Easy Caprese Style Summer Salad

Caprese Style Summer Salad - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Short of fireworks, ice cream sandwiches, and burgers, few combinations are quite as summery to me as tomatoes + basil + mozzarella. Caprese salad is just such a treat when your basil and tomatoes are fresh from the garden! My Caprese Style Summer Salad is a heartier, full-meal take on a classic caprese.White navy beans […]

Protein-Packed Mexican Catfish Bowls with avocado-lime greek yogurt dressing

Mexican Catfish Bowls - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

It will come as no surprise to my readers that I love really healthy recipes that are also really delicious. I also love recipes that are easy to make, inexpensive, and do double-duty to make life a little bit easier (dinner one night, lunch the next day). Bonus points to recipes that don’t create a […]

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

6 Healthy Cinco De Mayo Recipes - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Happy Cinco de Mayo! May 5th is everyone’s favorite excuse for guac and margaritas– and if that’s the path you’re heading down, then hydrate well and enjoy. But if you’re looking to avoid the caloric explosion that comes with Coronas and nachos, try one of these 6 recipes! You’ll still get a taste of Mexico, […]

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101 - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Meal planning. An essential part of any healthy eating lifestyle, planning your meals for the week ahead makes it easier to choose healthy foods, save money and time, and avoid the dreaded 5:15 oh-no-what-are-we-having-for-dinner moment. It helps you to grocery shop effectively (click here to read about my time, money, & calorie saving grocery shopping […]

Better-Than-Delivery Tofu & Broccoli

Tofu & Broccoli - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

In most houses, each family member has their own standard, go-to Chinese take-out order. Take my family as an example– my mother is a garlic shrimp person, my father a dependable chicken and cashew man, and I have always been a beef and broccoli girl. That is, until I stopped eating meat. The first time […]

6 Ways to Turn a Can of Beans into Dinner

6 Easy Ways to Turn a Can of Beans Into Dinner - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

  When people talk about the benefits of a plant-based diet, they frequently cite the health advantages, the ethical virtues, and the ecological good you’ll be effecting. But you know what doesn’t get mentioned a lot? The fact that skipping the meat can make for a much lower grocery bill. Maybe it doesn’t get mentioned […]

Skinny Enchiladas (with Handrolled Flour Tortillas)

Skinny Enchiladas - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Necessity is the mother of all invention, right? Well, born out of necessity, these little babies are one of my favorite weeknight dinner inventions ever.  A while back, I had planned on making enchiladas for dinner, but had forgotten to get tortillas, enchilada sauce, and taco seasoning. So I conducted an experiment, and ended up […]

Better-Than-Wings Honey Mustard & Lime Pepper Chicken Drumsticks

Better-Than-Wings Chicken Drumsticks - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

It’s the Superbowl–don’t bother with poxy little wings…try drumsticks! They’re a great wing-alternative that are meatier, tastier, less messy, and cheaper.  These two wing-style drumstick flavours are with simple and tasty ingredients. They’re easy to make and are hearty enough to fill up even the hungriest of game watchers.     

Brown Lentil, Bulgur, & Cherry Tomato Zucchini Boats

Brown Lentil, Bulgur, & Cherry Tomato Zucchini Boats - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

This easy late summer dinner is a perfect way to use the tomatoes and zucchini currently at peak season, while keeping your calories low, your protein high, and your tummy full! Very quick to make and vegetarian-friendly (and easily made vegan-friendly, too), this healthy dinner is also wallet-friendly, clocking in at about $1 per serving.  Stored […]

6 Favourite Dinners Under 450 Calories

6 Easy Weeknight Dinners Under 400 Calories - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Dinner can be the trickiest dinner to get right. Frequently, if it’s healthy and low-cal, it isn’t filling and satisfying (and vice-versa). We’re never working with as much time as we think we are, and it’s really easy to get an entree rut.  With that in mind, here are 6 of my go-to healthy, quick, […]

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