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Showing posts with label zucchini. Show all posts

Fettuccine with baby eggplant, zucchini in diced tomato sauce

I just love pasta. I could have it every day. As I was shopping through the grocery store the other day, I thought I'd buy some fettuccine and come up with a recipe to use it. I got tired of the same spaghetti and meat sauce dish. I know I have experimented with Shrimp and Artichoke Hearts with Gluten Free Pasta, Pasta with chicken sausage and butternut squash, or my Eggplant and Penne with Bechamel Sauce - Greek Style, but I needed something different and something quick. I already had the baby eggplant and the zucchini in my fridge, so I came back from the grocery store and since it was time for dinner, I began preparing this dish. It was easy, fast, and within an hour I had dinner on the table. My husband and I loved it. For some reason the fettuccine gave it a different texture/flavor if you will, than the same ordinary spaghetti. So go ahead make it for yourselves. You will enjoy every bit of it. (PS--this is also a nice dish for Lent).

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings – appr. 12oz ea)
8 oz. Fettuccine Noodles
4 oz. baby eggplant
8 oz. zucchini
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tbsp. tomato sauce
14 1/2 oz. diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions
Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions.

Wash and dice the eggplant and the zucchini (please note that the weight is with the vegetables whole not diced). Dice the onion, chop the garlic and the parsley. Set aside.

In a large saute pan, saute the diced onion and garlic. Add the diced vegetables, the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, the water and the chopped parsley. Add the salt and pepper. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes till the vegetables are tender but not mushy (they will also cook more when you add the fettuccine noodles. When the pasta is ready drain it and add the pasta to the vegetable sauce. Toss well, sprinkle with pecorino romano cheese and serve. An easy dish that only takes 45 minutes to make. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 11.027 oz (312.6g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
Calories from Fat 71
Total Fat 7.9g
Saturated Fat 1.1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 348mg
Potassium 550mg
Total Carbohydrates 26.9g
Dietary Fiber 3.6g
Sugars 5.5g
Protein 5.2g



Grilled Vegetables in Balsamic vinaigrette

Here is a nice side dish for the summer.  Serve along any type of grilled meat.  

Makes 8 servings (approx. 7 oz each serving)

4 cups eggplant
3 cups squash
2 cups zucchini
2 cups red onion
1 cup parsley
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup dill
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Wash the vegetables, and peel the skin into stripes.  Cut them into 2" pieces.  Place them in a large pan.  Wash and chop the parsley and the dill.  Toss with the rest of the veggies and marinate them with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Refrigerate. When ready to grill, put them in aluminum foil boats and grill for about 20 min till veggies are tender. 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving (182.4 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237
Calories from Fat 194
Total Fat 21.6g
Saturated Fat 2.9g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 162mg
Total Carbohydrates 11.2g
Dietary Fiber 3.9g
Sugars 3.5g
Protein 2.9g


Marinated in the balsamic vinegraitte
Wrapped in foil ready for the grill
After they are grilled.  

Enjoy!





Ground Turkey Meatballs


Fried meatballs, French fries, fried banana peppers and even fried zucchini and fried eggplant were typical Saturday dinner foods while I was growing up in Greece. Saturday was the day that my mother used to do all the groceries (which is still very common there; everything is closed on Sundays in Greece, even now). Her day was packed from early in the morning till around 2:00 in the afternoon. She had to go to the baker for fresh bread to last till Monday; the butcher for meat to have for the weekend, the grocer to get milk and condiments, and the market for veggies. By the time she was all done it was time for everyone to gather for the mid- afternoon meal which was around 3:00-4:00 in the afternoon.

I used to go to school on Saturdays too. School there was 6 days – not 5 as it is here. (I am not sure, but I think now it is only 5 days). So when I‘d come home from school, my task was to help my mother with the food preparation and cooking. I used to love Saturday afternoons. All of us gathered in the house, no matter what the weather. Since these types of foods were mostly cooked in the summer, I remember the hot summer days, with all the doors and windows open, listening to the cicadas while most people were taking their afternoon siesta. The quietness of the summer heat, that you did not only feel but could hear… and yet our house was lively with conversation and recapping the week’s events. I loved those Saturdays and still remember them and cherish them. 

As for the meatball recipe, it is my mother’s recipe. She never used a cookbook or followed a recipe. She would just whip them up, and voila, we had tasty meatballs, that were practically gone by the time we all sat down to eat. And then, she would make more. The only difference with this recipe is that I use ground turkey instead of ground beef. I find ground turkey healthier and lighter on the stomach than ground beef. 

Enjoy!


Ground Turkey meatballs
Makes about 29-30 meatballs (about 1.5 oz each)

½ cup grated onion

¼ tsp crushed garlic

1.5 lbs ground turkey

1 cup dried bread crumbs

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper
½ tsp dried oregano
 
½ cup of olive oil for frying

Peel and wash the onion. With a cheese grater, grate the onion and set aside. Crush the garlic in a garlic press. Set aside. In a bowl, mix together the ground turkey, the crushed garlic, grated onion, the bread crumbs, the salt, pepper and oregano. Mix well together till all the ingredients are completely incorporated. Shape into 2” meatballs. In a frying pan, heat the ½ cup of olive oil, but not burning hot. Add the meatballs one at a time and fry till golden brown. You can omit this step and instead, place the meatballs in a cookie sheet and bake them in a preheated oven at 400° F for about ½ hour. Remove from the oven. 

You can either have the meatballs as appetizers or you can incorporate them in the marinara sauce, on my previous post, and serve over hot spaghetti. Take about 4 cups of the marinara sauce, add the meatballs, bring to a slow simmer till heated through, and remove from heat.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1.129 oz (32g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97
Calories from Fat 59
Total Fat 6.5g
Saturated Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 23mg
Sodium 90mg
Total Carbohydrates 2.8g
Dietary Fiber 0.2g
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 6.7g