Meatless Monday – Crockpot Eggplant Parmesan

Crockpot Eggplant Parmesan

This scrumptious Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan will have everyone thinking you spent all day in the kitchen. Set it, forget it then enjoy it!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal
Cuisine: Comfort, Italian
Keyword: comfort food, crockpot, high protein, low carb, low fat, nut free, one dish meal, slowcooker, vegetarian
Servings: 12
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Grandma Antionette

Equipment

  • Crockpot, Slow-cooker

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs You can use Gluten Free bread crumbs to make the recipe GF.
  • 5 ounces Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 16 ounces mozzarella cheese sliced or shredded
  • fresh basil for topping

Instructions

  • Peel eggplant and cut into 1/3 inch rounds. Layer in a colander, sprinkling each layer with salt. Allow to sit for 30 minutes and then pat dry.
  • Spread 1/2 cup of sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Whisk together the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Stir together breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning in a separate bowl. Dip eggplant in egg mixture and then in the breadcrumbs.
  • Layer 1/3 of the slices in the slow cooker. Top with 1 cup sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers two more times. Cook on low for eight hours.
  • When serving, top with fresh basil leaves.

Notes

Nutrition
Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1380mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 9.1mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 1.7mg
 

Crockpot Fajitas

Fajitas

We have a little recipe to put a smile on your face – Crockpot Fajitas! You can go meatless or meat them up with anything you like. The base stays the same, just add the protein of your choice set it, forget it and eat!

Hot delish fajitas will be awaiting your return!

Crockpot Fajitas

This Crockpot fajita recipe is super easy and can include whatever protein you like. Some prefer meatless with mushrooms, some like fish beef or chicken. The base recipe is the same but you can make this recipe yours.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 10 mins
Total Time6 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: crockpot, fajitas, low calorie, slowcooker, vegetarian
Servings: 6
Author: Grandma Antoinette

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3 bell peppers ideally 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 green cored and sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion halved and sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander*
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Protein options:

  • 2 lb chicken breast cut into strips
  • 2 cup portobello mushrooms sliced and peeled with the stems removed
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can garbanzo beans

Instructions

  • Pour half of the canned tomatoes into the bottom of a slow cooker and spread into an even layer. Top with half of the peppers and half of the onions. Sprinkle garlic in. Top with your choice of protein.
  • In a bowl whisk together chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. Evenly sprinkle the seasoning over protein. Top with remaining half of the tomatoes, then layer in remaining peppers and onions.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH heat about 2 1/2 – 3 hours or low heat 4 – 6 hours.
  • In a small bowl whisk together lime juice and honey and add to slow cooker along with the protein and season with additional salt to taste if desired (I sometimes like to add 1/4 cup chopped cilantro too here but this is optional). Gently toss. Serve warm in warmed tortillas optional toppings.

Notes

Optional Toppings
Cilantro, sour cream, salsa, guacamole or sliced avocados, shredded Mexican cheese (optional)

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash in your Instant Pot yields a perfectly cooked squash—not mushy, but tender and holding its shape. Spaghetti squash is also a perfect base for so many sauces or just a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese as a side dish. At the market, look for squash that are about 3 lbs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal
Cuisine: American
Keyword: diabetic, Gluten Free, heart healthy, Instant Pot, instapot, low carb, low fat, one dish meal, soy free, spaghetti squash, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 109kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 3 lb spaghetti squash halved
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds.
  • Pour 1 cup water in the Instant Pot. Place a wire metal steam rack in pot. Arrange cut halves of squash on top of the steam rack. Put minced garlic on the inside center of the halved spaghetti squash.
  • Cover Instant Pot, and fasten the lid. Lock and seal the steam valve.
  • Set to HIGH pressure for 7 minutes. (The pot will take about 15 minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking program begins.)
  • Allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then carefully release pressure by turning valve to VENT.
  • Remove lid, and, using tongs, drain accumulated liquid from squash halves. Using a fork, scrape out flesh into spaghetti-like strands in a bowl (should have 4 to 6 cups)
  • Add olive oil, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper, to squash and toss to coat. Serve hot.

