Easy Pull-Apart Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is so easy to make, simply toss, bake, and enjoy! A combination of tender biscuit dough, cinnamon sugar and pecans are smothered in a quick buttery sauce and baked until golden and sticky!

This sweet treat makes a great special weekend breakfast or an evening treat while watching movies with the fam! Serve alongside a Fresh Fruit Salad or with a bowl full of berries.

A plate of sticky monkey bread ready to serve with fresh berries.

A Sweet Breakfast Treat

Monkey bread is easy to make and everyone loves it!

What is Monkey Bread? Monkey bread is sometimes called Cinnamon Roll Bites, or even Pull Apart Bread because biscuits are rolled in cinnamon sugar, tossed with nuts (optional) and then piled into a bundt pan. The  mixture is topped with a brown sugar butter sauce that caramelizes while it bakes.

Once baked, the Monkey Bread is flipped over onto a plate for an easy to pull apart sticky bun treat!

Ingredients to make monkey bread including pecans, biscuits and cinnamon sugar.

How To Make Monkey Bread

Cinnamon Monkey Bread is easy to put together and even easier to pull apart!

  1. Sauce: Combining butter and brown sugar, this will be the sticky sauce.
  2. Biscuits: Cut each biscuit into quarters and toss in cinnamon sugar.
  3. Layer: Layer sugared biscuits and pecans (optional) in a greased pan. Top with butter sauce.
  4. Bake and enjoy! 

Let this sticky sweet concoction cool for a few minutes and then carefully invert onto a plate. Serve warm to pull apart or serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

To Make Monkey Bread Ahead:

  • Prepare the sugar butter mixture and leave at room temperature.
  • Toss the biscuits with sugar and layer in the pan as directed. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Melt the butter mixture in the microwave for a few seconds if needed. Pour over the monkey bread and bake as directed.

A plate of sticky pecan monkey bread topped with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

Monkey Bread Variations

  • Nuts: Swap out pecans for walnuts or your own favorites. Leave the nuts out if you’d prefer.
  • Fill: Fill the biscuits with Nutella to create an easy Nutella Stuffed version
  • Fruit: Add chopped apples, pears, blueberries or other fruits into the mix before baking.
  • Biscuits: I use canned biscuits but if you’d like a homemade monkey bread, use Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits.
  • Cinnamon Rolls: Swap out the biscuits for canned cinnamon rolls (and drizzle the frosting on top after baking).

More Breakfast Treats

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is super fun to make! Just toss, pull-apart, bake, and enjoy! 

  • 2 rolls biscuit dough (16.3 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (melted)
  1. Combine butter and brown sugar. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Toss biscuits with cinnamon mixture.
  4. Layer sugared biscuits and pecans in a greased bundt pan. Top with brown sugar topping.
  5. Bake 35 minutes or until golden. Invert onto a plate and serve warm with whipped cream.

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Monkey Bread served on a white plate

Monkey bread with biscuits?! Yes please! This recipe is so easy to make and uses canned biscuit dough to keep your prep time a minimum! I love topping this dessert with toasted pecans and fresh berries to take it to the next level for my guests! #spendwithpennies #monkeybread #pullapartcinnamonrolls #dessert #kidfriendly
Monkey bread with biscuits?! Yes please! This recipe is so easy to make and uses canned biscuit dough to keep your prep time a minimum! I love topping this dessert with toasted pecans and fresh berries to take it to the next level for my guests! #spendwithpennies #monkeybread #pullapartcinnamonrolls #dessert #kidfriendly

Skinnytaste Meal Plan (May 20-May 26)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and WW SmartPoints®.

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and WW SmartPoints®.

Hi all! I am away in Italy this week, can’t wait to share my trip with you when I return but I didn’t forget you! On this plan there are options for BBQ/Potlucks on Saturday and Sunday, you may have to adjust the servings accordingly based on your needs with backyard parties and gatherings.

If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, with plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food, coffee, beverages, fruits, snacks, dessert, wine, etc or swap recipes out for meals you prefer, you can search for recipes by course in the index. You should aim for around 1500 calories* per day.

There’s also a precise, organized grocery list that will make grocery shopping so much easier and much less stressful. Save you money and time. You’ll dine out less often, waste less food and you’ll have everything you need on hand to help keep you on track.

Lastly, if you’re on Facebook join my Skinnytaste Facebook Community where everyone’s sharing photos of recipes they are making, you can join here. I’m loving all the ideas everyone’s sharing! If you wish to get on the email list, you can subscribe here so you never miss a meal plan!

