Recipes From Secrets of Healthy Cooking

 

Most of us are active with work and play and want to eat well, but living a busy life and achieving a healthy diet can be a daunting feat.

Take a look at these easy recipes that are not only healthy for the body & mind, but also taste great too!

Crunchy Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini

This is a great way to add more grains to your diet and the quinoa gets a wonderful crunch when baked.

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

3 zucchini, each weighing about 1/2 pound

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

2 ounces chopped pancetta

3/4 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)

1 large clove garlic, minced

3/4 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered if large

 

Chef's Secret:

The quinoa mixture is also great when used as a side dish.

1. Preheat oven to 425°F traditional oven.

2. Place quinoa in medium saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 15-20 minutes until tender.

3. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a paring knife, cut a V shape into each half and remove the center, creating a channel for stuffing. Chop the zucchini that has been removed and save it for use in the stuffing.

4. In the meantime, place the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add pancetta, onion, garlic, and chopped zucchini, Sauté until pancetta is browned. Remove pan from heat and add tomatoes. Add cooked quinoa and mix well.

5. Stuff each zucchini half with 1/2 cup quinoa mixture and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.

6. Bake 20-25 minutes until zucchini are fork tender. Stuffing will be nicely browned.

Exchanges/choices

1/2 Starch

1 Vegetable

1 Fat

Calories 125  |  Calories from Fat 45

Total Fat 5.0g  | Saturated Fat 1.3g  |  Trans Fat 0.0g

Cholesterol 10mg  |  Sodium 190mg  |  Potassium 485mg  |  Phosphorus 170mg

Total Carbohydrate 17g  |  Dietary Fiber 3g  |  Sugars 4g  |  Protein 5g

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