Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Enchilada Stuffed Shells

  • 8 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 can (5oz) enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/8 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 C fat-free refried beans
  • 1/2 C shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a nonstick skillet, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in enchilada sauce and seasonings; set aside.
2. Place a rounded teaspoonful of refried beans in each pasta shell, then fill with turkey mixture. Place in a baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Cover and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Robyn's notes: I made this dish in two halves. For my half, I used bean dip instead of refried beans (I can't have whole beans). For his half, I used chunky salsa instead of enchilada sauce. It was ok, not exciting.

** 2 Stars: Acceptable. At least one of us liked this enough for me to make it again, if I make changes

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mixed Salad with Avocado Dressing

Avocado Dressing
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1/2 C fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 C minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dill weed
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Serve over salad. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield 2 Cups

Mixed Salad
  • baby spinach
  • sliced cucumber
  • cherry tomatoes
  • chopped hard-boiled egg
  • dried cranberries
  • chow mein noodles
  • sliced mushrooms
1. Combine salad ingredients, toss with dressing.

Robyn's notes: I used the blender instead of the food processor to mix the dressing. It was very easy and fast. The salad, of course, can be any salad ingredients you wish, this was just an example of what I used today. He liked it a lot.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Pita Pizzas

  • 1/4 lb ground turkey
  • 2 whole pita breads
  • 1 can (8oz) fat-free refried beans
  • 1/2 C chunky salsa
  • 1/3 C shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 3 Tbsp fat-free sour cream
  • 1 green onion, sliced

1. In a nonstick skillet, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink, drain. Place pitas on a baking sheet. Spread with refried beans; top with turkey, salsa and cheese.
2. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and onions.
Robyn's notes: this was really easy. It was listed in a cookbook for easy cooking for diabetics. Neither of us is diabetic, but it's good to watch sugar levels and fats and all the rest, so I like to look at the exchanges sometimes.