SW recipe: Spinach and butternut squash cannelloni

SIMPLE
SERVES 4 READY IN ABOUT I HOUR 10 MINUTES

Ingredients:

Low-calorie cooking spray

500g frozen chopped spinach. thawed

200g butternut squash flesh, roughly chopped

100g quark

200g fat-free natural cottage cheese

3 eggs, lightly beaten

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

1 onion, finely chopped

160g reduced-fat Cheddar, grated

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

250g pack dried cannelloni

2 x 500g cartons passata with onions and garlic

A mixed salad, dressed with lemon juice, to serve

Method:

Preheat your oven to 200°C/ fan 180°C/gas 6 Lightly spray a medium shallow baking dish with low-calorie cooking spray

2 Put the spinach in a sieve and squeeze out any water. Put the butternut squash in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped Add the spinach. quark. cottage cheese, eggs. garlic, nutmeg, herbs, onion and a quarter of the Cheddar. Season well and whizz until blended

3 Fill the dried cannelloni tubes with the spinach mixture Spread a quarter of the passata over the base of the baking dish and put the filled tubes on top in a single or double layer. depending on the size of your dish 4 Pour the remaining passata over the tubes, ensuring you cover all the pasta well Sprinkle over the remaining Cheddar Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes Then uncover and bake for a further 20 minutes. or until the top is crisp and the pasta is tender Serve with the salad and a twist of black pepper.

Syns per serving: • Extra Easy free/ Add 6 Syns if not using the Cheddar as o Healthy extra
MAKE it EASY Using a piping bag makes light work of tilling the cannelloni tubes.

 

Fill up on Free Food®
All our meals are based on Slimming World Free Food – nutritious, everyday foods that fill you up for fewer calories, meaning they’re great for weight loss! Free Food includes lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, fruit, veg and more. And you can eat these foods freely, making them perfect for satisfying the biggest of appetites. Some Free Foods have the extra bonus of being Speed Food – fruit and veg that are super-low in calories and keep you slimming beautifully. For the best results, always reach for Speed Food first in between meals and include at least a third of a plate of Speed Food at every meal, where it makes sense.

Add in Healthy Extras®
To help provide a good balance of nutrients, enjoy two measured portions of milk or cheese each day – your Healthy Extra ‘a’ choices. Options include 350ml skimmed milk or 250ml semi-skimmed milk; 40g reduced-fat or 30g full-fat hard cheese; 50g mozzarella (cow’s milk); 45g feta or 35g Danish blue, which can be eaten as part of a meal or snack. Also have one portion of wholemeal bread or breakfast cereal each day – your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice. To keep things simple we’ve built your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice into the menu plan each day.

Choose your Syns®
Foods and drinks that pose a risk to your weight loss – those high in fat or sugar, as well as alcohol – can be enjoyed as carefully counted Syns. We recommend you plan between 5 and 15 Syns into your day (see the bottom of the next page for some ideas).

Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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