Recipes

4 Carb Sausage Rice Pilaf June 14 2014

4 Carb Sausage Rice Pilaf
Serves 4
 
1/2 lb low fat sage sausage
1 1/2 cups shredded low fat Cheddar
1/2 cup finely diced bell pepper
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/3 cup finely diced onion
1/4 cup sliced black olives
2 teaspoons chicken broth powder
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
chopped green onion (optional garnish)
 
Coat an 8x8" baking pan with cooking spray.  Drain and rinse the Rice Pearls.  Cook sausage in a skillet until no longer pink. Add to a mixing bowl. Drain fat leaving 1 tablespoon.
 
Add onion, celery and bell pepper to skillet.  Cook 5 minutes then stir in Rice Pearls.  Cook 5 minutes then add to the mixing bowl.  Add olives, chicken broth powder, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.  Add 3/4 cup shredded cheese and stir to mix well.  
 
Spoon mixture into the baking pan.  Top with 3/4 cup shredded cheese.  Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes or cheese is melted.  Let sit 5 minutes, then serve.
 
Nutritional Breakdown
 
Calories: 196    Carbs: 4 grams    Protein: 18 grams
Fat: 12 grams     Fiber: 1 gram     WW Points Plus: 5
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Frijoles La Charra June 12 2014

Skinny Frijoles a la Charra
Serves 8
(our thanks to Carmen)
 
1 lb dry pinto beans
1/2 lb bacon, diced
12 oz can light beer
4 oz can sliced jalapenos, drained
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
 
Place beans in a slow cooker.  Cover with water by 2 inches.  Cover and cook 2 hours on HIGH or soak overnight.
 
Cook the bacon and onion for 10 minutes.  Drain fat and add to slow cooker with tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, pepper and salt.  
 
Cook 4 hours on MEDIUM.  Mix in the beer and cilantro.  Cook 30 minutes and serve over Skinny Dip Rice Pearls with plenty of sauce.
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Nutritional Breakdown
 
Calories: 133    Carbs: 15 grams    Protein: 5 grams
Fat: 5 grams     Fiber: 4 grams     WW Points Plus: 3
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Low Carb Dirty Rice April 05 2014 2 Comments

Low Carb Dirty RiceServes 4-6
 
3/4 lb ground turkey sausage
3/4 lb chicken livers, minced
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
sliced green onion (garnish)
 
Rinse and drain rice pearls; let sit.  Brown sausage and chicken livers in a large nonstick skillet; drain.  Stir in veggies and saute until soft.  Stir in rice pearls and sprinkle with cayenne.  Cook for 5 minutes or until hot.  Season with garlic salt, garnish and serve.
 
Nutrition Info
 
Calories: 124     Carbs: 3 grams     Protein: 15 grams
Fat:  5 grams      Fiber:  1 gram     WW Points Plus:  3
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Skinny Creamy Pasta & Peas January 24 2014 2 Comments

Serves 2 
 
3/4 cup frozen peas & pearl onions
2 tablespoons soft light cream cheese
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
 
Heat peas, cream cheese, milk, garlic powder and pepper in a covered saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth.  Stir in rinsed no-carb fettuccini noodles. Cook until hot and serve.
 
Nutrition Info 
 
Calories:  51     Carbs:  8 grams     Protein:  4 grams
Fat:  2 grams     Fiber:  1 gram     WW Points Plus:  2
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Roasted Corn & Pesto Rice Salad July 16 2013 3 Comments

Roasted Corn & Pesto Rice SaladServes 4
 
2 bags Skinny Dip Rice Pearls
2 ears corn (roast on the grill and cut off the ears)
1/2 green bell pepper, diced small
3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 purple onion, diced fine
 
Pesto Sauce
3/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup walnuts
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
 
Rinse rice pearls, boil 1 minute and rinse under cold water. Drain and dab with paper towels to dry well. Add to a serving bowl with the veggies. Use canned or defrosted corn if you can't roast corn.
 
Blend the pesto ingredients except olive oil in your food processor.  Drizzle in the olive oil as it blends. Pour over rice & veggies and toss to mix. Chill 2+ hours before serving.

