Skinny Ms. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:06:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Parks, Playgrounds Offer Fresh Air Alternatives To Gym Workouts Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:06:24 +0000 ]]>

Parks, playgrounds offer fresh air alternatives to gym workouts

By Dorene Internicola

From park bench pushups and monkey bar lifts to open air runs, fitness experts say the workout possibilities of playgrounds and parks are worth the consideration of even the most diehard gym users.

During the warm, waning summer days, fresh air workouts offer a wealth of new ways to boost the mood, channel the inner child and even burn extra calories.

Chris Freytag, a personal trainer and health coach with the American Council on Exercise, loves the gym but lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a city notorious for brutal winters.

“I’m a big believer in change of venue, of getting away from the same treadmill, the same spot. And there’s something about fresh air and moving in space,” said Freytag, who leads boot camp and circuit classes in parks and parking lots during the summer months.

The changing terrain can also inspire the solitary exerciser to mix it up.

“I’m all about hills: every time you see a hill or steps or stairs, lunge at it,” said Freytag. “Step up and down on curbs and park benches.”

A child’s playground offers core-strengthening possibilities from deep plank pushups, with feet placed on swings, to training with resistance bands slung around poles, to monkey bar pull-ups, she explained.

Research suggest the outdoor boost can be mental as well as physical. In a 2014 study on indoor versus outdoor activity published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being researchers analyzed national survey data from Finland.

They found that nature provides an added value to the known benefits of physical activity and repeated exercise in nature is, in particular, connected to better emotional well-being.

In his book “Beat the Gym,” Connecticut-based running coach and personal trainer Tom Holland said running on a treadmill is slightly easier than running on the ground.

“You don’t have to deal with changing terrain, wind resistance,” he said, adding that the zero incline on most treadmills is actually slightly downhill.

New York City-based personal trainer JR Allen, said the first benefit of the outdoor workout is balance.

“You have to be aware of your surroundings because you could step in a pothole,” Allen said. “It is a less safe, more uncontrolled environment that is more of a strain on your body.”

Allen suggests the newcomer to outdoor exercise should start with a simple walk around the neighborhood. The seasoned exerciser should head to the park for sprints, power push ups, in which hands leave the ground, and walking planks, moving side to side and back to back on hands and feet.

Daniel Taylor, author of the book “Conditioning to the Core,” thinks outdoor training is great as long as people take some precautions.

“People who utilize children’s playground equipment ought to double check it. Make sure bars aren’t slippery,“ he said. “One of the reasons we go to the gym is it’s safe and dry.”

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30 Delicious Reasons to Eat Clean in September Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:44 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

30 Delicious Reasons to Eat Clean in September


Whether you’re celebrating Labor Day or dreaming about sweater weather, September is a transitional month when a abundance of fruits and vegetables are at their best and are ready to be worked into your diet!

We’ve put together 30 of our favorite clean eating Skinny Ms. recipes for September, each including some of this months’ standout flavors. Try one each day this month!

1. Clean Eating Chipotle Burgers

Chipotle Burger eMeals

We’ve heard raves from our community that this is the best burger they’ve ever eaten, and we think you’ll agree!

2. Barbecue Grilled Chicken Breasts

Barbecue Grilled Chicken Breasts

Use our sweet and savory Skinny Ms. Barbecue Sauce recipe to make this delicious grilled chicken.

3. Grilled Apple, Pears & Parmigiano Reggiano Skewers

Grilled Apples, Pears & Parmigiano Reggiano Skewers

Grilling apples and pears enhances their taste while retaining their health benefits.

4. Pork Chops with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

Clean Eating Balsamic Strawberry Pork Chops

Fresh strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary create a fruity, fresh sauce for these clean eating pork chops.

5. Kombucha Tea Variations

5 Krazy- Good Kombuchas

These krazy-good kombuchas recipes will have you fermenting your own batch in no time.

