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Thursday, July 30, 2015

ZUCCHINI BOATS: High Protein, Low Calorie, and Friggin' Delicious

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"Gab, that was the most delicious vegetable thing I ever ate. You need to go write down exactly what you did right now and never make it any different than that. Promise me." Those were the words that came out of my hubby's mouth right after he took his last bite of his zucchini boat.

I was floored.


Two things you need to know about my hubs, Jay:
1. He doesn't like vegetables.
2. He doesn't like vegetables.

For him to rave over a zucchini boat is some serious shit.

He went on and on about how delicious it was. I even got an ass smack. I mean it was a PG smack, the kids were around. But still. A booty smack over a dinner? I may need to make this four times a week. 

Come on garden, don't fail me now.

Jay is a good boy. He never complains about what's put in front of him, he eats his veggies even if he doesn't want to, and he always makes a point to thank me for dinner. But this was the first time in history that he raved about a vegetable. I mean damn, he smacked my ass. So I took his advice. Before I even cleaned up after dinner, I wrote down the recipe.

Normally for most meals, I just throw a bunch of stuff together. I never make the same thing the same exact way twice, because I never write anything down. I'm Italian. Most of us don't even own measuring spoons and cups. We measure ingredients based on our mood.

Ask an Italian how they make one of their recipes. After two minutes your eyes will roll so far back in your head they'll be staring at your ass. 'Well you chop it up until it looks good and feels heavy enough in your hand.', 'Ah, just give it a couple shakes, you'll know when it's enough.', 'Add enough until it feels right, but not too much.'

This fact is the very reason Jay was so adamant that I immediately go write down what I had just made. He knew if I didn't, he'd never taste that delicious zucchini boat that same way again. Ever.

Well since I wrote it down AND this recipe is as healthy as they come, I thought I'd share it with all of you sexy bitches. Maybe you'll get an ass smack from it too. 

You see, real bitches look out for one another. I got you.


Maybe I should rename this recipe 
"Ass-Smackin' Zucchini Boats" or "Zucchini Booty Boats" 

Hmmm. I'll think on it. In the meantime, here's the recipe:


TURKEY FENNEL ZUCCHINI BOATS

Makes 6 Boats

WHATCHU NEED:

  • 1-1.5 lbs GROUND TURKEY
  • 3 medium ZUCCHINIS
  • 1 cup diced RED ONION (in two, 1/2c portions)
  • 1 cup diced BELL PEPPERS (any desired variety/combo, I used 1/2 orange and 1/2 red)
  • 1-3 diced ANAHEIM PEPPERS (I used 3)
  • 1/2 cup shredded PARMESAN CHEESE (or desired cheese)
  • 1 TBS FENNEL SEEDS
  • 1 tsp GARLIC SALT
  • SALT/PEPPER to desired taste (I used Himalayan salt)
  • 2 TBS OLIVE OIL
  • MOZZARELLA SLICES (optional)
  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE (optional)

WHATCHU DO:

1. Cut zucchinis in half (LENGTH-WISE) and scoop out the insides until the zucchinis have approximately 1-inch shells. Place the zucchini shells in a baking dish or roaster and set aside.


Oh yeah baby, look at that booty boat!


The easiest way to scoop out your zucchini is to use a knife and simply score and cut your 1-inch shell. Then use a spoon to finish scooping it out. The knife does most of the work for you, but the spoon lets you scrape the shell evenly.


Easy-Peasy



2. Dice up the scooped out zucchini.

3. In a large skillet or pan, cook the diced zucchini, all the diced peppers, and 1/2 cup of the diced onion for 6-8 minutes. Drain. Set aside.


Rainbow colors are so pretty and HEALTHY!


Make sure you drain the zucchini water before you move on. 


4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Then cook the ground turkey, fennel seeds, garlic salt, and the other 1/2 cup of diced onions. Once cooked, drain the grease.

Note: I love cooking with fennel seeds. Not only are they super nutritious, but they are so flavorful! I love seasoning my ground turkey with fennel seeds because it makes the turkey taste like sausage, which is the perfect complimentary taste with the peppers and zucchini.

5. Add the cooked turkey to the zucchini mixture and stir well.


6. Add shredded parmesan cheese and mix well.

7. Add desired amount of salt and pepper (and any other desired spices) and mix well.

8. Fill your zucchini shells with your mixture.



9. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until the zucchini shell is completely cooked through and soft. A fork should easily be able to cut it.

