I can’t believe it’s time for school to start back! Where did the summer go?? I don’t know about yours, but my kids seem to have a much bigger appetite during the school year. I’m always looking for hearty, yet clean, meals that will help fuel them for the next day. Here is a great Baked Ziti recipe from The Eat Clean Diet for Family & Kids.
1 lb lean ground turkey (make sure the skin has not been ground into the meat)
2 cups shredded sweet carrots
1 small onion, peeled and diced fine
2 gloves garlic, passed through a garlic press
1-2 Tbsp best-quality olive oil
26 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
8 oz brown-rice penne (or other whole-grain pasta)
2 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese (optional)
Eat-Clean cooking spray (healthy oil, such as extra virgin olive oil, in a spritzer bottle)
1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook ground turkey, carrots, onion and garlic until browned. Add chicken or vegetable stock, tomatoes, pasta and basil.
2. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking dish with a light coating of cooking spray. Turn pasta mixture into baking dish. Press down lightly with the back of a spoon.
4. Sprinkle with cheese, if using. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.