“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Grilled Beany Zucchini

August 14, 2017 at 5:04 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a- Grilled Beany Zucchini. The recipe is off the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes and cuisines so check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Grilled Beany Zucchini

Hollowed out zucchini are stuffed with a savory Italian-seasoned bean filling and grilled just until the shells are crisp-tender.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 large zucchini, cut lengthwise into halves
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium tomato, seeded, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo or red beans (1 1/2 cups), rinsed, drained and coarsely mashed
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese – divided use

Cooking Directions:

1 – Hollow out zucchini with sharp knife, leaving 1/4-inch shells; reserve shells. Chop zucchini that was removed.
Sauté chopped zucchini, bell pepper, onion, and garlic in oil in large skillet until crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Add tomato and basil and sauté until tomato is wilted and mixture is fairly dry, about 5 minutes.
2 – Add beans to side of skillet; coarsely mash about half the beans. Mix beans and 2 tablespoons cheese into zucchini mixture.
3 – Spoon mixture into reserved zucchini shells; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese. Grill, covered, over medium-hot coals until zucchini shells are crisp-tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 10 to 15 minutes.

Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 240; Fat 7 g; % Calories from Fat 24; Calcium 152 mg; Carbohydrate 37g; Folate 138 mcg; Sodium 327 mg; Protein 11 g; Dietary Fiber 9 g; Cholesterol 4 mg.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/grilled_beany_zucchini_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Roasted Eggplant Lasagna

August 7, 2017 at 5:32 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Roasted Eggplant Lasagna. Lasagna made healthier by using sliced eggplant instead of pasta noodles. Thank you to Angie G. for passing this recipe along.

Roasted Eggplant Lasagna

Ingredients
1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
sea salt to taste
2 tablespoons extra light olive oil, or as needed
1 (16 ounce) container low fat ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded reduced fat Italian cheese blend
1 egg or 1/4 cup Egg Beater’s egg substitute
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped
3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
10 grinds fresh black pepper
2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
6 slices reduced calorie mozzarella cheese

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
2 – Place eggplant slices on a wire rack; sprinkle with salt. Let sit until some liquid starts beading on slices, about 20 minutes. Rinse salt off eggplant slices and pat dry. Brush olive oil over both sides of each slice. Arrange eggplant slices on a baking sheet.
3 – Roast in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Flip eggplant slices and continue roasting until slices are tender and lightly browned, 15 to 20 more minutes. Remove eggplant from oven and reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4 – Mix ricotta cheese, Italian cheese blend, egg, garlic, oregano, thyme, and black pepper together in a bowl.
5 – Line a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Coat the bottom of the pan with about 1/2 cup tomato sauce; top with 1/2 of the eggplant slices. Layer eggplant slices with 1/2 of the spinach, 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, and 1/2 of the remaining tomato sauce. Continue layering with remaining ingredients, ending with sauce. Top with mozzarella slices. Cover pan with aluminum foil.
6 – Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until cheese is brown and bubbling, 5 to 10 more minutes.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Jambalaya – Vegan

July 31, 2017 at 5:47 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Jambalaya – Vegan. Enjoy Jambalaya Vegan style! Tofu, Rice, and Red Bell Peppers highlight this week’s recipe. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has an endless selection of recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Jambalaya – Vegan

Bite-sized chunks of meatless sausage lend an authentic flair to this vegan version of a Creole-Cajun classic. Serve with coleslaw, sautéed greens (kale or collards), and fresh corn bread for a hearty, satisfying winter dinner.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 cups water
1 1/4 cups raw brown rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
14-ounce package Tofurkey or Field Roast vegan sausage links, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 large onion, chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
4 celery stalks, diced
1 medium green or red bell pepper, diced
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with liquid
1 teaspoon each: paprika, dried oregano, dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Cayenne pepper to taste
Salt to taste

Cooking Directions:

1 – Combine the water and rice in a saucepan; bring to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 30 to 35 minutes.
2 – Heat the oil in the large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, celery, and bell pepper, and sliced sausage links, and continue to sauté until all the vegetables and sausage are lightly browned.
3 – Add the remaining ingredients except the salt. Heat until the tomato liquid simmers, then cover and cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
4 – Combine the skillet mixture with the hot cooked rice in a large serving bowl and toss together thoroughly. Season to taste with salt (and a bit more cayenne if you’d like) and serve at once.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/jambalaya_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Veggie Taco Salad

