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Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • 8:01 pm Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by Abby Jessen

This week’s recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta from SkinnyTaste is full of flavor, but not full of calories, which is a win-win in any Skinny Dawg kitchen. You’ll get a ton of protein from the chicken which will keep your hunger at bay.

Total Time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 5
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Calories Per Serving: 323.8

8 ounces uncooked linguine (I used Dreamfields)
1 pound chicken breast strips
1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cup fat free low sodium chicken broth
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Chicken and Veggie Pasta

  • 3:23 pm Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 by Abby Jessen

Looking for a little flavor in your weeknight recipes? This week’s Skinny Dawg meal is full of peppers, onions, and other vegetables that are sure to brighten up your mid-week meal. The sauce in this pasta dish compliments the vegetable flavors and seasonings, while remaining light and not overbearing.

Chicken and Veggie Pasta will leave you feeling full, with almost 30 grams of protein and over 6 grams of fiber, guilt-free as it only has 324 calories per serving.

Cook/Prep Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5 (1 1/2 cups per serving)


8 ounces uncooked linguine
1 pound chicken breast strips
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow [More]

Chicken and Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

  • 11:25 am Monday, April 17th, 2017 by Abby Jessen

Looking for something simple, yet flavorful? This week’s Skinny Dawg recipe is just that. With 4 main ingredients, this Chicken and Broccoli-Parmesan Pasta is quick to throw together but gives you all the flavor of a meal that takes twice as much time to prepare. Not only is it quick and easy, it has a ton of protein and even some fiber to keep you full and satisfied after the meal. With only 320 calories per serving, this is definitely a meal that will have your family in disbelief that it is “healthy.”

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


2.5 cups dried whole [More]

Bubble Up Enchiladas

  • 7:51 am Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by Abby Jessen

Everyone loves comfort food, but sometimes a traditional “comfort food” dish is not always the best for your waistline. This week’s Skinny Dawg recipe is low in calories and will satisfy those home cooked cravings. Bubble Up Enchiladas are extremely easy to prepare, and make for a quick weeknight meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


1 pound lean ground turkey
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 16 oz can reduced fat refrigerator biscuits
1 ¼ cups shredded low fat Mexican Cheese

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees
* Brown turkey and drain
* Mix can of enchilada sauce in with cooked turkey and put into greased casserole [More]

Baked Chicken Parmesan

  • 11:45 am Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by Abby Jessen

I absolutely love chicken parmesan, but I don’t love the calories associated with frying the chicken. This version of the classic Italian dish involves baking the chicken which helps to reduce that calorie count. It’s a quick enough dish to serve during the week and can be very kid friendly. I served it with a green veggie medley over a bed of pasta.

Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 piece of chicken
Calories: 251


4 (about 8 oz each) chicken breast, fat trimmed, sliced in half to make 8
3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp butter, melted (or olive oil)
3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1 cup [More]

Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

  • 9:14 am Friday, March 24th, 2017 by Heather

Looking for a way to change up your typical burger for your next grill out? Try this week’s Skinny Dawg recipe for Turkey Burgers with Zucchini. Adding zucchini to the patties makes them extremely juicy and helps to cut down the calories. Serve them as a typical burger with a bun or eat them plain- either way they’re so flavorful!


5 oz grated zucchini
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
¼ cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tbsp grated red onion
1 tsp kosher salt and fresh pepper
Oil spray

Click here for directions.

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

Beef Fried Rice

  • 12:02 pm Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by Heather

This week’s Skinny Dawg recipe for Beef Fried Rice is a take on a classic- fried rice. It’s also a meal that will leave your friends and family in disbelief that it’s low in calories. This meal is quick to get on the table, and as an added bonus, packs a punch of protein to keep you feeling satisfied longer.



1 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 egg, beaten
1lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
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White Bean Caprese Salad

  • 1:47 pm Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 by Heather

This week’s Skinny Dawg recipe can be enjoyed as a side dish or as a lunch salad. It’s extremely easy to throw together and can be refrigerated to enjoy later.

TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes  SERVINGS: 6  Serving Size: 3/4 cup   Calories Per Serving: 142


1 15-oz can Great Northern (or white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
2 ½ oz fresh mozzarella, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 garlic clove, finely minced
¼ tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic glaze

Click here for directions. 

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

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]

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