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Baked Kale or Swiss Chard Chips

If you have a hankering for potato chips, try these!

Mexican Chicken Stew

This is a great Zola to Go! dish, perfect for those cold days for lunch.

Italian Green Bean Salad

This is a fun, colorful side dish to a plain piece of meat. This goes together so fast! You can even make it in the morning and finish assembly just before dinner.

Pork Chops with Thyme and Mustard

This is an easy and tasty meal that comes together in a jiffy. Big Yum!


This is probably the spiciest offering for Plan Z. So if you like Indian food and you like it spicy, this is your ticket.

Texas Style Chili (EASY)

This chili is tasty but not overly spicy.

Beefy Chili with Roasted Poblanos

Just in time for all the big football games coming up. My newest chili. LOVE this stuff! Big YUM.

Tarragon-Mustard Shrimp

This dish made a wonderful lunch salad entrée in our Plan Z kitchen. I think it would be GREAT as an appetizer at a cocktail party, too.

Creole Soup (with or without protein)

This soup is super easy to make.  If you are a fan of southern food this will hit the spot.

Zola-fied Berghoff Spinach

The Berghoff is a famous Chicago restaurant. Their creamed spinach is an institution in itself. This is my ZReduction version.

Brussels Sprouts with a Balsamic Drizzle

This is such a versatile side dish it goes well with any type of protein.

Roasted Garlic

You could also add some of this roasted garlic to a batch of cooked green beans or asparagus for a nice flavor combo.

Orange – Vanilla Water

If you miss soda but know in your heart that it’s bad for you, try a recipe like this one.

Grilled Italian Veggies with Steak

This is super easy. A great summer entrée that comes together in a flash.

Chicken Verde

This is going to taste just like a traditional enchilada without the tortilla. If you have Mexican food fans in your family this is a hit!

Zola Pops

This recipe was contributed by Plan Z dieter Amy from Chicago. Good thinking, Amy! Great idea!

Chicken Piccata

This delicious recipe was submitted by Dieter Karen. Thanks Karen!

Patriotic Cherries

To make this dish “patriotic’ all you need to do is add blueberries and you have a red and blue dessert. You don’t need to feel left out of the holiday celebration just because you’re on a diet. Yours will be just as colorful and tasty as anything else being served.

Raspberry Coulis

Raspberry coulis is often used by dessert chefs to decorate your dessert at a restaurant. They put a swirl of it on your plate or maybe drizzle it over the top of the dessert. You can be fancy or plain as you wish.

Grilled Peaches

I adapted this recipe for Plan Z from one of Bobby Flay’s ideas. I love a good grilled peach in the summer. Even if you have a crowd over for a barbecue you can grill up a bunch of these in a jiffy and everyone will enjoy a healthy dessert.

Ranch Chicken

This chicken is super moist and yummy. The ranch dressing gives it a gourmet feel without any work at all!

International Steak Marinade

A great but simple marinade contributed by Dieter Insider Amy.

Grilled Baby Lobster Tails with a Shallot Tomato Salad

Fancy on the budget, fancy on the fare, light on the calories, and delicious in the air! This dish will make you feel spoiled, even when you are on a diet.

Cucumber Lemonade

This is a more exotic lemonade but a refreshing one. You’ll feel fancy drinking this.

No Sugar Lemonade

I would not drink this all day while on ZReduction, but a couple of glasses should be fine.

Creole Meatloaf

This is a wonderfully moist meatloaf. It has a kick from the Cajun spices but not all that much and you can adjust according to taste. This transports well to work.

Balsamic Chicken (Braised or Slow Cooker)

This is a super easy meal to make; made even easier by doing it in your slow cooker. Simple Italian.

Gene’s Ketchup

This recipe was submitted by dieter Gene. A delicious and easy ketchup without sugar!

Barbecue Meatloaf

I had a hankering for ribs. I ordered some as an appetizer at a restaurant and they just didn’t cut it. I could not get the craving out of my head, so I came up with the barbecued meatloaf recipe.  Hope you love it. 

Chicken Chili – Caribbean-Style

A spicy no bean chili that packs a flavor punch! Add spinach for extra vitamins and color.

Paul’s White Fish with Sauteed Vegetables

Tasty white fish and vegetables has been a regular part of my ZReduction regimen. My favorite is starting with a 6-8 ounce mahi-mahi fillet AND a 6-8 ounce hake fillet purchased frozen in big bags at Costco. This results in a “double batch” meal with the second half going in the fridge to bring into the menu flow a day or two later.

Bacon and Veggie Quiche

This a great, crustless quiche that can be eaten as a lunch or light dinner with Plan Z.

Italian Burgers

To make this burger taste extra special, consider topping it with a soup spoonful of spaghetti sauce. You can find one with no sugar in the spaghetti sauce aisle.

Sausage Chicken Gumbo

This comes together in a flash and tastes just as good as the recipes that cook for hours.

Aujus (Sauce for Beef Dishes)

This is a super simple version I made up for a quick weeknight meal. It only takes a few minutes to make and really ramps up the flavor of your beef cut.

Raspberry Grapefruit Sparkler

This is a drink you can make in a pitcher and enjoy all during ZReduction. I don’t usually like grapefruit at all, but LaCroix makes a grapefruit fizzy water that is just delightful. I use it to make this drink or I drink it plain over ice too.

Frito Meatloaf

This meatloaf makes six servings. When you serve it, remember that your crunch item is already included, so no breadstick or crackers with this meal.

Zippy Orange Salsa for Grilled Fish

This is a Mexican-style sauce. The sauce is definitely served cold and makes a great contrast to warm fish. You can also do this with chicken if you prefer.

Fish Kabobs

These fast and fun kabobs can be made with any of your favorite ZReduction approved spices.

The Deconstructed Chicago Hotdog in Honor of the 2016 World Series Champs – The Chicago Cubs

It took the Cubs 108 years to win the World Series. It only took VP Anger Management 7 years to “invent” this recipe.

Grilled Tuna with an Asian Flair

Tuna is a hearty piece of fish full of antioxidants and protein. This meal will leave you full and satisfied.

Exotic Peach Relish With Your Choice of Protein

This peach relish tastes a bit on the Indian-side. I had mine with salmon but you could serve it over chicken or pork, too. Plus it tastes fancy enough for company.

Chicken with Citrus Gremolata

Gremolata, by definition, is a chopped herb and citrus condiment. Super simple and so fancy sounding.

Famous Burger Meatloaf

This is a “Whopper” of a meatloaf, designed to taste like the famous burger. I hope you enjoy.

Sauteed Spinach

Since spinach is an unlimited, you can have as much as you like. It doesn't count towards your veggie portion which means you can have this and another veggie, too. YUM!

Refreshing Summer Lemonade

A perfect way to cool down over the hot 4th of July weekend. Here’s everything you need to make a refreshing carbonated lemonade or limeade; depending on which way you choose to go.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Kebabs on Top of a Chopped Salad

Grilling makes Plan Z easy and popular. This dish can be served to a whole family or even as part of an outdoor cookout party.

Cabbage Soup

All the ingredients spend a lot of loving time together in the pot to make an amazingly simple and flavorful soup.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Dieter Jessica made this meal on one of her first days of ZReduction. It was so delicious she wanted to share it with everyone.