Strawberry and baby greens salad makes your dinner all the richer

Strawberry baby greens salad with buttery spiced pecans and strawberry basil balsamic vinaigrette.

Strawberry baby greens salad with buttery spiced pecans and strawberry basil balsamic vinaigrette. | Gwynn Galvin/SwirlsOfFlavor.com

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

Strawberry baby greens salad with buttery spiced pecans and strawberry basil balsamic vinaigrette

Makes 10 cups

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: about 3 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, divided

1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper

1 cup pecans

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons strawberry preserves

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

8 cups baby greens

8 strawberries, trimmed and quartered, about 1 cup

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add cinnamon, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt and chipotle pepper. Stir in pecans. Cook until pecans are fragrant and lightly toasted, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Transfer to waxed paper; cool. In serving bowl, combine olive oil, strawberry preserves, vinegar, basil, black pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk until blended. Add greens, strawberries, onion and pecans. Toss until evenly coated.

Per cup: 158 calories, 2 grams protein, 14 grams fat (73% calories from fat), 2.1 grams saturated fat, 9 grams carbohydrate, 3 milligrams cholesterol, 136 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.

Carb count: 0.5.

Tuna noodle casserole

Makes 8 servings

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: less than 20 minutes, plus pasta; standing time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces no-yolk egg noodles

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons flour

2 3/4 cups 1% milk

4 ounces softened reduced-fat cream cheese

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2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 (5-ounce) cans albacore tuna in water, drained and flaked

Heat broiler. Cook noodles according to directions; drain. Heat a large, nonstick skillet on medium; add oil to coat pan. Add onion; cook 4 minutes or until almost tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk; cook 7 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk, until slightly thick. Stir in cream cheese, mustard and pepper. Cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in noodles, peas, almonds and tuna. Spoon mixture into a broiler-safe 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Broil 3 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Per serving: 297 calories, 18 grams protein, 11 grams fat (34% calories from fat), 3.2 grams saturated fat, 32 grams carbohydrate, 27 milligrams cholesterol, 269 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber.

Carb count: 2.

Pasta pizza pie

Makes 4 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: about 45 minutes, plus pasta

Standing time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rotini pasta

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 cup minced onion

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 beaten egg

1/4 cup 1% milk

4 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

1 1/2 cups no-salt-added or regular marinara sauce

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add onion and mushrooms and cook 5 minutes or until the onion is softened and the mushrooms have lost most of their liquid. Remove from heat; set aside. Coat a 12-inch pizza pan …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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