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Healthy Recipes

Not your Mom’s Meatloaf

Bell Pepper Meat Loaves

INGREDIENTS

3 bell peppers,

1 lb. ground beef, turkey or chicken

1/4 C. Panko bread crumbs

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 c. ketchup

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 C. shredded Monterey Jack

1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350° and line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut ends off peppers and finely chop (minus the stems), then set aside. Remove seeds and slice peppers into 2″ thick rings; you should be able to get 2 rings out of each pepper. Place on prepared baking sheet.

In a large bowl, stir together the beef with chopped peppers, bread crumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, onion, thyme, garlic, and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper and stir until combined. Fill each pepper ring with meat loaf mixture.

In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup and brown sugar and brush on tops of meat loaves. Bake for thirty five minutes, then top with cheese, and bake five to ten minutes more, or until cheese is melty. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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Yummoelicious Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sausage and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

6 large red, orange, yellow, and/or green bell peppers

3 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 lb loose sweet Italian sausage

4 plum tomatoes, diced

2 red onions, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

Directions

1. Cut the tops off the peppers. Remove and discard the stems , then finely chop the tops; Set aside. Scoop out the seeds and as much of membranes as you can. Place the peppers in a microwave safe bowl, add 1/2 cup of water and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave until just beginning to soften, about 12 minutes, then uncover and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 450°. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, approximately six minutes. Remove to a plate.

3. Add the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the tomatoes, red onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, chopped pepper tops and cook stirring until tender and lightly browned, ten to twelve minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and stir in the rice and sausage. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

4. Place the peppers upright in a baking dish just large enough to hold them. Fill with the rice mixture and bake for ten minutes. Sprinkle with the cheese and continue baking until the cheese is browned in spots, ten to twelve minutes.

Source The Pioneer Woman Magazine

Spring 2019

Lo-Carb alternative to sub sandwiches

Bell Pepper Meatball Subs

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground beef

1/3 C. bread crumbs

1/4 C. chopped parsley

1/4 C. grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

1 egg

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

1 (15-oz) jar marinara sauce

4 bell peppers, cored and halved

4 slices mozzarella

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, egg, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix until just combined and form into sixteen balls.

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until seared on all sides, about ten minutes. Add marinara sauce to skillet and toss to combine. Cover skillet with lid and simmer until meatballs have cooked through completely, about ten minutes more.

3. Place bell peppers cut side up on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Top 4 halves with mozzarella slices. Bake until cheese has melted and bell peppers are just warmed through. Add meatballs on top of the bell pepper halves with cheese and sprinkle with more Parmesan, if using. Place remaining bell pepper halves on top and serve.

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Cooking is my therapy

I recently have decided that I would consider cooking as my second workout. Although it’s not just any exercise I am going to call it my occupational therapy. The main reason why I chose to do this is because the right side of my body is not as strong as my left due to my Cerebral Palsy. With that said I am going to try really hard to practice using my right hand more often when I’m cooking. I recently discovered that I can use it to cut certain things with a knife. I was pretty proud of myself for conquering this new obstacle.

Anyway back to the recipe!

This Keto Chicken Parmesan Casserole is an incredibly easy dinner that’s bursting with savory, delicious, cheesy, tomatoey flavor! Your whole family will love it, and you’ll love how simple it is to prepare…

Keto Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ingredients

5 C. cubed cooked chicken

1 C. Marinara sauce

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 C. pork rinds, crushed

1/2 tsp. crushed dried basil

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Spread the chicken in the greased dish and pour the tomato sauce over it.

2. Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes. Top with the Parmesan and then the mozzarella. Lightly sprinkle the crushed pork rinds and basil over the top. Bake for twenty five minutes, until the cheese, is melted and bubbly.

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Cheesy Goodness Brussel Sprouts

Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprouts with a variety of different melted cheese is the best side dish to any meal! Low Carb, Keto AND the excellent way to get your veggies in! Even non-sprouts fans will ENJOY this recipe! Tastes so amazing that the whole family gets behind this one.

Cheesy Garlic Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients

24 oz (700 g) brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half lengthways

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

6 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper

1 1/2 C. shredded cheese (I used mild cheddar)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat until hot. Toss in sprouts, season with salt and pepper. Once hot, add your brussels sprouts and shake pan so sprouts land cut side down in a single layer. Let them cook, undisturbed, until slightly charred and caramelized (approximately six-eight minutes). Melt the butter in the pan. Stir the butter through the sprouts, then add the garlic and sauté until fragrant (about thirty seconds), stirring through the sprouts.

3. Transfer sprouts to the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for eight-ten minutes, or until just fork tender.
Remove from oven and top with the cheese. Return to oven and broil (or grill) until the cheese melts and becomes golden approximately four-five minutes.
Adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately

Court’s Cooking Notes

FOR OVEN ONLY METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray. 

2. Arrange sprouts on baking sheet in a single layer. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, melted butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle the oil/butter mixture over the brussels sprouts and toss to evenly coat.

