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Kale, Mushroom and Zucchini Stuffed Shells + Easy Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Kale, Mushroom and Zucchini Stuffed Shells + Easy Red Wine Tomato Sauce- A delicious recipe to incorporate some kale into your diet along with mushrooms, zucchini and ricotta, all stuffed into pasta shells and covered with homemade red wine tomato sauce and bubbling mozzarella cheese.
A delicious recipe to incorporate some kale into your diet along with mushrooms, zucchini and ricotta, all stuffed into pasta shells and covered with homemade red wine tomato sauce and bubbling mozzarella cheese.

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Today I am going to share my 4th and final pasta recipe for National Pasta Month sponsored by Pasta FitsKale, Mushroom and Zucchini Stuffed Shells + Easy Red Wine Tomato Sauce.  I felt like I was channeling my inner Italian while making this dish and sipping wine as I made the tasty tomato sauce. Yes, I am supposedly ¼ (or less?) Italian. I say “supposedly” because one of my great-grandfathers claimed to be from Palermo, Italy, although he was adopted and the story keeps changing. I hear that multiple birth certificates for him were found, so it seems that he may have actually been born in Milwaukee, WI (where my family is originally from) and possibly had Italian parents who set him up for adoption? Or his adoptive parents were Italian? Interesting… Maybe I will work on my family history some day to solve that mystery.

Anyways…

We just  ‘d this pasta dish! I think it would also be wonderful to make for a holiday dinner. Christmas Eve maybe? It has incredible flavor and elegance, without being too complicated! Not to mention, it’s packed with nutritious kale, mushrooms and zucchini. I haven’t cooked much with kale yet, besides making kale chips, so I thought I’d give it a go. I would definitely recommend using kale in your pasta recipes (cook just like you would fresh spinach). In this recipe I finely chopped it up so it was evenly spread through out the ricotta stuffing. Yum! What a fantastic way to get in some extra vitamins K, A, C and many other nutrients.

I also made this dish slightly healthier by using part-skim ricotta and 2% milk mozzarella along with heart healthy homemade tomato sauce and olive oil.  The noodles provide a delicious and nutritious base to the recipe alongside the wholesome fresh ingredients.

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Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa

Chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa baked in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs.  A lightened up and fresher version of chicken casserole without all the salt and butter!
Chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa baked in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs. A lightened up and fresher version of chicken casserole without all the salt and butter!

Happy Labor Day! We are enjoying our weekend so far just relaxing around the house, visiting with family,  playing outside in the pool and eating lots of yummy food.  I love to cook on the weekends, especially big breakfasts.  This morning we had whole-wheat pumpkin pancakes. (yes I’m already getting my pumpkin fix- hah) Mmmm.

For dinner last night I made Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa. We’ve had this meal plenty of times not only because it’s tasty and healthy, but also I can usually get little Noelle to eat it! It’s always a win when I can find a healthy vegetable dish she likes. It has just enough homemade cheese sauce and crunchy toasted breadcrumbs on top to make this a mouth watering yet nutritious comfort food.

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