Also, if you don’t have the Skinnytaste Meal Planner, now would be a great time to get one to get organized for 2019! There was a print error last year, but it’s perfect now! You can order it here!

THE DETAILS:

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, are designed to serve 1 while dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are designed to serve a family of 4. Some recipes make enough leftovers for two nights or lunch the next day. While we truly believe there is no one size fits all meal plan, we did our best to come up with something that appeals to a wide range of individuals. Everything is Weight Watchers friendly, I included the updated Weight Watcher Freestyle Points for your convenience, feel free to swap out any recipes you wish or just use this for inspiration!

The grocery list is comprehensive and includes everything you need to make all meals on the plan. I’ve even included brand recommendations of products I love and use often. Cross check your cabinets because many condiments you’ll notice I use often, so you may already have a lot of them.

And last, but certainly not least, this meal plan is flexible and realistic. There’s plenty of wiggle room for cocktails, healthy snacks, dessert and dinner out. And if necessary, you can move some things around to make it work with your schedule. Please let me know if you’re using these plans, this will help me decide if I should continue sharing them!

MONDAY (5/20)
B: Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins (2) with 1 cup strawberries (0)
L: Spiralized Greek Cucumber Salad with Lemon and Feta (7)
D: Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese (8) with a green salad (2)*
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 19, Calories 868**

TUESDAY (5/21)
B: Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins (2) with an orange (0)
L: LEFTOVER Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese (8) with 8 carrot sticks (0)
D: Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Roll Ups (5) with Warm Mexican Corn Salad (4)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 19, Calories 940**

WEDNESDAY (5/22)
B: Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins (2) with 1 cup strawberries (0)
L: LEFTOVER Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese (8) with 8 carrot sticks (0)
D: Grilled Balsamic Steak with Tomatoes and Arugula (5)*** with Potato and Green Bean Salad (5)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 20, Calories 914**

THURSDAY (5/23)
B: Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins (2) with an orange (0)
L: LEFTOVER Grilled Balsamic Steak with Tomatoes and Arugula (5) with Potato and Green Bean Salad (5)
D: Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin (3) with Fiesta Bean Salad (4)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 19, Calories 1,092**

FRIDAY (5/24)
B: 6 ounces Greek yogurt (0) with ½ cup mixed berries (0) 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (2)
L: LEFTOVER Grilled Balsamic Steak with Tomatoes and Arugula (5)* with Potato and Green Bean Salad (5)
D: Basil-Parmesan Salmon (3) with ¾ cup brown rice (5) and Roasted Asparagus (0)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 20, Calories 1,035**

SATURDAY (5/25)
B: Whole Wheat Pancakes (5) with 1 tablespoon maple syrup (3) and 1 cup mixed berries (0)
L: Naked Greek Feta-Zucchini Turkey Burgers (5) and Grilled Rainbow Peppers with Herb Cream Cheese (3)
D: DINNER OUT!

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 16, Calories 623**

SUNDAY (5/26)
B: Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread (3) and 1 cup cantaloupe (0)
L: Chilled Italian Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Salad (6)
D: Buffalo Turkey Cheeseburger with Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw (8) with Low Carb Potato Salad (4)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 21, Calories 1,087**

*This is just a guide, women should aim for around 1500 calories per day. Here’s a helpful calculator to estimate
your calorie needs. I’ve left plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food such as coffee, beverages, fruits,
snacks, dessert, wine, etc.
**Green salad includes 4 cups mixed greens, 2 scallions, ½ cup each: tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, chickpeas and
½ cup light vinaigrette.
***Leave 2 servings of salad undressed (and put on the side) for leftovers Thurs/Fri.

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Feel Like Pizza? Try Stromboli!

stromboli overhead with tomato sauce

This easy Stromboli recipe starts with refrigerated pizza dough, and is loaded with all your favorite pizza toppings! Salami, pepperoni, ham and lots of cheese are the key ingredients in this easy stromboli recipe! And, it’s ready in about 30 minutes!

I don’t know anything that will bring the family to the table faster than the smell of pizza baking in the oven. Stromboli pizza is that magical combination of dough, meat and cheese with Italian seasoning that gets them every time, and I can’t say I’m complaining.

close up of 3 stromboli recipe slices with ham, pepperoni and salami with cheese

This stromboli recipe is quick and easy enough for making appies, and also for a weeknight dinner. I often make two (switch up the flavours for variety!) because the leftovers are perfect for school or work lunches the next day! That is definitely a win around here.

