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Tag Archives: Low-calorie

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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No stovetop required green beans

Give yourself and your stovetop a day off by making these easy and delicious green beans on the counter top in your slow cooker! This is an excellent dish to prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Crockpot Green Beans

Ingredients

1 medium yellow onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 lbs fresh green beans or frozen, washed and trimmed if using fresh

1 (14.5 oz) chicken broth canned

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat saute the onions and garlic in the butter. Saute onions and garlic in butter until the onions turn translucent. About seven to ten minutes.

2. In the bottom of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker, add the green beans, sauteed onions and garlic and the chicken broth. Cover and cook on LOW for four to five hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Source Crockpot Ladies

Clean Eating Taco Soup

This is a simple, healthy, & gluten free stovetop or a slow cooker meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and other wholesome ingredients like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This fast, skinny, and low carb recipe is easy to prepare and will quickly become a family favorite!

Clean Eating Taco Soup

Ingredients

1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison)

1 onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 small zucchini, diced

1 (14.5 oz) can corn

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 (14.5 oz) can of Goya black beans

2 C water

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

3 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning or 1 packet

3 Tbsp of homemade ranch seasoning or 1 packet

Optional Toppings:

Sour Cream or Greek yogurt

shredded cheese

tortilla chips or crackers

avocado

lime wedges

Directions

1. In a large pot, brown the meat. Discard the fat. Add in the remaining ingredients and simmer for thirty minutes. Taste. Add more seasoning such as chili or cayanne powder, salt, or pepper if needed.

Court’s Cooking Notes

This soup is quite thick, feel free to add in more water or beef stock to “stretch” the meal further!

Crock-pot variation: Toss all ingredients including browned meat in crock-pot and cook on LOW for six hours.

Source Grounded and Surrounded

Thirty Minute Meal

I love meals that can be done in thirty minutes. They are so quick and easy. These tender and juicy pork chops that are covered with an apple cider sauce makes an elegant meal that is on the dinner table in yup you guessed it thirty minutes!

Easy Apple Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp Olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
4 boneless pork loin chops*, 1 inch thick
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 gala apples, sliced
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp cinnamon
¾ C. pure apple cider

Directions

1. Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on per side of each pork Cook your pork chops in the hot skillet, turning every forty-five seconds or so to form a brown crust. Cook for approximately five-seven minutes and remove. Place chops on a baking sheet and cover with foil.

2. Let meat rest for ten minutes, while you cook the apples and onions.
Pour a little more olive oil in the pan if needed. Saute apples and onions until onions soften, about three minutes. Combine dried herbs, cinnamon garlic powder, and cider. *You can add more salt and pepper if you want too.* Bring to a boil and let cider reduce, approximately four-five minutes. Place chops back to pan and turn to coat each side with cider sauce and remove the pan from heat.

NOTES

*Feel free to substitute with chicken breast.

Court’s cooking tip of the day: Whether you are using a veggie or fruit to put in your dish, I recommend cutting/chopping it either the night before you cook the recipe or a few hours ahead of time. Place them in a mason jar(s) and close it tight. If needed put them in the fridge. Trust me you will save yourself a lot of time. 🙂

Source Club Narwhal

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