Nutritional Breakdown
(assumes all pesto sauce is eaten)
 
Calories: 294     Carbs: 13 grams     Protein: 8 grams
Fat: 25 grams     Fiber: 3 grams     WW Points Plus: 8


Angel's Fat Free Spinach Fettuccini July 08 2013 2 Comments

Angel's Fat Free Spinach FettucciniServes 4
(recipe & photo by Angel Fisher)

2 bags Skinny Dip Fettuccini
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt spinach dip
1/2 cup fat free shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup nonfat milk
3 tablespoons dried onions
2 tablespoons garlic seasoning

 
Coat a nonstick skillet with buttery Emeril's cooking spray. Drain and rinse noodles.  Stir in all ingredients except the noodles and spinach. Cook 1 minute until mixed. Stir in noodles and cook 5 minutes.  Stir in spinach and let sit a few minutes. Stir again, season to taste and serve. 

Nutritional Breakdown
 
Calories: 109     Carbs: 4 grams     Protein: 6 grams
Fat: 7 grams      Fiber: 1 gram      WW Points Plus: 3


3 Point Fettuccini & Pesto Sauce May 25 2013 2 Comments

Skinny Dip Fettuccini Creamy PestoServes 4
 
1/2 lb cooked shrimp or chicken (optional)
8 mushrooms, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
1/3 cup cream
2 tablespoons diet margarine
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
 
Drain and rinse noodles.  Dry fry in a dry nonstick skillet until they begin to shrink a bit; set aside.
 
Heat oil in the nonstick skillet. Saute onion until translucent. Stir in garlic and margarine.  Saute 30 seconds. Dissolve flour in cream, then stir in. Season with salt and pepper and simmer 4 minutes, stirring constantly. 
 
Add cheese and stir until melted. Stir in basil pesto. Add mushrooms, tomatoes and fettuccini.  Toss to coat and cook 10 minutes or until hot.  Garnish with extra Romano cheese and serve.
 
Nutritional Breakdown
 
Calories:  117    Carbs:  5 grams    Protein:  10 grams
Fat:  7 grams     Fiber:  2 grams     WW Points Plus: 3


Herbed Fettuccini With Ricotta May 04 2013

Herbed Fettuccini With RicottaServes 2

1/4 cup ricotta or low fat cottage cheese
1 tablespoon diet margarine
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon dried pepper flakes
 
Rinse and dry noodles.  Dry fry in a dry nonstick skillet until they start to shrink.  Place in a bowl.  Melt margarine in the skillet.  Add garlic, pepper flakes and thyme.  Cook 30 seconds, then stir in ricotta until smooth.  Stir in noodles and season to taste before serving.
 
Tip:  If using cottage cheese puree in a mini food processor to make smooth.
 
Nutritional Breakdown
(using ricotta cheese)
 
Calories:  75     Carbs:   1 gram     Protein:  4 grams     Fat:  5 grams
Fiber:  0 gram     Sodium:  32 mg     Potassium:  38 mg

Low Carb Rice Sage Stuffing April 09 2013 1 Comment

Low Carb Rice Sage StuffingServes 4
 
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/8 cup sliced green onion
1/8 cup sliced toasted almonds
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon diet margarine
1/2 teaspoon chicken broth powder
1/2 teaspoon ground sage, divided
1/8 teaspoon pepper
 
Rinse rice pearls very well and drain. Add rice pearls, water, broth granules, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon sage in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until most of the liquid is gone. 
 
Melt margarine in a skillet.  Add mushrooms, green onion, celery, 1/4 teaspoon sage and almonds. Cook 3 minutes and stir into rice pearls.  Serve as is or use to stuff a roasting chicken.  Also try adding cooked sausage!
 
Tip: Leftovers make a tasty soup by adding 1-2 cups broth.
 
