Monday, September 23, 2013

Pinterest WIN: Healthy Mediterranean Creamy Fettuccine with Broiled Tomatoes- under 500 calories!

Ok, so you know how you love alfredo, but you know it is so not healthy for you, and makes you feel so stuffed after eating it? Well this recipe tasted delicious, filled my "alfredo" void, and didn't leave me feeling stuffed after dinner. Mediterranean Creamy Fettuccine with Broiled Tomatoes was amazing and healthy!! I made half of this recipe for the 2 of us. I also used 2 cans of diced tomatoes (drained) instead of cherry tomatoes because it was cheaper, I also liked how it made it a more tomato-y "sauce". I used fat free cream cheese too. All under 500 calories! 

Yield: 5-6 servings| Serving Size: 330 grams |Calories: 421| Total Fat: 20.9 g |
Saturated Fat: 8.7 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 87 mg | Sodium: 613 mg | 
Carbohydrates: 48.1 g | Dietary Fiber: 3.2 g | Sugars: 4.9 g | Protein: 12.9 g |
Previous Points: 10| Points Plus: 12 |
  • 3 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 12 oz uncooked whole-wheat fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup torn fresh basil
1. Preheat broiler. Broil tomatoes and garlic on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet 

2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving ⅓ cup pasta water.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet; sauté spinach 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water,
cheese, and red pepper; cook until cheese melts. Add tomato mixture, pasta,

olives, and salt; toss with basil before serving.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Snuggie for Dogs

Yes, this happened.
And he hated it. 


White doggy + cut grass = green booties

It is fairly easy to keep our puppy clean. He stays out of trouble for the most part, but sometimes trouble finds him... Like the in laws freshly cut grass.......

Poor pup!

Pinterest WIN: Inside Out Lasagna

I love lasagna. I hate the 3 hours it takes to make lasagna. This was a super easy and fast way to get close to the same taste! In hindsight I would have added some actual tomato sauce to it. The canned dice tomatoes just didn't give me enough sauce personally. We topped the finished product with lots of cheese. Lots and lots. So yummy. 

From EatingWell: January/February 2010
Yield: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  1. 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or fusilli
  2. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 onion, chopped
  4. 3 cloves cloves garlic, sliced
  5. 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms (about 3 1/2 cups)
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  8. 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
  9. 8 cups baby spinach
  10. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  11. 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms release their liquid, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, spinach and crushed red pepper (if using). Increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring once halfway through, until the spinach is wilted, about 4 minutes 
  4. Toss the sauce with the pasta and divide among 4 bowls. Dollop each serving with 3 tablespoons of ricotta.



    Nutrition Per Serving: 364 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 14 mg cholesterol; 55 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 7 g fiber; 588 mg sodium; 786 mg potassium.
    Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (90% daily value), Vitamin C (50% dv), Folate (25% dv), Potassium (22% dv), Calcium (21% dv), Iron (20% dv).
    3 Carbohydrate Serving
    Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 vegetables, 1 lean meat, 1 fat


    Easy Customized Flatbreads

    Stumbled across this product near the deli at the grocery store and who would have thought they would change my love of pizza forever..... And if you know my love of pizza, you know that is a bold statement. 

    I love margarita pizza and the one on the front of this packages looked amazing. I got some fresh mozzarella and basil and some Don Pipino pizza sauce because I prefer lots of sauce verses tomatoes. I also picked up some fresh slicedmargarita  pepperoni from the deli. 

    These are great. Put your oven on 350 and throw the crust in for 5 minutes, top with your favorite toppings and bake for another 5 minutes. Heaven. Seriously. Don't forget the balsamic glaze.... Yumm. 

    Slice in 3 slices and enjoy!!

    Pinterest WIN: 4th of July Cupcakes

    Ok, I know the Fourth of July was....2 months ago but thought I would post this cute cupcake recipe I made for our cookout.

    Chocolate cupcakes, I used the box mix (no shame in that) and canned vanilla icing (still not ashamed) and fresh strawberries and blueberries. I cut the green leaf top of the strawberries and sliced each into 4 slices. Fanned the slices out and stuck them in the top of the iced cupcake. Garnished with a couple blueberries. 

    Easy and festive! 



    Now, in southern Pennsylvania it was pretty hot on the fourth. Really hot actually. By the end of the night the cupcakes had seen better days...

    Heat warning: