Party Chicken Kebabs

devinalexanderRecipes, Snacks

160 calories | Every year, I go out on my friend Chris’s boat for the Fourth of July. He always says that he’ll supply the boat if I supply the food and the cute girls. No problem: It’s not like there’s ever a shortage of cute girls in L.A. or a shortage of food around me. I pack up tons of healthy appetizers…

Peppered Turkey & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

devinalexanderBreakfast, Recipes

205 calories | If you time it well, just place the cheese between the hot muffin and the hot egg and it will melt. If you don’t you can wrap the sandwich in a paper towel and microwave it for 15-30 seconds on low heat and melt the cheese completely. Just be careful not to over microwave it or the muffin will become…

Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Meat Loaf

devinalexanderMains, Recipes

263 calories | I don’t think a single season of The Biggest Loser has gone by without some of the contestants complaining that they miss their chicken wings. At first I created a lighter buffalo wing plate with the typical wings, carrot sticks, celery sticks, and blue cheese dressing — just like you’d get at the local…

Mostly Mom’s Marinara Sauce


55 calories | Most people have their family-favorite marinara sauce—the one you grew up with. In my house, I had my grandmother Nan’s sauce that we ate at holidays and when she visited. And then I had my mother’s, which I also very much looked forward to. This version is very similar to my mom’s and evokes happy childhood…

Skinny-Mini Cherry-Topped Cheesecakes

devinalexanderDessert, Recipes

99 calories | This was going to be a recipe for mini-lemon cheesecakes. But when I was making them, my friend Chris popped by and saw the box of vanilla wafers and the cream cheese and said, “No way. Are you making those cherry cheesecakes? My mom used to make them.” Then I remembered that my mom used to make them, too…

Chocolate Not Only In Your Dreams Cake

devinalexanderDessert, Recipes

101 calories | I dreamed about eating a cake like this for years (both in my sleep and just rapid-fire thoughts during the day). I’m serious. I’m one of those “There’s no such thing as chocolate cake that’s too rich” types. I was dieting, but I would have to “cheat” with chocolate from time to time just to keep my…

BBQ Bacon Meatloaf

devinalexanderMains, Recipes

258 calories | Bread crumbs are traditionally used in meat loaf and meatballs to add moisture to the finished dish and, sometimes, even to add bulk to stretch the meat for your dollar. I often use oatmeal instead as it will do the trick to create moist and delicious dishes while adding fiber—it’s not just a bunch of…

“Cut the Crap” Whipped Topping

devinalexanderDessert, Recipes

8 calories | Devin’s Note: It’s important to use this topping within about 1 day or to freeze any excess. After a day in the refrigerator, it begins to separate. In the freezer, it will stay as made for weeks and never gets hard so it’s great for topping anything, as the cravings hit. Though you may be tempted…

Pumped-Up Pumpkin Pie Bites

devinalexanderDessert, Recipes

94 calories | These delicious little bites are real crowd-pleasers and are the perfect size for individual servings at a buffet table (instead of asking your guests to cut their own wedge of pie!).

Better Blueberry Pancakes

devinalexanderBreakfast, Recipes

140 calories | If you’re as big a fan of these pancakes as my brunching buddies and I are, rest assured that you can double, triple, and even quadruple this recipe with great success. In addition, the batter will keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. I personally like to mix the batter fresh and enjoy the pancakes…