Posted in Bake, Beef, Casserole, Pasta dish, Sauces, Tips/Hints

Make Ahead Day 4

  • Cook the entire recipe in advance and refrigerate overnight.  When ready to heat, cut into individual serving sizes and microwave.
  • Assemble the casserole and refrigerate overnight.  Either remove the casserole from the refrigerator a few hours early to come to room temperature before baking or bake for about 45 minutes right from the refrigerator (extra baking time may be necessary if you place the cold casserole in the oven).

Baked Macaroni with Meat

Baked Macaroni with Meat

Serves 8

Preheat oven 350o

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 320                        Fat:4 grams                           Points: 6


½ onion – chopped

½ pound (8-ounces) ground turkey meat

½ pound (8-ounces) 93% lean ground beef

¼ cup water

½ cup wine

1 cup canned diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon dried basil

½ pound (8-ounces) penne pasta (*)

½ cup egg substitute

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Cream Sauce:

2 cups fat free half and half

2 cups skim milk

½ cup flour

¾ cup egg substitute

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat, spray with cooking spray and add onion.  Sauté for about 5 minutes until soft and browned.
  2. Increase heat to medium high and add turkey and beef and sauté until cooked and browned.
  3. Add water, wine, tomatoes, tomato paste, nutmeg and basil and simmer until half of the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat, spoon into a bowl and cool.
  5. Boil water in a large pot and add penne.  Cook until al dente (about 5 minutes).
  6. Drain, rinse and add to bowl with meat mixture.  Stir in egg substitute and parmesan cheese.
  7. In a saucepot, whisk together half and half, milk egg substitute and nutmeg.
  8. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick.  Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
  9. Pour half of the sauce into the meat and pasta mixture.

10. Spray a 13-inch X 9-inch casserole with cooking spray and spoon in meat mixture.

11. Pour the remaining cream sauce on top and bake for 30 minutes until browned.

(*) Use high fiber pasta

Posted in Bake, Beef, Main Courses, Poultry, Tips/Hints

Make Ahead – Day 3

Cooking Ahead:

  • Cook the meat filling the night before then about 30 minutes before dinner, preheat the oven and assemble.

BBQ Meat Pie

BBQ Meat Pie

Serves 6

Preheat oven 425o

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 340                        Fat: 7 grams                          Points: 6


1 onion – chopped

1 clove garlic – minced

½ pound ground turkey breast meat

½ pound 93% lean ground beef

1 cup ketchup

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon liquid smoke

¼ teaspoon hickory smoke salt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 package refrigerated pizza dough

½ cup Mexican blend low fat shredded cheese


  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium and spray with cooking spray.  Add onion and cook 3 – 5 minutes until soft and browned.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  2. Add turkey and beef and season with salt and pepper.  Cook 5 – 7 minutes, stirring, until meat is browned and cooked through.
  3. Add ketchup, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, liquid smoke, hickory smoke salt, Worcestershire sauce and red wine vinegar and sauté for 5 – 7 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature or refrigerate overnight if baking the following day.
  5. Spray a large baking pan with cooking spray.  Roll out pizza dough and stretch onto a large baking pan.
  6. Place meat in the center, leaving enough room to fold dough over the meat.  Spread cheese on top of meat.
  7. Fold corners of dough into the center of the pie first then bring sides up toward the center so the meat is completely covered.
  8. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the dough is browned.