popcorn party mix

Popcorn Party Mix 3 tablespoon olive or a neutral oil 6 tablespoons unpopped popcorn kernels 1 cup nuts (I used peanuts) 2 cups bite-sized pretzels, or bigger ones, broken up 1 cup broken-up plain bagel or pita chips, oyster crackers or melba toast 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons dark brown […]

Top 25 Most Popular Skinnytaste Recipes 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the past 12 months, thinking about the journey, challenges, and lessons learned but also to remind myself to be thankful and count my blessings.

2014 had so many highs for me and Skinnytaste – the top of the list was certainly The Skinnytaste Cookbook making the New York Times Best Seller’s List – holy cow!!! I also challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone and face one of my fears… public speaking! Still working on that but I’ve had lots of practice this year with video, TV and radio.

I can’t express how grateful and thankful I am for all of your support. Your comments, emails, the photos you share with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook mean the world to me. None of this would be possible without you, so THANK YOU!

And now the best part…. here are the TOP 25 Most Popular Recipes from 2014 as well as links to the popular posts from previous years.

Top 25 Most Popular Recipes 2013
Top 25 Skinny Recipe 2012
Top 20 Skinnytaste Recipes 2011
Top 20 Skinnytaste Recipes 2010

Top 25 Most Popular Skinny Recipes posted in 2014:

1. Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast
This is so easy, flavorful and practically cooks itself while you’re away!

 
2. Amazing Flourless (Black Bean) Brownies
One person commented “I just made this and I have to say that I am amazed! These aren’t only delicious, they may be the best brownies I have ever made!”

3. Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry
One commenter said “5/5 stars!! delicious meal with the perfect amount of flavor. :)”

4. Three-Cheese Zucchini Lasagna Rolls
Stuffed with zucchini, ricotta and Parmesan, then topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese – delicious, kid friendly and perfect if you want to feed a crowd.

5. Easy Macaroni Casserole
Baked pasta dish made with whole wheat elbows, ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese – a great family friendly dish.

6. Cauliflower Fried “Rice”
A delicious low-carb alternative to rice!

7. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
Slightly modified from the Recipe Girl Cookbook, my husband loves this recipe!!

8. Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad
Delicious, high in fiber and protein all for under 300 calories

9. Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Lemon and Spicy Shrimp
2014 was the year of the zoodle! Swapping zucchini noodles for pasta is my favorite low-carb swap.

10. Skinny Buffalo Chicken Strips
One commenter said: “I am addicted. I have made them 4 times already and cannot get enough!!”

11. Chickpea Quinoa and Avocado Salad
This protein packed vegetarian salad is loaded with fiber and healthy fats!

12. Spaghetti Squash Primavera
Easy, low-carb, gluten-free and perfect for Meatless Mondays!

13. PB&J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Made with just 4 ingredients, (bananas, oats, peanut butter and jelly) these cookies are best eaten warm right out of the oven!

14. Orange Chicken Makeover
Lighter in calories, but you won’t be disappointed, it’s so good!

15. PB2 Flourless Chocolate Brownies
These brownies have no flour, no oil or butter, but they are amazing!

16. Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles for Two
I replaced the noodles with zoodles (zucchini noodles) and the results were fantastic for under 300 calories!!

17. Blueberry Kale Smoothie
Antioxidant rich – trust me, it tastes better than it looks!

18. Quinoa Fiesta Enchilada Bake
My favorite way to eat quinoa!

19. Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad
Amazing and no cooking required!


20. Spiralized Greek Cucumber Salad with Lemon and Feta
Another spiralized favorite!!


21. Picadillo Quesadillo
One word… YUM!


22. Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup
Hearty, kid friendly and delicious!


23. Skinny Garlic Parmesan Fries
Baked with garlic, a little olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper, then sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan and parsley – to die for!

 
24. Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Sometimes the simplest things can be the best – like this salad…


25. Sweet and Spicy Asian Glazed Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
Marinated overnight, grilled and finished with a yummy glaze



Top 25 Most Popular Skinnytaste Recipes 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the past 12 months, thinking about the journey, challenges, and lessons learned but also to remind myself to be thankful and count my blessings.

2014 had so many highs for me and Skinnytaste – the top of the list was certainly The Skinnytaste Cookbook making the New York Times Best Seller’s List – holy cow!!! I also challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone and face one of my fears… public speaking! Still working on that but I’ve had lots of practice this year with video, TV and radio.

I can’t express how grateful and thankful I am for all of your support. Your comments, emails, the photos you share with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook mean the world to me. None of this would be possible without you, so THANK YOU!

And now the best part…. here are the TOP 25 Most Popular Recipes from 2014 as well as links to the popular posts from previous years.

Top 25 Most Popular Recipes 2013
Top 25 Skinny Recipe 2012
Top 20 Skinnytaste Recipes 2011
Top 20 Skinnytaste Recipes 2010

Top 25 Most Popular Skinny Recipes posted in 2014:

1. Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast
This is so easy, flavorful and practically cooks itself while you’re away!

 
2. Amazing Flourless (Black Bean) Brownies
One person commented “I just made this and I have to say that I am amazed! These aren’t only delicious, they may be the best brownies I have ever made!”

3. Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry
One commenter said “5/5 stars!! delicious meal with the perfect amount of flavor. :)”

4. Three-Cheese Zucchini Lasagna Rolls
Stuffed with zucchini, ricotta and Parmesan, then topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese – delicious, kid friendly and perfect if you want to feed a crowd.

5. Easy Macaroni Casserole
Baked pasta dish made with whole wheat elbows, ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese – a great family friendly dish.

6. Cauliflower Fried “Rice”
A delicious low-carb alternative to rice!

7. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
Slightly modified from the Recipe Girl Cookbook, my husband loves this recipe!!

8. Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad
Delicious, high in fiber and protein all for under 300 calories

9. Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Lemon and Spicy Shrimp
2014 was the year of the zoodle! Swapping zucchini noodles for pasta is my favorite low-carb swap.

10. Skinny Buffalo Chicken Strips
One commenter said: “I am addicted. I have made them 4 times already and cannot get enough!!”

11. Chickpea Quinoa and Avocado Salad
This protein packed vegetarian salad is loaded with fiber and healthy fats!

12. Spaghetti Squash Primavera
Easy, low-carb, gluten-free and perfect for Meatless Mondays!

13. PB&J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Made with just 4 ingredients, (bananas, oats, peanut butter and jelly) these cookies are best eaten warm right out of the oven!

14. Orange Chicken Makeover
Lighter in calories, but you won’t be disappointed, it’s so good!

15. PB2 Flourless Chocolate Brownies
These brownies have no flour, no oil or butter, but they are amazing!

16. Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles for Two
I replaced the noodles with zoodles (zucchini noodles) and the results were fantastic for under 300 calories!!

17. Blueberry Kale Smoothie
Antioxidant rich – trust me, it tastes better than it looks!

18. Quinoa Fiesta Enchilada Bake
My favorite way to eat quinoa!

19. Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad
Amazing and no cooking required!


20. Spiralized Greek Cucumber Salad with Lemon and Feta
Another spiralized favorite!!


21. Picadillo Quesadillo
One word… YUM!


22. Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup
Hearty, kid friendly and delicious!


23. Skinny Garlic Parmesan Fries
Baked with garlic, a little olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper, then sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan and parsley – to die for!

 
24. Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Sometimes the simplest things can be the best – like this salad…


25. Sweet and Spicy Asian Glazed Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
Marinated overnight, grilled and finished with a yummy glaze



What I Got Marlboro Man for Christmas

I made a passing reference last week to a gift I’d gotten Marlboro Man that began with the letter “C.” Many of you put forth many different guesses (and at least one of you got it right!) Now that Christmas is over and surprises are all out in the open, I thought I’d reveal what the gift was. But first… It wasn’t a car. It wasn’t chaps. It wasn’t a coat. It wasn’t cologne. It…

roasted grape and olive crostini

Roasted Grape and Olive Crostini I couldn’t resist using a pretty mix of olives and grapes, but, honestly, my favorite combination to use here are purple grapes and kalamata olives, seedless and pitted, respectively are ideal. I make it with fresh rosemary and ricotta, but other herbs and cheese would work here, such as thyme […]

roasted grape and olive crostini

Roasted Grape and Olive Crostini I couldn’t resist using a pretty mix of olives and grapes, but, honestly, my favorite combination to use here are purple grapes and kalamata olives, seedless and pitted, respectively are ideal. I make it with fresh rosemary and ricotta, but other herbs and cheese would work here, such as thyme […]

What I Got Marlboro Man for Christmas

I made a passing reference last week to a gift I’d gotten Marlboro Man that began with the letter “C.” Many of you put forth many different guesses (and at least one of you got it right!) Now that Christmas is over and surprises are all out in the open, I thought I’d reveal what the gift was. But first… It wasn’t a car. It wasn’t chaps. It wasn’t a coat. It wasn’t cologne. It…

Cinnamon Rolls with Teenagers

I don’t know why I’ve spent all these years churning out cinnamon rolls alone…       When all this time, I could have enlisted an army of teenagers!       Yesterday, Hyacinth, my sister Betsy, and I wanted to get together and make cinnamon rolls as we have in Christmases past, and since our girls wanted to get together with a couple of their other friends, we used it as an opportunity to…

Quick Mussels Fra Diavolo

Less than 15 minutes!

Mussels in a spicy red marinara sauce – simple and elegant, best served with lots of whole wheat crusty bread for dipping into the delicious sauce.

Seafood on Christmas Eve is a holiday family tradition. This can be served as an appetizer with bread for dipping or over pasta as a main dish or even over zoodles to keep it low carb. I usually use my own homemade marinara sauce (I never use jarred sauce) when I make this, but I tried this with Delallo's Pomodoro Fresco and I have to say I was very impressed, and so was my husband! It tastes just like my homemade sauce and this dish came together in less than 15 minutes.

If you've never made mussels before, you'll be surprised how easy this dish is. The mussels should be alive when you purchase and cook them. Any mussels that are cracked should be discarded, and any mussels that don't open after cooking should also be tossed.

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fairytale of new york

Fairytale of New York Adapted from Dave Mitton of The Harbord Room in Toronto, via Imbibe Magazine This is essentially a winter spiced old-fashioned, a really wonderful variation on it for this time of year. The mulled simple syrup will make you home smell heavenly. I fudged the ingredients a little, using a whole apple […]