Tag: lunch

Tortellini Casserole

Here’s a super quick and easy casserole-style dish you can make on the weekend and then divide up single-servings for lunches or dinners the following week.

1 package mushroom tortellini
1/2 cup dried mushrooms, chopped
1 can cannelini beans (or 2 c cooked white beans of any variety)
4 small tomatoes, seeded
1 head broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 handsful frozen peas
1/2 cup cooked chicken, diced
1/2 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 T butter
2 T flour, sifted
2 cups milk
6 oz cheese, cubed and divided into 3oz portions (use whatever cheese variety you have on hand)

Cook tortellini according to package directions.
While pasta is cooking, reconstitute mushrooms in warm water, and saute onion and garlic in butter until lightly browned. Sift flour over onion mixture and continue to cook on low-medium heat until flour has coated onions and begins to brown. Add milk, stirring frequently until mixture begins to thicken and then add half of the cheese mixture and allow to melt and incorporate entirely while stirring to make a thick cheese sauce.
Pour beans into oiled casserole dish with vegetables and chicken. Puree tomatoes in a blender or food processor and pour over bean and vegetable mixture.
Add tortellini once cooked, pour cheese sauce overtop, and fold ingredients together.
Sprinkle remaining cheese over top, and bake 30-45 min at 375.

This will be a fairly dry casserole. If you prefer it to be more saucy, throw in a can of cream of mushroom soup, or double the sauce recipe.



Recipe: Fruit Smoothie for Energy!

This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s so easy to adapt for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, and it keeps me full for a few hours. It also has an added benefit of containing at least two servings of fruit and two of dairy.

The two products referenced in the recipe, PB2 and EAS, are both available online. You can substitute whatever protein powder you like, but I’ve found these to be the best for me. My previous post has ordering info if you’d like it.

Breakfast Smoothie:

1 banana
1 container Activia yogurt
2 Tbsp PB2
1 scoop EAS vanilla whey powder
1 cup water
ice if desired
Blend all ingredients until frothy. Add more water if needed.

Lunch Smoothie:
1 cup frozen (without sugar) berries, mangoes, peaches, or a combination
1 cup nonfat milk (soy is fine, or even water)
1 scoop EAS vanilla whey powder
ice to taste
1 packet Splenda if desired
Blend all ingredients until frothy. Add more water if needed.

Snack Smoothie:
1 scoop EAS vanilla whey powder
1 cup nonfat milk (or soy)
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 sprinkle cinnamon
ice to taste
Blend all ingredients until frothy. Add more water if needed.

On-The-Go Smoothie:
1 scoop EAS vanilla or chocolate whey powder
1 cup water
Mix in a shaker jar or use a stick blender to mix quickly. I occasionally have this as a fast pick-me-up if I am heading out for a workout and don’t have time to eat properly and digest before the gym.