Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Red Copper Cooking: Reduced Fat Pizza Potato Casserole

I had a little time during spring break to prepare another recipe in my Red Copper pan.  I had a craving for something hearty and meaty, but yet lean with reduced fat. Once again, I love one-pan cooking! If you have time, pop over and check out this other meal I made using this cookware - Uncle Ben’s Rice with Chicken,Veggies and Lemon. Don't have the Red Copper pan...no worries, feel free to use a casserole or baking dish for this recipe.





Let’s get cooking my little chefs!


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Ingredients: 
  • 1 pound ground 85% lean beef or ground turkey 
  • Season with garlic powder, dried minced onion (or raw onion chopped) and black pepper
  • Rinse and scrub 2 medium russet potatoes and slice 1/4 inch thick
  • ½ package of turkey pepperoni
  • Red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 jar or can of favorite pizza sauce 
  • 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 8 oz package reduced fat mozzarella shredded cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Other topping suggestions: mushrooms and olives




Preparation:

Begin to heat Red Copper pan on stove top and then start to crumble and brown ground beef or turkey in pan – season with garlic powder, dried minced onion and black pepper.  Once browned and cooked, drain in colander and set aside.  

Next, in a separate bowl mix together pizza sauce, crushed tomatoes, oregano and basil.



Now, begin to layer in the Red Copper pan – one potato sliced, ½ ground meat, ½ turkey pepperoni, ½ of red pepper slices and pour ½ pizza sauce over top.  Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and ½ package of the mozzarella cheese.

  

Then repeat same ingredients for second layer with the other sliced potato, ground meat, etc.



Place pan in oven covered for 30 minutes and then uncover for additional 10 minutes until cheese is lightly brown.



Remove from oven to rest and cool for 15 minutes.  Cut into squares and serve with a side salad or vegetable to round out this yummy meal. 


This is a hearty meal all done in one pan and perfect for easy weeknight cooking! Not to mention, using leaner meats for this recipe reduces fat and calories.  I figured one 4 oz square serving is about 460 calories.

Honestly, I don't dwell on the calorie count. By making it leaner, watching my portion size and then adding a salad and/or veggie on the side balances out the whole meal for a satisfying dinner.

Don’t have the Red Cooper pan; you could certainly use a casserole or baking dish that will hold all the layers. 

Enjoy the warm and savory gooiness packed in all these layers!

Warning: If devoured too quickly, your tongue may slap your face with delight.

I promise, you won't even miss the pizza crust!


"Cooking well doesn't mean cooking fancy" ~Julia Child


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1 comment:

  1. We're having store bought pizza tonight and I was planning to make some spaghetti too. We don't have an oven or I would have made this yummy pizza as well. I'm salivating at 9.46 am (I live in India!)

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