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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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Mini Ham and Egg Casseroles


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

SERVES 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 15 min

  • 1/4 baguette, cut into small cubes
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut crosswise into 12 slices
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced ham, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 scallions, white and green portions thinly sliced and separated
  • Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 pound plum tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • Salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan and fill each cup halfway with bread cubes. Top each with a cream cheese slice.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the ham, scallion whites and a pinch of pepper. Cook, stirring, until the scallions are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the half-and-half and bring just to a simmer before removing from the heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and thyme, then whisk in the warm half-and-half mixture. Fill the muffin cups with the egg mixture and bake until puffed and golden around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and invert onto a cooling rack.
  4. Drizzle the tomato slices with olive oil, top with the scallion greens and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the mini casseroles.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Skillet Summer Squash Parmesan


Recipe & picture courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Bake: 20 minutes

  • 3 large summer squash, about 2 pounds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounce) Italian flavored diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups reduced-fat Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cut squash on the diagonal into 1/4-inch slices. Season with 1/4 teapoon each garlic salt and pepper. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray and place squash slices on pans. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  2. Season tomato slices with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each garlic salt and pepper. Spoon 1/3 of the diced tomatoes into the bottom of a large nonstick skillet. Layer half the squash, half the tomato slices, 1/3 of the diced tomatoes and half the cheese. Repeat layering. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Cover and simmmer for 25 minutes over low heat.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare pasta following package directions.

**Personal Review:  This came out “OK” – I let it all simmer longer than 25 because I wanted more tender tomatoes.  It was missing something though – I haven’t figured out what it is yet.** 

Bacon and Egg Pie


Recipe & picture courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 8 servings
Cook: 9 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 42 minutes

  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 large eggs
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 10-inch pie plate with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned. Remove from skillet and dice.
  3. Add the oil to the same skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes or until onion is softened. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add the eggs, egg whites, milk, flour, dill, salt, and pepper and whisk until smooth. Stir in the diced bacon and mozzarella and pour into prepared pie plate. Top with the tomato slices. Sprinkle tomatoes with the Parmesan.
  5. Bake for 42 minutes or until top is golden and a knife inserted in center comes out clean; let stand 5 minutes.

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