SPAGHETTI ROSTI WITH SPINACH AND TUNA

ANOTHER QUICK LENTEN MEAL!

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I USED ONE DISH AND COOKED IT IN THE MICROWAVE – THE RECIPE CALLED FOR SAUTEING THE ONION AND GARLIC IN A NON-STICK SKILLET THAT IS SUITABLE TO PUT UNDER THE BROILER BUT ALL MY SKILLETS HAVE PLASTIC HANDLES!! THEY MIXED EVERYTHING IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL THEN RETURNED THE MIXTURE TO THE SKILLET COOKING WITHOUT STIRRING ABOUT 10 MINUTES UNTIL SET. THEN THEY PLACED THE SKILLET UNDER THE BROILER UNTIL BROWNED. EITHER WAY YOU DECIDE TO COOK IT, YOU’LL LOVE IT!

8 oz whole wheat thin spaghetti cooked according to directions
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
6 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (Fresh spinach would be even better!)
5 eggs, beaten
2 (5oz) canS tuna in water, drained
1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste (I always add at the table if needed)

I HAD LEFT OVER SPAGHETTI NOODLES SO I THREW THEM IN A 10″ GLASS PIE PLATE THAT I SPRAYED WITH NON-STICK COOKING SPRAY. I MIXED EVERYTHING IN THE PIE PLATE, COVERED WITH WAXED PAPER AND COOKED IN THE MICROWAVE ON HIGH 10 MINUTES UNTIL SET IN THE MIDDLE (ABOUT EVERY 2 MINUTES I WOULD STOP AND STIR A TOUCH).  IN THE LAST 2 MINUTES I ADDED A SLICE OF AMERICAN CHEESE BROKEN INTO 8 PIECES AROUND THE OUTSIDE EDGE FOR A BIT OF COLOR!

IT WAS EASY TO CUT INTO 6 WEDGES AND SERVE WITH A FRESH SALAD!

MY HUSBAND THOUGHT SOME FRENCH FRIED ONIONS WOULD REALLY SET IT OFF SO NEXT TIME I’LL MIX SOME IN AND THEN LEAVE SOME ON TOP TO GET CRISPY! GOOD IDEA HUBBY!

AWESOME CHOCOLATE CHUNK BREAD

FROM A BOX – UNBELIEVABLE!

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I KNOW I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER!  SO EASY AND STILL SO GOOD – IT’S KRUSTEAZ:

ALL YOU NEED IS:

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1/2 C WATER

1/3 CUP VEGETABLE OIL

3 EGGS

PREHEAT OVEN AT 350 F.  STIR EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND POUR INTO GREASED LOAF PAN.  BAKE 50-55 MINUTES.

WHY WOULD I TRY TO MAKE SOMETHING FROM SCRATCH WHEN THIS IS SO GOOD?!

DOES IT HAVE MUCH NUTRITIONAL VALUE? NOOO! BUT:

  1. I COULD HAVE IT WITH A 4 OZ. GLASS OF ORANGE JUICE OR A PIECE OF FRESH FRUIT TO GET MY DAILY VITAMIN C ALLOWANCE
  2. I COULD HAVE IT WITH A LOW-FAT OR GREEK YOGURT FOR SOME ADDED PROTEIN
  3. I COULD ADD SOME SOLUBLE FIBER POWDER LIKE BENEFIBER
  4. I COULD ADD SOME WHEAT GERM TO GIVE A LITTLE NUTTY FLAVOR AND ADD B-COMPLEX
  5. I COULD ADD SOME NUT BUTTER FOR PROTEIN AND WHAT IS BETTER THAN PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE.

MY HUSBAND IS LIKING IT FOR NOW IN THE TOASTER OVEN HEATED JUST ENOUGH TO MELT THE CHOCOLATE CHUNKS FOR A DESSERT KIND OF BREAKFAST!

GRILLED VEGETABLE PIZZA

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ANOTHER MEATLESS MEAL FOR YOUR LENTEN FRIDAYS!

