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Skinny Chicken Parmesan


skinnytaste chicken parmesan

I’m Italian so I obviously LOVE Italian cuisine. However, with all the pasta and carbs it can get quite heavy for me. This baked chicken parmesan from skinnytaste.com was absolutely awesome and a lot lighter. I loved it, the hubby loved it and all the kiddos loved it. It will be back on the menu soon! I served it with no pasta (I know, I know, but it was a good portion and didn’t need pasta), garlic green beans and a tossed salad. Delish! Click the link for the recipe so you can enjoy it too! Enjoy!


chicken parmesan with garlic grean beans



Bailee’s Lunches 10/21 through 10/25


Now that I am back from vacation and my kids are back on a schedule and routine, we are back to making healthy lunches! So here we goooooo…….

10-21 and 10-22

Monday Oct 21: Bailee took a tuna salad sandwich (she would eat these every day if I let her!), carrots and cucumbers with dip, grapes and a homemade pumpkin larabar cookie. For snack: a banana and a homemade chocolate chip granola bar. Bailee also took this exact same lunch to school on Tuesday Oct 22 because she didn’t eat any of it on Monday. Evidently she claims she didn’t have any time to eat, but I think she was probably being to chatty. Either way, no food goes to waste, she took it on Tuesday and it all!!


Wednesday Oct 23: Peanut Butter banana pancake sandwich, string cheese, carrots with dip, cantaloupe and a pumpkin larabar cookie. For snack: a banana and Yoplait yogurt (that I rarely ever buy because of the artificial color and flavor).


Thursday Oct 24: Bailee forgot to bring her lunch bag home Wednesday night so today she had to paper bag it. No fun lunch when you forget your bag at school! So she got a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pretzels, and an apple. For snack: a banana. She was pretty disappointed with this lunch, so I have a feeling she won’t be forgetting her lunch bag again anytime soon!


TGIF!! Today Bailee got the other half of her tuna salad from Monday with Ak Mak crackers, salad, cantaloupe and pumpkin larabar cookie. For snack: homemade chocolate chip granola bar and an apple.

Baked Chicken and Green Beans



I recently saw a recipe on Pinterest that looked great, but had some negative reviews regarding flavor and being bland. So I decided to take the ingredients and concept of the recipe and make it my own. It turned out fabulous! The whole gang liked it! The chicken was juicy and the beans were super tender! Enjoy!
Baked Chicken and Green Beans
1 lb chicken (whichever you prefer, I used boneless skinless breasts)
1 lb fresh or frozen green beans
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp dried chopped onion (or a chopped fresh onion, I was out of onions so I just added dried and it was good)
1 tsp dried minced garlic or fresh
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish was olive oil. Add chicken and green beans. You could also add some potatoes chopped small if you like. I had some leftover mashed potatoes I served with this meal.
Pour broth over chicken and beans. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with onion, garlic and Italian seasoning. Cube butter and place on top. Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes.

7 Day Challenge, Day 1!!! Grilled Salmon Packets!!!


So Chad and I are embarking on a 7 day challenge… which means we have to eat perfect for 7 days straight to see what results we can achieve. Just so you know we are currently in weightloss mode. We are trying to lose weight to be in the best health possible for ourselves and our family. Now in our household, eating perfect means taking all our Herbalife products and eating healthy “real” food. So a typical day looks like this:

Breakfast: Herbalife Shake… my breakfast preference is a Vanilla Cappuccino

Lunch: Herbalife Shake… my absolute fav is Strawberry Cheesecake

Snack: Cheese stick and nectarine or Greek yogurt and homemade granola or cottage cheese and apple… you get the idea… eat a protein and a healthy carb.

Dinner: A colorful meal… A protein, lots of veggies and fruit for dessert.

Snack: For night time snacks I like to do a protein and veggies. It’s better to have less sugar before bed. At least for me it is.

There you have it! A perfect day. So the next 7 days I am going to devote to blogging our colorful meals with you. Plus, on Wednesday Aug 14 I will share our results, and I can only imagine how AWESOME they are going to be!

Day 1:

salmon zucchini green beans

Grilled Salmon Packets

4 Salmon fillets (I used the Schwan’s kind today)

2 small zucchinis, sliced

1 lb farm fresh green beans

Italian seasoning

salt and pepper

garlic powder

dried chopped onion


olive oil


4 pieces aluminum foil (large enough to wrap salmon and zucchini)

Place 1 salmon and 1/4 of the sliced zucchini on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Fold ends together to make a packet. Leave a little air in it for the steam to move around.

Repeat with remaining salmon and zucchini.

Place on grill on medium heat. Grill in packet until salmon flakes apart.

For the green beans… Place about a tbsp. of butter and a tbsp. of olive oil in a fry pan and add the green beans. Fry until most of oil and butter is absorbed. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, garlic powder, chopped onion. Toss around and add about 1/2 c of water or so. Bring water to a boil and then reduce to simmer and simmer until water is mostly evaporated about 15 minutes.

I served it with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and pineapple. ENJOY!!!!