Saturday, August 28, 2010

Clean Manicotti Post Workout Meal: Always a hit and perfect to Freeze.

Manicotti is fun to make ...I think.
You can buy oven ready noodles that you don't have to pre boil
but I really like these much better.

Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 4 Medium Carrots, grated
  • 1 Small Pkg of Lean Ground Turkey 
  • Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 Pkg of Frozen Spinach, thawed (make sure to squeeze ALL of the water that you can out!)
YOU WILL ALSO need 1 - 2 Large Cans of Tomato sauce 

Cook Turkey in a Large skillet till completely cooked.  Put aside to cool in Large Bowl.

In separate Large Skillet saute onions and garlic till translucent, add carrots, mushrooms, and spinach and saute. 
Add Cooked Veggie skillet to turkey and mix together.  Allow to cool a bit.  Add Your Cottage cheese and combine. 
Prepare a Large baking pan pouring just enough Tomato sauce in bottom to cover.
Now Stuff the manicotti shells and line up in pan.  When pan is full pour sauce over noodles just to cover ...If you opt to use the oven ready noodles make sure that you cover all the noodles in sauce so that they will cook properly...but caution ....this takes up much more sauce, resulting in more calories.

Cover With Tin Foil and bake @ 350 for an hour or so or until you can see that the filling is bubbling nicely....take the foil off about 10 minutes before the hour is completeto make the top a bit more crisp.

AND always make too much ...package it up and freeze
your sweetheart will thank you later!

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