A lot of times when I'm trying to decide what to cook on any given day, I ask my family and/or boyfriend if there's anything they're craving, and then I look for a recipe to satisfy that craving. Sometimes these dishes don't have any common theme or ingredient, so I have a hard time making a post out of them. Now I'm going to take this opportunity to just sum up the past few months of cooking and share some recipes my family and I have enjoyed.
|Danica's Five Ingredient Vegetarian Pasta Skillet - 5 PointsPlus for 1/6 of this skillet.|
|My family requested that instead of putting the tortillas in the skillet, I leave them out, and we would pile the goodness onto the tortilla. This was absolutely delicious and extremely satisfying!!|
|This is a recipe I found on the Betty Crocker website - It's called Tortellini with Fresh Vegetables. The name is not all that exciting, but the meal was great! (One serving - that size - is just 180 calories and 5 PointsPlus.|
|I know this doesn't look terribly appetizing, but my whole family loved it! It's Hungry Girl's Saucy Eggplant-Patty Tower. Mine didn't come out looking like hers simply because my eggplant was not perfectly shaped like my meatless burgers. (One tower is 280 calories and 6 PointsPlus.)|
|This is something I just made for myself because it was fast & easy. I love eggs, I love meatless burgers, and I love cheese - so this seemed like a perfect combination of the three. It's Hungry Girl's Fast-Food Hamburger Scramble from her new 300 Under 300 cookbook. One serving is 185 calories and 4 PointsPlus. This was ok, but while eating it I discovered that I'm the type of person who would rather just have a cheese omelet with a meatless burger or cheeseburger on the side... Oh well, it was worth a try.|
|Another recipe from Hungry Girl's new 300 Under 300 cookbook - this is her Supremely Stuffed Pizza-fied Eggplant. In my mind, you can't go wrong with anything eggplant. Add some ground soy crumbles, some sauce, and some cheese - and you get this delicious combination. One serving is 1/2 of a 1/2 of a stuffed eggplant, and it doesn't sound like much - but it was! This clocks in at 170 calories and 4 PointsPlus.|
|My boyfriend LOVES lasagna (who doesn't?), but I don't think he knew what he was getting into when he picked this recipe - Hungry Girl's EZ Cheesy Lasagna for Two (also in her 300 Under 300 cookbook). He was shocked when I told him I would be using eggplant in place of lasagna noodles. To his surprise, he actually enjoyed it, and it was very fulfilling. One serving is half of a 9x5 lasagna for 238 calories and 6 PointsPlus.|
|Getting sick of Italian food yet? NEVER! Yet another recipe from Hungry Girl's 300 Under 300, I made my family her Takes-the-Cake Ziti Bake. 1/4 of this 8x8 pan is just 286 calories and 7 PointsPlus - pretty good stats for some cheesy goodness!! My brother always complains about too many onions, but everyone else loved it. I would definitely make this again, and I don't think anyone would turn down eating it.|
|Since apparently everyone I know loves pasta and is always craving it, I recently made yet another pasta dish. I'm not complaining though, because I love it too. I made some of Gina's Angel Hair with Zucchini & Tomatoes. I obviously used penne instead of angel hair because that's what we had in the house. To make 5 servings instead of 4, I used the same amount of pasta, but used extra vegetables - no one even noticed the difference. One serving my way comes out to about 235 calories and 7 PointsPlus.|
|Since my mom made turkey for Easter (and I don't eat meat), I decided to be VERY DIFFERENT, and have pancakes - that's what I was really craving. I decided this was a perfect opportunity to try Hungry Girl's Fab-Five Banana Pancake Minis from her 200 Under 200 cookbook since it's a single-serving recipe. Clearly you can see I made 2 normal-sized pancakes instead of 5 mini ones, but they still tasted absolutely delicious!! Including the 1/4 cup of sugar free syrup I had on the side, this meal is about 205 calories and 6 PointsPlus.|
|For Easter dessert, I really wanted cheesecake, my father wanted carrot cake, my mom wanted chocolate cake, and my brother wanted a little of everything. We all ended up agreeing on apple pie. I made Hungry Girl's Gooey-Good Fuji Apple Pie. It looks amazing and tasted amazing, but it was IMPOSSIBLE to cut into 8 slices - the filling just slid all over the place. We ended up eating it more apple cobbler style, but 1/8 of this pie is just 159 calories and 4 PointsPlus!!|
Thanks to all of the amazing people who came up with these amazing recipes, and I hope you all try at least one of them. I promise I wouldn't post something unless my entire family loved it, and most of these were super easy to make! I'll probably start doing more of these recipe round-ups, since they're easy for me to write and easy for you to read.
So until next time... Happy Eating,
P.S. For copyright reasons, I can't re-type a recipe from a cookbook, but most of Hungry Girl's recipes are available on the internet somewhere. Just search the name of the recipe, and you should be able to find it.