This delicious twist to a classic lasagna recipe will have your family and friends asking for more! It’s made with white Alfredo sauce, chicken, bacon, squash and zucchini slices. Layer it all together and bake for a creamy, cheesy and delicious low carb dinner.
Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods. It’s ideal for an easy homemade dinner since it uses simple ingredients (including store-bought Alfredo sauce), makes a lot, and is great for leftovers. This recipe is sure to be a favorite.
1 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 3 large)
1 1/2 pounds yellow summer squash (about 3 large)
1 (15 ounce) container low-fat ricotta cheese
1 jar Alfredo sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon truffle olive oil, optional
½ cup bacon, crumbles
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded chicken
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease a deep 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, ½ cup mozzarella, Italian seasoning, bacon crumbles, salt/pepper and truffle olive oil until well combined.
To assemble lasagna, spread 1/2 of the Alfredo sauce into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Then layer 1/2 the squash & zucchini slices, 1/2 the ricotta mixture, followed by 1/2 the mozzarella cheese and ¼ of the chicken. Repeat by layering the remaining Alfredo sauce, squash & zucchini slices, ricotta mixture, chicken and mozzarella. Spread Parmesan cheese evenly over the top; cover with foil.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil; raise oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
I first tried the Beyond Meat Burger at Epcot’s Flower and Garden festival last year. I couldn’t believe how amazing it was! I immediately fell in love with it! I couldn’t wait to find it at my grocery store so I could create my own recipes. I’ve used the Beyond Meat as a substitution in several of my recipes. It’s that good!
Have you never heard of The Beyond Burger™?
It is from the company, Beyond Meat, it’s a plant-based burger that looks, cooks and tastes like beef, but is made entirely from plants without ANY gluten, soy or GMOs. It’s good for you, the planet and delicious!
Skip the meat and try this vegetarian alternative instead!
This Beyond Meat Burger salad is juicy and loaded with toppings like sautéed caramelized onions, red pepper, and mushrooms served over a bed of baby spinach and arugula. you can Seriously you jazz it up with any number of toppings to make it taste just like one of your favorite burgers.
1 package Beyond Burger
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 pint sliced mushrooms
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon Liquid Aminos, or soy sauce
Handful of Arugula & Baby Spinach
For the Caramelized Veggies:
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and softened.
Add the sliced mushrooms, cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened and fragrant.
Add the red peppers, stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add chopped garlic and red pepper flakes, stir.
Pour Liquid Aminos (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until coated and most of the liquid has cooked off. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Transfer to a bowl; cover to keep warm.
For the Burgers:
Preheat the grill pan and olive oil over medium high heat.
Mix beyond burger meat with seasoning.
Make 5 patties.
Add the patties and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned. Flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Place a handful of arugula and baby spinach on a plate.
Place the burger on top of greens and top with the Caramelized Veggies.
If you are looking for a new dinner this Keto Meatball Casserole should be it.
I love this keto friendly meatball casserole because it’s really simple to make and delicious. It’s also great for meal prep!
I took my grandparent’s meatball recipe, made a couple of changes to make these keto/low carb meatballs. They make epic leftovers… so great for meal prepping!
My personal favorite meat combo when it comes to meatballs is a fifty-fifty of ground beef and Italian sausage.
As you know, meatballs traditionally call for breadcrumbs for the binder. It’s purpose is to add moisture and keep the proteins in the meat from shrinking and becoming tough. I used crushed pork rinds! They work surprisingly well in lieu of breadcrumbs and they really play up the flavors.
To Pan-fry or to bake?
This is a great debate between Italian cooks – whether meatballs should be baked or pan fried.
I grew up watching my grandmother, Meme pan-fry her meatballs. So in this house, we pan fry! Pan frying meatballs produces superior caramelization and a flavorful outer crust. You really do get the best flavor.
Having said that, you can definitely bake up these too.
Did you know in China, soup is something that is always on the table, particularly at dinner. According to Chinese tradition, dinner should always include at least three dishes and one soup. Chinese soups are very easy to make and usually made with simple ingredients. And this recipe is no exception!
I absolutely LOVE the flavor and crunch bok choy brings to this fragrant garlicky ginger soup! If you can’t find Bok Choy, you can use any green, such as cabbage, spinach or other Asian greens.
This recipe also calls for one of my new favorite spices…Star Anise. I was first introduced to Star Anise by one of Gordon Ramsay’s recipes.The star-shaped pods look beautiful and have an exotic flavor you’ll fall in love with. It has earthy, subtly sweet spice that is perfect in savory dishes. Star Anise is also an ingredient in Chinese five spice, where it’s combined with fennel, cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns and cloves. So if you can not find Star Anise, you can use Chinese five spice.
Honestly this is one of my go to soups, it’s perfect in cold or even warm weather, who doesn’t love a nutritious, comforting, and flu-fighting soup! Get your grocery list together and let’s get cooking!
