. Use a hollowed out pumpkin as a bowl for a beautiful presentation…

Leftover turkey is delicious in turkey pot pie and even better in Turkey Pot Pie Soup
If you’re a mushroom lover like me, you’ll love this simple savory Chicken Mushroom Soup that takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish…

Creamy white bean soup, with roasted garlic and a touch of sage, Tuscan White Bean and Roasted Garlic Soup is simple and inexpensive to make, and so so good. Leftovers can be frozen…

Warm and satisfying, with tortellini in every bite. Top this Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup with some fresh shaved Parmigiano Reggiano right before serving…

Kale and Potato Soup with Turkey Sausage is a meal in a bowl and kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around…


Beef Barley Soup is perfect for the cooler evenings as we head into fall.  It’s a one pot meal that’s really simple to make…

My daughter LOVES this Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs it makes a lot, which makes is perfect to make ahead and freeze in portions for lunch or dinner for the month…
Chicken Pot Pie Soup…the taste of chicken pot pie, in a soup…
Low Fat Creamy Mushroom Soup is a velvety mushroom soup low in fat, yet rich in flavor…
Baby carrots, a hint of fresh ginger and a touch of sour cream are blended to create this simple yet tasty Skinny Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup.  Perfect for lunch or dinner…
A great way to sneak some veggies into those picky tummies is with this recipe for Skinny Macaroni and Cheese Soup with Broccoli

Bell peppers, chopped tomatoes and lean ground beef are simmered in broth with onions and garlic, then topped with brown rice…everything you love about stuffed peppers are in this Stuffed Pepper Soup


Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup is a great way to use up leftover turkey…

If you like potato leek soup,  you’ll love this Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

Serve this Roasted Red Kuri Coconut Curry Soup with a piece of garlic naan and you have yourself a meal…
Halibut and Shellfish Soup is a great tasting hearty seafood soup made with halibut, littleneck clams and shrimp….

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup is a one pot meal your whole family will love and leftovers are great for lunch…

Beef, Potato and Quinoa Soup is hearty and perfect for the meat and potato lover in your family…


Turkey Chili Taco Soup kid-friendly, super easy to make and ready in less than 20 minutes…

Everything you love about a baked potato loaded with cheddar, bacon and chives, is in this Baked Potato Soup


This Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup is loaded with potatoes, broccoli and cheese. A one-pot meal your whole family will love, ready in under 30 minutes…
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup is my new favorite way to eat butternut squash and will be yours also after you taste this yummy soup…
Serve this Tomato Bisque Soup with a little fresh basil and some grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Simply delicious…

Black Bean Soup is hearty and super high in fiber.  It’s perfect topped with low fat sour cream and fresh chopped herbs such as chives, cilantro or scallions…

Spinach Tortellini en Brodo Soup is great when you want to make a quick one pot meal…


A hearty bowl of this French Onion Soup is a perfect meal for a cool evening. Gruyere is typically used in French Onion, but Alpine Lace is a great reduced fat alternative…

The flavors of leeks and potatoes compliment each other great in this Potato Leek Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup is an excellent source of healthy vitamins and one bowl will fill you up…

Spinach Stracciatella Soup with Orzo is an Italian classic soup that takes less than 20 minutes to make…

If you are an avocado lover like me, you’ll love this Chicken and Avocado Soup


Gazpacho is a chilled soup traditionally from Spain, a perfect way to use up end-of-summer vegetables in your garden…

Cream of Asparagus Soup is perfect as a first course or great for lunch…


Pasta Fagioli Soup is great to make on a chilly Fall weeknight because it’s super quick and easy to prepare…

This hearty Cabbage Soup with Chicken and Pork is loaded with vegetables and meat…

Colombian Chicken Sancocho is a hearty soup, almost like a stew and is a traditional dish in the region of Antioquia, Colombia…


Clam Chowder Lightened Up is thick and creamy without all the added fat…

ONLY 5 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper) is all it takes to make this quick, easy, delicious Cream of Zucchini Soup

This slimmed down version of Cream of Broccoli Soup is quick and easy to put together…

Butternut Squash Soup is smooth and velvety, perfect Fall soup!

