Three great recipes from the “Taste of Home: Healthy Eating Cookbook”

From working out to eating — we’re all about being healthy here on FOX6 WakeUp. Mark Hagen joins WakeUp with three great recipes from the “Taste of Home: Healthy Eating Cookbook.”

Enchilada Pie

This impressive, hearty dish is perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. —Jacqueline Correa, Landing, New Jersey

Prep: 40 min. Cook: 4 hours

1 package (12 ounces) frozen vegetarian meat crumbles
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Cut three 25-in. x 3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on the bottom and up the sides of a 5-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.

In a large saucepan, cook the meat crumbles, onion and green pepper in oil until vegetables are tender. Stir in both cans of beans, tomatoes, water, chili powder, cumin and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

In prepared slow cooker, layer about a cup of bean mixture, one tortilla and 1/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers five times. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Using foil strips as handles, remove the pie to a platter. Yield: 8 servings. Editor’s Note: Vegetarian meat crumbles are a nutritious protein source made from soy. Look for them in the natural foods freezer section.

Nutrition Facts: 1 piece equals 367 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 818 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat.

Makeover Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

With its creamy consistency and two different cheeses, this entree captures the essence of comfort food. But here’s the kicker-it’s been slimmed down for you so you can enjoy it without over indulging. Darcie Zerniak – Ontario, New York

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free sour cream
1/2 pound reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
Minced chives, optional

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Reduce heat; stir in the sour cream, process cheese, Parmesan, mustard and pepper until smooth.

Drain macaroni; stir in cheddar cheese. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add cream sauce and mix well. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with chives if desired. Yield: 7 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup equals 394 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 842 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 23 g protein.

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