Hi, I'm new here and read that you are cutting meat out. I cook a lot for my family and we are, silly term, "flexitarians", meaning we mostly eat veg and fish, with some meat. I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you to hopefully help you on your journey. I made it tonight, it is so easy, and it feeds a big family like yours: Easy Meatless Manicotti [from cooking light magazine--it tastes rich, not light!]. My variations: I add a 1oz more Parmesan for a cheesy top and sometimes put in fresh herbs like basil.
Ingredients * 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided * 1 (16-ounce) carton fat-free cottage cheese **gross by itself, amazing in this dish!! * 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry **I use canned "fresh cut" spinach which makes prep even easier and adds a bit more spinach to the dish * 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese **make it 2oz for more cheesy top * 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 1/4 teaspoon black pepper * 1 (8-ounce) package manicotti (14 shells) * 1 (26-ounce) jar fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce * Cooking spray * 1 cup water
Preparation: Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, cottage cheese, and the next 5 ingredients (through black pepper) in a medium bowl. Spoon about 3 tablespoons cheese mixture into each uncooked manicotti. Pour half of tomato-basil pasta sauce into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange stuffed shells in a single layer over sauce, and top with the remaining sauce. Pour 1 cup water into dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella evenly over sauce. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until shells are tender. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Nutritional Information
Hi buddy! you lost 10 pounds! congrats! I am trying to starting from where I was again with exercise and tracking foods ... I lost a bit the control in these last 2 months. Yes we can do it! Hugs 2728 days ago