1 tbsp olive oil
3 shallots, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped, green and white divided
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp ginger, fresh, minced)
5 ½ cups chicken broth (or water)
2 whole star anise or ¼ teaspoon Chinese five spice season
2 tbsp soy sauce
10 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
6 oz rice noodles
1.5 heads bok choy, roughly chopped
sesame seeds (for topping)
red pepper flakes (for topping)
Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium-sized stockpot over medium heat. Saute the shallots over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the shallots turn translucent and start to soften. Stir often. Add the white part of the green onions, garlic, and ginger to the shallots and mix. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1-2 minutes or until garlic and ginger is fragrant. Carefully pour the chicken broth into the pot and bring to a simmer. Add the star anise and soy sauce. Cover and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the lid from the pot and carefully remove and discard each star anise from the soup. Add the mushrooms, uncooked noodles, and bok choy to the pot and simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until noodles and bok choy are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sesame seeds, the green parts of green onions and red pepper flakes.
Here’s a healthier stuffing for those of you looking to cut out some carbs this Thanksgiving!
It has all the stuffing flavors just instead of bread, I used cauliflower!
Cauliflower has stood in for carbs plenty of other times, so why not with stuffing? Of course you need to like roasted cauliflower to enjoy it, but it still has all the things you want in great stuffing.
It has the same spices and delicious add-ins that you’d expect, it’s nice and soft, and it totally has that comfort food factor. It’s actually so easy to make that I will definitely make it outside of the holiday season. Believe it or not, it’s simple enough even for a busy weeknight.
1 Head of Cauliflower
1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter unsalted
1 Lb Breakfast Sausage casings removed
1 Large Onion finely chopped
4 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Fennel Bulb finely chopped
4 Celery Stalks finely chopped
1/2 Cup White Wine dry
1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Sage finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Thyme finely chopped
2 1/2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
½ cup Grated Fontinella cheese or Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Chop cauliflower into florets and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the cauliflower softens and begins to brown slightly.
While the cauliflower bakes, cook the sausage.
Add the sausage to a large skillet.
Break up the sausage with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Cook until no longer pink.
Place sausage on a paper towel-lined plate.
Wipe the skillet out with a paper towel but leave some of the grease and bits.
Add butter to the skillet and melt, stirring constantly so it doesn’t brown.
Add chopped onions, garlic, fennel, and celery. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Cook in butter until they’re soft and lightly browned (around 10 minutes).
Add wine to skillet and bring to a boil.
Cook until no wine is left — about 5 minutes.
Add cheese, parsley, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
In a casserole dish, combine sausage, cauliflower, and veggies and stir to combine.
Place them in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. If you want the tops a little crispy, turn the broiler on for 5 minutes.
I love pork tenderloin as you can tell from many of my posts. When prepared correctly, pork tenderloin is quite juicy and flavorful. It also is great reheated.
Pork tenderloin is perfect for an easy dinner, but when you butterfly it and stuff it with a delicious filling, it gets even better.
I love creating new stuffings for it. We love pizza but are trying to cut out some carbs so I thought why not stuff a pork tenderloin with our favorite pizza toppings! And BOOM, this Sausage Pizza Pork tenderloin was born!
Pair this meal with Scout and Cellar 2018 DOVE HUNT DOG PINOT NOIR and you have yourself a delicious fancy but simple dinner!
Not a wine drinking, pair this with Coppertail’s Free Dive IPA.
1 Pork Tenderloin, garlic herb marinated
1/s lb. Italian sausage
½ Yellow Onion, diced
8 oz. Mushrooms, rough chop
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella cheese
½ cup of flour
Parsely, chopped, optional
Parmesan cheese, shredded, for serving
2 cups Tomato sauce, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Saute the diced onion,until translucent.
Add the mushrooms, italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook until the mushrooms are soft, about 4 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Remove from the heat.
Add the Italian sausage to the same skillet and cook until browned.
Remove from heat and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the grease.
Butterfly the pork: Make a 1-inch-deep incision down the length of each tenderloin; do not cut all the way through. Open the meat like a book so the tenderloins lie flat.
Cover the pork with plastic wrap; pound with the flat side of a meat mallet until about 1/2 inch thick, starting from the middle and working outward.
Sprinkle ½ of the mozzarella cheese over the tenderloin.
Spread the onion and mushroom mixture over the cheese.
Spread the sausage on top of the onion and mushroom mixture.
Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella on top of the sausage.
Starting with a long side, tightly roll up each tenderloin. Secure the seams with the toothpicks or tie with twine.
In a large dish, pour ½ cup of flour and spread out.
Carefully roll the rolled stuffed tenderloin in the flour, covering all sides.
Heat the same skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Once oil is hot, place tenderloin in the skillet (toothpick-side-down) and sear about 2 minutes per side (6-8 minutes total). Transfer the skillet with the tenderloin to the oven and bake at 350˚F for 18-20 min or until an instant read thermometer reads 145-150˚F in the thickest portion of the meat.
