Category: Main Course

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Broccoli Pesto Mac and Cheese Recipe

Broccoli lovers get ready. In this video I show you how to make an easy and healthy broccoli pesto that is swirled into a creamy and decadent macaroni and cheese. It is everything you need in a comfort food.

Ingredients

Broccoli Pesto
4 ounces broccoli florets
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup walnuts
Mac and Cheese
1/2 pound macaroni pasta
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 cup milk
1/2 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Directions

Add walnuts to the food processor and finely chop them. Add in broccoli and pulse until minced. Add in olive oil and pulse to combine.

Bring water to a boil and then properly salt it. See the instructions in my video for how to salt your pasta water.

Cook pasta per package instructions.

Melt butter over a medium low heat. Sift in flour and mix to thoroughly combine.

Add sea salt and slowly work in milk. Turn heat up to medium high and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes over a low simmer, reducing heat as needed. The mixture will thicken.

Turn off heat.

Add a handful of the cheese, mix in until fully melted, then add more. You can leave the pan on the burner to assist with melting the cheese. Do not turn the heat back on or you risk the cheese sauce breaking.

Using a slotted spoon, scoop out cooked pasta, shaking off all excess water. Transfer to cheese mixture and mix to fully coat. Do not strain or rinse the pasta.

Do until all pasta is mixed into the cheese mixture.

Add spoonfuls of the broccoli pesto to the mac n cheese, and fold in to create a marbled effect. Top off with chopped parsley and serve.

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Low Carb, Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups

You can tell carbs to eff off and still eat tasty things, like this delicious lasagna made from zucchini rolls. It’s low on carbs but big on flavor! If you love pasta, zukes, and spinach, you are in the right spot.

Ingredients

2 zucchini, large
15 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg
9 ounces frozen spinach, chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
29 ounces marinara sauce

Directions

Prepare the filling by adding a 15 ounce container of ricotta cheese to a mixing bowl. Then add in 1/3 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, one egg and mix it all together.

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Make sure the egg is fully mixed into the ricotta.

Add in 9 ounces of chopped, frozen spinach that has been fully thawed and strained. Mix together until it is evenly spread throughout.

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Cut off the top and bottom of the zucchini. Then take a large peeler and use that to shave off strips. Use the whole zucchini.

NOTE: Pushing down a little harder on the peeler will allow you to get thicker strips, which is better for this recipe.

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Lay out the strips of zucchini.

Spread the spinach and ricotta mixture on each strip so it makes a thin layer.

After the mixture has been spread, roll each piece up.

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Place each roll, one by one, in a baking dish that has about an inch of marinara sauce in the bottom of it.

Top the rolls off with the remaining marinara sauce and some shredded mozzarella.

NOTE: To make this recipe vegan, simply replace the ricotta cheese with a cashew cheese, pureed white beans or mashed potatoes.

Put the dish in the oven to bake for about 30 minutes or so at 425 degrees F, until it bubbles around the edges and the cheese on top is melted.

Let it cool for a few minutes, then top it off with some fresh, chopped parsley.

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Serve!

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Braised Carrots & Kale Pesto Couscous

Oh health, yeah! In this recipe, I show you how to make tender and savory braised carrots that are served over pearl couscous that has been tossed with a kale pesto.

Ingredients

Braised Carrots
2 tablespoons butter
1 bunch carrots
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 ½ cups vegetable broth
Couscous
1 ½ cups water
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup pearl couscous
Kale Pesto
3 large leaves kale, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup pine nuts
½ cup olive oil
Topping
¼ cup chopped parsley

Directions

Braised Carrots:

Prepare the carrots by trimming off the roots and greens. Save the greens. They can be used in the pesto we are about to make, blended into green smoothies, or chopped up in a salad. They are nutritious and high in fiber.

Melt the butter in a shallow dutch oven over a medium heat.

Add the carrots, sauteing them for about 5 minutes, until they have a nice sear on them and begin to soften.

Add in the ½ teaspoon salt, garlic, and vegetable broth.

Increase the heat to medium-high, to bring the liquid to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down for a low simmer and cover.

Cook the carrots for about 10 minutes, flipping them halfway through. They should be fork-tender when done.

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Add the water to a saucepot and bring to a boil. Add the ¼ teaspoon salt. Only do this once the water is boiling or it may damage your pan.

Add the pearl couscous, turn the heat down for a low simmer, and cover. Cook for 10 minutes until tender.

Let’s make the pesto! Add the kale leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, and pine nuts to the bowl of a food processor. Add the olive oil and puree until smooth.

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Remove the carrots from the dutch oven. Bring the sauce to a boil to reduce by ½ .

Fluff up the pearl couscous, letting it fully dry out.

Add the couscous and pesto to a mixing bowl and mix until fully coated.

To plate, put a heaping scoop of the couscous on a plate and spread out. Add the braised carrots. Drizzle some of the braising liquid over the top.

Top off with chopped parsley and serve.

Enjoy!

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Eggplant Meatballs

If you enjoy the heartiness of a traditional meatball, but are looking to eat healthier and cleaner, then I suggest these Eggplant Meatballs. Not only are they easy to make but they are a great appetizer, the perfect side dish, delicious on any pasta, and they make your next meatball sandwich so much healthier.

Ingredients

1 pound eggplant
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
freshly cracked pepper
¼ cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1 teaspoon fresh sage, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 ½ cups Italian style bread crumbs
2 ounces grated Parmesan
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups marinara sauce
Parsley, for garnish

Directions

The first step to delicious eggplant meatballs is to cut the pound of eggplant into 1-inch cubes. Oh, this is probably a good time to also preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. FACT: Did you know eggplant is not really a vegetable. Yup. It’s actually a fruit. And to take it a step further, a berry to be exact. In the U.K., they’re called aubergines, not eggplant. Poor things must have an identity crisis!

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In a large saute pan, warm the tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add in the cubed eggplant and the 1/4 cup of water. Season with the 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and some cracked pepper, and then cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

Transfer the cooked eggplant to your food processor and pulse a few times. You want it pureed enough to make “meatballs” but we’re not making baba ghanoush here, so don’t over do it.

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Transfer the pureed eggplant to mixing bowl and add in 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon fresh sage, 2 tablespoons fresh basil, 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 2 ounces of Parmesan, and 2 eggs, beaten.

Mix the ingredients together and then form the mixture into balls (heh… balls), placing them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. FACT: Eggplants contain high levels of nicotine, higher than any other vegetable, er fruit, er berry. Whatever the fuck it is. A study published in 1993 in the New England Journal of Medicine discovered this. But don’t worry, you would have to eat close to 40 pounds of eggplant to consume the same amount of nicotine you’d get from smoking one cigarette.

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Bake the meatballs for about 20 minutes, until they are firm and brown.

While they are baking, warm up 4 cups of marinara sauce.

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When the meatballs are finished baking, add them to the sauce, fully covering them, and then simmer for 5 minutes.

Top with more Parmesan cheese and some parsley.

Enjoy!

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