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Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna Rolls

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I brought leftovers for lunch I brought leftovers for lunch
Pasta has a reputation for being calorie-dense comfort food, but I consider this recipe a smart approach to one of my favorite dishes. My goal with every meal is to balance nutrition, portion size, and taste. These fit the bill!

Here is the recipe: Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna Rolls. This is the first recipe I followed from skinnytaste.com and I'm pleased to say that the nutrition information listed on the recipe is accurate. It's almost hard to believe food this rich and filling is so low calorie at 240 a roll! With two rolls and a side of veggies you will be stuffed. I've been packing these lasagna rolls for lunch all week and they are just as good reheated as leftovers.

For the red sauce I roasted and then peeled tomatoes, half an onion, and red and yellow bell peppers before tossing them in a blender with garlic salt. Yum!
#taylorcooks #pasta #basil #lasagna #leftovers #recipe

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Taco Tuesday

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Today is Taco Tuesday! Here... Today is Taco Tuesday! Here are some tasty ground turkey tacos.
I've never intentionally celebrated this weekly tradition, but today is Tuesday and I did make tacos. I enjoyed all 3 tacos for just 500 calories.

In an effort to improve my cooking skills and save money, I've been challenging myself to prepare most of my meals from basic ingredients instead of purchasing canned or pre-packaged foods.

I made the corn tortillas with Maseca corn flour, Jacobsen's onion salt, and fresh garlic that I shaved with a microplane and added to the dough. The salsa was created with fresh farmer's market tomatoes, peppers, and onions that I roasted, peeled, and then blended with Jacobsen garlic salt and freshly squeezed lime juice. Each taco is filled with ground turkey seasoned with Jacobsen's garlic salt and freshly squeezed lime juice. Lastly, the cheese is Seattle's famous Beecher's Flagship cheese that I grated myself.

The end result is an explosion of flavor thanks to seasoning with garlic, lime, and salt at every stage: I added garlic and salt to the tortillas, salsa, and turkey, plus I squeezed fresh lime juice into the salsa and ground turkey to create a complementary flavor profile. The garlic and lime work with the tomato, turkey, pepper, and corn flavors without overpowering.

I'd say that the hard work is definitely worth it for delicious tacos! Food doesn't get any better than being fresh, nutritious, and flavorful.

Nutrition Info:
Calories: 500
Protein: 36g
Fat: 19g
Carbs: 46g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 5g

Ingredients:

  • 3 homemade corn tortillas: 180 kcal

  • 4 oz (112g) lean ground turkey: 160 kcal

  • 1 oz (28g) Beecher's flagship cheese: 120 kcal

  • 70g homemade salsa: 35 kcal

  • Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 a lime: 5 kcal

#turkey #taco #tacotuesday #beechers #cheese #cheddar #salsa #homemade #tortillas #garlic #taylor #cooking #recipe #taylorcooks

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Elvis' Favorite Sandwich

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"Elvis' Favorite Sandwich" "Elvis' Favorite Sandwich"
This weekend for breakfast I decided to mix things up a bit and tried to make something special. Elvis Presley has been on my mind since he's been a trending topic this week with the anniversary of his death coming up tomorrow, August 16.

People say one of Elvis' favorite sandwiches was a grilled peanut butter & banana sandwich.

To reduce calories I left out the bacon and sugar, but if you want to go the full flavor route you would caramelize the banana in brown sugar and fry up a slice or two of bacon.

For ~450 calories I used the following ingredients:

Overall I was not too impressed with my sandwich. Next time I might try Jif peanut butter or caramelize the bananas to add sweetness. My sandwich was a little too dry and not sweet enough. I realized that I didn't need to use a whole banana during the sandwich assembly, so for the same calories I could have caramelized half the banana and had enough to use for the sandwich. Maybe I will try again on his birthday in January!
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