Lighter Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Friends, If you’ve been missing the recipe portion of CanYouStayforDinner?, the only person I can blame it on is, you know who, my mother. Though I can’t quite put my finger on what it is exactly, I’m sure there’s some misstep she took as a parent that lead me to my Intermittent Recipe Posting Dysfunction…

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Low Calorie Low Carb Spaghetti Alternative

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To start, this is not pasta and will not ever be pasta. It is lovely and light and beautifully summertime, but really- there’s no fooling ourselves in the delicious department. None of us will eat this thinking we’re at our Nana’s house being nurtured by meatballs and garlic bread. So here’s the reason why using…

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Healthier Morning Glory Muffins

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Healthier Morning Glory Muffins 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 1½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¾ teaspoon salt ½ cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (including juices) 1½ cups shredded carrots (2-3 medium) ½ cup raisins ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut ½…

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Lemon Garlic Tuna Burgers

  You know, I was feeling pretty darn proud o’ myself for not having burnt my house down yet. I mean, think about the amount of time I spend cooking and baking and reheating and reheating and cooking and lamenting that I don’t have a blow torch for things like crème brulee and scaring Daniel….

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Honey Barbecue Meatloaf

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I still think of food as a reward. As a happy place. And I probably always will. Even though I’ve lost seven trillion pounds, and even though I’ve reconciled years of overeating by learning that it was never really about the food, I still find food to be the most reassuring, comforting, and loving thing…

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Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

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Don’t let anyone fool you, mashed cauliflower on its own always tastes a bit wet and cabbagey. And gritty. I understand why people make it, I do. It’s mock mashed potatoes… faux-tatoes for a fraction of the calories. Cauliflower is super healthy, low calorie, and can be pretty darn delicious as a side, cozied up…

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Easiest Ever Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas

Something you may not know about me is that I eat a mainly vegetarian diet. And not for any particular reason either, I just find myself living day in and day out without paying much mind to meat. I’m lucky to love nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, tempeh, and generally anything else that might make my…

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Barbecue Chicken Rolls

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You are cordially invited: Who: You, Dr. Drew, and his team of addiction medicine specialists What: An intervention for Miss Andie Mitchell, a dangerously addicted egg roll wrap pusher When: Immediately Where: Andie’s home, Seattle, WA Why: Because in one month’s time, Miss Mitchell has exhibited signs of extreme dependency on egg roll wrappers. Case…

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Light and Healthy Vegetarian Lo Mein

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Chinese food was maybe the hardest of cuisines to reintroduce to my life after losing weight. During that year of losing 135 lbs, I eschewed General Gao, anything Kung Pao, and even my beloved crab rangoon. I learned quickly, through CalorieKing and browsing recipes, that there was no easy way to budget calories, or Weight…

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Three Cheese Baked Ziti

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  You should know that I love Oprah. Love Oprah. Love Oprah. Love Oprah. And also, I love Oprah. Winfrey, for those of you who weren’t sure. I know that I’m not alone. I get that in a hierarchical sense, she’s throned somewhere between Jesus, Santa, and the first person to finesse cocoa beans into…

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How to Make 100 Calorie Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

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Dear Universe, I was sending you a pink bowed box with twelve moist and fudgy cupcakes nestled inside. Just a simple gift from one dear friend to another. I even hand wrote a note and tucked it inside to let you know that each bitty brownie cake is only 100 calories. And whole grain. And…

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