Looking for a new twist on serving a fast and nutritious breakfast?
Heat tropical fruit salad you buy in the can in the microwave and pour over toaster waffles or pancakes. Dollop with some Lite Cool Whip and you have one awesome breakfast that will begin your day in a perfect way.
Serving size: 4
4 eggs or egg beaters to equal 4 eggs
10 ounces chopped spinach, partially cooked
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup part-skim ricotta Cheese
1 chicken bouillon cube dissolved in 6 ounces hot water
2 teaspoons onion flakes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Spray a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Place spinach in the bottom of the pie plate. Mix all ingredients together and stir well. Pour over spinach and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until set. One-quarter of pie equals 4 Weight Watchers points.
Serving size: 10
1/2 package lasagna noodles
2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
15 ounces non-fat ricotta cheese
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup non-fat Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried
8 ounces extra lean ground beef
32 ounces tomato sauce
16 ounces crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 medium onion, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, crushed
2 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon cilantro, dried
Sauce: Brown ground beef and drain. Add remaining sauce ingredients to browned ground beef and stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Set aside.
Filling: Combine all of the filling ingredients in a large bowl and stir to mix well. Set aside.
Assembly: Coat a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Spoon 1 cup of the sauce over bottom of pan. Lay 4 uncooked noodles over the bottom of the pan (three lengthwise and one crosswise). Allow a little space between noodles for expansion. Top noodles with half of the filling mixture, 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of sauce. Repeat the noodles, filling, mozzarella and sauce layers. Finally top with the remaining noodles, sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella.
At this point you can freeze. To prepare, thaw overnight. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, remove foil and bake for 15 minutes more or until the edges are bubbly and the top is brown. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
One piece is 5 Weight Watchers points, 249 calories, 8 g fat, 25 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 41 mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium.
MJ's Bean Dip
Serving size: 8
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans black-eyed peas, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 small jar pimento
1 small purple onion, diced
1 medium red or green pepper, diced
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup sugar or splenda
Combine the first four ingredients. Add the purple onion and red or green pepper; set aside. Combine the vinegar, water, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar or splenda. Bring to a boil and cool. Pour the mixture over the ingredients in the bowl, mix and marinade overnight.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
GARY'S TIP: Freeze honey in small freezer containers to prevent sugaring. It thaws quickly.
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