e-Wise Woman: Health tips for women on the go | Issue 3 | Fall 2011

Easy, Healthy Dinners

Ravioli Stew
Busy day ahead? Load your crockpot in less than a minute and have the kids' favorite ready when you get home.

 

Ingredients:
1 25-oz. bag frozen cheese ravioli
2 16-oz. bag frozen cut green beans
1 26-oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
13 oz. water

Directions:
4 to 7 hours before serving: Place ingredients in slow cooker in the order listed. Mix slightly. Cook on High 4 hours or Low 6 to 7 hours.

Serves 6
Serving size: 8 ravioli
Calories 290, Calories from fat 19%, Fat 6.5 g, Saturated fat 4 g, Cholesterol 13 mg, Sodium 735 mg, Protein 13 g, Total carbohydrates 47 g, Sugars 17 g.

Cranberry Pork Roast Over Noodles
Holiday guests? They'll rave about this unique and tender roast. You don't have to tell them how easy it is.

Ingredients:
2 lb. frozen pork tenderloin
1 16-oz. can jellied cranberry sauce
½ cup sugar
½ cup cranberry juice
1 teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 8-oz. bag egg noodles
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 lb. baby carrots
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Directions:
8 hours before serving, lay pork tenderloin into slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix together cranberry sauce, juice, sugar and spices, mashing the cranberry sauce. Pour over roast. Cook on Low 8 hours or High 4 hours.

25 minutes before serving, boil a large pot of water. Stir in egg noodles and cook 10 minutes or according to package directions.

Drain 2 cups of juice from the roast. If there is fat, skim it off. Add water if necessary to make 2 cups that will be used as gravy. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat.

In a small cup, mix cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water and pour into boiling juice while whisking. Cook 1 minute until thick and bubbly. Place broccoli, carrots and 1 tablespoon water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave vegetables until they are cooked to your liking.

Drain noodles and serve with the sliced pork and gravy with vegetables on the side.

Serves 8
Serving size: 4 oz. pork, ½ cup noodles, ¼ cup gravy and 1 cup broccoli and carrots

Calories 460, Calories from fat 13%, Fat 8 g, Saturated fat 2.5 g, Fiber 4.7 g, Cholesterol 143 mg, Sodium 120 mg, Protein 42 g, Total carbohydrate 43 g, Sugars 30 g.
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