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup a fun twist on a Classic Irish dish…




06 Sep 2014
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Chia Watermelon Fresca

A refreshing chilled healthy beverage

If you’ve ever had a Mama Chia beverage and enjoyed it, then I think you will love this drink! The chia seeds in this refreshing watermelon beverage adds a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants, omega-3s, dietary fibers, as well as complete protein, calcium and magnesium.

So many people are sharing pumpkin recipes this week, but it’s in the 80′s here in New York, and I’m still in denial that summer is coming to an end. I’ve been making this beverage all summer, and thought I would share it with you today – enjoy!

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03 Sep 2014
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BBQ Chicken Chili

A delicious twist on traditional chili – shredded chicken, beans and BBQ sauce are simmered in one big pot which has just a touch of sweetness that makes this meal Seriously Delish!

I’m sharing this wonderful chili recipe from my friend Jessica of How Sweet It Is, who just came out with her first cookbook – Seriously Delish.  I’ve always loved reading Jessica’s blog, she’s adorable and her book is just as fun to read, filled with beautiful photos and tons of great recipe ideas.

I really wanted to make everything in her book, but I figured since it’s September, and the kids are back to school, this chili is perfect. A hearty, one pot meal that makes enough for several meals and leftovers are perfect to pack for lunch or can be frozen for another day. I didn’t make any changes to her recipe, they only thing I adjusted was the serving size – I found 1 cup to be filling and the perfect portion size.

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01 Sep 2014
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Asian Farro Medley with Salmon

Farro, shiitake mushrooms, and snap peas are sauteed with ginger, garlic and spices and served with wild salmon marinated with honey, lemon and soy sauce. Not only is this dish absolutely delicious, it’s also high in protein, omega-3′s and is ready in about 30 minutes.

I’ve been getting requests for more farro recipes. If you haven’t tried farro, it’s a wonderful ancient grain with a nutty texture that is usually found in health food stores. I buy the pearled variety which takes only about 20 minutes to make, and I actually prefer it over brown rice, especially since it’s ready so quick. If you can’t find farro, you can use brown rice or barley in it’s place.

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27 Aug 2014
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Grilled Veggie Towers with Mozzarella

Eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and bell peppers are marinated in a white balsamic vinaigrette then grilled, stacked and topped with fresh mozzarella. These are DELICIOUS and such a great use of the end of summer’s bounty!

If you prefer to make them indoors, you can also grill the vegetables on a grill pan, then preheat to oven to 350°F, make your vegetable stacks on a baking sheet and melt the cheese in the oven. The vegetables can also be grilled a day ahead and reheated in the oven as well.

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24 Aug 2014
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Raw Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Pesto

I combined all of my favorite end-of-summer garden vegetables and created this simple, raw spiralized zucchini and pesto dish.

I combined all of my favorite end-of-summer garden vegetables and created this simple, raw, vegetarian spiralized zucchini and pesto dish.

As much as I look forward to the Fall, I’m not quite ready for summer to be over. Having fresh herbs at my fingertips is what I’ll miss the most, so I’m taking all my basil and making skinny pesto with it to freeze and use throughout the year.

I’m also going to miss eating zucchini 4 days a week, especially in a zoodle form… although I’m not putting my spiralizer away just yet!! I have lots of fun Fall recipes planned for it, so if you don’t have one, you probably should run out and get one!! (btw, love my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer – the easiest way to make zucchini noodles, sweet potato spirals, carrot ribbons and more!)

And let’s not forget to mention summer tomatoes, this is the best time to eat them!!  One thing I should note if you’re making this for one, I would make the whole batch of pesto, but only spiralize 1 small zucchini and add 1/4 of the pesto. This needs to be eaten right away, if it sits too long it will get watery.

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19 Aug 2014
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