Zucchini Ravioli

A few days ago my awesome mom sent a recipe my way for zucchini ravioli from Delish.com.  It looked delicious and sounded like a great lean and green meal.  SO, I decided to give it a go!  I tweaked it a bit to fit as a lean and green aaaand it turned out pret-ty dang good!  I will say, it wasn't necessarily "hard", but making each ravioli was a bit tedious.  I think next time, I'll probably do more of a lasagna, rather than ravioli to save some time and still get the awesome flavor.  I'll call it a win, though, because little mister was definitely a fan :)

Ingredients:
1 large garden zucchini or 4 medium zucchini (~1.75 lbs)
2 c. low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 Egg, lightly beaten
1/4 c. thinly sliced basil, divided
1 tbsp thinly sliced oregano
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
14.5 oz. can low sodium diced tomatoes
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella

Possible sauce Additions: (adding these to the sauce will make 4 full Lean & Green servings)
9 oz. cooked ground turkey
1 cup fresh spinach (coarsely chopped)


Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F
  2. Using a veggie peeler, slice thin strips of zucchini.  Slice until you reach the center (seeds).  Depending on the size of your zucchini, you may want to cut them in half.  
  3. Ricotta Mix:  In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, egg, and Parmesan.  Mix together.
  4. Ravioli: Take your zucchini strips and make a cross (2 strips in each direction).  In the center of the cross, put a spoonful of the ricotta mix.  Flip the right side over the mix, then the bottom, then the left, then the top.  (Sorry, I definitely should have taken a pic of this. ha!) Place in baking dish seam-side down. Make up the rest and place in the baking dish. 
    Side note: the zucchini has quite a bit of water in it, as it sit some of the water will come out.
    Pour it out before adding the sauce.
  5. Sauce: Blend the tomatoes.  If you are adding the ground turkey and spinach, mix in ground turkey and spinach. Pour over top the ravioli along with the mozzarella cheese.  Bake 30 min @ 375 degrees.  
  6. Remove and sprinkle a bit of Parmesan and basil.  Cook on broil for 2-3 min.  And voila! 
      
Makes 4 servings. 
Per serving: 2/3 lean serving, 2 3/4 green servings, 3 condiments

With additions to sauce (ground turkey & spinach):
Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 1 lean serving, 3 green servings, 3 condiments.

You could reduce your serving a bit and have a salad on the side if your heart so desires.
Enjoy!!

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