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Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats

If you’re craving something decadent and delicious without overdoing the calories, you’ll love these delicious spaghetti squash boats filled with everything you love about lasagna – chicken sausage, tomato sauce, ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

I even used whole milk mozzarella cheese because I wanted it to melt nice, I just used it in moderation. The whole thing is way under 300 calories and 8 points plus if you’re on Weight Watchers, and it’s filling! It’s also gluten free – if you prefer to use part-skim mozzarella, the WW Points would be 7 pp.

Spaghetti squash when cooked has a lot of liquid, so I find it helpful to place it in a colander over paper towels to help get red of the excess moisture and it works perfectly.

You can prep this ahead of time, then put it on the oven just before you’re ready to bake. If you happen to only find large spaghetti squash, you can place the mixture in a 9×9 baking dish instead of the shells. Enjoy!!

Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats
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Servings: 6 • Size: 1 boat • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 246 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 17 g • Carb: 17 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 7 g
Sodium: 701 mg • Cholesterol: 71 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3 small to medium spaghetti squash (about 5 cups cooked)
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (or basil)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk shredded mozzarella cheese

For the sauce:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz Italian chicken sausage
  • 14 oz (1/2 can) crushed tomatoes (I prefer Tuttorosso) 
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil

Directions:


Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and membrane. Season lightly with salt and black pepper; bake about 1 hour, or longer if needed on a baking sheet, cut side down. 
If you prefer the microwave, cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and fibers and place on a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes or until soft.


In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese, 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and parsley.


In a large deep sauté pan, heat oil and add onions and garlic; sauté on medium-low for about 3 to 4 minutes, until soft. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up into smaller pieces until browned and cooked through. When cooked, add the crushed tomatoes and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add the bay leaf and cover, reducing heat to low. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, then add in fresh basil at the very end.


When spaghetti squash is cooked, let it cool for about 10 minutes keeping the oven on. If you microwaved this, preheat the oven to 400°F.

When the spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to remove flesh, which will come out in spaghetti looking strands reserving the shells. Drain the squash on a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid, then toss with half of the sauce. Place the spaghetti squash back into the 6 shells and place on a baking sheet.

Top each with remaining sauce, 1 tbsp ricotta cheese mixture, and 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes or until everything is hot and the cheese is melted.

Mini Baked Frittata with Feta, Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Dill

Mini Baked Frittata with Feta, Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Dill

by Pam on February 7, 2013

I made this for mini frittata for breakfast recently by using up what I had in the refrigerator. I wanted to keep it healthy yet full of great flavor so the combining feta, roasted red pepper, spinach, and dill together was perfect. This frittata turned out light, fluffy, and super flavorful. A great way to start the day!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a mini baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix the eggs with the milk until well combined then season with dill, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Place a bit of the feta, spinach, and roasted red pepper into the mini baking dish.

Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish then place the remaining feta, spinach, and roasted red pepper on top.

Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and serve immediately.  Enjoy.

 



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Mini Baked Frittata with Feta, Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Dill




Yield: 1

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 25-30 min.

Total Time: 35-40 min.



Ingredients:

2 eggs
1-2 tsp milk
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp dill
1 tbsp feta cheese
2 tbsp baby spinach, chopped
1 tbsp roasted red pepper, chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a mini baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix the eggs with the milk until well combined then season with dill, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place a bit of the feta, spinach, and roasted red pepper into the mini baking dish.

Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish then place the remaining feta, spinach, and roasted red pepper on top.

Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Italian Chicken Thighs

Italian Chicken Thighs

by Pam on May 21, 2013

I have often seen recipes for chicken using an Italian vinaigrette as a marinade so I decided to give it a try. I made a tangy vinaigrette using seasoned rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and seasonings. I marinated the chicken thighs for 8 hours then did a quick sear before cooking them off in the oven. They turned out moist, flavorful, and so delicious. I will definitely be making this chicken again! I served these chicken thighs with the Garlic Rice with Sautéed Onions, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Toasted Pine Nuts[1] and broccoli for a tasty and healthy meal.

Combine the olive oil, water, seasoned rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, sugar, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a large zip lock bag, seal and shake the bag to mix well. Place the trimmed chicken thighs in the bag and squish them around to make sure they are evenly coated. Place into the refrigerator for 8 hours (or overnight). Remove the bag from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to cooking the chicken.

Preheat an OVEN PROOF pan over medium high heat and coat it with cooking spray.  Add the chicken thighs to the hot pan and cook for 4 minutes or until golden brown, flip the chicken over and place the pan into the oven. Roast the chicken for 15 minutes then remove from the oven. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes prior to serving. Enjoy.



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Italian Chicken Thighs




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min. + 8 hours marinating time

Cook Time: 20 min.



Ingredients:

5 boneless and skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of any fat
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic, minced
Pinch of sugar
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Combine the olive oil, water, seasoned rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, sugar, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a large zip lock bag, seal and shake the bag to mix well. Place the trimmed chicken thighs in the bag and squish them around to make sure they are evenly coated. Place into the refrigerator for 8 hours (or overnight). Remove the bag from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to cooking the chicken.

Preheat an OVEN PROOF pan over medium high heat and coat it with cooking spray. Add the chicken thighs to the hot pan and cook for 4 minutes or until golden brown, flip the chicken over and place the pan into the oven. Roast the chicken for 15 minutes then remove from the oven. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes prior to serving. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Garlic Rice with Sautéed Onions, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Toasted Pine Nuts (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)