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

Diner Meat Loaf "Muffins" (6 points)


Yields: 6 Servings
(serving size: 2 “muffins”)

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup ketchup divided
1 1/2 pounds ground beef extra lean (raw)
1 cup finely crushed fat-free saltine crackers (about 20)
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs

Cooking spray


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, dried oregano, and minced garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Cool.

Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, and the remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl.

Spoon the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Cooking Light, MARCH 2006

Oriental Pepper Steak (4 Points)

Yields: 6 Servings

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Canola Oil
1 pound Flank Steak trimmed & cut into strips
1 Onion sliced
1 Green pepper sliced
1/2 Yellow bell pepper sliced
1/2 Orange bell pepper sliced
2 tablespoons Reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1 3/4 cups Beef broth


Instructions
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over high heat unitl a drop of water sizzles. Add the oil, swirl to coat the pan, then add the steak. Stir-fry until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
2. Add the onion and bell peppers to the skillet. Reduce the heat and cook, covered, until the vegetables are softened, about 6 minutes. Uncover and stir-fry until the vegeatbles are browned, about 4 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk together the soy sauce and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth; whisk in the broth. return the steak to the skillet, along with the soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce boils and thickens, about 3 minutes.

from WW Stir It Up Cookbook

Manwich Tater Tot Casserole (6.5 points)

Yields: 8 Servings

Ingredients

56 Tater Tots
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 green pepper chopped
1 -1/2 c. frozen corn
2 can (16 oz) Manwich
1 -1/2 c. RF shredded cheddar cheese


Instructions
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9″x13″ baking dish with Pam.

Brown ground beef and onion; drain.

Stir in Manwich and heat through. Add corn.

Arrange Tater Tots in a single layer in bottom of baking dish.

Top with Manwich mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake 30-40 minutes.

CHEESEBURGER AND FRIES CASSEROLE (5 Points)

8 Servings

Ingredients

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 medium onion chopped
1 c. reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
5 oz. FF cream of mushroom soup
5 oz. Cheddar cheese soup
12 oz. frozen French fried potatoes


Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook ground beef and onion in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally, cooking until beef is no longer pink and onion is translucent.
Drain off excess grease, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Return to the heat and stir in the soups until well blended.
Heat through and remove from stove.
Transfer mixture to a 9″x9″ baking dish.
Cover the ground beef with a layer of French fries.
Bake 45-50 minutes.
When the fries are golden brown, remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle cheese over the top.
Return to oven and bake just until cheese is melted.

Baked Rigatoni with Beef (6.5 points)

Ingredients

4 cups Tomato Sauce
1 pound ground round
4 cups cooked rigatoni (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta)
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
Cooking spray
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble. Drain well. Combine beef, rigatoni, Tomato Sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Serving Size = 1 cup

(Cooking Light)

Baked Beef Ziti (5 Points)

(8 servings)

Ingredients

12 ounces uncooked ziti
1 teaspoon Olive oil
2 cloves Garlic
1/3 pound Ground beef lean
1 teaspoon Dried oregano
1 teaspoon Dried thyme
1 tea
spoon Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
28 ounce Tomatoes crushed

1 cup Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F.

* Cook pasta according to package directions without added fat or salt; drain and set aside.

* Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain off any fat and return pan to heat.

* Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. Cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

* Spoon a small amount of tomato mixture into the bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish (just enough to cover the surface). Top with half of the cooked ziti and then layer with half of the remaining tomato sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Layer remaining ziti on top and top with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Yields about 1 cup per serving.