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Pesto Pasta w/ Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Baked Asparagus

12 Apr

I couldn’t get too far into the Seasonal Eats: Spring Edition without some asparagus.  It’s one of my favorite springtime staples!  Sun-dried tomatoes don’t last too long either and I refuse to waste food, so finding a recipe that called for both became essential (we used sun-dried tomatoes with our meatballs the other day, remember?).  I’m loving this new series and I hope you are, too!  It’s been really fun hunting around, looking for yummy new recipes.  I’ve added a bunch of new ones to my permanent rotation.


 

Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Baked Asparagus (from Damn Delicious)

  • 8 oz. medium shells
  • 1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1/3 c. julienned sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1/2 c. basil pesto
  • 1/3 c. diced mozzarella cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • 2. T. olive oil
  • 1 egg

Preheat the oven to 425*F and bring a large stockpot of water to a boil.  Place the asparagus in a single row on a baking sheet, drizzle in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then toss them around to coat.  Bake the asparagus for around 8-10 minutes, or until it’s tender but still crispy.  Cook the shells according to the instructions.

While the asparagus are baking, prepare the sun-dried tomato and basil in a large mixing bowl.

PestoSunDriedTomato

When the asparagus have finished baking, let them cool down. Then, cut them into 1″ pieces.

Asparagus

I added shells into the pesto mix as soon as they were finished cooking, along with the 1/3 c. of diced cheese.  This way the cheese would get all melty and delicious.

Mozzarella Cheese

 

Then, mix everything together into a glorious medley.

PastaMixture

I ate mine with a fried egg on top because that’s what Chungah suggested in her post.  Always listen to Chungah because her food really is damn, delicious.

Pasta Sundried Tomato Asparagus Pesto Fried Egg

No, really.  It is.


Baked Turkey Meatballs w/ Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Spinach

10 Apr

It’s time for another round of Seasonal Eats: Spring Edition!  One of my favorite things about spring and eating seasonally?  The greens.  All of the greens.  I can’t get enough!  Spinach, chard, collard greens, kale, broccoli rabe – I want it all.  I had a few cups of leftover spinach this week after stuffing my face with spinach salads.


 

Baked Turkey  Meatballs w/ Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach (from I Thee Cook)

  • 1/3 c. shredded onion
  • 1/4 c. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 2. T. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 1 t. dried basil
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 1 lb. ground turkey (or chicken – either is fine)
  • marinara sauce
  • 2 slices provolone cheese

Preheat the oven to 350*F.  Place the first nine ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Stir together with a fork.

MeatballMix

Then, add the ground turkey and mix gently with your hands.  Ground turkey and chicken tend to turn to mush pretty easily, so be careful not to over-mix.  Roll into the size of your choosing and place on a greased cookie sheet.

rolledmeatballs

I cooked mine for 18 minutes.  When the meatballs are done. let them rest for a few minutes and turn the broiler on high.  I moved mine to another dish for some reason (not sure why), added a bit of sauce to the top of each one and then placed provolone .

Toppings

Broil until browned to perfection.  🙂

BakedChickenMeatballsSunDriedTomatoSpinach


3 Healthy Options From My Week

20 Jul

It’s time for another round-up of healthy options from my week!  These posts are as much for me to remember my good ideas as they are for you to feel inspired to try your own clean meals.  Despite the cooler temps this week, I definitely fell off the fitness wagon.  Hard.  Possibly broke a limb and was dragged behind the wagon – that’s how bad it was.  When you are being dragged behind the fitness wagon by your broken ankle, I strongly recommend taking a look behind you and trying to spot something positive back there.  The good news for me is that I’ve stayed pretty focused on eating clean. Now if only I could figure out a way to have a good fitness AND food week at the same time…

Anyway, here are 3 healthy options from my week:

1.

Copycat-Panera-Chicken-Hummus-Power-Bowl

I love Panera, but I love control over what goes into my body more.  Solution?  DIY duh.  I of course made up my own thing based on what I had on hand but the thing that makes it “copcat” for me is the hummus instead of dressing.  I mean, who knew?  I may have had this salad every day this week – grilled chicken with Essence of Emeril seasoning, feta, sunflower seeds, chopped red peppers, and cilantro-jalapeno hummus from the Greek Gourmet.  It’s like a farmer’s market in my mouth.  As far as I’m concerned, I may never use dressing again.  This particular hummus is all I need.

2.

Baked-Asparagus-Fries

I found this recipe over on Just A Taste and have made them several times now.  I haven’t been disappointed!  The asparagus don’t get mushy or soft like they normally do because of the light breading.  They are so easy to make, too!  I subbed plain Greek yogurt in for the mayo in both the breading and the garlic aioli.  Seriously, how did I not know about these a hundred years ago?

3.

sun-dried-tomato-chicken-salad

This one was kind of a happy accident.  I had about 2 cups of shredded chicken left over from various meal prepping during the week and I also had some sun-dried tomato “mayo” that I had made as a condiment for burgers LAST week (1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt + 1/4 c. sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped + 4 large basil leaves + 1 t. lemon juice + salt/pepper).

At the last minute, I threw the 2 together with some feta and lettuce on one of these wraps from La Tortilla Factory:

La-Tortilla-Factory-100-Calorie-Tortillas

“Each wrap contains 20g of whole grains and 200mg of Omega 3 fatty acids with 8g of fiber and only 1.5g of fat {via}”


 

What are some of your go-to healthy options for the week?

What toppings are on your favorite salad?

 

Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Zucchini Boats

17 Jul

chicken-spinach-stuffed-zucchini-boats

 


Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Zucchini Boats (inspired by Skinny Taste)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 c. shredded sun-dried tomato fontina
  • 1/4 c. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 c. pesto
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. pasta/marinara sauce
  • salt-free Ms. Dash Italian seasoning

Prepare the chicken stuffing by browning the chicken in 1 T. olive oil over medium heat.  When the chicken is browned, season it with 1 t. of Italian seasoning and incorporate well.  Then, add in the sun-dried tomato, the basil, and the spinach.  When the spinach is almost wilted, add in the garlic.  When the garlic is fragrant, stir in 1/4 cup of the cheese and basil.  Combine and keep everything on a low heat while you prepare the zucchini.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Slice the zucchini  in half longways, then scoop out the middle of each “boat” to create a cavity.  You will want to leave about 1/4″ around the outside to keep the “boat” sturdy.  Add the zucchini to the boiling water and cook for 1 minute, then remove from water.   Spread 2 T. of pasta sauce on bottom of baking dish, then place zucchini skin side down in the sauce.  This will keep it from burning on the bottom.  Spoon the chicken mixture over the zucchini boats, then top with 1/4 c. remaining shredded cheese.  Cover the baking dish with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes at 350*F.

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