In case you missed it, each Tuesday for the next six weeks, we’re highlighting one category of winners from our Fitterati Blogger Awards! This week, grab your aprons because we’re talking healthy eating blogs.
- 42, Oceanside, New York
For the past four years on her blog, Skinnytaste, Gina has been testing and tasting healthy recipes. To keep things fresh, she doesn’t just focus on dinner. Gina shares slimmed-down options for every occasion (you’re covered at the Fourth of July barbecue, holiday cocktail party and Valentine’s Day date) or time of day. Readers can’t get enough of her recipes—check out Pinterest for proof.
Portion control trick “I fill my plate with a salad, which leaves less room for more calorie-dense protein and carbohydrates. My plate never looks empty, so I never feel deprived.”
My healthy indulgence “Plain baked or grilled bananas taste just like bananas foster without all of the butter! For a treat, serve them with a scoop of frozen yogurt.”
Favorite fat-cutting tip “Greek yogurt makes a great swap for mayonnaise in salad dressings, spreads and dips. Try it in my lightened-up tzatziki.”
All year long, Gina from SkinnyTaste creates and shares low-fat recipes for the whole family. But we really turn to her blog for inspiration as the holidays approach, since she is a pro at designing festive dishes that make us wish we could reach through the screen and set them on our party tables (skinny eggnog or vanilla snowman cupcakes, anyone?).
Here are some quick facts about this kitchen all-star and one of her favorite recipes for any holiday table!
My favorite way to work out: With a friend.
My fave fit snack: Fresh fruit and nuts.
5 things I can’t live without: Friends, family, coffee, camera and my laptop.
My biggest indulgence: Coffee!
I’m happiest when I’m: Enjoying a home cooked meal with family and friends.
- 9 lasagna noodles
- 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
- 15 ounces fat-free cottage cheese (Gina prefers Polly-O)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- salt and fresh pepper
- 32 ounces tomato sauce
- 9 tablespoons (about 3 ounces) part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Ladle about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12-inch baking dish.
- Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.
- Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts.
- To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.
Nutrition information per serving: 225 calories, 5 g fat
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