Individual Vegetable Terrines with a Spicy Tomato Sauce

So I was shelving book in the library and saw this cookbook Vegetarian: Tasty Recipes for Every Day, by Helen Aitken, and was just captured by that image on the cover. I had to check it out and make it for myself

Ingredients:

Vegetable Terrines

  • 1/2 Cup of Oil
  • 2 Zucchini, Sliced on the Diagonal
  • 1 lb Eggplant, Sliced
  • 1 Small Fennel Bulb, Sliced
  • 10 oz of Ricotta Cheese (I don’t like Ricotta so I use Cottage Cheese)
  • 2 oz of Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Chives
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Grilled, and cut into large pieces
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Grilled, and cut into large pieces

Spicy Tomato Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon of Oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
  • 1 Red Chili, seeded and chopped
  • 14 oz Can of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste

Directions:

Vegetable Terrines

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Cook the vegetables in separate batches on high heat for 5 mins, or until golden, adding oil if needed.
  2. Drain vegetables separately on paper towels.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Place the cheeses and herbs in a small bowl and mix together.
  5. Lightly grease four 1 1/4 cup ramekins and line with baking paper.
  6. Using half the eggplant, put a layer in the base of each dish.
  7. Layer with zucchini, bell pepper, cheese mixture, fennel and onion over the eggplant.
  8. Cover with the remaining eggplant and press down firmly.
  9. Bake for 10-15 mins or until hot.
  10. Leave for 5 minutes before turning out.

Spicy Tomato Sauce

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and garlic for 2-3 mins or until soft.
  2. Ass the chili, tomato, and tomato paste and simmer for 5 mins or until thick and pulpy.
  3. Purée in a food processor.
  4. Return to the saucepan and keep warm.
  5. Spoon over the terrines.

Thoughts After Reading:

This was sooooooooooooooooooo good that I ate it all instantly and forgot to take a pic. I strongly recommend it! Like I am serious, words cannot describe how delicious this was.

And if in a time crunch, you can substitute the spicy sauce for pasta sauce.

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Vegetable Tempura

For more recipes, go to Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan

 

Vegetable Tempura

So I found this book at the library, A Flash in the Pan: 100 Fast and Furious Recipes for Wok and Stir Fry by Shirley Gill and Liz Trigg. I had never had tempura before, but I always heard people ordering it in film or reading about it in books. So I decided to try it out.

“These deep-fried fritters are based on Kaki-age, a Japanese dish that often incorporates fish and shrimp as well as vegetables.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • 1/2 Medium Eggplant
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1/2 Small Spanish Onion
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Ice Water
  • 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying
  • Sea Salt Flakes
  • Lemon Slices
  • Japanese Soy Sauce (Shoyu)

Directions:

  1. Using a potato peeler, pare strips of peel from the zucchini and eggplant to give it a striped effect. *Peeling strips of peel from the zucchini and eggplant will avoid too much tough skin in the finished dish.
  2. Cut the zucchini, eggplant, and carrot into strips about 3-4 inches long and 1/8 inch wide.
  3. Put the eggplant, zucchini, and carrot in a colander and sprinkle liberally with salt.
  4. Let stand for 30 mins, then rinse thoroughly under cold running water.
  5. Drain well.
  6. Thinly slice the onion from top to base, discarding the plump pieces in the middle.
  7. Seperate the layers so that there are lots of fine long strips.
  8. Mix all the vegetables together and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Make the batter immediately before frying: mix the egg and iced water in a bowl-then sift in flour. Mix briefly using a fork or chopsticks. Do not overmix-the batter should remain lumpy. Add the vegetables to the batter and mix to combine.
  10. Fry vegetables in wok or pan.

Thoughts After Reading:

So when I made this, all the mixture came off the vegetables and fell into the pan and burned to the pan. I guess my vegetables were too wet or something.

The ones that did fry tasted good, but the others were okay. If I were to do this again, I would dry them off with a paper towel.

For more recipes, go to Scottish Oatcakes

Angel Hair Pasta With Zucchini and Tomatoes

So I was reading Knit to Kill by Anne Canadeo and Lucy makes this pasta dish that sounds super good. But they didn’t include it in the book!

