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Start making extra money with a nutrition side hustle

As a registered dietitian and all around food person, FASTer Way to Fat Loss is THE program I would recommend for anyone looking to tone up, shed fat, feel better in their clothes, have more energy, even improve cholesterol levels or simply start establishing healthy habits.  I would recommend it for all of these reasons and more – BECAUSE IT WORKS!  

It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle that delivers customized results.  No gimmicks, just a massive support system and all the tools you need to be successful.  

Read more about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss here.

But then something unexpected happened

After just a few months of starting the FASTer Way – I had a little voice in the back of my head that was nudging me to become a coach.  It was involuntary… and kind of a no-brainer.  With my corporate position as a dietitian, I don’t have the opportunity to work with clients one on one.  So in sharing a lifestyle that I already live (and know delivers results), I can help people and make significant income.  Three years later, I wouldn’t change a thing.  

There is nothing quite seeing one of your clients hit a milestone or overcome a limiting belief.  It is G-O-L-D.  

Who would I recommend become a coach with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss?

  • Registered Dietitians who works in a clinical setting who want’s to diversify client base.  Or maybe you’re an RD that wants to get out of clinical all together?
  • Do you want to pivot to working with motivated clients?  
  • Are you an RD entrepreneur who is starting out and wants to make a bigger impact.
  • Wellness professionals who have the knowledge, but need the business support to get started. 
  • A personal trainer who has the fitness expertise, but needs the proper nutrition support that is correct and sound!    

If you are a nutrition or wellness professional that wants to make additional income, this post is for you!  

Blending Passion with Income 

Convergence is a beautiful thing, especially when your passion for nutrition intersects with the potential for earning income. The median annual wage for a dietitian or nutritionist is $71,000.1  That’s the median, meaning many RD’s are making much less. By becoming a Faster Way coach, you unlock a great way to do just that (and more). Not only do you get to witness incredible health transformations everyday, but you also get compensated for your commitment and expertise in coaching clients through the program.  So how much can you make?  Sky is the limit really.  Check out this income calculator tool to get an idea of what you could make in a side hustle or in a full time commitment.  

Is this passive income?

No, as a coach with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, you are paid to coach clients through the six week program and on an ongoing basis when they go into membership.  This is an active and ongoing commitment to leverage your nutrition knowledge and coach clients with healthy recipes, tweaking macros, learning balance and educating clients on a daily or weekly basis.  (Totally different than patient care!)

To empower you to become the best nutrition and fitness coach using the most effective program on the market so you can help your clients get incredible, sustainable results while you earn a significant income.

All of the right tools to do the job

Imagine having an online course, digital products like lead generators, and social media marketing strategies at your fingertips. With Faster Way, you’re not just dabbling in an extra gig; while it could be your hobby, you’re actually growing a scalable online business. When I logged into the coach portal for the first time, I was really impressed with the amount of resources available.  Literally everything I wanted to know was at my fingertips. But more importantly, the infrastructure to run a business is already set up. Once I signed on to become a coach, it’s like I received a business in a box and could hit the ground running.  

For example:  

  • coding on the back end
  • all the financials are automated from clients, and to you
  • a back office login to keep leads, income, reports organized
  • tools like macro tracker, meal plans, and workouts that synergistic and customizable
  • macro tool for nutrition analysis
  • Did I mention that the program works?  

Literally all of the little things that you need have already been thought of, and they’re at your fingertips!

Read more about the initial six week program here.  

A Source of Joy and Personal Growth 

From personal experience—I can tell you, there’s little that compares with the satisfaction of guiding real, everyday women towards sustainable health solutions and if you’re a health professional, I know you know it’s true. The FASTer Way program is technically virtual, but you can bring it to the real world in a lot of ways.  Partner with a local grocery stores, bike shop or coffee shop to add value in a small group for these businesses.  You can put as much work into it as you want to, and you have the ability as a dietitian to discuss you’re passion nutrition topics with your clients.  Some FASTer Way to Fat Loss coaches incorporate the program into their private nutrition practice offerings while others exclusively promote the FASTer Way to Fat Loss.  

Unbeatable Support

Fruit smoothie kale, arugula, berries

You’re not going into this alone. I will help you, and the FASTer Way team will support you every step of the way. Benefit from tools and resources crafted to boost your personal growth and professional development. From meal plans, workouts and a central app to a back office manager, comprehensive coach portal and ongoing trainings, you will have everything you need to succeed.  

Harness Your Expertise 

Leverage your nutrition knowledge in ways traditional dietetic roles may not allow. Personally I love that we focus on whole food nutrition while incorporating fitness and mindset.  With the FASTer Way you get the benefit of a nutrition program developed by dietitians WITH the expertise from trainers to pair diet and exercise to build healthy longterm habits with your clients.  

Flexible Schedule

Benefit from a flexible schedule that tailors to your time management needs. Whether it’s a supplement to your full time job or a transition to entrepreneurship, Faster Way gives you the control to pace your growth and client engagements on your own time.  

Is Social Media Required?

Truthfully, you don’t even need social media to get new clients.  If you’re a dietitian, you know, once you tell someone what you do – you get all the details, and inevitably you’re asked for a meal plan!  Welp- the FASTer Way offers a solution that can turn those conversations into extra income.  But it doen’t hurt to have a social media presence. Many coaches start from scratch with Instagram, a brand new youtube channel, an email list or simply dedicated blog posts.  Whichever platform you use to communicate to your ideal client, is where you will start.  And a lot of times this changes as time goes on.  

The First Step Towards a Full-Time Passion 

If that little voice is in the back of your head too. Read more about certification here.  It’s a great place to start thinking about your business plan and to find out if it’s the right place for you!  As I continue with the FASTer Way, I often think back to our ShopRite User Group days.  All 50-150 dietitians getting together once a month to share best practices and learn from each other.  The FASTer Way is user group on steroids.  IYKYK 🙂

If you’re ready to redefine your career or to become a side hustler, then this opportunity is for you!  

