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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!

References

  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)

Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats

If you’re craving something decadent and delicious without overdoing the calories, you’ll love these delicious spaghetti squash boats filled with everything you love about lasagna – chicken sausage, tomato sauce, ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

I even used whole milk mozzarella cheese because I wanted it to melt nice, I just used it in moderation. The whole thing is way under 300 calories and 8 points plus if you’re on Weight Watchers, and it’s filling! It’s also gluten free – if you prefer to use part-skim mozzarella, the WW Points would be 7 pp.

Spaghetti squash when cooked has a lot of liquid, so I find it helpful to place it in a colander over paper towels to help get red of the excess moisture and it works perfectly.

You can prep this ahead of time, then put it on the oven just before you’re ready to bake. If you happen to only find large spaghetti squash, you can place the mixture in a 9×9 baking dish instead of the shells. Enjoy!!

Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1 boat • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 246 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 17 g • Carb: 17 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 7 g
Sodium: 701 mg • Cholesterol: 71 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3 small to medium spaghetti squash (about 5 cups cooked)
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (or basil)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk shredded mozzarella cheese

For the sauce:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz Italian chicken sausage
  • 14 oz (1/2 can) crushed tomatoes (I prefer Tuttorosso) 
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil

Directions:


Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and membrane. Season lightly with salt and black pepper; bake about 1 hour, or longer if needed on a baking sheet, cut side down. 
If you prefer the microwave, cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and fibers and place on a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes or until soft.


In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese, 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and parsley.


In a large deep sauté pan, heat oil and add onions and garlic; sauté on medium-low for about 3 to 4 minutes, until soft. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up into smaller pieces until browned and cooked through. When cooked, add the crushed tomatoes and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add the bay leaf and cover, reducing heat to low. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, then add in fresh basil at the very end.


When spaghetti squash is cooked, let it cool for about 10 minutes keeping the oven on. If you microwaved this, preheat the oven to 400°F.

When the spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to remove flesh, which will come out in spaghetti looking strands reserving the shells. Drain the squash on a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid, then toss with half of the sauce. Place the spaghetti squash back into the 6 shells and place on a baking sheet.

Top each with remaining sauce, 1 tbsp ricotta cheese mixture, and 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes or until everything is hot and the cheese is melted.

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Ragu

 

Roasted Spaghetti squash topped with a simple-yet-delicious meat sauce simmered with tomatoes, onions, carrots and celery.

I originally posted this recipe way back in 2009, before I owned a decent camera and I just had to give this a photo makeover (the photo was so bad I’m surprised anyone made it at all). It’s so darn good you won’t miss the pasta, and think of all the calories you’re saving by making the swap! It’s also low-carb, clean, gluten-free and perfect for my paleo followers out there too!

The beauty of this dish is you can totally make this family friendly. I know my kids prefer to have their meat sauce with pasta (plus they need their carbs too) so I cook some pasta for them and serve this with spaghetti squash for my husband and I. It’s a very generous amount and extremely satisfying.


Of course, you can swap the beef for turkey if you wish, and you can certainly make the spaghetti squash in the microwave which is so much quicker. The sauce can be frozen for a later date and reheated when for a busier night. I’ve never tried freezing spaghetti squash, anyone out there know if I can? So there you go, a meal that can make the whole family happy – gotta love that!


Spaghetti Squash with Meat Ragu
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 cup squash, scant 3/4 cup sauce • Old Points: 3 • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 175 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 14 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 263 mg (without the salt) • Cholesterol: 40 g

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from 2 medium, about 6 lbs total)
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste

For the Meat sauce:

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • (4 oz) 1/2 onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped  
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 
  • 1 lb 95% lean beef  
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (I prefer Tuttorosso)  
  • 1/4 cup white wine (yes, you can leave this out if you dont drink wine) 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste


Directions:


Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and membrane. Season with salt and bake about 1 hour, or longer if needed on a baking sheet, cut side up.


If you prefer the microwave, cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and fibers and place on a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes or until soft.


In a large deep sauté pan, melt butter and add oil. Add onions, celery
and carrots and sauté on medium-low for about 3 to 4 minutes, until
soft. Add the beef and season with salt. Brown the meat and cook,
breaking it into smaller pieces with your spoon until cooked trhough.
When cooked, add the tomatoes and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add
wine and simmer until it reduces a bit, then add bay leaf and cover,
reducing heat to low. Simmer at least an hour, stirring occasionally.


When spaghetti squash is cooked, let it cool for about 10 minutes. When cool, use a fork to remove flesh, which will come out in spaghetti looking strands. Keep covered and set aside keeping warm until sauce is ready. Serve topped with meat sauce and grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

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