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spiral slicer

ZUCCHINI NOODLE CAPRESE SALAD

Ahhhh the spiralizer. I love this kitchen gadget. You can turn veggies like zucchinis, cucumbers, and carrots into awesome healthy low-carb dishes. Turn zucchinis into noodles = Zoodles!

Here’s an easy no-cook salad that’s perfect for summer veggies from the Farmer’s Market or your garden. It has the delicious flavor of a traditional Italian caprese pasta salad, but without the pasta.

ZUCCHINI NOODLE CAPRESE SALAD

Zucchini Caprese Salad

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, cut into spiral “noodles”
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes (I used a combination of orange and red)
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 1/3 c. thinly sliced basil leaves
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs. white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • salt & pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Place zucchini and tomatoes in a mixing bowl.

Make the marinade in a separate bowl by combining the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, and garlic.

Pour marinade over the zucchini and tomatoes and stir gently to combine. Place in fridge to marinade for 10-20 minutes (the longer the zucchini marinates the more flavorful it will become).

Remove from fridge, add the cheese and basil to the bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and serve.

recipe adapted from Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci

Italian Lasagna with Red Sauce Recipe – I took an Italian cooking class and learned how to make red sauce, and different types of lasagna. The instructor gave us recipes and some cooking tips and then we got to make some and bring them home. YUM.

This was my favorite:

Best lasagna recipe ever - includes freezer instructions - Not sure why but they always taste better the next day as leftovers!

I have since made a bunch of these, and froze some for later. Gotta love freezer meals!

If you want, you could use ground turkey instead; or even vegetables for a meatless option (just saute zucchini, broccoli, and carrots, and use them in place of the meat) and add a little pesto to the cheese mixture.

I used two 8×8″ pans, but if you want to make one batch just use a 9×13″ pan with the same recipe.

When I made the two 8×8 lasagnas, I baked one and froze the other for later.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef (or Italian sausage; or a mixture of both)
  • Red sauce (see recipe below)
  • 15 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (or more if you’re a cheese lover) shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 package (approximately 12 oz) oven ready “no cook” lasagna noodles
  • Fresh Italian parsley, to taste, chopped

WHAT YOU DO:

Brown meat in a skillet and drain grease. Stir in the red sauce and heat through.

Combine ricotta cheese, grated Pecorino Romano, eggs, and parsley in a mixing bowl and set aside.

Evenly spread the meat sauce in a the bottom of a 9×13″ pan OR two 8×8″ pans. Layer lasagna noodles on top, then spread on some of the cheese mixture and cover with meat sauce. Top with shredded mozzarella, and repeat for one or two more layers.

If preparing lasagna right away: Bake in preheated oven at 375ºF for 30-40 minutes until cheese is golden (cover with foil for the first 20-25 minutes or so then uncover until done).

If freezing for later: Wrap unbaked lasagna in foil/plastic wrap and label. Freeze. To prepare, thaw and bake at 375ºF for 30-40 minutes until cheese is golden (cover with foil for the first 20-25 minutes or so then uncover until done).

Italian Red Sauce - so easy and fresh and homemade - includes an awesome lasagna recipe - I make giant batches and freeze for later

FOR THE RED SAUCE:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups tomato puree
  • 1 cup crushed Italian tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • sea salt, to taste
  • pinch of brown sugar (weird I know!)

Heat EVOO in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent for 8 minutes or so. Add parsley and garlic and cook just enough to release fragrance (don’t let the garlic burn).

Add red wine and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, red pepper, salt, and brown sugar.

Simmer briskly until reduced to a sauce-like consistency and stir occasionally to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Buffalo Chicken & Feta Rolls – topped with shredded mozzarella and baked (not fried)!

One of my favorite Crock Pot recipes is an easy four-ingredient Buffalo Ranch Chicken.

I recently wrapped some of this delicious slow cooker buffalo-y goodness with some cheese into some egg roll wraps and baked ’em. Verdict: delicious! Instead of egg roll wraps, you could also use the smaller won ton wraps, for a bite-size version.

Baked Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Roll Wraps with feta and mozzarella

Buffalo Chicken & Feta Rolls

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Combine chicken, sauce, and ranch mix in CrockPot. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Approx 30 mins before serving, add butter, then shred the chicken with a fork.

