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Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini

Ingredients

8 Zucchinis, rinsed, not peeled

3 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 C. finely chopped onion

1/2 tsp chopped garlic

1 lb ground turkey

2 eggs slightly beaten

1 C. Panko Italian bread crumbs

1 C. Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

3 C. tomato sauce

Directions

Lightly grease a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350°

1. Cut zucchini and in half lengthwise and spoon out most of the pulp, leaving boat like shells. Set aside. Chop pulp coarsely.

2. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil, add onions, and cook until soft and lightly colored. Add pulp and garlic and cook five minutes longer. Transfer the pulp mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Brown meat in skillet, stirring constantly. When done, drain well and add the meat to pulp mixture. Stir well.

3. Then add the eggs, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of cheese, oregano, salt, and pepper into the zucchini mixture.

4. Pour tomato sauce into the previously prepared baking dish. Arrange zucchini on sauce Sprinkle with remaining cheese and cover with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for twenty-thirty minutes; remove foil and bake for ten minutes longer.

Source Church Potluck Best-loved slow cooker and casserole recipes

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Paleo Friendly Sausage and Peppers

A super easy crockpot sausage and peppers recipe! Low carb, paleo, healthy but hearty. These ten-minute prep Crock Pot sausage and peppers make one of the best slow cooker sausage recipes that your family will enjoy!

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers

Ingredients

1.5 pounds Kielbasa sausages (about 8 sausages)

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

3 medium Bell peppers (sliced – I used one yellow, one red, and one green)

2 medium White onions (sliced)

Marinara sauce

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

1/2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

8 ounces Crushed tomatoes

1/2 tsp Sea salt

Directions

1. Heat the oil in n a large skillet over high heat. Brown the sausages for one to two minutes per side.

2. Slice the peppers and onions and place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Season lightly with sea salt. Top with browned sausages. Set the slow cooker to low and cook for five to six hours.

3. Make the marinara by heating the olive oil of medium low heat. Stir in the Italian seasoning and toast for just a few seconds. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer until hot. Season with salt to taste.

Source Wicked Spatula

Pork Chops with a savory Mustard Basil sauce

A few years ago, I purchased this really neat book titled Essential Spices and Herbs. It consists of a lot of interesting information about the different types of spices and herbs. It also includes ideas on how you can use them for a variety of different things and several recipes. In the book, I spotted this Roasted Pork Chops with Mustard Basil sauce recipe that just looked incredibly quick, easy, delicious and satisfying! This dish certainly didn’t disappoint me one bit. As I helped myself to eating two pork chops.

Roasted Pork Chops with Mustard Basil sauce

Ingredients

4-6 pork chops, (boneless or bone-in)

1 Tbsp. basil

1 Tbsp. Garlic

4 Tbsp. Dijon or regular Mustard

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Cooking Spray

Directions

1. Use a food processor to combine the basil, mustard, garlic and two tablespoons of olive oil until smooth. Place the sauce in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly grease a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Place the chops into the baking dish and cook them in the oven for thirty minutes or until they are no longer pink. Serve with the mustard basil sauce on top.

Source Essential Spices and Herbs

Keto Friendly Fajita Chicken Casserole

This Fajita Chicken Casserole recipe is delicious as it is nutritious. My favorite part about this dish is that it’s incredibly quick and easy to throw together! Also, it is loaded with juicy chicken, peppers and gooey cheese, seasoned with fajita spices and baked to perfection; this quick casserole dinner is equally wholesome and tasty.

Fajita Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

3 or 4 small chicken breasts (1 1/2 lbs – 750g) skinless, boneless – or 2 large chicken breasts, split lengthwise

2 bell peppers

1 medium onion, minced

1 tsp. cumin powder

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. garlic powder, or minced garlic

2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 C. shredded Mozzarella (or your favorite cheese, Pepperjack, Monterrey Jack, Cheddar…)

Fresh chopped cilantro, or parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts onto a shallow plate or a cutting board. Sprinkle cumin, chili powder, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper on both sides. Keep some of the spices for sprinkling over the vegetable.

2. Arrange chicken into the prepared baking dish, and drizzle with oil. Top with the bell peppers and onion, then sprinkle some of the remaining fajita seasonings Finish with shredded cheese on top.