Your expertise is needed, wanted, and can be lucratively rewarded. Coaching with Faster Way to Fat Loss isn’t just a profitable prospect; it’s a substantial move towards a more fulfilled, impactful professional life. 


1. https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291031.htm

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Healthy Costco Grocery Haul with a Registered Dietitian

Do you enjoy shopping at Costco as much as I do? I visit my local Harris Teeter or Trader Joe grocery store several times a week, but there’s something special about a Costco run. The wide aisles filled with fresh produce and seasonal favorites offer a lot of healthy options if you’re aiming for a balanced lifestyle. I applied for Costco membership with the Mooresville, NC store when they opened and have never looked back.

As a registered dietitian, I make biweekly visits to stock up on family favorites and household essentials. Today, I’m sharing my favorite Costco picks that are whole foods and staples in my pantry and fridge. These items taste great and make creating healthy (& macro friendly) meals much simpler, especially on busy days. Whether you’re looking for a great source of protein, healthy fats, or whole grains, I’ve got you covered. If you’re following the FASTer Way with me, you’ll definitely want save this post to refer back to!

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In the FASTer Way program I coach, we emphasize the importance of balanced and satisfying meals. The goal is to include a mix of protein, fiber, and healthy fats in every meal to keep you feeling full and energized. That’s why I’ve categorized my list into healthy fats, fiber, protein, and healthy carbs. Let me know what questions you have!

Heart-Healthy Fats

For a good source of fat, which can help manage heart disease, help keep you full and on track to hit your macro targets on low carb days, I’ve got a few must-haves:

  • Avocado Mash: Squeeze some lime juice on this perfect addition to any meal! It’s full of those heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and essential nutrients; a great way to satisfy hunger.
  • Kirkland Fancy Mixed Nuts: These are chock-full of healthy fatty-acids and they make a perfect quick snack when paired with a source of lean protein.  Protein shake maybe?
  • Kirkland Basil Pesto: Toss it with some whole-grain pasta, miracle noodles or drizzle over grilled veggies; either way, you’re getting those heart-healthy fats and a ton of flavor.  I particularly love this pesto because it doesn’t have that weird aftertaste that other store bought brands have. Normally, I would make my own pesto- but this one tastes so good, I don’t have to!
  • Hummus Cups: Snacks are all set for the week’s meal prep with these protein and plant-based goodies.
  • Kirkland Nut Butters:  Whichever you choose, just be sure that there is little to no added sugar!
  • Costco Extra Virgin Olive Oil:  Whether we’re sautéing vegetables or making salad dressings, this high quality oil is always in my cabinet.  I even use it in baking sometimes 🙂

Protein Powerhouses

Looking for protein options? Here’s what I keep in my cart:

  • Frozen Atlantic Salmon Fillets: With enough omega-3 fatty acids to make any heart happy, Costco’s salmon is a staple for my healthy meals. I usually make these on Monday nights for a quick 14 minute meal. Read more about it here!
  • Greenridge Farms Beef Sticks: These are a fan favorite.  They remind my of the kabanos Polish sausage that my father would bring home from Brooklyn when I was a kid. My children love these for school lunches and they fit really well into my macros on a low carb day.  You can find them in the refrigerated protein section.  
  • Ground Bison: This high-quality meat with essential amino acids is a super lean substitute for your traditional ground beef.  We like to use it for burgers, taco night or chili.  
  • Rotisserie Chicken Breast:  Convenience meets nutrition with this high-protein, minimal fuss choice.  It’s ready for you to simply serve with dinner, or make chicken salad with.  Don’t forget to make your own broth after! While you can get the whole chicken already cooked, they sell the large packages of precooked and pulled chicken in the prepared foods area.
  • Bare Chicken Nuggets: These are the famous nuggets that taste like the Chick-fil-A nuggets.  My children love them and they’re my favorite to add to my signature salad too.  If you follow my IG stories, you know I eat it a few times a week!  They make for quick family meals that keep everyone happy!
  • Built Puff Protein Bars:  These are a collagen protein bar that are dipped in real chocolate, so if you have a sweet tooth like me – these satisfy it.  They have a marshmallowish type center, they’re delicious and have 17 grams of protein per serving!
  • Boiled Eggs:  I have always, always, always boiled my own eggs.  But Costco sells them already peeled and packaged in 2’s which takes less time and brainpower when packing food for the-go.

Fiber-Filled Finds

Reaching your daily value for fiber is no joke.  That’s 25 or 38g respectively for women and men.  And Costco makes sure I hit that target with:

  • Kirkland Rolled Oats: With a hearty bowl of oats; packing in grams of fiber and whole grains.
  • Black Beans:  I like to have these on hand to mix into salsa or add to taco meat for extra fiber.  
  • Kirkland Signature Quinoa: Whether you’re into brown rice bowls or trending TikTok recipes, these are fiber-rich (and protein) and full of flavor and an easy substitute for rice. I like to cook one cup of quinoa with 1.5 cups of water and then divide into 4 portions to eat sweet or savory later in the week.
  • Cauliflower Rice: Perfect for side dishes, adding to stir-fries, even to smoothies for a boost of micronutrients and fiber. Easy, delicious, and nutritious!
  • Benefiber: If you’re traveling, or if your diet is light on fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains it’s not a bad idea to take a fiber supplement to support your gut health.
  • Frozen Broccoli: We actually really like Kirkland frozen broccoli. One large package has several smaller bags inside, so you can take one out, microwave it and not have extra broccoli fall out all over the freezer. One bag is perfect for our family dinner with a little extra to spare for the next day’s lunch.

Quick & Healthy Carbohydrates

Complex carbs provide our bodies with sustained energy, so I’ve got the inside scoop on the best ones:

  • Dave’s Killer Bread:  This is one of our favorite whole-grain bread options.  They sell it in a two pack, and they are easy to freeze for future use.  
  • Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers: Whether it’s for a sandwich or a charcuterie board, these are great options.
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Blueberries (frozen): Fruits are nature’s candy, packed with vitamins, essential for those who love dried fruit and berries.

