Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rice Pizza -- 8 Smart Points

I've used this basic recipe for years. While making it tonight, I weighed and measured all the ingredients to calculate the Weight Watcher Smart Points and used a lower point sausage.  The Italian sausage I generally use is way too high in points!

It's a great way to have a meal on the table in under 30 minutes and it's really good as leftovers.  You can use the oven or microwave, depending on how much time you have.

Makes 4 servings 
7.5 Smart Points per serving
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt to taste

4 slices Provolone cheese or 4 oz. grated Mozzarella cheese
2 Kirkwood Mild Italian Chicken Sausages --  found at Aldi's
1 cup Minute Rice
1 cup water

Prepare sausage according to package instructions. When done, cut in half lengthwise and then dice into small pieces.  While sausage is cooking, put tomato sauce, garlic powder, paprika, salt and Italian seasoning in a microwave safe bowl and heat on full power for 1 minute.  Set aside.

Boil the cup of water and add 1 cup of Minute Rice.  Let stand at least 5 minutes.

When rice is ready, spread it evenly in a one quart casserole.  Top with the tomato sauce mixture, cheese and sausage.  

Cook in microwave 5-6 minutes and let stand for about 5 minutes. This gives time for the sauce to soak into the rice.  Or it can be baked in a 350° oven for about 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly. If you bake it in the oven, spray the baking dish with Pam.

Smart Points
4 slices or 4 ounces of cheese             12
1 cup dry Minute Rice                        10
2 Kirkwood sausages                            8

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