Skinnytaste Meal Plan (July 2-July 8)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®.

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®.

Just a friendly reminder, to receive my new recipes or meal plans via email, make sure you’re signed up for my email subscription (it’s free!). Second, have you pre-ordered my cookbook Skinnytaste One and Done? It comes out Oct 9, but you can get 4 free recipes from the book now, with your pre-order. More details here!

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!


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 (7/2)
B: Avocado Toast with Sunny Side Egg (4)
L: Protein Egg and Quinoa Salad Jar (6)
D: Zucchini “Meatballs” (5) over 1 cup whole wheat spaghetti (5)
Totals: Freestyle Points 20, Calories 1,024*

B: Avocado Toast with Sunny Side Egg (4)
L: Protein Egg and Quinoa Salad Jar (6)
D: Blackened Fish Tacos with Cabbage Mango Slaw (4)
Totals: Freestyle Points 14, Calories 869*

B: 2 scrambled eggs (0), 1 piece toast (3) and 1 cup honeydew (0)
L: Naked Turkey Bruschetta Burger (6)
D: Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs** (4) with Grilled Peach Watermelon and Burrata Salad (recipe posting Sunday) (4)
Totals: Freestyle Points 17, Calories 1,184*

B: Overnight Oats in a Jar (5)
L: Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch (5)
D: Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli (8)
Totals: Freestyle Points 18, Calories 895*

FRIDAY (7/6)
B: 2 scrambled eggs (0), 1 piece toast (3) and 1 cup honeydew (0)
L: Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch (5)
D: Grilled Lobster Tails with Herb Garlic Butter (2) and 1 corn on the cob (0)
Totals: Freestyle Points 10, Calories 981*

B: Asparagus-Pancetta Potato Hash (4)
L: LEFTOVER Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli (8)
Totals: Freestyle Points 12, Calories 501*

SUNDAY (7/9)
B: Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas (6)
L: Spicy California Shrimp Stack (5)
D: Grilled Pesto Chicken Couscous Bowls (9)
Totals: Freestyle Points 20, Calories 942*

*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.

**Grill an extra chicken breast for lunch Thurs/Fri


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Perfect Instant Pot New York Cheesecake

Perfect Instant Pot New York Cheesecake - Yes, you can make this in your pressure cooker! It's so creamy, rich & smooth with NO CRACKS! It's simply PERFECT!

Yes, you can make this in your pressure cooker! It’s so creamy, rich & smooth with NO CRACKS! It’s simply PERFECT!

Perfect Instant Pot New York Cheesecake - Yes, you can make this in your pressure cooker! It's so creamy, rich & smooth with NO CRACKS! It's simply PERFECT!

You know how people get worried of those not-very-cute cracks in cheesecakes? So we do that whole water bath situation in the oven?


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“3 large eggs, at room temperature”,
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“1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest”,
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“Add 1 1/2 cups water to a 6-qt Instant Pot®. Place metal trivet into the pot.Lightly oil a 7-inch springform pan or coat with nonstick spray.In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon. Press crumb mixture onto the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the sides of the pan; place in freezer.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, about 2 minutes. Beat in remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Beat in heavy creamy, vanilla, lemon zest and almond extract.Remove crust from freezer; pour cream cheese mixture into the prepared pan. Working carefully, gently place the prepared pan on top of the trivet.Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 28 minutes. When finished cooking, release pressure naturally according to manufacturer’s directions, about 20-30 minutes.Remove cheesecake and let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour; run a paring knife around the edges. Cover; place into the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.In a medium bowl, combine jam and 1 tablespoon water. Cover loosely and place into microwave for 30 seconds, or until melted and smooth. Stir in strawberries until evenly coated.Remove cheesecake from pan, topped with strawberry mixture.Serve immediately.” ]

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Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake

This Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake is ideal for any 4th of July spread—everyone loves cake, and a pretty layer cake like this one makes the day feel extra special.

It starts with tender and moist vanilla buttermilk cake, which then gets layered with fluffy Swiss meringue (which will hold up well on a hot summer day). Top it off with plenty of ripe summer berries—strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries!