Transfer to a cutting board, brush with the pan drippings and rest 10 minutes before slicing into rings. Brush with pan drippings for more flavor and garnish with parsley if desired.
Slice into rings and drizzle tomato sauce over top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
This Cauliflower mash recipe is an easy way to cut down on carbs without sacrificing flavor. I mean, what’s the point in eating something at all if it doesn’t taste good, right?
In my opinion, food should be all about balance, so this recipe is a great way to cut out the carbs from regular mashed potatoes, but keep all the amazing flavor. And if you really want to be healthy, the cheese is totally optional. Either way, you’re going to love this tasty Cauliflower Mash recipe!
And Cauliflower mash is actually so easy to make. It’s basically the same process as making mashed potatoes, but with cauliflower instead! Boil the cauliflower, blend it into a creamy consistency, then add in the extras.
You can use a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. (Or smash by hand!)
1 Large Head Cauliflower leaves removed and broken into large florets
4-6 Garlic Cloves finely chopped and divided
2 cups Chicken or vegetable broth
4 cups Water
4 tablespoons butter
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
¼ cup cup milk
1 teaspoon Chopped Thyme
1 teaspoon Chopped Rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place the cauliflower florets in a large pot and cover with broth and water.
Add in half of the garlic and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-18 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork-tender.
Using a colander, strain the cooked cauliflower and place it into a food processor.
Add in the remaining garlic, herbs, grated cheese and butter. As the food processor is processing, slowly add in the milk.
Process until smoothly pureed.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs.
Tip: The cauliflower is not covered fully by the water and broth, this way it will get steamed.
Cauliflower Mash is a great side with Steak and a glass of Scout and Cellar The Resident Zinfandel!
Spaghetti squash is such a fun, underrated vegetable!
Spaghetti squash is so healthy and versatile. You can simply enjoy it with some salt and pepper as a side dish, or drizzle it with melted butter or your favorite sauce.
Squash has little to no taste so it’s amazing the different flavor combinations you can come up with! I wanted to do something a little different than just marinara so I thought it’d be fun to make individual squash boats tossed with a creamy sauce, broccoli and sausage. Chicken sausage that is. Publix Greenwise Italian chicken sausage is DELICIOUS, but really you could use any type of sausage you’d like!
Creating the “noodles” from this squash is so incredibly easy. All you have to do is cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, bake them (cut side down) for about 30-40 minutes in the oven then start scraping with a fork!
The cream sauce is so flavorful and seriously so simple to make. To bring the sauce up a notch, I added a drizzle of truffle oil but you can skip it, if you are not a truffle fan.
Toss the spaghetti squash in with the broccoli and sausage and transfer everything into the squash boats. Top with cheese, broil in the oven and enjoy!
This recipe pairs beautifully with Scout & Cellar Chardonnay!
Spaghetti Squash Ingredients
1 medium Spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
4 Italian chicken sausage, removed from casings
Head of Broccoli, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, chopped
1 large shallot, chopped
3 tablespoons of White wine
Cream Sauce Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup White Wine
3 ounces truffle oil (black or white), optional
2 cups heavy cream
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
4 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper
Spaghetti Squash Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and ribbing. Drizzle the inside of the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Place the spaghetti squash cut side down on the baking sheet and use a fork to poke holes. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on the outside, fork tender, but still a little bit firm. The time will vary depending on the size of your squash.
Remove from the oven and flip the squash so that it’s cut side up. When cool enough to the touch, use a fork to scrape out the strands from the sides of the squash. Do not toss the empty squash halves.
While the squash is roasting, prepare the stuffing.
In a skillet, brown the sausage crumbles. Once browned transfer to a plate and deglaze the pan.
Pour in 3 tablespoons or so (enough to cover the bottom of the pan 1/4″ or less) of white wine, with the heat still on, and scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spatula vigorously as the liquid comes to a boil.
Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the same skillet, once the butter has melted saute the broccoli for 3-5 minutes.
Move the broccoli to the sides of the skillet, creating a well to add the garlic and shallot. Saute for one minute and then combine broccoli, garlic and shallots- sauteing for an additional 3-5 minutes.
Once the squash is done, scoop the strands into the skillet with the broccoli mixture.
Add the cooked sausage to the skillet and stir to combine.
Cream Sauce Instructions
Add butter to a sauce pot. Turn the heat on medium.
Once the butter has melted, add 4 tablespoons of flour, whisk until combined.
Pour heavy creamy, wine and truffle oil into the pot, whisk to combine.
Once the mixture is hot, slowly whisk in the cheeses.
Let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes until it’s thickened, stir occasionally.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to low.
Drizzle cream sauce into the bottom of the squash halves.
Divide sausage and broccoli mixture among the halves.
Drizzle Cream sauce over top.
Sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
Broil until cheese is browned and squash warmed through, 4 to 5 minutes.
Serve hot with a glass of Scout & Cellar Chardonnay!
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