3. Bake for fifteen – twenty minutes (if you split the chicken breasts lengthwise, or depending on the thickness); until chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). You can broil for two minutes at the end to crisp up the top if you like.

Source Eatwell101

Gather. Mix. Bake. Eat.

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Ingredients

2 C. uncooked egg noodles

2 C. cooked, shredded chicken

1 (10 oz.) package frozen peas and carrots

1 (10 oz.) package frozen corn

1 C. milk

1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken soup

1 (10 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper, to taste

½ Tbsp. dried minced onion

2 Tbsp. melted butter

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. Italian seasoning (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Boil egg noodles according to package directions. Drain water. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine all of the other remaining ingredients. Add cooked noodles to mixture. Gently stir to combine everything.

2. Pour into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake for thirty minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven and let stand for five minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Source Life in the loft house

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.

Source Delish

Deliciously Sweet Pork Roast

Easy Brown Sugar Pork Roast

Ingredients

1 (3 to 5 pound) pork shoulder

1/3 C. Worcestershire sauce

3/4 C. light brown sugar

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 C. water or apple juice

1 tsp. salt

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place the pork shoulder into the previously prepared baking pan. Pour Worcestershire over the pork. Combine sugar, thyme and pepper. Pat sugar mixture over meat to form a sort of crust. Pour water or juice into bottom of pan.

2. Place pork immediately in the oven and cook for two – four hours, uncovered, or until meat thermometer registers 160F. Remove meat from pan. Add salt to juices and serve with sliced or pulled pork.

Adapted from Relish

Keto Friendly Chicken Casserole

This delicious Chicken Parmesan Casserole can be served with or without pasta. It’s super quick, healthy, and easy weeknight dinner for your whole family.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ingredients

1.5 lb. cooked chicken – diced

2 jars of marinara sauce

1 ¾ C. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ C. grated Parmesan cheese

1 ½ –2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 C. Panko bread crumbs (if use finer bread crumbs, not flacked kind like Panco, I suggest you to use just ¾ cup or the top will be too sandy)

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoned salt-to taste

1 ½ –2 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley for serving

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 8 ½ x 8 ½ inch casserole with olive oil or cooking spray.

2. Place the chopped cooked chicken into the previously prepared baking dish and pour marinara sauce over the chicken, stir to combine. Spread shredded mozzarella cheese on top to cover the chicken. Sprinkle with grated parmesan.

3. In a small bowl stir together bread crumbs and Italian seasoned salt. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir well. If it seems to dry and the crumbs are not evenly moistened add more olive oil and stir to combine. It depends on the texture of bread crumbs you us. Finer crumbs will seem to dry and need more oil, flacked crumbs like Panko need less oil.

4. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the cheese and bake for twenty-twenty five minutes until bread crumbs get nice golden color. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley before serving if desired. Serve with a salad or another green vegetable.

Source Oh my goodness chocolate desserts

Orange Chicken in Copycat Panda Express sauce

This Ground Orange Chicken is made in one pan and just takes twenty minutes using a Panda Express copycat sauce. It tastes so much better and healthier than the original!

GROUND ORANGE CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS

1 lb ground chicken

1 Tbsp. ginger root minced

2 tsp. garlic minced

1/4 tsp. hot red chili pepper crushed

1 Tbsp. Rice wine

2 Tbsp. water

1/2 tsp. Sesame oil

4 tsp. Soy sauce

5 Tbsp. sugar

5 Tbsp. white vinegar

zest of 1/2 orange

1 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. Cornstarch or flour

Directions

1. To make the sauce, in a medium bowl combine the rice wine, two tablespoons of water, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar, and orange zest. Set aside. To make the cornstarch mixture, in a separate bowl, dissolve one tablespoon of cornstarch in the remaining one tablespoon of water and set aside.

2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add one tablespoon of oil and add the ground chicken. Cook until a good crust forms before breaking apart, then finish cooking by breaking it apart with a spatula and cooking for an additional two-three minutes.

3. Once the chicken is cooked add the ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for approximately ten seconds. Add the orange sauce and bring to boil. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and cook for just a few seconds, stirring until it thickens. Serve with cauliflower rice.

Source Dinner then Dessert

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

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