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Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake

Gluten Free & Vegetarian

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianThis vegetarian bake is so simple yet so tasty. A great dish for Meatless Monday or to enjoy a low fat comfort food. You can serve this either as a main dish or a side dish.

This recipe is from an amazing cook book called True Food. This is one of my absolute favorite cookbooks. I followed the directions to a T but ended up adding more zucchini and more onions than called for. I like my meals chock full of veggies.

The steps were very easy. First poke holes in your spaghetti squash and microwave for 10 – 12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes. When the outside is soft enough to poke a knife easily into, she’s done.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianWhile your squash is cooking, you can caramelize the onions. Easy peazy. Just slice em, heat some oil and saute on medium for about 25 minutes until nice and browned up and soft. I ended up making way more onions than the recipe called so I could use them for other recipes like to top my veggies burgers with.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianWhile your onions are cooking and spaghetti squash is cooling, shred your zucchini. Make sure to squeeze out the water. I use doubled up paper towels and squeeze out the water and repeat 3 times to make sure I got out as much water as possible. Otherwise your bake will come out on the watery side.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianThen just mix everything together including the tomato sauce but not the cheese and bake for 40 – 45 minutes.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianOnce it’s baked, crank up the stove to broil. Top your veggies with cheeses and broil for 3 minutes. The top should be nice and browned.

spaghetti squash zucchini parmesan mozzarella tomato sauce vegetarianAll done and all yum! I could easily eat the whole pan. The leftovers are even better tasting!

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake - Gluten Free, Vegetarian
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free,Vegetarian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced thin (about a ½ cup cooked)
  • 2 or 3 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed to remove water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup grated parmasen
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 1 - 2 olive oil
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Poke holes all over the spaghetti squash, place a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes. Once done, remove from microwave and let cool before cutting. Once cooled enough to handle, slice in half lengthwise. I find it easier to slice if I cut off the hard knob first. Once sliced, discard seeds and rake the "spaghetti" with a fork. Place "spaghetti" in a large bowl.
  3. While the squash is cooking, prepare the caramelized onions. In a large pan, heat oil and add sliced onions. Cook on medium/high, stirring frequently for 20 - 25 minutes or until nice and browned.
  4. While onions are cooking, shred zucchini with skin on. Squeeze out as much water as possible.
  5. Once onions are done, combine all ingredients except cheese in a large bowl and combine thoroughly. I used my hands to make sure everything was mixed well.
  6. Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes.
  7. Remove baking dish from oven and crank it up to broil.
  8. Once oven is at broil temperature, top mixture with cheese, put back in oven for 2 - 3 minutes (watching carefully) until golden brown.
  9. Let cool for 5 - 10 minutes before serving as it will be blazing hot.
  10. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Quinoa Pizza Snacks – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Quinoa Pizza Snacks – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionAdd quinoa to the list of things I love the most. Puppies, unicorns, purple and quinoa. I could eat quinoa every single day (and almost do). It’s so versatile, loaded with protein and adapts to so many different flavors, even sweet things. Some days I’ll make Coconut Vanilla Quinoa for breakfast and Amazing Quinoa Mac and Cheese for lunch.

Even though I eat foods that are nutritionally dense doesn’t mean I don’t crave things like pizza. So now I get to enjoy the flavors of pizza but none of the guilt. These babies have lots of protein from the eggs, quinoa and a little from the cheese. You could replace the cheese with vegan cheese if you so choose.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionJust cook your quinoa and in a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients except for topping. Once the quinoa is done, mix it as well.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionSpray muffin tins with non-stick spray. I use coconut oil spray. Fill each cavity to the top and press down lightly with a spoon.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionLet cool properly and run a butter knife around the edges if the pizza snacks don’t pop out for you. Top with fire roasted tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a tasty healthy pizza snack. Yay!

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 {use organics whenever possible}

Quinoa Pizza Snacks - Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Protein
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion (usually 1 large onion will make a cup)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (can sub with vegan cheese)
  • 1½ cup diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained. (I use the Muir Glen brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • **TOPPING**
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes, drained
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup of uncooked/rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, stir then reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  3. Cook quinoa for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn on the bottom.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking, in a medium mixing bowl combine the rest of the ingredients except for the 2 pizza sauce ingredients.
  5. Once the quinoa is cooked, fold it into the mixing bowl with everything else and combine everything thoroughly.
  6. Spoon quinoa into a greased muffin tin. You can fill them to the top and press down gently with a spoon. I used an ice cream scooper and it works perfectly.
  7. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
  8. Let sit for 5 - 10 minutes as they will firm up once cooled. If not cooled off properly, they will be more crumbly.
  9. The leftovers reheat really good too. Just pop them in microwave for about 25 - 30 seconds.
  10. Top with fire roasted diced tomatoes.

