Italian Potato & Spinach Torta & this week’s Meatless March Menu

by DanicasDaily on March 10, 2013

Happy Sunday all!  We have had the most amazing spring weather this weekend that totally made it worth it to get up an hour early today.  We were up at 6 am to get ready for our fun filled day.

I am pretty proud that despite the fact we needed to get to the store (translation ~ we were all out of eggs!), I managed to find a way to make Healthy Egg Roll.  I just improvised by using the liquid egg whites I bought for Egg White Fluffies to make “Mock Eggs” LOL.


I wanted to boost the protein up this morning since I knew we were having a late lunch.  I topped my eggwich with a Morning Star Hot & Spicy Sausage before Wrapping it up and Rolling out to my Weight Watchers meeting. (SF + 1 WPA) – 6 points+


Although the scale did not reflect my efforts this week with a .2 lb loss, I am proud of the fact that I tracked everything while sticking to 100% Meatless.  It is weeks like this that I focus on all the Non-Scale Successes and know that if I keep at it, I will see better results next week for sure ~ Persistence over perfection!

Every time we go to any of the Antique Fairs, The Husband always gets a hot link or sausage.  Since he is sticking with me on the Meatless Thing, he actually tried a Veggie Dog.

I will be the first to admit, Veggie Dogs freak me out….but, I braved 2 bites and it wasn’t bad.  Then again, the dog was fully loaded with toppings Open-mouthed smile (SF + 2 WPA) – 2 points+


We met my family for lunch to talk about our trip to Australia and to share pictures.  My Sis picked Joe’s Crab Shack on the river.  After scowering the entire menu and asking the Waitress if there were any Vegetarian options, we learned there were 3 options.

1.  Any side dish, i.e. french fries, broccoli, etc.

2.  Ordering any dish without meat, although there were only 3 options – salads, nachos and pasta.

3.  Having Mozzarella Sticks

The Husband picked mozzarella sticks to start and I decided it was worth it to have a stick.

(SF + 3 WPA) – 3 points+


Then, he moved onto the Pasta without shrimp or sausage (so proud!!!)


I had the Fried Chicken Salad without chicken or bacon and with ranch on the side.  It was actually pretty tasty even though there wasn’t really much to it.  (SF + 6 WPA) – 6 points+


On our way home we stocked up at Trader Joe’s and prepped for the week.  I made Harvest Grain Salad, hard boiled eggs and a Rosemary Roasted Butternut Squash and Barley Salad with Cranberries for me.  I plan on serving this over mixed greens with a sprinkle of roasted almonds.  The recipe is coming up this week.


Have I mentioned to you all that I love this new Weight Watchers Veg Power Book?  I picked it up last month and flagged all the recipes I want to try.


Tonight, we made the Italian Potato & Spinach Torta on page 94.  It does take a little bit of time to make, but, it is definitely worth the wait.

Start off by boiling the 1 1/2 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes for 20 minutes.


Meanwhile, sauté 2 tsp olive oil with 4 minced garlic cloves and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (my addition).


Add 1 package of spinach, sea salt and pepper cooking just until wilted.


Set aside and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.


Whisk together 1/2 cup fat free milk with 2 eggs and a little sea salt/black pepper.


Stir in 3/4 cup of Italian Cheese (I used reduced fat mozzarella and parmesan as it is what I had on hand).


Spray a 9 inch pan with nonstick spray and coat with 2 Tbsp Italian Bread Crumbs.


Drain the potatoes, mash and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.


Stir in the spinach.


Then, the egg and cheese mixture.


Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until golden on top and heated through.


Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and bake an addition 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. 


Allow to sit for 5 minutes, slice into 4 squares and serve.


Yup, you totally get 1/4 of the pan for 8 points+ (SF) 

Garlicky, cheesy, creamy potatoes with layers of fresh spinach and a crunchy breadcrumb crust ~ what’s not to love?!


Served up with a side of mixed greens tossed with balsamic vinegar.



  • I started a new AL challenge today ~ 173%, 6 AP
  • SF: 12 WPA used, 37WPA remaining (DP: 28 daily points+)
  • 100% Meatless!


  • Gnocchi with Asparagus,Tomatoes & Parmesan, salad
  • 7 Layer Dip with Endive Chips
  • Russian Chopped Salads
  • Spinach & Roasted Tomato Panini’s, Kale Chips
  • Nacho Frittata, Grilled Asparagus
  • Quick options ~ Grilled Boca Burgers & Corn, Sweet Potato Nachos or Vegetable Gyoza with Edamame Soycatash


What is on your menu this week?  What is one recipe you cannot wait to have?

Night all!

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