So I scoured the internet to try and find one that fit the description Lucy gave and settled on SkinnyTaste‘s Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Zucchini, Spiralized or Julienne
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic Chopped
  • 2 Shallots
  • 3 Medium Diced Tomatoes or 2 Cups of Grape Tomatoes, Halved
  • 4 Teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 8 oz of Angel Hair Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Parsley or Basil
  • 1/4 Cup of Low-Sodium Vegetable or Chicken Broth

 

Directions:

  1. Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to the directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat up a large saute pan.
  3. When pan is hot, add olive oil.
  4. Add garlic and shallots to the pan and saute about 1 min, or until soft.
  5. Add zucchini and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook about 1-1.5 mins, then add tomatoes, crushed red pepper, parsley, chicken broth, and add salt and pepper.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Drain the pasta, and reserve a cup of water.
  9. Toss the pasta with the zucchini and tomatoes.
  10. Add pasta water if needed and serve with parmesan cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD!!

For more Black Sheep Knitting Mystery recipes, go to Schooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie

For more pasta recipes, go to Spinach Parmesan Pasta

For more recipes, go to Frijoles Moledos y Fritos (Refried Beans)

Zucchini and Tomatoes

I love zucchini and tomatoes, so this seemed a perfect recipe for me.

This comes from The Kellogg’s Cookbook.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup of KELLOGG’s Complete Wheat Bran Flakes
  • 2 Teaspoons plus 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Grated Lemon Zest
  • 4 Medium Zucchini (about 1 1/4 lbs), well washed, trimmed, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes (about 3/4 lbs), peeled, cored, seeded, and cut into wedges.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the wheat bran flakes in a resealable bag. Seal the bag and using a rolling pin, crush the flakes into a fine crumb.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small frying pan over low heat. Add the crumbs and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 mins, or until lightly colored.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in zest. Set aside.
  5. Heat the remaining tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Add zucchini and saute for 5 mins or until almost tender.
  7. Add tomatoes and lemon juice, along with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 mins, or until hot.
  9. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  10. Sprinkle the crumbs over the top and serve.

Thoughts After Cooking:

No picture, I forgot to take one.

It was really good except the crumbs. They were too sweet and didn’t really add to the recipe.

For more Kellogg recipes, go to Cheese Potato Crisps

For more from the Kellogg’s Cookbook, go to Rice Krispies Cookies

 

Zucchini Boats

So I had leftover Spaghetti sauce, and while I loved Eggs in Purgatory, I was wondering what else I could make. I found this on Eat This Not That “18 Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover Pasta Sauce”.

You can serve it as main dish or side.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Zucchinis
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice the zucchinis in half, lengthwise.
  3. Scoop out the insides with a spoon.
  4. Brush both sides of the zucchinis with olive oil.
  5. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and add some pasta sauce.
  6. Top the sauce with the chopped tomato.
  7. Sprinkle on grated Parmesan cheese, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  8. Bake for 15 mins and then broil for the last 3 mins or until the cheese s browned.

Thoughts After Cooking:

Easy & delicious!

For more from Eat This Not That, go to  Eggs in Purgatory

For more zucchini, go to One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

Thoughts Before Cooking:

On my flipboard I follow a recipe section as I’m always looking for new things to try out. This recipe was from Teen Vogue‘s “13 High-Protein Meal Prep Recipes to Make This Sunday“. They had gotten the recipe from the blog Chelsea’s Messy ApronThis sounded like the perfect recipe for my guy and I. Meat and protein rich for him, healthy and veggie filled for me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Carrots (About 2 Cups)
  • 2 Red Potatoes (About 2 Cups)
  • 1 Medium Zucchini (About 2 1/3 Cups)
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers (About 2 Cups)
  • 1 Head of Broccoli (About 1.5 Cups)
  • 1 lb of Italian Turkey or Chicken Sausage
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/3 Cup of Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  • 4.5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, for easy clean-up, and set aside.
  3. **Prep the veggies exactly stated to ensure they all cook at the same time.** Peel and very thinly slice the carrots.
  4. Wash (and if desired peel) the red potatoes. You want the pieces quite small.
  5. Halve the zucchini and then cut them into thick “coins”.
  6. Coarsely chop the broccoli.
  7. Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers and chop them into medium-sized pieces.
  8. Chop the sausage into thick coins.
  9. Pour all the veggies and sausage onto the pan.
  10. In a small bowl combine the seasonings, salt and pepper to taste, and the olive oil.
  11. Pour the seasonings and oil mixture on top of the veggies and sausage and toss to coat.
  12.  Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and toss veggies and sausage. Return to the oven for another 10-15 mins or until veggies are crisp and tender.
  13. Remove from oven and add freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

This was really good.