Other Costco hall-of-famers:

  • Raos Sauce:  Whether it’s for pasta night with tomato sauce or a creamy curry, these are a good addition to your next meal.
  • Kirkland Almond Milk: These boxes are very handy to have in the pantry for last minute smoothies or baking.
  • Kombucha: Stay hydrated and gut-happy with these delightful beverages.

Check these items out during your next Costco haul; and let me know what favorites I missed! Remember, the key to a balanced diet is a mix of macronutrients and flavors to keep your body nourished and satisfied.

Melanie Marcus MA RD, your guide to smarter grocery shopping and easier macro friendly meals.

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs with up-cycled ingredients

Easter is a special time of year known for family gatherings, egg hunts, the excitement of Easter baskets filled with goodies and of course renewed faith. But have you considered ditching the artificial colors this year for natural Easter egg dyes? It’s an excellent way to get gorgeous, sometimes subdued, sometimes vibrant colors without the chemical dyes. It’s a fantastic opportunity to involve children in a seasonal tradition of creating beautiful Easter egg colors using natural ingredients that would have otherwise been trash. Here’s my easy guide on how to do it.

a variety of colorful foods in boiling water to create dye

Growing up my aunt always colored Easter eggs using different things, but I will always remember a large stock pot filled with onion skins on her kitchen stovetop.   She even used panty hose to experiment with placing herbs or flowers to make unique designs on the eggs.  I always thought it was resourceful and beautiful.  

Materials Needed:

  • A selection of cooked white eggs and brown eggs
  • Natural dye materials: yellow onion skins, red onion skins, purple cabbage, beets, turmeric, paprkia, red zinger tea, raspberries, blueberries, spinach, black coffee
  • White vinegar or lemon juice
  • Water
  • Pots and sauce pan
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Disposable cups or mason jars
  • Slotted spoon

Natural Dyeing Mediums to Consider

You will be amazed with how many different foods can produce a variety of colors.

Produce items

  • Red onion skin – light pink color
  • Yellow onion skin – orange color
  • Spinach – light green color
  • Raspberries – pink color
  • Purple Cabbage – blue/purple color 
  • Red Cabbage – purple color
  • Blueberries – blue color


  • Paprika – red color
  • Turmeric – yellow color


  • Red Zinger Tea – red color
  • Coffee – blackish brown color
  • Tart Cherry Juice – red color

Remember the Ratio

One cup of medium per one cup water.  I usually do 4 cups of water so I have plenty to color several eggs at one time.  

Step 1: Prepare Your Hard-Boiled Eggs

Before you start, make sure you have plenty of hardboiled eggs in either white or brown. If you need more info on that, check out my article on the perfect hard boiled egg. Keep in mind that brown eggs will give you more muted tones when dyed while white eggs can render bright yellow, green eggs, or even blue eggs based on the natural colors you choose. 

Step 2: Create the Natural Dyes 

Natural food dyes in jars

For a true homemade dye, select the natural ingredients you want to use. Last year I experimented with a variety of produce to get different colors including  a orange dye from yellow onion skins, purple from red cabbage dye, and green dye from spinach.  

To start, place your items in large mason jars and add enough boiling hot water to cover them. For every cup of water, add the same amount of your chosen plant material and let cool completely.  This will ensure a high concentration of natural colors in the dye pot.

For spices like turmeric, mix one tablespoon of spice with a cup of water. If you’re using coffee or tea bags, brew them as you would if you were going to drink them, but in a high concentration AKA extra strong.

Step 3: Strain and Add Vinegar

Once your dye bath reaches room temperature, use a fine mesh strainer to eliminate any large pieces and pour the fluid back into mason jar. For each cup of natural dye, mix in one tablespoons of vinegar. This step is crucial as the acidity from vinegar helps the egg shells to absorb the natural colors from your homemade dye, ensuring beautiful colors.

Step 4: Dye Your Eggs

Before immersing the eggs, wrap them in various things like silk ties, old pantyhose, or rubber bands for interesting patterns. Or use  a white wax crayon to create unique designs.  Then gently lay your hard-boiled eggs into the natural egg dyes using a slotted spoon.

If you’re using hollow eggs, the process is much the same, but you may need to fill them with a little bit of water to ensure they sink. Leave the eggs in the dye bath in the fridge for a few hours or overnight for more profound depth of color. (I prefer overnight).  The good news is you can check on them occasionally to see if they’ve reached your desired color. These natural options provide various colors, from  bright yellow to blueberry’s deep blue dye.

Step 5: Drying the Eggs

Remove the eggs from the dye and set them on paper towels or a rack to dry. Resist the temptation to wipe them down, as you could rub off the natural colors. Instead, let the natural easter egg dye work its magic as the eggs dry to a wonderful sheen.

I’d love to know how your eggs turned out! Tag me on social media to share your creations!

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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Helpful essentials when starting the FASTer Way to Fat Loss

Welcome to what could be the start of a life-changing experience for you—the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program. Embarking on this path is not just about shedding pounds; it’s about gaining a whole new understanding of health and wellness. However, to maximize your chances for success and truly thrive on this program, having the right tools can make all the difference. In this post, I’m sharing the essentials that my clients find the most value in having as they start their new healthy lifestyle!

The Essentials for a Smooth Journey

Before you launch into the world of intermittent fasting, carb cycling, and effective workouts, it’s important to gather a few key items. And before you commit to a specific coach – be sure you like their style of teaching. I think this is an important one that easily gets overlooked!

