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Vegetable Stuffed Bread

20 Jul

Ingredients

1 Pkg. Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (or enough dough to make one 12″ X 14″ rectangle)

2 tsp olive oil

1 medium sized onion

2 tsp minced garlic

2 med. carrots

1/2 red bell pepper

2 small zucchini

4 ounces brown mushrooms

chopped fresh basil, to taste

1 tsp italian seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup egg white substitute

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

I used a mandolin to grate the onion, carrots, zucchini, and red pepper.  If you don’t have a mandolin, chop fairly fine.  Slice the mushrooms fairly thin, and then chop into small pieces.  Chop the vegetables in the order they are listed in ingredient list, and then add  to skillet with the two tsp olive oil over medium heat.   (The idea is that you will chop the ones that need the longest cooking time first, so in the end they will all be cooked for the right amount of time.  The original directions say to cook and stir for about 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat.

While the veggies are cooking, follow the directions on the Trader Joe’s dough bag.  Flour a board, and place dough on floured board and allow to rest for 20 minutes.  Pull the dough into a rectangle approximately 12″ x 14″ rectangle.  Sprinkle parmesan, mozzarella, and vegetables evenly over the crust.  Beginning with short side, roll up.  Pinch the ends and edges closed.  Place seam side down on a cookie sheet sprayed with pam.  With a sharp knife, cut three 1″ deep slits on the top of loaf.   Brush the top with the egg white substitute, and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until the filling has burst out of the sides and the tops are nicely browned.  Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for about 30 minutes  before slicing and eating.  Makes about 8 nice sized slices at about 200 calories each.

VARIATIONS:

Turkey Bread:  Slightly decrease the amount of veggies, and add about 1/2 pound ground turkey meat, crumbled and cooked, seasoned with salt and pepper and 2 tsp italian seasonings.

Pizza Bread:  Spread dough with approx 1/2 cup marinara sauce and toppings of choice (any meat added should be pre-cooked.)  Be aware that depending on the toppings, this could get pretty calorie dense.  But it is absolutely delicious, I can assure you.

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SHRIMP CEVICHE

4 Oct

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6 oz pre-cooked shrimp (I used 8 large shrimp,) cut into bite-sized chunks, or just use the little salad shrimp

1 ear corn on the cob

1 avocado, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

cilantro, to taste, chopped

4 green onions, sliced thin

1-2 limes

pepper and salt to taste

Cook the corn (I take the husk off, wash the ear and wrap in a wet paper towel and microwave for 3 minutes.)  Let cool.  I run it under cold water to speed the cooling.  Cut kernels off ear.  Combine all ingredients, squeeze lime juice over the top, and stir gently to combine.  This tasted and looked fresh after 3 days in the refrigerator!

Total recipe is 625 calories.  I split into 3 nice size servings, for approx. 210 calories/serving.