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When people crave comfort food, it generally means they need comforting ASAP. There's no time for messing around with a million ingredients! Comfort-food TRIOS (a.k.a. three-ingredient recipes) to the rescue! 
Super-Cheesy Crazy-EZ Shepherd's Pie

PER SERVING (1/6th of recipe): 139 calories, 2.5g fat, 842mg sodium, 22g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 10g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Pre-cheesed frozen veggies and instant mashies are what allow us to have a cheese-tastic trio in which cheese is NOT one of the three ingredients! THAT. ROCKS.

Ingredients:
One 24-oz. bag (about 6 cups) frozen Green Giant Family Size Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower & Cheese Sauce
1 pouch Betty Crocker Cheddar & Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
2 cups frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like the kind by Boca or MorningStar Farms)
Optional: salt, black pepper, additional spices  

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place contents of the veggies & sauce bag in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave for 8 - 10 minutes, until mostly thawed.

Meanwhile, in a medium-large bowl, combine contents of potato pouch with 2 cups hot water, and stir until thickened. Set aside.

Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray. Add soy crumbles to the pan and evenly distribute along the bottom. Evenly spoon saucy vegetables over the soy crumbles. Evenly top with potato mixture, using a spatula or spoon to smooth out the surface.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until filling is hot and potato layer is slightly crispy.

Divide into sixths. If you like, season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional spices. Enjoy!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

HG Alternative! If you can't locate Green Giant's Family Size bag of saucy veggies, use two of the Valley Fresh Steamers 12-oz. boxes or two of the standard 10-oz. boxes instead.

 
"Twice-Baked" Mexi-tato

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 195 calories, 0.25g fat, 556mg sodium, 41g carbs, 3.25g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Confession time: This recipe is actually once microwaved and once baked. But it's delicious and ready to eat WAY sooner than its twice-baked buddies!

Ingredients:
One 7-oz. russet potato
3 tbsp. salsa
1 slice fat-free cheddar cheese
Optional toppings: fat-free sour cream, chopped scallions

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Puncture potato in several places with a fork. Peel off and discard a section of the skin from the top part of the potato, about an inch wide and running most of the potato's length. (Leave a half-inch or so of skin on each end.) Cook potato in the microwave for 6 - 8 minutes. Once potato is cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides from the peeled section, leaving behind an empty potato shell. Set shell aside.

In a small bowl, combine potato pulp with salsa. Mash thoroughly, until well mixed. Spoon potato mixture back into the potato shell, and lay cheese slice over the potato filling.

Place potato in a baking pan sprayed lightly with nonstick spray, and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, until potato is hot and cheese is melted.

Serve and, if you like, top with sour cream and scallions. Enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING  

Tuna Noodle Casse-bowl

PER SERVING (1/2 of recipe): 235 calories, 6g fat, 913mg sodium, 12.5g carbs, 4.75g fiber, 0g sugars, 38g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

We call this a "casse-bowl" because it's a casserole that's made in a bowl. But maybe you already figured that out. Whatever, it's AWESOME!

 

Ingredients:
2 bags House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Noodle Substitute
Two 5-oz. cans albacore tuna packed in water, drained and flaked 
3/4 cup 98% fat-free cream of mushroom condensed soup
Optional: salt, black pepper, garlic powder

Directions:
Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles well. Pat dry. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 1 minute. Drain excess liquid. Dry as thoroughly as possible, using paper towels. Cut noodles up a bit, using kitchen shears if you've got 'em.

Add tuna and soup to the bowl with the noodles. Mix thoroughly. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot.

Mix well and, if you like, season to taste with optional ingredients. Serve it up!

MAKES 2 SERVINGS


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