Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole



    • 2 bunches scallions, trimmed
    • 8 ounces 90%-lean ground beef
    • 1½ teaspoons canola oil
    • ½ cup bulgur, (see Ingredient Note)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
    • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • 6 ounces no-yolk whole-wheat egg noodles
    • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
    • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
    • ¼ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Directions

    • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
    • 2 Separate white and green parts of scallions; thinly slice and reserve separately.
    • 3 Cook beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
    • 4 Wipe out the pan, add oil and reduce heat to medium-low. Add bulgur, garlic and the reserved scallion whites. Cook, stirring, until the scallions soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water and the beef; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently until the bulgur is tender and the sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with ⅛ teaspoon salt and pepper.
    • 5 Meanwhile, cook noodles until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
    • 6 Puree cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl; fold in sour cream and the reserved scallion greens. Season with the remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt and pepper.
    • 7 Spread half the noodles in the prepared pan. Top with half the cottage cheese mixture and half the meat sauce. Repeat with the remaining noodles, cottage cheese and sauce. Sprinkle Cheddar over the top.
    • 8 Bake the casserole until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Bulgur look for it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets, near other grains


Shrimp Sweet Chilli Noodle Salad




  • 3 nests medium egg noodles
  • ½ large cucumber
  • bunch spring onions, finely sliced
  • 100g cherry tomato, halved
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 200g cooked king prawns, defrosted if frozen
  • zest and juice 2 limes
  • 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • 25g roasted cashew


  1. Boil the noodles for 4 mins, then drain. Cool under running water, then drain again. Put into a large bowl, then using scissors, cut into shorter lengths.
  2. Halve cucumber lengthways, then scoop out the seeds. Slice into half moons and add to the noodles with the onions, tomatoes, chilli and prawns.
  3. Mix the lime zest, juice and chilli sauce to make a dressing and fold through noodles. Put a handful of spinach onto each serving plate, top with the noodles and cashews.