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Meal Plan for July Week 1

This month, Summer Miller is back, sharing her meal plans for April. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Simply Recipes.

This is about the time of year when home gardens and farm stands start bursting with produce. The best of which is not only visually stunning on the plate, but also often refreshing made into a beverage and served in highball glass.

Which is why I’m including a few summery drink recipes in this month’s meal plan, some with alcohol and some without. They’ll make your front porch-sitting activities even more relaxing.

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{Contest!} Win Big in our Summer Potluck Photo Contest!

Get Cooking and Win! This summer, we’re partnering with @calripeolives and hosting a virtual Summer Potluck Photo Contest! Break out your favorite recipe using California Ripe Olives, and join in the fun. We can’t wait to see what you cook up!

Entering is Easy: For a chance to win, follow @calripeolives on Instagram, snap a photo of your favorite California Ripe Olives recipe, and show your original photo off on Instagram with the tag #CalRipeOlivesContest

Let’s Talk Prizes! Each week, Elise will pick two $100 winners, and at the end of the contest, she’ll choose one $1000 grand prize winner!

Get the Details: The contest runs from June 25th, 2018 to August 5th, 2018. Check out the Contest Page for additional details on entering today!

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Welcome to the New Damn Delicious Website!

To celebrate the newly revamped website, Butters and I are giving away 5 signed copies of my cookbook!

Welcome to the New Damn Delicious Website - To celebrate the newly revamped website, Butters and I are giving away 5 signed copies of my cookbook!

Hi guys!


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June Coffee Date

Pink peonies in a jar.

Hi again!

It’s June! Almost July. In other words, it’s peony and lemonade and not-sad-salads-for-lunch-everyday season. June is my happy place.

What are you guys drinking today for the coffee date? I boldly enjoyed a half-caf coffee this morning because we were all out of decaf, and I’m not going to lie: I am feeling it. As in, I AM ALL OVER THE PLACE. My brain feels like a ping-pong ball. I need snacks! A checklist! A quick sprint on a treadmill! And then there’s Bjork, who could drink an espresso at 10pm and fall asleep within exactly three minutes. God bless his relaxed, adaptable brain.

Okay, so better choices for me in the drink department today: green smoothie, which I’ve already sipped on this morning; regular water, which is sitting next to me now; and coconut water for when regular water starts to get boring later this afternoon.

Grab your watermelon smoothie (OMG aren’t they the best?), your sparking water, or your Vietnamese iced coffee if you are so bold and lucky to be able to handle the buzz, and let’s do this thing.


Organized fridge with food.

We recently restarted our membership up again after two years away. It is stocking my fridge with the most juicy, candy-sweet nectarines my lips have ever touched and that is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

But also, I am having some love-hate things with it after having been away for two years.


  • Organic produce times one million. There is so much good, organic produce, especially in the summer. Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries galore. And honestly, I wasn’t kidding about the nectarines. I bought them last week at the Maplewood Costco. SO GOOD. Fruit – and more specifically, organic fruit that doesn’t cost your life savings – is the number one reason we restarted our membership. I love you Costco!
  • Samples and more samples.
  • XL bags of Veggie Straws. The end.


  • Being tempted to buy more than we probably need. For example, deck furniture, air purifiers, and a new TV while going to casually get groceries. (We haven’t gotten any of these yet but let’s just say there have been considerations.)
  • Needing to have extremely good organization in the fridge and pantry, because when you buy in bulk, and you have a very tiny kitchen… it gets a little problematic.


  • The amazing snacks are – as stated – amazing. Little snack cheeses, a new type of protein bars, and individual coconut waters which are delicious. But guess what? I’m all of a sudden realizing that these are all individually wrapped and non-recyclable. SAD TIMES. I’m super bummed. This is probably obvious to people who have been aware of plastic and waste reduction for a while now, but this is kind of a new thing for me (started back here with the straws) and it’s bumming me out because the low-maintenance side of me really loves convenience packaging. Do I have to stop buying the individually wrapped cheeses and the little coconut water juice boxes? Can’t there be another way that is equally as low-maitenance?
  • Also, Costco doesn’t have recycling in the store, even though they sell lots of drinks in plastic cups that could be recycled. No recycling?! What the heck! Come on, Costco.