For a really hungry crowd, I add a side of Easy Italian Salad or Italian Wedding Soup (or both sometimes!).

stromboli recipe sliced on white plate wit marinara sauce in a small bowl and a towel on the side

One of the best things about this stromboli recipe is how easy it is to prep. If you have kids who like to help in the kitchen, they can probably prepare almost the entire recipe without help!

What’s in a Stromboli?

Stromboli ingredients are very simple:

  • The pizza crust – I’ve used refrigerated pizza dough here to make this an easy weeknight meal that is ready in 30 minutes, but feel free to make your own pizza dough if you prefer!
  • The sauce – choose a good one that you like, and be sure to serve extra on the side for dunking! I prefer to use my homemade easy marinara sauce, but I often use store bought for this recipe.
  • Toppings – I keep these basic (and family-friendly) using salami, pepperoni and ham as well as a good covering of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan. You can really do anything you want for stromboli filling ideas! Mix things up and go Hawaiian, BBQ Chicken or Chicken Alfredo if you’re feeling adventurous.

How to Make Stromboli

This stromboli recipe is super easy to make. Simply:

  1. Roll out pizza dough
  2. Add cheese and toppings
  3. Roll stromboli into a log
  4. Brush with egg wash
  5. Bake
  6. Presto!

More Pizza Inspired Recipes You’ll Love!

What is The Difference Between a Calzone and a Stromboli? What is Stromboli?

You won’t find a lot of difference between stromboli vs calzone. The main difference is the size and shape.

A calzone is essentially a pizza folded in half, and is usually in a semi-circle shape. A stromboli is a pizza that is rolled and baked, then sliced. Either way, they’re both delicious and use many of the same ingredients!

overhead shot of 5 stromboli slices on a white plate, with marinara sauce in a bowl and a towel on background

Can You Make Stromboli the Night Before?

Stromboli is perfect for prepping ahead and either refrigerating or freezing!

Prepare fully, then cover with plastic wrap on the baking sheet and refrigerate up to 12 hours before baking.

Or prepare, bake, cool, wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw for 5-6 hours at room temperature, then heat at 350 degrees for 10-20 minutes until heated through.

Stromboli Recipe

This easy Stromboli recipe starts with refrigerated pizza dough, and is loaded with all your favorite pizza toppings! Salami, pepperoni, ham and lots of cheese are the key ingredients in this easy stromboli recipe!

  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough (enough for 1 pizza)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 1/3 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup cooked ham (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup salami (slices)
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni (slices)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll pizza dough out on a lightly floured surface into a roughly 12″ x 16″ rectangle (it doesn’t have to be perfect).
  3. Spread marinara sauce over pizza dough, but leave one inch all the way around and 2-3″ at the long side furthest from you.
  4. Top with 1 cup of the shredded cheese, then ham, salami and pepperoni. Finish with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  5. Roll up as tightly as possible, doing your best not to push out the toppings as you do so. Stop just before you reach the end.
  6. Whisk together egg, water, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Brush over pizza dough where the edges will meet, then pinch together.
  7. Place on prepared baking sheet with the seal down and brush with the egg wash.

  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and slightly puffed. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

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Slices from this simple Stromboli Recipe sitting on a white plate and surrounding a clear bowl of salsa

 

 

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This easy Stromboli recipe starts with refrigerated pizza dough, and is loaded with all your favorite pizza toppings! Salami, pepperoni, ham and lots of cheese are the key ingredients in this delicious recipe! #spendwithpennies #stromboli #easyrecipe #kidfriendly #strombolirecipe #weeknightmeal #lunch #easylunch #pizza #pizzaroll

Thousand Island Dressing

The best thousand island dressing has a few basic ingredients like mayonnaise, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish. Not only does it make for a great dressing on tossed salad, but also an amazing condiment for burgers and even a dip for French fries!

Just like Blue Cheese Dressing, it is fairly basic but packs a powerful flavor that goes great on nearly any kind of salad, burger or sandwich!

Why buy store bought when you can make your own? You probably already have all the thousand island dressing ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry, so let’s get started!

A jar full of thousand island dressing with fresh veggies behind it.

