Friday, October 19, 2012

Squash Pasta Bake Recipe

Along with the 2 recipes below, I've been eating this meal weekly while on my new diet.
(Visit HERE if you'd like to read about the new diet I've been doing - calorie shifting)

It's really yummy!  A small serving fills you up... I cooked up the whole box and in the last two weeks have had it 8 times (or either lunch or dinner).  I also didn't make it into a bake because I was too hungry at the time of making it and kept it as a pasta... just stirring the cheese and everything together (I also used less sauce... just enough to coat).

Here is where I got the recipe

  • Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Yield: 2 Servings
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  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow summer squash
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked small pasta shells or small tube pasta
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 3 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese


  • In a skillet, saute squash in oil for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Stir in pasta and spaghetti sauce; heat through. Transfer to a greased 3-cup baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 cup) equals 241 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 661 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Apricot Turkey Sandwiches

I LOVE this sandwich and I love that there's (turkey) bacon on it too.  Mmmm.  The flavors just mesh so well to me.

Here is where I got the recipe and picture (It got a rating of 5 stars)

The recipe makes 2 sandwiches, so obviously cut everything in half if you're making it just for you. (The Nutritional Facts is just for 1 sandwich)

Apricot Turkey Sandwiches Recipe

  • Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Yield: 2 Servings
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  • 2 turkey bacon strips
  • 4 pieces multigrain bread, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced deli peppered turkey
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 slices red onion
  • 2 pieces leaf lettuce
  • 2 slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard


  • In a small skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • Spread two toast slices with jam. Layer with turkey, bacon, tomato, onion, lettuce and cheese. Spread remaining toast with mustard; place on top. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts 1 sandwich equals 338 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 1,109 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 medium-fat meat.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Loaded Tortilla Wraps

Uhh, has it really been over a year and a half since we posted on this blog.  Oops!
Well, that's changing right now...

I just made some amazing wraps, that I adapted from  They are called Easy Snack Wraps, but mine were fully loaded and fell apart as I picked them up.  I cut them in half, not in bite size pieces... so they weren't really a snack.

I made two wraps with different spreads, different meats, and the same ingredients. 

I think what made this wrap so yummy was the spread.  (You can make it to taste, but this is what I did)

Ranch Spread                                                                      Onion Spread
4oz cream cheese                                                                4oz cream cheese
1 tsp Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix                                 1 tsp Onion Soup Mix
Combine and mix well                                                        Combine and mix well

With the Ranch Spread, I used turkey lunch meat and with the Onion Spread I used corned beef lunch meat (I bet a pastrami would be yummy too!)

* 1-2 Tbs spread     *lettuce     *shredded carrots     *chopped tomatoes    
*chopped olives     *mozzarella cheese     *corn     *meat 

... All topped on a tortilla. 
Roll up the tortilla, place toothpicks in to secure wrap and cut in half. 
I'd eat a half for a hearty lunch.

I made enough for 4 lunches, with fixin's for lots more!

What I'd try next time....
*I would probably include some avocado as a layer. 
*I'd like to try ham with a Italian dressing mix spread; omitting the lettuce and carrots and adding pineapple... maybe grilling the ham first, too.
*Also, like I've noticed with taco salad, this wrap piles up high and quick.  Before you know it, you can 't close it up.  I got a small tortilla this time, but I'd go bigger next time.
                                         Haha, see?.....