Category: Italian

Sausage & Kale Lasagna Soup

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Sausage & Kale Lasagna  soup is flavorful and healthy.  The nutrition for this dish is for a serving size of 2 cups (huge portion for little calories/points) !!  If you have some calories/points to spare…..dollop the optional cheese mix on top of your bowl of soup for an extra creamy true lasagna taste.  If you are making this ahead of time….. Once the soup is complete; cool & store in the fridge for later in the week.  The day that you want to serve:  Heat soup mixture in microwave while you are boiling the pasta.  Once both are complete…serve with cheese on top.  Leftovers taste great and are perfect to take to work.  ENJOY!!

Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Makes 5 servings of 1 cup each. Nutrition per cup: Weight Watchers Points + 2 ~ Calories 115.6 ~ Fat 2.4 g ~ Carbs 21.7 g ~ Fiber 6.3 g ~ Protein 4.5 g

Marinara sauce is a popular, robust Italian sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and herbs.  A lot of times you will hear this sauce called “gravy.”  Marinara sauce is usually a little spicier than other standard tomato sauces due to the amount of garlic & a little crushed red pepper.  This sauce is easy to prepare but needs to cook for about 3 hrs.  It is versatile and can be used in various Italian dishes, you can also transform marinara into a fantastic cream sauce (vodka sauce w/o the vodka).  Once you make a big batch, store it in the freezer.  Beware…..once you make your own sauce,  you will no longer enjoy the jarred stuff.

Skinny Chicken Parmesan

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Skinny Chicken Parmesan is the way to go for a figure friendly & family friendly meal. Serve this with salad or veggies for a complete meal. By using a mixture of panko & breadcrumbs you will get a crunchy coating when baking…so, no frying is needed. This meal is a great “prep-ahead” meal that can be warmed later in the week. I used homemade marinara sauce. ENJOY!!

No-noodle Veggie Lasagna

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I saw Hungry Girl Make this on one of her shows and I really wanted to try it! What a great way to have all the flavors of the lasagna without the starchy carbs. Not to mention you get a HUGE portion for only 6+ points! Super nutritious with a mixture of veggies without the starchy noodles. You will NOT miss the noodles!

For my 4 year old son, I chopped up the veggies & put it over some pasta. Of course,he ate his entire plate

Broccoli Rabe Lasagna Rolls with Sausage & Pepper Sauce

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A family friendly dinner that will please everyone at the table. Lasagna has been made over using pork & chicken sausage; part skim cheeses, 100% whole wheat lasagne noodles and broccoli rabe. Sneaking in the broccoli raab provides your family with antioxidant-rich vitamins A & C , Folate , potassium, fiber and calicium which can help fight off damage to your cells; protects against birth defects & heart disease. The latest news with broccoli rabe is its cancer-preventing potential because of its rich source of glucosinolates, which your body converts to cancer-fighting sulforophanes.

**I know; I know…..too much information!** However; I am a health care professional.

Take your leftovers to work the next day or eat later in the week when you have no time to make dinner. Serve with a side salad or veggies.

Sausage, Pepperoni and Pineapple Mini Whole Wheat Deep Dish Pizza

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A perfect Kickoff appetizer for when you are watching the game tomorrow……. No need to order pizza when you can have a savory & meaty “figure friendly” deep dish all to yourself. These rustic mini deep dish pizzas will look great on your Kickoff table while watching the Superbowl!! **if you would like to lower the points on this dish; just saute some of your favorite veggies and replace it for the sausage & pepperoni!! Enjoy!!

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta - Culinary Tuesdays

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

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Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic and seasonings make this a topper that is great for chicken, pasta, toasty bread, salad, baked potato or inside of a sandwich. You can chop it up in no time. I like that I can control the quality of the ingredients. Skip the store made stuff and try to make it yourself.

  This tasty mixture gives my food some life….try it out 🙂

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells

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Dear Vegetarians…..This one is for all of you whom requested more recipes 🙂

Have you ever bit into a chip dipped into an ooey gooey Spinach & Artichoke dip?  Well, imagine eating that dip stuffed inside a jumbo pasta shell covered with a chunky tomato sauce…………YUP!  That is what inspired me to make these 🙂    This recipe does not take long to come together and I always freeze 1/2 for those days where my son asks for stuffed shells.   Low points, Low fat, Low carbs & high protein………and delicious!   I hope your family enjoys these as much as mine.  You can serve with a salad or veggies for a complete low point meal. **Meat lovers- brown some sausage, beef or turkey & add to the sauce!    ENJOY!