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Hungry Girl Today: 10.9.14


Craving comfort food minus the high calorie counts and long ingredient lists? Today's trios are here to save the day!

Speedy Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Entire recipe: 224 calories, 5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 672mg sodium, 29g carbs, 8g fiber, 9g sugars, 17g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5* -- SmartPoints® value 3*

One of our favorite pasta swaps gets super sauced and topped with meatless meatballs... Future classic here!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

1 spaghetti squash (you'll only use about 1/4th of it)
5 MorningStar Farms Veggie Meatballs (or a serving of another brand's frozen veggie meatballs with 150 calories or less)
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes
Seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning

Microwave whole squash for 6 minutes, or until soft enough to cut. Slice into quarters; scoop out and discard seeds. Save three quarters for another time.

Place one spaghetti squash quarter in a large microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water. Cover and microwave until soft, 5 - 8 minutes.

Scrape spaghetti squash strands out with a fork, and transfer to a strainer to drain excess moisture. Measure out 1 1/4 cups, and place in the bowl. (If needed, cook up another squash quarter. Save any remaining for another use.) Cover to keep warm.

Place meatballs in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, season tomatoes to taste.

Add seasoned tomatoes to the meatballs, and toss to coat. Microwave for 30 seconds, until hot.

Top squash with saucy meatballs, and devour!


Quick-Fix Crustless Chicken Pot Pie
Entire recipe: 228 calories, 2g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 510mg sodium, 22.5g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 7g sugars, 26.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5* -- SmartPoints® value 5*

Skipping the carby, buttery crust saves time, effort, and calories. Plus, the creamy gravy, juicy chicken, and tender veggies are what we really crave anyway...

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes

1 1/2 cups frozen petite mixed vegetables
3 oz. cooked and chopped skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup fat-free or nearly fat-free chicken or turkey gravy
Optional seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder

Place frozen veggies in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes, or until hot. Blot away excess liquid.

Mix in chicken and gravy. Microwave until hot, about 1 minute. Yum!


Easy Cheesy Grits
1/2 of recipe (about 1 cup): 175 calories, 3.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 424mg sodium, 30.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 0.5g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4* -- SmartPoints® value 5*

Quick-cooking grits + our favorite creamy cheese make this trio too good to skip over... Southern-style comfort in a snap!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

1/2 cup quick-cooking grits
1 tablespoon light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
Seasonings: salt, black pepper, garlic powder

Add 2 cups water to a medium pot, and bring to a boil.

Add grits, and stir well. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes, uncovering occasionally to stir.

Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. each pepper and garlic powder. Add butter and cheese, breaking the cheese wedge into pieces. Stir until cheese and butter have melted and mixture is uniform. Enjoy!


Hungry for More?

Four-Ingredient Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Best Three-Ingredient Recipes
Freezer-Aisle Comfort Food
Best Two-Ingredient Recipes

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