Nutritional Breakdown
 
Calories: 46     Carb: 2 grams      Protein: 2 grams     Fat: 3 grams    
Fiber: 1 gram     Potassium: 139 mg     Sodium:  59 mg


Granny’s Fettuccini Carbonara February 15 2013 4 Comments

Granny's Fettuccini CarbonaraServes 4
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1 small egg, lightly beaten
4 thin slices bacon, diced
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
1/2 small onion, diced
1/8 cup white wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
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Stir together egg, Parmesan & pepper; set aside. Cook bacon until crisp; drain and crumble.  Leave 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan and add olive oil.  Add onion & garlic and cook until soft.  
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Push onion to the side and add wine.  Cook 3 minutes or until reduced by half.  Rinse noodles and add to the pan. Stir to mix then pour in egg mixture and bacon.  Heat 5 minutes while stirring, garnish with parsley and serve.   
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Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories: 119     Carb: 2 grams      Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 9 grams    Fiber: 0 gram     WW Points Plus: 3

Skinny Dip Mini Pizzas February 09 2013 6 Comments

Skinny Dip Mini PizzasMakes 6
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2 large egg whites
1/8 cup grated Parmesan 
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
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Rinse noodles and pat dry with paper towels.  Heat a large nonstick skillet.  Add noodles and "dry fry" until they begin to squeak and shrink a bit and let cool. Put in a food processor. Add the other ingredients and puree until blended. Chill for 30 minutes. 
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or use a Silpat liner.  Shape noodle mixture into 6 patties and place on baking sheet. Pat down to make flatter pizza "crust".
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Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and spread with pizza sauce, shredded cheese, your favorite toppings or make ours above with fresh basil, sliced mushroom and a cherry tomato!)  Bake 10-15 minutes and serve.   
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Nutritional Breakdown
(per pizza crust not including toppings)
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Calories:  15.....Carbs:  0 grams.....Protein:  2 grams......Fat:  1 grams
Fiber:  0 grams.....Potassium:  21 mg.....Sodium: 82 mg


California Rice Pearls October 29 2012 1 Comment

California Rice PearlsServes 2
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1 bag Skinny Dip Rice Pearls
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh spinach
2 tablespoons shredded carrot  
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 oz slice lowfat white cheese (Swiss, mozzarella, Monterey Jack)
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon dried basil  (optional)
1 teaspoon diet margarine
salt and pepper to taste
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Drain and rinse rice pearls.  Pour into a small mixing bowl and sprinkle with pepper.  Pour chicken broth over rice pearls and let sit.
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Melt margarine in a saucepan. Cook garlic and carrot about 2 minutes until carrot is tender.  Stir in rice pearls, Parmesan and spinach. Simmer 15 minutes until extra liquid evaporates.  
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Add sliced cheese and stir until melted.  Let sit 3 minutes to firm up before serving.
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Nutritional Breakdown
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Calories:  57.....Carbs:  1 grams.....Protein:  4 grams......Fat:  4 grams
Fiber:  0 grams.....Potassium:  105 mg.....Sodium: 129 mg

Zesty Tuna Macaroni Salad June 21 2012

Zesty Tuna Macaroni SaladServes 2
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1 bag Skinny Dip Macaroni, or any shape chopped
6 oz can water packed tuna, drained
1/4 cup diced celery
1/8 cup diced red onion
2 tablespoons lite mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lite sour cream
1 tablespoon Kraft Zesty Light Italian dressing
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/8 teaspoon pepper
chopped boiled egg (optional)
minced jalapeno (optional)
sliced green onion (optional)
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Rinse and drain macaroni.  Dab with paper towel to remove extra water. Marinate macaroni in Italian dressing for 3 hours. Flake tuna and add to mixing bowl. Stir in sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, celery, dried dill, salt and pepper. Stir macaroni and optional ingredients. Chill before serving.
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Tip:  If you prefer a sweet salad add 1/4 teaspoon powdered stevia before chilling.
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Nutritional Breakdown
(no optional ingredients)
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Calories:  209.....Carbs:  4 grams.....Protein:  22 grams......Fat:  12 grams
Fiber:  1 gram.....Potassium:  333 mg.....Sodium:  657 mg


Spicy Low Carb Mac & Cheese June 17 2012 9 Comments

Spicy Low Carb Mac & CheeseServes 4
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2 bags Skinny Dip Macaroni
2 cups grated sharp low fat Cheddar
4 oz hot chorizo or turkey pepperoni, diced
1 1/2 cups low fat milk OR
3/4 cup cream + 1/2 cup water (less carbs)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Tabasco hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
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Preheat oven to 375 F. Coat a 9x9" baking dish with cooking spray or oil sprayer (to save $$). Rinse and drain macaroni. Cook chorizo and onion in a nonstick skillet until cooked through. 

