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Vegan Bolognese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Vegan Bolognese with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place sliced tomatoes onto baking sheet. Spray tomatoes with avocado oil spray. Top with sea salt.
  3. Bake in oven for 40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place meat in large skillet over low heat. Cook until meat is throughly cooked. Drain excess fat or blot with paper towel.
  5. Return skillet to the low heat. Add jar of marinara sauce into the skillet and mix into the meat. Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Boil water in large pot. Cook Banza pasta according to directions.
  7. Serve pasta in a bowl with vegan bolognese sauce and top with oven roasted tomatoes.

 

Disclosure: I received a free sample of Banza Pasta to develop this recipe.

Italian Main Dishes Recipes

Cauliflower Crust Manicotti

Cauliflower Crust Manicotti

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat lasagna pan with 1/2 cup marinara sauce.
  3. In large skillet, add spinach and spray with avocado oil spray. Sautee until wilted. Set aside.
  4. In medium bowl, add ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, garlic, egg, Italian seasoning, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Add spinach and combine into mixture.
  5. Place ricotta mixture into each cauliflower sandwich thin, evenly distributing mixture into the 12 sandwich thins.
  6. Carefully roll each sandwich thin over with the ricotta mixture and place open side face down on the lasagna pan.
  7. Spread remaining marinara sauce over each manicotti and sprinkle with a pinch of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes. Broil on high for 2 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
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Baked GG Mozzarella Sticks

Baked GG Mozzarella Sticks

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 6 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1/3 cup pulverized GG crackers
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Cut each mozzarella stick in half at the center. Place in freezer for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Add pulverized GG’s, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, and parmesan cheese to a small bowl. Mix together.
  4. Beat egg in a separate small bowl.
  5. Remove mozzarella sticks from freezer. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray.
  6. Dip each mozzarella stick in the egg wash. Remove excess egg. Roll each mozzarella stick in the GG mixture, covering all sides.
  7. Place each coated mozzarella stick on the lined baking sheet. Place in freezer for 15 minutes.
  8. Heat mozzarella sticks in oven for 8 minutes, flipping each stick after 4 minutes.
  9. Serve with marinara sauce.
Italian Main Dishes

Baked Cavatappi with Ricotta

Baked Cavatappi with Ricotta

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 box Banza Cavatappi 
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese plus 1/2 cup for topping
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup of marinara sauce plus 1/2 cup for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook cavatappi al dente. Set aside.
  3. Add ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and Italian seasoning to a medium bowl. Combine all ingredients.
  4. Add cooked cavatappi to cheese mixture and mix well.
  5. Add marinara sauce to cheese and cavatappi and mix well.
  6. Spray a 1.3L baking dish with non-stick spray.
  7. Add cheese and cavatappi mixture to baking dish and spread evenly. Top with remaining sauce and then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. Broil on high for 2 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.
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Cauliflower Crust Waffle Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Waffle Pizza

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, plus additional 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp marinara sauce
  • Fresh basil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place riced cauliflower in microwave-safe bowl. Cover with saran wrap. Microwave for 3 minutes.
  3. Preheat waffle maker.
  4. In bowl, add 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Divide cauliflower mix evenly to make 2 cauliflower pizzas.
  5. Add one half of mix to waffle maker and cook until waffle maker indicates pizza is ready. Repeat with remaining cauliflower mix.
  6. Top each cauliflower pizza with marinara sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese.
  7. Place on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Broil for additional 2 minutes or until cheese bubbles.
  8. Garnish with fresh basil.
Italian Main Dishes Recipes

Garlic and Herb Zucchini Ravioli

 

Garlic and Herb Zucchini Ravioli

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchinis, cut into 1/4 inch slices (24 slices)
  • 2/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese for filling, plus more for topping
  • 3 tbsp Melanie’s Medleys Garlic & Herb Cream Cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, plus more for topping
  • 2 tbsp pulverized GG crackers

