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Cheesy Zucchini Boats

Cheesy Zucchini Boats
Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

4 Servings
Prep 20 min
Cook 40 min

  • 4 zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Using a small spoon, scoop out the zucchini flesh, leaving a 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick shell. Wrap the zucchini flesh in a paper towel and squeeze out any excess liquid; discard the liquid and set aside the flesh. Place the zucchini shells cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Add the zucchini flesh and onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Push the vegetables to the side of the pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the bread crumbs, and toast the bread crumbs for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the nuts and oregano, then combine with the vegetables; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Flip over the zucchini shells and line the bottoms with the mozzarella. Pack in the filling. Sprinkle the parmesan on top. Bake until the zucchini is tender when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Food Network

Cook Time: 55 min
Yield: 1 (9 by 5-inch) loaf

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, toasted
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 (3-ounce) can French fried onions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck and next 8 ingredients, mixing well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard. Stir 1/4 cup ketchup mixture into meat mixture, reserving remaining ketchup mixture.
  4. Press meat mixture into a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan, or shape into a loaf and place on a rack in a broiler pan. Spread remaining ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 40 minutes. Top with French fried onions; bake another 10 to 15 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.

**Personal Review: This came out AMAZING. It wasn’t as firm as meatloaf usually is but it had such great taste. Everyone gobbled it up at dinner. There were no leftovers – I did cut the bacon raw before cooking it, it made it cook faster and instead of crumbling it I just put the pieces in as cut. It provided a nice crunch.**

Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Food Network

Cook Time: 40 min
Yield: 4 servings

  • 1 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Cheesy Meatballs

cheesymeatballs_250Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

MAKES ABOUT 60
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 10 min

  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated pecorino-romano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  1. In a large mixing bowl, gently break apart the beef with a fork. Add the onion, breadcrumbs, parmesan, pecorino-romano, ketchup, parsley, basil, salt, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder and stir gently to combine. Stir in the egg until just incorporated.
  2. Using your hands, shape the meat into 1-inch balls, to make about 60 meatballs.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the meatballs and cook, turning, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, adding more oil when necessary. Drain on paper towels.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Japanese Chicken Fingers


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

SIX SERVINGS
Prep Time: 30 min
Bake Time: 12 min

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 pound chicken cutlets
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and thyme and season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are browned and their juices cooked off, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and set aside. Place the eggs and flour in separate shallow bowls; lightly beat the eggs. In another shallow bowl, combine the mushroom mixture with the panko.
  3. On a work surface, pound the chicken 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1-by-4-inch pieces. Sprinkle each piece with salt, then coat with flour and pat off the excess; dip into the egg and roll in the mushroom mixture. Place the chicken fingers on the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Baked Macaroni and Cheddar


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

SERVES 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 35 min

  • 1 large bunch broccoli, cut into bite-size florets and stalks peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots (about 3)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  1. Fill a large pot with enough water to reach a depth of 2 inches and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 minute; drain and rinse with cold water. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and add the broccoli in an even layer.
  2. Fill the same pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain.
  3. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400°. In the same pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the flour for 1 minute. Whisk in 1 cup milk until thickened, then whisk in 1 cup more. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk, then whisk the mixture into the pot. Simmer, whisking, until the sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the cheddar and 4 tablespoons parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the pasta. Spoon the mixture over the broccoli.
  4. In a small heatproof bowl, combine the garlic and remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter; microwave at high power until melted, about 20 seconds. Stir in the bread crumbs, the remaining 2 tablespoons parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Discard the garlic, then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on the pasta. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

**Personal Review: I had a problem with the sauce thicking – I added a bit more flour and that seemed to work.  Also, I added chopped garlic vs smashed garlic and left the garlic in the mixture – I would make more of that next time as well, it was a great topping.  I added chopped ham too – nice additive.  This tasted wonderful!**

Crustless Tex-Mex Meatloaf-Cheddar Pie


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

SERVES 8
Prep Time: 20 min
Bake Time: 45 min 
 

  • One 16-ounce jar fire-roasted red peppers drained, split and seeded
  • 12 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend (3 cups)
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • One 16-ounce jar chunky salsa
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  1.  Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease a 10-inch pie plate lightly with olive oil and line with the red peppers. Scatter 1 cup cheese on top.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 1 cup cheese, the beef, 3/4 cup of the salsa, the bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper until just combined. Press into the pepper-and-cheese-lined pie plate. Spread the remaining salsa over the top. Bake for 35 minutes.
  3. Scatter the remaining 1 cup cheese on top and bake for 10 minutes longer. Let cool for about 15 minutes before slicing.

 **Personal Review: Eh – this needed more flavor – I wasn’t too impressed.  Next time I will add more seasonings.**