July 24, 2017 at 5:33 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Veggie Taco Salad. Soy Crumbles replaces the meat in the Taco Salad. Other ingredients are; Salsa, Shredded Lettuce, Corn Kernels, Black Beans, along with the toppings. The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. At the Diabetic Gourmet site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

Veggie Taco Salad

Ingredients

2 cups soy crumbles (you can find these in your grocer’s freezer section or refrigerated meat section)
3/4 cup salsa
5 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup black beans
Topping Options

1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
2 tablespoons fat free sour cream

Directions

1 – In large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook crumbles and salsa over medium heat about 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently.
2 – In large bowl toss together lettuce, corn and black beans. Arrange on 4 serving plates. Top with crumbles mixture. Sprinkle with toppings.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 180
Protein: 14g
Sodium: 600 mg
Fat: 4g
Carbohydrates: 26g

http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/1056.shtml

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Annie’s Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

July 10, 2017 at 5:31 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Annie’s Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers. Why Annie’s you ask, because Annie passed this one along to me a while back. So Thank you Annie! Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Brown Rice
6 large Green Bell Peppers
3 tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
3 tablespoons Cooking Sherry
1 teaspoon Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 cups extra firm Tofu
1/3 cup canned Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sweetened Dried Cranberries
4 fresh Basil Leaves, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped Pecans
1/2 cup Kraft Grated Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese
1 teaspoon Ground Roasted Cumin
Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 cups Tomato Sauce
2 tablespoons Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a saucepan bring 3 cups water to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
2 – Meanwhile, core and seed green peppers, leaving bottoms intact. Place peppers in a microwavable dish with about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
3 – In a small frying pan bring soy sauce, wine and Worcestershire sauce to a simmer. Add tofu and simmer until the liquid is absorbed. Combine rice (after it has cooled), tofu, black beans, cranberries, basil leaves, nuts, cheese, cumin, salt and pepper; mix and pack firmly into peppers. Return peppers to the dish you first microwaved them in, and bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.
4 – Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat, combine tomato sauce and Splenda; heat until hot throughout. Spoon sauce over each serving.

 

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Whole Wheat Ravioli with Garlic Sautéed Vegetables

July 3, 2017 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Whole Wheat Ravioli with Garlic Sautéed Vegetables. Made with one of my favorite pastas – BUITONI Refrigerated Whole Wheat Four Cheese Ravioli. Along with a nice assortment of Sautéed Vegetables. You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes of all cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 

Whole Wheat Ravioli with Garlic Sautéed Vegetables

Made with whole wheat four cheese ravioli and fresh, colorful vegetables, this easy-to-make dish is perfect for summer entertaining.

 

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (9-ounce) package BUITONI Refrigerated Whole Wheat Four Cheese Ravioli, prepared according to package directions
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound fresh green beans
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 medium yellow summer squash*, quartered and sliced
1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
1/2 cup BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan or Romano Cheese for sprinkling

Cooking Directions:

1 – Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans, salt and ground black pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
2 – Add squash; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.
3 – Add tomatoes and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
4 – Toss in prepared pasta; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes or until pasta is warm.
5 – Sprinkle with Parmesan or Romano cheese.
Makes 4 servings.

*Crookneck or yellow zucchini. If unavailable, green zucchini can be used in place of the yellow.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 340 Calories from Fat: 160 Total Fat: 17 g Saturated Fat: 7 g Cholesterol: 55 mg Sodium: 840 mg Carbohydrates: 31 g Dietary Fiber: 6 g Sugars: 4 g Protein: 15 g.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/whole_wheat_ravioli_with_garlic_sauteed_vegetables_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Avocado and Mango Salad with Acai-Berry Vinaigrette

June 26, 2017 at 5:31 AM | Posted in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Avocado and Mango Salad with Acai-Berry Vinaigrette. The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet website and magazine. The Diabetic Gourmet website has a great selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes along with tips and news on how to manage your Diabetes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

Avocado and Mango Salad with Acai-Berry Vinaigrette

This fresh and nutritious salad of chopped greens, sliced avocado and mango is drizzled with a vibrant vinaigrette dressing.