Direction

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread 1/2 cup marinara sauce on bottom of lasagna pan (13×9 pan).
  3. Grill each slice of zucchini on a grill or large skillet. Set aside.
  4. Saute spinach in medium skillet in 1 tsp olive oil until wilted.
  5. Add ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, garlic, basil, salt, and spinach to large bowl. Mix together thoroughly.
  6. Set two zucchini noodles across each other (one horizontal and one vertical at a 90 degree angle). Place small scoop of cheese mixture in center of zucchini where they intersect. Roll both zucchini noodles over cheese mixture and place the ravioli seam side down in lasagna pan. Repeat and make total of 12 raviolis.
  7. Top each ravioli with 1 tbsp of marinara sauce and 1 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese. Finish each ravioli with a pinch of pulverized GG crackers.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. Broil for 2 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 3-4 minutes and serve with additional chopped basil and parmesan cheese if desired.

 

Disclosure: I received free samples of cream cheese from Melanie’s Medleys to create this recipe.

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Chickpea Spaghetti Waffle

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Banza Spaghetti (8 oz) (or your preferred pasta)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, plus 3 tbsp
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Optional toppings:

Directions

  1. Cook Banza Spaghetti al dente in boiling water. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add milk, eggs, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Add cooked spaghetti to bowl and mix all ingredients throughly.
  3. Preheat waffle maker to medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick spray (if waffle maker requires).
  4. Place 1/3 of spaghetti mixture onto the waffle maker. Cook until waffle maker indicates waffle is done.
  5. Lift open waffle maker, spray top of waffle maker with additional non-stick spray, and sprinkle top of waffle with 1 tablespoon of mozzarella. Close waffle maker and let cheese melt for approximately 15 seconds.
  6. Remove waffle from waffle maker and repeat 2 more times with remaining ingredients.
  7. Top with freshly grated parmesan and fresh basil. Serve with warm marinara sauce.
Italian Main Dishes Recipes

Grilled Zucchini Lasagna with Vodka Sauce

Grilled Zucchini Lasagna with Vodka Sauce

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 5 zucchinis cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese (for cheese mix) and 1/2 cup for topping
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 15 oz container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano (or any Italian seasoning)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 jar of vodka sauce (or marinara)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grill both sides of the zucchini slices until you have light grill marks.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper (to taste). Mix well.
  4. Coat bottom of 13×9 inch lasagna pan with sauce and layer with zucchini slices.
  5. Spread half of cheese mixture over the zucchini. Layer zucchini slices in opposite direction. Spread remaining cheese mixture over zucchini. Layer remaining zucchini slices in opposite direction and top with remaining mozzarella cheese and sauce.
  6. Bake uncovered with 40 minutes. Broil on high for 3 minutes until cheese is bubbling.

 

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GG Crusted Zucchini Fries

 

GG Crusted Zucchini Fries

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise 4 times (to make 8 long sticks). Cut into slices once crosswise, making 16 sticks from each zucchini (4 inches long and 1/2 inch thick each).
  3. Add GG’s, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and black pepper to a small bowl.
  4. Whisk egg in a separate bowl.
  5. Dip zucchini sticks individually in egg mixture. Shake off excess and then coat into GG mixture, coating all sides.
  6. Place each coated zucchini stick on baking pan. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, flipping fries halfway into baking.
  7. Serve immediately with marinara sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.
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Inside Out Spaghetti & Meatballs

 

Inside Out Spaghetti & Meatballs

Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cook spaghetti al dente, approximately 8 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Whisk egg in medium bowl. Add ground beef, pulverized GG crackers, oregano, salt and pepper. Combine all ingredients until throughly mixed.
  3. Form meat into 2-inch meatballs. Form approximately 14-15 meatballs. Flatten eat meatball into a patty.
  4. Use chopsticks or fork to twirl a few strands of spaghetti into a nest. Place each nest into the center of the meat patty and then roll back into a meatball, making sure that the spaghetti stays inside of the meatball.
  5. To cook meatballs in sauce, bring marinara sauce to a simmer and add to sauce pan. Cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes, until meatballs are cooked.
  6. To bake meatballs in oven, arrange meatballs on lined baking sheet coated with non-stick spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until meatballs are cooked.
  7. Serve immediately with marinara sauce, freshly chopped basil, and grated parmesan if desired.