Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries

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OK so if you love french fries but don’t love the deep fried part–don’t worry because I have you covered! These crispy fries are perfectly seasoned with a garlicy goodness. The best part is these fries are completely baked slowly for the perfect crispiness…just the way they should be! So the next time you need to satisfy your fry craving, try this recipe!

Ingredients:
2 medium-large Idaho potatoes; peeled, washed, and cut into thin strips
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1 garlic clove; peeled and chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp finely chopped parsley

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place cut potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large zip lock bag. Seal and toss to coat. Spray a large baking sheet generously with cooking spray (or use a silpat mat) and spread potatoes out in a single layer on the sheet.

2. Bake 15-20 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip fries over. Cook other side 15-20 minutes longer—this is the trick to making them crispy 😉

3. When fries are golden/brown and crispy remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with garlic powder, garlic, parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley. Toss to coat. Serve with your favorite dip or enjoy just as they simply are!
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Skinny Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites

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I said it once and I’ll say it again…I love pumpkin! I haven’t had pumpkin pie this season (yet) so I decided to make a lighter and healthier miniature version of these little pies. This skinny version of pumpkin pies are moist and have the same flavor of pumpkin pie…They are packed with flavor and are perfectly light and fluffy in every bite.

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce package) of low-fat whipped cream cheese; softened or at room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin; plain
2 eggs; lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Topping:
Whipped cream, cinnamon

Steps:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a cupcake pan, line 12 muffin liners and spray with cooking spray or butter.

2. In a medium bowl, place cream cheese, pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla together and stir until smooth, light and fluffy. Add in flour, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Continue to mix together until well combined. Spoon in mixture into cupcake liners (fill 3/4 to the top). Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Muffins will look crinkled.

3. Once baked, place on cooling rack until cooled completely. Once cooled, remove liners and place in refrigerator until ready to be served. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon.
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Skinny Cold Pesto Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad is creamy, but not to worry…it’s made with nonfat yogurt so you can consider this to be on the healthier side (kinda). This is quick, easy, and this is another dish you can add whatever you want. There are NO limits! If you don’t have penne pasta I would suggest using fussili (the swirly pasta). This dish would make a great addition to any party, BBQ or even side dish…remember, summer is right around the corner so you can start planning your party dishes!

Ingredients:
1 lb of penne pasta
1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
½ cup fresh homemade pesto
1 cup mozzarella cheese; cubbed
15 thin slices of  salami
6 fresh basil leaves
½ cup sun dried tomatoes; julienned cut
1/4 cup black olives; sliced
1 cup spinach; chopped (optional, for some extra greens)
Pinch of black pepper

Steps:
1. This recipe is extremely easy so get ready…bring a large pot of water to a boil with a sprinkle of salt. Boil pasta until cooked (read box directions for time). Once cooked, drain, and let cool.

2. Add cooled pasta in a large bowl and add yogurt and pesto. Stir with a wooden spoon until pasta is completely covered. Add in the rest of the ingredients and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes or until completely cold. You can also eat it whenever you would like but I prefer my pasta salad cold! Enjoy!