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Meatless

Healthy Italian Inspired Pasta Bake

Enjoy Italian fare at the comfort of your own home with this Creamy Zucchini and Spinach Pasta Bake! You’ll love the deliciousness of this spinach pasta bake and how quick and easy it is to prepare.

Creamy Zucchini and Spinach Pasta Bake

Ingredients

1 16 oz package of pasta, uncooked (any variety)

1 onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, then sliced crosswise

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1 pkg. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves

1 jar (24 oz.) CLASSICO Marinara with Plum Tomatoes & Olive Oil Pasta Sauce

1 container (15 oz.) BREAKSTONE’S Ricotta Cheese

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA, divided

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Cook pasta in a large pot as directed on the package. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet then stir in the onion. Cook it for three to four minutes or until crisp-tender. Add zucchini and mushrooms; cook for three to four minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring frequently.

2. Add half of the spinach; cook for two to three minutes or just until wilted. Repeat with remaining spinach. Remove from heat. Drain the pasta.

3. Carefully add the vegetable mixture in the skillet along with the pasta sauce, pasta, ricotta, Italian seasoning and one cup of mozzarella into the previously prepared baking dish and stir gently until well combined.

4. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes or until casserole is heated through and mozzarella is melted.

Source Kraft Recipes

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A Tater Tot Alternative

These incredibly tasty tots are packed with shredded zucchini, bread crumbs, and cheese!! It makes for the perfect appetizer served with marinara sauce or ranch, or use it as a side dish!

Zucchini tots

INGREDIENTS

1 medium zucchini,

2 eggs

¼ C. Progresso Italian Seasoned breadcrumbs

¼ C. plain bread crumbs

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

¾ tsp. garlic powder

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

marinara or ranch for dipping

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400.

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or grease it with cooking spray. Grate the zucchini into a clean dish towel. Wrap the towel up and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

3. In a large bowl, stir together the zucchini, eggs, panko, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cheese.

4. Scoop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for twenty – twenty five minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with marinara sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.

Source Lil’ Luna

Skinny Vegetarian Chili

Outsmart the picky eaters in your family by serving them this healthy and full of flavor Vegetarian Chili. This recipe is so tasty that I practically forgot it was meatless. I am certain that your family will enjoy this dish without even realizing that it’s meatless. As beans is the substitute for meat in this chili which adds fiber, and at under 300 calories per serving, you can give yourself some leeway by adding your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mexican Chili

Ingredients

2 15-ounce cans Ro-Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 16-ounce cans Bush’s® Chili Beans,

1 15-ounce can Goya black beans

12-ounces frozen yellow corn

1 small onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 4.5-ounce can diced green chilies

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp onion powder

½ -1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh or dried

⅛ tsp black pepper

Optional toppings

Onions

Sour Cream

Cheese

Tortilla chips

Directions

1. Add all of the ingredients to a 6-quart insert crock pot and stir until well combined.

2. Cook on LOW for eight hours or on HIGH for four hours. Serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Source Skinny Mom