6. DIY Sports Drink

7 DIY Real Sports Drinks

Say goodbye to the yellow #6, the brominated vegetable oil, and the high fructose corn syrup in many commercial sports drinks, and say hello to these simple homemade refreshments.

7. Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

This slaw is a perfect dish for sharing with others at a picnic or special occasion. Or serve it to your family as a side dish with Sunday dinner.

8. Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

Have you been looking for a light, healthy, and tasty Thai dish that is quick and easy to make? Here is a yummy recipe that you can prepare in a flash!

9. Skinny Burrito in a Jar

Burrito in a Jar

Yes, we actually put a burrito in a jar, and it tastes great!

10. Super Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

This super veggie lasagna takes only minutes to prepare and is a family favorite.

11. Apple Nachos Supreme

Apple Nachos Supreme

If you love caramel apples, you’ll fall head-over-heels for our Apple Nachos Supreme.

12. Moroccan Chicken with Chickpeas

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chickpeas

This crockpot chicken recipe brings together the best of Morocco’s unique flavors and fresh ingredients.

13. Rainbow Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

Rainbow Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

We’ve combined six superfoods with a simple dressing to create a multi-colored salad that is purely delicious.

14. White Bean Kale Soup

Low Calorie White Bean Kale Soup

This hearty soup has six grams of filling fiber, 10 grams of protein, and only 128 calories per serving.

15. Quinoa Chocolate Drops

Quinoa Chocolate Drops

Not only do Quinoa Chocolate Drops taste as good as any sweet, chocolatey candy out there, they’re also nutritional powerhouses, made with superfoods.

16. Vegan Avocado Spinach Smoothie

Vegan Avocado Spinach Smoothie

It may be a green smoothie, but it tastes creamy and dreamy.

17. Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge

Almond Butter Fudge

Rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy fats, you won’t be sorry you tried this fudge made with almond butter.

18. Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

This salad, filled with high-quality, flavorful ingredients, will become your new go-to lunch.

19. Southwestern Kale Chips

Southwestern Kale Chips

Curb your junk-food cravings with these yummy, skinny kale chips.

20. Cauliflower Lasagna

Cauliflower Lasagna

Here’s a new, extra-healthy spin on a classic comfort food.

21. Homemade Breakfast Cereal

13 Ways to Make Your Own Breakfast Cereal

Enjoy your morning bowl of cereal without any of the preservatives, refined sugar, or artificial ingredients found in store-bought brands.

22. Asparagus Frittata with Herb Blossoms

Asparagus Frittata with Herb Blossoms

This creative frittata combination is as lovely to look as it is to eat.

23. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

This rich and creamy chocolate chia seed pudding is deceptively decadent, as it’s full of heart-healthy fats as well as natural sugars and flavors.

24. Quick Fish with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Sage

Quick Fish with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Sage

In no time, serve a perfectly healthy meal that the whole family can enjoy.

25. Baked Kale and Quinoa Patties

Baked Kale and Quinoa Patties

These easy-to-make patties are great to have on hand for a quick mini-meal or snack!

26. Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Cauliflower Stir-Fry

This cauliflower stir-fry has only 57 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per each one-cup serving. It’s a gluten-free, low-carb, vegan, and Paleo.

27. Clean Eating Chocolate Coconut Muffins

Clean Eating Chocolate Coconut Muffins

This chocolate muffin recipe is so good, with healthy ingredients like coconut oil and oats.

28. Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Taco seasoning gives these peppers southwestern flavor and mild spiciness.

29. Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet Potato Hummus

Forgo your usual hummus and try this slightly sweeter version instead.

30. Paleo Basil Cashew Chicken Salad

Paleo Basil Cashew Chicken Salad

This fantastic chicken salad is great for lunches, dinners, and snacks.

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Mint and Rose Yogurt with Strawberries Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:25 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Mint and Rose Yogurt with StrawberriesImagine waking up to the perfume of roses and mint first thing in the morning. You might find yourself jumping right out of bed if you had this fragrant breakfast waiting for you. Adorned with fresh and plump red strawberries, this breakfast yogurt, flavored with rose syrup and mint, is a treat for the eyes and the mouth. The delicate floral and fruity tastes of the ingredients combine beautifully in each spoonful. You will love it as much as we love this simple floral and fruity addition to our breakfast recipes!