I love a good creamy dressing not only for salads but for dipping veggies too! Thousand Island has always topped my list… but exactly What is Thousand Island Dressing? It can be made with a variety of different ingredients to punch up the flavors! The base always starts with mayonnaise (I add sour cream & vinegar for tang). Ketchup (or tomato paste) adds zest and color. For sweetness a spoonful of sugar and some sweet pickle relish! So good!

Of course you can add in some of your other favorite flavors too:

  • Lemon juice
  • Chili paste
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Diced black olives

What is the Difference Between Russian Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing?

While both dressings have distinctive flavor profiles, thousand island dressing is far more versatile because it can be used for more than a salad dressing. Russian dressing is more tomato based and has a thinner, smooth consistency. It is also a little bit spicier because it calls for horseradish and paprika. Russian dressing is great on tossed salads (and perfect on my Dorito Taco Salad), but not as popular as the sweeter thousand island dressing for burgers or Reuben sandwiches.

 

A white bowl with thousand island dressing ingredients like mayonnaise, ketchup, and relish.

How to Make Thousand Island Dressing

In a bowl, gently combine all the ingredients until smooth and fully incorporated. Homemade thousand island dressing will keep up to ten days in a container with a tightly fitted lid or a jar (I keep it in a mason jar).

Shake or stir before using as a salad dressing or a condiment for burgers, sandwiches, or fries! Easy to make and yummy to use!

A white mixing bowl with thousand island dressing being stirred with a wooden spoon.

More Delicious Homemade Dressings

Thousand Island Dressing

The best thousand island dressing has a few basic ingredients like mayonnaise, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish. 

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt & pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Whisk until smooth.

  3. Refrigerate up to 10 days.

Nutrition information is based on 1 tablespoon of dressing. 

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Dressing in a clear cup with a dark wooden spoon stirring it

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We love making this homemade thousand island dressing recipe for reubens and salads! It's an easy classic dressing recipe that couldn't be more flavorful! #spendwithpennies #thousandislanddressing #dressing #homemadedressing #thousandisland

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Nothing is more comforting than a hot, melty grilled cheese sandwich. Grilled cheese and tomato soup are a combo made in heaven. It’s the perfect easy lunch recipe and great for even the pickiest of eaters.

The best grilled cheese always starts with a sturdy bread, lots of cheese and a smear of … butter mayonnaise on the outside!

Grilled cheese sandwich halves stacked on top of one another

The Best Grilled Cheese

Friends, there are NO wrong answers for making this lunchtime classic. As long as you’ve got bread and a generous amount of cheese, you’ve got the basis for the best grilled cheese sandwich.

Best Bread for Grilled Cheese:

This is what making grilled cheese is all about!

  • Use whatever bread you love, but make sure it is sturdy enough to hold the cheese in.
  • White bread and sourdough are the most popular, but even a thickly sliced boule will make a perfect grilled cheese!
  • Dark rye and pumpernickel pair well with lighter cheeses like Gouda or Havarti (add a slice of pear or apple between the slices for a sweet crunch!)

What is the Best Cheese for Grilled Cheese?

Grilled cheese sandwiches are not the place for cheese judgement. Anything goes!

  • A classic grilled cheese is made with American cheese and white bread (but I love sneaking in sharp cheddar too)!
  • Real cheddar, a bit of provolone, creamy processed cheese, leftover brie from last night’s party. Any and all varieties work!
  • Pick your favorite or all of them! Smooth, creamy and oh so dreamy!

ingredients for a classic grilled cheese sandwich on a cutting board

How to Make Grilled Cheese

Most of us know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich, but do you know how to make an amazing grilled cheese? Here are my tips to make the best grilled cheese:

  1. Low Heat: Low heat allows the bread to get a golden crust while the cheese has a chance to melt.
  2. Open faced: If you’re filling it really full with cheese and other goodies, start by cooking it without a top slice of bread and covered for a couple of minutes. It won’t get soggy but the little bit of steam helps melt the cheese. Once the cheese starts to melt, add the top slice of bread.
  3. Get Cheesy: It really doesn’t matter what cheese you use as long as its one you love and don’t skimp on it! I cover every corner of the bread, nobody wants a grilled cheese without loads of cheese.

The BEST Tip for a Perfect Grilled Cheese

My friends, this is a must. I make grilled cheese without butter! Swap out the butter on the outside of the sandwich for mayonnaise. Cook mayonnaise side down in the pan.

Your grilled cheese will come out perfectly golden with a crust that doesn’t get soggy and is not greasy!