Meatless Monday – Crockpot Black Bean Soup

Crockpot Black Bean Soup

This Crockpot Black Bean Soup recipe is super easy to make, packed with protein, and it's super delicious! It also just so happens to be naturally vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Woo Hooo
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal, Soup
Cuisine: Comfort, Mexican
Keyword: comfort food, Gluten Free, heart healthy, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 1 large onion (yellow) chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers cored and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper cored and chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (15 oz cans)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Additional Garnish (Optional)

    Instructions

    • Combine all main ingredients in the bowl of a slow cooker, and stir to combine.
    • Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours, until all of the vegetables are cooked and tender.
    • Remove the bay leaf.
    • Serve the soup warm, garnished with your desired toppings. Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

    Additional Options

    • use a blender or food processor to puree the soup completely (thick and smooth)
    • use a blender or food processor to puree about half of the soup (thick and smooth but still has texture)

    This Not That Thursday – Skip the Bread, Veggie Stuffing recipe

    Skip the Bread, Veggie Stuffing recipe

    If the group you're feeding on Thanksgiving Day has someone who is vegetarian, gluten-free or following a low-carb special diet, this is the stuffing recipe you’ll need to make the day perfect!
    Skip the carb-filled stuffing and have extra turkey 😉
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time40 mins
    Total Time1 hr
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American, Thanksgiving
    Keyword: comfort food, Gluten Free, low calorie, low carb, low fat, stuffing
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 90kcal

    Equipment

    • large skillet

    Ingredients

    • 4 tbsp. butter
    • 2 meduim onion chopped
    • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
    • 2 stalks celery chopped or thinly sliced
    • 1 medium head cauliflower chopped
    • 1 cup 8-oz. package baby bella mushrooms chopped
    • 1 tsp Kosher salt add more to your tase
    • 1 tbsp Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
    • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary
    • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped sage or 1 tsp. ground sage
    • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

    Instructions

    • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion, carrot, and celery and sauté until soft, 7 to 8 minutes.
    • Add cauliflower and mushrooms and then season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
    • Add parsley, rosemary, and sage and stir until combined. Pour over broth and cook until totally tender and liquid is absorbed, 10 minutes.
    • Serve hot and enjoy!

    Grandma Antoinette’s Fried Zucchini Flowers

    Grandma Antoinette’s Fried Zucchini Flowers

    “This recipe has been our family favorite. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.”
    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time10 mins
    Total Time30 mins
    Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: soy free
    Servings: 4
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Ingredients

    • 18-24 male zucchini flowers (with stems)
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • vegetable oil for frying
    • salt to taste

    Instructions

    • Clean flowers and dry with a paper towel.
    • Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Whisk eggs, milk, and olive oil together in a separate bowl; stir in flour mixture until batter is smooth.
    • Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet over medium heat.
    • Dip flowers in the batter and fry in the hot oil until golden and crispy, 2 to 5 minutes, working in batches as needed. Transfer fried flowers to a paper towel-lined plate; sprinkle salt over each.

    Lemon Icebox Pie with Graham Cracker – Coconut Crust

    Lemon Icebox Pie with Graham Cracker – Coconut Crust

    We took Grandma Antoinette’s easy old-fashioned lemon icebox pie takes dessert up a notch, by adding coconut in the crust, which boosts both flavor and texture. For the brightest hit of citrus use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Look for graham crackers made with 100% whole-wheat flour to get the most fiber.
    Prep Time35 mins
    Cook Time25 mins
    Resting time2 hrs
    Total Time3 hrs
    Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: nut free, soy free, vegetarian
    Servings: 10
    Calories: 291kcal
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Equipment

    • 9-inch pie pan

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 9 whole graham crackers
    • cup unsweetened shredded coconut chips or flakes
    • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 8 large egg yolks
    • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
    • cups nonfat sweetened condensed milk from two 14-ounce cans
    • 1 cup lemon juice
    • Toasted unsweetened coconut flakes & lemon slices for garnish optional

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 325°Lightly coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
    • Mix graham cracker crumbs, coconut, oil and salt in a medium bowl. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake until the crust is set, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.
    • Beat egg yolks and zest in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until pale and foamy, about 4 minutes. Whisk condensed milk and lemon juice in another bowl until combined. Whisk the milk mixture into the egg mixture until blended. Pour into the crust.
    • Bake the pie until the center jiggles slightly, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Garnish with coconut flakes and lemon slices, if desired.
    • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

    Notes

    Seeing graham flour on the nutrition label, that’s coarsely ground whole-wheat.
     