Preheat oven to 400°F while you prepare the egg roll wraps. Place a spoonful or two of chicken on each wrap. Top each with feta, then fold as pictured (wet your finger with a little water to make a “glue” to seal the edges).

Place wraps on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray (or covered in foil) then bake for 12-15 mins, or until they start to crisp and brown. One to two minutes before removing from the oven, sprinkle each roll with mozzarella.

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe - with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Rolls Recipe - with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried in egg roll wrappers.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Egg Roll Wraps with feta and mozzarella - baked not fried!

Stuffed Italian Deli Bread

Hello cheesy, baked, stuffed bread goodness! This loaf contains everything you love from an Italian deli: delicious bread, salami, pepperoncinis, mozzarella, and provolone. I can’t wait to make this in the summer on the grill, and even better, with pepperoncinis from our garden. It was a pretty easy recipe too – you just mix up the spread, spread it on, stuff it, and bake it.

Stuffed Italian Deli Bread Recipe - full of salami, provolone, mozzarella, and pepperoncinis.

Stuffed Italian Deli Bread

WHAT YOU NEED:
1 loaf Italian bread (I used poppy seed)
1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
4-5 basil leaves, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1/4 c. pepperoncini pepper slices
1 Tbs pepperoncini brine from the jar
1 pkg. sliced salami
1 pkg. sliced provolone
1 pkg. sliced mozzarella

WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Slice the bread into the size of pieces you want, but don’t cut all the way through the bottom.

In a small bowl, combine mayo, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, basil, oregano, and pepperoncini brine. Mix until combined. Spread the mixture in between the sliced parts of bread.

Alternating provolone and mozzarella cheeses, insert a slice of cheese into each cut. Add salami into the slices, then pepperoncinis.

Wrap the entire loaf tightly with foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake 25-30 mins, or until the outside is crispy and cheese has melted.

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recipe adapted from baconbuttercheesegarlic.blogspot.com

Stuffed Italian Deli Bread Recipe - just mix, spread, stuff with salami, provolone, and mozzarella then bake. 

One of my favorite summer recipes is a mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and olive oil salad. We recently had some leftover crusty garlic bread (I don’t know why, but I hate the word “crusty”) so I made a crostini with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, and the bread. It was basically the mozzarella and tomato salad on top of garlic-y toasted goodness. Here’s how it turned out:

Fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil crostini. Delicious healthy ingredients on top of thinly sliced toasted bread.

 

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Crostini

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • French bread, cut into thin slices (however many slices you need)
  • A few Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
  • 10-20 cherry tomatoes (depending on how many slices of bread you have), chopped
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Sliced fresh mozzarella cheese (I used one slice per crostini)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Brush bread slices with EVOO and sprinkle with garlic. Place on a baking sheet. Broil in the oven for 3-5 mins until toasted.
  • In a bowl, mix tomatoes, a drizzle of EVOO, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • After bread is toasted, place slices on a serving platter. Top with a slice of mozzarella, then tomato mixture. Garnish with fresh basil.

Delicious and simple crostini - just a few ingredients but tons of flavor.

 

Also check out these meatless options:

Stuffed Baby Bellas

Fresh Pesto

Homemade Ranch Hummus

Wasabi Sesame Soy Cucumber Salad

Feta, Avocado & Tomato Pita “Nachos”

Mango Salsa

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Whole Wheat Noodles with Fresh Veggies

Lemony Smashed Dill Mustard Potatoes

Skinny Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (no cream – Greek yogurt!)

Here’s a recipe I adapted from slowcookeradventures.com:

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Pasta {recipebookandmore.wordpress.com} Cheesy, Buffalo-y, and delicious!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (approx. 2 lbs.), uncooked, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup (do not add water)
  • 1 c. Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. ranch dressing
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese
  • 1 box (1 lb.) penne pasta

WHAT YOU DO:
In slow cooker, add chicken, soup, wing sauce, and onion. Mix well then cover. Cook 3-4 hrs on HIGH or 7-8 hrs on LOW. Partway through, shred chicken with a fork (or cut into small pieces if you prefer).

Approx. 15-20 mins before serving, boil the pasta according to instructions on box and drain. To the slow cooker, add sour cream, ranch dressing, and mozzarella cheese. Add pasta noodles and stir until mixed. Let sit a few minutes then serve.

If you’re a fan of all things buffalo like me, check out these recipes:

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Chicken

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

On The Lighter Side: Buffalo Cream Cheese Feta Dip