Pour cream, water, egg, Tabasco and spices in a nonstick saucepan (hard anodized is best). Keep stirring and cook until mixture is hot but not boiling. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese and stir until melted and smooth. 

Stir in macaroni and chorizo, then pour into the baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Bake 25 minutes and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
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Nutritional Breakdown
(using cream and chorizo -- add 3 carbs if using low fat milk)
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Calories:  278.....Carbs:  5 grams.....Protein:  22 grams......Fat:  18 grams
Fiber:  0 grams.....Potassium:  227 mg.....Sodium: 427 mg

Low Carb Pepperoni Pasta Salad May 22 2012 3 Comments

Low Carb Pepperoni Pasta SaladServes 4
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2 bags Skinny Dip Angel Hair, chopped
3 oz Hormel turkey pepperoni, diced small
1/2 cucumber, seeded & diced
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/4 cup lite Italian dressing
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon pepper
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Stir together salad dressing, Parmesan cheese and pepper in a small serving bowl. Drain noodles and dab with paper towels to dry well. Add to dressing mixture and toss to coat. Let sit 10 minutes. Add veggies, mozzarella and pepperoni and toss to mix. Serve at room temperature or let chill several hours if desired.
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Nutritional Breakdown
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Calories:  106.....Carbs:  4 grams.....Protein:  9 grams......Fat:  5 grams
Fiber:  1 grams.....Potassium:  234 mg.....Sodium: 632 mg

BBQ Lovers Grilled Noodles April 28 2012

BBQ Lovers Grilled NoodlesServes 4
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2 bags Skinny Dip Angel Hair
12 button mushrooms, quartered
12 asparagus, sliced in 3" pieces
1/2 medium onion, sliced thin & separated
3 tablespoons any spicy BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon oil
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Drain, rinse and drain again the noodles.  Dab with paper towels to dry and place in a small bowl.  Add BBQ sauce and a generous sprinkle of pepper.  Toss to coat and let sit while grill preheats.
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Placed asparagus, mushrooms and onion in a small bowl.  Drizzle with oil, pepper and garlic salt.  Toss to coat and let sit.  Preheat charcoal grill to medium-high heat.  Coat a BBQ stir fry basket with oil to help prevent sticking.  
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Place veggies in the stir fry basket and cook on the grill while tossing often.  When onions begin to soften, push veggies to the side and add noodles.  Let sit to absorb some smoky goodness!  When they "hiss", flip a few times before mixing with veggies.
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Cook a few more minutes, tossing occasionally, until veggies are tender crisp and noodles are hot.
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Tip:  Add sliced steak, chicken or peeled shrimp for a one pot meal
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Nutritional Background
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Calories:  61.....Carbs: 7 grams.....Protein: 2 grams.....Fat: 3.5 grams
Fiber: 2 grams.....Potassium: 218 mg.....Sodium: 377 mg

Low Carb Cracker Barrel Mac & Cheese February 26 2012 15 Comments

Low Carb Cracker Barrel Mac & CheeseServes 4
 
2 bags Skinny Dip Macaroni
4 oz shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup half & half cream
1/4 cup light sour cream
1 tablespoon I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light margarine
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon mustard
salt & pepper to taste
 
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray or use a Misto.  Drain & rinse macaroni, then drain again very well.  Sprinkle generously with pepper, let sit.
 
Melt margarine in medium saucepan on low heat. Stir in flour and mustard.  Cook and stir 2 minutes or until bubbly. Gradually stir in cream, then stir in sour cream.
 
Bring to boil on medium heat, stirring constantly.  Simmer on medium low heat 3-5 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in half the cheese.  Cook 3-5 minutes or until melted.
 
