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Chicken Tortellini and Spinach Salad

10 Jul


Ingredients

3 Cups Chicken Tortellini
8 Cups Spinach, fresh
1 Tomatoes, chopped
1/4 Cup Onions, chopped
6 Tbsp Skinny Creamy Italian Dressing (recipe below)

* 1 tsp olive oil to coat tortellini so they don’t stick together.

Directions

Cook the tortellini per package instructions. Once drained coat with olive oil. Set in refrigerator to cool.

Once tortellini is cooled toss all ingredients together with dressing until well coated.

Serving Size: 4

Nutrition Info
  • Calories: 321.4
  • Fat: 10.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.1g
  • Protein: 13.2g

Skinny Creamy Italian Dressing

Ingredients

1/4 Cups Yogurt, plain, low fat
2 Tbsp Light Mayonnaise
1 Tsp Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, shredded
1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/8 Tsp Onion Powder
1/8 Tsp Salt
1/8 Tsp Black Pepper
1/8 Tsp Salad Herbs

Directions

Whisk all ingredients together.

Serving Size: 6 – 1 tbsp serving

Nutrition Info
  • Calories: 23.2
  • Fat: 1.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.1g
  • Protein: 0.9g
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Skinny Spaghetti Carbonara

10 Jun

Skinny Spaghetti Carbonara

Ingredients

6 oz Whole Wheat Spaghetti
2 Slices Turkey Bacon, Cooked and Diced
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Onions
1 Egg
1/3 Cup Almond Milk
1 Cup Peas, frozen
6 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
Salt & Pepper to taste (But don’t go over 1/2 tsp on the salt)

Directions

In a hot fry pan over medium high heat add olive oil. Add onion and cook until onions are translucent. Remove from heat. In a large bowl whisk together the egg and the milk. Stir in onion and parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Cook spaghetti per package instructions. Last couple minutes of cooking add the peas. Drain the pasta and the peas, then transfer to the sauce mixture. Toss to coat the pasta. Add the turkey bacon, salt, pepper, and toss. Serve immediately while still hot.

Serving Size: 4

Nutrition Info
  • Calories: 283.4
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.1g
  • Protein: 15.1g

Skinny Bolognese Sauce

22 Sep

I love Bolognese Sauce but not the fat and calories that come with it. I just had to come up with a skinny version. My husband and daughter didn’t even notice the difference.

  • 1 Pound of Lean Ground Sirloin (or ground Turkey)
  • 2 28 oz. Can Organic Tomatoes Diced in Tomato Juice (Trader Joe’s) –
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Onions (medium), minced
  • 3 – 4 Carrots (medium) minced
  • 5 – 6 Celery (medium) minced
  • 4 – 5  Garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Basil – fresh or freeze-dried
  • 1/4 tsp. dried Oregano
I juice everyday so I just use the pulp of the carrots and celery. The pulp works really well in this recipe. You can also use a food processor which also works really well. I also process the canned tomatoes in the food processor because I don’t like chunks of tomatoes in my Bolognese. It’s not necessary, but recommended.

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.

Add onion, celery, and carrots. Cook for 15 minutes

Add garlic. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until contents start to brown. Brown is where the flavor in the mixture develop.

Add ground beef. Cook through breaking the meat up. Do not brown the meat.

Stir in wine. Cook for 2 minutes

Add the tomato sauce

Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 2 hour, stirring occasionally.

Add 1/2 cup of the low sodium stock. Continue cooking for an 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

Add the remaining low sodium stock. Continue cooking for an 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

Add the Almond milk. Cook for a few more minutes

Depending on the tomato sauce that you use you may need to season with salt and pepper. Just keep in mind that any extra salt is not included in the nutritional facts.

If you’re planning on freezing let the sauce cool completely beforehand.

My two favorite ways to enjoy Skinny Bolognese Sauce.
Over Green Beans when I’m cutting back on my carbs. Over Whole Wheat Penne Pasta when I’m not.

Nutritional Info

  • Servings Per Recipe: 16 – 1/2 cup servings
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 105.5
  • Total Fat: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.7 mg
  • Sodium: 278.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 7.3 g
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