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.
Lightened up Bolognese sauce? Sign me up!
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)
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:
Looks weird but it tasted great! After getting the kids to bed, I had some tangerines for a snack:
This morning I had an apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon for breakfast:
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:
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:
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!
Pasta: Red or White sauce? Meat or no meat?