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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]


  • 10:49 am Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Staff Writer

What better way to enjoy zucchini and squash than with a zesty Zucchini Ranch Pasta? It’s a great vegetarian dish that can be enjoyed on your “Meatless Monday,” or you can throw in some grilled chicken to add a protein punch.


8 ounces whole wheat linguine
½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium zucchini, sliced into thin rounds
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 packet of Hidden Valley buttermilk ranch dressing powdered mix


Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside
In a large bowl, stir together yogurt, Parmesan cheese, and ranch packet
In a large skillet, heat olive [More]


  • 10:46 am Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Does your family have a weekly taco night? “Healthify” Taco Tuesday a bit with these Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps. Not only is this a low calorie meal at only 255 calories per two tacos, you’re also cutting a significant amount of carbs by using lettuce instead of tortillas.


1 pound lean ground turkey
1 tsb garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp oregano
½ small onion, minced
¾ cup water
4 oz can tomato sauce
8 large lettuce leaves from Iceberg lettuce

Click here for recipe instructions. 

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


  • 10:44 am Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Staff Writer

This week’s Skinny Dawg recipe is a great substitute for French fries which are typically fried in a ton of oil. These Skinny Garlic Parmesan Fries are oven baked and use a small bit of olive oil and are a great side for any meal. They’re also pretty quick to whip up and have a much lower calorie count than traditional fries.


1 Tsp olive oil
1 Clove garlic, crushed well
Canola cooking spray
1 Medium (6 oz) potato, russet or yukon gold, washed and dried
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
2 Teaspoons fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh parsley, minced

Click here for instructions.

Heather Taylor [More]


  • 10:41 am Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Believe it or not, this stuffed pasta is low in calories and high in fiber and protein. The generous serving size will leave you feeling satisfied, and the one pot meal makes for easy clean up.


1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ cup water
2 medium zucchini and/or yellow summer squashes, halved length wise and cut into ½ inch-thick slices
1 package (9 oz) refrigerated light four-cheese ravioli
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley
2 tablespoons finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese


In a very large skillet, combine undrained tomatoes, Italian [More]


  • 10:39 am Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Staff Writer

You’ve got to love a slow cooker meal that is ridiculously easy AND healthy, right? With this Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken, you literally throw all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and in 4 hours, you have a delicious, restaurant quality meal.


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
¼ cup honey
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 ½ tablespoons Sriracha
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
¼ cup chopped green onions


Stir together garlic, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, Italian seasoning, and Sriracha
Add chicken to crockpot and pour sauce over, mixing ingredients
Cook on low for 4 hours
Serve over rice or lo-mein noodles
Once [More]

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