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Fitness Must-Haves

  • Sports Bra: Starting any workout regimen without good support is like trying to run a race with your shoes untied—it just doesn’t make sense! A quality sports bra will keep you comfortable and focused on the task at hand.
  • Sneakers: The backbone of any physical activity, a sturdy pair of sneakers is vital. They’re not just for show; they protect and support your feet through every squat, lunge, jump, or step.
  • Strength Bands/Weights: While body weight is an excellent resistance tool, incorporating some basic weights or strength bands can add variety and challenge your muscles in new ways.
  • Water Bottle: Hydration is key, especially when you’re pushing your body to new depths. Keep a water bottle on hand to ensure your water intake is up to par with your hard work.

Kitchen Allies

  • Dry Measuring Cups & Spoons, Kitchen Scale: These tools are pivotal in mastering portion control, which is an integral part of the program’s nutrition approach.
  • Sheet Pans & Food Storage Containers: Meal prep is a game-changer when it comes to sticking to the weekly meal plans. Having the right containers will keep your nutritious meals fresh and ready to go.
  • Protein Powder: I find that most clients at some point start using a protein supplement to help build lean muscle. The trick with a protein powder is to find one that delivers protein and not carbohydrate and fat. This makes meeting macro goals much easier!

Tech Support

  • iPhone/Smartphone: Immediate access to the FASTer Way app keeps you tapped into daily workouts, meal plans, and the supportive community for that daily accountability boost.
  • TV that will mirror your phone: Totally not required, but I find that I like to cast my screen to make workouts more enjoyable.

If I had to pick just one thing

I would highly, suggest that you invest in a kitchen scale.  It will be a game changer when it comes to dialing in on your macros. 

Beyond the Physical Items

Having physical items on hand is wonderful, but the most important part of your success is cultivating an open mind. The strategies you will implement—like low macro days and regular macro days—are designed to elevate your metabolic rate and improve overall health, not just for immediate results but as part of a holistic approach to wellness.

Adopting the FASTer Way lifestyle means recognizing that this isn’t just a weight loss program—it’s a complete recalibration of how you view and consume food, how you move your body, and how you prioritize your overall health.

Success Stories to Inspire You

The FASTer Way has been a game-changer for many who’ve walked this path before you. Take it from our community members who’ve found success:

A Final Word of Encouragement

Remember, your commitment to this 6-week program and ultimately joining the VIP membership is about integrating these new practices into your life one day at a time. From the start prep week with your certified coach, you’re setting yourself up for long-term success.

One of the best things about this online fitness program is that it truly provides a consistent community, always ready to provide comprehensive support through social media platforms, VIP programs, and of course, the irreplaceable Facebook group banter. 

You will have a wealth of resources at your fingertips—from meal plan information to ongoing access to sample meal plans and daily meal plan recipes.

Join thousands of FASTer Way veterans who’ve seen great results, and remember, becoming a more confident, healthy, and energized you is worth every step, every rep, and every healthy meal. 

Are you ready to start your weight loss journey with the right tools and best support? Join me and become a faster way member today! 🌟

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Why I eat leftover salmon straight from the fridge

Atlantic salmon is a weekly staple for us when it comes to healthy eating.  (I’ll save why this is my preference for another post!) It’s a delicious fish that can be prepared in a variety of ways whether you’re buying fresh or frozen salmon from the grocery store.  

Leftover salmon from the day before is delicious protein source. Have you ever tried eating cold salmon? Personally, I think it’s the best way to eat it for convenience, taste and avoiding that fishy smell! Read on, and I’ll explain 🙂

The fastest way to prepare salmon

Jump to Recipe

Before Kids

I used to roast fresh salmon or defrosted salmon in my toaster oven or in a 400 F oven.  I would remove any excess moisture with a paper towel, coat with a bit of olive oil spray, season with Seasonello and top with lemon slices and roast for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.  Still a great way to prepare salmon, (and I still do when cooking for a large crowd), but on a normal weeknight, every minute counts.

After Kids

While the above method seems pretty quick and painless, I now have even less time and this is BY FAR, my favorite way to prepare salmon – bonus my husband even likes it too!  

  1. Take a 6-8oz frozen salmon fillet out of packaging and place directly in 400F bucket air fryer.  
  2. Spray with olive oil spray, season with salt and pepper or Seasonello and top with lemon slices.  
  3. Cook for 14 minutes (from frozen) and serve!!  
  4. Salmon should look opaque and golden and reach an internal temperature of 145 F with a food thermometer when done.

When it’s cooked at a high temperature like this, the outside gets a little color to make it appealing and the inside is flakey and moist.  

I can usually fit 3 salmon fillets in my air fryer and I usually try to make at least one extra piece of salmon for lunch the next day.  

How to store cooked salmon properly

Storing leftover salmon properly is crucial to ensure food safety and to maximize its shelf life. After cooking salmon, let it cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container or wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will keep it fresh for up to 3-4 days.

Why I eat cold leftover salmon straight from fridge

Now, back to the topic of why I eat cold leftover salmon straight from the fridge. There are a few reasons why this is a great choice.


Eating cold leftover salmon is a great way to save time and effort. You don’t have to worry about reheating it or going through the whole cooking process again. I like to eat it as is, make salmon salad out of it, add it to a salad or even make a sandwich. 


As strange as it may sound, leftover cold-cooked salmon can taste even better than the first time you had it. The flavors have had time to meld together, and your taste buds may pick up on different nuances that you didn’t notice before. Because salmon is a fattier fish, it maintains a moist flaky texture too which makes it very satisfying to eat.  My kids prefer salmon cold too.  

No Fishy Smell:

There’s something to be said about office kitchen etiquette about salmon.  When you’re eating it, everyone knows it because of they fishy odors!  When you have it cold with your meal, it still tastes great, and won’t smell up the whole kitchen the way reheated fish does.  

Roasted salmon pinterest pin

Nutritional benefits: 

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain function and overall health. Eating cold leftover salmon is an easy hands off way to get more of these beneficial nutrients in your diet.

Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids: Seafood, especially oily fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines, are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for heart and brain health.