There was only one problem, THE POTATOES!

They took forever to cook. I don’t know why, so this actually took much longer than the 35 mins it said it would.

Next time I would cook the potatoes in the microwave first, even for a bit, so that it wouldn’t take so long.

For more healthy recipes, go to Cottage Cheese Toast

For more recipes, go to Chilaquiles

Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

Pasta Noodles

I wanted to pair Paper Roses with this chili recipe I have, but I can’t find the recipe book ANYWHERE. Oh well, when I find the cookbook, I’ll post it. Until then, I have a different recipe for you all.

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I found this recipe out of a Good Housekeeping magazine, August 2016 issue. It is low-calorie, healthy, and vegetarian. I had to tweak the recipe a bit as I didn’t like some of the ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint of Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 Large Summer Squash
  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 8 oz of Whole-Wheat Fusilli (Or a pasta of your choice: I used Campanelle)
  • 1/4 Cup of Pecorino Cheese (Can be substituted by Parmesan)
  • 1/2 Cup of Part-Skim Ricotta or Cottage Cheese (I did cottage as I hate ricotta cheese)
  • Basil

Directions:

  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, slice the grape tomatoes in half.
  3. Chop the squash into 1/4 an inch pieces
  4. Slice the onion.
  5. Toss the vegetables, olive oil, and salt in a bowl; then arrange on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 450 degrees F for ten minutes
  7. Remove the sheet and rotate, baking for ten more minutes.
  8. Toss vegetables, pasta, and 1/4 cup of the Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.
  9. Dollop with ricotta or cottage cheese and garnish with basil. Serves ~ 4

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it!

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In fact just reading this makes me want to make it again…and eat it all.

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For more pasta recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more Good Housekeeping recipes, go to Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

For more vegetarian recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more low calorie recipes, go to Lemon Scones

Pasta with Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Asiago

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I was on my break and flipping through the magazine Cooking Light when I found this recipe. I found a lot more that sound incredibly tasty, so those will be coming in the future.

This recipe is supposed to be healthy and isn’t too expensive, the only thing being the prosciutto. But the way to get around that is to just go to the deli and have the amount needed cut for you instead of buying an expensive package.

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Ingredients:

  • 8-oz of Uncooked Whole-Grain Penne or Rotini
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Ounce of thinly prepared Prosciutto, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Cup of chopped Red Onion
  • 8 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Medium Zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 3 Cups of Multicolored Cherry Tomatoes, Halved (If you can find them.)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Kosher Salt (I used regular)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup of Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 2-oz (1/2 Cup) of Asiago Cheese, Grated and divided

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add prosciutto; cook for three minutes or until crisp.
  4. Remove prosciutto from pan.
  5. Add onion, garlic, and pepper; sauté 4 mins.
  6. Add zucchini, cook 1 min.
  7. Add tomatoes and salt, cook 3 mins.
  8. Stir in pasta and vinegar; cook for 30 seconds.
  9. Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley and one ounce of the cheese.
  10. Divide the pasta mixture among four bowls; top with prosciutto and remaining ounce of cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I can never find multicolored cherry tomatoes anywhere when a recipe calls for them. Can you believe that?

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So this was absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend making it.

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For more pasta salad, go to Simple Pasta Salad

For more low calorie dishes, go to Ratatouille

For more recipe reviews, go to 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

Ratatouille

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Ever since I watched the movie Ratatouille, I have wanted to make Ratatouille.

I actually got this book The Wooden Spoon: Book of Home-Style Soups, Stews, Chowders, Chilis, and Gumbos for free. When I was leafing through I found Ratatouille and decided to make it.

Ratatouille is an interesting dish that can be classified as a soup, salad, and casserole.

Now you can do it two different way: layer it like Remy in Ratatouille; or cook it in a pot on the stove. I went the stove route as it was waaay to hot to be using the oven.