10. Top the zucchinis with the mozzarella slices and put back into the oven until the cheese melts, approximately 2-4 minutes.


11. Top with heated spaghetti sauce and serve.


HOLY YUMMY!!!

I ate my zucchini boat without the mozzarella cheese and sauce and it was still out of this world delicious! 

Since this was a last minute dinner that I threw together, I didn't have any of my own sauce. So I topped Jay and the kids' zucchini boats with Bertolli's Organic Traditional Tomato Basil Sauce. I always have this sauce in my pantry for when I'm pinched for time. For this recipe, I added some cooked ground turkey (approx. 1/3 lb) to the sauce. 


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Information is based on the exact ingredients used above. Changing amounts and removing/adding ingredients will result in different numbers. 

Serving size = 1 Zucchini Boat


ZUCCHINI BOAT W/O MOZZARELLA SLICES AND SAUCE

236 CALORIES
10g FAT
11g CARBS
8g SUGAR
25g PROTEIN

ZUCCHINI BOAT WITH MOZZARELLA AND SAUCE

401 CALORIES
20g FAT
22g CARBS
14g SUGAR
35g PROTEIN

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Friday, July 24, 2015

A Simple Frozen Treat That Will Blow Your Mind

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I've made a recent discovery that has blown my mind. Okay, that's a lie... my daughters made a discovery that they then told grandma about and they THEN told me about. I just tried to take credit for something I had nothing to do with. But whatevs, I came clean.

But it's not important that I just totally tried to steal my children's thunder and call their discovery my own. What's really important here is that I share a yummy, simple, and healthy treat with you. Right?

Are you ready for the world's most uncomplicated and delicious treat?

FROZEN SLICED BANANAS



If you haven't tried this simple frozen treat, you must! Like right now! Okay, well yeah, I guess you'll need to wait until they freeze. But seriously, this has to happen in your life.

Frozen banana slices taste like banana ice cream!

Now I'm not talkin' about regular, yellow bananas. I'm talkin' the overly ripe bananas that are basically inedible and completely covered with brown and black spots. You know, the ones you throw away. 


DON'T THROW THEM AWAY!

Not only are brown bananas wonderful in healthy baked recipes but when frozen, they're fabulous in healthy smoothies. And now you know that all by themselves, they're a delicious treat! 

My kiddos have been scarfing these down all summer long. I have two boxes of popsicles in the freezer that have been completely untouched. My daughters bypass them and go straight for the frozen bananas! I cannot keep enough in the house!

I have found the best way to keep my banana slices fresh is to put them in quart-sized freezer bags. I put one banana per bag so when it comes to recipes and smoothies, I know exact amounts.


Then I put those individual bags into one gallon-sized freezer bag. This keeps them super fresh and safe from freezer burn.


Okay, I've been slicing overly ripe bananas for years now. They're always in my freezer. Always. I use them for smoothies all the time. But I've never even thought to pop one in my mouth and taste it. Isn't that weird? 

I mean, maybe the rest of you already know about the magic that happens in the freezer when you freeze sliced bananas. Why have I never known about this?

I'm guessing the reason I never thought to taste the frozen banana slices is that I dislike overly ripened bananas at room temperature. They're just way too sweet and mushy for me. I guess in the back of my mind I figured I wouldn't like them in their frozen state as well. OMG was I wrong! OMG, YOU NEED TO TRY THEM!

Maybe I'm the last person on earth to find this out. But if you haven't tried them yet, TRY THEM! I'm telling you, something happens in that freezer... and it's friggin' glorious!

Did I mention that...

They taste like banana ice cream!

I don't know how something as simple as ripe banana slices can transform into tiny bites of heaven, but omg they really do.

It's the perfect treat on a hot, summer day! 

Yesterday, my youngest and I spent the afternoon with grandma walking around the lake. 


It was a gorgeous summer day and it was wonderful to spend some time in the trees. The forest always soothes my soul.


Nature does wonders for the Littles too. It gets them to unplug and experience the world up close and personal, rather than through a screen.


My Little Mouse and I decided to stop on the trail and see how long it'd be before grandma noticed we weren't right behind her.


She kept talking and talking and finally turned around and said, "Uh, what are you guys doing?"

Hahahahahahahaha!

When we got back to grandma's house, we were sweaty and in dire need of a cool treat. Frozen bananas hit the spot!


Thankfully grandma always has frozen banana slices in her freezer too :)

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NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR HAVE ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.