Everyone wants to look and feel good, especially with the summer right around the corner. Being stuck inside the house all winter may have you feeling those extra comfort food calories. Whether you’re looking to shed some winter weight or simply want to eat better, here are some easy recipes to help get you started.

Muffin Tin Eggs

The best part about this easy breakfast is that it is grab-and-go. Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill each compartment with sautéed vegetables, breakfast meat and cheese of your choice. Beat 10 eggs with ¼ cup milk. Pour the mixture evenly into each cup. Season with salt and pepper. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Let them cool before you slide them out, and enjoy.

Pesto Chicken

There are only four ingredients in this super delicious dinner. Coat both sides of chicken breast in pesto sauce. Place on a baking sheet. Top with mozzarella cheese and thinly sliced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

Skinny Shrimp Scampi

Serve this classic shrimp dish over zoodles (zucchini noodles) rather than pasta and you’ve got a guilt-free dinner. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil. Add ½ of a minced shallot and 4 chopped garlic cloves. Sauté until soft. Add ½ of a pound of large, cleaned shrimp. Season with salt, pepper and parsley. Add a splash of white wine and the zest of one lemon. Serve when the shrimp have turned pink and began to curl.

Greek Meatballs


These are a great low carb option to the classic Italian meatball. I promise, you won’t miss the breadcrumbs in this recipe at all. Mix together 1 pound of ground lamb, 1 egg, 4 minced garlic cloves, the zest of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons of Greek seasoning (found in most grocery stores). Roll into small balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. These are amazing served as an appetizer, but can easily stand alone as a main dish.

By Tara Ippolito-Lafontant

Tara Ippolito-Lafontant is a long-time Bergen County resident and local foodie. This stay-at-home mom is the creator of Al Dente Diva, a page where she shares recipes, entertaining tips and cooking hacks with her followers. Visit her on Instagram (@AlDenteDiva) for a peek into her everyday culinary adventures.

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