Archive for March, 2012

Skinny Easter Sugar Cookies

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

These colorful old-fashioned sugar cookies are crispy, delicate and buttery tasting.  And, I’m using just a small amount of reduced-fat butter combined with canola oil. Each skinny, mini cookie has 37 calories, less than 1 gram of fat and 1 Weight Watchers POINTS. Although I like sugar cookies crispy, if you like them soft, bake […]

Hearty and Yummy, Heart Healthy Oatmeal With Berries

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

There’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of homemade oatmeal in the morning. It fills you up for hours. I’ve added a flavorful step of toasting the oats first before cooking in boiling water.  In addition, I’m adding creamy vanilla soy milk, vanilla, cinnamon and fiber rich berries to create a wonderful flavor. Made this […]

Skinny Honey Baked Ham

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

I love the flavor of a honey baked ham. It’s usually basted in fruit juices and then glazed with a mixture of brown sugar and honey. To make my version skinnier, I started with a precooked, spiral cut ham from Trader Joe’s. Happily, it’s uncured which means nitrate-free! In addition, I’m using much less honey […]

My Top 10 Favorite Springtime Skinny Recipes for 2012

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

It’s spring…Hooray for the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables this time of year.  Springtime also means lighter recipes. I hope you enjoy this collection of some of my favorite spring recipes. Happy Spring!  

A Delicious, Skinny, Fiber Rich Tuna Sandwich You’ll Just Love

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Don’t you just love a good tuna sandwich?  Such a popular sandwich most of us have enjoyed since we were kids.  Many of us think that if we order a tuna sandwich in a restaurant, it’s the healthiest, low fat choice, right?  The fact is, most restaurants prepare it using oil packed tuna and gobs […]

7-up Cake…A Dreamy Vintage Cake Made Skinny

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

This nostalgic cake has been popular since the 1950’s.  It’s a true Southern treat and a soul food favorite.  It’s so moist with just enough lemon-lime flavor without being overpowering.  Adding soda to a cake instead of water creates a light and airy consistency.  I’m starting with a mix and making it skinny by using […]

Fiber Rich Roasted Parsnips, a Healthy Fries Alternative

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Move over French fries… Well not exactly, but these do make a tasty alternative to regular fries.  Although parsnips have been largely ignored in this country, this creamy white root is worth trying.  Their sweet, nutty, peppery flavor can’t be equaled. After a frost, parsnips’ starch turns to sugar making them especially delicious this time […]

Skinny Chili Italiano

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Most Americans love chili! It’s a one pot wonder that’s both hearty and satisfying. This however, is not your typical chili recipe…Not only will chili fans enjoy this, even people who don’t usually like chili seem to like this Italian inspired one.  Most chili is seasoned with chili powder but I’m using Italian dried seasoning, […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 16th, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrated all around the world to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.   The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.  On this day, Irish families would attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.  It began as […]

Skinny Irish Pub Beef Stew

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

This peasant style stew is so delicious, hearty and perfect to make for St. Patrick’s Day or a weekend dinner. I’ve made a skinny version by using lean beef, carrots, onions and potatoes and adding healthy sweet potatoes. These potatoes add a lovely natural sweetness to this savory stew. Adding beer and beef stock creates […]