Mac n Cheese for My Grown Up Self

20130319-182600.jpg

After a bit if inspiration last night, I came up with Cheesy Quinoa and Chicken! (Aka Mac n Cheese for my grown up self.) In college I lived off Mac n Cheese and had a real craving for it yesterday.

This recipe makes two medium sized portions and pairs well with a salad or veggies.

What you’ll need:
1 to 2 chicken breasts
1/4 cup Colby jack cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup of quinoa

It’s a pretty simple recipe and only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Just FYI I mix the egg in with the quinoa and cheese on the stove top, then stick the mixture in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees to cook it through.

Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna Roll Up

Ingredients:

– 9 -12 whole wheat lasagna noodles

– 15 oz of skim milk Ricotta cheese

– 1 cup mozzarella cheese

– 1 large egg

– 1 medium bell pepper (diced)

– handful of sliced bella mushrooms (diced)

Directions:

– Put noodles on to boil you will want time for these to drain and cool down before you lay them out. Dice the bell pepper and mushroom and sauté with a teaspoon of olive oil for five to ten minutes. In a large bowl mix the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg, bell pepper and mushrooms.

Lay the cooled and drained noodles on a clean surface. Spread mixture onto the noodles, about 3 tablespoons on each noodle.

Bake the lasagna roll ups at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

The whole meal takes about 30 minutes and makes 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Information: (for 8 servings)

Calories   Carbs    Fat    Protein

Kroger – Whole Wheat – Whole Grain – Lasagna Noodles, 9 pieces dry  648        148   4      25
Cheese – Ricotta, part skim milk, 15 oz  586        22  34      48
Kraft – Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese Shredded, 1 C  180        8  0      36
Kroger – Grade A – Large Eggs, 1 egg  70        0  5      6
Prego Traditional – Spaghetti Sauce, 2 cup  280        52  6      8
Raw – Bell Peppers, 1 Medium  25        6  0      1
Organic – Baby Bella Mushrooms, 106 g  20        2  0      3
                                                                                 Per Serving:  226        30    6       16

Strawberry Cream Cheese Shortcake

This last weekend while I was visiting my grandma’s we made strawberry shortcakes with the last of the Louisiana strawberries. If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, delicious dessert this summer – this is for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 c of sugar
  • package of shortcake
Whipped Cream
  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1-½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream

I always cut the strawberries a couple of hours ahead of time sprinkle some sugar and stick it in the fridge. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla till smooth. Gradually add heavy cream and beat until light and fluffy. (If you’re looking to stay healthy just stick with cool whip.) Stack the shortcake, strawberries and whipped cream and enjoy!

If you’re looking for a decadent, but light dessert this is it!