Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baked Ziti!! Clean & 21 Day Fix Approved!!


BAKED ZITI

Yet another family favorite dinners that I have adapted to the 21 Day Fix meal plan!!! Growing up Italian, pasta was a staple in our house. Making the decision to eat clean and healthy was not going to change that!!!

This recipe is cheesy, creamy, and comforting!!! Baked Ziti...ahhhh....love it!! While this dish is healthy, it sure doesn’t taste that way!


This is a great meal to fix in large batches and keep extra pans in the freezer! That way, you never have an excuse for not having a healthy and delicious meal on hand when life gets hectic.

I use whole wheat penne or ziti pasta noodles when making this dish.


I try and make my own sauce, and then divide it into containers and freeze it for when we need it. Using fresh organic ingredients, and i'm not going to lie - its pretty darn good!! If you don’t make your own sauce, make sure to check out the labels of the pasta sauce that you are buying. Pay attention to the sugar and sodium count, as well as the ingredient list to make sure you aren’t straying far from your 21 Day Fix approved foods.


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 box Whole Wheat Pasta
  • 3/4 cup Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 jar natural/clean Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 c Italian Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp each: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Italian Seasoning, Oregano, Basil, Parsley, and Black Pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the noodles until al-dente. While pasta is cooking, brown the ground turkey. Drain turkey of excess fat renderings after cooking. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, pasta sauce, honey, seasonings, cooked ground turkey, and the cooked and drained noodles. Stir until well combined.

Pour mixture into a 13×9 pan. Sprinkle Italian cheese and parsley on top.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and bubbly.

Enjoy!


Makes 6-8 Servings (Use your Green container to measure your portion size.)

If you are following the 21 Day Fix program, per serving: 1 Yellow, 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Blue



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