With weather like we’ve been having in the DC region, the only thing I crave is comfort food. Forget salads, forget healthy sandwiches and don’t even get me started on simple soups. All I want is pasta with lots of cheese, pizza loaded with toppings and hamburgers stuffed between two fresh brioche buns. I want food that’s going to stick to my guts and keep me warm when I’m commuting in below freezing temperatures.
The catch though is I want those dishes to either make themselves, be assembled by my husband when I get home or be so easy I don’t even realize I’m cooking.
I promise I’m not lazy, but after 10 hours in an office, the last thing I want to do is spend 3+ hours cooking a meal. Most of that is because if I did that, we wouldn’t eat until 10pm. And do you know what happens when you eat a heavy meal 2 minutes before you go to bed?
My hips, that’s what happens.
That’s why I’m trying to find comfort food dishes that are not only easy to make but healthy and budget friendly too. It is the holiday season after all and I have about 15,000 gifts still to buy. Dishes like this easy brussel sprout, white cheddar and cranberry ravioli that can be made with less than $10 in your pocket and only about an hour of time spent, even with homemade pasta. Once you get the hang of making your own homemade dough, it’s shocking how easy it is to throw it together in almost no time.
Ravioli with Brussel Sprouts, White Cheddar & Cranberries
Serves about 5 – 6.
Prep time: 35 minutes
Cook time: 10 – 15 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
For the ravioli
- 3-1/2 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon oil
For the filling
- 6 ounces low-fat ricotta cheese
- 2-1/2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded white cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons egg beaters
- 1/4 cup cooked and chopped Brussels sprouts
- Salt and pepper
For the sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup low-sugar juice (I used orange)
- 6 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1 cup chopped & cooked Brussels sprouts
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
For the instructions on how to make this amazing dish, check out the recipe on Fabulous Foods!
Nutritional information per serving:
Fat: 11.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 73 grams
Fiber: 8.5 grams
Protein: 20.1 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 12