I’m ending week one of my WeightWatchers commitment.
So far, so good!
There were challenging days in that we went out three times with friends and I didn’t want my ‘diet’ to interfere with my friendships and social life.
Other than counting points and planning ahead – it wasn’t so bad. I just found myself planning a day ahead with meals and preparing good meals for Hubby and me.
There are so many terrific recipes out there and I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing taste…just need to think differently.
One of my favorite to-go blogs is SkinnyTaste.com. I loved Gina’s blog before I committed to WeightWatchers! I often go there looking for inspiration and meal ideas.
Towards the end of the week, we were craving pasta and as I was going through her recipes, I was thrilled as I fell upon her Stuffed Shells recipe. It was a throwback in time for me as I used to make this ALL the time for my family! And never thought it to be healthy – or low fat!
So between her recipe and mine – this is what we had:
Saute finely chopped onion, garlic and turkey sausage together until browned and the onion/garlic is soft and fragrant. Add crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning (Penzy’s is the best!), freshly chopped basil and salt/pepper to taste.
In the meantime, cook up a box of large shells in salted boiling water until al dente. (This is important for the shells need to hold their form for stuffing.)
Chop up a handful of fresh spinach and saute in a lightly sprayed pan until wilted.
Combine Mozzarella cheese, low fat Ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese with one egg.
Blend in sauteed spinach with the cheese mixture…
Fill those little shells with cheese filling. Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan with 2/3 of the tomato sauce; place shells on top and drizzle the rest of the sauce over shells.
Cover with foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
The only word I heard from my family was “Amazing!”