Zucchini Noodles = Zoodles

The zucchini noodles a.k.a. Zoodles are an alternative to pasta, which are gluten-free, low carb and a a great way to increase vegetables into your diet.  For more, click on Ditch the Carbs.com.

Recipe by New York Times bestselling author Elana Amsterdam

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound zucchini
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose Chef’s Shake (onion, black pepper, garlic, carrots, orange peel, tomato, celery seeds, red pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander)

 

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan.
  2. Add zucchini noodles and seasoning to pan.
  3. Stir for 3 to 5 minutes until noodles are tender
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

 

For more information, click here for Elana’s Pantry website.

 

Slow-Cooked Pork Chops & Scalloped Potatoes

Yield: 6 Servings

Slow cooked pork chops and scalloped potatoes

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 bone-in pork loin chops (7 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced and separated into rings
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat-free milk

 

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes in a 5-or 6-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. In a large nonstick skillet, brown pork chops in oil in batches.
  2. Place chops over potatoes. Saute onions in drippings until tender; place over chops. Melt butter in skillet. Combine the flour, salt, pepper and broth until smooth. Stir into pan. Add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Pour sauce over onions. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until pork is tender. Skim fat and thicken cooking juices if desired.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 each: 372 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.
Originally published as Pork Chops with Scalloped Potatoes in Healthy Cooking October/November 2010, p57

Mexican Sweet Corn

© Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson, The Cooking Channel

Special equipment: Grill pan

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime, quartered

Directions: 

  1. Preheat a grill pan. Rub corn with oil and place on the grill pan, turning corn so all sides are charred, about 6 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together mayonnaise, chili powder, garlic salt, and black pepper.
  3. Remove corn from grill and brush with the mayonnaise mixture.
  4. Serve with lime quarters to squeeze over corn.

 

Grilled Cajun Green Beans Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings

Grilled Cajun Green Beans Recipe

Grilled Cajun Green Beans Recipe, Photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butte

Directions:

  1. Place green beans on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning and dot with butter. Fold foil around beans, sealing tightly.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat 9-11 minutes on each side or until beans are tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.

 

Nutritional Facts
3/4 cup equals 56 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

 

Originally published as Grilled Cajun Green Beans in Taste of Home‘s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p204

 

Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 12 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • Grated cotija cheese, optional

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix butter, cilantro, lime juice and lime peel. Shape into a log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm. Wrap each ear of corn with a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 14 in. square).
  2. Grill corn, covered, over medium heat 15-20 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Meanwhile, cut lime butter into 12 slices. Remove corn from grill. Carefully open foil, allowing steam to escape. Serve corn with butter and, if desired, cheese.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 ear of corn with 2 teaspoons butter (calculated without cheese) equals 145 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 67 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

 

Originally published as Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Oven-Roasted Spring Vegetable Medley Recipe

Yield: 10 Servings

Oven-Roasted Spring Vegetable Medley Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Oven-Roasted Spring Vegetable Medley Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 9 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 small yellow summer squash, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 small zucchini, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 6 radishes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a shallow roasting pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  2. In same bowl, combine remaining ingredients; add to pan. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.

 

Nutritional Facts
3/4 cup equals 90 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 131 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

 

Originally published as Oven-Roasted Spring Vegetable Medley in Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p167

Mashed Cauliflower au Gratin Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings  (3/4 cup each)

Mashed Cauliflower au Gratin

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 2 large heads cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning

TOPPING:

  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Italian-style panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place cauliflower in a stockpot; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until very tender. Drain; transfer to a large bowl. Mash cauliflower; stir in cheeses, cubed butter and seasonings. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. or 13×9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs and melted butter until evenly coated; sprinkle over cauliflower mixture. Bake, uncovered, 40-50 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden brown.

 

Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.

Nutritional Facts
3/4 cup equals 238 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 612 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 9 g protein.

 

Originally published as Mashed Cauliflower Au Gratin in Taste of Home October/November 2012, p79