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Hungry Girl Today: 4.15.14

CHEW THE RIGHT THING



Bite it!


I Want You Mac!
If you want to turn your usual macaroni & cheese into a protein-packed meal that's completely guilt-free, this recipe is just what you need. It's like the delicious love child of a tuna casserole and a bowl of mac 'n cheese...

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
4 1/2 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) uncooked high-fiber elbow macaroni
3 cups frozen cauliflower florets
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup frozen peas
6 oz. albacore tuna in water (two 3-oz. cans or one 6-oz. pouch), drained and flaked
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
3 slices fat-free American cheese

Directions:
In a medium-large pot, cook pasta per package instructions, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave for 2 - 3 minutes, until hot. Drain excess liquid. Roughly chop cauliflower, return to the bowl, and cover to keep warm.

Drain pasta, add to the large bowl, and re-cover to keep warm.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sprinkle with salt. Cook and stir until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add peas and cook and stir until hot, about 2 minutes.

Transfer cooked mushrooms and peas to the large bowl. Add tuna, and mix thoroughly.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine cheese wedges and cheese slices, breaking them into pieces. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well. Microwave for another 30 seconds, or until cheeses have melted. Stir well, and add mixture to the large bowl.

Thoroughly stir to coat. If needed, microwave until hot. Enjoy!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (about 1 3/4 cups)
Calories: 266
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 647mg
Carbs: 36.5g
Fiber: 7g
Sugars: 7.5g
Protein: 23.5g

PointsPlus® value 6*




Fight it!


Out of Tun'…
Here's the drill -- you get home after a long day. What sounds good for dinner? Macaroni & cheese! Hmmm, better add something to make it more substantial... How about tuna, peas, and mushrooms? GREAT! We're totally on board. Just be sure to make that mac base HG-style. Because if you throw this together with standard mac & cheese, the calorie and fat counts will be sadly catastrophic. Our recipe offers a much more balanced way to satisfy your cravings, thanks to super-sizing cauliflower, calorie-slashing light cheeses, and fiber-boosting pasta. Now you're in business. Low-calorie comfort-food business, that is!

Serving Size: 1 portion (about 1 1/2 cups)
Calories: 612
Fat: 19.5g
Sodium: 1,488mg
Carbs: 67.5g
Fiber: 4.5g
Sugars: 12g
Protein: 41g

PointsPlus® value 16*





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If there's ever a day on which you might need some comfort food, it's today, Tax Day (a.k.a. April 15th). Swing by the grocery store on your way back from the post office to stock up on ingredients for today's recipe!



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