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Zucchini Lasagna Boats

I had to share this recipe today because it’s going on my meal plan for this week actually! It’s a real good one. I don’t miss the pasta at ALL. I originally shared this during the summer, but am re-sharing it because it is perfection year round. Put this on your meal plan for next week, now! Take my word for it.

Must get this recipe up before summer’s over. Must get this recipe up before summer’s over. Must get this recipe up before summer’s over.

OOPS! I FAILED.

Summer and fall are my two favorite seasons, so I’m savoring the last of the warm weather, but enjoying the occasional opportunity to enjoy open windows and feel the breeze. I was initially stubborn and resistant, but I’m finally getting on board with the boots and a fall decoration or two. That being said, I’m still making the most of the last of my zucchini.

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Not that you can’t find zucchini’s year round and lasagna is GREAT for cooler weather.

This recipe is a must try.

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If you try any of my recipes, this might be the one. I’ve made it a few times now and it’s so good. I might, maybe love it more than regular lasagna. That says a LOT because I looove lasagna.

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INGREDIENTS
  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz lean ground beef or lean ground turkey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup grated mozzarella
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Scoop centers of zucchini out with a small spoon careful not to break zucchini.
  3. Mix ricotta, eggs, parsley, and parmesan in small bowl.
  4. Brown ground beef, seasoning with salt, pepper. Drain oil from beef mixture.
  5. Add garlic and marinara sauce to beef.
  6. Brush zucchini with olive oil on all sides.
  7. Evenly place a layer of the ricotta mixture, then meat sauce and top with mozzarella.
  8. Bake 20 minutes.
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AND ENJOY! LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

Kale Kielbasa Soup | Fall Recipes

My next recipe just HAD to be a wonderful recipe from my mom. She makes THE BEST soups. Actually, now that I’m thinking of it, maybe I’ll share her Fish Chowder next… yes, I’ll definitely have to share that one next. This is so wonderfully flavorful, trust me. Just go make this, now!

I’m back for another installment of “Momma’s Recipes Made Healthy”. This time it’s Kale Kielbasa Soup. Such a comfort food for me and perfect for this time of year!

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Funny how in this series I am supposed to be taking my favorite things my mom used to cook me and making them more healthy but this was probably the first recipe in a long time that I have actually followed to a T. As I said in my Fish Chowder post, my mom is a pretty healthy cook to begin with, so I don’t need to make many changes.

That being said, there are some changes you can make if you would like to!

1. Sweet potatoes would taste amazing in this instead of potatoes if sweet potatoes happen to fit better into your diet of choice.

2. This recipe is a bit high in sodium, so if this is a concern to you, leave out some of the canned ingredients. Instead use some fresh tomatoes and dry kidney beans. Also use half water, half broth (whatever kind you find with the lowest sodium).

And that’s it! I can’t think of anything else I might change, it’s perfect the way it is!

This soup is full of nutrients and SO flavorful so it is perfect for picky eaters and it honestly makes me LOVE kale which is usually just tolerated.

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So, let’s get on with the recipe!

Ingredients:

1 tbs olive oil

1 pound Kielbasa (quartered length wise then sliced into 1/2 inch slices)

1 cup diced onions

1.5 cups diced celery

1.5 cups diced carriots

1 qt. chicken broth

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can kidney beans (drained)

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp hot sauce (optional, to taste)

2 to 3 medium potatoes (peeled and diced)

1 pound fresh kale – remove large stems and chop 2 inches

Directions

  1. In a large pot fry the kielbasa in olive oil until browned.
  2. Add carrots, onions, and celery. Cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, pepper, and hot sauce. Continue to cook for several minutes.
  4. Add potatoes and kale and cook about 15 to 20 minutes until kale and potatoes are cooked and tender, but not overcooked.

Enjoy!! This recipes makes a big pot!

Maryland Crabcakes

This post is coming from my old website, Strong Hungry Girl. I decided to rebrand and go in a different direction when it became clear the “mom” type of content was where I wanted to be. I still love my food though, so most of those recipes will probably make it’s way here, don’t you worry…

I knew this had to be my first recipe on this new blog because well, it speaks for itself. Enjoy!

When titling this blog post I wanted to say something like, “Perfect Maryland Crab Cakes” or “The Best Maryland Crab Cakes” or something to toot my own horn, but I had some restraint. In my eyes, these are definitely the best homemade crab cakes I have had, and I rarely think restaurant-made can beat homemade…

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That being said, everyone seems to have very different preferences when it comes to crab cakes. It’s a very personal thing.

Us Marylanders, we require Old Bay with our crab cakes. Aside from that, most people seem to prefer LESS FILLING. 

Stop filling my crab cakes, you restaurants, with mass amounts of breadcrumbs and mayo and over mixing it to the point where not only can I not taste the crab, but there are hardly any big lumps of crab to be found.

I know it’s cheaper, but really. After you’re done you think, “what did I just eat?” A mystery meat, slightly seafood-tasting burger? No, I want a crab cake. 🙂

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This crab cake recipe has just about the bare minimum of filling necessary. Any less and your crab cakes would be falling apart. But don’t worry, without a doubt you will taste and see your jumbo lump pieces of crab.

I must say, Baltimorons, that I just went to G&M’s the other day and it was pretty glorious. They were MASSIVE. Still, I think mine come pretty close. 😉

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Despite my love for this crab cake, I still must say that nothing beats sitting down and picking your own crabs. What do you think? Are you a crab picking, crab cake, or just a crab legs kind of person?

Are You Ready?

Because I’m not… yet

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

We’re still a work in progress here! But pretty soon, you can expect to find a lot of recipes, cleaning and decor (we just moved!) videos, family vlogs, as well as some beauty and fitness posts thrown in there too as a recovering makeup addict and someone on a weight loss journey. I’m a boy mom, army wife, event planner and my favorite past time is cooking for my family (I actually went to school for it!). I promise to always be real and approachable because we’re almost ALWAYS a hot mess over here in our family. Hope you’ll stay tuned to see what is to come!