Ingredients

1/2 cup V8 V-Fusion Acai Mixed Berry juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
1 medium mango, peeled, seeded and sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
Fresh raspberries for garnish (optional)

Directions

Beat the V8, oil, vinegar, water, mustard, garlic and black pepper in a medium bowl with a whisk or fork.
Divide the lettuce among 4 salad bowls. Top with the mango and avocado slices. Spoon 2 tablespoons vinaigrette over each salad.
Garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 122Protein: 1g
Sodium: 49 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 8g
Carbohydrates: 12g

http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/1261.shtml

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Potatoes and Collard Greens with Vegan Sausage

June 19, 2017 at 5:31 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Potatoes and Collard Greens with Vegan Sausage. Potatoes and Greens served with a Tofurkey or Field Roast vegan sausage! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a large selection of recipes of all cuisines. Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Potatoes and Collard Greens with Vegan Sausage

Greens often come out on top of healthy food lovers’ must-eat lists. The dark leafy greens are still crave-worthy in March, until such time as the lighter and leafier spring greens arrive.

 

Recipe Ingredients:

4 medium-large Yukon gold or red-skinned potatoes
1 large sweet potato
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 good-sized bunch collard greens or kale
2 links Tofurkey or Field Roast vegan sausage, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/4 cup dry white wine or water
Leaves from 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried rosemary leaves, to taste
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

 

Cooking Directions:

1 – Cook, bake, or microwave the potatoes and sweet potatoes until they can be pierced with a fork but still firm. When cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick half circles.
2 – Cut away the thick midribs from the greens and cut the leaves in half lengthwise. Rinse well, then, stacking several leaves at a time, cut them into strips.
3 – Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and sauté over low heat until golden.
4 – Add the potatoes, collards, sausage, and wine. Turn the heat up to medium high and cook, stirring frequently, until the collards are bright green and tender-crisp and the potatoes and sausage are touched with golden spots here and there.
5 – Sprinkle in the rosemary, paprika, and red pepper flakes and cook for two to three minutes longer, stirring frequently. Season with salt and ground black pepper and serve.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/potatoes_and_collard_greens_with_vegan_sausage_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Polenta Stacks

June 12, 2017 at 5:25 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Polenta Stacks. This dish combines baked polenta, eggplant slices and feta cheese and topped with a roasted vegetable sauce. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks site has a large selection of recipes to please all tastes and cuisines. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

 

Polenta Stacks

A Mediterranean-style dish of baked polenta, eggplant slices and feta cheese topped with a rosemary-seasoned, roasted vegetable sauce.

 

Recipe Ingredients:

Vegetable cooking spray
12 slices (1/2-inch) eggplant, unpeeled (about 12 ounces)
8 whole garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 pounds Italian plum tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern or light red kidney beans, rinsed, drained (1 1/2 cups)
1 (16-ounce) package prepared polenta, cut into 12 slices
4 ounces feta or goat cheese, crumbled

Cooking Directions:

1 – Line two large jellyroll pans with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Arrange eggplant and garlic on one pan; combine tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper and arrange on second pan. Spray all vegetables with cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with salt and ground black pepper. Sprinkle tomato mixture with sugar and rosemary.
2 – Roast vegetables at 450ºF (230ºC) for 30 minutes, removing garlic when browned and soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
3 – Top eggplant slices with polenta slices and cheese. Squeeze garlic from cloves; mix garlic and beans into tomato mixture. Return both pans to oven and roast 10 minutes longer.
4 – Arrange three polenta-eggplant slices on each serving plate; spoon tomato-bean mixture over.
Makes 4 servings.

* Tip: Plain, Italian-herb, sun-dried tomato, or wild mushroom polenta can be used in this recipe.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 432; Fat 10g; % Calories from Fat 20; Carbohydrate 69g; Folate 177mcg; Sodium 635mg; Protein 22g; Dietary Fiber 15g; Cholesterol 15mg.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/polenta_stacks_complex_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Butternut Squash Crostini

June 5, 2017 at 5:31 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Butternut Squash Crostini. It comes from the Diabetic Gourmet website, which also has an excellent magazine (Diabetic Gourmet Magazine). The Diabetic Gourmet site is loaded with delicious and Diabetic Friendly Recipes, check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://diabeticgourmet.com/

 

 

Butternut Squash Crostini

Ingredients

8 slices Roman Meal bread (or similar whole grain, sliced bread), toasted or grilled
2 cups butternut squash, broiled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
32 fresh basil leaves

 
Directions

1 – Cut each piece of toast into quarters for a total of 32 pieces.
2 – Combine squash, cheese, maple syrup and thyme in medium bowl.
3 – Top toast quarters with about 1 tablespoon squash mixture each. Top with fresh basil leaves.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 30
Protein: 1g
Sodium: 65 mg
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Fat: 1g
Carbohydrates: 5g
http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/1284.shtml

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