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Mongolian Beef

  • 10:10 am Thursday, February 15th, 2018 by Heather

Have a craving for a classic Asian dish but don’t want all of the calories? There is a solution! This recipe for Mongolian Beef hits the spot and is only 415 calories per serving (if served over rice). It’s actually pretty quick to whip up and can be served over rice or noodles. The recipe calls for broccoli but I threw in extra green onions instead.


1½ pounds flank steak
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
6 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
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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

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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

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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]

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

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

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