High in protein: Seafood is a great source of lean protein, making it an ideal option for those looking to increase their protein intake without consuming excess calories or unhealthy fats.

Low in saturated fat: Compared to other animal proteins, seafood contains lower amounts of saturated fat. This makes it a healthier option for those looking to maintain cardiovascular health.

Contains essential vitamins and minerals: Seafood is rich in vital nutrients like vitamin D, selenium, iodine, and zinc, which play crucial roles in maintaining overall health.

Helps prevent chronic diseases: Regularly consuming seafood has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression due to its high nutrient content.

Supports healthy growth and development: Seafood is especially important for children and pregnant women as it provides essential nutrients for proper growth and development.

Lowers inflammation: The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood can help reduce inflammation in the body, which is linked to many chronic diseases.

Aids in weight management: Due to its high protein content and low calorie density, seafood can be beneficial for weight management by promoting satiety and reducing overall calorie intake.

To enjoy cold leftover salmon straight from the fridge, simply take it out of the container and enjoy, or let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes and top with lemon juice. 

Other salmon recipes

I know my roasting method is basic, but it works and it’s delicious.  I’m not a fan of coating with cream cheese or feta cheese because it is already a good source of healthy fats.  And for basic weeknight meals, balance is important.  We talk a lot about that if you enroll in the FASTer Way and are focused on health too!  

Quick High Protein Salmon Salad
Use canned or leftover salmon to make this recipe.
Check out this recipe
Tuna poke in a blue bowl
Tuna Poke Salad
If you're loving salmon, use sushi grade salmon in this recipe instead of tuna!
Check out this recipe
salmon on top on lemon slices.
Baked Salad
Top this with salmon – it's soooo good!
Check out this recipe

You can easily turn leftover salmon into salmon cakes by combining with a bit of bread crumbs, chopped bell peppers, red onions and mayo or egg.  Form into salmon patties and cook over medium heat with a little olive oil on stovetop until brown and cooked through.  

One recipe I do really love is this simple salmon salad, which you can make with canned or cold cooked salmon.  It would also be phenomenal over baked salad too!

Roasted salmon on plate.

Air-fryer Roasted Salmon

Use salmon straight from the freezer.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 242 kcal


  • 1 basket style air fryer I have found if I use my other toaster oven style air fryer, I need to add a few minutes to cook time. And it tends to make a mess.


  • 6 oz Atlantic Salmon fillet, frozen I like Costco fillets
  • Seasonello or salt and pepper


  • Preheat air-fryer to 400F.
  • Place frozen salmon on parchment liner in air fryer basket and let cook for 14 minutes.
  • Should reach an internal temperature of 145F with a meat thermometer when done.


Calories: 242kcalProtein: 34gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 833mgVitamin A: 68IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, easy, fast, protein, simple
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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Mom’s Best Ever Whole-Wheat zucchini bread recipe

I enjoyed this delicious zucchini bread recipe frequently during my childhood. It was a go-to option for quick breakfast, an after-school snack, and as an adult, a sweet(ish) after dinner treat. One of our family favorites was the blueberry zucchini bread, baked to perfection in a bundt pan. During prime zucchini season, the irresistible aroma of freshly baked loaves would fill the air, waiting to be packaged and frozen for later indulgence.  What a great memory – and now I share it with my children.

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Now that I have my own garden, growing zucchini plants successfully has been quite the challenge.  I’ve learned first hand that squash bugs can take out your crop within a week if you’re not prepared – and to grow them in North Carolina is a labor of love.  After three years of watching my plants die, this year I was ready and have been able to grow amazing zucchini through August! If you are a successful gardener, bookmark this page so you can make this wholesome zucchini bread recipe anytime.  You won’t regret it!

Ingredients and Substitutions for Walnut Zucchini Bread

  • Walnuts – preferably toasted!  Always store walnuts in the fridge to maintain freshness.  
  • Eggs – It’s best to use room temperature eggs.  Also, you can use up to two flax eggs in this recipe if you want.  
  • Sugar – the original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar. If you want to limit sugar, you can go down to 3/4 cup instead – which is what I do! Coconut sugar can be used instead of white sugar if you like.  I don’t recommend using honey or maple syrup because they’ll add extra moisture.  
  • Vegetable Oil – any oil will work.  I’ve used canola oil, olive oil, coconut oil and rapeseed oil and they all turned out well.  Keep in mind that certain oils will impart flavor and potentially more saturated fat than others.  
  • Apple Sauce – I use unsweetened apple sauce to help keep the bread moist.  You can also use plain greek yogurt or mashed banana. 
  • Unsifted White Whole Wheat Flour – You can use half whole wheat (whole grain flour) and half white flour to  bump up nutrients from whole grains.  All purpose flour or AP flour will also work well.
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking Powder 
  • Zucchini shred using food processor or box grater.  This recipe calls for two cups of grated zucchini, I tend to use about 2 1/2 cups or one large zucchini. But remember to remove the seeds!!  Smaller zucchini are more desirable for their smaller, more digestable seeds.  If your zucchini is large, you will need to scoop them out.  
  • Vanilla extract
  • Optional mix ins :  blueberries, raisins, chocolate chips, lemon zest
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It’s so good that I’ll even make it in winter!

About white whole-wheat flour

White whole wheat flour is a healthier alternative to traditional all-purpose flour because it is made from whole grains rather than refined grains. Unlike other types of whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour is made from a variety of wheat that has a lighter color and milder flavor, making it more appealing to those who are used to the taste of white flour. White whole wheat flour retains the bran and germ of the wheat, which are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are beneficial for our health. 

How to make the best zucchini bread

I love a short and simple quick bread recipes, and this one is my favorite.  

