Monday, March 30, 2015

Cold spaghetti pasta salad

Thanks to Thea-Lee Stottele for sharing her recipe!

Depending on your pasta and your sauces if  you're doing sf you'd just have to count the parmesan cheese and the shredded cheddar unless it's fat free.

So if  you use whole wheat pasta, pasta sauce with no sugar, fat free Italian dressing, parmesan cheese and light shredded cheddar cheese it would be Simply Filling + 1pp.

Or for points plus I counted 5pp for 1 cup and bulked it up by adding 1 cup of steamed broccoli that I'd cooled before adding in. A very filling lunch! Next time I might add mushrooms and peppers :)

Cold spaghetti pasta salad Makes 5x 1 cup servings 

5 oz of whole wheat thin spaghetti/spaghettini noodles cooked el dante
1/2 jar of pasta sauce I used a blue menu one
1/3c fat free Italian dressing I lowered the amount from the original recipe
1/4c parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4c chopped red onion
1/4c light shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half
The original recipe also called for olives which I left out because of sodium

Break up your pasta before cooking and add to boiling water. Cook until just done. Drain pasta and put into large bowl. Add all other ingredients. Toss and put into the fridge for at least 2 hours I put it in overnight. Stir it up before serving.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Meatball spinach tortellini soup

I saw a recipe on which I tweaked.

I cheated and bought the lean Italian meatballs from president's choice blue menu which really made this an easy and quick put together soup.

Meatball spinach tortellini soup 6 servings of 1 1/2c and each has 4 meatballs 7pp per serving
For Simply Filling the only ingredients I would count would be the tortellini and parmesan cheese if you choose put it on. Points depend on which tortellini you buy.

president's choice blue menu lean Italian meatballs 24 or 4 per serving
2 tsp olive oil
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 large carrot peeled and I used my julienne peeler to shred it
2x 900 ml or 30oz boxes of lower sodium chicken broth
100g olivieri tortellini three cheese
3 cups of baby spinach torn

Melt butter then saute celery, onion, carrot and garlic until veggies are beginning to soften.
Add broth and increase temperature until boiling.
Reduce heat and add the meatballs and the tortellini.
Simmer for 7-8 minutes or according to directions on your tortellini.
Add the baby spinach and simmer for a minute or two.

You may like to add parmesan cheese on top once it's in the bowls that would be an extra 1pp

Makes 6 x 1.5c servings
7pp per serving without the parmesan cheese

This was so good the hubs had 2 servings :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Berry cobbler

Berry cobbler 2pp or simply filling

You could use any fruit for this but today I used frozen blueberries and frozen cherries.

Frozen fruit approximately 1/2 cup you could also use fresh fruit
1/4 cup of quick oats ground into flour
1/2c approximately of diet clear soda I used diet 7up

Spray a 1 cup ramekin or baking dish with non stick spray
put the fruit in
mix the oatmeal and sweetener I used 1 packet
put the oatmeal on top of the fruit evenly
pour the pop slowly over the oatmeal if it fizzes let it settle before pour more on
I gave a quick spray of butter flavoured pam on top

I didn't do it this time but next time I'll sprinkle a little course sugar on top :) 0pp

I baked this in a 350 toaster oven for 30 minutes

This isn't overly sweet which is why I like it.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Strawberry banana baked oatmeal

Strawberry banana baked oatmeal simply filling or 5pp

1/3c quick or minute oats uncooked
1/4 egg substitute or 2 egg whites
1 tbsp skim milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
sweetener to taste
1 banana mashed but keep a couple of slices to put on top
1/4c sliced strawberries keep a couple to put on top
1/2 tsp sugar to put on top

Mix the oats, egg, milk, baking powder, mashed banana and sweetener together.

Spray a ramekin or baking dish with non stick then pour mixture in.

Top with banana and strawberry slices then sprinkle sugar on top.

I put mine in my toaster oven at 375 for 20 -25 minutes or until puffed up and firm to the touch. You could always cook it in the oven the night before when cooking dinner and warm it up in the microwave the next morning.

1 serving

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tuna noodle casserole

Tuna noodle casserole from Thea-Lee Stottele

8 servings = 6pp
6 large servings=8pp

2 small cans of tuna drained
1 12oz bag of mixed vegetables frozen
1 cup of reduced fat sour cream I just used 0% plain Greek yogurt
1 can fat free cream of chicken soup
3 oz dry weight of no yolk noodles cooked
1/2c Italian bread crumbs
1 1/2c light shredded cheese
1/4c parmesan cheese
2 tsp Montreal chicken seasoning
1tsp red pepper flaked which I left out because the husband can't eat them. I added some to mine after!
2 tbsp light margarine or butter
1/2c skim milk or fat free cream I used fat free cream because I don't have a lot of milk left :)

Preheat oven the recipe called for 400 but my oven runs hot so I used 375.

In a large saucepan over medium heat add cream of chicken soup, fat free cream and sour cream. Add the Montreal chicken seasoning and pepper flakes. Stir till mixture gets warm not bubbly.

Add drained tuna and mix, next add the mixed vegetables and keep stirring over low heat. Mixed it cooked noodles and stir. Add in 1 cup of the cheese and gently stir. Remove from heat and pour into a pam sprayed large casserole dish.

Sprinkle the other 1/2c cheese and the parmesan cheese evenly over the top.

In a small bowl melt the butter/marg and in another small dish put the Italian bread crumbs. When butter is melted pour over the bread crumbs and stir to make a crumbly mixture. Spread this over the top of the casserole.

Cover casserole and cook for 40 minutes. Uncover and place under broiler for 3 minutes to crisp the top.

Cut into either 6 or 8 equal pieces and enjoy!

Thanks Thea-Lee

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Chocolate, peanut butter and banana baked oatmeal

Chocolate, peanut butter and banana baked oatmeal 6pp or simply filling +1pp

1/3c quick or minute oats uncooked
1/4c egg sub, 2 egg whites or 1 egg
1/4c skim milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
sweetener to taste
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp pb2
1 banana mashed most of it but keep a couple of slices to put on top
1 tsp sugar to sprinkle on top makes it nice and crunchy

Mix everything together except the flew slices of banana and the sugar. Put into a non stick sprayed ramekin dish then top with the banana slices and the sugar.

I put mine in my toaster oven at 375 for 20 -25 minutes or until puffed up and firm to the touch. You could always cook it in the oven the night before when cooking dinner and warm it up in the microwave the next morning.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Strawberries and cream stuffed French toast

Strawberries and cream stuffed French toast 4pp or simply filling

2 slices of light bread
1/3c egg substitute
1 tbsp skim milk
I used 1/3c frozen strawberries that I thawed overnight in the fridge
2 Tbsp cream cheese I use 95% fat free
sweetener to taste
cinnamon I use Saigon cinnamon as it has a fantastic taste

In a small bowl mix the cream cheese with sweetener I used 1/2 packet.
Spread it evenly between the 2 slices of bread.
Make a layer of strawberries on top of the cream cheese on 1 slice of bread. Put the other slice of bread cream cheese down on top of the strawberries.

Now mix the egg, cinnamon and some sweetener in a container or bowl where the bread can lay flat.

Put the bread with the cream cheese and strawberries in to soak up some of the egg then carefully turn over and let the other side soak some up. This only takes a minute.

Spray your pan with non stick and when heated carefully lay the bread in it. Wait for that side to get nice and brown then carefully flip over and brown the other side.

Serve with a Tbsp of sf pancake syrup 0pp or real syrup 1pp