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Baked Ziti

Ah, there's nothing like comfort food at it's finest on a gloomy day.

Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is just one of those things that becomes an instant family favourite. It can pick you up and lift your spirits on a cold wintery day.

Eat Clean Diet Baked Ziti Recipe

A steaming dish of golden cheesy tomato baked pasta heaven.

Healthy Baked Ziti

Mmm, melty cheese!

Baked Pasta

Do I have your attention?

It might shock you to learn that this comforting pasta dish is actually quite good for you. Here's a secret, ever play hide the vegetables? If you have kids, you know what I mean. It has 2 cups of shredded carrots, 1 whole onion, basil, and is bursting with tomatoes + homemade marinara sauce. Even the pickiest eaters in your family couldn't say no. Sure it looks and tastes like a traditional baked ziti that's packed with unhealthy fat and salt (not to mention heavy cream) but it's one of the cleanest pasta dishes you'll ever make. 

The perfect crowd pleaser. Great for entertaining large groups.

Easy to throw together in 20 minutes. Then you get to sit back and relax while it cooks.

Marinara Sauce

Baked Ziti (Gluten Free) (makes 9 - 1 cup servings)

(Slightly adapted from The Eat Clean Diet For Family & Kids)

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Ingredients: 

  • 1lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 Cups shredded carrots
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced fine
  • 3 cloves of garlic, passed through a garlic press
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Cups homemade Marinara Sauce (or 1 can of no-salt added tomatoes)
  • 1 Cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 8 oz gluten free rotini
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup - 3/4 Cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook turkey, carrots, onions, and garlic until nicely browned. Add chicken stock, marinara sauce, pasta, and basil.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Pasta should be cooked al dente.
  4. Turn pasta mix into baking dish. Sprinkle top with shredded mozzarella.
  5. Place in oven and baked for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.

This also makes great leftovers for easy lunches packed with nutrition and energy. 

The Best Turkey Burgers

It's grilling season and nothing says summer like a good burger.

Even vegetarians love a good bean or veggie burger right?

turkey burgers

Now no one in their right mind, including myself, want's to turn their oven on in this hot weather. So I got my grill on this past Saturday with the pending heat wave, and all I have to say is this...turkey burgers are the BOMB!!

Or should I say boom? Let me tell you about the fun we had trying to get our BBQ going on the weekend. We've had this one for a while now and I think it's soon to be on its last leg. The ignition button that you push to fire it up has officially stopped working. So, we've had to resort to igniting the thing by dropping matches over the grill at an arms length while being ready to jump back before the flame catches. Talk about living on the edge!

...You know it's time to buy a new BBQ when.

healthy burgers

It's probably not a good thing to be throwing lit matches at it, but it works for now until we can get a new one.

Sweet and Smokey Turkey Burgers

Anyway, back to the burgers. Ground turkey is a great alternative to the traditional beef burger. This one is so tender and well seasoned you'll have a hard time believing how healthy it really is for you. The turkey is low in sodium and saturated fats, and is a good source of protein.

Smokey Turkey Burgers (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt and pepper
  • Diana's Smokehouse BBQ sauce for brushing
  • Whole grain kaiser buns

Method:

  1. In a medium bowl, with a fork, combine turkey, garlic powder, smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper.
  2. Form the mixture into four burger patties being careful not to overwork the meat.
  3. Grill them for 4-7 minutes per side until thoroughly cooked. After flipping the first side brush on some BBQ sauce. When the second side is done, flip and brush some BBQ sauce on the first side.

You can top these beauties anyway you like. I topped mine with some classic mustard and relish, sliced tomato from the market, caramelized onions, and a dill pickle. Gotta have that pickle in there!

Burger toppings

These burgers are a officially a family favourite in my house and they are the best turkey burgers I've ever tried.

Hopefully the next time I decide to grill I won't blow up!

What are some of your favourite burger toppings?