Stir macaroni into cheese sauce. Spoon into the casserole.  Top with remaining cheese.  Bake 20 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.  Let sit 5 minutes to firm up then serve.

Nutritional Breakdown
  
Calories:  131.....Carbs:  4 grams.....Protein:  8 grams......Fat: 9 grams
Fiber:  0 grams.....Potassium:  127 mg.....Sodium:  319 mg

Simple Spanish Rice January 23 2012 2 Comments

Simple Spanish RiceServes 4
 
2 bags Skinny Dip Rice Pearls, or any shape chopped
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
1/4 small onion, chopped fine
1/4 medium bell pepper, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
 
Drain and rinse rice pearls or chopped noodles.  Add to a small bowl and stir in salsa and chili powder, let sit 5 minutes.
 
In a small nonstick skillet heat oil on medium and saute garlic for 1 minute.  Add onion & bell pepper and cook 5 minutes.  
 
Add chicken broth to skillet then stir in rice pearls. Stir and cook over medium high heat until extra liquid is gone, then taste and season as desired before serving.
 
Tip:  If you're a seafood fan you MUST add a small can of baby shrimp!
 
Nutritional Breakdown
 
Calories:  42.....Carbs:  2 grams.....Protein:  1 grams......Fat:  2 grams
Fiber:  1 grams.....Potassium:  32 mg.....Sodium: 179 mg

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Noodles January 20 2012 8 Comments

Skinny Dip Angel Hair Kung Pao Chicken2Serves 4
 
2 bags Skinny Dip Angel Hair
1 lb boneless chicken breasts, no skin
1/4 cup granulated Splenda
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 green onions, sliced thin
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup dry wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons red chile paste with garlic
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt & white pepper to taste
 
Drain and rinse noodles.  Drain well and place in a medium bowl.  Drizzle with sesame oil and let sit.
 
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet.  Cook chicken over high heat until golden brown and fully cooked. Drain on paper towels. Whisk together chicken broth, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, soy sauce, wine, red chili paste, Splenda and red wine vinegar.
 
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and stir fry 15 seconds. Pour in sauce and peanuts. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thick and bubbly.
 
In a serving bowl add cooked noodles and chicken. Add kung pao sauce mixture, green onions and toss to mix, then serve.
 
Nutritional Breakdown
(lower carbs by omitting peanuts and cut Splenda in half)

Calories:  1924.....Carbs:  7 grams.....Protein: 14 grams.....Fat:  12 grams     Fiber:  3 grams.

Olive Garden Fettuccini Alfredo December 29 2011 49 Comments

Olive Garden Fettuccini AlfredoServes 2
(a clever copycat recipe)
 
1 bag Skinny Dip Fettuccini
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
 
Warning, this is NOT a low calorie dish!  But for special occasions it's a delicious indulgence.  Try adding grilled chicken or shrimp to boost the protein.
 
Melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Stir in cream cheese, cream and garlic powder until smooth.  Simmer on low for 10 minutes stirring often.  Stir in Parmesan cheese until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 
Drain, rinse and boil noodles for 1 minute.  Drain again very well and arrange on 2 plates.  Top with Alfredo sauce and extra Parmesan if desired.
 
Tip:  Knock down the calories with diet margarine and low fat cheeses.
 
Nutritional Breakdown
(doesn't include added salt)
 
Calories:  373.....Carbs:  1 gram.....Protein:  5 grams.....Fat: 39 grams
Fiber:   0 gram.....Sodium: 364 mg.....Potassium:  48 mg

Skinny Dip Rice & Sausage Stuffing November 22 2011 5 Comments

Skinny Dip Rice & Sausage StuffingServes 6
 
3 bags Skinny Dip Rice Pearls
8 oz Farmer John sage sausage
3/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup sliced mushrooms, rough chopped
3/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon diet margarine
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon chicken broth granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
 
Drain and rinse rice pearls.  Drain and dab with paper towels to dry and place in a mixing bowl.
 
