Thin sliced zucchini instead of lasagna noodles turns this into a delicious yet hearty low carb meal. You won’t even miss the pasta!
Cook Time: under 60 minutes / Serves: 4
- 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
- kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 – 24 oz jar tomato basil pasta sauce ( I like Bertolli)
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil (plus a few leaves for garnish (optional)
- 5 shakes of italien herbs (about 1/2 tsp.)
- 1 large or two medium zucchini (sliced 1/8″ thick using a mandolin)
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta
- 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
- 1-2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Vietnamese food is full of mouth watering flavors and this recipe is sure not to disappoint. I found it while browsing on Pinterest. I adapted the recipe from an original post in October 2007 from Food and Wine Magazine.
Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken
Dinner is ready in 20-30 minutes (don’t forget to marinate chicken before)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon curry powder ( I use madras)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (thighs work too)
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 fresh lemongrass stalks, tender inner white bulbs only, minced finely
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
3 red chilies, seeded and minced
1 scallion thinly sliced for garnishing (optional)
cilantro sprigs for garnishing (optional)
- Marinate the chicken: In a bowl, combine the fish sauce, garlic, curry powder, salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the sugar. Add the chicken meat to coat. Marinade for at least two hours.
- Make the caramel: In a small skillet, mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of the water and cook over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Cook without stirring until a deep amber caramel forms about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of water. Transfer to a small bowl.
- Cook the chicken: Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the coconut oil and heat until shimmering. Add the lemongrass, shallot, and chilies and stir-fry until fragrant about 1 minute. Add the chicken and caramel and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened about 8 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the scallions and cilantro. Serve with steamed white rice.
Looking for a healthy low carb appetizer for your next party? Try this simple recipe. It has just 4 ingredients and is a perfect snack or appetizer. Dried apricots topped with creamy goat cheese, nutty pistachios and just a drizzle of honey make a perfect combination.
18 dried apricots (I like the larger Turkish ones)
2 oz. goat cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
1-2 T of honey, for drizzling
- Place apricots on a platter or serving tray
- With the back of a spoon, spread a small dollop of goat cheese onto each apricot
- Sprinkle a pinch or two of crushed pistachios onto each
- Drizzle with honey*
Tip: To avoid putting too much honey on each apricot bite, place honey in a ziplock plastic baggy. Cut off a small corner of the baggie and squeeze honey from the hole onto each apricot to add just the amount of sweetness to each bite.
Creds to Jess @ jessfuel.com for this yummy recipe. Her recipe is for a larger crowd and yields 3 dozen of these yummy treats. I simply cut the recipe in half. Check out all her other easy recipes.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
I love roasted vegetables! It seams to bring out the sweetness and also carmelizes the outside. These roasted tomatoes are super easy and delicious too. You can easily double or triple the recipe if you are serving more people.
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15-20 minutes
Total Time 20-25 minutes
1 pint cherry tomatoes (Try the heirloom tomatoes if you like a variety of colors)
1-2 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
fresh ground pepper
4-5 large basil leaves cut into chiffonade (with scissors)
1. Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spread the tomatoes on a cooking sheet with an edge (or jelly roll pan) lined with foil
3. Sprinkle with the olive oil and toss the tomatoes gently. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and pepper.
4. Roast for 15-20 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.
5. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the fresh basil and a little more salt to taste.
Celebrate Fall and the Holidays by serving these adorable gingerbread muffins. These molasses and ginger treats are easy to make and add a festive look to any table. Serve them alone or with lemon curd. Trader Joe’s offers a great gingerbread mix that makes serving these cuties a snap.
Autumn Gingerbread Cakelets
Yield: 16 Cakelets (144 calories each)
1 box Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Baking Mix
1 large egg
1/3 cup canola oil
¾ cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray cakelet pan with Trader Joe’s Canola Oil spray and sprinkle lightly with a few pinches of flour.
- Combine egg, oil and water in a bowl and then add mix. Fold together gently until ingredients are moistened. (don’t over-stir as the cakelets will become more dense).
- Fill the molds of the cakelet pan no more than ¾ full to avoid overflow. I use a tablespoon and then spread mixture to level tops and fill corners of each shape. Tap the pan firmly a few times on countertop to remove air bubbles.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of a cakelet comes out clean.
- Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack.
- Serve with lemon curd if you wish. Yummy!
Note: My cakelet pan is made by Nordic Ware. Any muffin or cakelet pan works well too.