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Veggies and Noodles

Cooking the garlic in the dressing gives this dish a great flavor, so full of garlic, but the flavor is not biting, it is mellow and perfect.

Veggies and Noodles
Veggies and Noodles

4 servings
105 calories per serving

2 large zucchini
2 large carrots, peeled
1 c egg noodles
1/4 cup light Italian dressing
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Peel zucchini and carrots into long ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Cook noodles according to package instructions and add veggie ribbons to the boiling water the last minute. Drain and return to pot.

Saute garlic and dressing 2 minutes and then pour over the noodles and veggies and sauté 2 minutes to heat through. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Veggie Pitas

It’s a salad in a pita ! And a mighty good one at that !

Veggie Pitas
Veggie Pitas

4 servings
260 calories per serving

2 T oil
1 T vinegar
1 t grated lemon zest
1 t oregano flakes
¼ t garlic powder
¼ t onion powder
Salt to taste
1/8 t cayenne pepper
¾ c chopped romaine lettuce
½ c finely chopped tomato
½ c finely chopped English cucumber
¼ c chopped black olives
¼ c crumbled low fat feta cheese
4 6 inch pita pockets, sliced

Mix oil, vinegar, zest, oregano, garlic and cayenne. Add in all the rest of the ingredients and mix well then spoon mix into pita breads.

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup

This is rich and savory and a perfect lunch soup for a cold winter day.

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup
Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup

2 servings
365 calories per serving

1 can water
½ can low fat cream of mushroom soup
3 c low fat chicken broth
5 oz. cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast cubed (Perdue Shortcuts work great here !)
1 6.5 oz. can sliced mushrooms and their juice
½ c frozen mixed vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, etc.)
Salt and pepper to taste
½ t onion powder
½ t garlic powder
1 t parsley flakes
4 oz. whole wheat egg noodles
4 T fat free half and half

Combine water, soup, broth, chicken, mushrooms and juice and spices and bring to a boil. Add vegetables and bring back to a boil. Add noodles and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Lower to a simmer and add half and half and cook a few moments longer.

‘Sausage’ and Pepper Sandwich

The Morningstar Farms sausage links are made out of all veggies – the consistency is not quite there, but the sausage flavor is AWESOME. When placed on a nice big roll and smothered in peppers and onions, you don’t even realize that you are not eating real sausage ! This is a great way to still have one of your favorites but have a guilt free version.

'Sausage' and Pepper Sandwich
'Sausage' and Pepper Sandwich

1 serving
375 calories per serving

4 bell peppers, cut into thin strips
1 large onion, sliced thin
1 T oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
hot water

1 link Morningstar sausage heated according to package instructions
1 small club roll

Place oil in large skillet and heat to medium high. Put onions in pan and saute 5 minutes. Move onions to the side, remove pan from heat and spray skillet with Pam. Return to heat and add peppers to skillet. Let cook down a little and then season with all the spices. After about 5 minutes, lower heat to medium and continue cooking to desired doneness. I like mine pretty soft and let them cook a good 20 minutes. If you do the same, you will likely need to add a couple tablespoons of hot water a couple times during the cooking process so that the veggie stay moist and do not burn.

Place sausage on roll and top with peppers and onions.

Kung Pao Pork

Another recipe from the really, really easy stable. I don’t often use store bought sauces as many are filled with sugar – but this one is worth it for a treat !

Kung Pao Pork
Kung Pao Pork

4 servings
381 calories per serving

1 1b. pork loin, sliced thin
16 oz. bag frozen stir fry veggies, defrosted
4 T Kung Pao sauce (available in the Asian section of your market)
2 c cooked brown minute rice

Spray skillet with Pam and heat to medium high. Stir fry pork 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add vegetables and continue cooking 7 minutes or until all heated through. Add sauce and cook another 2 minutes. Serve with brown rice.

Spicy Corn and Peppers

This recipe packs so much flavor into one dish – the milky sauce mixes just perfectly with the cayenne and onion to create a rich vegetable dish that has you coming back for more.

Spicy Corn and Peppers
Spicy Corn and Peppers

6 servings
127 calories per serving

2 T butter
½ c onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
¼ t cayenne pepper
Coarse salt
16 oz. frozen corn
½ c diced tomatoes, drained (canned)
½ c whole milk

Melt butter in a skillet and add onion, pepper, cayenne and 1 t salt. Cook 7-8 minutes or until onion is soft then add the corn and tomatoes and cook 10 minutes. Stir in the milk and then remove from heat and serve.

Veggie Platter

Veggies are good. Veggies are sweet. Veggies are full of fiber. Veggies are good for you.

Veggies are a pain in the butt to prep !

But if you do a whole big platter when you have time over the weekend, then you can eat off of it all week long 🙂

As a snack, dip veggies in low fat dressing. As a side to lunch or dinner, drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Chop up and use in soups, salads and stews. The possibilities are endless !

So take 1/2 hour over the weekend and get your veggie on !

Mushroom and Feta Salad

This has sooooo much flavor in it that you just want to keep eating and eating ! It was just a perfect mix of ingredients and makes a great lunch serving.

Mushroom and Feta Salad
Mushroom and Feta Salad

2 servings
270 calories per serving

6 T Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette dressing, divided
2 large Portobello mushroom caps
1 medium yellow squash, sliced
5 c mixed salad greens
½ c chopped roasted red peppers
½ c low fat crumbled feta cheese
2 T toasted pine nuts

Brush mushrooms and squash with oil and 2 T of the dressing, Grill or broil 3-4 minutes each side and then cut mushrooms into slices. Add mushrooms and squash to lettuce and peppers. Add the rest of the dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts and serve immediately.

To toast nuts, heat a dry skillet and sauté nuts 5 minutes or so. You will know they are done because you will star to smell the nutty aroma 🙂

Breaded Tomatoes

This is high cal for a vegetable dish but served as a lunch alongside some tuna sprinkled with lemon, it’s a nice change. You don’t even need to wait for good summer tomatoes, because the cooking brings out the sweetness.

Breaded Tomatoes
Breaded Tomatoes

4 servings
285 calories per serving

1 1/2 c plain breadcrumbs
1/4 c parmesan cheese
1 T lemon zest
2 T olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 large tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking dish with Pam. In a bowl combine breadcrumbs, cheese, zest and oil. Add salt and pepper. Slice tomatoes and arrange in dish. Season with salt and pepper and top with breadcrumb mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Chopped Salad

The idea of a chopped salad is to get all the ingredients chopped uniformly and small – otherwise, it is just not a chopped salad ! And to me, prepping things in this fashion DOES make a difference in the flavor of the salad. There is something about getting a bunch of the ingredients in your mouth at the same time – it just makes for a flavor explosion !

Chopped Salad
Chopped Salad

6 servings
200 calories per serving

1/2 c white balsamic vinegar
3 stalks celery, finely diced
2 carrots, finely diced
1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
1 large peach, diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
2 c coarsely chopped arugula or spring mix or any other crisp greens
1 c thinly sliced napa cabbage
3 T olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 oz. crumbed low fat goat cheese
½ c slivered almonds or pine nuts, toasted
1 large hard boiled egg, sliced
Smoked paprika

Mix together all the veggies with oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and then add in cheese and almonds. Top with eggs and sprinkle with paprika.

To toast the almonds, simply place in a hot skillet and sauté until toasty and starting to brown.

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