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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


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Grilled chicken Caesar salad

If you find yourself in the rut of the college student that includes at least one daily meal of pasta, you’re not alone.

Pasta is easy, quick and cheap. But sometimes it’s nice to add a little greenery to the scenery.

And so, I decided to make the tried and true Chicken Caesar salad.

Luckily there was also a grill on hand to give the dish a bit more flavour but you can cook your chicken in a pan too, I won’t judge you.

This meal may just be the slight segway you need to ease into a few more veggie filled lunches, for a day or two at least. I know exactly how it goes.

Chicken Caesar Salad
Serves 2


2 chicken breasts
1 large head of Cos lettuce
1/2 cup croutons
4 or 5 anchovies
Caesar salad dressing, to taste
Parmesan cheese, to sprinkle

Coat the raw chicken breasts with a bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Heat up your grill and throw the chicken on until it’s cooked through. Wash and chop the lettuce and put it in a large salad bowl. Cut the anchovies into small pieces and add them to the salad with the croutons.  Pour over the Caesar salad dressing and toss. Once the chicken is done, slice it into smaller pieces. Plate the salad into two bowls, lay the grilled chicken on top and sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan.


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Creamy chicken and sun dried tomato salad

This recipe features chicken, avocado and sun-dried tomatoes and has some pretty easy ingredients for a student, I had basically everything on hand after my weekly trip to the supermarket and just put in substitutions for anything that was missing.

The pasta is creamy and tangy and should be served right away so that it’s still warm. It actually makes a great salad the next day as well when it’s been in the fridge overnight. It only took about half an hour to make and is a great meal for a group dinner since there are a few different steps and ingredients to chop when you’re all in the kitchen.

For my Italian roommates it was one of the first times I was able to serve both meat and pasta together and I didn’t get a single complaint, I’ll take that as one step in the right direction.

Creamy Chicken & Sun Dried Tomato Salad Recipe

About 30 minutes cooking and preparation time, Serves 6 to 8


700 grams pasta (something tubular is good, we used penne and fusili)

2 cups shredded or chopped BBQ chicken (we used 2 1/2 chicken breasts instead)

50 grams Rocket Leaves (our fridge was lacking rocket leaves so these were left out)

2/3 cup Sun dried tomato strips

4 spring onions, finely chopped

1 1/2 large ripe avocado


2/3 cup egg mayonnaise

2/3 cup sour lite cream (we substituted for natural unflavoured yoghurt which worked really well)

1 1/2 teaspoons mustard

1/4 cup white wine vinegar


Cook pasta according to directions.

Cook and shred (or just shred) chicken into pieces and chop tomatoes, spring onions and avocado.

Toss pasta with chicken, rocket, sun-dried tomato strips, spring onion and avocado in a large bowl.

Mix dressing ingredients together, season with salt and pepper and toss through salad.

Best served immediately. We also sprinkled some crumbled feta on top which was delicious.


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