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Current Weight----- 287 lbs

5% Goal-----273 lbs
10% Goal----258 lbs

Goal Weight-----145 lbs

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Finding Time in This Busy World

It seems like finding time to cook good healthy meals is a really big challenge. Most healthy meals I find are more time consuming than I want them to be. Everyday of the week I have something going on which makes it hard to plan healthy meals, but I am so determined to make it work. I have a lot of life to live and if I am not careful I won't stick around to see it. I found a great recipe to jumpstart myself back into things. I found Skinny 3-Cheese Penne Pasta on Skinny Mom.

Here is the recipe:

Skinny 3-Cheese Penne

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1¼ cup


 ¼ tsp salt, divided
13.25 oz dry Whole Grain Penne Pasta
1 tsp  Extra Light Olive Oil
½ small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
23.25 oz jar Prego® Light Smart Traditional Pasta Sauce
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp black pepper
½ cup  Low Fat Cottage Cheese
½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1½ cups Reduced Fat Mozzarella Shredded Cheese, divided


  •  Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  • Spray a square 8.5x8.5-inch (2-quart) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 
  • In a large stockpot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add ⅛ tsp salt to boiling water. Add penne pasta and cook until pasta is al dente (softened but still slightly firm), about 10 minutes. Drain pasta.
  •  In large skillet over medium high heat, add extra light olive oil, onions and minced garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until onions have softened and garlic is tender. 
  • Turn heat to low and pour in pasta sauce. Add in basil, oregano, black pepper and remaining ⅛ tsp salt. Stir sauce well. Cover and heat for 5-7 minutes, stir occasionally. 
  • Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl combine cottage cheese, ricotta and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. 
  • Remove sauce from heat and stir in cooked pasta. 
  • Transfer ½ of pasta to baking dish. Evenly spread ½ of the cheese mixture on top. Then add remaining pasta followed by remaining cheese mixture. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese on top. 
  • Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until cheese has melted. 

Nutrition Information Per Serving: (1¼ cup) Calories: 276 Calories from fat: 63 Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 498mg Carbohydrates: 43g Fiber: 7g Sugar 7g Protein: 17g Calcium: 21% Iron: 22%

 WWP+: 7

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