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HG's Cheesy Butternut Bake

PER SERVING (1/4th of casserole): 101 calories, 1g fat, 457mg sodium, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 5g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

This stuff is the ultimate guilt-free side dish. It tastes like cheesy, fluffy, mashed sweet potatoes, only better!




Ingredients:
4 cups cubed butternut squash
2 wedges The Laughing Cow cheese, Light Original Swiss, room temperature
3/4 cup diced onions
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place squash in large microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup of water. Cover and microwave for 6 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, uncover and drain water. Set aside.

Place onions in a small microwave-safe dish with 2 tbsp. water. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, uncover and drain any excess water. Set aside.

Place squash and all other ingredients except for the onions in a blender. (Make sure squash cubes are not still piping hot.) Pulse until thoroughly mixed (but not liquefied). Remove blender from the base, and then stir in the onions.

Transfer squash mixture to a small casserole dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Place in the oven, and bake for 35 - 40 minutes (until edges begin to brown). Then serve with a spoon as you would mashed potatoes! Enjoy!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS
HG's Spinach, Mushroom and Mozzarella Supreme

PER SERVING (1/6th of casserole): 106 calories, 1g fat, 597mg sodium, 11g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

A serving of this could quite possibly be the most satisfying 106 calories EVER...







Ingredients:
Two 16-oz. bags frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and thoroughly patted dry
1 1/2 cups canned sliced mushrooms (about 2 medium cans or 1 large), drained 
3 wedges The Laughing Cow cheese, any Light flavor, room temperature
1 cup diced onions
1/3 cup shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
Optional: salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a pan sprayed with nonstick spray, cook onions over high heat until browned (about 3 minutes).

Make sure all excess water has been removed from spinach. In a mixing bowl, combine spinach, onions, cheese wedges, and garlic powder. Mix well.

In a medium casserole dish sprayed with nonstick spray, spread half of the spinach mixture along the bottom.

Layer half of the mushrooms evenly over the spinach mixture in the casserole dish. Then spread the remaining spinach mixture over the mushrooms. Layer the rest of the mushrooms over that.

Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the shredded cheese. Then place dish in the oven to cook for 25 - 30 minutes (until the shredded cheese layer begins to crisp slightly). If you like, season your serving to taste with salt and pepper.

MAKES 6 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.