Two SUPER Simple “Recipes”

I say “recipes” because these two things I’m about to show you are soooooooo easy. But, they’re also delicious, healthy, and really quick!

The first is my new favorite salad. Let’s call it, Lindsay’s Grilled Chicken Salad. All of my recipes have my name in them for some reason. I guess if I put my name in it, then it’s my way of saying “I, Lindsay, Stroud, invented this.” It kind of makes me feel famous. 🙂

Anyways, back to the recipe!

Lindsay’s Grilled Chicken Salad

2 cups of chopped green leaf lettuce
4 ounces of grilled chicken, sliced
1 hard boiled egg white, sliced
1/8 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons of cooked bacon
6 cheery tomatoes
2 stalks of green onion, sliced
1/3 cup of pineapple, sliced

Put the lettuce on the plate or bowl first. Then, add all of the other toppings. I like to arrange mine so it looks pretty.

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I serve this salad with 3 tablespoons of light balsamic vinaigrette. There is seriously something amazing about having the sweet pineapple with the salty balsamic dressing. The second day I had this salad for lunch, I ended up adding more pineapple to my salad because I just loved the pineapple in there so much. And of course, it wouldn’t be a salad without hard boiled eggs. Yum!

The next “recipe” is a ridiculously easy snack. I’ve had it for my afternoon snack every single day this week.

It’s zucchini pizza bites and I got the idea from Gina over at skinnytaste.com.

Here’s the recipe!

Zucchini Pizza Bites

1/3 of a zucchini, sliced into 8 or 9 slices
1/8 cup of marinara sauce
1/4 cup low fat shredded mozzarella cheese
Coconut oil spray (or oil spray of choice)

First, spray a sauté pan with oil spray and turn on to medium-high heat. Add zucchini slices and spray oil again on top of zucchini slices. Sauté a few minutes on each side or until browned to your liking.

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Once browned, take out of pan and place on a microwavable plate. Top each zucchini with a little of the marinara sauce.

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Then, top each zucchini with the shredded mozzarella cheese.

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Heat in the microwave for 10-20 seconds or until cheese is melted.

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Be careful as they will be hot right out of the microwave. Once cooled off, eat and enjoy!

This afternoon snack has quickly become one of my favorites. As far as calories go, the zucchini has 11 calories, the cheese has 80 calories, and the marinara sauce has 18 calories for a total of 109 calories. The way I cut my zucchini, I usually get 8-9 pizza bites. Add some sliced pineapple and some kale chips and it’s the perfect 225 calorie snack!

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Zucchini Lasagna

I made THE best lasagna this weekend! Seriously, you should be jealous. But lucky for those that I love that live near me, I brought them some too. 🙂

I found the recipe on the same blog where I got the chicken enchilada zucchini boats recipe from. This girl has some seriously great recipes and you should go check out her blog here.

I made her zucchini lasagna. Remember how I was obsessed with everything zucchini? Well, I’m still obsessed with it and maybe even more obsessed with it after making this lasagna. It’s time consuming, but it makes 8 portions so there’s lots of leftovers so if you’re a single person like myself, it will last all week and then some.

So here’s how I made it.

First, I made the meat sauce.

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It’s basically just ground meat, garlic, onion, basil, canned tomatoes, and salt and pepper. I used canned San Marzano tomatoes, which are the best tomatoes. They are more expensive, but have a great flavor that makes it worth the extra money. The sauce simmered for about 45 minutes, which made it thicker, which is what you want for this recipe.

Next, I sliced the zucchini into sorta thin slices and spread them out on plates and salted them well. I waited about 15 minutes and then squeezed out the water from the zucchini. By salting the zucchini, you take out a lot of the moisture from the zucchini. This step is important because if you don’t do this, your lasagna will be watery.

Here’s the zucchini with the salt.

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And here it is after I squeezed the water out.

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The zucchini turns into a completely different texture.

Next, I mixed some ricotta with some Parmesan cheese and one egg. And last, I got out the shredded mozzarella cheese and now I have my 4 layers ready.

To assemble the lasagna, first you put down a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of your baking dish. Next, you layer zucchini slices close together. Then you spread the ricotta mixture over the zucchini and top that with the mozzarella cheese. And repeat.

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The recipe said to end with meat sauce and then mozzarella cheese on top. All together, I had 10 layers. I baked it for about an hour, uncovered.

And here’s the lasagna right out of the oven.

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I let it cool for a bit and then wrapped it up and refrigerated it overnight. I cut it into 8 portions this morning while it was cold, so it was extremely easy to cut.

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Yum yum!

For 1/8 of the whole recipe, it’s 345 calories. I plan on having this for dinner with one piece of toast with garlic paste and a little salt and also a small side salad with yogurt dressing. All that is around 500 calories, which is perfect.

This recipe is most definitely a keeper! I’m sure I’ll be making it again very soon. 🙂

Life Expectancy Would Grow By Leaps And Bounds If Green Vegetables Smelled As Good As Bacon.~Unknown

Right now, I’m obsessed with zucchini! After I made the chicken enchilada stuffed zucchinis, I’ve been thinking of other new ways to use zucchini.

First, I discovered I like it raw. I was tired one night while I was making my lunch for the next day, and I didn’t feel like cutting up my cauliflower to go with my hummus. (I like to cut it all up at once and portion it into Ziplock baggies.) I knew I had some zucchini in the fridge and I also knew it’d be super fast to cut up. It ended up being delicious with my hummus. It’s so mild in flavor, that the hummus stands out, which is the best part. Also, raw zucchini has a nice crunch to it, but it’s also soft and smooth to eat.

Now, I’m inspired to enjoy zucchini in other ways. I’ve come across a few recipes I’d love to try.

There’s zucchini pizza bites…

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And zucchini baked chips…

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Zucchini lasagna?! Yum…

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Turkey burger with zucchini…

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Cream of zucchini soup…

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And even zucchini dip…

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The possibilities are endless!

I’m going to attempt to make the zucchini lasagna this weekend. I hope it turns out well!

Happy Friday!

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