Monday, April 18, 2011

Baked Ziti with Spinach

I think I've found a great new source for recipes ~ Gina's Skinny Recipes. So many good weight watcher friendly things to try. This is my first thing I've made. And it didn't disappoint. It was very tasty. Very easy. And provided us 3 meals. (None of which I took pictures of ~ sorry blogging community!) As I get better at meal planning, I see this making our rotation.

Baked Ziti with Spinach

  • 1 lb high fiber ziti such as Ronzoni Smart Taste - I ended up using Penne
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic,minced
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 8 oz fat-free ricotta
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 2 cups (8 oz) part skim mozzarella
  • Spray olive oil

Preheat oven to 375°.Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with oil spray.

In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to instructions until al dente.Drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add olive oil and sauté garlic. Add chopped spinach, salt pepper and chopped tomatoes. Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper.

Add sauce to the pasta and combine the ziti. Add half of the mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and ricotta. Mix well then transfer to the baking pan.

Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Top with the remaining mozzarella.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned.

This can be made up to a day in advance and stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.

Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1/8th Points: 6 pts Points+: 9 pts
Calories: 331.9 Fat: 7.1 g Protein: 17.5 g Carb: 54.7 g Fiber: 7.8 g

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

With our little guy eating a 'naner a day ~~ We often have the super ripes bananas around. Seeing that little guy doesn't care for the super ripe, I've been on the search for banana recipes. These are easy to make, no mixer even needed and really good. Next time you find yourselves with some extra bananas in the house give this a try!

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Makes 16 muffins

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


    1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, yogurt and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in bananas and chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.