That whole Winter Storm Jonas thing really got me craving warm, cheesy comfort foods — which is kinda weird considering I don’t really eat cheese? I’m particular about what cheese i’ll eat. Cottage cheese is a favorite along with kraft cheesy shells from the box HA. So basically super healthy and super unhealthy cheese from a bag. But whatever.
If you know me you know my love for red sauce. And that it’s literally ALWAYS in my pantry/fridge. This week I have been living off of this cheesy, chicken, spinach rice bowl concoction. As usual, the recipe was a product of my laziness and my avoidance of the grocery store. Basically I already had all these things in my kitchen so hopefully you will, too:)I love the consistency of cream sauces, but it’s not worth all the calories and fat to me. Last summer I discovered the beauty of adding cottage cheese to my red sauce. My mom makes lasagna with cottage cheese so I figured why not try it? And oh myyyyy goodness it’s wonderful. And healthy 😉 It creates a protein based sauce for those days I wanna go meatless or just don’t have any handy.This recipe takes a total of about ten minutes to make. I used minute rice, so I suppose yours could take longer. Either way it’s not a big time commitment. It’s also designed to serve one, so if you have guests just multiply everything by the number of people.
keep warm xx elizabeth
- 1/2 Cup Rice (Dry)
- 1/4 Cup Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Pasta Sauce
- 2 Cups Spinach
- 4 oz. Shredded Chicken
- 1/8 Cup Kidney or Black Beans
- Red Pepper Flakes (as preferred)
- Dash of Salt
— Calorie Count: Approximately 380 Calories.
- Boil rice as directed on box.
- In a sautee pan, cook spinach in red sauce and red pepper flakes for 3-4 minutes.
- Add cottage cheese and cook until melted into red sauce.
- Add beans, chicken and rice to sauté pan.
- Serve and enjoy!