Brown sausage while breaking it apart with a spatula  Add to rice pearls and sprinkle with poultry seasoning.  Toss to mix evenly and let sit to absorb flavors.
 
Melt margarine in a large nonstick skillet.  Add broth granules, celery, onions & mushrooms and saute 3 minutes.  Add walnuts, rice pearls, salt and pepper.  Cook 5 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.  It should be fairly dry.
 
Sprinkle with cheese and stir to mix.  Cover and let sit 2 minutes to melt and firm up before serving.

Nutritional Breakdown
 
Calories:  139.....Carbs:  3 grams.....Protein:  10 grams.....Fat:  9 grams.....Fiber:  1 gram

Low Carb Macaroni & Cheese November 07 2011 8 Comments

Skinny Dip 4 Carb Macaroni & CheeseServes 4
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2 bags chopped Skinny Dip Fettuccini, or any shape
1 cup shredded low fat Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded low fat Swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons diet margarine
1 tablespoon minced onion 
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper & black pepper
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Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat 9x9" baking dish with cooking spray.  Rinse and drain the noodles in a colander then chop into bite size pieces.  Stir cheeses together and save 1/3 cup for topping.
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Melt the margarine in a large nonstick saucepan on low heat.  Add the flour and stir continually for 1 minute to make a roux. Slowly stir in the cream and water until smooth. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes, but don't let it boil.  Stir in the cheeses, onion, mustard and spices 
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Stir in noodles, pour into the baking dish and sprinkle reserved cheese over the top.  Bake until golden and bubbly, about 20-30 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes to firm up before serving.
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Nutrition Breakdown
(Skinny Dip recipe)
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Calories:  193.....Carbs:  6 grams.....Protein:  19 grams.....Fat:  10 grams
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(original recipe)
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Calories:  857.....Carbs:  68 grams.....Protein:  27 grams.....Fat:  53 grams

Elegant Caesar Pasta Salad October 26 2011 5 Comments

Elegant Caesar Pasta SaladServes 4
 
2 bags Skinny Dip Fettuccini, or any shape
2 6-oz cans water packed tuna or chicken, drained
1 1/2 cups frozen cut green beans
1 plum tomato, seeded & chopped
4 tablespoons Kraft Light Caesar salad dressing
2 tablespoons cream
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced olives
1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
 
Bring large saucepan of salted water to a boil.  Add green beans and cook 4 minutes.  Add drained noodles and cook 1 minute.  Drain well and let sit.
 
In the saucepan stir together the Parmesan, cream and salad dressing until smooth.  Add tuna, olives, salt and pepper.  Add noodles and toss to coat. Cook over medium heat just until heated.  Stir in tomatoes and serve.  Also good chilled as a summer salad.

Nutrition Breakdown
(using water packed tuna)
 
Calories:  151.....Carbs:  7 grams.....Protein:  23 grams.....Fat:  4 grams

3 Carb Skinny Fried Rice October 22 2011 3 Comments

3 Carb Fried RiceServes 4
 
2 bags Skinny Dip Rice Pearls
3/4 cup frozen peas & carrots
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 green onion, sliced thin diagonally
1 teaspoon chicken broth powder (optional)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
garlic powder, pepper & salt to taste
 
Drain and rinse the Rice Pearls.  Dab with paper towels to dry and place in a medium mixing bowl.  Mix together soy sauce and sesame oil in a small cup.  Pour over Rice Pearls and toss to coat evenly.  Let sit to absorb flavors.

In a small saucepan bring 1" of salted water to a boil.  Add frozen peas and carrots.  Cover and cook 3 minutes then drain very well.  Heat a wok and oil over high heat. Add onion and cook 30 seconds.  Stir in carrots and peas and push to the side.  
 
Add egg and break up into pieces as it cooks.  Toss with veggies  Stir in Rice Pearls to mix evenly and spread the sauce.  Taste for seasoning and add soy sauce, sesame oil or pepper as desired.

Nutrition Breakdown
 
Calories:  42.....Carbs:  3 grams.....Protein:  3 grams
Fat:  2 grams     Fiber: 2 grams     WW Points Plus: 1

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