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Maple Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Casserole

casserole

cauliflower

Maple Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Casserole

Serves 8

Ingredients

For Casserole Filling

For Topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with baking mat. Evenly spread with cubes of butternut squash. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, turning once.
  2. Meanwhile, place cauliflower florets into large bowl with 3 tbsp. of water. Cover with plate. Steam in microwave for 4 minutes, until cauliflower is soft.
  3. In food processor, add cauliflower, roasted butternut squash, Melanie’s Medleys Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Blend until smooth.
  4. Reduce heat in oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8×8 baking dish.
  5. Add casserole filling to baking dish. Top with granola and chopped pecans. Bake for 30 mins. Let cool before serving.

 

Disclosure: I received free samples of Melanie’s Medleys Cream Cheese to develop this recipe. Use code BROOKEZ18 for $15 off your order. 

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Pumpkin Sage Cauliflower Crust Manicotti

pumpkin sage cauliflower crust manicotti

Pumpkin Sage Cauliflower Crust Manicotti

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat lasagna pan with 1/2 cup sauce.
  3. In medium bowl, add ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, cream cheese, garlic, egg, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Place ricotta mixture into each cauliflower sandwich thin, evenly distributing mixture into the 12 sandwich thins.
  5. Carefully roll each sandwich thin over with the ricotta mixture and place open side face down on the lasagna pan.
  6. Spread remaining alfredo sauce over each manicotti and sprinkle with a pinch of mozzarella, parmesan, and sage.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Broil on high for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

 

Disclosure: I received free samples of Melanie’s Medleys Cream Cheese to develop this recipe. Use code BROOKEZ18 for $15 off your order. 

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Beef and Broccoli Cauliflower Fried Rice

cauliflower fried rice

cauliflower fried rice

Beef and Broccoli Cauliflower Fried Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In ziplock bag, add beef and Soy Vey marinade. Marinade in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up until overnight.
  2. Heat large skillet to medium high heat. Add 1 tsp of canola oil and eggs. Scramble eggs until cooked. Set aside on plate.
  3. Add marinated beef into skillet. Cook until desired at temperature. Set aside on plate.
  4. Add 1 tsp canola oil to skillet. Saute broccoli until soft. Add bag of Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry and 1 tsp sesame oil. Stir fry for 5-7 minutes. Add half of the scallions into skillet and stir into the rice.
  5. Add beef and scrambled eggs into rice. Mix together and heat up additional minute. Add remaining scallions as garnish when serving.
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Vietnamese Summer Roll Pasta Salad

Vietnamese Summer Roll Pasta Salad

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

For Tofu Marinade

For Pasta and Vegetables

For Peanut Sauce

Directions

For Marinade

  1. Add all marinade ingredients except tofu to a food processor and blend.
  2. Place tofu and marinade sauce into ziplock bag and marinade in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up until overnight

For Tofu

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place tofu evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip tofu and bake additional 10 minutes. Set aside.

For Peanut Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  2. Transfer to sauce dish.

For Pasta and Vegetables

  1. Cook pasta according to instructions.
  2. Place pasta in large bowl with spiralized cucumber and carrots, sliced green onion, and bean sprouts. Toss together.
  3. Top with baked tofu, peanuts, and drizzle with peanut sauce.

 

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

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Korean Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

korean meatballs zucchini noodles

korean meatballs zucchini noodles

Did you know that you can use milled flaxseed instead of breadcrumbs in recipes?! That’s exactly what I did in this recipe for these Korean Meatballs! What are the benefits of adding flaxseed?

  • Flaxseed contains the most ALA Omega 3 of any whole-food source as well as protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, and lignans which is a plant-based phytoestrogen (milled flaxseed has more Omega 3’s than even fish!)
  • All of these components work together to support heart health, maintain healthy blood pressure, and aid in cholesterol and weight management.
  • Manitoba Milling Company Smooth Whole-Milled Flaxseed has 4g carbohydrates and 4g fiber meaning it has zero net carbohydrates.
  • The recommended daily amount is 2 tablespoons of milled flax, which provides you with your daily requirements of Omega 3’s.
  • Consuming whole seeds will not unlock the nutritional value of the seed because the human body can’t digest them properly- that’s why milled flaxseed is so beneficial!
  • You can add milled flaxseed into smoothies, baked goods, yogurt, and even meatballs! It can also be used an an egg substitute.

Korean Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

For Meatballs

For Sauce

Toppings

Zucchini Noodles

Directions

For Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Add all meatball ingredients into a large bowl. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Form into 1-inch meatballs (yields approximately 24 meatballs).
  5. Place meatballs on baking sheet. Bake in oven for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside.

For Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients except water and guar gum into a sauce pan.
  2. Cook on medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. In bowl, mix water and guar gum. Add mixture into sauce.
  4. Reduce heat and let cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Brush meatballs with sauce.
  6. Top meatballs with green onion and white sesame seeds.

For Zucchini Noodles

  1. Wash zucchinis and cut off ends of each zucchini.
  2. Spiralize zucchinis using a spiralizer.
  3. Heat zucchini noodles in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook until warm.
  5. Place meatballs over zucchini noodles.

 

Disclosure: I received a free sample of Manitoba Milling Co. Smooth Whole-Milled Flaxseed to create this recipe. Use code ManitobaFamily to receive 25% off your order!

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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.
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BBQ Tofu Cauliflower Pizza

BBQ Tofu Cauliflower Pizza

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 package Outer Aisle Cauliflower Pizza Crusts (contains 2 crusts)
  • 1 14oz package extra firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2 cubes
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, plus additional 4 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided, plus additional for topping
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced, divided
  • Cilantro, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Place cut tofu into ziplock bag. Add 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, coat all sides of tofu, and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place tofu evenly on one of the lined baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip tofu and bake additional 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, set both pizza crusts on the other lined baking sheet.
  5. Spread 2 tbsp of BBQ sauce on each pizza crust. Top each pizza crust with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/8 cup red onion.
  6. Add 1/4 cup tofu to each pizza crust (store remaining tofu and use for other dishes). Sprinkle additional mozzarella cheese on top of tofu if desired.
  7. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Broil on high for additional 2 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble.
  8. Top pizzas with chopped cilantro.
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GG Crusted Spinach and Artichoke Dip

GG Crusted Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 0% non-fat siggi’s yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (divided)
  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 16 oz package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 2 containers (7.5 ounces each) Melanie’s Medleys Plain Cream Cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pulverized GG crackers (for topping)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a 1.3 L oven-safe baking dish with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine greek yogurt, artichoke hearts, spinach, cream cheese, garlic, and black pepper into a large bowl. Mix well until blended. Add 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of parmesan to mixture. Stir well.
  4. Scoop mixture into the baking dish. Top evenly with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Evenly sprinkle top mixture with the GG crumbs.
  5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve with GG crackers, crudite vegetables, or tortilla chips.

 

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

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Healthy Steak Fried Rice

Healthy Steak Fried Rice

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Marinade skirt steak and Soy Vay Marinade and Sauce, Hoisin Garlic in large ziplock bag for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Cook skirt steak in large skillet or on grill. Heat until throughly cooked. Cut steak into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, rinse Better Than Rice in water and drain. Place rice into large skillet over high-heat and dry fry until moisture is gone.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-high, create space in center of skillet, and add eggs. Cook the eggs and mix in with the rice.
  5. Add garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. Cook for additional minute until throughly heated.
  6. Place rice into small bowls. Top with skirt steak. Garnish with additional green onions if desired.
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Blistered Green Beans with Hoisin Sauce

Blistered Green Beans with Hoisin Sauce

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans, rinsed and cut on both sides
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Heat large skillet to medium-high heat with canola oil.
  2. Add green beans to skillet and cook until blistered, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for one minute.
  4. Top with hoisin sauce and cook for additional minute until sauce turns into a glaze.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.