Pesto Chicken Lasagna with Zoodles
2 5-6 oz. tubs of Fresh Pesto (refrigerator section of most markets)
3 oz. Alfredo sauce
1 lb. mozzarella cheese grated
1 roasted chicken (skin removed and shredded)
2 large zucchinis (sliced thin with a mandolin)
1 large carton of Ricotta cheese
1 carton of baby Portobello mushrooms
1 tsp dry thyme (rounded)
3 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
3 T butter
Fresh Parmesan cheese (grated)
Pine nuts or slivered almonds
1. Slice the zucchini with a mandolin and lightly salt the “zoodles”. This will draw some of the moisture out of them and prevent the dish from getting soupy after cooking.
2. Shred or cut up chicken into bite size pieces. Set aside.
3. Sauté mushrooms in butter just until they start to shrink. Set aside.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
5. Layer ingredients in an 11X17 baking dish. Start with thin layer of pesto then zoodles.
ricotta (1/8 – 1/4 inch thick),
bite size chicken pieces,
drizzle with pesto mixed with Alfredo),
6. Repeat layering again depending on how thick the baking pan is.
7. Make the last layer on top the pesto sauce with grated Parmesan cheese and then sprinkle with either pine nuts or slivered almonds.
8. Cook in 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes until bubbly.
Yummy yummy and healthy too!
Modified from the no boil pasta noodle version given to me by my good friend, Holly Garcia 10/12/05
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
Sometimes you just need something sweet and crunchy. It’s tempting to reach for something pre-packaged that’s easy and tasty but makes you feel guilty right after you put it in your mouth. Not these. They are crunchy and satisfying while also being high in nutrition Get your snack fix with this easy to prepare treat that you can feel good about.
Preparation: 5 minutes
1 medium pear
4 Tablespoons PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons shredded coconut (I like it toasted)
In a small bowl, mix PB2 with 2 Tablespoons of water.
Slice the pear into 8 -10 wedeges
Spread peanut butter mixture thinly onto pear wedges and place on either a serving platter or 2 individual salad plates.
Sprinkle with coconut and chocolate chips. Enjoy!
Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower
Yield: 2-4 servings
Time :30 minutes
I head of cauliflower, cut into florets
¾ tsp Ras El Hanout* (spice mix from WILLIAM-SONOMA or make your own (recipe below)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
pinch of chili pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut 1 head cauliflower into florets and place in a medium bowl
- Add Ras El Hanout, chili peper flakes and olive oil and toss to coat.
- Spread onto a foil lined jelly roll pan or baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
- Roast, tossing occasionally 20-30 minutes (cook 5 minutes longer if you like it more tender).
- Place in a serving dish and enjoy with your favorite chicken or fish dish.
Home-made Ras El Hanout*
You can make your own Ras El Hanout if you make Moroccan food often. If not, simply buy pre-mixed spices. I like the one from William–Sonoma.
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
This was my first time making lobster tails and it DEFINITELY wont be my last. It is easy peasy and oh so yummy. You can make these for a special occasion or to make an ordinary occasion special.
BAKED LOBSTER TAILS WITH GARLIC BUTTER
4 lobster tails
5 cloves garlic, minced
¼ c. grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
4 tbsp. Butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together garlic, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and melted butter and season with salt.
2. Using kitchen scissors, cut the the clear skin off the lobster and brush the lobster tails with the garlic butter seasoning.
3. Place the lobster tails on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake the lobster tails for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
1/2 cup black lentils
1 bunch of collared greens
1 yellow onion
1 lemon (including 2 tsp of lemon zest)
2 tsp. Ras El Hanout ( I like the one from William Sonoma)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook the lentils:
Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. (discard any pebbles you see in the lentils; Rinse the lentils and drain thoroughly. Add the lentils to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 24 to 26 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Set aside in a warm place.
4. Prepare the ingredients:
While the lentils cook, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and thinly slice the onion.
Remove and throw out the collard green stems and roughly chop the leaves. Use a zester to get 2 tsps. of lemon zest from the lemon. Cut the lemon in quarters and take out the seeds.
3. Cook the collard greens:
While the lentils continue to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the onion and ras el hanout; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add the collard greens; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add ½ cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the collard greens have wilted and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Finish the lentils & plate your dish:
To the pot of cooked lentils, add the cooked collard greens, lemon zest and the juice of 2 lemon wedges (just 1/2 of the lemon); stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with your favorite fish or chicken dish.