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Monday, January 3, 2011

Healthier spaghetti pie

For those with kids sometimes it is hard to get them to eat foods that are healthy. It is a good idea to start them on healthy foods early. Here is a "healthier" version of one of my kids favorites, spaghetti pie:

1 lb extra lean ground beef or ground turkey breast
Garlic Pepper Seasoning
8 oz of whole wheat spaghetti noodles
2 tbs of olive oil
2 eggs beaten
1 cup grated Parmesean cheese
Non- stick cooking spray
1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
1 jar of marinara sauce- I use Classico because it has few ingredients and lower sugar
1/2 to 1 cup of park skim shredded mozzarella

1. Season meat with garlic pepper and brown, drain if needed, add marinara sauce and simmer
2. Cook noodles as directed
3. Heat oven to 350
4. Place spaghetti in a large bowl and toss with olive oil
5. In a small boil combine, combine eggs, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
6. Add to pasta and mix
7. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray and pour spaghetti into pie pan
8. Spread ricotta cheese on top of noodles
9. Pour marinara meat sauce on top
10. Bake for 25 min
11. Add Mozzarella and remainder of Parmesean Cheese
12. Cook for 5-10 min or until cheese is melted

**Recipe was adapted from Everything Cooking for Kids Cookbook

Serve with a side spinach salad with grape tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, etc

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