Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 8)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 8)

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I enjoyed mine with family at my Moms house and have been enjoying the warm November weather we're having.

This is week eight (8) of sharing my weekly dinner plans since launching The Skinnytaste Meal Planner. I've had such positive feedback from all of you that I will be doing this every Sunday.

I got an early Christmas present (an Instant Pot) which I am excited to start using, first thing I plan on making is Pressure Cooker Pozole which I added to my meal plan for next week. If you have an Instant Pot I would love to hear what you make in yours!

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 8)

I also started doing a running streak which I do every year after Thanksgiving. Today is day 2 of my #runningstreak. I am committing myself to run at least 2 miles every day until 2016. Who's with me?

And lastly, since this is the time of year when many of us pack on a few unwanted pounds, I wanted to let you know that Skinnytaste dietitian (and my close friend) Heather K. Jones will be releasing a free weight loss class on January 1st. Heather is dedicated to helping people succeed and she will help you transform your mindset about dieting to achieve weight loss freedom … no guilt, shame or self-hate required. Her loving approach is a game-changer in the world of weight loss. Go here to sign up for her free weight loss class, that way, once the holiday celebrations have ended, you can resolve to start the new year off right!

More about the dinner plan…

Breakfast is usually eggs and fruit, smoothies or avocado toast. I try to do my food shopping on Sundays, but you can do what works best for you. Leftovers are often eaten the next day if the meal is large or packed up for everyone's lunch. If you would like to see some of the previous weeks, here they are:

Dinner Plan Week 1

Dinner Plan Week 2

Dinner Plan Week 3

Dinner Plan Week 4

Dinner Plan Week 5

Dinner Plan Week 6    

Dinner Plan Week 7

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 8)

Monday:  Pasta Fagiole

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken

Thursday: Pressure Cooker Pozole (Pork and Hominy Stew)

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night with Quick Marinara Sauce

Saturday: Date Night

Sunday: Chicken Cordon Bleu with a house salad

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Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Now that the Thanksgiving dinner is done with it's time to get to the fun part, enjoying the leftovers in tasty new dishes! I am a big fan of grilled cheese sandwiches and I was thinking that it would be nice to make a Thanksgiving leftover grilled cheese sandwich except instead of using slices of bread, why now use the stuffing/dressing? The basic idea was to press the leftover stuffing/dressing down into the pan in the basic shape of a slice of bread, top it with cheese, leftover roast turkey, cranberry sauce etc. and grill it up until the cheese has melted and the outsides are nice and golden brown and slightly crispy! I was thinking that the whole idea was based on the stuffing/dressing as bread so it was not going to hold up that well so why not sprinkle even more cheese on the outside so that it would melt and caramelize and hold the 'bread' together a bit more. Even with all of the cheese holding this grilled cheese sandwich together it's still going to be one monstrous sandwich that is eaten with a knife and a fork! I topped the Thanksgiving leftover grilled cheese sandwich off with some gravy and cranberry sauce and a side of garlic mashed potatoes making for one really tasty lunch for the day after Thanksgiving!

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Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata

Frittatas are a great way to use up leftovers!

Leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, spinach and Gruyere cheese – trust me, you'll want to save some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving because this breakfast frittata is SOO good!

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata – a great way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving! I am reviving this from the archives for those of you who have leftover turkey!!

When I had the idea of using leftover turkey and sweet potato in a fritatta, I had no idea just how good this would turn out! In fact, I would make turkey again, just to make this frittata. Frittatas are so versatile, you could of course use leftover chicken breast instead, or swap the Gruyere for another cheese, the spinach for kale, etc. This is naturally gluten-free, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a salad on the side. Hope you enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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The ABC’s of Thankfulness by Ree

thanksgivingree2I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again now: I take the concept of Thanksgiving literally! It ain’t just about the stuffing for me.

Here’s what I’m thankful for this year…in alphabetical order.

mealexAlex. My oldest child. My first baby. I’m thankful she was my first foray into motherhood.

bman2Bryce. He was my only baby born without anesthesia. He was my first son. We got his name from a printout of Scottish baby names we found on the internet. He’s animated, serious, and strong like an ox. I love him so much.

charliereesmallCharlie. He gave us a scare recently. I’m so glad he’s better. Everyone says this about their beloved dog…but he’s so much more than a dog.

dad2Dad. My dad is silent, sweet, and strong. He retired from medicine this month and I’m thankful he’s healthy and can enjoy the next chapter in his life.

ednamaeEdna Mae. Marlboro Man’s grandmother is our last living grandparent, but we cherish her for her sense of humor, her support, and her love for family.

faithFaith. I don’t know why I have it, why I’ve always had it, why I’ve always leaned on it, why it is important to me. I just know I’m thankful for it. It’s everything.

gagasmallbGaGa. She’s been gone almost three years exactly, but her legacy of joy lives on. Whenever I think of her, tears well up in my eyes. For awhile I confused this with sadness, but I’ve finally figured out it’s her love just bubbling over. There was so much of it, it overflowed.

herefordsHerefords. They’re cute.

cinnamonicecreamIce cream. It’s gotten me through some really hard times. Ha.

irishcoffeeJava. What can I say? There’ve been times in my life when I’ve stepped away from chocolate, from wine, from bread, and from sugar. But I’ve never, ever stepped away from coffee. It’s a legalized stimulant and it brings me joy.

kanes2Kanes. Hyacinth and I are best friends, of course, but our children are even better friends. And our in-laws were best friends. And their parents were best friends. And their parents were friends, too! Five generations of good times, understanding, and support (except that one time Marlboro Man’s great grandfather punched Hyacinth’s great grandfather-in-law; but they eventually made up)…that’s definitely something to be thankful for.

chaps2Ladd. We’ve been married nineteen years and it ain’t gettin’ old. He supports my cookbooks, cooking show, cookware, and any other hairbrained idea that I come up with…and he’d rather be home with the kids and me than anyplace else.

geeMom. She’s a cheerleader, a breath of fresh air, and she loves her kids and grandkids more than anything.

grammieNan. I hit the jackpot in the mother-in-law department, and I give thanks for this daily.

prairie.jpgOklahoma. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. It’s my home!

paige4Paige. Alex was my first, but Paige was my second…and because I knew what I was doing, I enjoyed her so much as a baby. She’s creative and involved, and I’m thankful I get to watch her evolve.

quinoaQuinoa. Especially when it’s stirred into warm butter, cream, and brown sugar. And cream. And butter. And brown sugar. And a little vanilla. With a splash of cream. I love healthy food!

chuck2Relatives. From my father-in-law Chuck to my sister-in-law Missy to my two aunts to my husband’s second cousins…I’m thankful we are surrounded by loved ones that would drop everything if we needed them.

betsSister. I can’t imagine life without Bets. She’s a friend, a compass, a touchstone.

Image (20) 14342662912_0884b8f8da_z.jpg for post 6933Todd. I didn’t mean to have him. OOPS! But UGH UGH UGH, I can’t imagine not having had him. He’s perfect. No, really…he is!

flagUnited States. We’ve got our issues, but boy, do we have our strengths.

vanillabeanVodka. Just kidding. Velveeta. Just kidding again. I think. Vanilla Beans! Yep. I use ’em enough, I should be thankful for their existence. But I like Velveeta, too. And I like Vodka, too. Oh, and Vanilla Vodka isn’t bad. I’ll stop now.

walter1WALTER. You live in Charlie’s shadow, but you know we love you, you big pookie-head.

Xylophones. I like the way they sound. (It was either this or X-rays.)

You. Whether you’ve been here from the beginning of my blog (almost ten years ago!) I love and appreciate you.

Zucchini Noodles. They’re sweeping the nation!

Feel free to shout out something you’re particularly thankful for this year!

Lots and lots of love,

Pioneer Woman

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Ginger

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Ginger – an easy, colorful side dish.

An easy side dish that would make a delicious and beautiful addition to your Holiday table!