Your favorite bread/pizza dough for crust (I use Mama Mary’s Whole Wheat Pizza Crusts)
1 onion, cut into rings
1 zucchini, sliced and cut into bit sized pieces
A variety of sweet peppers, sliced (I used red, yellow and orange mini sweet peppers)
2 jarred roasted red peppers, cut into strips
1 c pesto (I only needed about 1/2 cup)
4 oz feta crumbles
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
A drizzle of Italian or Greek Salad Dressing

My pizza crust does not need precooking but yours may need to be baked a bit until golden brown. Meanwhile grill the veggies in a skillet about 3-4 minutes (I did mine in the oven at 425 F on a foil lined baking sheet to cut down on dishes – about 10 minutes – under broiler would be quicker still.)

Spread pesto onto crust. Add veggies and cheeses and a drizzle of dressing. Bake another 5-10 minutes.

SERVE WITH A BIG FRESH SALAD!

ONE POTATO – LATKES FOR BREAKFAST

POTATO LATKES CAN BE MADE LOW FAT AND MAKE A HEARTY BREAKFAST!

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1 potato, shredded (If I had a sweet potato I would prefer to use that)*
1/2 c instant mashed potatoes
1/4 c all purpose baking mix (bisquick)
1/4 c milk
2 Tbsp low fat sour cream
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped peppers
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 oz canned mushroom slices drained

*I THINK FROZEN HASH BROWNS WOULD WORK WELL TOO IF YOU’RE PRESSED FOR TIME!

Add first 6 ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well. Fold in the vegetables – the batter will be thicker than pancake mix. Coat a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place on medium high heat. Place large scoops of batter (about 1/2 cup each) onto skillet and flatten somewhat (Mine made 4 large latkes). Cook about 5 minutes each side turning carefully.

I FROZE MY LATKES WITH A PIECE OF WAXED PAPER BETWEEN THEM.  THEN I CAN TAKE ONE OUT ON THE WEEKEND AND A TURKEY SAUSAGE BREAKFAST LINK AND MICROWAVE A SATISFYING BREAKFAST IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS.  SOMETIMES I LIKE TO ADD KETCHUP OR A LITTLE SALT AND PEPPER.

SCREWY NOODLE AND SAUSAGE STEW

MY HUSBAND HAS A WAY WITH WORDS!

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12 OZ HOT ITALIAN SAUSAGE (YOU CAN USE TURKEY OR CHICKEN SAUSAGE)
12 OZ CORK SCREW PASTA (ROTINI – I USED WHOLE WHEAT)
1 GARLIC CLOVE, MINCED
1/2 ONION, SLICED
BUTTERNUT SQUASH, CUT INTO 1/2″ CUBES
1/2 CUP CHICKEN BROTH
1 TBSP BASIL (I USED GOURMET GARDEN BASIL PASTE)
1/2 CUP SHREDDED ITALIAN BLEND CHEESE

I PUT THE SAUSAGE, GARLIC, ONION, SQUASH AND CHICKEN BROTH IN MY CROCK POT AND COOKED ON LOW 5 HOURS. THEN I CUT UP THE SAUSAGE AND RETURNED IT TO THE POT AND STIRRED IN THE BASIL. COOK THE PASTA AS DIRECTED (OR YOU COULD TRY THE NO WAITING FOR IT TO BOIL METHOD (http://wp.me/p3CD01-xw) AND DRAIN. SERVE THE SAUSAGE MIXTURE OVER NOODLES AND TOP WITH SHREDDED CHEESE.

THIS RECIPE ALSO CALLED FOR SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE BUT WITH THE HOT SAUSAGE THERE WAS NO NEED FOR IT. I ALSO ADDED A MEDIUM ZUCCHINI THAT I NEEDED TO USE OR LOSE.

EXCELLENT WITH A BIG FRESH SALAD!

RECORD BREAKING COLD TORTELLINI SOUP

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32 oz chicken broth
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans water
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 onion, diced
1 bag/box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 bag frozen tortellini

PLACE EVERYTHING EXCEPT TORTELLINI IN A BIG SOUP POT. BRING TO A BOIL THEN COVER AND REDUCE HEAT TO LOW. SIMMER FOR 45 MINUTES. BRING HEAT TO HIGH AND ADD TORTELLINI. COOK FOR ABOUT 5 MORE MINUTES AND SERVE!!

