Aromatic and delicious, PORK CHOPS WITH FRUITED COUSCOUS will be a family favorite. Serve the combination with FRESH BROCCOLI and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. For dessert, try STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM.
Save enough ice cream for Tuesday.
boneless pork chops, cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, olive oil, couscous, raisins, dried apricots, pine nuts, fresh broccoli, whole-grain rolls, strawberry ice cream.
PORK CHOPS WITH FRUITED COUSCOUS
Servings: makes 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: less than 10 minutes, plus couscous
- 3/4 teaspoon each cumin and ground coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon each cinnamon and cayenne pepper
- 4 boneless pork chops, 3/4 inch thick (1 to 1 1/4 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 cups water
- 1 3/4 cups couscous
- 1/4 cup each raisins and chopped dried apricots
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
In a small bowl, combine cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cayenne; rub onto both sides of chops. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high; cook chops, turning once, about 7 to 8 minutes. Meanwhile, boil water and prepare couscous according to directions, adding raisins, apricots and pine nuts to the water. Serve chops on top of couscous.
Per serving: 490 calories, 30 grams protein, 9 grams fat (16% calories from fat), 2 grams saturated fat, 73 grams carbohydrate, 57 milligrams cholesterol, 54 milligrams sodium, 5 grams fiber.
MANICOTTI WITH SPINACH AND RICOTTA takes a little extra time, but the result is worth it. Serve the no-meat entree with a LETTUCE WEDGE and GARLIC BREAD. FRESH PINEAPPLE is a simple dessert.
manicotti shells, frozen chopped spinach, reduced-fat ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, cooking spray, canned diced fire-roasted tomatoes with roasted garlic, canned tomato paste with Italian herbs, dried basil, shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, lettuce, garlic bread, fresh pineapple.
MANICOTTI WITH SPINACH AND RICOTTA
Servings: makes 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes, plus manicotti
- 8 manicotti shells
- 1 (10-ounce) package chopped frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry)
- 1 (15-ounce) container reduced-fat ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 (14-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes with roasted garlic, undrained (such as Muir Glen or another brand)
- 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste with Italian herbs
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Cook shells according to directions; drain. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, microwave spinach 1 minute on high (100 percent power) or until it is thawed; squeeze dry. In a separate bowl, combine spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Spoon into cooked shells; place in a 7-by-11-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and water; mix well. Pour over shells. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through.
Per serving: 310 calories, 20 grams protein, 10 grams fat (29% calories from fat), 5 grams saturated fat, 34 grams carbohydrate, 66 milligrams cholesterol, 761 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber.
Teach the kids how to make their own CHICKEN FINGERS tonight. Serve with OVEN FRIES (frozen) and BABY CARROTS with HUMMUS to dip, rounding out the meal. Leftover ICE CREAM works for dessert.
chicken strips, frozen oven fries, baby carrots, hummus.
For a fast dinner, enjoy MEDITERRANEAN TUNA SALAD. Combine 2 (8-ounce) packages Mediterranean salad greens (or another lettuce mix) in a large bowl. Add 2 small cucumbers (peeled, halved, seeded and sliced), 1 cup cooked green beans, 1 pint halved grape tomatoes, 1 (12-ounce) can drained water-packed light tuna, 1/4 cup Greek salad dressing, some crumbled basil and tomato feta cheese, and 10 sliced kalamata olives. Toss to mix and coat. Serve with any VEGETABLE SOUP and BREADSTICKS. Add FRESH TROPICAL FRUITS for dessert.
Mediterranean salad greens (or another lettuce mix), cucumbers, green beans, grape tomatoes, canned water-packed light tuna, Greek salad dressing, crumbled basil and tomato feta cheese, kalamata olives, vegetable soup, breadsticks, fresh tropical fruits.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with the family with the traditional TURKEY, MASHED POTATOES and GRAVY and DRESSING. Add LOADED BAKED CAULILOWER CASSEROLE and your own GLAZED CARROTS on the side. Of course, you’ll also want your favorite CRANBERRY SAUCE. Finish the feast with a small piece of PUMPKIN PIE topped with light whipped cream.
Save enough turkey for Friday and enough pie for Saturday.
turkey, gravy, dressing, potatoes to mash, head (about 1 1/2 pounds) cauliflower, olive oil, garlic powder, coarse salt, pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, low-fat sour cream, reduced-fat cream cheese, bacon, green onions, carrots, any cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, light whipped cream.
LOADED BAKED CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE
Servings: makes 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
- 1 head (about 1 1/2 pounds) cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets (about 6 cups)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 cup low-fat sour cream
- 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 slices crisp bacon, chopped
- 4 green onions, sliced on diagonal
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Toss cauliflower, oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper until evenly coated and bake, covered, 30 minutes until tender-crisp. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and cream cheese until blended. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Remove casserole dish from oven and carefully uncover. Stir in cheese mixture until cauliflower is evenly coated. Top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional 25 minutes or until tender, hot and bubbly. Top with bacon and green onions.
Per serving: 338 calories, 14 grams protein, 26 grams fat (67% calories from fat), 12.1 grams saturated fat, 13 grams carbohydrate, 63 milligrams cholesterol, 584 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber.
Friday: Heat and Eat
Use some of the leftover turkey in CASHEW TURKEY PITAS. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups leftover diced turkey, 1/2 cup sliced celery and 1/3 cup chopped cashews. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons mango chutney and 1/2 teaspoon curry powder. Spoon dressing over turkey mixture and toss until well-blended. Cut 2 pita breads in half; stuff each half with turkey mixture. Serve with COUSCOUS and CUCUMBER SPEARS. PEACHES sprinkled with nutmeg make a refreshing dessert.
celery, cashews, low-fat mayonnaise, plain yogurt, mango chutney, curry powder, pita bread, couscous, cucumbers, peaches, nutmeg.
For a change of pace and an economical entree, HAMBURGER SOUP has a good flavor. Heat a Dutch oven on medium; add 1 pound lean ground beef, 1 medium chopped onion and 2 cloves diced garlic. Cook 6 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onions are softened; drain. Add 2 medium peeled and diced Yukon gold potatoes, 3 1/2 cups unsalted beef broth, 1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with juice, 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 bay leaf and coarse salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Add 3 cups fresh or frozen mixed vegetables and any other leftover vegetables on hand. Simmer 15 more minutes or until potatoes are tender. Serve with MIXED GREENS and WHOLE-GRAIN CRACKERS. Leftover PIE is dessert.
lean ground beef, onion, garlic, Yukon gold potatoes, unsalted beef broth, no-salt-added canned diced tomatoes, no-salt-added tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, coarse salt and pepper, fresh or frozen mixed vegetables, mixed greens, whole-grain crackers.