Halfway Homemade: Cooking with Convenience Foods (cont.)
And now for the recipes ?
Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants
You'll never go back to plain crescent rolls once you try this easy but elegant version!
8 ounce pop-can of Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent dough
Yield: 8 servings
Per crescent: 129 calories, 2.2 g protein, 16.4 g carbohydrate, 6 g fat (1.9 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0.3 g fiber, 230 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 41 percent.
This recipe uses the prepared pie crusts found in the freezer section of your supermarket. You can find some alternative brands with more fiber and less saturated fat at stores like Whole Foods. Since prepared pie crusts are usually high in fat, we're keeping the filling nice and light.
1/2 package (9-10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
Yield: 8 servings
Per serving: 228 calories, 13 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 388 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 50%.
Parmesan Artichoke Dip
Serve with lower fat, higher-fiber dippers, such as vegetables, baguettes, and low-fat wheat crackers.
4 ounces light cream cheese
Yield: 6 servings
Per serving (not including the bread): 164 calories, 6 g protein, 11 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 352 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 55%.
Beef & Bean Mexican Lasagna
It's layered like lasagna, but has all the flavors of a beef and bean burrito!
1 pound ground sirloin or super-lean ground beef (around 6-8% fat)
Yield: 10 servings
Per serving: 345 calories, 22 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 10.5 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 850 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 30%.
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