Monday, June 4, 2012

Meatless Monday Meals-Summer Vegetable Baked Ziti -

Good Morning Friends. Summer is here and it's time to  start stuffing your regular recipes with the growing garden gems sprouting up everywhere. I'm actually trying to move my family more towards a plant based diet these days. I believe all foods are good for you in moderation but personally I don't feel my family eats enough veggies. Does yours? My husband doesn't even know I'm doing this, I'm just giving him salads and fresh cut fruit with his lunch everyday. Simple and Sneaky (I Know).

This recipe is right in time for Meatless Monday. I  dressed up the usual baked ziti and stuffed it with tons of summer squash and garden grown zucchini, it was fresh and fabulous- even the kids liked it! I felt so good about serving my family what I like to call feel good food. I think we can all use a little more veggies in our lives and heck the environment sure would appreciate it too. How are you trying to get more veggies and feel good foods in your diet?

Summer Vegetable Baked Ziti

For the Baked Ziti

16oz ricotta cheese
1 lb of mozzarella shredded
1 lb of cooked ziti
1 cup of freshly grated parmesean cheese
2 cups of marinara sauce (recipe below)
2 lbs sauteed summer veggies (recipe below)

Toss cooked ziti with 1 cup of marinara sauce and ricotta
Add in 1/2 of mozzarella and parmesean cheese
Fold in cooked veggies
Top with rest of sauce sprinkle on remiaining cheeses
Bake at 425 degrees 15-20 minuts or until top is bubbly and golden brown.

Sauteed Summer Veggie
1 lb chopped summer squash
1lb zucchini
1  tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of chopped
- Heat oil and saute veggies 3-5 minutes (keep the veggies crisp)

For the Marinara Sauce
2 can of san marzano tomatoes
5 cloves of chopped garlic
1/2 small red onion diced
2 handfuls of fresh grown basil
1/4 olive oil
-Heat oil in large sauce pan
Add in red onion, cook until soft
at in garlic, cook one minute until lightly golden
Add in tomatoes, cook 15-20 minutes
Season with salt and pepper
Off heat, add in torn basil leaves

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