Author Archives: mjeats

Mexican Lasagna

 I ♥ Mexican Food, so when I found a recipe for Mexican Lasagna I knew I had to try this. And Bonus Points – it’s low fat too (220 calories per serving)! This turned out sooo good! I will definitely be making this again. Check out the link to the original recipe I used and my tweaked version below. Happy Eating! –MJ

http://www.food.com/recipe/mexican-lasagna-17954

 

Fiesta Lasagna

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 (1 ¼ ounce) package taco seasoning  – I used the Old El Paso Low Sodium Seasoning

1 cup frozen onions

1 ½ cup tomato sauce (low sodium)

16 ounces salsa or picante sauce

1 cup light cottage cheese

¾ cup egg substitute

8-12 8 inch corn tortillas

1 can refried beans    

8-10 ounces Sargento Reduce Fat 4 Cheese Mexican Cheese 

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350°F

2) Brown turkey, drain (if necessary).

3) Add seasoning packet, onion, tomato sauce and salsa.

4) Simmer 5-7 minutes.

5) Combine cottage cheese and egg in small bowl.

6) Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.

7) Assemble lasagna in the following order: 1/2 meat mixture, 1/2 tortillas, 1/2 cottage cheese mixture, 1/2 cheese, repeat. Optional – Incorporate Refried Beans into second/ or final layer of meat

8) Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.

9) Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

 Makes 8 Servings

 

My Attempt at Pasta

I’m not the biggest pasta eater, but after the holidays were over I still had one final can of pumpkin puree I needed to get rid off and another dessert was out of the question. I found this recipe for baked Pumpkin Pasta and since it was low fat I decided to give it a try. http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/vegetablevegetariandishes/r/pumpkinpasta.htm

For me this recipe was okay. The pros it’s low fat. One serving equals 350 calories and the servings were huge and could easily be split in half. But overall it lacked taste. The recipe just didn’t do it for me. I kept trying to add more cheese to make it tastier. I used whole wheat pasta, so that possibly could have been the issue. If I reattempt this recipe, I would probably use half the amount of penne pasta to give it a little more taste and to cut down on the servings since this was just a little too much pasta for me! Happy Eating! –MJ

Low Fat Baked Pumpkin Pasta

12 ounces uncooked penne pasta

2 tsp olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise, then sliced

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried sage

1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin

1 cup part skim ricotta cheese

1/2 cup water reserved from pasta pot

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to directions on package, less 2 minutes, and reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water when done.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet. Sauté onions and garlic for 5-6 minutes, until softened. Stir in zucchini and herbs, and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in canned pumpkin and ricotta cheese.
  5. Empty drained pasta plus 1/2 cup of reserved cooking water into skillet and mix well.
  6. Spoon pasta into a 11 x 7 baking dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Makes 6 Servings

Starting the New Year off Right!

My first few blogs will be backdated a little since I’ve already tried a few different recipes and I just recently came up with the idea for this blog. For my first weeks recipe I decided to try this Awesome Ham & Gruyere Quiche recipe I found courtesy of Pinterest. I love anything and everything breakfast and Gruyere cheese is amazing so I decided this recipe was worth a try. Here’s the link to the original recipe

 http://acozykitchen.com/ham-spinach-and-gruyere-quiche/

 

I love using honey baked ham for omelets so I decided it was the perfect choice for this recipe. I had never attempted to make a quiche before.  I wasn’t quite ambitious enough to try the homemade crust from the recipe so I opted for a frozen crust, Still this turned out Amazing!!! I went a little overboard with the gruyere so mine was a little cheese but I made this at my parent’s house on New Year’s Day and boy it didn’t last long at all! I will definitely be trying this again. Next time I might even attempt the crust or try a healthified version with eggbeaters. Happy Eating! -MJ

Honey Baked Ham and Gruyére Quiche

1 Frozen Pie Crust
1 teaspoon olive oil                                                                                                                                                 6 ounces of spinach
4 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper      

1/2 cup cubed Gruyére

1 cup chopped honey baked ham       Few pieces of honey baked glazed toping Optional (I included some in the mixture and it gave the crust that nice sweet honey baked ham flavor)    

 

1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Drain in a colander (or on a handful or paper towels) and set aside.

2. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl beat eggs together with cream, milk, salt and pepper.

3. Add the wilted spinach, cubed cheese and ham to the pie shell. Pour 3/4 of the egg mixture over top and transfer to a baking sheet. Place in oven on rack and top off with the remaining egg mixture (this way it won’t spill over!).

4. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. The top of the quiche will be puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly until serving

 

 

 

 

About

Hi I’m MJ. I am a Weight Watchers enthusiast who loves to eat! I have very limited cooking skills but decided to set a goal for myself to cook/ bake something at least once a week over the next year. I wanted to create something to keep track of all the new recipes I try and decided this blog would be a good option. I’m committed to living a healthier lifestyle and I follow the old school weight watchers plan, but I also believe in splurging occasionally so not all my recipes will be healthified!