Ravioli and Sausage Bake

A few of my favorite things in life consists of Italian food..Raviolis is one of them.​ This is extremely easy to make and takes only a few minutes to prepare! I would say if you are in a hurry and want to make something hearty, Italian, and delicious, try this!

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Ravioli and Sausage Bake

Ravioli and Sausage Bake

Creamy ricotta filled raviolis come together with sweet Italian Sausage in this luscious bake. I guarantee you can't just have one bite of this!

Ingredients

1 lb of raviolis (I used ricotta filled Raviolis)

1 pack of Johnsonville Ground Mild Italian Sausage or just simply remove the casings

2 cloves of garlic; minced

1/2 yellow onion; diced

2 tsp olive oil

3 cups of marinara sauce (homemade is always best)

1 cup of shredded mozarella cheese

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; season with salt. Boil raviolis according to directions on package.
  2. In the meantime, bring a large frying pan or skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, and onions. Let them sautee for about a minute, then add sausage. Continue to stir the sausage for about 5-7 minutes until it is completely cooked (not pink at all).
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain, and place back into pot. Add about half of the tomato sauce and stir until every single ravioi is covered in sauce. Now time to layer (almost like a lasagna)... In a baking dish, add a layer of sauce to the bottom, then a scoop of raviolis, then a large scoop of sausage, then a scoop of mozarrella cheese, parmesan cheese, and repeat until you are out of ingredients. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!
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Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries

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OK so if you love french fries but don’t love the deep fried part–don’t worry because I have you covered! These crispy fries are perfectly seasoned with a garlicy goodness. The best part is these fries are completely baked slowly for the perfect crispiness…just the way they should be! So the next time you need to satisfy your fry craving, try this recipe!

Ingredients:
2 medium-large Idaho potatoes; peeled, washed, and cut into thin strips
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1 garlic clove; peeled and chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp finely chopped parsley

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place cut potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large zip lock bag. Seal and toss to coat. Spray a large baking sheet generously with cooking spray (or use a silpat mat) and spread potatoes out in a single layer on the sheet.

2. Bake 15-20 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip fries over. Cook other side 15-20 minutes longer—this is the trick to making them crispy 😉

3. When fries are golden/brown and crispy remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with garlic powder, garlic, parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley. Toss to coat. Serve with your favorite dip or enjoy just as they simply are!
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Baked “fried” zucchini bites

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Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs always make anything taste better. These crunchy bites are full of flavor and goodness you won’t even believe they’re fried. I always have too many zucchini laying around in my fridge so this is a great way to use up my leftover ones!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
2 zucchini sliced into 1/4 inch slices
2 eggs; lightly beaten
3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan grated cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice washed zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds. In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini with whole wheat flour.

2. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and dip each round into the egg mixture.

3. Combine the parmesan cheese and bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Dip each floured round into the mixture, coating it evenly on both sides, pressing the coating on to stick, and place in a single layer on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray or use a silpat pad.

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until zuchhini is golden brown. Serve with your favorite dip!

Baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

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I like chicken but I don’t love it..I just never have unless its cooked in some amazing way. I had some leftover chicken breasts in my fridge and to be honest they are my least favorite part of the chicken because it is the driest. I’ve never been the one to eat chicken strips or order them in restaurants as a kid so I decided to come up with a “grown-up” version, which is much more tastier and delicious than any other chicken strips I’ve ever had. Try dunking these crispy strips in marinara or pesto sauce, I even combined the two!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts; sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 cup Italian Seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 whole egg; beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut chicken breast into 1/2 inch strips. Place breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl and set aside. Place beaten egg and flour into 2 separate bowls.

2. Dip chicken strips on both sides into flour, then dip into the egg mixture, then dip in the parmesan breadcrumb mixture.
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3. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes on one side, then with tongs flip and bake on other side for another 10 minutes. Enjoy this with some marinara sauce and pesto, the combination is delicious!
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Turkey Zucchini Parmesan Meatballs

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Ok so I’ve been craving a dish of spaghetti and meatballs for the last few days..my Nana makes the best and I dream about the dish all the time! But instead I decided to go with the healthier alternative and make my own spin on meatballs. I usually like to add zucchini in my burgers or meat loafs because I find it makes it more moist and nutritious of course. Anyways, I served these scrumptious meatballs with a side of spaghetti squash. More on that recipe later 🙂 But for now, these definitely hit the spot and satisfied my craving!

Yield: 12
Ingredients:
1 lb extra lean ground turkey meat
1 zucchini; grated
1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 cloves garlic; chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup fresh basil; chopped

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the turkey meat, grated zucchini, breadcrumbs, cheese, and egg. Mix with hand until slightly combined. Add in garlic, salt, pepper, and onion powder and continue mixing with hand until well combined.
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2. With an ice cream scoop, scoop meatballs into a lightly greased (with olive oil) baking dish. Roll meat in hand to form the perfect “meatball” shape. Bake for 20 minutes and top with warm marinara sauce and freshly chopped basil.

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