Roasted Tomatoes

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I took the girls tiara shopping. Not because of our newly discovered Royal roots, but for the Daddy Daughter Dance this weekend. This year’s theme is The Royal Ball so Megan insisted they had to have tiaras. (and necklaces, earrings, gloves, shoes….)  I think we have it all covered now. I can’t imagine what Prom will be like.

A quick and easy side dish. Only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes to make.

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2 Large Tomatoes, seeded and halved
2 Tablespoons Pesto
4 teaspoons Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Place tomato halves, cut sides up, in a non-stick muffin pan.

Top each with 1-1/2 teaspoons of pesto and 1 teaspoon of parmesan.

Bake for 10 minutes or until roasted.

Servings: 4
Calories 57
Total Fat 3.9g
Total Carbohydrates 4.1g
Dietary Fiber 1.2g
Nutrition Grade B+

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

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I still don’t have all of my Christmas decorations put away. Why does it take me longer to throw them in a box than to actually do the decorating??? So now I’ll be behind on Valentine’s Day decorations. I did at least go ahead and pull out the plate that Taylor made last year at Color Me Mine.

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I bought a giant bag of frozen strawberries at Costco. I think I’m liking that better than the fresh ones right now. I was surprised by the quality. The biggest plus though is that I don’t have to keep throwing aways ones that I didn’t use. It only takes about 30 minutes for them to defrost so there are always some handy when I need them for smoothies, snacks or salads.

8 cups Spinach, washed
2 cups Strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup Pecans
1/2 cup Feta Cheese
1/3 cup Fat-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; toss well.

Servings: 4
Calories 196
Total Fat 14.2g
Total Carbohydrates 14.3g
Dietary Fiber 4.1g
Protein 6.1g
Nutrition Grade A-

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Baked Zucchini and Squash

Have you ever almost sliced your finger off with a mandoline?? I don’t recommend it. I should know that I’m way too clumsy to not use the safety guard. Next time I think I’ll just stick with a knife. I think I scared the girls to death. There was lots of screaming and they checked on me every 30 minutes or so to make sure my finger was still there. So far, so good!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Spray 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.Mix together garlic, olive oil and dressing mix.Place squash and zucchini into a gallon sized ziploc bag and toss with seasonings.

Pour into baking dish and top with parmesan.Bake for 30 minutes.

Ingredients:
1 squash, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
2 tsp Garlic, minced
2 Tbs Olive Oil
2 tsp Italian Dressing seasoning mix
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray. Mix together garlic, olive oil and dressing mix. Place squash and zucchini into a gallon sized ziploc bag and toss with seasonings. Pour into baking dish and top with parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Servings: 4
Calories: 142
Fat: 10.9g
Carbs: 6.4g
Fiber: 1.7g
Nutrition Grade: B+

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini

I could eat these like french fries. However, the girls didn’t feel the same way. They don’t even like french fries. They managed to both choke down one. By the look on their face you would have thought I was making them eat a cricket crusted beetle. Which reminds me, I have parentally missed a few steps in making them more worldly….Megan showed me a picture…. I asked her “Do you know John Lennon is?” she said “no”. I said “he was a Beetle”. She asked “what kind?” I’ll have to work on that one. 2 Zucchini, sliced 4 Tablespoons Parmesan, shredded 1/2 Tablespoon McCormick Grill Mates Garlic & Onion Seasoning Olive Oil Spray Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place zucchini on baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning and top with cheese. Bake for 10 minutes. Servings: 4 Calories: 36 Fat: 2g Fiber: 1g Today’s Leopard Find: Satchel Bag …

Basil Tomato Mozzarella Salad


I keep looking for ways to add vegetables to our menu. I’ve never been much of a tomato fan…until now! This was the easiest dish ever! (Except for my aunt that actually had a recipe card for Buttered Toast).

I went to the new Kroger Marketplace and found this “Living Basil”. I love it! It’s a much better alternative than buying some that only lasts a few days. Now it has made me want to make my own herb garden. I think I’ll get right on that…I’ll let you know how it goes.

I love the Misto sprayer for my olive oil. It sprays a fine mist so you are able to use the oil more sparingly. It also comes in red or eggplant.

Ingredients:

2 medium Tomatoes, cut into thin slices
Olive Oil Spray
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup part skim mozzarella, shredded
1/8 cup fresh basil, chopped

Arrange tomatoes on plate and lightly mist with olive oil.

Add salt and pepper.

Sprinkle cheese on top and top with basil.

Servings: 4
Calories: 105
Fat: 6
Fiber: 1

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Bacon Green Beans

I always try to make sure that I pay attention to what my children are doing. I want them to grow up with good manners and I want them to be kind. We talk about this every single day. I’ve seen too many parents just tune their kids out and they have no idea what they are doing, thinking or saying. We try not to use bad language, #1 because I don’t think it’s classy and #2 because I don’t want them thinking they should do it too. So when Taylor came home from school today telling me that her teacher was reading a book to the class that had bad words in it I was a little shocked. She said that her teacher said that she knew that they wouldn’t use these words. I asked Taylor what kind of book she was reading to them. I don’t even remember what she said because when she said “it has all the common bad words in it” my mind started going 92 mph trying to figure out what she thought the “common” ones were. Then she said “you know the common ones, like the other word for be quiet”. :/ I was relieved but then I think maybe I’ve sheltered them a little too much…

Bacon Green Beans

1 pound green beans, chopped into 1-inch pieces
2 slices bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar

Place green beans in skillet with enough water to just cover beans.
Bring water to a simmer.
Cover and cook for 6 minutes.
Drain and set aside.
Place bacon in same skillet on medium high heat.
Cook bacon thoroughly.
Add cooked green beans and stir.
Cook until beans are tender.
Add vinegar and sugar.
Cook for 2 minutes.

Servings: 4
Calories: 222
Fat: 7
Fiber: 11

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