Instant Skinny Swaps: Final Week! {$2500 Giveaway}

Hey guys! It’s the final week of of Instant Skinny Swaps! I’ve had so much fun partnering with Kroger and a few of my favorite bloggers on their “1 Little Victory” campaign this month. Check out Week 1 and Week 2 here.

For my final post, I’ll be sharing 4 of my favorite easy weeknight dinners made healthier with one simple ingredient swap. One small change is one little victory towards healthy eating.

And because ya’ll have been so awesome this month, I’m throwing in one of my all time favorite desserts at the end that you’ll never even know was made healthier! :) You can find all these healthy ingredients at your local Kroger affiliate store.

kroger healthy swaps one little victory collage


Red Beans & Rice

Healthy Red Beans & Rice Recipe

This is an old post, but it’s still to this day one of our all-time favorite quick and easy dinners. I make it all the time! We’re probably going to have it tonight in fact, lol! I make it healthier by cutting back a bit on the olive oil (I use 1-2 tablespoons), using turkey smoked sausage (for half the fat and calories, and you literally cannot tell a difference in the taste AT ALL — I’ve been making it with turkey sausage for years and I will never go back!) and you can also use brown rice instead of white rice for some extra whole grains.


Grilled Chicken Pasta

Healthy Grilled Chicken Pasta Recipe
Another one of our favs! I can’t say enough good things about this grilled chicken and tomato sauce. All the chicken needs is a little seasoning. To make this healthier, you can totally use fat-free half and half instead of heavy cream in the sauce. It’ll be a little thinner, and not as “pretty” (so I wouldn’t serve it to company this way) but it will still taste just as good and I would TOTALLY make it for just us this way!! :) You can also replace the white pasta with fun and colorful veggie pasta!


Fettuccine Alfredo

Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

This is another one of our favorite dinners where veggie pasta would shine! This creamy white sauce is to die for!


Garlic Chicken Pasta

Healthy Garlic Chicken Pasta Recipe
This was one of my very, very first recipes I ever posted, so it doesn’t get a lot of attention and the photo is not all that great, but you guys. I cannot even begin to tell you how AWESOME and flavorful this pasta is!!! Oh. My. Word. It is 1000% worth making. Better than anything I’ve ever had at a restaurant, hands down!! Definitely make this with a fun and colorful veggie pasta!!


The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever

Healthier Chocolate Cake Recipe
To celebrate the final Instant Skinny Swap, I made you cake! :) You guys know the applesauce trick right? You can replace the oil in cakes, muffins, and quick breads (like banana bread) with an equal amount of APPLESAUCE to majorly reduce the fat and calories! You will never even know the difference. The cake and breads still come out impossibly moist and decadently dreamy. Give it a try next time you’re baking! :)


The Giveaway

To celebrate Little Victories, Kroger is giving away 3 HUGE prizes to help you stay on track in the new year.

1 Grand Prize Winner will receive (ARV: $1,500)

  • $1,000 Kroger gift card
  • $500 in kitchen products including:
    • $250 Kitchen Aid Mixer
    • $50 Magic Bullet
    • $200 in cookware (i.e., pots and pans)

2 runner-up winners will receive $500 Kroger Gift Cards (Good at any Kroger affiliate store like Fred Meyer, Smith’s, etc)


How to Enter

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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If you don’t see the widget above, you can also enter here and here.

Good luck! What’s your favorite Instant Skinny Swap?

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77 Responses
  1. Joanna

    I split my lunch in half and eat one half at noon and the next at 2:30. This prevents me from snacking all day. Great post. Love reading the victories of others.

  2. MaryAnn Perry

    I’ve never cooked before…. for the first time ever I’m excited to learn how to cook!!! I’m inspired… I’m taking baby steps… maybe skipping…. but man…. it’s a whole new world fun of and I’m giddy about it!!!

  3. destiny

    Instead of trying to set aside thirty minutes for exercise, during the day, I left free weights at the end of our bed and I did two reps of ten everytime I passed them, on my way to the bathroom, making for easy exercise and finishing the goal I set for myself before lunch!

    Great post!

  4. Mrs. C

    I love all of the recipes! I love the new simple truth section of Kroger! I could make a lot of health dinners with that gift card. Have a great day!

  5. Beth G.

    I can’t wait to try the red beans and rice with the applesauce-swap chocolate cake! What a great contest! Thank you for the opportunities!

  6. Laura M

    I like to mix greek yogurt with a tiny bit of liquid stevia instead of buying the sweetened kind in the store. That way I can control the sweetness, and add in anything I want for different flavors. :)

  7. Johanna

    Trying to get healthy and make better food choices. I will be moving to the US in just short 6 weeks (getting married – yay) and have realized that eating healthy is a lot more expensive in the states than in Germany – but i am determined for my health in my wedding dress :)

  8. Anjie Behunin

    I have been using light sour cream for years in place of the regular stuff. My family doesn’t even miss it! I also started using 2% Milk Velveeta for recipes and no one even noticed.

  9. Amy

    I have used turkey sausage as a substitute for pork sausage for years. I can’t tell the difference! We also use ground turkey instead of beef. I can’t wait to try the applesauce substitute! Fingers crossed for the win!

  10. Kristen

    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    I really wanted to eat something unhealthy tonight because I was starving. Instead I waited until I got home (not stopping at a taco joint) and had a baked sweet potato (which was delicious and satisfying!).

  11. Alissa

    My little victory today was drinking lots of water every time I wanted to reach for something chocolate. It definitely worked! Can’t wait to try these modifications. Every recipe of yours I’ve tried has been fantastic!

  12. kristen S.

    I will DEFINITELY have to try the applesauce trick. I’ve heard about it countless times but I never remember it while I’m actually making a cake.

  13. Courtney

    Love these suggestions! I tend to be very “one track minded” when I follow recipes so I don’t deviate from what is on the card. These swaps will be so easy to incorporate into my routine :)

  14. Emily

    I love your suggestion of substituting applesauce for oil in some recipes! I will definitely have to try this the next time I bake. My victory is drinking more water and really watching my sugar intake.

  15. kathy

    I have loved all of your recipes that I’ve tried!
    My victory is staying away from potato chips- my big downfall! And I’m drinking flavored water with 0 calories.

  16. Melanie F

    OMGoodness… this is beyond awesome/amazing guys!! Thanks so much for the sweet chance!

    My little victory is is pretty teeny, but hey… even though I usually skip breakfast, I’ve been eating something healthy. Today I had an orange on the way to work… I find I’m not snacking on something naughty before lunchtime!

  17. Carla B.

    Gotta be the chocolate cake. As an admitted, unashamed chocoholic, I’m always looking for ways to indulge without all the guilt! :)

  18. Amanda

    Ok I am in Calif and we dont have Krogers. Our markets dont carry “red beans”. Do I use
    kidney beans????? I am stumped and want to make the red beans and rice tonite~~

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