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Top 25 Most Popular Skinny Recipes 2013

Hope everyone’s Holidays were filled with warmth, good food and great company. I spent my Holidays surrounded by family and friends and feel very blessed.

Santa was also really good to me and got me a Fitbit One[1] which I’m now totally obsessed with, as well as some new workout clothes from Lululemon (I think you see where I’m going with this). I was cooking up a storm in 2013 testing recipes for both my upcoming cookbook while continuing to post new recipes on my blog each week. There were days I didn’t think I would meet my deadline, but I did! The Skinnytaste Cookbook will be out in the Fall of 2014, in the weeks ahead I’ll be involved with some of the more creative aspects of the cookbook – the photography, book design and cover designs which I’m so excited about.

As a Christmas gift to myself I also signed up for 10 weeks of personal training which I started last month to keep me in check during the Holidays. I love every minute of them and will probably continue doing it once my 10 sessions are up.

I want to express my gratitude to all of you for being such faithful followers and allowing me to do what I love on a daily basis. Your feedback, emails, comments, the food photos you share with me on Pinterest[2], Instagram[3], Twitter[4] and Facebook[5] all make my day and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else so thank you!

And now, for the Top 25 Most Popular Skinnytaste Recipes from 2013:

  1. Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese[6]
  2. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad[7]
  3. Cheeseburger Casserole[8]
  4. Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Bites[9]
  5. Crock Pot Picadillo[10]
  6. Easiest Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken[11]
  7. Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna Rolls[12]
  8. Cauliflower Tots[13]
  9. Skinny Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins[14]
  10. Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken[15]
  11. Healthy Cookies[16]
  12. Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy[17]
  13. Crock Pot Kid Friendly Chili[18]
  14. Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup[19]
  15. Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats[20]
  16. Quinoa and Spinach Patties[21]
  17. Guacamole Deviled Eggs[22]
  18. Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies[23]
  19. Superfood Triple Berry Chia Pudding[24]
  20. Crock Pot Picante Chicken and Black Bean Soup[25]
  21. Slow Cooker Jerk Pork with Caribbean Salsa[26]
  22. Fiesta Bean Salad[27]
  23. Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes[28]
  24. Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken[29]
  25. Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas[30]

And if you would like to see what recipes were most popular from the previous 3 years, here are the links:

Top 25 Skinnytaste Recipes 2012
Top 20 Skinnytaste Recipes 2011
Top 20 Skinnytaste Recipes 2010[31][32][33]

As 2013 comes to an end I leave you with this: Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the
present. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Have a happy, safe, healthy new year!


  1. ^ Fitbit One (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ Pinterest (www.pinterest.com)
  3. ^ Instagram (instagram.com)
  4. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  5. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  7. ^ Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  8. ^ Cheeseburger Casserole (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  9. ^ Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Bites (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  10. ^ Crock Pot Picadillo (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  11. ^ Easiest Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  12. ^ Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna Rolls (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  13. ^ Cauliflower Tots (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  14. ^ Skinny Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  15. ^ Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  16. ^ Healthy Cookies (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  17. ^ Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  18. ^ Crock Pot Kid Friendly Chili (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  19. ^ Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  20. ^ Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  21. ^ Quinoa and Spinach Patties (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  22. ^ Guacamole Deviled Eggs (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  23. ^ Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  24. ^ Superfood Triple Berry Chia Pudding (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  25. ^ Crock Pot Picante Chicken and Black Bean Soup (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  26. ^ Slow Cooker Jerk Pork with Caribbean Salsa (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  27. ^ Fiesta Bean Salad (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  28. ^ Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  29. ^ Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  30. ^ Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  31. ^ Top 25 Skinnytaste Recipes 2012 (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  32. ^ Top 20 Skinnytaste Recipes 2011 (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  33. ^ Top 20 Skinnytaste Recipes 2010 (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

A protein packed salad with Mediterranean flavors – quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata
olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and a little feta cheese combined makes a healthy salad with fresh clean ingredients.

I had dinner at my friend Julia’s house last week, and she made a similar salad as a side dish which she served with fish although hers didn’t have tomatoes or feta (I recall she mentioned she was out). I posted a picture of it on Instagram[1] the other day and got so many requests, most of you mentioning the feta was a must! So I made this for dinner last night, with the feta as you requested.

Have lots of leftovers so I am having a big bowl of this for lunch today! This also makes a great side dish for chicken or fish, perfect for backyard parties and BBQ’s (can’t wait for the warmer weather!) You can totally adapt this to your taste, leave out what you don’t like, add more of what you do like. Easy!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Servings: 6 • Size: 1 generous cup • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 145.5 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 15.5  g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Protein: 4.3 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 137 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 7.4 mg 


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 – 3/4 lemon, squeezed
  • 1/4 cup (about 10) kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cucumber, peeled and diced (from 1 English)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste


Rinse quinoa for about 2 minutes, using your hands to make sure all the saponins are removed.

Fill a medium pot with water, add quinoa and salt to taste and bring to a boil. When the water boils, reduce heat to low and cover; simmer covered 15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered an additional 5 minutes without lifting the lid; then fluff with a fork and set aside in a large mixing bowl to cool.

While the quinoa cools, dice all the vegetables. Add the red onion, olives, cucumber, tomatoes to the cooled quinoa, and squeeze 1/2 lemon over it.  

Drizzle the olive oil over the quinoa, then add feta, salt and pepper to taste and toss well. Taste for salt and adjust as needed, add more lemon juice if needed.

Makes over 6 1/4 cups.

If you like this salad, you may also like:

Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Medley[2] from Skinnytaste
Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn and Tomaotes[3] Simply Recipes
Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears and Almonds[4] Two Peas and A Pod
Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Radishes and Cucumber[5] Kalyn’s Kitchen


  1. ^ Instagram (instagram.com)
  2. ^ Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Medley (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn and Tomaotes (www.simplyrecipes.com)
  4. ^ Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears and Almonds (www.twopeasandtheirpod.com)
  5. ^ Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Radishes and Cucumber (www.kalynskitchen.com)

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