 

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Grass-Fed Bison Chili

Grass-Fed Bison Chili

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We are big fans of grass-fed bison in our house. I like the flavor of bison much better than beef and it’s naturally lower in fat and higher in protein which I love too. I recently wrote about grass-fed bison stuffed peppers that were phenomenal.

Since the peppers were a big hit, I picked up some more bison at Whole Foods and tossed around ideas for the next bison recipe. The hubby suggested chili. Since it’s still friggin’ cold as snot here (at the end of MARCH no less), chili was not out of the question. Plus we can eat it all week.

We basically winged the recipe and what resulted was this savory chunky chili. This recipe has a good amount of heat. Just enough to feel it in the back of your throat. I personally like a LOT of heat so I added some hot peppers as a garnish afterwards. The hubby doesn’t like too much heat so I didn’t go nuts in the recipe because the thing with heat is that you can add as much as you want but you can’t take it out.

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Grass-Fed Bison Chili
 
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Grass-Fed Bison Chili
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground grass-fed bison
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • **Optional: 1 large jalapeno diced (include seeds for more heat, exclude for less)**
Instructions
  1. Cook onion and grass-fed ground bison until bison is browned, drain fat. You'll want to use a little oil in the pan because bison is naturally low in fat (I used coconut oil).
  2. Combine cooked bison/onion mixture and all other ingredients in a 6 quart (or larger) Crock Pot.
  3. Set on Low for 8-10 hours or High for 4-5 hours.

 

 

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Cauliflower Cheese Sticks

Cauliflower Cheese Sticks

Low Carb, High Protein, Super Good

Originally I was going to post a recipe for a cauliflower pizza crust as mentioned in my Healthy Portabella Pizza post but then I started craving cheese sticks.  And like I’ve said before, I don’t like to say no to myself very often.

But don’t worry your pretty head, I promise to post a great cauliflower pizza crust recipe very soon.

Let’s get started.  I suggest reading through the few instructions before beginning.  It won’t take long, I promise.

Prep time: 10 min., Cook time: 50 – 60 min. total, Makes 2 servings

Ingredients (use organic when available):

  • 1 hefty cup of cauliflower rice (how-to below)
  • 1 large egg or ¼ cup egg substitute
  • 1 cup shredded low-fat or vegan mozzarella cheese (separated in ¾ cup and ¼ cup)
  • Italian Seasoning and/or salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cauliflower rice

 

HOW-TO make cauliflower rice.  This is so easy peazy, it’s ridiculous.  I took my head of cauliflower, trimmed off the big green stem and the leaves and took it to the grater.

I grated it just like cheese and it magically became cauliflower rice.  So genius.  I didn’t grate all the down to the stems, I just did all of the florets.  If you have a food processor you can put the “rice” in it for a few pulses to make it finer.  I didn’t pulse mine and I loved them just the same.

Your head of cauliflower will make way more than the recipe calls for but that’s ok because you can cover it and store it in the fridge.  Trust me, you’ll be making another batch of these really soon.  

Cauliflower rice mixture

Combine your cauliflower rice, your egg and ¾ cup of shredded mozzarella.  If using a large egg, beat it before mixing with the cauliflower.  If you use egg substitute, add away.  Mix until everything is combined well.

 

 

Cauliflower rice

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray and transfer mixture to it.  It’s ok that it doesn’t cover the entire cookie sheet, the important part is that it’s about a 1/2 inch thick.  Mine only covered about ½ of the sheet.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until set.

You’ll know it’s set when you can flip it over easily.

Cauliflower rice bakedRemove from oven and flip.  I found it easier to cut into quarters with a pizza cutter then flip the pieces.  Increase oven temperature to 450 and bake for 15 minutes after you’ve flipped them over.

 

 

Cauliflower rice bakedAfter the 15 minutes is up, remove from oven and cut into strips.  Separate them slightly on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt (a little or a lot depending on your taste).  Top with the remaining ¼ cup of mozzarella.  Put back in oven for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown.

 

Cauliflower Cheese StickLet cool slightly, nothing ruins an evening like a burnt tongue, ouch.  Serve with marinara or pizza sauce.  Pat yourself on the back for making an undercover vegetable dish the family will love.  But don’t blink because these will be gone before you know it.

 

*Truth be told, I used a 1/2 cup of Mexican shredded cheese and 1/2 cup of parmesan because I didn’t have shredded mozzarella in the house.  Fingers crossed.  –Update on using the different cheese:  the Mexican cheese burns faster than mozzarella so I suggest flipping them at 27 minutes then only raising the temperature to 400.  Bake for another 15 minutes like the original recipe then just follow along with the rest of the original steps.

Origin of inspiration for this recipe: http://timelesstreasuretrove.com/cauliflower-cheese-sticks/

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