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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.

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Crispy Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1/2 C. flour

3 Eggs, beaten

3/4 C. Progresso bread crumbs

1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne

Caesar dressing, for dipping (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 400. Grease a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.

1. Pour flour into a medium shallow bowl and eggs to a separate medium shallow bowl. In a third shallow bowl, whisk together panko bread crumbs, Parmesan, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and cayenne.

2. Working in batches, use a spoon to toss brussels sprouts in the flour until fully coated then dunk in the eggs. Dredge in panko mixture then place on baking sheet. Bake until golden and crispy, about twenty five minutes. Serve immediately with caesar dressing, if using.

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Flu Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup

Help your family conquer, the crazy cold & flu season, by feeding them this chicken noodle soup. It’s incredibly savory, hearty and stuffed with good for you ingredients! I’m confident this soup will become a new favorite!

Chicken Noodle Soup

You will need

For the chicken:
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 ground black pepper

For the soup:
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, finely diced
8 cloves garlic, minced
a pinch of salt
(1) 32 oz container chicken stock
4 C water
1 bay leaf
2 C noodles of your choice, I used gluten free elbows
Juice of 1 lemon, plus more for serving
1/4 C to 1/2 C dried dill, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line, a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper or foil and lightly, grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Place chicken breast in the previously prepared large baking dish and drizzle with two tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with spices. Place in the oven and bake for twenty-five to thirty minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through cooking. Once the chicken is done cooking, pull into small pieces using two forks.

2. While the chicken is cooking, make the soup. Heat olive oil in a large, pot over medium heat. Combine the carrots, celery, and onion, and cook – occasionally stirring – for eight-nine minutes. Add the garlic and salt and cook for one minute before adding the bay leaf, water, and chicken stock. Increase heat to high, bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, stir in noodles, and simmer for ten – fifteen minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the pasta al dente. Mix in cooked chicken, dill, and lemon juice. Taste soup to adjust seasonings, then serve immediately. Yummoelicious!! 🙂

Court’s cooking notes

* You can cook the noodles in the broth (as instructed in the recipe), but if you intend to have a lot of leftovers, you may also choose to cook the noodles in a different pot, then stir them into each bowl right before serving. This helps keep the noodles fresh and not soggy.

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Here’s my veggie mason jar trick that I have mentioned a few times in some of my posts and occasionally do whenever I have to cut up various vegetables for certain recipes. Then I stick them in the fridge until I’m ready to start cooking. It’s really convenient because it makes the cooking go a little faster.

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My favorite recipes 

Chicken Buffalo Soup 

Crockpot Spaghetti & Meatballs

Insanely Addicting Pecans 

Crock pot King Ranch Chicken

Describing cooking in 1 word is difficult

For me cooking is therapeutic, relaxing, fun and much more! I love it how I can walk into the kitchen, start preparing dinner and automatically go into an entirely different world lol. It too has been an incredible learning experience. Here’s what I have learned so far and still currently improving on; being extra patient with myself when I make mistakes, try not to get discouraged when things don’t go my way, experimenting and substituting with certain ingredients that go with the appropriate recipe(s).

Here are a few examples of my experience with substituting, last week when I was cooking sloppy joes, I saw we had no tomato sauce and did a web search to see what could replace it and quickly learned that I could use tomato paste and add one cup of water. Last night when I was cooking pork chops, I discovered that we had no nutmeg and looked on google for a substitute and read that it can be replaced with ginger.

I know I’ve said this before, but I love foil packed dinners. They are so easy to prepare, clean-up is a breeze and last but definitely not least they are so very GOOD! 

Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, to taste
24 oz broccoli florets
*16 oz baby potatoes, halved
1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and onion powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cut four sheets of foil, about 12-inches long. Arrange broccoli and potatoes into four equal portions and add to the center of each foil in a single layer.

Fold up all four sides of each foil packet. Spoon the garlic mixture over the broccoli and potatoes. Fold the sides of the foil over the vegetables, covering completely and sealing the packets closed. Place foil packets in a single layer on a baking dish. Put it into the oven and bake until tender, approximately thirty-forty five minutes.*Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

*24 ounces broccoli florets is equal to about 5 cups.

*Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the potatoes.

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A throw off of Tater Tots

I love tater tots! This recipe is a twist on the classical favorite!

Baked Cauli-Tots

Ingredients

3 C. (about half of the head) shredded cauliflower 
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 egg
¼ c breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. salt
three grinds black pepper
½ tsp ground mustard

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Lightly a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Rinse and shred the cauliflower. Place it in a towel and squeeze out the extra water. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and until mixed thoroughly.

2. Using a spoon, divide the mixture separating the muffin cups and press down firmly into the cups. Bake for fifteen-twenty minutes, or until golden brown

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Garlic Green Beans

 

I believe that cutting out recipes from Penzeys magazines will quickly become fun and an addicting habit lol. I found this recipe and much more from their magazines. Oh well. You can NEVER have too many recipes. 😀

Moreover, this recipe would make a fantastic side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients

1 28-oz. pkg flat green beans (Italian cut)
12 oz. chicken broth
3 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled or 2 slices deli ham
1/4 tsp. GRANULATED GARLIC POWDER

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a skillet. Cook over medium heat until heated through, about ten minutes.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

Coming up next week

Cream Cheese & Chicken Taquitos

Crockpot Lemon Pork Chops
Side dish of the week: Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

Cowboy Lasagna

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Pistachios with Brussel Sprouts

 

I love eating pistachios! They are one of my favorite snacks, especially when it comes to eating healthy. I know I have already mentioned this before in a few of my posts, but since I am trying my best to eating healthier lol, one of my goals is to strive eating more veggies, particularly ones that I’m not crazy about but want to learn to appreciate them and or have not yet tried.

