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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.

Roasted Sea Bass

Easter is the perfect time to make this. Sea bass is probably the most wonderful fish on the planet. It's taste is out-of-this-world.

Lockdown Chili (Z2 Version)

What better time to have a spicy chili than when I am in lockdown, practicing social distancing. 

Raspberry “Ice Cream”

Dieter Margaret offered up a GREAT idea! I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream – and we are on a diet! BONUS!

Roasted Red Pepper and Beef Chili

Okay, so I opened my pantry and saw a jar of roasted red pepper strips. I thought… I could make a new chili with these! So here you have it.

Tomato Cream Sauce

This sauce is so versatile. Serve over cooked chicken breast (or tenderloins) or fish of any kind. Even use it as a pool of sauce with broiled scallops on top. This can be comfort food or fancy dinner party food depending on how you serve it or what you serve with it.

Italian Sausage Soup

This simple Italian Soup is packed with flavor and convenience. It travels well and heats in the microwave too. Leftovers are a 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.

Chicken Breasts with Zola’s French Pan Sauce

This is my favorite new creation. I think I have made this three times in the last two weeks and that’s pretty much a record for me.

Pork Loin Roast with Red Pepper & Spinach Stuffing

The flavor and aroma of this dish will bring a little bit of the Italian countryside to your dinner table. Try it out tonight with your family.

Coffee-Crusted Steaks with Tomato Salad & Caramelized Onion “Jam”

Coffee on a steak? Heck yes! This combo is a steak-house classic that will leave your mouth watering for more but won't keep you up all night from a caffeine buzz.

Asian Balsamic Glazed Salmon

A tasty dish you can have on the table in under thirty minutes!

Raspberry Pate de Fruit from Chef Josh

These are delightful little jellies. They taste so French and so fresh! Not like those little gum-balls you can buy at the candy store.

Pumpkin Spiced Coffee

The commercials are everywhere in the fall. Pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Starbucks is famous for their pumpkin spiced latte but you should try this, which is minus all those carbs.

Mediterranean Cucumber Salad

This simple salad can be prepared in minutes and offers a light flavor, a bright bowl full of color and cool crunch on a warm day!

Fruit & Protein Smoothie

This is an easy and nutrient dense option for our dieters on the go!

Sweet Tea (the no sugar way)

The good news is you can have your sweet tea and drink it, too. I’ve come up with a new recipe and had it rated and perfected at a party at my home last night.

Russian Traditional Salad

This delicious recipe was submitted by Plan Z dieter Bruce. Bruce says, "We saw this sixteen years ago on a trip to visit our daughter in-law. They keep it from day to day and just add to it when more is needed."

Chicken Piccata

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

Baked Kale or Swiss Chard Chips

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

Cinnamon Tangerines

This simple recipe is the latest from the Zola Test Kitchen. Try these! I got some really juicy tangerines (that were very easy to peel) at the grocery store yesterday.

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.

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!

Rhubarb Bumbleberry Dessert

In spring I always get a hankering for rhubarb. My mother used to plant it and I loved picking it in the warm sun. Usually I’d make a rhubarb strawberry crisp but on ZReduction that’s out of the cards. So I had an idea to mix the rhubarb idea with the Canadian idea of a bumbleberry pie.

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.