Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sausage Spaghetti Pie

I love spaghetti in all forms, and this recipe was especially intriguing because it is lower in fat and calories. I doubled it from the original and switched up the ingredients a bit. Nutrition is calculated for Ragu No-Sugar Added sauce and whole-wheat spaghetti.

Sausage Spaghetti Pie

8 oz uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
1 pound smoked turkey sausage, diced
1 26-oz jar spaghetti sauce
1 15-oz container reduced-fat ricotta cheese
3 egg whites
3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 350. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, saute sausage for 3-4 minutes or until browned; stir in spaghetti sauce.

In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese and one egg white; set aside. Drain spaghetti; add 2/3 cup Parmesan and remaining egg whites. Press onto bottom and up the sides of a 9x13 casserole dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon ricotta mixture into crust. Top with sausage mixture.

Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and bake 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

Serves 8.

Nutrition Info: 313 calories, 11g fat, 6g fiber

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chicken, Cheddar & Apple Toss

Forgive me for another salad recipe. It's a slightly odd combination (or at least I thought so, but I might just be uncultured). This serves one, and the ingredients are not cut in stone - use however much or little you wish.

Chicken, Cheddar & Apple Toss

1 c. baby spinach, torn
2 oz. grilled chicken, diced
1/2 apple, diced
2 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into slivers
red onion, thinly sliced (to taste)
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. vinegar
black pepper

Arrange first five ingredients on plate. Whisk together mustard, oil, vinegar, and black pepper. Drizzle over salad.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Caramel Apple Salad

This particular little gem has been floating around the Weight Watchers message boards for some time, and I kept ignoring it because I thought I didn't like pineapple. Now that I've had a change of heart for that particular fruit, I decided to give it a try - and oh, my, is it a wonderful treat! Totally fat-free, it makes a great snack, side dish, or dessert, and I think I will take it to the next potluck dinner. It goes together in ten minutes or less, and I've had some in the fridge for five days and it still tastes fine.

Caramel Apple Salad

1 20-oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 box sugar-free fat-free butterscotch pudding mix (instant)
1 8-oz tub fat-free Cool Whip
4 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced (skins on)

In a large bowl, stir dry pudding mix into pineapple until well blended. Fold in Cool Whip. Stir in apples.

Serves 6-10 (depending how quickly they devour it!)