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Loaded Zucchini Skins
TOTAL TIME: 
PREP: 
LEVEL: EASY
YIELD: 16

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 4 large zucchinis
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. shredded Cheddar
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 2 green onions, sliced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook bacon until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and chop into small pieces.
  2. Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out seeds from the insides, then cut each half into three to four pieces.
  3. Transfer zucchini to a large baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Season with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bake until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Top each piece of zucchini with cheese and bacon.
  5. Return to oven and bake until cheese is bubbly and zucchini is tender, about 10 minutes more. Garnish with sour cream and green onions.

recipe courtesy of DELISH

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Chicken Stroganoff

Active Time
40 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)
If stroganoff could restore its Russian creators 200 years ago, this chicken version will restore you on any winter weeknight.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes or until done, turning once. Remove from pan.

Step 2

Combine 1 tablespoon stock and flour in a small bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan over medium-high. Add mushrooms; cook 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until reduced by half, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in remaining 2 cups and 7 tablespoons stock; bring to a simmer. Add noodles; cook, uncovered, 8 minutes or until done. Stir in flour mixture; cook 1 minute. Remove pan from heat; stir in chicken, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and sour cream. Sprinkle with parsley.

 

Nutritional Information 

  • Calories 443
  • Fat 12.8g
  • Satfat 3.3g
  • Monofat 6.3g
  • Polyfat 1.8g
  • Protein 39g
  • Carbohydrate 39g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Cholesterol 111mg
  • Iron 3mg
  • Sodium 681mg
  • Calcium 35mg
  • Sugars 5g

Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

Forget carb-heavy pasta! This creative twist brings you fresh Italian flavor without any of the guilt.  Enjoy oodles of noodles plus all your favorite pasta fixings —guilt-free! The secret? Subbing in spiralized veggies.   This is from Good Hosekeeping.

SERVES: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lb.  zucchini (spiralized)
  • 12 oz. ripe tomatoes
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • ½ c. loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 2 clove garlic
  • ¼ c. roasted salted almonds

Directions

  1. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil on medium until hot. Add zucchini. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until just beginning to soften, stirring. Remove from heat; transfer to large bowl.
  2. To bowl with zucchini, add tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gently toss to combine. Serve immediately, topped with almonds.

mushroom-kale-cheddar-frittata

  • Serves 6
  • Hands-On Time 15 min
  • Total Time 40 min

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. ounces mushrooms (such as cremini and shiitake), halved or sliced if large
  3. Kosher salt and black pepper
  4. small shallots, chopped
  5. large eggs
  6. 1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  7. ounces Cheddar, shredded (1 cup)
  8. ounces Parmesan, shredded (½ cup)
  9. 1/2 small bunch lacinato kale, stems discarded and leaves sliced (about 4 cups)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the shallots. Cook, tossing frequently, until the shallots are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Reserve the skillet.
  2. Whisk the eggs, crème fraîche, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until combined. Whisk in the Cheddar and half the Parmesan. Toss the kale with 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the reserved skillet over medium heat. Add the egg mixture to the skillet, followed by the mushrooms, the kale, and the remaining Parmesan. Cook until the frittata is set just around the edge, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer the skillet to oven and bake until the frittata is just set, 20 to 24 minutes. Slide onto a plate to serve.

Courtsey of Real Simple, Justin Chapple

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Per Serving

  • Calories390 calories
  • Fat31 g
  • Sat Fat13 g
  • Cholesterol295 mg
  • Sodium640 mg
  • Protein20 g
  • Carbohydrate8 g
  • Sugar1 g
  • Fiber1 g
  • Iron2 mg
  • Calcium361 mg

 

Korean Kimichi

Courtsey of Melissa Souza and Mother Earth Magazine she also has page on facebook

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Ingredients

• 1 large cabbage head
• 1 pound daikon root
• 8 green onion
• 8 cloves garlic (grated)
• ginger root (grated)
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 1/2 cup water
• 8 tbsp Korean red pepper flakes or red pepper paste
• 3 tbsp sugar
• 1/2 cup sea salt

Directions

1. Cut cabbage in 2 inch sections, sprinkle with salt, cover with water, and let sit 2 hours.

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3. Drain and rinse 3 times, and allow to dry.

4. Chop daicon into matchstick sized pieces.

5. Chop green onion into 1 inch sections.

6. Add cabbage to diacon and green onion, and toss.

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Prepare brine:

1. Add sugar, water, garlic, and ginger. Mix and add Korean red pepper.

2. Add brine to veggies and stir until fully coated.

3. Pack tightly into jars, and seal.

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4. Leave at room temp 2-5 days.

5. Each day push cabbage below brine surface to release gases.

6. Taste each day until satisfied.

7. Store in fridge. The full flavor is best after a week or two in the fridge. This will keep up to 6 months or more in the fridge.

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Melissa Souza lives on a 1-acre, organically managed homestead property in rural Washington State where she raises backyard chickens and meat rabbits and grows plums, apples, pears, a variety of berries, and all the produce her family needs. She loves to inspire other families to save money, be together, and take steps toward self-reliance no matter where they live. Connect with her on Facebook.