Furthermore, brussel sprouts are one of the veggies that I wanted to try, and I am happy to say that tonight was my night to try brussel Sprouts. My opinion on the vegetable at the moment are; well lol, I am not too crazy about them. Oh well, I gave it a try, and that’s what matters. 🙂 However, I am determined to teach my taste buds to appreciate Brussel Sprouts. Haha! 😀

Despite the fact that I’m not a huge fan of this veggie at the moment, I still had a blast cooking this healthy and delicious Pistachio with Brussel Sprouts recipe with my sister (Caylee). Also, I found it on Food Network’s Facebook page, created by Trisha Yearwood.

Pistachios with Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 lb. Brussels sprouts, rinsed, trimmed and halved
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
2 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1/2 C. shelled pistachios, finely chopped
Sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions

In a large skillet, heat the oil over high-medium heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and shallot and saute until just wilted, about five minutes, being careful not to let them burn. Combine the lemon zest, juice, and pistachios and continue to saute until completely heated through, three to five minutes. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Barbecue Baked Salmon

I have never tried salmon cooked in barbecue sauce before until now, as I am currently on vacation for a week visiting my Grandma. And while I am visiting I chose to cook three separate recipes this week. Tonight to start things off I prepared for my Granny this delicious barbecue baked salmon. We both loved it!!! 🙂

This recipe is SUPER easy to make, and clean-up is no different.

Barbecue Baked Salmon

Ingredients

12 oz salmon filet (Rinse and pat dry)
Salt and pepper to taste
½ C. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Line, a baking sheet with foil and lightly, grease it with non-stick cooking spray and put the salmon skin side down in the middle of a foil-lined pan. Season your salmon with salt and pepper then pour on your BBQ sauce covering the whole fish. (I spread mine around with a spatula and or a basting brush) Bake for twenty to thirty minutes (or until salmon is finished cooking. Add extra BBQ sauce on the side when serving.

Then the other two dishes I am cooking later this week are Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken Breasts. Lol, that recipe was the very first one I blogged about when I began my blog earlier this spring. And the other one is Chicken Alfredo. Yum! 😀

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Panera Bread Chicken Caesar Salad

Whenever my family and I go out to eat, we sometimes will go to one of our favorite restaurants Panera Bread. I usually get their Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, and I love it! Furthermore, thanks to the internet and my ways of how to work it lol and since I like it so much, I chose to do a web search for a copycat version of it. And low behold I found one lol.

Do you love Panera Bread’s Grilled Chicken Ceaser Salad, just as much as I do? Then I totally recommend you trying this copycat recipe.

 

Panera Bread Copycat Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Caesar Dressing 

Ingredients

1 tsp. soybean oil
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp. Onion
2 tsp. celery
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. anchovy powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions

1. Let’s begin by mincing the onion, celery, and garlic in a food processor. Then place them in a blender. Next, turn the mixer on medium speed, then gradually combine the soybean oil. Then add the egg yolk to your blender. Stop the mixer and scrape down clean the sides.

2. Return the blender to medium speed and add the red wine vinegar, anchovy powder, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and yellow mustard.
Blend until a thick, creamy consistency occurs. Add lemon juice slowly to prevent the mixture from separating. Use salt if necessary.
Immediately use or place it in the fridge.

 Ingredients for the salad

1 C. Romaine lettuce
1 C. chicken
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 C. Asiago Parmesan blend
1/4 C. Asiago croutons
1/4 C. Homemade Caesar dressing
1 Red Onion
Cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Rinse the romaine lettuce with cool water and spin the lettuce using a salad spinner to remove the extra water, or pat dry with paper towels. Place the lettuce in a large mixing dish. Cut the chicken into strips and put it into a small bowl. Then add the lemon juice to the chicken and mix well.

2. Allow the chicken to marinate in the lemon juice for five minutes.
Next, combine the black pepper and salt to the chicken mixture and mix well. Then grill the chicken strips using a grill and or a grilling pan.
Place the cooked chicken on top of the Romaine lettuce.

3. Combine the Asiago Parmesan mixture, then toss.
Next, add the tomatoes and red onions on top of the salad.
Pour the caesar dressing lightly over the top of the mixture.
Top salad with Asiago croutons. Place into a salad bowl,                                                 then serve with a large slice of freshly baked bread. Yum!

Coming up next week

Barbecue Baked Salmon

Chicken Alfredo 

 

Thank you so very much for reading! It means a lot! 🙂

 

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Homemade Ketchup

Ketchup is a favorite classic and ever since I was a kid it has always been one of my preferred dipping sauces for nearly anything from fries to chicken. 

Furthermore, have you ever looked into your refrigerator and or your pantry and discover that you don’t have any ketchup? And then you seldom think Ugh, I don’t feel like running to the store today? (lol, I understand I have been there) Well then don’t I have a perfect solution to your dilemma lol. 😀 With just a few ingredients that you usually have on hand, you can make this Homemade Ketchup at home without ever leaving your home. It’s the excellent dip for your kids (or you) – has less sugar and absolutely NO added funky ingredients, can be tweaked to your tastes, and it counts as a veggie!

Homemade Ketchup

Ingredients

one 6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
½ tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Sugar
½ tsp. Dried oregano
½ tsp. Cumin
⅛ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. mustard powder

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir well.

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Coming up next week

Balsamic Honey and Mustard Pork Chops
(I have a feeling that this one is going to be so much fun!)

Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole

Chicken Ceaser Salad