I basically doubled the recipe for the most part, so I used two cans of tomato sauce instead of one. I used just enough tomato sauce to puree the spinach.
Okay, I admit it, it doesn't exactly look appealing, does it?
But, by the time I added the rest of the tomato sauce, it ended up looking like a rich gravy instead of something pulled from the swamp.
You can always use plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream for some extra protein & less calories. The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sour cream which is 240 calories & less than three grams of protein, swap that out for Greek yogurt & it's 85 calories & 12g protein, so you'll save yourself 155 calories & gain 9g protein. You can always use whole wheat noodles in place of egg noodles for extra fiber. Ground turkey or lean ground beef would be a perfect swap for the ground chuck. I'm constantly modifying our recipes to boost the nutrition because every little bit helps. And instead of having a heaping portion of the sour cream & noodles, I'll pair it alongside a tossed salad to up the volume of my meal without a lot of calories.
|My MIL brought us a treat!|
I'm a dietitian who believes that everything in moderation is just fine & I don't believe in fad diets. Will you lose weight on a fad diet? Probably. Will you keep it off? Not likely. I don't avoid carbohydrates, gluten, sugar or any other foods labeled "bad" or "forbidden." Yes, every once in a while I grab Happy Meals for my kids when they're cheaper on Tuesdays or Thursdays & we have a busy evening. Gasp! The dietitian eats McDonald's?!!?! Yes, but not often. For the most part, I do eat well, I try to limit my portions by using smaller plates & I get up & move whenever I think about it. If I have a few minutes to spare at work, I run up & down the stairs a few times. Instead of sitting in the cafeteria for my 15 minute morning break, I take two laps around the back of the hospital & eat breakfast at my desk. We don't have to deprive ourselves or be extreme in order to achieve our goals. Just look at the big picture & make small changes that can add up to a big result over time. Working in the nutrition field can be frustrating because so many people dish out misinformation & assume the nutrition professional role. Dr. Oz? A doctor a dietitian does not make! So that's my story & I'm sticking to it! Happy Hump Day!