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Tomato Au Gratin-  166 calories

Tomato Au Gratin- 166 calories

This Tomato Au Gratin is incredible! A family member dropped off a big box of fresh tomatoes right before I left town for a week. What was I to do? These ruby globes were destined to go to waste. So I did what any good chef would do, I got creative! I made a single … Continue reading »

Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese- 181 calories

Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese- 181 calories

  Yep, you read correctly, Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese! This recipe originally came about when my daughter asked for some macaroni and cheese, but I didn’t have enough pasta. I added some quinoa to the dish and instantly wondered why I hadn’t been “sneaking” it in all along. I tried many different variations to get … Continue reading »

Strawberry Spinach Salad- 313 calories

Strawberry Spinach Salad- 313 calories

This delicious easy salad can be made in just a handful of minutes and also makes for a great picnic! So grab your Picnic Basket and read the special instructions below for an easy, delicious outside meal. Strawberries, spinach and walnuts all boost metabolism! Lose Weight By Eating is all about making your food work for … Continue reading »

A Collection of Skinny Salad Dressings

A Collection of Skinny Salad Dressings

Every time I visit the grocery store I see a minimum of two people staring at rows and rows of preservative filled salad dressings. I want to shout out to them “you already have everything to make salad dressing at home.” So put aside the dressings that will stay good for a year and make … Continue reading »

Mediterranean Bacon Tomato Pizza- 269 calories

Mediterranean Bacon Tomato Pizza- 269 calories

Many of my recipes come from grabbing what I have and working it into an old favorite recipe. My naan pizza was the “old favorite” and what “I had” was turkey bacon and tomatoes. You can get the Naan at Trader Joe’s, it’s all natural as is anything in the store that they put their name … Continue reading »

Heavenly Orzo Salad and Champagne

Heavenly Orzo Salad and Champagne

I have been “training” I guess you could call it, waiting to see if I get a call back from the show I applied to called Food Network Star. I made this in under 30 minutes and it was delicious! After a 30 minute cooking sprint I need a little bubbly to accompany my lunch, … Continue reading »

Veggie Packed Stuffing – 186 calories

Veggie Packed Stuffing – 186 calories

This recipe is from my monthly column at North County LIFE, a local newspaper. I had requests to share it here, what a wonderful idea! Here for all of you is my newest recipe. Veggie Packed Stuffing The key here is this dish is 50% bread and 50% fruits and vegetables, cutting the calories and … Continue reading »

Avocado Quesadilla- 358 calories

Avocado Quesadilla- 358 calories

I love avocado and Greek yogurt so much I create meals around them and when I get to combine them I am over the moon excited! This is fast and delicious and unlike my delicious Grilled Avocado Sandwich I can also indulge in my favorite Greek yogurt. So enough about my love affair with super foods, … Continue reading »

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich- 330 calories

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich- 330 calories

This has become my new favorite sandwich, I was inspired by my local sandwich shop that I work from regularly. They make an amazing version of this sandwich that I could (but shouldn’t) eat everyday, so I made this skinny version that I can have everyday. This to me is like having Thanksgiving everyday of … Continue reading »

Green Goddess Pesto Wraps- 112 calories

Green Goddess Pesto Wraps- 112 calories

These Green Goddess Pesto Wraps are fantastic, light and flavorful. If you are having a get together with the gals this is a must have, it’s the perfect finger food that won’t ruin a manicure. Looking for more fancy wraps? Check out my Temple Wraps, all my girlfriends are mad for them! Rummaging through my … Continue reading »

Temple Wraps- 250 calories

Temple Wraps- 250 calories

I get messages all the time saying “I just went overboard and had 2 slices of cake, what do I do?” or “I have been bad all weekend and am worried about weigh in day, what do I do?” these questions are always answered the same way, drink as much water as you can, and … Continue reading »

Caprese Sandwich Melt- 267 calories

Caprese Sandwich Melt- 267 calories

I went to the store and Heirloom Tomatoes were on sale, is there anything better than a juicy tomato on a hot summer day? These are easy and fast, make them for lunch or a snack or make on a sliced baguette for a great appetizer. Congratulations to Jules P. for having the best name … Continue reading »