What are your thoughts on Costco? Specifically on convenience or individually-packaged snacks and drinks? It’s so basic of me, but I am genuinely sad to give up the individually wrapped snacks.

Getting Clothes Altered

Maternity clothing.

This week I’m going to be taking some ill-fitting maternity clothes in to get altered (this dress is not one of them – it fits like a glove and clocked in at 40% off).

The clothes were not ill-fitting when I bought them, but after wearing them, and washing them, and working with a body that is literally changing shape week by week… you guys know the drill. Suddenly things that were fine are gaping and pulling and doing weird things in weird places. Alterations to the rescue? I don’t know.

I have never had my clothes altered before. Tell me: Is it weird? A waste of money? The best idea ever?

Maternity Pillow

Pregnancy pillow on bed.

Laugh all you want because I’m sleeping amazingly well tucked into that little stuffed donut.

A) It looks completely ridiculous.


C) Honestly I am at the point where I’m not sure how people sleep without them.

C) Sage LOVES it. I have already willed it to her when I am done.

Paint Your Pet Night

Paint Your Pet Night with Sage.

Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh.

Okay, we did this in June, and I can’t stop laughing. I have no pictures because we were running late and it was a little stressful, and it was at a brewery which was of no use to either of us, and then (possibly because of the lack of a beverage?) I became a little too heavily invested in my artistic process and got wayyy too bummed that my 2-hour painting of Sage didn’t actually turn out like a Bob Ross masterpiece. THIS IS SO ME. I just care too much sometimes.

It’s supposed to be fun, Linds! Bjork said. No, it looks great! Bjork said.

I am not exaggerating to say that it took me at least an hour to not be really disappointed in my painting. Lols. We laughed a lot and it was a really fun night.

Even given my over-zealous attitude and resulting disappointment in my skills, I would do this again in a heartbeat! Bonus is that it was a fundraiser for the rescue where we got Sage from, so it was a super fun way to support the organization that gave us our fur baby.

Have you guys ever done a paint/sip night?

Clean Living, Etc.

Kitchen with rug.

On the last coffee date, someone suggested that we talk about clean home / clean living. I love that idea!

Let me just say, I am not an expert on clean living. We do / eat / use a lot of things that are very mainstream and not necessarily “clean.” But I really like the positive snowball that happens from making little changes here and there, and that’s how it has to be for me to make any progress at all.

Here are some of the small things that we currently do in our home to keep it less-toxic and more-green-and-clean:

  • No air fresheners.
  • Unscented soy candles, or soy candles with essential oil fragrance (most of the time).
  • Clean laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, etc.
  • Wool dryer balls with essential oils instead of dryer sheets.
  • Organic lawn care.
  • Composting (which recently became available as a city service in St. Paul – yay).
  • Glass food storage containers (Pyrex and mason jars).
  • Paper straws and reusable water / coffee tumblers.
  • Monthly drop off to recycle plastic bags and soft plastics (thank you, Target).
  • Clean beauty (you can see my favorite products here).
  • Mineral sunscreen.

There’s still A LOT I’d like to do to help us keep our home and personal care clean and toxin-free, especially with baby girl hopefully coming home with us this fall. But this is a start.

I’ve found it to be extremely overwhelming to try to clean it up all at once, so we’ve just started with one thing at a time and tackled the rest month by month by month.

What are your favorite clean living tips and tricks?

And now, a word from Sage.

Sage in the sand.

She would like to take a moment to remind you that June (and July!) is a very good time to go outside and play and just get yourself all up in that dirt! This is true even if you’re not really the playful type (and she’s not). The laundry will still be in the basket. The email will still be in the inbox. The dishes in the dishwasher can sit for a day. Go play! Enjoy that hot sand and sun, and then go all the way under the water. Full dunk. You know, hair and everything.

Thanks for the coffee date today! *glasses clinking* Wishing the happiest of the warm weather times to everyone this month.

Goooo summer!

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