If the pan is too hot, the cheese won’t melt before the outside is cooked. If you notice the cheese taking awhile, cover it with a lid. The steam will help melt the cheese so it cooks evenly!

stacked grilled cheese sandwiches with a sandwich pick in the middle

What Can I Add to My Grill Cheese?

Honestly, what can’t you add?  Caramelized onions, sliced apples. or pears, bacon, and even a smear of crunchy peanut butter can take your grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level!

Add pepperoni for a pizza grilled cheese and of course my all time favorite Dill Pickle Bacon Grilled Cheese!

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Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Nothing is more comforting than a hot, melty grilled cheese sandwich. Serve this lunch time favorite with a bowl of tomato soup for dipping!

  • 4 slices white bread (or sour dough)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese (or American cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar (optional)
  1. Preheat a small skillet over low heat.
  2. Spread mayonnaise over one side of each piece of bread and place mayonnaise side down in the skillet.

  3. Top with cheddar cheese slices, black pepper to taste and remaining slice of bread, mayonnaise side out.
  4. Grill until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until golden.

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Grilled cheese sandwiches piled on top of one another

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Nothing is more comforting than a hot, melty grilled cheese sandwich. Serve it with a bowl of your favorite soup for a fast and easy lunch any day of the week! #spendwithpennies #grilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #perfectgrilledcheese #makinggrilledcheese #easylunch #soupandsandwich #bestgrilledcheese #easyrecipe

California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad

Grilled Chicken pairs beautifully with avocados and mangoes in this delicious salad, perfect for those warmer nights you don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

Grilled Chicken pairs beautifully with avocados and mangoes in this delicious salad, perfect for those warmer nights you don't want to heat up the kitchen.

Tropical fruits like mangoes and avocados are my favorite fruits. Paired together in this salad with grilled chicken, it couldn’t be more delicious! More recipes I love with mango are this Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa, these Mango Coconut Ice Pops and this Mango Coconut Chia Pudding.

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Zucchini Pancakes – Deliciously Different!

Zucchini Pancakes are the perfect way to enjoy the perfect vegetable, zucchini! Shredded zucchini is tossed with parmesan cheese, flour, and spices then fried into perfectly delicious bites.

Serve the these veggie pancakes with a dollop of sour cream or marinara sauce for the perfect healthy appetizer or side dish!

Moist zucchini pancakes topped with salsa and fresh parsley.

Zucchini Pancakes or Fritters

I love making all types of fritters and pancakes  from Salmon cakes to mashed potato cakes. These zucchini fritters have officially joined the team.

I usually think of fritters as a crisp deep fried item, almost like hush puppies. Zucchini has a lot of moisture giving these zucchini pancakes are a texture that is a cross between a pancake and a fritter; golden and crisp on the outside and soft and tender in the middle.

Zucchini is over 90% water so in these pancakes, I pre-cook the zucchini to remove the moisture and squeeze out any remaining moisture.  Many people salt the zucchini but I prefer the method of cooking the zucchini first (along with the white onion).

Delicious zucchini fritters covered in parsley.

How To Shred Zucchini

When you make zucchini pancakes, shredding the zucchini helps to keep it thin enough to shape them. I use the large side of a standard box cheese grater to shred zucchini.

You don’t need to worry about peeling zucchini before you shred it as the peel softens a ton when it is cooked. You will hardly notice it in your dish.

A stack of delicious zucchini pancakes topped with parsley.

How To Make Zucchini Pancakes

When we make zucchini pancakes, cook the shredded zucchini first to eliminate some of the water. This keeps the pancakes from becoming soggy and helps to hold them together while they cook.

Mix your ingredients and drop about 1 ½ tablespoons into the hot pan. Cook ‘em for about 5 minutes on each side or until you see a beautiful crispy and caramelized exterior!

Serve zucchini pancakes with an array of dipping sauces like pico de gallo, sour cream, hot sauce… there’s no wrong answer here!

More Zucchini Faves

Zucchini Pancakes

These zucchini pancakes are the perfect way to enjoy this colorful vegetable! Shredded zucchini is tossed with parmesan cheese, flour, and spices then fried into perfect zucchini pancakes. 

  • 2 large zucchini (or 3 small)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  1. Cook shredded zucchini in a non-stick pan until tender, about 5 minutes.  Cool and using cheesecloth or a tea towel, squeeze out as much moisture as possible.

