Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Repurposing Leftovers Into a Healthy Lunch

This week's Serving Up a Smile: Scrambling to Find Time Time-saving tips for nutritional eating and weight management.

I chose this as a time-saving sandwich because it is pretty to look at and if it looks good, it tastes even better. Because of the sausage, the sodium is a bit higher than I might like, but the nutritionally-packed accompanying ingredients more than make up for it. With the tomato sauce and beans, this "calzone" is reminiscent of pasta fagioli. The sharp, freshly grated parmesan add lots of flavor for a small amount of fat and calories (when compared with melted provolone).

Chicken Sausage "Calzone"

¼ c. canned cannellini beans
1/3 c. fresh crimini mushrooms
½ link (3.17 oz) of chicken Italian sausage, sliced thin
¼ c. low sodium tomato sauce
½ c. baby spinach1 Ezekiel Prophet's Pocket Bread pita
2 T. freshly grated parmesan cheese

Combine cannellini beans, mushrooms, sausage and tomato sauce. Heat in microwave for 30-45 seconds on high. Stuff into pita with spinach and shredded parmesan cheese.

Nutritional info for one serving (one sandwich = one serving), below: