My Favorite Recipes

As a mom to a family of picky eaters, I need to cook meals that my entire will enjoy.  And, as an intermittent faster who only eats one main meal a day, I need that meal to be quick, easy, delicious, and super satisfying!

If you’ve been around this blog for a little bit then you know that skinnytaste is my jam. My family and I just love Gina’s meals, but that doesn’t mean that’s all that we eat. And, it doesn’t mean that I cook the meal exactly as described!

On this page, you will find links to all of my family’s favorite recipes, as well as, the little tweaks that I make to create the delicious results that my family loves!

For your convenience, all of these recipes are pinable and can be found on my Pinterest page! 

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My Favorite Cookbook!

I’m really not kidding when I say I love skinnytaste. I bought his cookbook when it first came out and I’ve been using and loving it ever since. 

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A few of my favorite recipes from the cookbook include:

  • (Sheet Pan) Crispy Chicken Schnitzel Dinner 
  • (Sheet Pan) Dijon-Maple Chicken w/ Brussel Sprouts
  • (Sheet Pan) Garlic-Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin w/ Potatoes and Green Beans
  • (Pressure Cooker) Turkey Cheeseburger Soup
  • (Pressure Cooker) Instant Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
  • (Pressure Cooker) Quickest Gnocchi Bolognese

My Favorite Breakfast Recipes!

I’m not much of a breakfast person anymore, but I do occasionally like to make breakfast for dinner. The recipe below is an easy favorite at my house! 

My Favorite Sides!

I’m not too much of a “sides” person. I never really like to go out of my way to make additional work for myself when it comes to my weeknight meals, and many of my “sides” are incorporated into my “sheet pan” meals anyway. However, the weekend is a different story. If my family wants a little something extra, these are some of my “go-to” recipes.

My Favorite Salads!

I love me a good salad and these two salads rate pretty high on my list of favorites! I use these salads as a “base” to create my own version of that salad.

For example, I might roast some potatoes and green beans and sub them for the onions and tomatoes. Or, I might just add them to the salad just because I want to. In all cases, I make the protein as instructed, and then add what I want!

My Favorite Dinners!

As an OMAD+ Intermittent Faster, dinner is my everything. It’s my main meal of the day and it’s the meal that will see me through my fast to the following day. That means the stakes are pretty high for what I will eat for dinner. My dinner criteria are 1) it must be quick, 2) it must be easy and, 3) it must be super delicious! And these recipes check all those boxes!

Note: For all of the skinnytaste meals I will use the full fat (or regular) ingredients for each meal. I do not substitute low-fat/low-calorie anything in my meals.

Tip: Sometimes I will substitute turkey sausage for the chicken sausage. If I’m feeling like a little extra something, I will sub broccoli rabe for the regular broccoli.

This is my son’s FAVORITE dish! 

Tip: I usually only use about 1 pound of turkey instead of one and a half pounds. It results in fewer meatballs, which works just fine for us!


This soup might possibly be my favorite! I love toasting some bread slathered with butter and dipping it in the broth. So yummy!

Tip: None really. I just never throw the green onions into the soup when it’s complete.


My family loves this dish. I’ll usually whip up some rice to accompany the meal, but this recipe can be made and served as-is! 

Kid Rated: It’s a keeper, mom!

No changes need to be made to this quick and easy meal! Whip up some rice and you have a better version of Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

This dish is probably one of my personal favorites! 

No changes need to be made to this meal! My family prefers this with rice, but I like to toast some crusty bread and dip it in the sauce!

It’s been a while since I’ve made this, and it’s a bit more labor-intensive than I’d like, but it’s still good nonetheless!

Tip: For some reason, I had a habit of burning this dish in my Instant Pot. To avoid this, I started to turn the saute button off when I was done cooking the meatballs. I found by doing this, it allowed the pan to cool a bit before adding the remaining ingredients. 

I pulled this one from the archives the other day and received an overwhelming “thumbs-up” from the family!

Tip: No tip. Just make as instructed and enjoy!

This one is my recipe! Can you imagine? 

It’s nothing special, honestly, but it is really tasty. We have this for dinner at least once a week. It’s quick, easy and the family loves it!

I really love this dish, but had to make a few adjustments to get it to my family’s liking. But, once I figured out what would work for us, the dish was amazing!

Tip #1: I did not use the Land O’ Lakes butter as listed. I used regular butter.

Tip#2: I subbed turkey sausage and added less than listed in the recipe. Maybe, 4 links?

Tip #3: I left out the remaining 2 tbsp of butter at the end.

Tip #4: I halved the cheese ratios. It was too much cheese.

I made this meal last night and it received the “thumbs up” from both my husband and son.

Tip: I am going to reduce the amount of cream that I add to this dish the next time I make it and give it more time to “reduce”.  Other than that, this one was really good!

It doesn’t get any better or easier than this dish right here. My neighbor made it, too and she gave it many stars. This is the perfect meal for that chilly fall or winter Sunday!

Tip: No tips! This one was perfect for me as-is.

My Favorite Desserts!

My dessert consisted of a store-bought pumpkin pie with whipped cream or one of the recipes you see below. There is nothing like closing your eating window with an amazing dessert!

My 13 year ols daughter makes these ALL THE TIME!

They are so good and they never last. 

I am a pumpkin LOVER so when I saw this crunch cake I knew I had to give it a try. I serve it warm with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tip: When I first made this is was so sweet and so dense. I reduced the sugar to 1 cup each and the melted butter to about 1/2 to 3/4 cup.  It seemed to work just fine the last time I made it because I ate the whole thing (not in one sitting, of course).

I can’t really remember why I ever looked up white chocolate sauce, but I’m glad I did. We use this to make White Hot Chocolate and I use it when I make my Pumpkin Spice and Matcha Tea Lattes! Sure yummy!