4. Bake for twenty – twenty-five minutes until vibrant and just fork tender.

5. Remove from oven and top with the cheese. Return to oven and broil (or grill) until the cheese melts and becomes golden (about 4-5 minutes). Adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately

Source Cafe Delites

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

Ingredients

3 chicken breast, boneless skinless

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 C. green cabbage (shredded)

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 C. water

1 Tbsp. soy sauce, low sodium

Directions

1. Place chicken breast in a zip lock bag. Beat it with a mallet to even out thickness of chicken. Cut into strips. Heat oil in nonstick skillet. Add chicken strips and stir fry over medium-high heat, turning constantly until done. Add cabbage and bell pepper. Sauté for two minutes until cabbage is crisp-tender.

2. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and seasonings; add water and soy sauce, and mix until smooth. Stir sauce into chicken/cabbage mixture. Cook until sauce has thickened and chicken is coated, about one minute.

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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

A Healthier Alternative to French Fries

Delicious, Healthy and nutritious fries that you can eat and enjoy guilt-free. And they’re baked to absolute crisp-perfection! Not to mention these fries are super addicting! After removing them from the oven I immediately helped myself to about three servings.

Baked Green Bean Fries

INGREDIENTS:

1 C. Italian seasoned Progresso Breadcrumbs

1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

1/8 tsp. Pinch of cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper, to taste

1 1/2 green beans, trimmed

1/2 C. all-purpose flour

2-3 large eggs, beaten

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. In one large shallow bowl, stir together Panko, Parmesan and cayenne pepper; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside. In a second bowl add the flour and in a third bowl add the eggs

2. Working in batches, dredge green beans in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat. Place green beans in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for ten-twelve minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

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Healthy and delicious

Do you hesitate to eat any type of vegetable because of zero taste? Well, that’s about to change cause this saucy zucchini lasagna is your low carb solution for times when you’re hungry for some savory Italian comfort food. It’s also incredibly easy and is an excellent healthy alternative to your typical lasagna. Gluten-free and keto friendly.

I can certainly say that this is my latest favorite recipe. I love it so much that I helped myself to two servings. It’s so flavorful that your family will want more than one portion — more like two or three. This dish will quickly become a new family favorite.

Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients

20 oz zucchini (about two large) ends sliced off and discarded

1 lb extra lean ground beef

1 tsp. garlic

2 15 oz cans tomato sauce or puree

1 C. finely chopped onion (about 1 small)

1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 C. finely grated parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 Tbsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground cayenne

Directions

Preparing the meat sauce:

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add onion and garlic cook until softened, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ground beef to the pan, breaking it apart as it cooks. Cook until browned, about five-ten minutes.

2. Add the tomato sauce, stirring it in. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then gradually reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer for about five minutes to thicken the sauce, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the oregano, salt, and cayenne. Stir until well-mixed. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Assembling and baking the lasagna:

4. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

5. Slice each zucchini along its length into 1/8 inch thick strips. Arrange zucchini slices along the bottom of the baking dish so that they are slightly overlapping in a criss-cross pattern. Evenly pour about half of the meat sauce over the zucchini. Add about 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of the meat sauce.

6. Repeat with another zucchini layer, a meat sauce layer, and a cheese layer. Top with remaining zucchini slices. Add another 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese on top of the zucchini.

7. Bake in the preheated oven until the lasagna is golden brown on top and bubbling, about forty-five minutes. Let cool about ten minutes to allow the lasagna to set and cease bubbling before slicing.

Source Savory Tooth

Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken

So one of the things that cooking has taught me is that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or bland. As I confess, that is one of the reasons why I find eating healthy quite challenging. But now that I have been cooking for the past few years I have a different outlook on cooking and eating healthier. I found a statement on Pinterest that I liked because is 100% true: “just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it has to be boring or bland.”

This Lemon Garlic Chicken has undoubtedly confirmed that quote as it was so tender, juicy and delicious! The lemon juice added the perfect zing to the chicken.

I couldn’t believe the ease of preparation. The only thing I had to do was sear or brown the chicken for a few minutes on the stove then toss them into my crockpot along with a few ingredients. It was nice because I had the rest of the day to myself to do some chores and other stuff.

I’m sure that you are going to love how easy it is to prepare this recipe and your family is going to enjoy the taste.

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

INGREDIENTS

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 C. low-sodium chicken stock

2-3 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

1/2 tsp. Black pepper, to taste

fresh parsley, garnish, optional

Directions

1. Combine the oregano, seasoned salt and black pepper (to taste) in a small bowl, then rub mixture all over the chicken breasts. Heat olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat and brown chicken breasts on each side for three four minutes.

2. Pour the chicken stock and lemon juice into the crockpot, then add in minced garlic and stir everything together. Place the browned chicken breasts into the crockpot, then cover and cook on high for two – three hours, or until cooked through.

Source Crafty House