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.

Turkey Pot Stickers (3 Points)

Ingredients

Dipping sauce:
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 garlic cloves minced
Dumplings:
1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup sliced carrot
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 large egg whites lightly beaten
2 cups chopped skinned cooked turkey
24 (4-inch) gyoza skins
2 teaspoons vegetable oil divided
1/2 cup water divided

Instructions

To prepare dipping sauce, combine first 5 ingredients, stirring well with a whisk.

To prepare dumplings, place mushrooms, onions, carrot, ginger, and vinegar in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped, scraping sides. Combine mushroom mixture and egg whites in a large bowl; add turkey, stirring until combined.

Working with 1 gyoza skin at a time (cover remaining skins to keep from drying), spoon about 1 tablespoon turkey mixture into center of each skin. Moisten edges of skin with water. Fold in half, pinching edges together to seal. Place dumpling on a baking sheet (cover loosely with a towel to keep from drying). Repeat procedure with remaining skins and turkey mixture.

Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange half of dumplings in pan; cover and cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn dumplings; add 1/4 cup water. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from pan; keep warm.

Wipe pan dry with a paper towel. Repeat procedure with remaining vegetable oil, dumplings, and water. Serve warm with dipping sauce.

(serving size: 3 pot stickers and about 2 teaspoons dipping sauce)

Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2002

Jaime’s Savory Stuffed Shells (7 Points)

I would like to thank Jaime from http://shadesofjaim.com/recipes/stuffedshells.html for giving me permission to post this fantastic recipe and picture!)stuffedshells.jpg

Ingredients:

* 16 jumbo pasta shells
* 2 cups broccoli, chopped very small
* 1 cup mushrooms, chopped very small
* 1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
* 1¼ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
* 1 cup pasta sauce or 1 cup diced tomatoes *
* 1 egg white
* 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
* 1 tsp oregano
* 1 tsp basil
* 1 tsp black pepper

*Using diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce will save you 1 point per serving.

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375ºF.

Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Steam broccoli with a little water, covered in microwave, for about 6 minutes. Drain well and pat dry.

Combine broccoli, mushrooms, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg white, garlic, oregano, basil, and pepper. Stir together until well blended. Pour 1/2 cup pasta sauce or tomatoes over bottom of 8×8 square baking pan. Spoon 1 round tablespoon of filling into each shell and place open-side up in an even layer in the pan. Pour remaining sauce or tomatoes over and around shells. Cover pan with foil. Bake at 375ºF for about 25 minutes until heated through, and serve.

Yields: 16 shells (4 servings of 4 shells each)