Lasagna Zucchini Boats

I love zucchini boats because there are so many different options to stuff them with! I love lasagna so of course I wanted to stuff these with all of the same decadent flavors as you would get with the classic lasagna with noodles. This healthy twist is perfect without the carbs–believe it or not! They are also great reheated the next day so I would recommend making extra for leftovers.

*It’s important to look for zucchini that are a bit wider in width than usual so you have plenty of room to stuff. It makes a HUGE difference and is very helpful. #theRecipeRedux

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Lasagna Zucchini Boat Lasagna

Lasagna Zucchini Boat Lasagna

Ingredients

4 medium zucchini, sliced into halves through the length

1 cup low fat ricotta cheese

1 large egg

1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

8 oz. lean ground beef or lean ground turkey

4 tsp olive oil, divided

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 3/4 cup marinara sauce

1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a spoon, scoop centers from zucchini while leaving a 1/4-inch rim to create boats--set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl stir together ricotta cheese, egg and 1 1/2 Tbsp of the parsley. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Stir in 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese--set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tsp of the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble beef into pan, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up beef when stirring, until browned. Stir in marinara sauce and 1 Tbsp of the basil, remove from heat.
  4. To assemble boats, brush both sides of of zucchini lightly with remaining 2 tsp olive oil and place in two baking pans. Divide cheese mixture among zucchini spooning about 2 1/2 Tbsp into each, then spread cheese mixture into and even layer. Divide sauce among zucchini adding a few heaping spoonfuls to each. Cover baking dishes with foil and place in oven side by side and bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle tops with remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella, return to oven and bake until cheese has melted and zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle tops with with fresh basil and parsley and serve warm.
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/08/lasagna-zucchini-boat-lasagna/

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Heirloom Caprese Salad

Summer inspires all of us to include more fresh fruits and veggies in our dishes. Now is the perfect time to do so because we can never get enough fruits and veggies in our diets. I have been on a tomato caprese kick lately because there is nothing better or sweeter than an heirloom tomato. My Dad grows the tomatoes that I have been enjoying so they are extra sweet and fresh–I can’t eat them fast enough so making this dish definitely helps! My favorite way to indulge in these are to simply drizzle olive oil, balsalmic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. To make it even more exciting, I add fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese–and that’s what you call a caprese salad!
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Heirloom Caprese Salad

Heirloom Caprese Salad

It's definitely summertime with these sweet and juicy tomatoes!

Ingredients

2 medium heirloom tomatoes; sliced thick

12 ounces of fresh mozzarella cheese

Drizzle of olive oil

Drizzle of balsamic reduction

About 10 fresh basil leaves

Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Arrange tomato and mozzarella slices on a platter. I also added the mini mozzarella balls because I had them left over and they are so cute! They make a great addition to the salad. Arrange basil leaves between the slices. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the salad, be sure you are getting a little bit on each slice. Do the same with the balsamic reduction.
  2. End with a sprinkling of salt and black pepper. ****TIP: If you want to make your own balsamic vinegar reduction, its super easy! In a small saucepan, bring about 2 cups of balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium-low heat. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes, or until balsamic has reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl--allow to cool!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/07/heirloom-caprese-salad/

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Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Almonds

Almonds make the perfect healthy snack and they are great on the go! Naturally the easiest way to snack on almonds is to eat them raw/natural. The key to roasting your own almonds is to never underestimate the baking time. This has happened to me more than once and it’s always so disappointing when you burn a batch..SO don’t let this happen to you. Once the timer goes off, take them out of the oven even if they don’t look roasted. They will continue to cook as they cool. These are savory in flavor and you don’t have to feel guilty since these are loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats, and other nutrients. Enjoy!

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Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Almonds

Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Almonds

Ingredients

2 cups of whole (natural) almonds

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

1 Tbsp finely chopped rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat all almonds. Arrange on baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let almonds cool to room temperature.
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/07/roasted-rosemary-and-garlic-almonds/

Perfect Fit Meals–GIVEAWAY

I had the opportunity to try out Perfect Fit Meals and I was pleasantly surprised. These meals are crafted for a busy person. They are also portioned controlled and the recipes are designed by dietitians who value the integrity of whole-some healthy cooking. It’s great for anyone who is trying to stay healthy by eating balanced and well nourished meals. Eating healthy definitely isn’t as easy as it seems especially when you get home from a full day of work. Luckily, Perfect Fit Meals has you covered and makes it easy for you! They deliver ready meals right to your door and all you have to do is heat it and eat it–super easy!

**GIVEAWAY**

Perfect Fit Meals is offering 3 free meals from your local retailer that offers Perfect Fit Meals. If you are interested, comment below OR email me (kathrynskitchenblog@gmail.com)

Some of their perks of the product include:
-They let you season to taste, so they keep the sodium content low

-All of their meat products are Antibiotic Free and use minimal preservatives to keep meals fresh

-They strive on natural flavors of the product and only use healthy spices and herbs to make it taste the precise flavor that the customers love

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Here’s a peak at some of the meals they sent me:

Chipotle Barbecue Chicken with corn, peppers, and potatoes

Havana Chicken with black beans and brown rice

Herb Crusted Chicken with red potatoes and provolone bacon sauce

Turkey Enchilada Casserole with corn strips, lean turkey meat, enchilada sauce, cheddar cheese, and corn bean salsa
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Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are always an idea that comes to mind when I am trying to figure out what to make for either dinner or a side dish..or even snack. They have a lot of great pre-made pesto sauces at the grocery stores that I shop at. It would also be great if you can use a homemade recipe as well! My easy homemade Pesto Recipe can be found here (My Easy Homemade Pesto). With only 5 ingredients, you can whip up a great meal in less than 20 minutes. This will last up to a week in the fridge and it is best eaten cold (in my opinion). Chopped cucumbers, spinach, and bell peppers make a great addition to this dish!

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Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

Cold Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

This tasty easy cheesy cold pasta salad makes those busy nights easy!

Ingredients

1 lb spinach & cheese tortellini

7 ounces (about 1 cup) of pesto

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes; quartered

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese; cubed

1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until cooked, or al dente.
  2. Drain and let cool for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, quarter the cherry tomatoes and cube the cheese.
  3. Once pasta is cooled, add pesto, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Mix with a spoon until combined and enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/06/cold-tortellini-pesto-pasta-salad/

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