Madison, my youngest daughter loves raw carrots. She gets them in her lunch box every single day, so when she saw these rainbow carrots in Trader Joe's, she couldn't believe carrots came in so many colors so I had to buy them for her to taste. The colors are just gorgeous, but you can also use orange carrots for this recipe.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Ginger

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parsley pecorino biscuits

parsley pecorino biscuits

This was my first summer having a garden and it coincided with the summer I hatched a new human and the themes of both keep blurring together: The goofy pride in growing things from seed. The occasionally overwhelming feeling that there are so many things and they’re all very hungry and counting on you to fix this. The twinge of sadness as they look less sprout-y and more robust. The urgency to not squander any of this.


what you'll need (plus some bonus herbs)

With that in mind, there’s the fact that a very warm fall has meant that instead of this garden looking near collapse, it’s going strong and the four billowing pots of herbs that remain are pressuring me to do something great with them before they meet their imminent frosty demise. Fried sage leaves on everything! Crisp rosemary flatbread all the time! Minced chives on every dish! Parsley… I mean, I like tabbouleh and all, but there’s no way I’m going to get through this. Let’s not pretend this made a huge dent, but 5 sprigs down is a respectable effort, right?

cutting in the butter

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Pumpkin Butter Tarts with Pepitas and Cranberries

Pumpkin Butter Tarts with Pepitas and Cranberries

When it came time to plan my Thanksgiving dessert this year I knew exactly what I wanted, these pumpkin butter tarts! Butter tarts are a Canadian tart with a light and flaky pastry crust filled with a mixture of butter, sugar, and eggs that is baked until the filling is set and either semi solid or still a bit runny. Normally I make butter tarts for the Christmas holiday season but this year I thought that I would try making a fall seasonal variety and add pumpkin to the filling! Butter tarts can be made plain or you can add nuts like walnuts or pecans and/or raisins but for these pumpkin butter tarts I went with toasted pumpkin seeds, pepitas, and dried cranberries instead. These butter tarts start out with an all butter pie crust pastry and I went with a slightly different version of the filling substituting half of the brown sugar with maple syrup which is something that I like to do with my regular butter tarts, along with the addition of the pumpkin puree. These pumpkin butter tarts turned out even better than expected! They are quite simply divine! The pumpkin, pepita and cranberry flavours work so amazingly well with the butter tarts flavours and lets not forget those fantastically light and flaky pastry crusts!

The only problem is that I have already polished off two batches of them all by myself and I'm going to have to make a few more batches! No, wait, that's not a problem at all! 🙂

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Roasted Potatoes in Creamy Mushroom and Miso Sauce

Roasted Potatoes in Creamy Mushroom and Miso Sauce

Looking for one more side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than these roasted potatoes in creamy mushroom and miso sauce! They are super easy to make and oh so tasty and good! You just need to roast the baby potatoes, and baby potatoes roast quickly, make a simple and delicious mushroom sauce and toss them together! The creamy mushroom sauce is packed full flavour with garlic, thyme, parmesan and miso paste for that hit of umami flavour! These roasted potatoes in creamy mushroom and miso sauce are sure to be a hit with whatever you are serving!

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Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

These sweet potatoes are sliced and roasted in the oven, then drizzles with balsamic and topped with parmesan and fresh herbs. They can be enjoyed as a side dish for eight, or as a meatless main for four people.

My husband loves sweet potatoes (loaded with butter) but I prefer mine more on the savory side, such as this. I had this for lunch over some baby greens and felts satisfied, but this would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table if you would like to serve this as a side.

Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

And speaking of Thanksgiving, I know the holidays can be a stressful time. Between traveling, extra calories being consumed and stress of having to take care of so many people, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.

That's why I find it's so important to take care of myself during this time of year. In addition to making healthy and delicious food, I started tracking my points on Weight Watchers again and I hit the gym to work out any stress. It's a guaranteed way to feel great, quickly.

And when I can't make it to the gym, I love to do my friend, Erin's at home Shrink Session program. Erin believes that movement in your body creates movement in your life and her workouts are SO MUCH FUN! (Not to mention powerful!) 

She is doing a free week-long Challenge that I do every year and love! She will be giving you short, fun workouts that are designed to lift you up, mind, body and spirit. I can't recommend it enough. You can sign up here!

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Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Although the turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving meal, I find that I spend more time planning the side dishes. There is only so much that you can do with the turkey so I spend a lot of my creativity coming up with exciting and tasty side dishes. I do try to restrain myself a bit though as the Thanksgiving dinner is already really big and it requires a lot of time and effort to make. As a general rule of thumb, I try to go with one green vegetable and one potato or squash side dish and then maybe one or two others and the sky is the limit for the extras! Sometimes it is nice to go with old favourites or maybe a new take on a classic and I like to try at least a few completely new dishes every year.

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