138.8… Stuffed Shells

I made one of my favorite fake out meals last night. Why fake out? Because it looks totally unhealthy and loaded with calories but it’s not.

Stuffed Shells…..the healthier way:

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Stuffed Shells

Printable Recipe

1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained

1 container (16 oz) fat free cottage cheese

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 egg white

1 envelope (1.7 oz) Italian Dressing mix

1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

20 jumbo macaroni shells (for stuffing), cooked, drained and cooled

1 jar (13 1/2 oz) spaghetti sauce


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella; spoon into shells.

Spread half the sauce onto the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking dish. Place shells in dish; top with remaining sauce and mozzarella. Cover with foil.

Bake 40 minutes or until heated through, uncovering after 30 minutes.

Calories 340, Fat 7g, Carbs 47g, Protein 23g, Fiber 5g

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I steamed some broccoli and made a big salad to go with the shells.

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This is one of my favorite recipes. I’ve made it so many times I can’t count and I rarely repeat recipes.

Breakfast this morning was Fage yogurt with a little honey, Chocolate Cheerios, strawberries and cinnamon:

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After taking the kids to school, I went on a 3 mile run. Although my official training for the half marathon begins on Saturday, I thought I need to warm up my legs a bit. The first mile was hard but it was smooth sailing after that for the most part.

When I got home, I finished my coffee from breakfast and had a couple of dates:

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I showered and spent a couple of hours catching up on blogs and cleaning up the pile on my desk.

Lunch was some of the Spicy Black Bean and Chicken Tortilla Soup that I made on Monday night. Dare I say it tasted even better today?

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I took an orange and some cherries with me to pick up the kids from school. The school was selling ice cream sandwiches at pick up and I wanted to have something healthy to eat while watching everyone else eat ice cream. :) Way to plan ahead!

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I would really like to eat another snack now but I’m going to refrain. It’s Ladies Night tonight and we are going out for sushi. I cannot control myself around sushi. This might get ugly.

Do you have a favorite “fake out” meal that you make?

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  1. Link it up to the party, silly! Obv when your not super busy =)

    This recipe is awesome... I've always been timid of trying cottage cheese in stuffed shells but if you say its good -- then i'm TOTALLY trying it!!! <3 I'll let ya know how it goes! <3

    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

  2. Jen...ok I did it. :)
    Try the recipe! You will like it. I DON'T like cottage cheese and I love this dish.

  3. Sweet thanks! Yeah I hate the stuff with a passion. But I really do WANT to like it.

    Hope you're having a good week! <3

  4. Most definitely - I LOVE fake out meals and this one looks wonderful! My favorites are probably breakfast casseroles and fried rice! :)

  5. Thank you for that recipe! I am definitely wary of cheesy pastas...that's AMAZING to have as a recipe..

  6. The shells look fantastic! Using the cottage cheese is a great idea.


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