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Ratatouille is a marvelous all-vegetable stew, featuring eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. It requires a rather large casserole or pot for layering the ingredients, but it cooks down to less than  half the original volume. Serve with crusty bread and a variety of cheeses. Leftovers can be served cold as a salad or side dish.”

Ingredients:

  • 5 Quart Stovetop-to-oven casserole or stockpot
  • 6 Tablespoons of  Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions, Thinly Sliced
  •  2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Eggplant, Peeled and Cubed
  • 3 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Cut into Strips
  • 4 Red-Ripe Tomatoes, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Fresh Basil (Do Not Use Dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Oregano, or 1 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  5. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  7. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Uncover the casserole and gently move the contents with a wooden spoon so that they settle.
  9. Serve in flat soup plates.

Stovetop:

  1. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  4. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  6. Simmer on stovetop for 1 hour, using a wooden spoon to gently move the contents from time to time, but without actually stirring.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, on the stovetop for 10 to 15 mins to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve in flat soup plates.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I really enjoyed it. It came out great and was delicious.

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For more soups, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more casseroles, go to Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

For more salads, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Bulghur Salad

For more vegetarian dishes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino

Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

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Thoughts before cooking:

So I was looking though the recipes in this magazine and I spotted this one. It  sounded absolutely delicious and I couldn’t wait to make it.

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Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup of Cherry Tomatoes (preferably mixed colors)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • 1/3 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Salad

  • Salt
  • 8 oz Campanelle or Fusilli Pasta (~4 Cups)
  • 1 Small Zucchini
  • 1.5 Cups of Halved Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Halved Bocconcini (Small Mozzarella Balls)
  • 1/4 Cup of Slivered Almonds or Pine Nuts, Toasted
  • 1/2 Cup of Basil, thinly sliced
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a small saucepan of water to boil; add the garlic and cook for two minutes.
  2. Remove the garlic and place in a blender with the cherry tomatoes, vinegar and basil; puree until smooth.
  3. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a slow, steady, stream and blend until smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to boil, adding the pasta and cooking until al dente.
  6. Drain and rinse under cool water, shaking off the excess.
  7. Transfer the pasta to a bowl and toss with the dressing.
  8. Shave the zucchini into strips with a vegetable peeler or mandoline; halve the strips crosswise and add to the pasta.
  9. Add the tomatoes, bocconcini, pine nuts or almonds, and basil.
  10. Toss.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 6 hours (bring to room temperature before serving.)

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Thoughts After Cooking:

It was phenomenal.

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I loved it!!!

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I took it to a potluck and it was gobbled up in like five mins.

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For more from Food Network Magazine, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more salad recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Mini Lemon Pancake Cookies

Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

So I know what today is…

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That’s okay stay strong. I have a recipe to try out that will be the perfect pairing to whatever your Friday the 13th plans are.

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So I got the recipe from Health.com and it sounded tasty and healthy (of course) so I thought I would try it out.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 small zucchini (about 1/2 pound each), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/16 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1.5 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces bagged baby spinach (2 cups lightly packed)
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium.
  2. Discard the outermost slices of zucchini; brush the rest with oil on both sides.
  3. Sprinkle the zucchini slices with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill until tender, about 4 minutes per side. (You can prepare the zucchini a day ahead and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.)
  5. In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, parsley, and lemon juice, mashing together with a fork.
  6. Put 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture about 1/2 inch from the end of a zucchini slice.
  7. Top with a few spinach leaves and a small (or half of a large) basil leaf.
  8. Roll up and place seam side down on a platter. Repeat with remaining zucchini slices.

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Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought this were pretty good. They were tasty, healthy, and fun to make.

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I will be making these again.

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For more pinterest recipes, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more low calorie meals, go to Mozzarella Tomato Toast

For more recipes, go to Wookie Cookies

 

Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I got this recipe out of Food Network Magazine July/August 2012 issue. That pasta on the cover looked so good, I just had to make it.