Mint and Rose Yogurt with Strawberries

4 servings

Mint and Rose Yogurt with Strawberries

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 3/4 cup | Calories: 167 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 7 mg | Sodium: 56 mg | Carbohydrates: 31 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 19 g | Protein: 7 g |


  • 3-1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup rose syrup
  • 6 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 3-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped


In a big bowl, mix the yogurt, 1/2 cup of the rose syrup and mint.

In another big bowl, mix the strawberries with the remaining rose syrup.

Distribute the mixed yogurt in 4 individual small bowls then top them with the strawberries.

Serve immediately.

We have more exciting recipes with yogurt:

Breakfast Yogurt Parfait To Go

Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Lush Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Peach Shortcake with a Honey Greek Yogurt Topping

Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce

8 Interesting Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

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11 Awesome Arm Toning Workouts Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:18 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

11 Awesome Arm Toning Workouts

Get ready to look amazing in dresses, tank tops, and swimsuits. These 11 awesome arm toning workouts will leave your arms stronger and more defined. You’ll definitely feel the burn once you’re done.

1. Workday Arms Challenge

Workday Arms Challenge

Define and strengthen your arms in just a few minutes each day. Find the workout here.

2. HIIT Your Arms Workout

HIIT Your Arms Workout

This intense interval workout will leave your arms burning.

3. Summer Tricep Toning Workout

Summer Tricep Toning Workout Lose the Jiggle

Tone your triceps and lose that extra arm jiggle with this workout.

4. 10 Moves to Master for a Beach Body

10 Moves to Master for a Beach Body

Ger ready for the beach with this fat burning beach body workout.

5. Summer Arms Challenge

7-Day Summer Arms Challenge

This week-long arm workout challenge will define and strengthen your arm muscles. Find it here.

6. Sexy Summer Shoulders Workout

Sexy Summer Shoulders Workout

Looking to tone your shoulders? This is one workout that will make it happen.

7. Killer Kettlebell Workout Challenge

Killer Kettlebell Workout Challenge

This total body workout will give you quick results in terms of strength, endurance, and toning your muscles.

8. Transform Your Body With Resistance Bands

Transform Your Body with Resistance Bands

Get the arms you’ve always wanted with this fat burning resistance band workout.

9. One Circuit For A Total Body Workout

One Circuit for a Total Body Workout

The circuit in this workout combines heart pumping cardio with strength training, to create a fast-flowing, fat-burning workout.

10. Shape Up Size Down Arm Workout

Shape Up Size Down Arm Workout

All you need is a pair of dumbbells for this awesome arm workout.

11. Summer Swim Challenge

Summer Swim Challenge

Swimming is a great way to tone and define your arms and shoulders. Find the workout here.

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Tricep Tone it Up Workout for All Fitness Levels Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:32:45 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Tricep Tone it Up Workout Challenge for All Fitness Levels

Tone up your triceps! Everyone wants powerful, well-defined, and sculpted arms.  Triceps make up roughly 2/3 of the muscle mass in your arms, so strengthening them should be your number one priority if you’re looking to score beautiful arms before warmer weather arrives. The Tricep Tone it Up Workout, for all fitness levels, will give you the challenge you need to earn a pair of toned and defined arms without that underarm jiggle.

Equipment Needed: One set of dumbbells of medium weight.

What to do for this workout:  Choose the fitness level below for a customized workout. Review the videos below for demonstrations of each exercise. For optimal results, perform the Tricep Tone it Up Challenge two times weekly on non-consecutive days. This routine is meant to be a challenge, so prepare for some noodly arms when you’re through with your first workout.

