If you don't have a spiralizer to make this healthy zucchini noodle casserole (aka zoodles), use a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips of the squash and zucchini, stopping when you reach the seedy center. Just a few minutes under the broiler gives these ricotta-and-basil-filled nests a light golden top. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017

Hilary Meyer
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Position a rack in the top position of oven; preheat broiler to high.

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  • Combine ricotta, Parmesan, basil, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut summer squash lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds. You should have about 6 cups of "noodles." Place them on a cutting board and shape into an even 10-inch square. Cut the square into quarters. Transfer each "nest" to a 9-by-13-inch broiler-safe pan (or similar size 3-quart baking dish). Repeat with zucchini. Arrange the zucchini nests in an alternating pattern with the summer squash.

  • Drizzle the nests with oil and season with salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Make a well in the center of each and spoon in about 2 tablespoons filling.

  • Broil the nests until browned in spots, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve warm.

Tips

Equipment: Spiral vegetable slicer, broiler-safe baking dish

Nutrition Facts

127 calories; 9.2 g total fat; 4 g saturated fat; 19 mg cholesterol; 263 mg sodium. 358 mg potassium; 5.2 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 6.9 g protein; 491 IU vitamin a iu; 21 mg vitamin c; 36 mcg folate; 149 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 28 mg magnesium;

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08/15/2019
Perfect for this gluten free girl! Read More
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09/13/2017
Try with a poached or sunny side up egg for protein boost.. yolk and ricotta make an amazing sauce Read More
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06/19/2017
Broiling these nests gives the veggie noodles amazing texture (no soggy veggies here!) Plus the cheese is delicious on top. An amazing and easy summer side! Read More
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