Healthy 3-Ingredient Recipes: Italian Potato Skins, Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

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What do you want? "EASY RECIPES!" How do you want 'em? "WITH FEW INGREDIENTS!" Could you be more specific? "CHEESE WOULD BE NICE!" Never say we don't listen... Here are three super-cheesy, three-ingredient recipes!


Italian Potato Skins

1/2 of recipe (2 skins): 186 calories, 3.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 335mg sodium, 29g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 10.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5* -- SmartPoints® value 5*

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

How have we not tried this sooner?! Simple, delicious, hot 'n cheesy... These skins RULE!

Two 10-oz. baking potatoes
2 sticks light string cheese
1/3 cup low-fat marinara sauce
Seasonings: garlic powder, Italian seasoning (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Pierce potatoes several times with a fork. On a microwave-safe plate, microwave potatoes for 3 1/2 minutes.

Flip potatoes, and microwave for 3 1/2 more minutes, or until soft.

Once cool enough to handle, cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to gently scoop out the pulp, leaving about 1/4 inch inside the skin. Discard the potato pulp (or reserve for another use).

Place potato skins on the baking sheet. Bake until crispy, 12 - 15 minutes. Remove sheet, but leave oven on.

Meanwhile, 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.)

Evenly distribute sauce among potato skins. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. garlic powder and, if you like, some Italian seasoning.

Sprinkle with shredded string cheese. Bake until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Mmmm!


Crazy-Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

1/2 of recipe (about 3/4 cup): 120 calories, 3g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 539mg sodium, 15.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 7.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3 -- SmartPoints® value 2*

5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Like cheesy mashed potatoes, minus loads of fat and starchy carbs! Open up and say YUM...

4 cups frozen cauliflower florets
2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
Seasonings: black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder

Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave for 3 1/2 minutes.

Uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave for another 3 1/2 minutes, or until hot and soft.

Drain excess liquid. Add cheese wedges, breaking them into pieces, and Parm-style topping. Add a dash of pepper and 1/8 tsp. each salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Thoroughly mash and mix. Enjoy!



Two-Cheese Taquitos

1/4th of recipe (2 taquitos): 158 calories, 3g total fat (1g sat fat), 363mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars, 8.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4* -- SmartPoints® value 4*

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Great as a hot snack or party app, these crunchy cheesy eats put freezer-aisle versions to shame!

Eight 6-inch yellow corn tortillas
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
Optional dip: salsa

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Place tortillas between 2 damp paper towels. Microwave for 1 minute, or until warm and pliable.

One at a time, spread each tortilla with half of a cheese wedge and sprinkle with 1 tbsp. shredded cheese. Tightly roll up into a tube, place on the baking sheet, seam side down, and secure with toothpicks (if needed).

Bake until crispy, 14 - 16 minutes. (Don’t worry if they crack a little.) Enjoy!



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