Did you know zucchini improves eye health?

Zucchini Pasta Salad

Are you looking for a healthy side dish for your upcoming cookout? Do you love pasta salad? Then we have a recipe for you! 

Zucchini is beneficial in reducing swelling around the eyes. It is full of carotenoid Beta-carotene which can be converted into vitamin A in the body. The Vitamin A helps in active cell development in the eyes, which enhances vision and helps in preventing age-related medical conditions such as macular degeneration. The high levels of vitamin A and C also rids the body of excess toxins and the high fiber content helps lower cholesterol. 

Ingredients:

4 Zucchini - use a spiral slicer

1/2 cup black olives

handful of cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup peppers

Cubed choice of cheese

1/2 cup Italian dressing (use a bottled dressing or make you own with olive oil, balsamic, Italian herbs and seasoning)

Other optional ingredients: pepperoni, artichokes, carrots, fire roasted peppers, onion, nuts or anything else you would like to add.  

Instructions:

Spiral the zucchini. Combine all the ingredients except the cherry tomatoes. Pour dressing over top and mix. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Before serving add the tomatoes. 

Enjoy!

Quick Fresh Breakfast Quesadilla

It's time for back to school! We all know how crazy it can be trying to make the kids breakfast, get lunches together, and get them to school on time. So here is a quick breakfast that is sure to give them lots of nutrients and give you a stress free morning.

 

This recipe makes 6 quesadillas and can be prepared before and frozen in a bag or container.

Ingredients:

  • 12 tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded cheese
  • 12 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ pound ham, diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • butter

Layer your ingredients on the tortilla. Warm up the skillet and toss some butter in the pan. Cook for a few minutes on each side. Remove the quesadilla from the pan and slice it in the desired portions. Serve hot or place in a bag or container after it has cooled and freeze it. It will be ready to throw in the microwave or oven for those busy mornings. You can add or replace any of the protein or veggies to change it up a bit.