Caprese Sandwich Snack- 80 calories

Caprese Sandwich Snack- 80 calories

This beats the pants off  of any 100 calorie snack pack out there! Basil has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a natural antibiotic, the cheese has calcium for strong bones and the tomatoes have shown to prevent certain types of cancer and prevent wrinkles! So this not only fills you up, but it keeps you … Continue reading »

Veggie and Bean Salad- 148 calories

Veggie and Bean Salad- 148 calories

I adapted this recipe from my favorite cookbook Pretty Delicious, I changed up some of the ingredients but kept the dressing which is amazing . It is not often that my husband does this, but he exclaimed after one bite of this “you need to put this in your blog” so this one is for … Continue reading »

Caliente Baked Potato- 420 calories

Caliente Baked Potato- 420 calories

As you may have seen in many of my posts, I am over the moon for foods that will boost my metabolism. This is a good one, the jalapeno, yogurt and beans all boost your metabolism for a sexy, lean new you… with a full belly too I wasn’t sure what to call this meal, … Continue reading »

Angel Eggs- 43 calories

Angel Eggs- 43 calories

I had a dozen hard-boiled eggs come Easter afternoon so I made some yummy low calorie deviled eggs. This only takes about 5 minutes if you already have the eggs hard-boiled. I swapped out the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt and no one could tell the difference! If you usually use Miracle Whip in your Deviled … Continue reading »

Basil and Parmesan Pasta- 332 calories

Basil and Parmesan Pasta- 332 calories

This is one of those fast pantry meals where I pull out a couple of items and toss everything together. This meal is light and delicious, use the best extra virgin olive oil you can find you want the wonderful peppery flavor on your pasta. This also makes a great side dish! Did you know … Continue reading »

Double Baked Cheesy Potatoes- 143 calories

Double Baked Cheesy Potatoes- 143 calories

Baked potatoes are one of my favorite lunches. They are cheep, easy and fast, plus the topping choices are endless. I had some left over chicken for this recipe, if you don’t just read below for my favorite pulled chicken recipe. These make a great side dish for dinner and are so low in calories … Continue reading »

Cheesy Pretzel Dogs- 170 calories

Cheesy Pretzel Dogs- 170 calories

These are great for an on-the-run lunch, they are easy to eat while on the road and the kids really love them. Use whatever hot dogs you prefer but please try to go organic or at the very least nitrate free, you are worth a few extra bucks to have a healthier version! This is … Continue reading »

Chicken Strips and Fries- 245 calories

Chicken Strips and Fries- 245 calories

My daughter loves Chicken Nuggets, there is a reason that there are bags of chicken nuggets shaped like zoo animals in the freezer section of the grocery store. It’s not just that kids love them, it’s because they make it easy for an overwhelmed parent to toss something on the table for the kiddos. We … Continue reading »

Homemade Wheat Bread- 77 calories

Homemade Wheat Bread- 77 calories

This recipe is so easy, and uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. If your family is finicky about wheat bread start slow, use 1/3 wheat flour and 2/3 white flour and each time you make it add more and more wheat until they notice. I started on my bread baking journey with … Continue reading »

Piggies in Blankets- 55 calories

Piggies in Blankets- 55 calories

My daughter and I had a picnic to go to, so I thought to myself “what food do all kids love?” Hot dog was the first thing I thought of, and because these are little kids, piggies in blankets were both fun for me to make and fun for them to eat. I was inspired … Continue reading »

Perfect Game Day Nachos- 284 calories

Perfect Game Day Nachos- 284 calories

I had some left over Taco fixings and a craving for nachos so I made these today and they were delicious! If you need some left over taco fixings look up my Spicy Taco recipe (there is a “Search” bar to the right). This would be great for the Superbowl or just for a weeknight dinner. … Continue reading »

Homemade Mac and Cheese- 310 calories

Homemade Mac and Cheese- 310 calories

Who doesn’t love Mac and Cheese? Most “diets” have this on the no-no list but that’s cruel, so I worked on a low cal version inspired by Candice Kumai’s Platinum Mac and Cheese and came up with a tasty, low cal, high protein version that is great as a main dish or a side dish. My … Continue reading »