  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, seasonings, cheeses and bread crumbs. Add zucchini and egg.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium high. Drop zucchini mixture by large tablespoons into hot oil. Spread to 3″ circles.

  4. Fry about 3-4 minutes on each side flipping as needed.

  5. Serve warm with sour cream or tomato sauce.

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Zucchini pancakes piled up on each other and topped with tomato sauce

 

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These zucchini pancakes are one of my favorite snacks without all of the guilt! #spendwithpennies #zucchini #keto #snacks #zucchinipancakes #appetizer #easyappetizer #easyrecipe #easysnack

Basil-Parmesan Salmon (Air Fryer or Oven)

I’m obsessed with this Basil-Parmesan Crusted Salmon recipe! I make this in the air fryer, it’s quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.

I'm obsessed with this Basil-Parmesan Crusted Salmon recipe! I make this in the air fryer, it's quick and easy, and the fish comes out so juicy inside.
Parmesan Salmon

I love this simple way to make salmon in the air fryer, combining a little mayonnaise, basil and Parmesan creates a delicious crust even the kids can’t resist! Of course, if you don’t have an air fryer you can make this in the oven.

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (May 13-May 19)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and WW SmartPoints®.

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and WW SmartPoints®.

This week’s plan has a recipe from my new cookbook, The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook. Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas. They are so good, my family is obsessed! If you don’t have the book, you can actually see a photo of the chimichanga recipe on Amazon by clicking on the photo where it says look inside.

Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook.

If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, with plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food, coffee, beverages, fruits, snacks, dessert, wine, etc or swap recipes out for meals you prefer, you can search for recipes by course in the index. You should aim for around 1500 calories* per day.

There’s also a precise, organized grocery list that will make grocery shopping so much easier and much less stressful. Save you money and time. You’ll dine out less often, waste less food and you’ll have everything you need on hand to help keep you on track.

Lastly, if you’re on Facebook join my Skinnytaste Facebook Community where everyone’s sharing photos of recipes they are making, you can join here. I’m loving all the ideas everyone’s sharing! If you wish to get on the email list, you can subscribe here so you never miss a meal plan!

Also, if you don’t have the Skinnytaste Meal Planner, now would be a great time to get one to get organized for 2019! There was a print error last year, but it’s perfect now! You can order it here!

THE DETAILS:

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, are designed to serve 1 while dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are designed to serve a family of 4. Some recipes make enough leftovers for two nights or lunch the next day. While we truly believe there is no one size fits all meal plan, we did our best to come up with something that appeals to a wide range of individuals. Everything is Weight Watchers friendly, I included the updated Weight Watcher Freestyle Points for your convenience, feel free to swap out any recipes you wish or just use this for inspiration!

The grocery list is comprehensive and includes everything you need to make all meals on the plan. I’ve even included brand recommendations of products I love and use often. Cross check your cabinets because many condiments you’ll notice I use often, so you may already have a lot of them.

And last, but certainly not least, this meal plan is flexible and realistic. There’s plenty of wiggle room for cocktails, healthy snacks, dessert and dinner out. And if necessary, you can move some things around to make it work with your schedule. Please let me know if you’re using these plans, this will help me decide if I should continue sharing them!

MONDAY (5/13)
B: Overnight Oats in a Jar (5)
L: BBQ Chicken Salad (2) (Recipe x2)*
D: Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes (7) with a green salad (2)*
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 16, Calories 889**

TUESDAY (5/14)
B: Bali Banana Date Smoothie (5)
L: BBQ Chicken Salad (2)
D: Cheesy Green Chili Chicken Chimichangas (6) with Instant Pot Refried Beans (0)***
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 13, Calories 877**

WEDNESDAY (5/15)
B: Overnight Oats in a Jar (5)
L: BBQ Chicken Salad (2)
D: Quick Garlic-Lime Marinated Pork Chops (5) with Corn Tomato Avocado Salad (3)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 15, Calories 836**

THURSDAY (5/16)
B: Bali Banana Date Smoothie (5)
L: BBQ Chicken Salad (2)
D: Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri (5) with ¾ cup brown rice (5) and 1 ounce avocado (1)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 18, Calories 877**

FRIDAY (5/17)
B: 2 scrambled eggs (0), 1 ounce avocado (1) and an orange (0)
L: LEFTOVER Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri (5) over 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce (0)
D: Mediterranean Sea Bass (4) with 2 ounces French bread (4) and Roasted Parmesan Green Beans (1)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 15, Calories 1,065**

SATURDAY (5/18)
B: Czech Crepes with Berries and Cream (4)
L: Grilled Chicken Bruschetta (3)
D: DINNER OUT!

