Simple noodle recipes
Don't let people tell you that noodles are bad for you. Given the type of noodle you buy, you can use gluten free noodles, vegetable infused noodles and high protein noodles. Noodles provide protein, fiber, nutrients and let's face it; they also fill us up, giving us that satisfying feel we look forward to after eating a meal. I am providing you with some easy, inexpensive and fast noodle dishes that your whole family will love. My two children, who are known to be picky eaters, have grown to love vegetables because of how I use them in my noodle dishes. Enjoy!
Curly lasagna noodles, cooked al dente, or your choice of gluten free lasagna
Meat of choice: ground sausage, ground turkey or ground beef (2 pounds)
Fresh baby spinach leaves, fresh mushrooms, peeled and sliced, 1 medium onion chopped, 1 quarter each of red, yellow and orange peppers, chopped; then sauteed in 2 TBL of coconut oil until softened
2 jars/cans of spaghetti sauce (I like Newman's or Classico myself)
2 TBL each; garlic powder, parsley flakes, Italian seasoning, Hungarian paprika, ground, black pepper; added to the vegetables while being sauteed
1 container each of small curd cottage cheese, low-fat ricotta cheese
16 oz bag of shredded mozzarella (save a large handful for later)
1 cup parmesean cheese
In a very large sided skillet, place the vegetables in 2 TBL of coconut oil (or Olive oil if you prefer) and spices and sautee until they begin the soften. Add the meat. Continue sauteeing until the meat and vegetables are cooked. The spinach will shrink and become dark in color.
In a bowl, while you are cooking the above ingredients, mix together the cheeses and set aside.
To assemble, spoon a bit of sauce on bottom of greased lasagna or elongated baking pan and place a layer of lasagna noodles for the base. Over the noodles, spoon the cheese mixture first, the meat/vegetable mixture next and the sauce last. Continue layering the lasagna noodles, but alternate the direction of the noodles (horizontal then vertical) for each layer and top with ingredients in the same fashion. Top with a coating of mozzarella cheese that you had saved earlier. Cover lightly with aluminum foil and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. The lasagna will be bubbling on the sides when ready. Serve with garlic bread.
1 12oz. pkg. of frozen shrimp; tail off
2 pkgs of creamy chicken Ramen- including the spice packet as well
2 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of frozen vegetables of your choice
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Mix all ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue stirring until while turning heat to med/low in temperature. Let noodles simmer for 10 minutes on low. Serve.
Chicken Linguine Alfredo
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup low fat sour cream
3 cups cubed chicken breast
1 small onion, chopped
1 can of drained sweet peas or well chopped broccoli
1 box of linguine, cooked al dente
In a skillet, with a bit of olive oil or coconut oil, cook chicken and onion until chicken is done and onion is soft. Add broth, sour cream and soup. Mix well and simmer over low heat (covered) for 10 minutes. Add peas. Simmer 10 more minutes.
Serve skillet mixture over noodles. Tastes great with crescent rolls or Italian bread.
1 large can chili beans with chili sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 TB each cumin, garlic powder, Hungarian paprika, ground, black pepper
1/2 TB each chili powder, parsley flakes
1 small box of elbow macaroni (or noodle of your choice), cooked al dente
1 small can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can italian stewed tomatoes
1 pound of ground beef, chicken or turkey
In a skillet, cook meat and onion together in a bit of olive oil until done.
Pour this and other ingredients (except noodles) into large soup pot and simmer on med/low heat for 20 minutes until bubbling. Stir occasionally. Add noodles and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Cut up small cubes of colby cheese and drop into bowls, then pour chili on top. Serve with corn bread or crackers.
All of these recipes can be made with low fat ingredients if you wish, making them not only healthy but just as delicious. Enjoy!