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Sausage stuffed zucchini boats

This recipe from Skinnytaste.com has easily become one of my favourite weeknight recipes. It’s a combination of a few of my favourite veggies plus meat plus cheese. All that equals a great meal. And to top it off each boat is only 153 calories. The recipe is pretty customisable and I often try to add less cheese since I’m aiming to eat less dairy lately. Smothering the boats in oozy, melted mozzarella is really delicious, but the flavour is still there even if you skimp on the cheese.

The first time I made the zucchini boats I was pretty rigorous about sticking to the recipe and I actually do recommend you do that. The second time I made them I didn’t measure out the amount of tomato sauce or the amount of cheese, plus I’m pretty sure I added double the amount of sausage, and they were pretty messy. The third time I made them I only really glanced at the recipe and forgot to put the zucchini in boiling water for a minute before adding in all the ingredients. Without that step the zucchini don’t get quite as soft and melty as you want them to be. So maybe for the first few times, perhaps the first five, you should really follow the recipe (if you’re as forgetful as me). It’s delicious every time but you’ll actually know the nutritional value if you do and they’ll look much neater.

I usually serve the boats with orzo which works really well. The first time I made the dish I ended up with too much of the filling so I just mixed that in with some extra orzo the next day which was delicious. After you’ve tried these out there are a couple other variations on the site including taco stuffed zucchini boats and chicken enchilada stuffed boats. I think I know what I’ll be making later this week.

For the recipe, head over to Skinnytaste: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/sausage-stuffed-zucchini-boats.html

Enjoy!

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Lasagna

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Now that I am actually aware that several of my family members do read my blog, (thanks guys!), I feel like maybe I should make things a little more PG rated. Not that I’m censoring of course, my life is very PG and there isn’t a single drunk photo of my anywhere.

Except maybe Facebook.

But anyways, on to the story of this lasagna.

The first time I ate this lasagna, I had had a lot of….apple juice.

And that apple juice was making me very happy…and chatty…and giggly…and dance-y.

It was just magical apple juice all around.

And so, when I first ate this lasagna I thought it was the golden god of lasagnas. Seriously, it was a legit party in my mouth.

So, when I decided to make it again, I was a little wary. I didn’t have quite as much apple juice on hand and I thought the lasagna might taste a bit, well, different.

But gloriously, it did not.

Apple juice or no apple juice, this lasagna is the bomb.

So I suggest you make it.

Now.

This recipe comes from my dear friend Mariann Foll. All the way from Norway, thanks love.

Lasagna
Serves 4

Ingredients:
500 g minced beef
1 can chopped tomatoes
1-2 onions, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup water or milk
Salt, pepper, basil (fresh / dried)
Lasagna Sheets (about one 250g box of instant lasagna sheets will do)
250g cheddar cheese

For the White sauce:
2 tbsp butter / oil
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
4-5 tablespoons cheese
A little salt, pepper and dash of nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.

Saute the onions until soft and then add the meat. Continue to cook until the meat has mostly browned. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and water / milk. Simmer for 10 minutes, and season to taste.

Melt butter / heat oil, stir in the flour and dilute with milk while stirring rapidly. Cook on low heat while stirring. Let simmer for 5 minutes, add the cheese and season to taste.

In a casserole dish, add a layer of meat sauce, then the lasagne sheets and white sauce. Add one more layer of lasagna sheets, another layer of meat sauce and cover with cheese.

Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes – until the sheets are soft. Leave the lasagna for 10 minutes after baking, so it will “set up” a bit.

Served usually with a salad and garlic bread.

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Stuffed peppers

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There are many possibilities in the world of stuffed peppers, you can pretty much fill ‘em up with whatever you like. I was in the mood for something traditional so I went the all-American route of stuffing them with beef and cheese. This is the recipe I used adapted from Thru The Bugs On My Windshield.

The original recipe has a few more ingredients, which probably make it a bit tastier but since I was trying to stick to ingredients that students can easily afford I cut them out. Overall the peppers were pretty tasty, I would have thrown in some more spices and herbs to the ground beef mixture, a bit of oregano, garlic salt, and maybe some Italian seasoning, since it was a bit dry. But if you don’t want to splurge on buying spices, since they are a bit pricey, I would recommend just throwing in a bit more cheese in the beef mixture because it adds a little moisture. The recipe was overall very easy to do, and the idea of microwaving the peppers instead of steaming them is brilliant because it’s one less pot to clean and it is much quicker. Stuffed peppers are also incredibly versatile so if you wanted to make a vegetarian version just substitute the ground beef mixture with a mix of couscous, mushrooms, carrot and frozen peas and voila. Let me know what you think!

Ground Beef Mixture

1 lb. Ground Beef
1 medium Onion, diced
1 Tbsp Red Chile powder
1 Tbsp minced Garlic, fresh

Put fresh ground meat into frying pan along with all other ingredients and cook meat until browned. Drain fat if necessary.

Tasty Stuffed Peppers

4 Red Bell Peppers
1 pound Ground Beef Mixture (see recipe above)
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
3/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp Tomato Paste

1 Medium tomato, diced
1 tsp. Cumin

Cut the tops off the peppers, just below the stem indentation. Take seeds out of the bottom and discard.

Rinse peppers thoroughly and place in a small microwavable baking dish, open side up. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes, or until slightly steamed. This takes the place of having to parboil them in a big pot of water.

While the peppers are in the microwave, mix all the remaining ingredients, except for 1/4 cup of the cheese, in a large mixing bowl. Incorporate well.

Remove peppers from microwave and stuff with your ground beef filling. Top with remaining cheese and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

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