Thursday, January 17, 2013


              There are plenty of options one can use to change any recipe and
   make it healthier for themselves or their family.
               Whether it is for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even snacks the choices are
    ours to make. Sometimes though, we  [I, included]  are so set in our ways, that changing
   our eating "habits" is a lot more difficult then we would like to admit.
                Here is a recipe from the BIGGEST  LOSER COOKBOOK that I want to
  share with you. I am sure when you do try this recipe, you will want to make it again.

                                                              BAKED  ZITI

               1 [ 14 +1/2 ounce]box of fiber-enriched ziti or penne -[whole wheat
                                 such as Golden Harvest or Ronzoni Smart Taste]
               1 [15 ounce] container fat-free ricotta cheese
               2 large egg whites
               8 ounces [4 cups] finely shredded mozzarella cheese
               1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
               2 Tablespoons grated reduced -fat Parmesan cheese
               3 +1/2 cups low-fat, low sodium marinara sauce
               Salt and pepper to your taste
              Red pepper flakes to your  taste

              Preheat oven to 450*. Lightly spray 13 x 9 glass or ceramic baking dish
                             with Olive oil spray
              Cook ziti according to package directions until AL Dante. Drain.
              In a large bowl, mix the ricotta, egg whites, and all but 1 cup of the mozzarella
              until well combined. Add the garlic powder, and the seasonings.
              Stir in the pasta, until well mixed with ingredients.
              Spread 1 cup of the marinara sauce on the.bottom of prepared baking dish,
              Add half of the pasta mixture in an even layer over the sauce.
              Top the pasta with another 1  cup of sauce.
              Layer the remaining pasta over the sauce.
              Spoon the rest of the sauce , 1 + 1/2 cups, evenly over the pasta, then sprinkle
              the remaining mozzarella and the Parmesan covering the top.

              Cover the dish with aluminum foil, sprayed with non stick spray, and bake 20
              minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

              Let stand 5 minutes. This has 8 servings. Add a side salad, and you have a healthy
              meal of under 400 calories total!

            That is all for today friends, this is Jenny



  1. i am loving the blend of cheeses in this...and having it healthy (or healthier) makes for a nice kick...

  2. Where do you find low sodium marinara sauce? Do you use a particular brand name?

  3. Health food stores usually carry many different brands. I will include the recipe I have.