Beginner Level: Complete 1 round; rest 15 seconds after each exercise
Intermediate Level:
Complete 3 rounds; rest 10 seconds after each exercise
Advanced Level:
Complete 5 rounds; rest 30 seconds after each round
(no rest between exercises)

Tricep Extensions - 12 reps
Tricep Kickbacks –
12 reps each arm
Skull Crushers –
12 reps
Tricep Dips –
12 reps
Tricep Pushups –
12 reps
Plank Jumps – perform 30 seconds
Reverse Plank – perform 30 Seconds

Tricep Extensions

Tricep Kickbacks

Dumbbell Skull Crushers

Triceps Dips

Tricep Pushup

Plank Jumps

Reverse Planks

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12 Crazy Good Paleo Recipes for The Meat Lover in You Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:30:59 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

12 Crazy Good Paleo Recipes for the Meat Lover in You

Going Paleo takes you back to your ancestral roots, when humans survived on food they could hunt and gather, and not on processed or refined foods. Your Paleo diet will ensure a host of nutritional benefits, including vitamins and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, and of course, protein found in meat. Embrace the Paleo lifestyle with these delicious recipes that will keep you fueled and on track.

1. Steak and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Steak and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Skirt steak with loads of veggies and a delicious homemade sauce. Get the recipe here.

2. Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourgignon

Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourgignon

A Paleo riff on this hearty French classic. Grab it here.

3. Zesty Chicken Bites

Zesty Chicken Bites

You won’t believe these zesty, crunchy bites are grain-free. Find the recipe here.

4. Paleo Carne Asada

Paleo Carne

When you’re in the mood for steak with some serious flavor, check out this recipe.

5. Skinny Breakfast Sausage

Skinny Breakfast Sausage

Yes, you can still enjoy sausage on a clean eating plan! This recipe calls for lean ground turkey or chicken with loads of seasoning.

6. Chicken “Tortilla” Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

You won’t miss the tortilla strips in this popping Tex-Mex recipe.

7. Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Drizzle

Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Drizzle

Tenderloin tips team up with asparagus, spices and a rich balsamic garnish in this recipe.

8. Healthy Pulled Pork

Healthy Pulled Pork

This recipe includes a powerful spice rub. Melt down your pork and onions in the slow cooker.

9. Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Mustard Sauce

Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Mustard Sauce

One of those Paleo recipes whose name really says it all. Get it here.

10. All Meat and Veggie Chili

All Meat and Veggie Chili

Seriously hearty. Seriously good. Get the recipe here.

11.Texas Pork Tenderloin

Texas Pork Tenderloin

This recipe contains one intense marinade! Get it here.

12. Paleo Steak with Orange Avocado Topping

Paleo Flank Steak with Orange-Avocado Topping

Bright citrus and creamy avocado make this zesty-marinated steak something special. Get the recipe here.

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Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:30:03 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad Recipe

Want a low-carb version of your favorite summer pasta salad? This dish uses spaghetti squash instead of semolina pasta, and it will both surprise and delight you with it’s flavor and texture. It’s easy to put together, high in fiber and antioxidants, and makes a delicious side dish for a summer get together.

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup|Calories: 187| Previous Points: 5| Points Plus:  6| Total Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 262 mg | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein: 1 g |


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


Cut the squash in half and brush with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Lay cut side down in a microwavable safe dish with a lid. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Check to see if the squash is tender, and rotate. Cook for about 5 more minutes and remove. Let cool and use a fork to scrape the “noodles” into a bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients and toss well. Chill until ready to serve.

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Sweet Corn Cakes with Roasted Vegetable Salsa Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:30:24 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Sweet Corn Cakes with Roasted Vegetable Salsa Recipe

These delicious sweet corn cakes are prepared with corn flour, making them gluten-free. They’re topped with a delicious roasted vegetable salsa, which will make you rethink your loyalty to the traditional chilled variety. This corn cake recipe is easy to put together and makes a scrumptious meal that the whole family will love. If you’re looking for a great way to use up fresh summer produce, you can’t go wrong with these corn cakes with roasted vegetable salsa.

