“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Cheesy Baked Ziti

January 4, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Cheesy Baked Ziti. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Ziti Pasta, Garlic Cloves, Low Sodium Diced Tomatoes, Low Fat Ricotta Cheese, Shredded Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese, Grated Parmesan Cheese, Parsley, Basil, and more! Meatless and Delicious! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Cheesy Baked Ziti
Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound ziti, rigatoni, mostaccioli or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can low-sodium diced tomatoes, drained
1 (15-ounce) container low-fat ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese – divided use
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese – divided use
1/2 cup skim milk
1/3 cup chopped Italian parsley
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1 tablespoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:

1 – Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in large bowl.
2 – Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
3 – Spray a non-stick skillet with vegetable oil cooking spray. Heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes.
4 – Place ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and milk in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
5 – Add the tomato and cheese mixtures, parsley, basil and pepper to the cooked pasta. Toss well to combine.
6 – Spray a 2 1/2 to 3-quart baking dish (a 12x9x2-inch oblong dish works well) with vegetable spray. Spoon the pasta mixture into the dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheeses.
7 – Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Makes 8 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/cheesy_baked_ziti_recipe.html

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Pasta with Broccoli Rabe

July 6, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Pasta with Broccoli Rabe. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Salt, Broccoli Rabe, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic Red Pepper Flakes, Ziti Pasta, and Tomatoes. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe
A traditional Italian dish! Replace broccoli rabe with broccoli for a milder flavor.

Ingredients
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound broccoli rabe*, stems trimmed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound ziti pasta
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

Directions
Yield: 6 servings

1 – Bring large pot of water to boil. Add salt and broccoli rabe. Cook until broccoli is tender-crisp and still bright green, about 5 minutes. Remove broccoli from pot, leaving cooking water in pot. Rinse broccoli quickly under cold, running water or dunk in ice-water bath. Set aside.

2 – Heat oil in large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper and cook just until garlic begins to sizzle, about 1 minute. Turn off heat.

3 – Bring pot with broccoli cooking water to boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.

4 – Chop broccoli into 1-inch pieces. Add broccoli to skillet holding oil, garlic, and red pepper mixture. Cook mixture over medium heat until hot. Add pasta and tomatoes to skillet with broccoli mixture. Toss together, adding pasta water as needed to keep dish moist.

*Note: Broccoli rabe, also called rapini, has 6- to 9-inch stalks with clusters of tiny, broccoli-like buds. It has a stronger, slightly bitter flavor. Broccoli can be substituted for a milder flavor

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 379 calories, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Protein: 11 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 111 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/pasta-with-broccoli-rabe/

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Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Bison and Pasta Bake

June 3, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a Bison and Pasta Bake. I can’t wait to try this one! To make this week’s dish you’ll need Wild Idea Ground Buffalo, Olive Oil, Salt, Black Pepper, Oregano, Fennel, Basil, Garlic Powder, Pizza Sauce, Ziti Pasta, Mozzarella Cheese, Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Parsley. Looking forward to this one! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Ground Buffalo along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wide Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

Bison and Pasta Bake
A great make ahead dish that can be frozen and popped in the oven at any time. I made four small casseroles out of this recipe, which fed four people each. Approved by my grand kids, who are two and five years old! Honest deliciousness!

Ingredients: (serves 8 to 16, based on appetite)

1 – pound Ground Buffalo Meat
1 – tablespoon olive oil
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – teaspoon black pepper
2 – teaspoons oregano
2 – teaspoons fennel, crushed
2 – teaspoons basil
2 – teaspoons garlic powder
1 – 14 oz. jar pizza sauce
1 – 1 pound bag penne or ziti pasta, cooked al dente
8 – ounces mozzarella or cheddar cheese, chopped or grated
½ – cup parmesan, grated
Italian Parsley, fresh basil or green onions for garnish

Preparation:

1 – In a pan over medium high heat add oil and heat, then crumble in ground buffalo and add the dry seasonings. Push the meat around the pan breaking it up and incorporating the spices. Continue to cook until the meat is browned.
2 – Add the jar of pizza sauce and stir to incorporate. Remove from the heat.
3 – Place the cooked pasta in a large bowl and add the meat sauce and the mozzarella cheese. Toss to incorporate.
4 – Transfer the pasta mix to a lightly buttered casserole pan or divide between smaller pans.
5 – Cover the pan with foil and bake in a 375° preheated oven for 30 minutes. *If baking a frozen pan, extend cooking time to 45 minutes.
6 – Remove the foil from the pan and top with the grated parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered until the cheese is melted and the top is slightly browned.
Serve immediately and accompany with a vegetable salad.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/bison-pasta-bake

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