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Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • 2 Large Zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 12 oz of Lasagna Noodles, broken into bite sized pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Grated Lemon Zest
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Grate the zucchini
  2. Break up the lasagna noodles
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  4. Toss the zucchini with 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in a colander set over a bowl. Let it stand 10 minutes, then squeeze out the excess moisture.
  5. While the water is boiling, cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
  6. Heat the butter in a skillet, tossing in the tomatoes. Let the tomatoes cook until blistered and slightly softened, (about 4 minutes).
  7. Stir the zucchini and lemon zest into the tomatoes. Lightly crush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon, and cook until zucchini is crisp-tender, (about 4 minutes).
  8. When the water is boiling, add the pasta. Stir to keep it from sticking.
  9. Let the pasta cook for 12 minutes, then drain the pasta. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  10. Transfer the zucchini-tomato mixture into a large bowl. Add the pasta and cheese.
  11. Add about 1/4 cup of pasta water and toss, adding more water if needed.
  12. Season with salt, pepper, and extra cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

Sorry no picture. I completely forgot to take one, but will add one when I remake it. Yes, remake. I just Loved This.

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That I have made it quite a few times, and will continue to do so.

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One time I ran out of noodles and made it with regular pasta which worked just as well as the lasagna.

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For more recipes from this Food Network Magazine, go to Oven-Crispy Creole Seasoned French Fries

For more pasta recipes, go to Spaghetti Limone Parmeggiano

For more recipes, go to Chocolate Cherry Delights

Zucchini-Tomato Soup

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Thoughts prior to cooking:

This is another recipe that I discovered, not from a book, but online. As it was mysterious as to whether or not it would taste good I decided to post it. Now this isn’t the exact recipe, as I changed it quite a bit. The main reason why I wanted to try it was that I needed a vegetarian recipe and this seemed like it would be an instant hit.

The original recipe didn’t call for a lot of spices, so I decided to remedy that as I like my food flavored, not bland. I also added cheese to it, as I love cheese. So here it is.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 8 Medium Zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 4 Medium Carrots, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1 Can of peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Can of peeled chopped tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 28-oz cans of vegetable broth
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons of dried Oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped Parsley
  • 2 Large Avocados, cut into cubes
  • Lemon juice
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

In a pot, heat the oil over medium heat.

Add the onion and cook, until translucent. Then add the zucchini, carrots, and the can of tomatoes and one half of the tomatoes & chile can (If you like your soup spicy add the whole tomato & chile can). Add salt to taste.

Add the vegetable broth, bay leaves, oregano, and parsley. If there isn’t enough juice to suit, add more water.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat, continuing to cook until all vegetables are tender.

Cut up the avocado and place it in a dish, Squeeze a little lemon juice on it and mix it up.

To serve, first remove the bay leaves. Ladle soup in a bowl and place avocado and cheese on top.

Enjoy!

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 Thoughts after cooking:

This was extremely delicious as the chiles really gave the soup an extra kick. The avocados and cheese were just perfect additions to the soup as well. I absolutely loved this and would totally make it again.

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Pasta e Fagioli

So this isn’t from a mystery book, but it was a mysterious recipe in the fact that I wasn’t sure how well it would taste.

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Pasta e Fagioli

Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

I saw this recipe on the back of a Hunt’s Garlic and Herb can and it sounded really, really good. I decided to make it, but tweaked it a bit. You can buy a Hunt’s Garlic and Herb can and follow their recipe, or try out my variation.

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  • Bacon
  • A 14-oz package of Bird’s Eye Frozen Recipe Ready Grilling Blend containing zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, and bell pepper.
  • 1 Can of Hunt’s Garlic and Herb pasta sauce
  • 1 Can of Hunt’s Italian Sausage pasta sauce
  • 1 Cup of Carrots (optional)
  • 4 Cups of Water
  • 1 Can of Red Kidney Beans
  • Large Elbow Macaroni
  • Mozzarella Cheese

Cook the bacon in a saucepan until as crisp as you like it. Remove bacon from the pan

Take 2 cups of the frozen vegetables and cook them in the bacon pan. Eyeball the amount to see if you need to add more.

When the frozen vegetables are cooked, remove them from the pan and place them in a large pot. If you wish to add carrots, add them to the pot as well. After the vegetables; add the pasta sauces, water, and 1 cup of macaroni noodles.

Drain and rinse the red kidney beans, adding them to the pot as well.

Cook soup until it boils, then simmer until macaroni is cooked.

Stir in crumbled bacon.

Serve soup, topping with mozzarella cheese.

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Thoughts after cooking:

I loved it. I thought it not only smelled amazing but tasted amazing as well. I only wish I had taken a pic before eating it all.

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