SPINACH AND MUSHROOM STUFFED PORK CHOPS

I COOKED MINE IN THE CROCK POT BUT THESE CAN EASILY BE BAKED IN THE OVEN

1 lb thin sliced pork loin chops (8 chops)
4 oz can sliced mushrooms, drained
8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained if needed
1/2 c chopped onion
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg
3/4 c chicken broth
8 oz cream cheese, softened (low fat is great but I only had spicy jalapeno which was fun!)

Mix together mushrooms, spinach, onion and cheeses in a large mixing bowl. Add egg and mix well.

Scoop about 1/4 c of mixture in the middle of each chop. Roll up and fasten with a toothpick. Place in the bottom of the crock pot. Add about 1/4 cup of the chicken broth. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.

In microwave safe bowl combine chicken broth and cream cheese cook on HIGH 1 minute and stir or whisk. Cook on HIGH another minute or until cream cheese melts and creates a creamy sauce.

I SERVED THESE CHOPS WITH LONG GRAIN AND WILD RICE TO WHICH I ADDED ANY LEFT OVER SPINACH AND MUSHROOM STUFFING I HAD, GREEN BEANS AND A BIG SALAD. THE SAUCE WAS DELICIOUS AND SPICY OVER THE CHOPS AND RICE! IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PRETTY AND FUN TO MAKE SOME BAKED APPLE SLICES WITH THIS DISH AS WELL!

BAKED APPLE SLICES

1 apple, cored and sliced
non-stick cooking spray (I used butter flavor)
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Place apple slices in a baking dish. Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake in 350 F oven for about 10 minutes so they are still crispy.  I had a few sliced pecans that I added but walnuts and/or raisins woould be great too!

WARM WHITE BEAN AND TUNA QUESADILLAS

 

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1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 (5 oz) cans tuna, drained
1/4 c Miracle Whip
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp minced garlic
5 large (super sized) Azteca Tortillas
1 c shredded cheddar
1 c baby spinach leaves
1 c roasted red pepper or fresh red pepper slices
non-stick spray

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Preheat oven at 350 F. In a medium mixing bowl, lightly mash beans. Stir in next 4 ingredients. Evenly sparead tuna mix over 2 1/2 tortillas laid out on 2 cookie sheets sprayed with non-stick spray. Top with cheese, spinach, peppers and remaining tortillas. Lightly spray tortilla tops with non-stick spray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Cut into quarters and serve with salsa and sour cream.

ALSO SERVED WITH A FRESH SALAD!

ANOTHER GREAT LENTEN MEAL

LENTEN TUNA BURGERS

MEATLESS FRIDAYS IN LENT REQUIRE LOTS OF NEW IDEAS!

Tuna Burgers and steamed slaw (11)

2 (5 oz ) can chunk light tuna in water (drained well)
1 small sweet potato (peeled and cut into large chunks)
2 eggs
1/4 c Italian seasoned bread crumbs or panko
1/4 c all purpose baking mix (bisquick)
1/2 pkt of ranch dressing mix
2 Tbsp pesto

In a large mixing bowl place sweet potato chunks into 1-2 cups of hot water. Microwave on high 10-15 minutes until soft enough to mash. Mash up and add the drained tuna. Add eggs and mix well. Add bread crumbs, baking mix, ranch dressing mix and pesto. Mix well. Mold into 4 large burgers (I use a round plastic container). Place burgers on a preheated George Forman Grill or preheated skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Grill 5-8 minutes each side (the George Forman Grill cuts cooking time in half as it grills both sides at once).

ADD LETTUCE, TOMATO, PICKLES,MAYO OR TARTAR SAUCE.  I SERVED ON A CIABATTA ROLL WITH SPICY BAKED FRIES (I HAD A COMBINATION OF SWEET POTATO AND WHITE POTATOES FOR THE FRIES) AND STEAMED LEMON DILL BROCCOLI SLAW.

STEAMED LEMON DILL BROCCOLI SLAW

2 c broccoli slaw (homemade or prepackaged)
1/2 cup chicken broth (vegetable broth if you want to keep the slaw vegetarian
1 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh is always best but bottled will do)
1 tsp dill weed

Place all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and mix well.  Microwave on high about 2 minutes – I like to keep my slaw on the crunchy side so I only nuke it until it is warmed not hot and limp.