Sunday, March 28, 2010

Beef Stuffed Zucchini

I started doing Weight Watchers this past week so I am always looking for new recipes that are low in points.  I got this recipe from the Weight Watchers website and decided to try it tonight.  It turned out REALLY good so I thought I'd share!

Beef-Stuffed Zucchini
1 spray(s) cooking spray
4 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
1 large egg(s), beaten
1/2 tsp table salt, divided
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp seasoned bread crumbs, divided
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 Tbsp parsley, Italian, minced
6 oz raw lean ground beef
1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp wine, red variety

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a large baking pan with cooking spray.

Scoop out seeds from zucchini; chop and reserve flesh. Arrange zucchini halves, cut side-up, in prepared pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine egg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon cheese, parsley, beef and chopped zucchini flesh; mix well.

Fill each zucchini half with a heaping tablespoon of beef mixture; spread into an even layer. Sprinkle beef with remaining tablespoon of bread crumbs; drizzle with oil and wine.

Bake until beef is cooked through and zucchini is tender-crisp; about 30 minutes. Remove to a serving platter; garnish with remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt and tablespoon of cheese. Yields 2 zucchini halves per serving.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

18 months old

I can hardly believe my sweet baby girl, Allison, is 18 months old!  She is such a lovable, happy, funny little girl...and she has the BEST big sister in the universe! Here are both my sweet girlies in the hospital after Alli was born.
 Alli had her 18-month check-up this week and she has stats similar to her sister when she was that age.  She weighs 23 lbs. and is 33.2 inches tall...well, thereabout...poor Christina had to measure her while she was flopping around.  She is in the 31% for her weight and 89% for she's really tall and skinny.  She is such a happy girl and LOVES to eat, even though you can't tell! Here she is eating a cookie last week.

Her head circumference was off the chart, so she's got brains like her sissy too.  She has 12 teeth right now and has recently discovered ranch she loves dipping everything in ranch, even her paci!  She is super friendly and says "Hiiii" to everyone she passes by in stores (in the same East Texas accent her mama has). She is an absolute joy to be around and can put a smile on our face instantly!