- According to the World Health Organization, people who avoid red meat are less likely to develop various types of cancer (1)
- Plant foods are naturally low in fat and rich in antioxidants and other anti-cancer compounds
- People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weight and body mass index (2)
So branch out tonight and reap the benefits of a vegetarian dinner by trying this meatless casarolle. You might be frightened to find you don't even miss the meat!
Spooky Baked Eyeball Casarolle
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 jar (24 ounces) Marinara Pasta sauce
- 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 7 cups whole wheat bow tie-shaped pasta , cooked and drained
- 1 package (8 ounces) part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 2 tbsp. sliced pitted ripe olives
- Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch shallow baking dish with the cooking spray.
- Mix 1 1/2 cups of the sauce, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and pasta in the prepared dish. Spread the remaining sauce over the pasta mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and cover the dish with foil.
- Bake at 400 degrees F. for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Cut mozzarella cheese crosswise into thirds. Cut each third in 6 wedges, for triangle-shaped eyes. Arrange the cheese wedges randomly over the pasta mixture. Place a sliced olive on each cheese wedges. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Calories 402, Fat 14 g, Carbohydrate 46 g, Protein 25 g, Fiber 8 g
1) Cancer facts- meat consumption and cancer risk. The Cancer Project. http://www.cancerproject.org/diet_cancer/facts/meat.php
2) Sinha, R. Cross, A. Graubard, B., Leitzmann, M. & Schatzkin, A. (2009). Meat intake and mortality A prospective study of over half a million people. Archive of Internal Medicine. 169(6). 562-571.