"light" Greek Ground Beef Roll

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Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 50 mins

I created this light version of Greek Ground Beef Roll by evelyn/athens as a way to enjoy this wonderful meal without having to feel guilty about the fat and calories. While the original recipe was 14 WW pts for 1/6th of a roll, the light version now comes to 5 pts for 1/6th of a roll. A huge improvement in my book. To get a thicker sauce you can use fat-free half and half, but that may raise the points value.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and meat and cook breaking up meat until all liquid eaporates and meat is browned. Add garlic and spinach. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Whisk together nugmeg, cinnamon, thyme, flour and milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring constantly for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Whisk in egg. Place over medium heat and contine to stir for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Heat butter in small skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts and stir until golden-brown.
  4. Stir sauce, pine nuts and cheese into meat. Season with salt and pepper and cool.
  5. OAMC: The meat mix may be frozen at this point for later use. To use, thaw overnight in the fridge before proceeding with the remaining directions.
  6. Preheat ove to 350.
  7. Lightly grease rimmed baking sheet. Cover work surface with a towel.
  8. Place 1 phyllo sheet on towel with long edge nearest you. Spray with butter spray. Add 1 sheet of phyllo. Sray with buttter spray. Continue until 10 sheets are layered.
  9. Spread 1/3 of cooled meat mixture on phyllo leaving 1 1/2 inch border. Using the towel as an aid, roll the phyllo lengthwise.
  10. Transfer, seam side down to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mix and phyllo. Spray tops with butter spray.
  11. The roll may be frozen at this stage as well. Wrap in foil and freeze. Do not thaw before baking.
  12. Bake until crisp and golden, about 50-60 minutes. If cooking from frozen may require an additional 10 minutes of baking. Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing.