Skinny Dawg 

Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

  • 11:17 am Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Heather

This lightened up version of such a classic dish is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters in your household. Pair the Salisbury steak and mushroom gravy with skinny garlic mashed potatoes or rice for the prefect dinnertime meal.


1 1/2 tsp oil
3/4 cup onions, minced
1 lbs 93% lean ground beef
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1 large egg white
2 cups beef broth
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper, to taste
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, to taste
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 cup water
Chopped parsley for garnish [More]

Peruvian Beef Stir Fry aka LOMO SALTADO

  • 1:09 pm Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Heather

Lomo Saltado is a great twist on your typical meat and potato meal. There is so much flavor happening with the peppers, onions, and steak and the potatoes are a great addition. The presentation is also impressive. At only 309 calories per serving (1/2 of the recipe), this meal is waistline friendly and also filling.


For the Baked Fries:

canola cooking spray
1 medium (5.3 oz) potato, russet or yukon gold, washed and dried
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Beef:

1/2 lb lean sirloin, cut into small, thin strips
kosher salt, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin
black pepper, to [More]

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

  • 9:54 am Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Heather

You can’t go wrong when you combine chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing. You especially can’t go wrong when you combine them into a pasta dish that’s low calorie! This Weight Watchers recipe is easy to throw together and combines these classic comfort food flavors.



1/2 lb whole wheat penne pasta
4 slices bacon, diced
1/2 Tbsp light butter
2 large chicken breast, boneless & skinless, cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 pkg ranch dressing mix ( 1/2 oz)
1 cup fat free milk
1/2 cup fat free shredded cheddar cheese
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped onions


Cook pasta [More]

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

  • 8:48 am Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Heather

It’s always great when you can turn a classic dish into a sandwich to give it a new spin. This week’s recipe for Chicken Parmesan Burgers can be on your table in less than 20 minutes!

TOTAL TIME: 50-55 Min   SERVINGS: 4   Serving Size: One Burger   Calories Per Serving: 324.7


16 oz lean chicken burgers
4 oz part skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup pomodoro sauce (or marinara sauce)
4 rolls such as ciabatta rolls

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Heather Taylor is the Digital Brand Manager for Cox Media Group Athens and is an on-air personality for Magic 102.1. Each Skinny Dawg recipe is prepared, reviewed, and photographed by Heather prior to sharing [More]

Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • 2:37 pm Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Heather

Wish you could enjoy garlic mashed potatoes without all of the guilt? Now you can! This lightened up version from Skinny Taste uses low fat ingredients to transform the classic side dish into a healthy alternative.



4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
¼ cup fat free sour cream
¼ cup fat free chicken broth
2 tablespoons skim milk
1 tbsp light butter
Salt to taste
Dash of fresh ground pepper
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice: parsley, thyme, tarragon

Click here for directions. 

Heather Taylor is the Digital Brand Manager for Cox Media Group Athens [More]

Lasagna Pasta

  • 11:07 am Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 by Heather

Lasagna is often a favorite in many households, but it often comes with a long cook and prep time, a high amount of calories, and a mess to clean up. This week’s Skinny Dawg recipe from takes the age old Italian favorite and lightens it up, cuts down the cook and prep time, AND puts it all in one pot for super easy clean up.

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes  SERVINGS: 8  Calories Per Serving: 395


1 lb bowtie pasta
1 tablespoon cooking spray
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup low fat [More]

Crock-pot Balsamic Pork Roast

  • 9:05 am Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 by Heather

This week’s Skinny Dawg meal would be great for a holiday gathering or a simple week day meal. Served over rice or with a side of mashed potatoes or cauliflower “mashed potatoes”, this recipe for Croc-Pot Balsamic Pork Roast is super flavorful and extremely easy to prepare.


2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast (sirloin roast)
kosher salt, to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon honey

Click here for instructions.

Heather Taylor is the Digital Brand Manager for Cox Media Group Athens and is an on-air personality for Magic 102.1. [More]

Shrimp and Grits

  • 11:31 am Thursday, October 13th, 2016 by Heather

This week’s Skinny Dawg recipe is from and features a southern favorite, Shrimp and Grits. The prep for this meal is ridiculously easy and the outcome is absolutely delicious! The shrimp are full of flavor and are the perfect compliment for the creamy southern grits.

TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes SERVINGS: 4  SERVING SIZE: 1 cup of grits and 10 shrimp CALORIES PER SERVING: 425


2¼ cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1½ cups skim milk
1¼ cup Quick 5-Minute Grits, dry
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup Sharp White Cheddar Blend Shredded Cheese
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 pound raw medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon Old Bay® seasoning
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced [More]


  • 10:52 am Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by Staff Writer

This is a fantastic way to grill chicken. The marinade gives it a TON of flavor and it is really fast to put together. I would recommend marinating the chicken for at least an hour- the longer the better! I served my chicken with fried rice and sauteed asparagus, but it could go with pretty much anything!


1 pound (2) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup low sodium or gluten-free soy sauce
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp light brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes [More]


  • 10:51 am Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Staff Writer

This week’s Skinny Dawg recipe comes to us from the Eat What You Love Everyday cookbook by Marlene Koch and is so simple and fast that you’ll want to have it every week! Did I mention that it’s also delicious, filling, and has minimal cleanup? If you’re a meat and potato lover, this one is right up your ally, and it only has 315 calories per serving!


6 oz lean ground beef
6 oz lean ground pork
½ cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup shredded carrot
1 large egg
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic salt, [More]