Note: If you don’t have corn flour, you can simply process regular corn meal in a blender or food processor until you have a fine, flour-like texture.

Sweet Corn Cakes with Roasted Vegetable Salsa

Sweet Corn Cakes with Roasted Vegetable Salsa

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 3 corn cakes and 3/4 cup salsa|Calories: 350| Previous Points: 7| Points Plus:  6| Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 7 mg | Sodium: 494 mg | Carbohydrates: 44 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 9 g | Protein: 6 g |


    Roasted Vegetable Salsa:
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Corn Cakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups corn kernels, preferably fresh
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • For serving:
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Toss the zucchini and onion with the seasonings and olive oil and lay on the sheet pan. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until tender.

Combine the tomatoes, corn kernels, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice in a large bowl. When the vegetables are done roasting, toss them with the tomato mixture.

To make the corn cakes, combine the corn flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add the butter, milk, and honey and stir. Beat the eggs until light yellow and add to the mix. Stir and fold in the corn.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Drop the batter onto the pan to form 3 inch pancakes and cook until bubbly. Flip and cook until browned on both sides.

To serve, top the corn cakes with the salsa and the goat cheese.

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Pan-Seared Peaches and Cinnamon Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:30:17 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Pan-Seared Peaches with Greek Yogurt

Using fresh peaches and Greek yogurt, you can enjoy as scrumptious and completely healthy dessert in no time. Cooking the peaches in their own juices  yields a sweetly delicious flavor. Cinnamon and melted organic sugar are a delectable combination. And forget about whipped cream. Let’s go for skinny eating and enjoy this dessert more with a healthier option. Greek yogurt has fewer calories and it tastes like a real treat!

Pan-Seared Peaches and Cinnamon

4 servings

Pan-Seared Peaches and Cinnamon

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 peach and sauce | Calories: 122 | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 3 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 7 mg | Sodium: 56 mg | Carbohydrates: 19 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 17 g | Protein: 7 g |


  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled, cored and halved
  • 4 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


Over medium heat, in a large saucepan, distribute the sugar.

Place the peaches side by side then cook both sides until sugar has completely melted.

Sprinkle the cinnamon.

Let the peaches cool down then refrigerate until cold. (You can also do this much ahead.)

Serve them in individual glasses alternating with the yogurt.

Here are more delicious skinny eating desserts using yogurt:

Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Skinny Fruit & Yogurt Salad

Skinny Strawberry Yogurt

Peach Shortcake with a Honey Greek Yogurt Topping

8 Interesting Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

Lush Lemon Frozen Yogurt

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Slow Cooker Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:30:10 +0000 ]]>

Skinny Ms.

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust

One of our favorite things about this classic southwestern comfort food is the authentic cornbread crust, made with buttermilk.  We skimped on calories, but not on cheese, lean protein, or that yummy TexMex flavor. If you didn’t grow up in the southwest, but love the combination of tomatoes, chiles, and cheddar that are essentials of the cuisine, then this is a definite must-try.

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust

Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1/8th of recipe | Calories: 351 | Previous Points: 7 | Points Plus: 9 | Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 89 mg | Sodium: 324 mg | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Dietary Fiber: 9 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 23 g |


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa, no sugar added
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced fat (block cheese is best for shredding, as it doesn't contain all the added waxes of commercially shredded cheese)
  • Cornbread Crust:
  • 1 cup cornmeal (I used Hodgson Mill brand)
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg, slightly whipped
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced-fat


For the filling:

In a large skillet, add ground turkey and cook over medium heat, while breaking up turkey into small pieces. Cook turkey until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain any fat and add turkey to the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients (except cornbread topping), stir well.

For the cornbread crust:

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, baking powder, soda, salt, and pepper. Add egg, buttermilk, green chilies, and 1/2 cup cheese, stir just until combined. Spread batter evenly over the meat mixture, sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.

Recommended: 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.

More delicious casserole recipes that you will enjoy:

Southwestern Black Bean Casserole

Tuna Casserole

Chicken and Rice Casserole

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