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 7, Calories 417**

SUNDAY (5/19)
B: Tex Mex Migas (6)
L: Lemon Asparagus Couscous Salad with Tomatoes (5)
D: Juicy Turkey Burgers with Zucchini (3) on a whole grain bun (3) with Air Fryer French Fries (5) (Recipe x4)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 22, Calories 949**

*Prep Sunday night, if desired. Green salad includes 4 cups mixed greens, 2 scallions, ½ cup each: tomatoes,
cucumber, chickpeas and 1/2 cup light vinaigrette.
**This is just a guide, women should aim for around 1500 calories per day. Here’s a helpful calculator to estimate
your calorie needs. I’ve left plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food such as coffee, beverages, fruits,
snacks, dessert, wine, etc.

***Soak beans overnight Monday to Tuesday.

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Easy Quiche Recipe

slice of quiche on a white plate

This Easy Quiche Recipe starts with a premade pie crust but no one has to know! It’s loaded with ham, cheese and green onions and is the perfect easy breakfast or dinner!

You can really add anything you want to this easy quiche recipe — other vegetables, different cheeses or seasonings — but ham and cheese is our favorite way to do it up. I don’t know about you, but we love eggs for any meal of the day here. We’ll take any excuse to enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and this easy quiche recipe definitely bridges the gap between all three. I love keeping my quiche recipes easy, and serving them up with lovely fruit or a beautiful fresh salad!

overhead of easy quiche recipe in a glass dish

Eggs for Brunch

If you love eggs as much as we do, you might also like this Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon or this Mexican Slow Cooker Breakfast!

There are so many variations on a classic quiche recipe, but I wanted to keep things super simple this time around. We’re starting with a premade, refrigerated pie crust and filling it with all the good stuff!

easy quiche recipe in glass pie plate

You can definitely use a premade, frozen pie crust that has already been pressed into a disposable pan if you want to make this quiche even easier, but I like to roll mine out and bake it in one of my own pie plates. That way no one has to know about the shortcuts we took!

Tips for making this Easy Quiche Recipe:

  • This recipe really couldn’t be any easier — start with a premade pie crust, and fill it with your favorite things, plus some eggs and milk.
  • A lot of quiche recipes you will find have precooked ingredients and require an extra pan plus additional prep time. We are using cooked, cubed ham and green onions in this recipe to ensure this easy breakfast quiche recipe comes together as quickly as possible!
  • Don’t forget to keep an eye on the quiche as it bakes — you don’t want the crust getting too brown on top as the eggs cook! If necessary, cover the outside ring of the crust with a bit of foil to prevent it from browning further.
  • If you aren’t a fan of the traditional pie crust, try making a Puff Pastry Quiche or these Easy Mini Quiche made with wonton wrappers!

Can you make a quiche ahead of time?

You bet! Once baked, cool the quiche for up to two hours on the counter, and then refrigerate. To reheat, cover the quiche with foil and bake for about at 325F (until just heated). Cooling it before refrigerating helps keep the crust a bit more crisp.

slice of quiche on a white plate

How do you make a Crustless Quiche:

If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, or you’re just not a big fan of crust (hey, we all have our own preferences!), you can absolutely skip the crust and just pour the egg mixture right into the pan to make this into a crustless quiche recipe. It’s that easy!

Just don’t forget to grease the pie plate first because eggs can be tough to get out after they’re cooked!

Since you won’t need to watch the crust for signs of doneness, you will just bake a crustless quiche until the eggs are completely set all through the center.

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Easy Quiche Recipe

This Easy Quiche Recipe starts with a premade pie crust but no one has to know! It’s loaded with ham, cheese and green onions and is the perfect easy breakfast or dinner! You can really add anything you want to this easy quiche recipe — other vegetables, different cheeses or seasonings. 

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk (or cream)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked ham (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons green onions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Unroll pie crust and press into a 9″ pie plate, crimping the top edges if desired.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle ham, 1 cup of cheese, and green onions into the pie crust and pour the egg mixture over top. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top of egg mixture.

  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the center is completely set. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Repin this Super Breakfast Recipe

A slice of Easy Quiche on a white plate

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