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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Baby Kale & Zucchini Frittata

imageThere is just something so comforting about a hearty and nutritious breakfast. Frittata’s are so easy to make and you can add any of your favorite seasonal vegetables. If you are unfamiliar with what a frittata is..it’s a Italian omelette, similar to a crustless quiche combined with other ingredients. I like to add a splash of almond milk or milk because I find it makes the frittata more fluffy and when its more fluffy it becomes more irresistible to eat. If I make this for brunch or lunch, I like to add a slice of frittata in-between 2 slices of lightly buttered toast and make a frittata sandwich…delicious! What will you add in your homemade frittata?

Ingredients:
4 whole eggs
1 egg white
2 Tbsp almond milk (or you can use regular milk)
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove; finely chopped
3 cups baby kale
1 shredded zucchini
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium frying pan on medium heat, sauté olive oil and garlic for 1 minute. Add in kale and zucchini and sauté for 5 minutes until veggies are wilted. Be sure to season with salt, pepper, and onion powder and stir.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and almond milk. Add in sautéed kale and zucchini and stir until combined evenly. Lightly grease a baking dish and pour egg mixture. Sprinkle parmesan cheese all over frittata and bake for 35-40 minutes until eggs are firm but fluffy when lightly touching it with your finger, or a toothpick. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy a nice slice with a piece of toast…or fruit 🙂
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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!

Zucchini & Corn Fritters

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For some reason, I always tend to have zucchinis laying around in my fridge I can never seem to eat them quick enough…they are just so versatile and you turn them into numerous dishes. When I came across this recipe I was so happy because now I know what to do whenever I have too many zucchinis! If you want to add a spicy kick to the fritters add chopped jalapenos to the mix, or if you want it to be extra cheesy, add more cheese because why not?! Not only are these fritters delicious, they are super easy to make. If you can make pancakes, you could definitely make these!

Ingredients:
4 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
3 cups grated zucchini (about one large zucchini)
1 cup fresh sweet corn off the corn, frozen, or canned (I used canned)
1 small yellow onion; chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole-wheat flour)
Chopped green onions (for a garnish)
Sour cream and/or salsa (optional)

Steps:
1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, salt, pepper and dried herbs. Whisk until combined.

2. Add the zucchini, corn, onions, and cheddar cheese and stir with a spatula to the egg mixture. Add the flour and stir until thoroughly combined.

3. Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium-high heat, adding a very small amount of oil to the skillet/griddle. Using an ice cream scoop or 2 spoons, scoop about 1/4-cupfuls of batter onto the skillet and flatten, like you would if you were making pancakes…its the same process! With the back of the scoop into a circle about 4 inches in diameter. Cook on each side about 3-4 minutes, or until a deep golden brown. Remove from skillet and transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining batter.Top with green onions and your favorite toppings! Salsa, sour cream, and jalapenos are excellent as toppings as well! 🙂

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Simple Roasted Corn & Veggie Salad

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If you love to eat clean, this is the dish for you…This salad is really simple to make and all of the flavors fall into place once all the veggies are roasted and mixed together. This also makes GREAT leftovers for lunch or dinner for the next few days. If you want to add more protein, shredded chicken would be a great addition to this dish and even brown rice or quinoa!

Ingredients:
2 14.75 ounce cans of Del Monte Whole Kernel Southwest Corn with Poblano & Red Peppers
2 14.75 ounces can of sweet corn
1 14.75 ounce can of black beans
1 14.75 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes; drained
1 zucchini; chopped
2 bell peppers; chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 green onions; sliced for garnish

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse and drain corn and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle salt, pepper, an olive oil and let roast for 30 minutes. Do the same with the zucchini and bell peppers, but place in a separate baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes or until soft.

2. Drain black beans and tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Once corn, bell peppers, and zucchini are roasted add to large bowl. Mix until everything is combined and add more salt, pepper, and garlic powder for taste. Top with sliced green onions and enjoy!