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Philly Cheese Steak Macaroni Casserole
and Fresh Strawberry Spinach Salad 
with Sweet Bacon & Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

If you like Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, then you are bound to like this yummy casserole derived from the same signature ingredients that are in the famous Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches.

Philly Cheese Steak Macaroni Casserole
Calories: 192 (13% fat); Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 34mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Protein: 19g; Sodium: 499mg; Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 2 very lean meat
Yield: 6 servings (1 cup per serving)


(14-ounce) can 99% fat-free beef broth


medium onion
1/2 tablespoon light butter 1-1/2 cups elbow macaroni pasta, uncooked
3/4 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef 1/2 cup fat-free mozzarella cheese
Fresh Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet Bacon and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Calories: 64 (25% fat); Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Protein: 4g; Sodium: 580mg; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat
Yield: 6 servings (1-2/3 cups per serving)


cup fresh strawberries, cut into thin slices


(10-ounce) bag prewashed fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup Italian croutons 1+1 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
1+1 tablespoons 30%-less-fat real bacon pieces 3/4 cup fat-free zesty Italian Salad dressing
1 tablespoon Splenda granular    


Set timer for 30 minutes to begin.

30 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, make the vinaigrette. In the bottom of a large salad bowl, stir together 1 T blue cheese crumbles, 1 T bacon pieces, 3⁄4 c zesty Italian salad dressing, and 1 T Splenda granular until well mixed. Cover and keep in the refrigerator.
26 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, in a 12-inch nonstick saucepan put, bring 1 can beef broth to a boil over medium heat. Chop 1 medium onion into bitesize pieces, set aside. In a separate 12-inch nonstick skillet melt the 1⁄2 T butter over medium heat.
23 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, add the chopped onion to the melted butter and cook for 10 minutes, or until tender.
20 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, add the 1 1⁄2 c uncooked elbow macaroni pasta to the boiling beef broth. Cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
18 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, cut the 3⁄4 lb sliced roast beef into bite-size pieces; set aside.
13 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, remove the cooked onion from the burner. Set aside 1⁄4 c of the onion to use later.
10 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, add the roast beef and the remaining onion to the skillet of cooked macaroni mix well. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the roast beef is warm.
5 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, turn off the burner under the casserole and sprinkle the top of the casserole with 1⁄2 c mozzarella cheese. Spray with cooking spray to help it melt better. Cover and let sit until time for dinner.
Thinly slice 1 c fresh strawberries. Set aside 10 slices of strawberries to use as garnish.
2 MINUTES BEFORE DINNER, retrieve the salad dressing from the refrigerator. Using a large spatula, gently stir in the remaining fresh strawberry slices, 1 bag prewashed fresh baby spinach, and 1⁄2 c Italian croutons until the salad is well coated with the dressing.*
Arrange the reserved 12 slices of strawberries on top of the salad and
sprinkle the top of the salad with 1 T blue cheese crumbles and 1 T 30%-lessfat real bacon pieces.
1 MINUTE BEFORE DINNER, put the skillet with the casserole in it on a hot pad and place on the dinner table. Place the salad on the table and serve dinner immediately.
* NOTE: Only stir the salad dressing into the spinach just before you are ready to serve dinner. Otherwise, if you do it too soon before eating, the salad will wilt and/or become soggy.
Supplies List
• Timer
Large salad bowl
12-inch nonstick saucepan
12-inch nonstick skillet
Grocery List
Dinner rolls
99% fat-free beef broth
Elbow macaroni pasta
Splenda granular
30%-less-fat real bacon pieces
Italian croutons
Fat-free zesty Italian Salad dressing
Prewashed fresh baby spinach
Thinly sliced deli sliced roast beef
Fat-free mozzarella cheese
Light butter
Blue cheese crumbles