Monday, July 11, 2011

Turkey Manicotti with Chive Cream Sauce

Luke and I have decided to run a 5K in September and today marked our first official day of training.  Our big reason for doing this is to get healthier and permanently change the way we live our lives.  So along with working out 5 days a week, we also need to start eating healthier.  This is a recipe I found that only has 381 calories per serving and 1 serving is 2 shells.  This makes 6 servings.

12 dried manicotti shells
1 8 oz. tub cream cheese with chive and onion
2/3 C milk
1/4 C grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
2 C chopped cooked turkey or chicken
1 10 oz. pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
1 4 oz. jar diced pimientos, drained
1/4 tsp black pepper

1. Cook manicotti according to package directions, drain.  Rinse with cold water; drain again.  Cool manicotti in a single layer on a piece of greased foil.
2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a heavy small saucepan heat cream cheese over medium-low heat until melted, stirring constantly.  Slowly stir in milk until smooth.  Stir in cheese.
3. For filling combine 3/4 cup of the sauce, the turkey, broccoli, pimientos, and pepper.  Using a small spoon, carefully fill each manicotti shell with 1/4 to 1/3 cup filling.
4. Arrange filled shells in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish.  Pour remaining sauce over shells.  Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition info:
381 cal, 17 g total fat (10 g sat. fat), 78 mg chol, 256 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 22 g protein.

I was unable to find the chive and onion cream cheese so I used the Philadelphia Cooking Creme-Italian Cheese and Herb.  This is a really good meal and it fills you up as well.  ENJOY!

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