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Recipe by: Lisa Lillien (a.k.a. Hungry Girl)
Makes 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 25 minutes; Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup light/ low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (about 2 large) or fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional topping: chopped fresh basil

Serving suggestions: You can enjoy this dip with cut bell peppers, other favorite vegetables, or pita chips.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add beef, and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. onion powder, and 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper. Cook and crumble for about 5 minutes, until fully cooked.
  3. Remove from heat. Add tomatoes and remaining 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, 3/4 tsp. garlic powder, and 3/4 tsp. onion powder. Mix well.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg whites/substitute, chopped garlic, nutmeg, and remaining 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper. Mix until smooth and uniform.
  5. Spread ricotta mixture into the baking pan. Evenly top with meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan.
  6. Bake until hot and bubbly, 18 – 20 minutes.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (about 1/3 cup)

Calories 80; Carbohydrates 4 grams; Fat 3 grams; Protein 8.5 grams

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