Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Junk Food" Night

I've found some healthy versions of what would normally qualify as "junk food" and will be trying them tonight. I have not made either of these recipes before, but will add notes/opinions tomorrow.

Bubble Pizza Loaf

2 tubes (10 oz each) refrigerated pizza crust
1 1/2 c pizza sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
6 oz sliced turkey pepperoni
3 c (12 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Cut dough into 1" cubes; place in a large bowl. Add pizza sauce; toss to coat. In a nonstick skillet coated with Pam, saute onion and red pepper for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add to the dough mixture. Sprinkle with pepperoni and 1 1/2 c mozzarella cheese; gently toss.

Transfer to 9x13 pan coated with Pam. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before cutting.

Yield: 12 servings at 7 PointsPlus each.

Marshmallow Graham Treats

13.7 oz box No Pudge Fudge Brownie Mix
2/3 c non-fat vanilla yogurt (I'm using Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy French Vanilla)
2 c mini marshmallows
2 graham crackers, crushed
2 T chocolate syrup

Prepare brownies as directed.

Preheat oven to 350. Top cooked brownies with marshmallows. Bake until marshmallows are slightly browned, about 2-4 minutes. Remove from oen and allow to cool slightly.

Top with crushed graham crackers and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Yield: 16 pieces at 3 PointsPlus each.

A few other products I've tried recently:

Smart Ones Tuna Noodle Gratin - at 6 PointsPlus, it's a good lunch. The flavor is excellent although I'd prefer more vegetables. I usually add a "side" of broccoli while cooking the meals with fewer vegetables.

Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Rice & Beans - While I'm NOT a fan of spicy foods, this one is GREAT. It has just enough spice to be interesting without going into the "hot" category. It's 8 PointsPlus, so kinda high for me for a lunch, but definitely worth it.

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