Creole Macaroni (8 Points)

serving size: 1 3/4 cups
Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 pound ground round
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 1 cup sliced mushrooms
* 1 cup cooked medium elbow macaroni
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
* 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed reduced-fat, reduced-sodium tomato soup, undiluted
* Cooking spray
* 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided


Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook ground beef, onion, and mushrooms in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, and stir to crumble. Drain.

Combine beef mixture, macaroni, and next 6 ingredients (macaroni through soup) in a 2-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese; sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese over top. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.


Cooking Light, MAY 2000

Chicken Tortilla Soup (8 Points)

Yields: 8 Servings

Ingredients

4 boneless chicken breast halves uncooked
2 can (15 oz) Black beans undrained
1 can (15 oz) Low-sodium Mexican stewed tomatoes
1 cup Salsa
4 ounce Green chili chopped, undrained
Baked tortilla chips
2 cup Fat Free Cheese grated


Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients except chips and cheese in large slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 8 hours.
3. Just before serving, remove chicken breast and slice into bite-size pieces. Stir into soup.
4. To serve, put a handful of ships in each individual soup bowl. Ladle soup over chips. Top with cheese.

Fix It & Forget It Lightly

Sausage & Veggie Pizza (8 Points)

(6 Servings)

Ingredients

Cooking spray
2 1/4 cups Onion chopped
1 1/2 cup bell pepper strips
3 links turkey Italian sausage 4 ounces each
1 1/2 can diced tomatoes undrained
1 1/2 loaf French bread cut in half horizontally
1 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese shredded


Instructions
Preheat oven to 450°.

Spray a pan with cooking spray and heat it on meium heat. Saute the green pepper and onions about 6 minutes until tender.

Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan, and cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add diced tomatoes, and cook 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.

Spread sausage mixture evenly over cut sides of bread, and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Place bread halves on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut each pizza in half.

Mini Chicken Tostadas (8 Points)

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Mexican seasonings
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons Canola oil
12 ounce Chicken breast chopped
1 cup red onion chopped
1 cup Corn (about 2 ears)
1/2 cup Salsa green
3 tablespoons Cilantro chopped
Cooking spray
1 cup Monterey jack cheese shredded
1 cup Bell pepper chopped
1 can (12 oz) Black beans

Instructions
Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray the inside of custard cups with non-stick cooking spray. Gently press the tortillas into the cups. Bake for 8 minutes at 400 degrees. Cool for 2 minutes and remove from the cups.

Combine first 3 ingredients, stirring well. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over chicken. Add chicken to pan; sauté for 3 minutes. Add onion, corn, bell pepper and beans to pan; sauté for 2 minutes or until chicken is done. Stir in salsa and 2 tablespoons cilantro. Cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently.

Spoon the mixture into the shell.Sprinkle each serving with about 3/4 teaspoon of remaining cilantro. Serve immediately.

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