Saturday, May 7, 2011

Makeover dinners

-Find a healthy marinara sauce. A healthy sauce means one where you can pronounce all the ingredients and one that is low in sugar. Personally, we use the Walmart brand "pasta sauce." It is the lowest in sugar and all ingredients that are real foods. You can easily make your own with crushed tomatoes, garlic, pepper, basil, etc. I've been just getting the jar sauce cause it's easier and faster. :P
-Brown some ground turkey, pour on the marinara sauce, and serve over whole wheat spaghetti pasta. Super easy and good for you!

-Whole wheat lasagna noodles
-16oz package of fat-free or 2% cottage cheese
-Part skim Parmesan cheese
-Part skim mozzarella cheese
-Ground turkey
-1 egg
-1 can of no salt added diced tomatoes
-1 can of no salt added tomato sauce
Cook the pasta. In a separate bowl, mix Parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, egg, onion, garlic, oregano, and basil. Brown the turkey and pour the tomatoes and tomato sauce over it.
In a 9x13 dish, layer the pasta first, 1/3 of the cheese mixture, and 1/3 of the turkey mixture. Repeat layers 3 times. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Two healthy dessert options:

Strawberry Shortcake


-1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
-1 t. baking powder
-2 eggs
-1/2 cup honey
-1/3 cup oil (I used olive oil, but you could also use coconut oil)
-1 t. vanilla extract
-1/2 cup milk
-Sliced many as you want!
-Heavy whipping cream (whip until soft peaks form. Add some honey and/or stevia for sweetness)
Mix together flour and baking powder.  Add in eggs, honey, oil, vanilla and milk. Mix with hand mixer until smooth.  Pour into well greased 8×8 inch baking pan.  Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.
Cool completely.  Top with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Honey Bars 
-1 cup natural peanut butter
-1/2 cup honey
-1 egg
-1/4 tsp vanilla
-1/8 cup sesame seeds (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Put into a 8x8 dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serve!

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