    Spaghetti Squash with Broccoli

    Spaghetti Squash with Broccoli

    In this low-carb spaghetti squash lasagna recipe, garlicky broccoli, spaghetti squash and cheese are combined for a healthy take on a favorite casserole. This bakes right in the squash shells for a fun presentation.
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Gluten Free, low calorie, low carb, low fat, soy free, vegetarian
    Servings: 2 people
    Calories: 194kcal
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Ingredients

    • 1 2 - 3lb Spaghetti Squash
    • 1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive oil
    • 1 Bunch Broccoli ( or Broccolini) Chopped
    • 4 Cloves Garlic
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
    • 2 Tablespoons Water
    • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese (part-skim)
    • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
    • 3/4 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Pepper

    Instructions

    • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450°F.
    • Place squash cut-side down in a microwave-safe dish; add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh is tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400°F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)
    • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add broccolini, garlic and red pepper (if using); cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add water and cook, stirring, until the broccolini is tender, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl.
    • Use a fork to scrape the squash from the shells into the bowl. Place the shells in a broiler-safe baking pan or on a baking sheet. Stir ¾ cup mozzarella, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper into the squash mixture. Divide it between the shells; top with the remaining ¼ cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
    • Bake on the lower rack for 10 minutes. Move to the upper rack, turn the broiler to high and broil, watching carefully, until the cheese starts to brown, about 2 minutes.
    • Easy cleanup: To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you bake.

    Romanesco Broccoli Soup

    Romanesco Broccoli Soup

    The Romanesco broccoli is technically an edible flower and is easily recognized by its eye-catching fractal appearance. It is grown in the region of Lazio, home to Rome and hence its name. In Italy, you find it typically consumed raw, steamed, boiled, roasted or sauteed. It has a delicate nutty flavor making it easily adaptable to various preparations and is a favorite ingredient in Italian soups just like this one.
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time40 mins
    Total Time50 mins
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: low fat
    Servings: 4
    Author: Grandma Antointte

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 small carrot finely chopped
    • 1 onion finely chopped
    • 1 rib celery finely chopped
    • 7 ounces Romanesco broccoli (a large head) tough parts discarded, chopped
    • 4 small potatoes peeled and chopped
    • 8 cups hot water
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Step 1
    • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add carrot, shallot, and celery; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add Romanesco broccoli and potatoes.
    • Step 2
    • Pour hot water into the saucepan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, covered, until broccoli and potatoes are soft, about 40 minutes. Puree soup with an immersion blender until smooth.

    Vegan Watermelon Fruit Pizza

    Vegan Watermelon Fruit Pizza

    These wedges of juicy watermelon are topped with nondairy coconut yogurt and berries that make for a crisp and refreshing dessert. For kids snacks, leave the wedges blank and let everyone add their own toppings to the yogurt.
    Prep Time10 mins
    Total Time10 mins
    Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: dairy free, diabetic, Gluten Free, heart healthy, soy free, vegan, vegetarian
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 70kcal
    Author: Dr. Polcino

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup unsweetened coconut-milk yogurt alternative
    • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 large round slices watermelon 1 inch thick, cut from the center of the melon
    • cup sliced strawberries
    • ½ cup halved blueberries
    • 1/2 cup halved blackberries
    • 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened coconut flakes

    Instructions

    • Combine yogurt alternative, maple syrup and vanilla in a small bowl.
    • Spread ¼ cup of the yogurt mixture over each watermelon round. Cut each round into 8 wedges. Top with strawberries and blueberries and blackberries.
      Sprinkle with coconut. Enjoy!

    Notes

    Per serving: 70 calories; 2 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 15 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 0cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 813 IU vitamin A; 20 mg vitamin C; 47 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 5 mg sodium; 196 mg potassium
    Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (33% daily value)
    Carbohydrate Servings: 1
    Exchanges: 1 fruit

    Grandma Antionette’s Baked Eggplant Parmesan

    Grandma Antionette’s Baked Eggplant Parmesan

    Grandma’s lighter take on eggplant parmesan maintains all the flavors of the classic dish but is baked instead of fried. This is a household favorite here & is bound to be in your house too. Besides being delicious, there are 11 grams of filling protein in this hearty vegetarian dish.
    Prep Time45 mins
    Cook Time45 mins
    Total Time1 hr 30 mins
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: low fat, soy free, vegetarian
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 204kcal
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Ingredients

    • 2 eggplants (about 2 pounds total)
    • 3 egg whites
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs (gluten free can be used)
    • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (1 ounce), divided
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • ¼ cup slivered fresh basil leaves
    • cups tomato sauce
    • ¾ cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 400°Coat two baking sheets and an 8-by-11½-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    • Cut eggplants crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Whisk egg whites and water in a shallow dish until frothy. Combine breadcrumbs, ¼ cup of the Parmesan, salt and pepper in another shallow dish. Dip the eggplant slices into the egg-white mixture, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. (Discard any leftover breadcrumbs and egg white.) Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, turn the eggplant slices over, and bake until crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.
    • Stir basil into tomato sauce. Spread about ½ cup of the sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange half of the eggplant slices over the sauce, overlapping slightly. Spoon 1 cup of the remaining sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese. Add a layer of the remaining eggplant slices and top with the remaining sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden, 15 to 20 minutes