Asparagus Chopped Salad
1 lb fresh asparagus spears
2 romaine hearts, coarsely chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup Caesar salad dressing
-- Cut asparagus into bite-size pieces, removing tough root end; chop romaine and slice onion.
-- Chop tomato.
1. Place all ingredients in salad bowl.
2. Toss to coat; serve.
Total Time: 10 minutes Servings: 4
Cheesy Zucchini Boats
2 large zucchini
3 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs, divided
1 cup shredded Italian-blend cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
-- Preheat oven to 400°F.
-- Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds and pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Place zucchini in baking dish.
1. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the bread crumbs down center of zucchini halves. Combine all three cheeses with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Divide mixture evenly into zucchini; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons bread crumbs.
2. Bake 20-25 minutes or until zucchini are tender when pierced with a fork and top is golden. Serve.
Total Time: 35 minutes Servings: 4
Pear Cookie Crumble
4 Italian butter cookies
Large zip-top bag
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Bartlett pears
2 (6-oz) containers fat-free honey almond yogurt
1/4 cup orange marmalade
-- Preheat oven to 400°F. Crush cookies finely in zip-top bag (2 1/2 cups).
-- Cut butter into small pieces; place in bowl to soften.
-- Core pears and cut into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups).
1. Combine pears, yogurt, marmalade, and 1/2 cup cookie crumbs until blended; place in 2-quart baking dish.
2. Add remaining 2 cups cookie crumbs to butter; combine with finger tips until moist and crumbly. Sprinkle over pear mixture.
3. Bake 18-20 minutes, uncovered, or until bubbly and golden. Let stand 5 minutes to cool before serving.
Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 6
-- These sides are perfect complements for frozen or ready-to-heat dinner entrees. Complete your meal with garlic bread.
-- Depending on the size of your zucchini, you may have leftover cheese mixture. If so, it makes a great, cheesy topping for bread.