Cheeseburger Mac Attack

1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 300 calories, 9.5g fat, 659mg sodium, 38g carbs, 13.5g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 24.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

Ingredients:
5 oz. (about 1 1/3 cups) uncooked FiberGourmet Light Elbow Macaroni, or HG Alternative
10 oz. raw lean ground turkey
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp. ketchup
3 cups frozen cauliflower florets
2 tbsp. light sour cream
2 slices 2% American cheese
5 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Optional seasonings: salt, black pepper

Directions:
In a large pot, prepare pasta very al dente, cooking for about half of the time indicated on the package. Drain well.

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix turkey, onion, and ketchup. Stir in cauliflower and cooked pasta. Transfer mixture to a crock pot.

Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours or on low for about 7 hours, until turkey is fully cooked.

Add remaining ingredients, breaking the cheese wedges and slices into pieces. Thoroughly stir. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until cheeses have melted.

Stir until contents are thoroughly mixed and cheese is evenly distributed. Dig in!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

HG Alternative! Make your cheesy mac with any high-fiber elbow macaroni. Then each serving will have 340 calories, 5.5g fiber, and a PointsPlus® value of 8*.

Vodka Impasta

1/2 of recipe (about 1 cup): 282 calories, 5.5g fat, 781mg sodium, 62.5g carbs, 22g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 13.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

Ingredients:
4 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) uncooked FiberGourmet Light Penne Pasta, or HG Alternative
1 cup halved grape tomatoes or quartered cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper, or more to taste
3 cups chopped spinach leaves
2/3 cup low-fat marinara sauce
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese

Directions:
In a large pot, cook pasta per package instructions, 6 - 10 minutes. Drain and cover to keep warm.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir until onion has softened, about 5 minutes.

Add spinach and cook and stir until wilted. Add all other ingredients except cooked pasta, breaking the cheese wedges into pieces. Cook and stir until cheese has melted and mixed with sauce, about 2 minutes. Add pasta and cook and stir until hot and thoroughly coated, about 1 minute. EAT!

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

HG Alternative! Whip up this recipe with any high-fiber penne pasta. Then each serving will have 346 calories, 9g fiber, and a PointsPlus® value of 9*.

Fully Loaded HG Baked Ziti

1/4th of ziti bake: 294 calories, 8g fat, 664mg sodium, 46.5g carbs, 17g fiber, 9g sugars, 24g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

Ingredients:
5 oz. (about 1 1/2 cups) uncooked FiberGourmet Light Penne Pasta, or HG Alternative
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like the kinds by Boca and MorningStar Farms)
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
4 cups spinach leaves
3/4 cup light or low-fat ricotta cheese
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.

In a large pot, cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook and stir onion until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add soy crumbles and garlic, and raise temperature to medium high. Cook and stir until soy crumbles have thawed, about 3 more minutes.

Add spinach and cook and stir until it has wilted and excess moisture has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, pat dry, and stir in the ricotta cheese and basil.

Transfer contents of the skillet to the bowl of cooked pasta. Add tomatoes and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and toss to mix.

Evenly place pasta mixture in the baking pan. Sprinkle with Parm-style topping and remaining 2 tbsp. mozzarella cheese.

Bake until entire dish is hot and cheese on top has melted, about 15 minutes. Eat up!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

HG Alternative! Make our bake with standard high-fiber ziti or penne pasta. Then each serving will have 331 calories, 8.5g fiber, and a PointsPlus® value of 9*.

Pizza Loaded Potato

Entire recipe: 350 calories, 7g fat, 767mg sodium, 50g carbs, 7g fiber, 8g sugars, 21g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

Ingredients:
1 stick light string cheese
1 medium-sized potato (about 12 oz.)
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 link Applegate Organics Sweet Italian Chicken & Turkey Sausage, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup pizza sauce

Directions:
Preheat broiler. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Break string cheese into thirds and place in a blender or food processor—blend at high speed until shredded. (Or pull into shreds and roughly chop.)

Pierce potato several times with a fork. On a microwave-safe plate, microwave for 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Flip potato over and microwave for 5 more minutes, or until soft.

Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add pepper, onion, and mushrooms. Cook and stir until mostly softened and browned, about 4 minutes. Add sausage and cook and stir until browned, about 2 minutes.

Transfer veggie-sausage mixture to a medium microwave-safe bowl and cover to keep warm.

Once cool enough to handle, slice off a 2-inch-wide strip of the potato skin, lengthwise, from top of the potato. Scoop out the insides, transfer them to a medium bowl, and break them up with a fork. Set potato "shell" aside on the baking sheet.

Add half of the potato pulp to the veggie-sausage mixture. Discard the other half (or reserve for another use). To the mixture, add 3 tbsp. sauce and half of the shredded cheese. Mix well. Microwave mixture for 1 minute, or until hot. Scoop mixture into the potato shell.

Evenly top with remaining 1 tbsp. pizza sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Broil until potato is hot and cheese has melted, about 4 minutes. Enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

SW BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

Entire recipe: 269 calories, 8.5g fat, 925mg sodium, 29g carbs, 13g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 30g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. BBQ sauce with 45 calories or less per 2-tbsp. serving
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortilla, or HG Alternative
2 oz. cooked and shredded (or finely chopped) skinless chicken breast
1 tbsp. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp. frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 tbsp. shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
1 tbsp. chopped scallions
Optional dips: salsa, fat-free ranch dressing, additional BBQ sauce

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix BBQ sauce with cheese wedge until blended. Lay tortilla flat and spread BBQ-cheese mixture on one half. Top mixture with remaining ingredients.

Spray a grill or grill pan with nonstick spray and bring to medium-high heat. Lay the half-loaded tortilla on the grill/grill pan, and cook for 2 minutes.

Using a spatula, fold the bare half of the tortilla over the filling and press lightly to seal. Carefully flip and cook until crispy, about 3 minutes. Slice into wedges and eat up!

MAKES 1 SERVING

HG Alternative! Use any medium-large high-fiber tortilla with 110 calories or less. Then your quesadilla will have 299 calories, 7g fiber, and a PointsPlus® value of 8*.

Grin ’n Carrot Fries

1/2 of recipe: 116 calories, 1g fat, 428mg sodium, 27g carbs, 8g fiber, 13g sugars, 2.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb. carrots (about 8 large carrots)
1/4 tsp. coarse salt, or more to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray.

Cut carrots into French-fry-shaped spears, fairly equal in size. Lay them on the sheets, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip spears. Bake until tender on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside, about 15 more minutes. (The thicker the fries, the longer the cook time.)

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.