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Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pulverized GG crackers
  • 1/2 tub Melanie’s Medleys Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Add all ingredients except cream cheese and chocolate chips to a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Fold chocolate chips into batter.
  4. Scoop small amount of batter into each muffin tin.
  5. Scoop small spoonful of cream cheese into each muffin tin.
  6. Cover each muffin with remaining batter.
  7. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

 

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

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Caramelized Onion Dip with Parmesan Zucchini Chips

Caramelized Onion Dip with Parmesan Zucchini Chips

Caramelized Onion Dip

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 white or yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tub Melanie’s Medleys Chive Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Optional garnishes: freshly chopped chives

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in frying pan over low heat. Add onions, salt, pepper, and chili powder to pan and sautรฉ over low heat for 45-50 minutes, until onions brown.
  2. Place cooked onions in food processor and blend until pureed.
  3. Warm cream cheese in microwave for 15 seconds. Add cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and onion powder into medium bowl. Mix until smooth. Add onions to mixture and stir to combine . Refrigerate until serving.
  4. Garnish with chopped chives and serve at room temperature.

Parmesan Zucchini Chips

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchinis (or 3 small), cut into 1/4 inch thick round slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pulverized GG crackers (4 GG crackers)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with wax paper and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Toss zucchini slices with salt in a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes to dry out zucchini. Drain any excess water.
  3. Add olive oil to zucchini and toss.
  4. Combine pulverized GG’s, parmesan cheese, and pepper into a separate bowl.
  5. Dip each zucchini slice into the GG mixture and coat both sides. Place each slice on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, turning over each slice after 20 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately or store in air-tight container.

 

Disclosure: I received free samples of cream cheese from Melanieโ€™s Medleys to create this recipe.

Appetizers Main Dishes Mexican Recipes

Taco Zucchini Boats

Taco Zucchini Boats

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 zucchinis
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 jar salsa
  • Optional toppings: Mexican cheese, salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole, and cilantro

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add salsa evenly to bottom of lasagna pan.
  2. Slice each zucchini lengthwise and scoop out the flesh in the middle. Boil water in pot and cook zucchini in water for one minute. Set aside.
  3. Sautรฉ ground beef in large skillet pan until cooked. Drain excess grease. Return pan to heat and add taco seasoning.
  4. Scoop taco meat evenly into zucchini boats. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.
  5. Place each zucchini boat into lasagna pan that is coated in salsa and cover pan with foil.
  6. Cook in oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and garnish with additional toppings.
Appetizers Italian Recipes Side Dishes

GG Crusted Zucchini Fries

 

GG Crusted Zucchini Fries

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1/3 cup pulverized GG crackers
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

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

  • 1 pound lean grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 ounces Banza chickpea spaghetti
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup pulverized GG crackers (6 crackers)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano (or any Italian seasoning)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • Optional garnishes: fresh basil and parmesan cheese

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.
Appetizers Italian Main Dishes Side Dishes

Spiralized Zucchini and Parmesan Waffles

Spiralized Zucchini and Parmesan Waffles

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchinis, spiralized
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus extra for topping)
  • 1/2 cup pulverized GG crackers (6 crackers)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano (or any Italian seasoning)
  • salt and pepper
  • non-stick spray for waffle maker

Directions

  1. Place spiralized zucchini in colander, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. Place zucchini in cheese cloth or dish towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk together egg, milk, and parmesan cheese.
  4. In small bowl, combine pulverized GG crackers, oregano, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Add contents of small bowl to medium bowl and stir well. Add zucchini to bowl and combine.
  6. Preheat waffle maker to highest setting and coat with nonstick spray.
  7. Scoop large spoonful of mixture into center of waffle maker. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes (use waffle maker indicator light to let you know when it is ready). Repeat for remaining waffles (depending on size of waffle, you should yield approximately 6 small waffles).
  8. Top with grated parmesan and serve with marinara or your preferred dipping sauce.