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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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Southwestern Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Southwestern Orzo Stuffed Peppers- A southwestern twist on a classic dish. Bell peppers stuffed with orzo, salsa, sweet potatoes, black beans and ground turkey.  Full of flavor and extremely healthy!
A southwestern twist on a classic dish. Bell peppers stuffed with orzo, salsa, sweet potatoes, black beans and ground turkey. Full of flavor and extremely healthy!

“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.”

Here we go again! Recipe #3 on my week-long pasta series for National Pasta Month sponsored by Pasta Fits National Pasta Association.

This recipe is another unique way to incorporate pasta, like the Easy Thai Peanut Noodles I posted a few days ago which uses spaghetti noodles. Instead of filling these peppers with rice, I decided to stuff them with orzo! And if you haven’t noticed by now, I have a thing for southwestern food and cilantro  So here is my take on Mexican inspired orzo stuffed bell peppers.

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Skinny Pumpkin Alfredo

Skinny Pumpkin Alfredo-Pumpkin + Pasta? Yes please!  These pasta noodles are tossed in a flavorful creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce.  Not only delicious but also healthier for you than the typical alfredo sauce.
Pumpkin + Pasta? Yes please! These pasta noodles are tossed in a flavorful creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce. Not only is it delicious but also healthier for you than the typical alfredo sauce.

“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.

‘Tis the season for pumpkin galore! Whether you like pumpkin or not, you pretty much can’t escape the frenzy.  For those of you who happen to be pumpkin obsessed like me and also happen to enjoy a comforting bowl of alfredo pasta, you will  this dish!

This is my all time favorite alfredo sauce. It’s so addictive, I could pretty much just eat it off a spoon 🙂  And better yet it’s much healthier then the typical high fat and salt alfredo sauce from a jar. It uses olive oil instead of butter to provide some healthier fats, non-fat milk and low-fat cream cheese (I think this is what really makes it yummy!). By adding the pumpkin puree and a few extra herbs, it makes a fantastic seasonal dish and provides an extra dose of Vitamin A.  Combine it with some fresh steamed veggies and grilled chicken to make it a balanced and wholesome meal.  

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Easy Thai Peanut Noodles

Easy Thai Peanut Noodles-Seriously so simple to make, a unique way to use spaghetti noodles and delivers a scrumptious dose of vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats.
Seriously so simple to make, a unique way to use spaghetti noodles and delivers a scrumptious dose of vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats.

“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.”

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Happy National Pasta Month! I was presented with the opportunity to participate in a recipe challenge contest put on for Recipe Redux members by the National Pasta Association to share some pasta dishes that fit into my healthy lifestyle. So for the next week I will be sharing a few mouthwatering and nutritious recipes using pasta.

Today I’m excited to share my Easy Thai Peanut Noodles, one of our new favorite meals! For awhile now I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a tasty pad thai but with out the fish sauce, rice noodles and less common ingredients that I’d have to buy and probably use only once. Finally I came across this version I have adapted, which uses spaghetti noodles and other ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen. It is seriously so simple to make and is ultra flavorful. It is also a great dish for the little ones to try. Our little Noelle can easily pick it up as a finger food and its not too saucy/messy. Win-win!

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