Diet Manicotti Recipe
The following reduced calorie recipe for manicotti serves 12 generously and 6 very generously. The low calorie manicotti with red sauce recipe contains about 175 calories per manicotti. With the white sauce contains about 190 calories per manicotti.
We suggest adding a kiss-me-fresh salad mix containing your favorite greens, a couple of cherry tomatoes, a few slices of cucumber served with balsamic vinegar.
The Manicotti - Start by preparing the noodles as directed on the package, taking care to thoroughly drain and rinse when manicotti is done. We used manicotti containing 60 calories each.
The Veggies -Sauté the following in a non-stick pan using cooking spray: 1/2 cup of sliced or diced mushrooms of your choice, chopped onion and/or garlic - use as much or as little as you prefer based on your personal taste, 1 cup of raw baby spinach, chopped. Salt and pepper the vegetable mix to suit personal taste.
We also love chopped black olives, so you can also add those if you wish after you have sauteed the mushrooms, spinach, garlic and onion. Allow to cool to room temperature.
The Filling -Use 1 small container of reduced-fat (skim based) ricotta cheese which you will add to two slightly beaten eggs. Add 1/2 teaspoon of basil (we drew our basil from the spice rack, but fresh works wonderfully swell). If you like paprika, add a sprinkle of that, too. Also add salt and pepper to suit personal taste.
We recommend going light on the use of salt when possible as our daily diets contain far more than the body requires and if you're salt-sensitive, excess sodium can spike blood pressure, create bloating, water retention and a variety of naughty health issues.
Next, add the combine the veggies with the ricotta cheese mixture. Fill the manicotti.
The Sauce -Do you like red sauce on your manicotti OR do you like white sauce? If you're using red, choose from your favorite marinara sauces at the local market.
Spread a shallow layer on the bottom of a large baking dish; place the filed manicotti on top, then add more sauce if desired. Top with 1 cup of grated, reduced-fat (skim based) mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. The calorie content of our diet manicotti is based on using up to three cups of red sauce containing up to 100 calories per cup.
Our recipe for the manicotti white sauce is a bit more involved, but only takes a few minutes to prepare. Using 60 calories per serving whipped margarine, measure out 1/4 cup and melt in a non-stick sauce pan or skillet.
Next, add enough flour so that it mixes smoothly with the flour - but take care not to add more flour than the margarine can absorb. Very quickly, add 2 cups of skim milk. Bring to a boil; white sauce should thicken quickly.
If it's too thick, add a bit of water or more skim milk. If it's too thin, add a bit of flour mixed with water to the pan. Add just a TINY pinch of nutmeg; stir thoroughly into the white sauce.
Assemble as you did for the red sauce version.
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