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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



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!!!!


Indian Summer Turkey Chili


Indian Summer Turkey Chili

This is a very great take on normal chili! It has a sweetness to it and a little uuumph that makes it delish! My kids love this, especially when served with tortilla chips. It can also be used as a burrito filling in flour tortillas (whole wheat of course). I love versatile recipes!

Indian Summer Turkey Chili

1 tbsp. EVOO

1 pound ground turkey

2 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. grill seasoning, any blend

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1/2 can or 1 cup beer, any kind

1 14oz can tomato sauce

1/4 c BBQ sauce

1 14oz can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed

1 14oz can black beans, drained & rinsed

1 14oz can chili beans, undrained

1 cup frozen corn

Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium to medium high heat. Add EVOO and ground turkey. Season turkey with chili powder, grill seasoning, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce. Break up meat into small crumbles and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add onions and peppers and cook about another 10 minutes. Add beer to deglaze the pan and cook off alcohol. Add tomato sauce and BBQ sauce. Stir. Add beans and corn. Stir. Bring to a bubble and then simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!!!

Makes 8 servings about 1 cup each

1 serving equals approx: 262 calories, 22g protein, 42g carbs, 2g fat

Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray

Bailee’s lunch… Only 1 more to go!!!


pumpkin muffins, turkey, strawberries, cucumbers

This was Bailee’s lunch today! Whole wheat pumpkin muffins, deli turkey meat, string cheese, strawberries, and cucumbers. Recipe for pumpkins is here: https://heathershomemadekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/mini-pumpkin-muffins/. Yogurt and popcorn is for snack. The popcorn is air popped in a brown paper bag in the microwave. How easy and awesome!! Add a spritz of melted butter or olive oil and some salt and Voila! After today, I only have to pack one more school lunch until next year! Yippy!!