Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Foods

I am so excited to be starting this! I am calling it Friday Foods because each week I will feature a different recipe I have tried, or will be trying. While my New Year's Resolution is to be healthier, I occasionally might slip in some "not-so-great for you foods."

Spinach Manicotti

Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:50 min
makes:7 servings (2 manicotti each)

1 box (8 oz) uncooked manicotti shells (14 shells)
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (6 oz)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 container (15 oz) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
1 box (10 oz) Cascadian Farm® frozen organic cut spinach, thawed, drained, squeezed dry
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen® pasta sauce (any flavor)

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Cook manicotti as directed on box. Rinse with cool water; drain well. In medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of the Italian cheese blend, the pepper flakes, ricotta cheese, spinach, garlic and egg.

2. In bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking dish, spread 1 cup of the pasta sauce. Spoon ricotta mixture into manicotti; place over sauce in dish. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti. Cover tightly with foil.

3. Bake about 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbling. Uncover dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Increase first bake time to about 45 min.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 340 (Calories from Fat 100); Total Fat 11g (Saturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 690mg; Total Carbohydrate 43g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 8g); Protein 19g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 70%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 35%; Iron 15% Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 2 Medium-Fat Meat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

This is delicious! I make it pretty often and love it every time. Enjoy!


michelle said...

that looks so delicious. im definitely going to have to try it :)

Lil' Woman said...

Mmm...that looks and sounds good...can't wait to see more! :)

Kristen said...

sounds fabulous!

Al said...

oh gosh that sounds and looks delish! a this week meal for sure!

Jenna said...

i just came across your blog and i can't wait to keep reading!
i would love it if you could check out mine and follow :)

Anais said...

Oh yum this looks so good!!! I've never made manicotti...

I'm excited to see the other recipes you'll be posting!!

Sarah said...

this looks too yummy to be nutritious! i'm gonna have to try it!

Jamie Pickle said...

This looks delicious. Making me hungry!

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