Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella

This dish was missing something. Ben thinks it was meat and I thought it needed more spice. The crusty cheese on the top was my favorite part.  I know all pasta tastes the same, but I want to try it again with spaghetti noodles and try adding some more spices to it. Use a jar of store bought marinara sauce to make life so much easier. I wonder if the noodles could bake in the oven with the pasta sauce instead of boiling them in the water for a little while????

Nutrition Info: Calories 328 | Fat 10.87g | Carbohydrate 43.44g | Fiber 7.3g | Protein 17.03g

Points Plus: 8

Servings: 8 (If using regular pasta, the points plus value is 10 per serving)

Using Whole Wheat Pasta

Ingredients from Kitchen Corners
  • 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed and peeled
  • 3/4 pound spagetti
  • 2 cups diced mozzarella
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Set a large pot of salted water to boil.
  3. In a food processor, pulse tomatoes until chopped.
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high and add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  5. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  6. Add Italian seasoning and salt to taste.
  7. Cook until sauces starts to thicken
  8. Meanwhile, cook pasta for 5 minutes. Drain pasta and return to pot.
  9. Add tomato sauce and half of the mozzarella and toss to combine.
  10. Transfer mixture to a 3-quart baking dish and top with remaining cheese.
  11. bake until cheese is golden. About 20-25 minutes.

Apple Chips

The first batch of apple chips I tried making  didn’t get crisp at all because I had sliced them too thick with the mandolin. I tried making them again and slicing them thinner, and they turned out much better. This is a great and healthy treat to make, especially if you have kids. They’re also very addicting and would probably be good with a little salt on them.

These almost made me wish it was Fall again. I can’t wait to make these on a cool day, when we actually have some apples growing on our tree. The neighbors are starting to get some on there’s but we aren’t yet. We do have some tomatoes starting to come up, which I’m excited for.

To make these apple chips slice an apple really thin. I used a mandolin for mine. If you don’t have one of those yet, go and get one. I love mine. Place them on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 250 for up to 3 hours or until crisp.

Using one apple for a serving would  be 1 points plus for the whole entire serving. I sprinkled mine with just a little bit of sugar and cinnamon. You don’t really even need the sugar or the cinnamon and they will still taste good.

Mexican Tortilla Pizzas

If I could, I’d eat Mexican 5 nights a week.  I love nachos, mexican pizza, chalupas, quesadillas, etc… Tuesday’s are deemed Taco Tuesday for us, because we go to Taco John’s every Tuesday for dinner. Tacos are just $.89! If you’ve never been to a Taco John’s before, I’d suggest you go. It’s like a Taco Bell, but  they have these potato oles that are to die for and I just love the seasoning on them. They’re really good with nacho cheese.

If you’re trying to cut back on meat these Mexican pizzas are my favorite. I’m not trying to, but if I ever did, I’d eat these pizzas every day a week.  I didn’t have high fiber tortillas or fat free re-fried beans, but I’m going to go to the store and stock up on that stuff. You could serve these with a side of rice.

Ingredients adapted from Honey, What’s Cooking?

4 whole wheat flour tortillas
Cooking Spray
1 can of fat free refried beans
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon of taco seasoning
Oretaga Taco Sauce
2 cups of %2 Mexican Cheese
2 roma tomatoes
3 scallions

1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray the tortillas with cooking spray
and line a cookie sheet pan with tin foil. Place tortillas on baking sheet
for 10 minutes. Every 5 minutes flip the tortilla so that they get crisp.

2. Place about 1/4 cup of beans on 2 tortillas and add about a tablespoon of hot
sauce. Layer the other tortilla on top of the sauce. Add some sauce, cheese,
tomatoes, and scallions and melt the cheese in the oven. About 5 minutes. Make sure
to keep the oven on to melt the cheese.

Shrimp and Avocado Rolls

I was watching Diners Drive In’s and Dives and one of the chefs had made a shrimp roll. I watch that show and wonder how many calories Guy consumes in an episode with all that fattening  food that he eats? He has probably one of the best and easiest jobs in the World though . Who wouldn’t want to go to all these diners and try all those delicious looking dishes that he gets to eat? I would, but instead of flying or driving there, I’d be running a long side the car to burn all those calories before I ate all that food. :)

As much as that all sounds fantastic, I enjoy trying to come up with my own version of a dish that I must try, but as a lighter version. I kept a list of all the ingredients in my head for the shrimp rolls and for my first try it wasn’t so bad. I really loved these and would make  again. Maybe with a little more hot sauce.

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Calories 235 | Fat 8.58g | Carbohydrate 27.74g | Fiber 3.1g | Protein 12.99g

Servings: 4

Points Plus: 6

Ingredients

4 Hot Dog buns
20-25 peeled and deveined large shrimp
1/2 an avocado
3 tablespoons of light mayo
2 to 3 dashes of hot sauce
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh terragon
juice of half a lime
salt
pepper

1. Cook shrimp in boiling water until pink. Drain and chop into bite size pieces.
In a medium bowl combine Avocado with the rest of the ingredients and add in shrimp. Use salt and pepper to taste. This can be eaten warm or cold.