Oven Baked Zucchini Fritters

MAKES: 12    PREP: 20 min  COOK: 25 min

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb. zucchini (about 3), grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 cup. almond flour
  • 3 tbsp. fresh chives, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp. garlic powder
  • Cooking fat
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Squeeze any extra moisture out the shredded zucchini and pat it try – really try to get as much liquid out as possible.

To make sure the fritters get properly crispy, be very aggressive about squeezing water out of the zucchini. Often it helps to shred them, sprinkle them with salt, and then let them sit for a minute or two to draw the water out. Then you can squeeze the shreds with your hands or in a cheesecloth (you might be surprised at the amount of water one zucchini can produce!). This helps avoid any potential sogginess and give you that nice crispy edge to the tops.

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, season to taste, and stir until everything is well combined.
  2. Grease each muffin tin, and fill each cup with an equal amount of the zucchini mixture.
  3. Place in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with your favorite topping: pulled pork, shredded beef, pulled chicken, or even beef patties.

Fritters preparation

 

 

Serves 2 generously

8 ounces slender asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 strips bacon
olive oil
juice and zest of 1 lemon
fresh Parmesan, either shaved or grated

8 ounces uncooked pasta, such as fettuccine

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Before adding pasta, add asparagus and cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside. Cook pasta for a little less time than package directions call for, until almost al dente.

2. Meanwhile, lay the bacon in a large cold skillet. Set flame to medium and cook until just crisp, turning occasionally. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Empty bacon grease from skillet, but don’t wipe it clean. Turn off flame if pasta is still cooking. Crumble the bacon.

4. Plate pasta in individual shallow bowls. Top with some Parmesan. Don’t go crazy here – there are plenty of flavors going on. Serve.

 

Source: Christian Monitor

 

 

 

 

chicken-kale-croutons

Courtesy of Real Simple

  • Serves 4
  • Hands-On Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr

INGREDIENTS

  1. pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
  2. cloves garlic, finely chopped
  3. tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  4. tablespoons olive oil
  5. teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 2 whole lemons, quartered
  6. kosher salt and black pepper
  7. thick slices country bread, torn into 1- to 2-inch pieces
  8. cups baby kale

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 450° F. Toss the chicken, garlic, rosemary, oil, lemon zest, lemon quarters, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Roast, skin-side up, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken (avoiding the bone) registers 165° F, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer the chicken and lemons to a serving dish. Reserve the baking sheet.
  3. Toss the bread in the drippings on the reserved baking sheet. Toast until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the kale and toss to combine.
  4. Serve the chicken with the kale, croutons, and lemons for squeezing.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Per Serving

  • Calories 623 calories
  • Fat 30 g
  • Sat Fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 161 mg
  • Sodium 733 mg
  • Protein 57 g30 g
  • Sugar 4 g
  • Fiber 5 g
  • Iron 5 mg
  • Calcium175 mg

Chile Rellenos

Ingredients

  • 2 large fresh poblano chile peppers, Anaheim chile peppers,* or green sweet peppers (8 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 -2 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped*
  • 1 1/2 cups refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed or 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Picante sauce and/or light sour cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Halve the peppers and remove seeds, stems, and veins. Immerse peppers into boiling water for 3 minutes; drain. Invert peppers on paper towels to drain well. Place one pepper half in each of four greased 12- to 16-ounce au gratin dishes. Top each with cheese and jalapeno pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine egg and milk. Add flour, baking powder, and cayenne pepper. Beat until smooth. Pour egg mixture evenly over peppers and cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, about 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into the egg mixture comes out clean. Let stand about 5 minutes. If desired, serve with picante sauce and/or sour cream. Makes 4 (1 dish each) servings

Tip

  • *Test Kitchen Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 4
PER SERVING: 203 cal., 5 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 15 mg chol., 470 mg sodium, 17 g carb. (1 g fiber, 2 g sugars), 19 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 0.5; Starch (d.e): 1; Fat (d.e): 0.5; Lean Meat (d.e): 2;

 Courtesy of Diabetic Weekly.

Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs

grilled-chicken-kebabs

Courtesy of  Once Upon a Chef, Jenn Segal

 

 

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes, plus 8 hours to marinate

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (reduce to 1/2 teaspoon if you don’t like heat)
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (or 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts), trimmed of any excess fat and cut into large bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into wedges
  • Vegetable oil, for greasing the grill

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, olive oil, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic.

 

 

  1. Thread the chicken onto metal skewers, folding if the pieces are long and thin, alternating occasionally with the red onions. Be sure not to cram the skewers. (Note: You’ll need between 6-8 skewers.) Place the kebabs on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Spoon or brush the marinade all over the meat, coating well. Cover and refrigerate at least eight hours or overnight.

 

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. To grease the grill, lightly dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil and, using tongs, carefully rub over the grates several times until glossy and coated. Grill the chicken kebabs until golden brown and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the skewers to a platter and serve.

Nutrition Information

  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories:350
  • Fat:15g
  • Saturated fat:3g
  • Carbohydrates:6g
  • Sugar:3g
  • Fiber:1g
  • Protein:41g
  • Sodium:871mg
  • Cholesterol:186mg
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