  • First things first, preheat oven to 350F and line two bread pans (aka loaf pan) with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.  You can also use one bunt pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs (plus flax eggs) if you’re using, sugar, applesauce and oil. I like to do this by hand, but you can use your stand mixer with paddle attachment.  
  • Next, in a medium bowl combine all of the dry ingredients.  Whisk flour mixture well before gradually adding to wet ingredients.  
  • Now mix in zucchini.  
  • Last stir in walnuts and vanilla.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan or divide batter into two loaf pans and bake at 350F for about 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cooking time may vary slightly depending on the moisture content of the zucchini.    
  • When it comes out of the oven, set the pans on a cooling rack and cover with a clean kitchen towel.

How to freeze this classic zucchini bread

  • For best results, let your breads rest on a wire rack until cool to touch. This helps ensure that excess moisture has evaporated and doesn’t get trapped inside.  
  • Wrap tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Then label freezer-safe bag with date they were made.  
  • One loaf will fit into one gallon size plastic bag.  
  • Freeze completely in the coldest part of the freezer.  
  • When you’re ready to enjoy your zucchini walnut bread simply take out of the freezer the night before so you can have it the next day.

When to eat zucchini bread

1.  Serve for breakfast instead of store bought muffins.  

2.  Bring a loaf of zucchini bread to the office to share with co-workers

3.  Enjoy a warm slice with a little butter. There’s nothing like it.  

4.  Cut into individual slices and wrap with plastic wrap.  Store in a freezer safe bag in the freezer for a healthy snack anytime.  

The best part about this whole wheat zucchini bread recipe is that it makes two loaves!  It’s a quick bread batter that is sure to rival your favorite banana bread or pumpkin bread. For me, there is just something incredibly satisfying about this homemade treat – perhaps it was the inclusion of toasted walnuts, adding a perfect crunch to every bite.

Let me know if you try it for yourself!!  

Mom’s Walnut Zucchini Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 288 kcal


  • 4 each eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3.5 cups white whole wheat flour unsifted
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup walnuts toasted and chopped


  • Mix eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
  • Fold in zucchini and walnuts
  • Pour into 2 prepared loaf pans, or 1 bundt pan.


Serving: 16gCalories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 343mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 36IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
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About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Easily clean the garbage disposal with citrus peels

Have you seen the TikTok lemonade trend? If you’ve tried to make the viral whipped lemonade or just as well known cowboy caviar, you may have excess of lemon or lime peels in your kitchen. (if you haven’t made them check out those links to get the recipes!) Do you wonder if it’s safe to put them down the garbage disposal? The answer may surprise you – yes, you can! It’s actually a great way to reduce food waste and reuse something that would typically just go to the bin. In this post, we’ll talk through why running these peels through the disposal is actually beneficial and how disposing of them properly will keep your sink in tip-top shape. Read on to learn more about citrus peel disposal and make sure everything from the cutting board to the drain runs smoothly!

Why put fruit peels down the disposal?

Putting citrus peels, such as lemon, lime and orange down the garbage disposal helps break them down into smaller pieces for easier processing while making your drain smell good! The citrus oil offer a natural smell to the disposal and can help reduce odors from food scraps that may linger. In addition to cutting unpleasant odors, it’s thought that citrus peels can cut the residue left behind greasy foods, effectively eliminating them. You can use orange peels, lemon rinds, lime peels or grapefruit skins – they all have natural oils with unique scents! Bu-bye bad smell!

4 Steps to run citrus peels down the garbage disposal

  1. When disposing of citrus peels, it’s best to cut them up into smaller pieces. Instead of putting whole lemons down into the blades of the garbage disposal(which won’t go over well), I cut mine into quarters that can easily fit down the drain. This will also help them break down faster and easier.
  2. Run cold water while grinding peels and keep the disposal running for several seconds after all of them have passed through to ensure that they are fully broken down before leaving your drain and going through the rest of your plumbing system.
  3. Turn off the disposal and let hot water run for another 15 seconds.
  4. Always practice safety when using a garbage disposal – never put your hands down into it on a whim and unplug it when not in use. With the right precautions, you can safely and effectively dispose of citrus peels with a garbage disposal!

Pro Tip – as a self proclaimed produce lover, it’s a good idea to remove any fruit stickers. They can easily get caught up in the garbage disposal’s blades resulting in a broken appliance.

What not to put down the garbage disposal

If you’ve never used a garbage disposal before, I want to help you avoid a big problem with this advice. As a general rule non-food items should not go into the disposal. Avoid putting any and all hard materials near the drain. Having kids, I find that small spoons, screws, rocks, stones, rubber bands and other small objects can become problematic!! Overall any hard items can damage the garbage disposal blades and can cause it them to dull or stop moving all together.

  • Small bones – these can dull blades and make an awful grinding noise when the disposal is turned on!
  • Fruit pits – Avoid larger pits from stone fruit such as peach or plumb pits. Smaller pits from apples or lemons will can cause a problem too, especially if a lot of them are tossed in at once. Take care with cherry pits and unpopped popcorn kernels too!
  • Egg shells – They can dull the blade. They can also do you a lot more good when crumbled and put under plants growing outside!
  • Seafood shells – we love eating steamed clams but their shells should go straight into the trash! Small pieces are just as bad as small rocks for your disposal!
  • Fibrous veggies – And stringy vegetables like celery stalks aren’t a great idea for your disposal. Their fibers are so tough that they can cause your garbage disposal to stop running.
  • Potato peels – While vegetable peels are a natural fit for the disposal, large amounts of starchy foods like potato skins and the waste disposal, may congeal and create a thick paste that can create a problem for your garbage disposal unit.

Other helpful tips if something gets stuck down in the disposal

I mentioned earlier that we’ve had a few issues with our disposal, and thankfully we were able to solve them on our own without the help of expert plumbers.

eaten red cherries on a plate
  • First shut off power to the disposal before going near it with your hands. Ours has a switch underneath the sink, but I recommend unplugging it if you can.
  • Next get a flashlight. I’ve used my iPhone flashlight in a pinch but a larger light will be helpful if you have it.
  • Get your significant other, child or friend to hold the light while you push back the plastic flaps to get a better look inside.
  • Use a knife or fork to feel around and try to locate where the item is inside of the disposal before putting your hand it to get it.
  • Protect your hand with a disposable glove before going in remove the item!

