140.0…Lightened Bolognese

It’s no secret that I like food. All types….healthy, not so healthy…I embrace them all. When something tastes unhealthy but really isn’t, that’s the best of both worlds.

Those two worlds collided last night when I made the cover recipe from the most recent issue of Cuisine at Home magazine.

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Lightened up Bolognese sauce? Sign me up!

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It was filling, fabulous and easy to make. I made only a few changes to the recipe to add more flavor.

Lightened Bolognese (8 servings)

Printable Recipe

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb. ground turkey breast

8oz bulk Italian turkey sausage (I used Italian chicken sausage)

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced carrot

1/2 cup diced celery

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1 cup 2% cottage cheese

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 can Italian style diced tomatoes in juice (28 oz) -

1 cup dry red wine

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp each dried oregano and basil

1/2 tsp each kosher salt and red pepper flakes

1/2 cup low fat cream cheese

1 cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Add turkey breast and sausage breaking into smaller chunks; cook until browned.

Process onion, carrot, celery and garlic in a food processor until minced; add to browned meat. Cook vegetables until softened, 5 minutes. Process cottage cheese in food processor until smooth, 2 minutes; stir into meat mixture in sauté pan.

Stir in tomato paste, cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, wine, vinegar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper flakes. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer sauce for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cream cheese, stirring until melted, then stir in parsley.

Per serving: 255 cal, 10g total fat, 12g carb, 26g protein (6 PointsPlus)


Last night’s dinner wasn’t as exciting but enjoyable nonetheless. I had to take my son to an event at his school so I had pulled out another container of Ellie Krieger’s Four Cheese Mac & Cheese from the freezer to reheat with some broccoli slaw:

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Looks weird but it tasted great! After getting the kids to bed, I had some tangerines for a snack:

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This morning I had an apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon for breakfast:

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I had a hair appointment in Orange County and was meeting my friend Dina there. We stopped for breakfast first. I had an egg white omelet loaded with veggies and sliced tomatoes and wheat toast on the side:

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So freaking good. I ate every bite. (duh!)

After our hair appointment (I feel like a new person), we stopped for a quick lunch. Chinese chicken salad:

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It was the most unique Chinese chicken salad I had ever eaten. It had broken up pieces of uncooked ramen noodles to give it a crunch, along with dried peas and several kinds of nuts. As weird as it sounds, it was actually quite good! Again, I ate it all. Is that ever surprising?

I made the treck back to San Diego, stopping along the way at Trader Joe’s to buy some more fruit.

Before I leave you, I’d like to thank Mellisa for honoring me with the Stylish Blogger Award! In accordance with said award, I will fill you in on 7 random bits about me:

7. I used to take flying lessons. I even fly by myself! I stopped flying because one day my engine died at 6500 feet. Fortunately, we were able to make a safe landing with no engine on a private airstrip that we found. I felt like it was time for me to put flying on hold.

6. I was born on my dad’s birthday: December 16th. It’s quite a celebration at our house. :)

5. I can list the states in alphabetical order.

4. I have never broken a bone in my life.

3.  I’m an organizational freak. My closet is organized by type of clothing, then by color. I write lists like there’s no tomorrow.

2. I can touch my tongue to the tip of my nose.

1. I have never seen movies that should be seen in a person’s life. For example: ET and Top Gun.

There you have it folks! I’m sure you were riveted. Now I must pass along this award to some more deserving ladies!








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  1. I love a good bolognese, and I agree- love when something that's healthy doesn't taste like it is!

  2. 1. YUM on the recipe!
    3. ahhh thank your for passing it along to me <3
    4. YOU FLEW!?!?!? omg! so freaking jealous. now i'm jealous that you and my husband know how to fly a plane!
    5. I've never broken a bone either =) go us!


  3. Have you tried pink sauce? That's my fave. I love red sauce, and I love white sauce too, but I can't eat much of either of them. Red sauce with a touch of sour cream, or heavy cream, is the perfect balance between the two! :-)

  4. that looks DELISH and I love your facts!!

  5. Sophia....yes! I love pink sauce! How silly of me to forget about it!

  6. yyyymmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyy very nice dish... nice blog

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  7. First of all congrats on your award, love the facts and thanks for passing it along! I'll have to start thinking of my own! :)
    That bolognese looks and sounds amazing. Did you know that Ellie Krieger makes a fettuccine bolognese, it's delicious! Here's the link just in case;


    Have a great weekend!!

  8. Sorry it took me so long to see this Melissa - way behind on returning comments. Thank you for thinking of me and for sharing all those tidbits about yourself. Flying = scary! I love the cuisine at home magazine - bolognese looks delicious! (red sauce w/ meat!)

  9. I made this bolognese sauce a few weeks ago and we loved it. I made the light alfredo sauce too - it is great. I still have the vodka sauce to try.


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