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English Muffin Panini

Cheesy Pizza Panini

  • 1 Whole Wheat English Muffin or Sandwich Thin
  • 1 tbsp pizza sauce (you could use tomato paste, just be sure to sprinkle with salt and spices)
  • 1 Mini Babybel Light
  • Your fav pizza topics, optional of course (pepperoni, baby spinach, diced peppers)

If you like a crunchier muffin, pre-toast. I tend to like mine soft so I kept it raw.

Smear the sauce on the muffin, top with any toping and then place the cheese in the center.

Press in the George Foreman or a panini press, about 4 minutes


185 Calories per serving (whole sandwich)


From GreenLiteBites

Healthy Spinach & Artichoke Dip


10 servings (1/4 cup each)

Preparation Time

15 minutes


Calories 120 (Calories from Fat 70)

Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g)

Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 280mg

Total Carbohydrate 6g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 1g)

Protein 5g


  • 4   cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)
  •  1   package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  •  1/4   cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  •  4   tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)
  •  1/4   cup fat-free (skim) milk
  •  2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  •  1   teaspoon dried basil leaves
  •  1   can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
  •  Baguette slices, if desired
  • Assorted raw vegetables, if desired

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
2. Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach.
3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. Stir in spinach and artichokes. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with baguette slices or raw vegetables.

Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta

Turkey Sausage & Arugula Pasta


6 servings


352 calories per serving


• 12 ounces whole-wheat short pasta, such as shells or twists
• 8 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings
• 3 cloves garlic, chopped
• 8 cups arugula, or baby spinach
• 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
• 1/2 cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano, or Parmesan cheese, plus more to taste
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


1.)  Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes, or according to package directions.
2.)  Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, arugula (or spinach) and tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, until the greens wilt and the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and keep warm.
3.)  Combine 1/2 cup cheese, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Measure out 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid; drain the pasta. Whisk the cooking liquid and oil into the cheese mixture; add the pasta and toss to combine. Serve the pasta topped with the sausage mixture and an extra sprinkle of cheese, if desired.

Chicken Parmesan Sub

Chicken Parmesan Sub


2 servings


458 calories per serving


• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat (8 ounces)
• 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• 1 6-ounce bag spinach
• 1/3 cup prepared marinara sauce, (see Tips for Two)
• 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
• 2 soft whole-wheat sandwich rolls, toasted


1.)  Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Place chicken between two large pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or a heavy saucepan until the chicken is an even 1/4-inch thickness. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture.
2.)  Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach, and cook, stirring often, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.
3.)  Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add the chicken, and cook until golden on first side, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn over the chicken; reduce heat to medium, top with the wilted spinach, marinara sauce and Parmesan. Sprinkle with mozzarella, cover and cook until the cheese is melted and the chicken is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve on rolls.

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