If all else fails get the help of expert plumbing services and don’t use your disposal until it can be assessed.

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

How to grate carrots without a grater – there’s always a way

If you want to make a carrot cake but find that you don’t have pre-shredded carrots, and you don’t have a traditional box grater either – there are a few things you can do to get the job done. Keep reading for the best way to grate carrots in a pinch. No one will ever know!

Tools you could use to make grated carrots

There are all different types of graters so, although you may not have a box grater or hand grater, there are a lot of things you can do to get your carrots down to the right size for your recipe. You may be surprised the simple kitchen equipment you need is already on hand! Thin slices of carrots for your carrot kale muffins or your other carrot favorite recipes are just minutes away!

  • vegetable peeler
  • cheese grater or micro plane grater
  • julienne peeler
  • shredding blade on mandolin
  • small food processor with shredding disc accessory
  • a sharp knife

How to make grated carrots

My first choice would be to use a mini food processor with a grating plate, because this is probably the easiest way. I try to use this kitchen appliance any chance I get, because it always gets the job done with minimal effort. All you need to do is add your carrots through the top shoot of the processor and let the plate do its job while you hit the pulse button. It will shred carrots for you!

If that’s not an option – I’d go for my vegetable peeler. Over a cutting board, run the peeler in a downward motion starting at the larger end of the carrot and ending at the pointed end of the carrot. Just like you would if you were going to peel it. It will make long thin strips. Then you can run your knife over them and cut them down to small thin pieces. It’s a great way to break your carrot down into small pieces with limited equipment!

The next method you could try is your microplane. This is a hand held grater that has small holes, similar to the large holes of the box grater. The main difference with with this tool is that your carrots will come out very fine, possibly mushy, so proceed with caution.

A julienne peeler will shred your large carrots into thin strips which means with a little bit of effort from your knife, you can chop them down to smaller pieces and get similar results to your box grater.

The best method will come down to which tools you have at home because there are truly a bunch of different ways to shred fresh carrots.

Use carrot shred immediately, but extra can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days. Try using them in muffins, breads, scones, meatloaf or quiche.

If whole carrots are more your thing – try these vegan carrot dogs! They’re excellent!

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Keep Your Nespresso Vertuo Machine Fresh: Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide 

If you’re like me, you’re reading this because you’ve never cleaned your Nespresso coffee machine!

Since starting the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, with intermittent fasting, my morning coffee time has been more important than ever. I wake up early when the rest of the house is asleep, make my coffee and catch up on reading, or writing in total quiet! I love resetting my day like this, but was truthfully stumped when I realized that I never thought to clean my machine! If you follow me on IG, you know I post my coffee in stories almost every day!

I realized my fatal mistake when having coffee with coworkers. A friend mentioned how much she love her Nespresso coffee maker and that cleaning it on a regular basis wasn’t so bad… when my mouth dropped! I’ll admit it, I have never run the descaling process on my Breville Nespresso Vertuo model. But I have to give myself grace – my machine didn’t have an unpleasant smell, my morning coffee tasted the same as always and I didn’t have a warning light!

To my credit, I have wiped the outside with a damp cloth and have always kept the water and discard bins clean – but regular cleaning was not in my rotation. Oops!

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Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to get a clean Breville Nespresso Vertuo machine.

We’ll talk through removing obvious dirt like old coffee grounds, how to turn on the descaling mode and what you should use to clean a dirty machine to keep your coffee tasting delicious! In addition to improving the taste of your coffee it will extend the life of your machine, keeping it in good condition.

How Often Should You Clean Your Machine? 

This is my machine here.

The general rule for all espresso machines is to clean them every few months, or when you notice that the indicator light color has changed from green to orange. If you use your Nespresso Vertuo every day, then cleaning it once every two months should suffice. Just make a note of your cleaning schedule if you have the Breville model because you won’t get an indicator light.

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Clean the Used Capsule and Water Reservoir

Clean the outside of these containers with a clean microfiber cloth. You can use lemon juice or white vinegar with water as a quick and effective solution. Use dish soap and water to remove any mineral deposits in the water reservoir, especially if you have hard water. The used coffee pod container may have a bit more build up from coffee residue, but can easily be removed with the cleaning process. Let both air dry before returning to the machine.

Cleaning the Drip Tray 

Next you’ll want to start by removing the drip tray from beneath your machine and emptying any residual water into the sink. Then, wash and rinse it with warm water and a mild detergent. Let it air dry before returning it to the machine. Make sure to empty and clean the drip tray after each use. 

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Cheers to excellent coffee.

Descaling Cycle 

The Nespresso website recommends that you descale your machine regularly. About every three months or every 300 pods, whichever comes first. It’s an important step to remove build-up of coffee oils that can build up over a long time.

(Most) Nespresso Vertuo have an automatic descaling system that will alert you when they need attention—the orange indicator light comes on when this happens. The descaling cycle can be activated in just a few steps: first, fill up the water tank with fresh tap water (though filtered or bottled water is recommended – not soapy water). Next, open the capsule container lid at the top of your machine and press the button for “descale” until you hear a beep; at this point, close the lid and press start. Once finished, discard any remaining water in the container and run two more cycles without adding any additional ingredients or capsules—this will ensure that all residue is removed from inside your machine.  

The Breville cleaning system is just a bit different. There’s no colored indicator light, and there’s no button inside the top of the machine. Instead, start by by filling the water reservoir with clean water. Then place a 20oz container under the spout. Close the capsule container lid at the top of the machine and press the button 3 times within 2 seconds to initiate the cleaning cycle. Keep your container in place for up to 5 minutes as water runs through the system. Once finished, discard any remaining water in the container and run two more cycles without adding additional ingredients or capsules.

Do You Need Special Cleaning Products? 

No! You don’t need special cleaners or chemicals when cleaning your Nespresso Vertuo; plain old soap and water will do just fine! However, if you do want to use special cleaning products made specifically for espresso machines, make sure they are non-abrasive so as not to damage any internal components of your device. Also note that some detergents contain chlorine which could leave behind an unpleasant taste in your coffee – so only use these products if necessary!  

With just a few simple steps every couple of months, you can keep your Nespresso in top shape and enjoy delicious cups of coffee for years to come! Cleaning does more than just improve flavor; regular maintenance helps extend the life of your appliance too! So take some time out today to give your machine some TLC – you’ll be glad you did!

Tips for cleaning your coffee maker

  • Create a phone reminder or jot your next cleaning on the calendar
  • Tip: note how many pods your case holds and make a judgement based on that, for example, you may have to run through it twice before cleaning.
  • Have a 20oz container, or large glass handy when it’s time to clean.
  • When it comes time to clean, just refill the reservoir and run the cycle after you’ve made your morning coffee. It’s automatic and hands off, so no reason to dread!
  • Rinse the drip tray and clean visible debris from the side containers weekly or as often as needed.

How I take my coffee

It took me a few weeks to get used to my Nespresso, but I truly enjoy my coffee so much that just one cup in the morning is enough. And I look forward to it every day!

The pod is key. I go back and forth with the melozio pods and the odacio pods, but I think odacio is my favorite. (They’re the turquoise ones). I keep it simple by adding 2 pumps of sugar free vanilla or hazlenut with 1/4 cup of foamed 1% milk. I don’t stray to far from this. If I try to make a 2nd cup, the satisfaction value just isn’t there. With one cup the calories stay under 50, I keep my fasted state and can stay on track with intermittent fasting!

If you like to take your coffee up a notch, try this Vegan Cold Creme recipe. Add a dolop

Cheers to excellent coffee.

How to clean your Nespresso Machine

Learn how to clean your Nespresso when it's missing an indicator light.
Prep Time2 minutes
Active Time5 minutes
Total Time7 minutes


  • 1 Nespresso Machine
  • 1 20 oz container


  • 20 oz water


  • Remove and clean both the water reservoir and the used pod container with warm soapy water. Let air dry before returning to the machine.
  • Fill the water reservoir with at least 20oz of bottled water.
  • Press the on button 3 times within 2 seconds to initiate the clean cycle. Be sure your 20oz container is under the spout.
  • It can take up to 2 minutes for the process to start. Leave container under the spout for the entire time. About 5 minutes.
  • Remove the drained water. Repeat if necessary.

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie

Unbelievably easy Yogurt marinade for chicken skewers

I came across this recipe a few years ago in one of my cookbooks and it’s been a staple ever since. I make it often during summer grilling season and it’s so easy to remember that I can make it while away on vacation! The marinade time is relatively low making it a good option for weeknight meals too. It’s one of my favorite chicken recipes because it requires very little prep work and they have so much flavor!

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What you need to make these chicken kabobs


  • Chicken pieces – I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in to 1-inch pieces. Boneless skinless chicken thighs also work well. If you don’t want to make kabobs, you can use your favorite cut of chicken and bake or roast until 165F.
  • Greek yogurt – The original recipe calls for full fat greek yogurt. I’ve made it with fat free Greek and plain yogurt and it also worked well.
  • Red curry paste – This is the secret ingredient. It’s where maximum flavor and color comes in. I prefer the Thai Kitchen brand. If you can’t find it, try a mix of tomato paste, garlic and fresh ginger, red chili powder and lemon zest.
  • Kosher salt and olive oil

Other equipment

  • Wooden skewers or metal skewers
  • Instant read thermometer
  • Outdoor grill, gas grill or indoor grill pan
  • Baking sheet to place raw chicken skewers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic gloves

How to make yogurt curry chicken skewers

First, combine the plain greek yogurt, curry paste, salt and oil in a large bowl. Mix well and set marinade ingredients aside.

Next, cut your chicken into one inch pieces if necessary.

Place pieces of chicken into marinade. Once coated, place chicken onto skewers, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

For best results, preheat your grill to ensure grill grates are hot.

Place skewers onto prepared grill and let cook for about 25 minutes, turning once half way through. Skewers should be golden brown and reach an internal temperature of 165F when done. Discard extra marinade.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

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Why does yogurt make a good marinade?

Yogurt is a good source of healthy bacteria for your gut. That same live active bacteria also happens to be what makes it a good marinade, tenderizing your chicken within a short amount of time.

What to serve with these easy chicken skewers

Serve cooked skewers with…

  • Roasted red onions and broccoli
  • Warm pita bread
  • Traditional Greek salad with tomato, olives and feta
  • Small side salad
  • Roasted potatoes and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Sliced cucumber and tzatziki
  • Hummus and stuffed grape leaves

Nutritional information and macros

This grilled chicken is versatile for regular macro and low carb days. This recipe makes 6, 5 oz cooked portions with the following macros. If you need other macro friendly recipes check out my chicken fajitas, egg roll in a bowl or pulled chicken recipes! All super easy and macro friendly.

Calories: 221

Fat: 7g

Carbohydrate 1g

Protein 35g

Yogurt Curry Chicken Skewers

This recipe couldn't be faster to throw together, and it's a complete crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 6
Calories 221 kcal


  • 1/2 cup full fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast skinless, boneless


  • Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes if necessary. Then add to yogurt mixture.
  • Let chicken sit in marinade for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  • Grill over medium high heat until internal temperature reads 165F. About 25 minutes.


Calories: 221kcal
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

About Me

I’m Melanie.

I’m a chef, registered dietitian, foodie, wife and mom.
If you’re looking for quick and healthy meal inspiration that supports your health goals while feeding the rest of your family (including the kiddoes) well, then you’ve come to the right place!

Melanie Marcus Selfie